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'Under Your Bed': Sleeping with the enemy

Film / Reviews Jul 17, 2019

'Under Your Bed': Sleeping with the enemy

by James Hadfield

Rare is the child who hasn't lain awake at night, terrified by the monster they imagine is lurking beneath their bed. But in a country where many people grow up sleeping on futons, such fears are perhaps less deeply rooted. That would explain why, ...

Tomorrow's film legends descend on Saitama

Film | Wide Angle Jul 11, 2019

Tomorrow's film legends descend on Saitama

by Mark Schilling

Launched in 2004 to promote digital cinema, the Skip City International D-Cinema Festival (July 13-21) in Kawaguchi, Saitama Prefecture, has become a showcase for emerging filmmakers. Among the Skip City alumni who have gone on to thriving careers are Cannes Palme d'Or winner Nuri ...

'Tourism': Not quite the trip of a lifetime

Film Jul 10, 2019

'Tourism': Not quite the trip of a lifetime

by Mark Schilling

Taking a pleasure trip abroad used to be a big, once-in-a-lifetime event for the average Japanese. The No. 1 dream destination was Hawaii, since it was seen as glamorous and exotic, yet safe and familiar. A view of Diamond Head out the hotel window ...

'Diner': Maybe find another place to eat

Film / Reviews Jul 3, 2019

'Diner': Maybe find another place to eat

by Mark Schilling

The aesthetic of photographer and director Mika Ninagawa is gaudy to the nth degree. She crowds blood-red roses into her frame like crammed commuters in a rush-hour train. When she makes it rain, her actors may as well be standing under Niagara Falls. This may ...

'The Journalist': Uncovering the dark side of Japan

Film / Reviews Jun 26, 2019

'The Journalist': Uncovering the dark side of Japan

by James Hadfield

Before Donald Trump made "fake news" the buzzword of choice for dissemblers and autocrats, Japanese netizens were already starting to question the veracity of what they read in the papers, albeit for very different reasons. The media's handling of the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster, in ...

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