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Coinciding with the end of the Heisei Era (1989-2019), veteran film critic Mark Schilling, who began his career in Japan as a reviewer for The Japan Times in 1989, released a compilation of his best film writing from the past two decades.

The book, “Art, Cult and Commerce: Japanese Cinema Since 2000,” serves as a compendium of the ins and outs of the Japanese film industry through hundreds of reviews of critically acclaimed hits as well as overlooked indies, thoughtful essays, “best films of the year” lists and more than 60 interviews with some of Japan’s luminary figures in cinema, including Hirokazu Kore-eda, Naomi Kawase, Hayao Miyazaki and Sion Sono.

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