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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:

Dad-made 'bento' make a splash on the silver screen

| Jun 1, 2017

Dad-made 'bento' make a splash on the silver screen

Japanese movies tend to portray Japanese dads as male chauvinists who never step into the kitchen if they can help it and have little interest in raising their kids. Consider Yasujiro Ozu's timeless classic "Tokyo Story." Sure, Chishu Ryu played a kind and gentle ...

Hollywood's love storyboard

| May 25, 2017

Hollywood's love storyboard

If you're the type who sticks around after a movie to read the credits, you'll know it takes more than one village to make a feature-length film. Ten or even 20 villages is more like it. Among the villagers are people with the title ...

'The Bachelor' is looking for love in Japan

May 10, 2017

'The Bachelor' is looking for love in Japan

There comes a moment of truth in every episode of reality-dating series "The Bachelor" when the handsome and wealthy bachelor must eliminate at least one of the 25 women vying for his affection during a "rose ceremony." In "The Bachelor Japan," the series' first rose ...

Opinions aren't split on Shyamalan's comeback

/ May 10, 2017

Opinions aren't split on Shyamalan's comeback

I've always had a soft spot for M. Night Shyamalan, even despite the fact that he has made a total of two truly successful films — "The Sixth Sense" (1999) and "Unbreakable" (2000) — over the course of his over-20-year career. The rest of ...

Woody Allen learns a new trick for 'Cafe Society'

/ May 3, 2017

Woody Allen learns a new trick for 'Cafe Society'

If you were led blindfolded into a cinema and unaware of what movie you were seeing, I still think that if it was a Woody Allen film, within 20 minutes you'd know it. The Brooklyn native makes movies that are stamped with his own signature ...