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'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 ...

Spotlight on Harada films is well-deserved

Oct 22, 2015

Spotlight on Harada films is well-deserved

by James Hadfield

Following last year's embrace of anime and "content," 2015 sees the Tokyo International Film Festival reassert its credentials as an event, first and foremost, for cineastes. One particularly welcome addition is the new Japan Now section, a roundup of recent and upcoming movies from ...

A militaristic turn for the Japanese film industry

Aug 19, 2015

A militaristic turn for the Japanese film industry

by Mark Schilling

Why have Japanese filmmakers recently been turning out so many films about World War II and its aftermath? The obvious answer is that they're commemorating the 70th anniversary of that war's end, which was marked on Aug. 15. But there are far fewer new ...

A more complex portrayal of Emperor Hirohito

Aug 5, 2015

A more complex portrayal of Emperor Hirohito

by Mark Schilling

Emperor Hirohito, who is posthumously known as Emperor Showa, had a procession of public images during his long reign from 1926 to 1989 — though none were quite accurate. There was the pre-1945 Emperor — stern and remote on his white horse — who was ...