Re-examining Yasujiro Ozu on film

Dec 7, 2013

Re-examining Yasujiro Ozu on film

by Mark Schilling

Yasujiro Ozu once had a reputation for making films only other Japanese could understand. His studio bosses believed overseas audiences wanted the exoticism of samurai and geisha, not Ozu’s quietly realistic dramas about contemporary middle-class families. This explains the reluctance of Ozu’s studio, Shochiku, ...

Restored Ozu films to debut for 110th anniversary events

May 12, 2013

Restored Ozu films to debut for 110th anniversary events

Film studio Shochiku Co. will celebrate the 110th anniversary of the birth of legendary director Yasujiro Ozu this year by making digitally restored versions of four of his color films and staging special events. The restored “An Autumn Afternoon” will be screened for the ...

Revamped Kabukiza theater aims to charm a new audience

Mar 29, 2013

Revamped Kabukiza theater aims to charm a new audience

by Tomoko Otake

The Kabukiza is back — with big ambitions and aspirations to make the nation’s classical theatrical entertainment more attractive to a 21st-century audience. The reopened kabuki theater — now reconstructed for the fifth time — in the upscale shopping-entertainment district of Ginza, will roll ...

Ginza stage set for Kabukiza's fifth coming

| Mar 19, 2013

Ginza stage set for Kabukiza's fifth coming

by Jun Hongo

The venerable Kabukiza Theater in Tokyo’s Ginza district reopens April 2 after three years of renovations and the addition of a 29-floor attached office tower. A key venue for kabuki and other performances since 1889, the theater will retain its original ornate Japanese facade. ...