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Dai Watanabe: Forging his own path, away from the familiar

Film Jun 12, 2019

Dai Watanabe: Forging his own path, away from the familiar

by Kaori Shoji

Though he rarely acknowledges the fact in public, Dai Watanabe is the son of Ken Watanabe: arguably Japan's most internationally known actor since Toshiro Mifune. Among Japanese media, the fact is common knowledge, though in interviews with Watanabe junior, the subject is often off-limits. Dai ...

Japanese film director Yasuo Furuhata dies at age 84

Film May 27, 2019

Japanese film director Yasuo Furuhata dies at age 84

Japanese film director Yasuo Furuhata, known for his work with the late actor Ken Takakura, died of pneumonia on May 20 in Tokyo, Toei Co. said Sunday. He was 84. After joining the film production company, Furuhata, a native of Nagano Prefecture, marked his debut ...

Japan takes a backseat at Cannes

Film | Wide Angle May 23, 2019

Japan takes a backseat at Cannes

by Mark Schilling

The Cannes Film Festival, the world's premier film event, has long been a holy grail for Japanese filmmakers. Selection for the main competition is the ultimate goal for many, though screenings in other sections convey prestige at home that other festivals, in Japan and ...

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