'Suffragette': The strength of women

Film / Reviews Jan 25, 2017

'Suffragette': The strength of women

by Kaori Shoji

Believe it or not, "Suffragette" is the first feature film out of Britain to focus exclusively on the suffragette movement. What took the country so long? Completed last year, it has finally made it to Japan, and in the light of all that's happening ...

Helen Pankhurst: The suffragettes were just the beginning

Film | Wide Angle Jan 25, 2017

Helen Pankhurst: The suffragettes were just the beginning

by Kaori Shoji

As women march to protest Donald Trump's presidency and "Suffragette" is released in Japan, the words of Helen Pankhurst, activist and British suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst's great-granddaughter, should resonate with many filmgoers. "It's actually pretty wonderful to see your own great-grandmother in a movie," says Helen. ...

Meryl Streep pipes up on doing what you love

Film Dec 8, 2016

Meryl Streep pipes up on doing what you love

by George Hadley-Garcia

One of the best lines uttered in Stephen Frears' film "Florence Foster Jenkins" comes from Meryl Streep in the role of Florence — which the actress gracefully repeats for me during her interview for The Japan Times. "Florence said, 'People can say she couldn't sing, ...

Stars come out for Tokyo film festival opening

Entertainment News Oct 25, 2016

Stars come out for Tokyo film festival opening

by Philip Brasor

The 29th Tokyo International Film Festival marked its opening Tuesday afternoon with a traditional red carpet ceremony that was heavy on Asian stars and filmmakers. With the festival abandoning its modern, eco-friendly "green carpet" this year, domestic stars dominated the promenade at the Roppongi Hills ...

'The Iron Lady'

Film / Reviews Mar 16, 2012

'The Iron Lady'

by Kaori Shoji

In 1990, Ian (my brother's friend from Sheffield, England) came over to the house and showed us a fax that had been sent by his family. There was only one sentence, and it said: "You can come home now, she's gone." And that was ...