'Farewell Song': Guitars without rock 'n' roll excess

Film / Reviews May 22, 2019

'Farewell Song': Guitars without rock 'n' roll excess

by James Hadfield

Of all the many breeds of musician out there, few are as stubbornly uncinematic as acoustic singer-songwriters. Forget flamboyance, creative excess, clashing egos and all the other qualities that tend to attract filmmakers to the music industry in the first place. The average singer-songwriter ...

'Hero Mania': Japanese heroes are keeping it real

Film / Reviews May 4, 2016

'Hero Mania': Japanese heroes are keeping it real

by Mark Schilling

Why don't Japanese audiences turn up in big numbers for Hollywood superhero movies? The rare success in Japan of the Spider-Man series suggests one answer: Japanese like superheroes just fine, as long as they're flawed humans as well as heroic fighters for justice. Another case ...

TV | CHANNEL SURF Apr 22, 2016

NNN Document 16; Fukigen-na Kajitsu; WOWOW

by Philip Brasor

Tokai Television has become an expert on the subject of adoption in Japan, and this Sunday it will air the latest installment in its series "NNN Document 16" (Nippon TV, 12:55 a.m.) The program follows Emiko, a 56-year-old woman who only last year discovered she ...