Takako Matsu reunites with director Shunji Iwai to play a middle-aged woman who exchanges letters with her late sister's high school flame.
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Shigeru Ishihara and Kiki Hitomi release a second album, fusing an eclectic mix of genres with a deep and personal set of lyrics
Director Kenji Iwaisawa's hand-drawn anime, with voice acting by former Yura Yura Teikoku frontman Shintaro Sakamoto, taps into the riotous power of music.
As music scenes fragmented, the year showed a renewal in community events for alternative music in Japan, with festivals and gigs taking to new venues and battling the weather
The pianist brings together past members of his Yosuke Yamashita Trio for celebratory Tokyo show.
Master thief Lupin III returns to steal treasure — and a few hearts — in Takashi Yamazaki's take on the loveable rogue.
The protester, the party animal, the professional millennial — it seems like the Japanese capital had a place for every foreign stereotype imaginable in the past decade. We look back on a few favorites.
In this adapation of the lurid manga series "Peephole," Yosuke Sugino plays a suicidal shut-in who falls for his murderous neighbor.
The former Yura Yura Teikoku frontman discusses his absence from the live music scene and how he feels singing in Japanese is no longer a barrier to international acclaim
An adaption of a 2001 novel by Susanna Jones, "Earthquake Bird" looks at Tokyo in 1989 and tells the story of an explosive love triangle