Surefire formulas failed Japanese cinema in 2017

Film Dec 20, 2017

Surefire formulas failed Japanese cinema in 2017

by Mark Schilling

In a quarter-century of reporting on the Japanese film industry, I've yet to find one optimist about its future. I used to regularly hear laments from veteran filmmakers and executives who remembered the industry's 1950s glory days, when admissions exceeded 1 billion annually and the ...

A new wave of Japanese filmmakers matches the old

Film 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

Film / Reviews 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 ...

It's time for us to get to know a 'Bondo-san'

Film Dec 3, 2015

It's time for us to get to know a 'Bondo-san'

by Kaori Shoji

With industry speculation about the latest 007 vehicle, "Spectre," being the last round for Daniel Craig, it's a good time to rethink the whole James Bond persona. Does he have to be white? Does he have to wear those bespoke suits? Does he really ...

Actors Fukuyama, Fukiishi marry

Entertainment News Sep 28, 2015

Actors Fukuyama, Fukiishi marry

Actor and singer-songwriter Masaharu Fukuyama, 46, and actress Kazue Fukiishi, 33, married on Monday, their management agencies said. The day happened to be Fukiishi's birthday. "We had a friendship which over the past few years grew into a relationship," Fukuyama said in a statement issued ...