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Telling the story of Japanese rugby's miracle match

Film Sep 20, 2019

Telling the story of Japanese rugby's miracle match

As the 2019 Rugby World Cup kicks off in Japan, 'The Brighton Miracle' takes a look at the Brave Blossoms' 34-32 defeat of South Africa in the 2015 competition, a game which signified Japan had become a force to be reckoned with.

Haruhiko Arai: Still pushing boundaries after 40 years in film

Film Aug 28, 2019

Haruhiko Arai: Still pushing boundaries after 40 years in film

In a four-decade career, Haruhiko Arai has become an acclaimed scriptwriter with credits that include "Vibrator" (2003), "It's Only Talk" (2005) and "Kabukicho Love Hotel" (2014), three of the best films by his frequent collaborator, the director Ryuichi Hiroki. Arai also edits and publishes "Eiga ...

'Mugen Foundation': When adolescence becomes too much

Film / Reviews Aug 28, 2019

'Mugen Foundation': When adolescence becomes too much

The seishun eiga (youth film) is not exclusive to Japan — plenty of films from elsewhere deal with the joys and agonies of adolescence — but this popular genre has acquired certain only-in-Japan quirks. For one thing, many seishun eiga directors are old enough to ...

'Dance With Me': A homegrown Japanese musical has landed

Film Aug 22, 2019

'Dance With Me': A homegrown Japanese musical has landed

Genres never really die, but they often mutate into something different on foreign soil. John Ford's cowboys became Akira Kurosawa's samurai, and Kurosawa's samurai became Sergio Leone's serape-clad, cigarillo-chewing "The Man With No Name." And the list goes on. The same is true of that ...

'Dance With Me': Short on laughs, but big on energy

Film / Reviews Aug 21, 2019

'Dance With Me': Short on laughs, but big on energy

The Japanese film industry has made many musical films, but almost no Hollywood-style musicals. One reason why is Eizo Sugawa's "You Can Succeed, Too" (1964), a singing, dancing salaryman musical inspired by the Broadway hit "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying." Billed ...

How to sell your film abroad

Film | Wide Angle Aug 15, 2019

How to sell your film abroad

As a reviewer, reporter and programmer, I go to six or seven film festivals a year. This is nothing compared to some colleagues, who trudge the festival circuit in a never-ending loop, but it's enough to give me a heap of festival badges. My trip ...