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Kaori Shoji

Kaori Shoji writes about movies and movie-makers for the Film Page, plus takes a turn at the Bilingual Column. Biggest mistake of her career: taking the very dignified Nagisa Oshima to McDonald’s for an iced coffee.

For Kaori Shoji's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Reflecting on 20 years of female roles in 'The 'Ring'

Jan 25, 2018

Reflecting on 20 years of female roles in 'The 'Ring'

In Japan, the "lord of the rings" is female, dressed in white with long black hair. The girl's name is Sadako, an evil ghost child who first appeared in Koji Suzuki's 1991 horror novel "The Ring" and went on to lead one of the ...

Zen and the art of documentary film

Jan 10, 2018

Zen and the art of documentary film

It's the second day of the new year and unseasonably warm outside Pole-Pole Higashi-Nakano, one of Tokyo's few remaining art-house theaters. Husband-and-wife filmmakers Werner Penzel and Ayako Mogi take a seat in the morning sun, taking off their coats while marveling at the weather. Penzel ...

'Love Disease': Online dating can be a brutal game

/ Jan 10, 2018

'Love Disease': Online dating can be a brutal game

True crime cinema has always been an easy sell in Japan, with some titles becoming instant classics. Shohei Imamura's "Vengeance is Mine" ("Fukushu Suru wa Ware ni Ari," 1979) is acknowledged as the pioneer of that genre. Based on a real-life serial killer case ...