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Japan takes a backseat at Cannes

Film | Wide Angle May 23, 2019

Japan takes a backseat at Cannes

by Mark Schilling

The Cannes Film Festival, the world's premier film event, has long been a holy grail for Japanese filmmakers. Selection for the main competition is the ultimate goal for many, though screenings in other sections convey prestige at home that other festivals, in Japan and ...

'Farewell Song': Guitars without rock 'n' roll excess

Film / Reviews May 22, 2019

'Farewell Song': Guitars without rock 'n' roll excess

by James Hadfield

Of all the many breeds of musician out there, few are as stubbornly uncinematic as acoustic singer-songwriters. Forget flamboyance, creative excess, clashing egos and all the other qualities that tend to attract filmmakers to the music industry in the first place. The average singer-songwriter ...

'Promare': A burning need for rage control

Film / Reviews May 15, 2019

'Promare': A burning need for rage control

by Matt Schley

Ever been so angry you felt like you were going to explode? In "Promare," the new anime film from studios Trigger and Xflag, that's no metaphor. The story goes that when the members of a certain segment of the population get mad enough, flames ...

Quentin Tarantino's new film makes the cut for Cannes

Film May 3, 2019

Quentin Tarantino's new film makes the cut for Cannes

Quentin Tarantino's much-anticipated new film "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood" will premiere at the Cannes film festival, organisers said Thursday, after doubts over whether it would be finished in time. The movie, which stars Brad Pitt as a 1970s stuntman alongside Leonardo DiCaprio and ...

TikTok sets its sights on the music industry

Film | Wide Angle May 2, 2019

TikTok sets its sights on the music industry

by Patrick St. Michel

Short-form video app TikTok isn't content being the center of online youth culture in Japan. Now, it's eyeing the music industry. Earlier this month, TikTok announced a new project called Spotlight. This initiative invites users to submit original music, which will then be siphoned into ...