Isao Takahata's stark world of reality

Sep 12, 2015

Isao Takahata's stark world of reality

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Having survived a devastating U.S. air raid on his hometown in World War II, film director Isao Takahata has firsthand experience of the horrors of war. It’s perhaps not surprising, therefore, that he staunchly opposes Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s attempt to push controversial security ...

Young Juvenile Youth courts clubs and charts

Apr 24, 2015

Young Juvenile Youth courts clubs and charts

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Whether it’s younger stars like Sam Smith and Charli XCX whose pasts have seen collaborations with producers such as Disclosure, Alex Metric and Starkey, or established names like Bjork delving into the underground to work with Arca and The Haxan Cloak, the trajectories of ...

Apr 8, 2015

Animator Takahata gets French state honor

Anime director Isao Takahata was honored Tuesday as Officier of the French Order of Arts and Letters for his filmmaking and translations of French poems into Japanese. Takahata, 79, is known for such animated works as “The Tale of the Princess Kaguya” and “Grave ...

Hideaki Anno: emotional deconstructionist

Oct 18, 2014

Hideaki Anno: emotional deconstructionist

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With dozens of the renowned filmmaker's works scheduled to be screened at the Tokyo International Film Festival over the next two weeks, we speak to the man behind the 'Evangelion' sci-fi franchise about his apocalyptic influences and prod him on the question that is ...

Academy to honor Hayao Miyazaki

Aug 29, 2014

Academy to honor Hayao Miyazaki

The Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said Thursday it has picked anime director Hayao Miyazaki as one of three recipients of its Honorary Award this year. The only other Japanese to receive the award was Akira Kurosawa, ...

New Crimea prosecutor big in Japan

Apr 2, 2014

New Crimea prosecutor big in Japan

Russia tried Tuesday to stop a flood of inquiries about the telegenic young lawyer it has appointed as prosecutor for newly annexed Crimea, whose looks have won her a huge Internet following. The Russian prosecutor general’s office said it was tired of answering questions ...

Feb 2, 2014

Miyazaki wins Annie Award for 'Kaze Tachinu' screenplay

Director Hayao Miyazaki on Saturday won the Annie Award for writing in an animated feature production for the screenplay to “Kaze Tachinu” (“The Wind Rises”), the organizer of the event, dubbed “the Academy Award for animation,” said. His film was also nominated for best ...

Hand-drawn 'Sazae-san' to finally go digital

Sep 27, 2013

Hand-drawn 'Sazae-san' to finally go digital

The venerable TV cartoon “Sazae-san,” still drawn frame by frame in the technique known as cel-based animation, will switch to full digital production next month. The show is the only cel-based anime still broadcast in Japan, according to the Association of Japanese Animations. Until ...

<em>Hentai</em> animation night at YCAM

Jul 25, 2013

Hentai animation night at YCAM

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The word “hentai” has two meanings in Japanese, referring both to “metamorphosis” and “abnormality/perversion.” On Saturday, Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media will screen a series of 13 hentai films — covering the wackiest, weirdest animated shorts in which the characters also undergo various ...

Miyazaki turns to adult theme in new film

Jul 18, 2013

Miyazaki turns to adult theme in new film

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Award-winning animated film director Hayao Miyazaki will release his first movie in five years Saturday — a work based on the lives of Jiro Horikoshi, designer of Japan’s legendary Zero fighter plane, and mid-20th-century writer Tatsuo Hori. Horikoshi was one of the “most brilliant” ...