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Meet the kawaii witches of the East

| Jul 13, 2017

Meet the kawaii witches of the East

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Despite being a fantastic go-to costume on Halloween, witches in the West have never had it easy. There were the Salem witch trials of the 1690s, and similar trials elsewhere in North America and Europe through the 17th century, which served as warnings to ...

'Life' provides the chills of a sci-fi horror

/ Jul 12, 2017

'Life' provides the chills of a sci-fi horror

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Hot and humid Japanese summers call for kaidan, scary stories that send shivers down the spine. In the days before we had air conditioning, kids would gather around after dinner to tell and listen to those terrifying tales in an effort to chill out ...

Gross-out gags make 'Gintama' a miss

/ Jul 5, 2017

Gross-out gags make 'Gintama' a miss

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Some actors have a knack for picking good material. And some, like Shun Oguri, drift from stinker to stinker: "Museum," "Terra Formars," "Galaxy Turnpike," "Lupin the Third." Still considered a box-office force despite this dismal track record, Oguri stars in "Gintama," the live-action adaptation of ...

Issey Ogata finds wonderland in Riga in 'Magic Kimono'

Jun 28, 2017

Issey Ogata finds wonderland in Riga in 'Magic Kimono'

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Issey Ogata has built his career on virtuoso one-man theater shows in which he changes characters, from drunken salaryman to female fishmonger, as easily as other actors change clothes, while amusing audiences and winning critical accolades with sui generis portrayals that dig down to ...

When it comes to action, Hiroyuki Ikeuchi is your man

Jun 21, 2017

When it comes to action, Hiroyuki Ikeuchi is your man

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Hiroyuki Ikeuchi has what we refer to in showbiz as "the look." Sure, the 40-year-old actor has been working as an actor since his teens, even stepping behind the camera in 2006 for "Thirteen Moons." But it's his distinctive look that people remember. He can ...