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Animated teen flick 'your name.' scores lucrative debut in China

Japan’s smash hit “your name.” hit Chinese theaters on Friday, raking in millions in ticket sales despite decades of tense political relations between the two nations. Directed by Makoto Shinkai, the film, which took Japan by storm, will be shown at as many as 7,000 theaters across China, the world’s ...

'Freeheld' stirs talk of minority rights in Japan

Nov 30, 2016

'Freeheld' stirs talk of minority rights in Japan

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What’s wrong with gay marriage? Absolutely nothing, as the United States finally acknowledged in 2015. Up until then, however, gay people had to fight for the same rights that heterosexual couples took for granted. “Freeheld” is a testament to that struggle, recounting the story ...

'Florence Foster Jenkins': Not quite a nightingale

Nov 30, 2016

'Florence Foster Jenkins': Not quite a nightingale

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‘Florence Foster Jenkins” is a fairy tale of glorious optimism and unclouded love. The titular lady (a real-life New York heiress and socialite during the 1940s) goes chasing after her dream of becoming an opera singer with a mountain of passion but zero talent. ...

'Tale of Tales': Do we need fables for adults?

Nov 30, 2016

'Tale of Tales': Do we need fables for adults?

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The current ideological system that governs our lives — call it late capitalism, the spectacle, or just Babylon — is most devious in its ability to take any and all resistance, any deviance from the hamster wheel of consumerism, and repackage it as just ...

The gritty side of Polish film

| Nov 23, 2016

The gritty side of Polish film

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European cinema lost one of its greats in October, when Polish director Andrzej Wajda passed away at the age of 90. Wajda, perhaps best known for his 1981 Cannes Palme d’Or winner “Man of Iron,” had a long association with Japan, being awarded both ...