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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:

'Sing': Pigs can't fly but they sure can sing

/ Mar 15, 2017

'Sing': Pigs can't fly but they sure can sing

'Sing" is brought to us by Illumination Entertainment — the animation studio that brought the "Despicable Me" series and last year's sleeper hit "The Secret Life of Pets." In many ways it's "La-La Land" with animals. In a color-filled, LA-like town inhabited by non-Homo ...

'River': sink, swim or keep running

/ Mar 8, 2017

'River': sink, swim or keep running

Up until about 10 years ago, being a white man in Southeast Asia meant you did pretty much what you pleased and damn the consequences, at least in the realm of fictional cinema. (See Leonardo DiCaprio in "The Beach.") Often, the characters are thrown ...

'Voyage of Time': Terence Malick's 40-year dream

| Mar 8, 2017

'Voyage of Time': Terence Malick's 40-year dream

Filmmaker Terrence Malick is renowned for quirky brilliance, but the director of "Thin Red Line" and "The Tree of Life" is also notorious for his steadfast refusal to have anything to do with the press. Not even online statements or a 10-second Skype session. ...

The poverty of thought in our welfare systems

Mar 1, 2017

The poverty of thought in our welfare systems

Sometimes I want to look up from whatever I'm doing (usually when I'm staring at a screen) and send up a prayer of thanks that at 81 years old, filmmaker Ken Loach continues to be who he is. "I, Daniel Blake" ("Watashi wa, Daniel Blake") ...

'Trainwreck': Amy Schumer crashes onto our screens

/ Mar 1, 2017

'Trainwreck': Amy Schumer crashes onto our screens

A little over two hours — that's how long the viewer must spend in the company of Amy Schumer as Amy in "Trainwreck," for which she also wrote the screenplay. That's a lot of Amy, as the "Amy, Amy, Amy!" of the Japanese title ...

'Man Down': War injuries go beyond the battlefield

/ Feb 22, 2017

'Man Down': War injuries go beyond the battlefield

'Man Down" is an indictment of war, and its message is one that focuses on its terrible lingering consequences — specifically, veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). With many ending up homeless, suffering mental difficulties or becoming suicidal, PTSD is a real issue. ...

Historical truths can take decades to unearth

Feb 15, 2017

Historical truths can take decades to unearth

Journalist Eidai Hayashi is battling cancer. At 83 years old, he can barely keep hold of his fountain pen, since the pain has spread to every part of his body. "I quit chemotherapy, though I know the cancer is just going to spread and get ...