Can idol group Momoiro Clover Z learn to act?

/ Mar 11, 2015

Can idol group Momoiro Clover Z learn to act?

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The typical Japanese movie about the travails and triumphs of a high school club follows an upward arc, as the audience cheers on the heroes to their foregone triumph over setbacks and defeats. The actualities of how they become more accomplished swing musicians, as ...

2014: New horizons opened up in Japan's theater world

Dec 24, 2014

2014: New horizons opened up in Japan's theater world

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Looking back over the past 12 months in Japan’s theater world, it’s clear that one encouraging trend is a lessening of the capital’s dominance. Contemporary drama in this country has long been centralized on Tokyo, where major theaters plan their programs far in advance, ...

French idol reflects on her Japanese droid son

Nov 26, 2014

French idol reflects on her Japanese droid son

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As a playwright, stage director, Osaka University professor, manager of the Komaba Agora Theater in Tokyo and leader of the city’s Seinendan theater company he formed in 1983, Oriza Hirata — whose “contemporary colloquial theater” set the scene for much of Japan’s new drama ...

Kafka's worm takes a high-tech turn

Oct 1, 2014

Kafka's worm takes a high-tech turn

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“I work a lot in France, where manga and anime are enormously popular, although many theater producers think they are basically for children and are often too violent. However, they regard my robot theater as being an essentially Japanese art form,” the pioneering dramatist ...