Kabuki actor, silent film narrator keep traditions alive

Oct 28, 2016

Kabuki actor, silent film narrator keep traditions alive

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For kabuki actor Onoe Kikunosuke and silent film narrator Ichiro Kataoka, keeping old traditions alive and sharing them with as many local and foreign fans as possible remain their mission. Kikunosuke, who performed in an onnagata female role in “Sagi Musume” (“Heron Maiden”) in ...

The digital age of relationships and filmmaking

Oct 26, 2016

The digital age of relationships and filmmaking

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Shunji Iwai has long stood on ambivalent terrain. To Western audiences he’s known as a prolific and brilliant auteur, but without the overseas cachet of others such as Takeshi Kitano. To his fans in Japan, he’s viewed as the spokesman for the socially conscious ...

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 ...

TIFF takes viewers beyond the comfort zone

Oct 19, 2016

TIFF takes viewers beyond the comfort zone

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While sifting through the movies submitted for this year’s Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF), competition programming director Yoshihiko Yatabe says he noticed a recurring theme. “I was struck by the number of films involving immigrants and refugees,” he says. “It’s become such a big ...

Japan's eclectic collection of choice

Oct 19, 2016

Japan's eclectic collection of choice

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The Tokyo International Film Festival offers a great once-in-a-year opportunity to see new and classic Japanese films with English subtitles. The sheer quantity on offer — more than 50 titles in the main sections alone — can be overwhelming, though. Here are samples from ...