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 ...

Actress Kirin Kiki wants an ending with no twists

Film Jun 28, 2018

Actress Kirin Kiki wants an ending with no twists

by Mai Yoshikawa

When life gave her lemons, film star Kirin Kiki didn't make lemonade, but wild grass enzyme juice. It's the only thing that has satisfied her taste buds since her advanced-stage cancer caused her to lose her appetite, and even her desire for alcohol has vanished ...

Director Hirokazu Kore-eda: a master of humanism

Film May 20, 2018

Director Hirokazu Kore-eda: a master of humanism

Hirokazu Kore-eda — who won the top prize at the Cannes film festival Saturday — is Japan's answer to Ken Loach, a director whose stories about struggling ordinary people never fail to touch. His gentle slices of ordinary life have been praised for their humanism, ...

Koreeda's film wins jury prize at Cannes festival

Entertainment News May 28, 2013

Koreeda's film wins jury prize at Cannes festival

"Like Father, Like Son," directed by Hirokazu Koreeda, received the Prix du Jury at the 2013 Cannes International Film Festival on Sunday. It was the first Japanese film to receive an award in the competition division since Naomi Kawase's "The Mourning Forest," which won the ...