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'Sunny': The gang reunites for some 1990s nostalgia

/ Aug 22, 2018

'Sunny': The gang reunites for some 1990s nostalgia

by Mark Schilling

Compared to today's Tokyo, where teenagers quietly curate their Instagram feeds in Starbucks and tourists happily snap selfies from the middle of Shibuya Crossing, the 1990s were a wilder, freer time. Shibuya was then the domain of the kogyaru, teenage girls who cheekily flouted traditional ...

A new wave of Japanese filmmakers matches the old

Dec 21, 2016

A new wave of Japanese filmmakers matches the old

by Mark Schilling

Nearly two decades after the Japanese New Wave of the 1990s, the directors who led it, including Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Hirokazu Koreeda and Naomi Kawase, are still the local industry's most prominent faces abroad. But this year a new generation of filmmakers has finally started ...

'Scoop!': Read all about it here

/ Sep 21, 2016

'Scoop!': Read all about it here

by Mark Schilling

Japanese weekly scandal magazines are pond scum, are they not? Dishing up grainy paparazzi photos of the famous and powerful, accompanied by wink-wink stories about improprieties and crimes — alleged or exposed — they appeal to the lowest common denominator, with their only raison ...