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Fashion's night at the museum

| Apr 13, 2017

Fashion's night at the museum

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“The First Monday in May” opens April 15 at the Bunkamura Le Cinema Theater in Tokyo’s trendy Shibuya Ward (the Japanese title is “Metto Gara, Doresu o Matotta Bijutsukan”). It’s a documentary about a Metropolitan Museum of Art exhibition titled “China: Through the Looking ...

When the talent gets religious

| Apr 6, 2017

When the talent gets religious

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“Ankoku Joshi” is a murder mystery involving six pretty JK (slang for joshi kosei, high school girls)” who all have something to hide. The film’s title literally means “pitch black girls,” which pretty much explains their characters’ personalities in what soon becomes a grisly ...

'Nekoatsume House': The cat's meow of Japanese comedy

/ Mar 29, 2017

'Nekoatsume House': The cat's meow of Japanese comedy

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Japanese audiences never seem to tire of movies about dogs and cats. The millions of devoted pet owners here are certainly one reason, though the Brits, also known for their animal worship, do not express it as often in films.Masatoshi Kurakata’s delightful, blood-pressure-lowering “Nekoatsume ...