'Honnouji Hotel': Drama on the wrong side of history

Jan 25, 2017

'Honnouji Hotel': Drama on the wrong side of history

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Is Haruka Ayase the Japanese version of Anne Hathaway? In everything from their perky public personas and sterling work ethic to their toothy smiles and flawless complexions, the two stars symbolize a type of good-girl perfection. And yet they also rub some imperfect types ...

Psycho-drama mystery tests Tani's 'pop' principles

Mar 18, 2015

Psycho-drama mystery tests Tani's 'pop' principles

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“Probably nobody ever got involved with theater the way I did,” Kenichi Tani said with a laugh, explaining that because his teachers at school were “really boring” he set his sights on becoming an interesting teacher in the future. “So I often skipped classes ...