Killing time at the Tokyo International Film Festival

Oct 28, 2015

Killing time at the Tokyo International Film Festival

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Covering a film festival can turn anyone into a stickler for scheduling. Key screenings and Q&A sessions always seem to overlap and priorities collide. Do you stick with the stodgy Japanese biopic that you’re supposed to be writing about, or sneak out halfway through ...

Tokyo film festival ups its domestic fare

Oct 22, 2015

Tokyo film festival ups its domestic fare

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The 28th edition of the Tokyo International Film Festival, which began yesterday, is the biggest event on the Japanese film calendar. And like any such event, TIFF has had its share of critics over the years. One frequently heard complaint has been about the ...

Spotlight on Harada films is well-deserved

Oct 22, 2015

Spotlight on Harada films is well-deserved

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Following last year’s embrace of anime and “content,” 2015 sees the Tokyo International Film Festival reassert its credentials as an event, first and foremost, for cineastes. One particularly welcome addition is the new Japan Now section, a roundup of recent and upcoming movies from ...

Female fears at the dead center of J-horror

Oct 21, 2015

Female fears at the dead center of J-horror

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Japan is a scary place. It has inspired masters of horror over three centuries, from Akinari Ueda in the 1700s (“Ugetsu Monogatari”) to Lafcadio Hearn (“Kwaidan”) in the late 1800s, all the way to the 1990s, when Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s “Cure” and Hideo Nakata’s “Ringu” ...