'Shinjuku Tiger': A story of one man and his mask

Film / Reviews Mar 20, 2019

'Shinjuku Tiger': A story of one man and his mask

Spend enough time on the streets of Shinjuku, and you'll eventually spot a flamboyantly dressed figure in a tiger mask carrying fake flowers, stuffed animals and a boombox. This is Shinjuku Tiger, the subject of a documentary of the same name out this week. Tiger-san, ...

'School-Live!': Zombie flick lands dead on arrival

Film / Reviews Jan 30, 2019

'School-Live!': Zombie flick lands dead on arrival

A manga series whose time in the public consciousness peaked years ago? Check. A cast of idol singers whose acting chops are questionable at best? Check. A script in dire need of a rewrite? Check. You guessed it: It's time for another manga-to-live-action adaptation. Based ...

Anime Feminist: Tackling anime's gender bias

TV | Wide Angle Jan 24, 2019

Anime Feminist: Tackling anime's gender bias

Over the past few years, there has been more mainstream recognition of the idea that discourse is better served when it is expanded outside the sole realm of heterosexual, white, cisgender men. That's true of major forums, and no less true when it comes ...

Anime in 2018 saw serious cash but no surprise hits

TV Dec 13, 2018

Anime in 2018 saw serious cash but no surprise hits

What do a 24-year-old child detective, a group of seriously laid-back campers and anthropomorphic blood cells have in common? 2018, that's what. "Anime is a medium, not a genre" is a common refrain, and in a field as diverse as Japan's animation industry, it can ...

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 ...