Sion Sono serves up some blood-sucking fun in 'Tokyo Vampire Hotel'

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Vampires have been a staple of Western pop culture since Bram Stoker published his best-selling novel “Dracula” in 1897. The hit “Twilight” series of films (2008-12) made the monsters hot again as millions of teens swooned to the romance of Bella (Kristen Stewart) and ageless vampire Edward (Robert Pattinson). Naturally, ...

'Samurai Gourmet' explores the art of the meal

Apr 6, 2017

'Samurai Gourmet' explores the art of the meal

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In the first episode of Japan’s latest contribution to original Netflix programming, “Samurai Gourmet,” Takeshi Kasumi enters a small teishoku (set meal) joint and grapples over whether to have a beer with lunch. Inspired by an imaginary samurai, he gets one. That’s it. For ...

Ultraman: Ultracool at 50

Jul 16, 2016

Ultraman: Ultracool at 50

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Ultraman has been defending humanity against monsters and aliens for half a century. We examine the superhero's enduring legacy.

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'Doctor X'; 'The Man With the Divine Tongue" Kagome

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Ryoko Yonekura returns as the genius freelance surgeon Dr. Michiko Daimon in a special two-hour installment of “Doctor X” (TV Asahi, Sun., 9 p.m.). Michiko happens to be in Kanazawa when national politician Aiko Ichinose (Kayako Kishimoto) collapses on the street after an intimate ...

Kasumi Arimura to star in NHK€'s 2017 drama

Jun 30, 2016

Kasumi Arimura to star in NHK€'s 2017 drama

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Actress Kasumi Arimura on Thursday was selected for the lead role in an NHK drama titled “Hiyokko” that will be aired from April 2017. Arimura was chosen without an audition, with producer Hiroshi Kashi describing her as “an actress with the ability to play ...