Animated film 'Your Name.' takes Japan by storm

Sep 27, 2016

Animated film 'Your Name.' takes Japan by storm

The animated film “Your Name.” is taking Japan by storm, with its box office revenues surpassing the ¥10 billion ($99 million) mark in just 28 days since its release, marking a milestone for a Japanese animation other than the works of renowned director Hayao ...

Big issues in film short 'World of Tomorrow'

| May 11, 2016

Big issues in film short 'World of Tomorrow'

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Given the limited options for theatrical release, short films are generally condemned to the purgatory of YouTube, which makes the case of “World of Tomorrow” especially striking. Since premiering at last year’s Sundance Film Festival, where it won the Short Film Grand Jury Prize, ...

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 ...