The gritty side of Polish film

Film | Wide Angle Nov 23, 2016

The gritty side of Polish film

by Giovanni Fazio

European cinema lost one of its greats in October, when Polish director Andrzej Wajda passed away at the age of 90. Wajda, perhaps best known for his 1981 Cannes Palme d'Or winner "Man of Iron," had a long association with Japan, being awarded both ...

Kabuki icon takes Dazzle dancers to new levels

Stage Mar 4, 2015

Kabuki icon takes Dazzle dancers to new levels

by Mana Katsura

Street dance has been growing in popularity for years among younger generations in "Cool Japan," with displays often attracting crowds of passers-by. Though many artists perform alone in public, others have pooled their talents to help broaden their appeal. Among those, one standout is nine-member ...

Polish history captured by a man who was there

Film Apr 3, 2014

Polish history captured by a man who was there

by Kaori Shoji

He may be 88 years old and the director of 54 films, but Polish film giant Andrzej Wajda is still evolving as a storyteller. His latest, "Wałesa: Man of Hope," opens in Tokyo on April 5 (as "Wałesa: Rentai no Otoko") and marks his ...