'Suffragette': The strength of women

Jan 25, 2017

'Suffragette': The strength of women

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Believe it or not, “Suffragette” is the first feature film out of Britain to focus exclusively on the suffragette movement. What took the country so long? Completed last year, it has finally made it to Japan, and in the light of all that’s happening ...

Helen Pankhurst: The suffragettes were just the beginning

| Jan 25, 2017

Helen Pankhurst: The suffragettes were just the beginning

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As women march to protest Donald Trump’s presidency and “Suffragette” is released in Japan, the words of Helen Pankhurst, activist and British suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst’s great-granddaughter, should resonate with many filmgoers. “It’s actually pretty wonderful to see your own great-grandmother in a movie,” says ...

Meryl Streep pipes up on doing what you love

Dec 8, 2016

Meryl Streep pipes up on doing what you love

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One of the best lines uttered in Stephen Frears’ film “Florence Foster Jenkins” comes from Meryl Streep in the role of Florence — which the actress gracefully repeats for me during her interview for The Japan Times. “Florence said, ‘People can say she couldn’t ...

'Florence Foster Jenkins': Not quite a nightingale

Nov 30, 2016

'Florence Foster Jenkins': Not quite a nightingale

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‘Florence Foster Jenkins” is a fairy tale of glorious optimism and unclouded love. The titular lady (a real-life New York heiress and socialite during the 1940s) goes chasing after her dream of becoming an opera singer with a mountain of passion but zero talent. ...

Stars come out for Tokyo film festival opening

Oct 25, 2016

Stars come out for Tokyo film festival opening

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The 29th Tokyo International Film Festival marked its opening Tuesday afternoon with a traditional red carpet ceremony that was heavy on Asian stars and filmmakers. With the festival abandoning its modern, eco-friendly “green carpet” this year, domestic stars dominated the promenade at the Roppongi ...