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'The Lowlife' tackles taboos in Japan's porn industry

Oct 27, 2017

'The Lowlife' tackles taboos in Japan's porn industry

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The director of a controversial new Japanese movie depicting the plight of three conflicted porn actresses is hoping his film will help eliminate what he calls "prejudice" against the industry. Takahisa Zeze's "The Lowlife," an adaptation of a novel by erotic actress Mana Sakura, brings ...

The 'Blade Runner' universe before '2049'

Oct 26, 2017

The 'Blade Runner' universe before '2049'

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Before Denis Villeneuve's blockbuster sequel "Blade Runner 2049" was turning heads, a few lesser-known short films were already building on its predecessor's grim sci-fi universe. In early 2017, Villeneuve selected directors Shinichiro Watanabe and Luke Scott (son of original "Blade Runner" director Ridley Scott) to ...

Getting close to Ryuichi Sakamoto

| Oct 26, 2017

Getting close to Ryuichi Sakamoto

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Stephen Nomura Schible refrains from saying whether he and musician Ryuichi Sakamoto are friends, or even close, despite having filmed a documentary about him. "When I'm in the U.S., everyone refers to him by his first name, but in my mind and when I'm in ...