Masaki Tsujino’s “A Tale of the Riverside” may at times be more twee than charming, but water sprites are also a welcome addition.
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Director Tatsushi Ohmori takes a cue from Alfred Hitchcock in “Mother,” a drama about an abusive mother-child relationship that takes a psychological toll on the son.
As we head into summer, now is the time to crank up the air-conditioning, get comfortable and delve into Japanese cinema with these recommendations.
In “The Modern Lovers,” Nanami Kawakami lights up the screen as the former flame of a 30-year-old salaryman trying to relive his glory days in Tokyo.
Koichiro Oyama’s film dabbles in Christian ideas of sin and forgiveness to explore a parent-child relationship strained by the father’s tainted legacy.
Film production in Japan shut down in early April as part of the response to the outbreak of COVID-19, and as weeks passed with no signs of an immediate revival, filmmakers began to adapt to the situation by making “isolation” films. Among them is the ...
Bullying is an evergreen theme of Japanese films centered on teens, with the focus typically on the victims. But in "Forgiven Children," Eisuke Naito’s clear-eyed, hard-hitting drama, a bullying incident results in a death that ruins the lives of the perpetrator and his family. Based ...
As Tokyo moves forward with plans to reduce social distancing measures in stages, movie theaters look to draw audiences back to the silver screen.
With the closures of small theaters threatening the survival of the indie scene, many in the industry have looked to online streaming to stay afloat.
Overseas film festivals that specialize in Japanese and other Asian fare are taking their programs online to survive the coronavirus.