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Entering the mind of an icon in 'Steve Jobs'

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With roles in films such as “300,” “Inglourious Basterds” and the “X-Men” series, Michael Fassbender, 38, is no stranger to action. “I’ve learned to enjoy action movies,” he tells The Japan Times. “They’re more difficult than they look, with the special effects and assorted physical, emotional and patience demands made ...

Apple fans get a fairly good origin story

Feb 11, 2016

Apple fans get a fairly good origin story

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‘It’s like five minutes before every launch, everyone goes to a bar and gets drunk and tells me what they really think,” laments Steve Jobs (Michael Fassbender) during the closing stretch of Danny Boyle’s buoyant, breathless biopic. Screenwriter Aaron Sorkin has done an ingenious ...

Introducing the complex refugee experience to Japan

Feb 10, 2016

Introducing the complex refugee experience to Japan

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The plight of refugees is dauntingly hard to comprehend for the majority of Japanese who have been brought up believing they live in a racially homogeneous nation. (Let’s reserve the falseness of this belief for another story.) Eri Ishikawa, chair of the board of ...

Japan's unofficial rebuttal to 'The Cove'

Feb 10, 2016

Japan's unofficial rebuttal to 'The Cove'

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For the past few weeks I’ve been having flashbacks of a video that a vegan acquaintance posted on Facebook. Shot on a hidden camera, it depicted hundreds of fluffy male chicks getting conveyed into an industrial grinder, their punishment for being deemed surplus to ...

Welcome to Mars. Population: 1

Feb 4, 2016

Welcome to Mars. Population: 1

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As kids, many of us have experienced the fear of being left behind. Lost in a supermarket, panicking as your parents get too far ahead of you during a walk in the park … now imagine being left on an entirely different planet. “The ...

Japan's epic samurai dramas are in a tight spot

Feb 3, 2016

Japan's epic samurai dramas are in a tight spot

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Japanese can roughly be split into two camps: those equipped with an encyclopedic knowledge of history and those who have only a vague idea of who the samurai were or that a Shogun once lived in what is now the Imperial Palace. The history ...

An unforgiving look at 'Unbroken' in Japan

Feb 3, 2016

An unforgiving look at 'Unbroken' in Japan

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Flashback to 1983: Director Nagisa Oshima’s “Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence,” set during World War II in a Japanese-run POW camp in Java, is opening in theaters across Japan. It starred David Bowie with two huge local stars: comedian Beat Takeshi and musician Ryuichi Sakamoto. ...