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Hiroki Matsukata: a gangster farewell

| Feb 1, 2017

Hiroki Matsukata: a gangster farewell

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Hiroki Matsukata, who died at age 74 on Jan. 21, may have been born into an acting family — his father was jidaigeki (historical drama) actor Jushiro Konoe — but in his yakuza films for the Toei studio in the 1960s and ’70s, Matsukata’s ...

The unglamorous side to a model lifestyle

Jan 25, 2017

The unglamorous side to a model lifestyle

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Fun facts: As of December 2016, the average rent for an apartment in New York was $3,046. The rent for a 23-sq.-meter unit at a micro-apartment that went up in Kips Bay last year comes to $2,570, according to 6sqft.com. Then there’s Mark Reay, ...

'Suffragette': The strength of women

/ Jan 25, 2017

'Suffragette': The strength of women

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Believe it or not, “Suffragette” is the first feature film out of Britain to focus exclusively on the suffragette movement. What took the country so long? Completed last year, it has finally made it to Japan, and in the light of all that’s happening ...

'Snowden': Making a hero of the 'robot nerd'

/ Jan 25, 2017

'Snowden': Making a hero of the 'robot nerd'

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Just the other day, there was President Barack Obama on the telly, giving his farewell address to the American people. “Our democracy is threatened whenever we take it for granted,” he said gravely. “It falls to each of us to be those anxious, jealous ...

Helen Pankhurst: The suffragettes were just the beginning

| Jan 25, 2017

Helen Pankhurst: The suffragettes were just the beginning

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As women march to protest Donald Trump’s presidency and “Suffragette” is released in Japan, the words of Helen Pankhurst, activist and British suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst’s great-granddaughter, should resonate with many filmgoers. “It’s actually pretty wonderful to see your own great-grandmother in a movie,” says ...

Jan 25, 2017

Sundance turns lens on Syrian civil war, jihadism

Michael Heineman’s new documentary “City of Ghosts,” began with a group of guys in Raqa Syria coming together after their hometown is taken over by the Islamic State group. In early 2014, the Islamic State group (IS) entered the northern Syrian city of Raqa, ...

Black actors and 'La La Land' break records with Oscar nods

Jan 25, 2017

Black actors and 'La La Land' break records with Oscar nods

Black actors were honored in all acting categories for the first time and romantic showbiz musical “La La Land” topped the Oscars nominations list on Tuesday. In the past year, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences changed its membership and voting rules ...

'Your Name.' to be released with English subtitles

Jan 20, 2017

'Your Name.' to be released with English subtitles

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Makoto Shinkai’s animated film “Your Name.” continues to win over audiences in Asia, and now has its sights set on dominating North America, too. Distributor Funimation Entertainment is eyeing an April release date overseas for the anime, which centers on two teenagers who change ...