Matthew Hernon

For Matthew Hernon's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Casting director Ko Iwagami plays matchmaker in Hollywood

Mar 28, 2018

Casting director Ko Iwagami plays matchmaker in Hollywood

It was Ko Iwagami's love for American cinema, and "Indiana Jones" in particular, that took him to the United States. Now a successful casting director, he understands that Hollywood isn't always so kind. "After watching 'The Last Samurai,' I thought I could be like Ken ...

High infidelity: Ayumi Ito reprises her role in 'Hirugao'

Jun 6, 2017

High infidelity: Ayumi Ito reprises her role in 'Hirugao'

A Japanese drama that instigated a nationwide debate about female infidelity and societal values, "Hirugao: Love Affairs in the Afternoon" has been made into a heart-wrenching movie that aims to have audiences reaching for the tissues. Set three years after the television series ended, the ...