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For Mark Schilling's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

'Hanagatami': Extravagance on the edge of war

/ Dec 6, 2017

'Hanagatami': Extravagance on the edge of war

Despite a lengthy filmography that began in the 1960s, Nobuhiko Obayashi is known in the West mainly for his 1977 feature debut "House." This horror-fantasy about a house that devours its inhabitants is a surreal riot of the imagination that tosses local filmmaking conventions ...

Sun, sand and the silver screen

| Nov 23, 2017

Sun, sand and the silver screen

Launched in 1981 by Jeannette Paulson Hereniko, the Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF) was the first film festival in the United States to focus on films from the Asia-Pacific region. Being a bridge between East and West is still its mission, but HIFF now ...

'Spark': A fool and a straight man walk into a bar...

/ Nov 22, 2017

'Spark': A fool and a straight man walk into a bar...

Stand-up — one comic in front of a microphone — is the default setting for live comedy in the United States. In Japan the equivalent has long been rakugo, a traditional form in which a single performer tells comic stories. Today, however, aspiring ...

Ishiro Honda: The master behind Godzilla

Nov 18, 2017

Ishiro Honda: The master behind Godzilla

Everyone knows "Godzilla," the 1954 film that introduced Japan's most famous monster to the world. But the name of its director, Ishiro Honda, was for a long time only mentioned by foreign critics and fans in passing, if at all. Ishiro Honda: A Life in ...

'Yocho 'Foreboding'': The doctor is in ... and he's terrifying

/ Nov 15, 2017

'Yocho "Foreboding"': The doctor is in ... and he's terrifying

In a Hollywood that is increasingly obsessed with superhero blockbusters, the place to see many acclaimed filmmakers these days is on the small screen. In Japan, though, the Wowow entertainment channel has been producing original dramas by local auteurs for some time. One such auteur ...

'Hyouka': Teen detectives delve into dark territory

/ Nov 8, 2017

'Hyouka': Teen detectives delve into dark territory

Teenage sleuths date back to the days of "The Hardy Boys" and "Nancy Drew," but unlike those literary icons, the high schoolers who set out to solve a mystery in Mari Asato's "Hyouka" do not perform thrilling deeds of detection and derring-do. Based on Honobu ...