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'It Feels So Good': An explicit escapade, artfully told

Film / Reviews Aug 21, 2019

'It Feels So Good': An explicit escapade, artfully told

The average bride-to-be spends the final days before her wedding fretting about seating plans and whether she'll be able to squeeze into her dress, but Naoko (Kumi Takiuchi) decides it's a good time to hook up with an old flame instead. In the years since ...

'Weathering With You': Breezy with scattered showers

Film / Reviews Jul 24, 2019

'Weathering With You': Breezy with scattered showers

Arriving in the middle of a seemingly endless rainy season in Tokyo, "Weathering With You" feels like it's benefitted from an ingenious stealth marketing campaign. Little has been left to chance with Makoto Shinkai's follow-up to "Your Name." The film raked in nearly $360 ...

'Under Your Bed': Sleeping with the enemy

Film / Reviews Jul 17, 2019

'Under Your Bed': Sleeping with the enemy

Rare is the child who hasn't lain awake at night, terrified by the monster they imagine is lurking beneath their bed. But in a country where many people grow up sleeping on futons, such fears are perhaps less deeply rooted. That would explain why, ...

'Strawberry Song': Reuniting is such sweet sorrow

Film / Reviews Jul 3, 2019

'Strawberry Song': Reuniting is such sweet sorrow

Kota (Yutaro Furutachi) is a bit of an odd one: the type of grinning, hyperactive character you might label a lovable eccentric. He lives with just a few cats for company, and works at a frozen food factory where he's treated with affection by ...

A musical pilgrimage to an adopted homeland with DYGL

Music Jul 2, 2019

A musical pilgrimage to an adopted homeland with DYGL

Scroll through the comments under DYGL's videos on YouTube, and the same reaction comes up again and again: I could've sworn this lot were from England. It isn't just the music the Tokyo-bred quartet makes, channeling the best bits of guitar acts from The Clash ...

'The Journalist': Uncovering the dark side of Japan

Film / Reviews Jun 26, 2019

'The Journalist': Uncovering the dark side of Japan

Before Donald Trump made "fake news" the buzzword of choice for dissemblers and autocrats, Japanese netizens were already starting to question the veracity of what they read in the papers, albeit for very different reasons. The media's handling of the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster, in ...