'Scoop!': Read all about it here

Sep 21, 2016

'Scoop!': Read all about it here

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Japanese weekly scandal magazines are pond scum, are they not? Dishing up grainy paparazzi photos of the famous and powerful, accompanied by wink-wink stories about improprieties and crimes — alleged or exposed — they appeal to the lowest common denominator, with their only raison ...

How do you cure an allergy to money?

Apr 8, 2015

How do you cure an allergy to money?

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When is a “multitalented” person too “multi”? Where is the line between extending your creative energies in new directions and spreading yourself thin? That question occurred to me after seeing the quirky comedy “Jinu yo Saraba: Kamuroba Mura E” (“A Farewell to Jinu”), Suzuki ...

Actress Nikaido sets her own agenda

Jan 23, 2014

Actress Nikaido sets her own agenda

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Many young Japanese film actors start as models or pop stars and then, as they accumulate magazine covers or CD sales, move into TV and films. Many also play versions of themselves again and again on screen, which may suit their fans just fine, ...

Fukada's young castaways on adulthood's shores

Jan 9, 2014

Fukada's young castaways on adulthood's shores

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Born in Tokyo in 1980, Koji Fukada released his first film in 2004, but his breakthrough was 2010’s “Kantai (Hospitalité),” a witty black comedy about a mysterious stranger who talks his way into a job at a small Tokyo printing shop and is soon ...

TIFF is your chance to catch up with Japanese film

Oct 10, 2013

TIFF is your chance to catch up with Japanese film

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The Tokyo International Film Festival, now in its 26th edition, has had its share of detractors, dissing it for everything from competition lineups of major festival castoffs (no longer true since TIFF stopped insisting on world premieres) to a Special Screening section that is ...