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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 ...

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 ...