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New film sheds light on nighttime nurseries

Oct 8, 2017

New film sheds light on nighttime nurseries

A Japanese documentary film that attempts to dispel negative perceptions about nighttime nursery schools is being released in Tokyo as a curtain-raiser for a nationwide run. The film, titled "Yakan mo Yatteru Hoikuen" ("Nurseries Open Even at Night"), aims to highlight the truth ...

The crafted sensuality of director Tran Anh Hung

Sep 27, 2017

The crafted sensuality of director Tran Anh Hung

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When Tran Anh Hung enters the room for an interview with The Japan Times, a hush falls among the people gathered there. The staff speak in low, gentle tones and their gestures seem restrained. "It's probably because I'm very sensitive to the sound of spoken ...

'Poolsideman': Bringing life to the mundane

/ Sep 27, 2017

'Poolsideman': Bringing life to the mundane

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In his three films to date, Hirobumi Watanabe has created a unique cinematic world. "And the Mud Ship Sails Away" (2013), "7 Days" (2015) and now "Poolsideman" (2016) were all shot in black-and-white in Watanabe's native Tochigi Prefecture, with music by younger brother Yuji ...