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The Japanese family, seen through Iranian eyes

Film Jan 24, 2019

The Japanese family, seen through Iranian eyes

by Kaori Shoji

Iranian director Ida Panahandeh's fourth feature, "The Nikaidos' Fall," took her way beyond her comfort zone. She didn't speak Japanese nor had she ever visited the country, and yet there she was with a Japanese crew and cast, filming a story about the Japanese ...

'Divine Justice': The surprises behind closed doors

Film / Reviews Jan 23, 2019

'Divine Justice': The surprises behind closed doors

by Mark Schilling

Love hotels feature in many Japanese films, including those, like Ryuichi Hiroki's "Kabukicho Love Hotel" and Izuru Kumasaka's "Asyl: Park and Love Hotel," that make such establishments a central focus. Typically guests drop their social masks within their walls, while employees get an up-close ...

A second helping of horror for 'Suspiria'

Film Jan 16, 2019

A second helping of horror for 'Suspiria'

by Kaori Shoji

Filmmaker Luca Guadagnino cites categorization as one of his enemies, and the sudden fierceness in his eyes shows he's not kidding. "I feel uncomfortable putting ideas and thoughts into boxes," Guadagnino, 47, tells The Japan Times. "As soon as you categorize something, it starts to ...

'Chiwawa': An enigma wrapped in a riddle

Film / Reviews Jan 16, 2019

'Chiwawa': An enigma wrapped in a riddle

by Mark Schilling

Edie Sedgwick was an Andy Warhol "superstar" and Bob Dylan muse who died at age 28 after bouts with mental illness and drug addiction — and has had a long afterlife as a legendary 1960s "it" girl. She is an inspiration for "Chiwawa," Ken Ninomiya's ...

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