Dai Watanabe: Forging his own path, away from the familiar

Film Jun 12, 2019

Dai Watanabe: Forging his own path, away from the familiar

by Kaori Shoji

Though he rarely acknowledges the fact in public, Dai Watanabe is the son of Ken Watanabe: arguably Japan's most internationally known actor since Toshiro Mifune. Among Japanese media, the fact is common knowledge, though in interviews with Watanabe junior, the subject is often off-limits. Dai ...

Actor Ken Watanabe nominated for Olivier Award

Entertainment News Mar 6, 2019

Actor Ken Watanabe nominated for Olivier Award

Actor Ken Watanabe was nominated Tuesday for the 2019 Laurence Olivier Awards in the category for best actor in a musical for his role in "The King and I." The other actors in the running are Marc Antolin of "Little Shop of Horrors," Kobna Holdbrook-Smith ...

Van Sant plots a bleak hike through Aokigahara

Film Apr 27, 2016

Van Sant plots a bleak hike through Aokigahara

by Kaori Shoji

At least Arthur Brennan didn't want sushi, an AKB48 concert or a night out on the town with a maiko (trainee geisha) on his arm. As Japan's ranking soars on the international travelers' destination lists, the more cliched their itineraries seem to get. But ...