Kenichi Matsuyama plays a fighter on a losing streak in Keisuke Yoshida’s “Blue,” a boxing drama that finds nobility in failure.
For James Hadfield's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Kiko Mizuhara and Honami Sato discuss the challenges of bringing Ching Nakamura’s harrowing, sexually explicit manga to the screen in a provocative new Netflix movie.
Takashi Shimizu’s adaptation of a manga series about a man who gains psychic powers after having a hole drilled in his head manages to be tasteless and timid at once.
Director Daihachi Yoshida brings a sympathetic lens to an industry in trouble in his film “Kiba: The Fangs of Fiction.”
Takahide Hori’s stop-motion animation feature, which took seven years to complete, has finally arrived in Japanese theaters after receiving a warm reception overseas.
Akira Ikeda’s absurdist drama about two towns locked in an interminable war finds humor in tragedy and boredom.
Industry gatekeepers have been resistant to the idea that an India-born director can make a Japanese film. With “Kontora,” Anshul Chauhan isn’t trying to endear himself to any of them.
Eiichiro Hasumi’s big-budget thriller about globe-trotting spies is not quite Japan’s answer to the “Mission: Impossible” movies.
The 'Under the Turquoise Sky' director mixes realism, fantasy and comedy in his visually stirring feature debut about a Japanese man who goes on a journey of self-discovery in Mongolia.
Osaka record store owners Eiji Taniguchi and Norio Sato have unearthed some musical treasures from 1989-96 for this bright and buoyant compilation.