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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:

The 'uncool' girl can still get the guy, or two

Nov 2, 2016

The 'uncool' girl can still get the guy, or two

It's a fantasy that many women like to give into sometimes: That you can be somewhat older, a little disheveled, not exactly fit, but still get the man of your dreams. Or make that two, or even three if you count a perfect baby ...

'Inferno': Tom Hanks can hold up a franchise

/ Nov 2, 2016

'Inferno': Tom Hanks can hold up a franchise

Times will change and tides will always turn, but there's one thing you can count on: movies starring Tom Hanks. No matter what else is happening in the world, Tom Hanks is routinely waiting at the multiplex in yet another mega-budget, blockbuster vehicle that will ...

The digital age of relationships and filmmaking

Oct 26, 2016

The digital age of relationships and filmmaking

Shunji Iwai has long stood on ambivalent terrain. To Western audiences he's known as a prolific and brilliant auteur, but without the overseas cachet of others such as Takeshi Kitano. To his fans in Japan, he's viewed as the spokesman for the socially conscious ...

'Remember': Some things can never be forgotten

/ Oct 26, 2016

'Remember': Some things can never be forgotten

The 2000s have not been kind to filmmaker Atom Egoyan, once hailed as a visionary who could do no wrong (particularly at the Cannes Film Festivals of the mid-1990s). Egoyan's career took an unexpected downward turn once the millennium kicked it, and from there ...

There's always drama at home

Oct 19, 2016

There's always drama at home

The most intriguing titles at this year's TIFF celebrate geographical diversity while homing in on social issues of modern life. Whether the characters are in Brazil or Croatia or Japan, or the filmmakers are from Romania, India or China, their stories feature the struggles ...

Murakami may never win the Nobel Prize — and that's OK

Oct 15, 2016

Murakami may never win the Nobel Prize — and that's OK

In early 2015, Haruki Murakami began an advice column on his blog called "Murakami-san no Tokoro" ("Mr. Murakami's Place"). In it, the famed author replied to questions sent in by his readers. "So what do you think of the annual fuss surrounding the Nobel Prize ...

'Hungry Hearts' to broken hearts

/ Oct 12, 2016

'Hungry Hearts' to broken hearts

For many people, a conversation about what foods are good for you opposed to what isn't is as familiar as a pair of socks that's been through the washer too often. By my calculations, a loving couple can argue just as much over food ...

Tsukiji: Still a fish in troubled waters

Oct 5, 2016

Tsukiji: Still a fish in troubled waters

Director Naotaro Endo first started filming "Tsukiji Wonderland" in 2014, and it had been partly intended as a farewell to Tokyo's Tsukiji fish market, which faces a makeover and move after serving sellers and buyers for 80 years. When the film was made, the market ...

'Genius': The wordsmith who shaped Wolfe

/ Oct 5, 2016

'Genius': The wordsmith who shaped Wolfe

Once upon a time, the word "genius" made us think not the help counter in an Apple Store but of people of incredible intellect who accomplished amazing things and relied on nothing more than their brains and bare hands. This "Genius" transports us back ...

Swedish silent movies worth talking about

| Oct 5, 2016

Swedish silent movies worth talking about

The National Film Center has collaborated with the Swedish Film Institute to put together a silent-film festival, which kicks off on Oct. 11 and runs until Oct. 16. Screening seven re-mastered classics, "Silent Film Renaissance 2016: Treasures From the Archive of the Swedish Film ...