'Dance With Me': A homegrown Japanese musical has landed

Film Aug 22, 2019

'Dance With Me': A homegrown Japanese musical has landed

by Mark Schilling

Genres never really die, but they often mutate into something different on foreign soil. John Ford's cowboys became Akira Kurosawa's samurai, and Kurosawa's samurai became Sergio Leone's serape-clad, cigarillo-chewing "The Man With No Name." And the list goes on. The same is true of that ...

'Dance With Me': Short on laughs, but big on energy

Film / Reviews Aug 21, 2019

'Dance With Me': Short on laughs, but big on energy

by Mark Schilling

The Japanese film industry has made many musical films, but almost no Hollywood-style musicals. One reason why is Eizo Sugawa's "You Can Succeed, Too" (1964), a singing, dancing salaryman musical inspired by the Broadway hit "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying." Billed ...

Musical points to sinister nuclear implications

National Oct 28, 2014

Musical points to sinister nuclear implications

by Tomohiro Osaki

A recent court-themed musical staged in Tokyo was, to say the least, an audacious dig at the contentious state secrets law scheduled to take effect in December. Set several years after the law's passage last December, the musical, performed last week in Nakano Ward by ...