'Snow Woman': chillingly modern

/ Mar 1, 2017

'Snow Woman': chillingly modern

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The Japanese folklore story of the "Snow Woman" has been told in many places, in many ways, and in many versions, but best-known is that of Lafcadio Hearn, the Greek-Irish writer who published it in his 1904 collection, "Kwaidan: Stories and Studies of Strange ...

Japan's eclectic collection of choice

Oct 19, 2016

Japan's eclectic collection of choice

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The Tokyo International Film Festival offers a great once-in-a-year opportunity to see new and classic Japanese films with English subtitles. The sheer quantity on offer — more than 50 titles in the main sections alone — can be overwhelming, though. Here are samples from ...

Kiki Sugino: 'I'm always looking for myself'

Dec 16, 2015

Kiki Sugino: 'I'm always looking for myself'

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Kiki Sugino has a one-of-a-kind resume in the domestic movie business. Many are the young "multi-talents" who act, sing and model, but most are recruited, molded and marketed by an agency. From the start, this 31-year-old actor, director and producer took a more independent ...

Girls take charge of their love lives in 'Chigasaki Story'

/ Sep 16, 2015

Girls take charge of their love lives in 'Chigasaki Story'

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Koji Fukada's 2013 beach film "Hotori no Sakuko" ("Au Revoir l'Ete") was a loving homage to French master Eric Rohmer, with lengthy European-style vacations bestowed on Fukada's Japanese protagonists. The film's production company, Wa Entertainment, has now made another Rohmer-esque ensemble drama, "San-paku Yokka Go-ji ...

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 ...