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Kyoto gears up for a film festival — rain or shine

Film | Wide Angle Sep 20, 2018

Kyoto gears up for a film festival — rain or shine

It may be a spring chicken compared to its film festival siblings in Tokyo, Yamagata and elsewhere, but the Kyoto International Film and Art Festival has reached an important milestone: its fifth anniversary. The countdown to No. 5, which takes place from Oct. 11 to ...

'Penguin Highway': What goes up must come down ... in penguin form

Film / Reviews Aug 15, 2018

'Penguin Highway': What goes up must come down ... in penguin form

There's something about the playful, magical realist novels of Tomihiko Morimi that seems to lend itself to animated adaptations. Those adaptations include TV series like "The Tatami Galaxy" ("Yojohan Shinwa Taikei") and "The Eccentric Family" ("Uchoten Kazoku"), plus last year's film "The Night is ...

'Akira': Looking back at the future

Film Jul 16, 2018

'Akira': Looking back at the future

On the 30th anniversary of the release of the animated version of 'Akira' in Japan, we examine the enduring legacy of Katsuhiro Otomo's sci-fi classic.

The pain and the passion that fueled the creation of 'Akira'

Film Jul 14, 2018

The pain and the passion that fueled the creation of 'Akira'

When I tell Kuni Tomita the anime classic "Akira" turns 30 years old this month, she shakes her head and laughs. "Unbelievable," she says. The animator has a very personal connection to the movie: She was one of more than 60 key animators assembled to bring ...