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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 ...

A scorched-earth fix to a celebrity scandal

| Jun 15, 2017

A scorched-earth fix to a celebrity scandal

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Scandals can send a celebrity's career careening off a cliff. This is especially true in Japan, where minor violations of the social code can lead to major personal repercussions. But even by Japanese standards the fallout from the June 2 arrest of actor Ryo Hashizume, ...

South Korean director urges new rules over Netflix movies at theaters

Jun 15, 2017

South Korean director urges new rules over Netflix movies at theaters

A top South Korean director called Wednesday for new rules on screening Netflix films in cinemas as local chains boycott his blockbuster over the U.S. streaming giant's online policy. The movie "Okja", directed by Bong Joon-ho, sparked controversy at this year's Cannes film festival over ...

Netflix may fix Japan movie-financing dilemma: director Naomi Kawase

Jun 9, 2017

Netflix may fix Japan movie-financing dilemma: director Naomi Kawase

Japan's Cannes prodigy Naomi Kawase believes Netflix can help unleash the creativity of her country's film industry, despite the eruption of a row over the American streaming giant that marred the French film festival. Kawase, a regular at the world's most prestigious film festival since ...

'20th Century Women': Smoke signals from the late 1970s

Jun 7, 2017

'20th Century Women': Smoke signals from the late 1970s

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American culture in the mid-20th century begs a multitude of descriptions, but if I had to sum it up in one word, it would probably be "smoking." People chain-smoked through the Vietnam protests, Watergate scandal, Stonewall riots and innumerable other events, both historic and ...