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Is Southeast Asia now Japan's competition?

Film Dec 14, 2016

Is Southeast Asia now Japan's competition?

by Mark Schilling

Japan is an Asian entertainment powerhouse, is it not? This October's Japan Contents Showcase, which was held in Tokyo's Odaiba and Shibuya areas, included markets for film and TV (TIFFCOM), animation (TIAF) and music (TIMM), with 356 Japanese companies selling to 1,539 registered buyers, ...

Keeping it real: Naomi Kawase on filmmaking

Film Jun 22, 2016

Keeping it real: Naomi Kawase on filmmaking

by Mark Schilling

Naomi Kawase has always been an outlier in the Japanese film world, if a very successful one. Born and raised in Nara Prefecture, the site of Japan's ancient capital, she started making documentaries while a student at the Osaka School of Photography in the ...

Reflections on the dark side of a tropical island

Film / Reviews Jul 16, 2014

Reflections on the dark side of a tropical island

by Mark Schilling

Naomi Kawase was once Japan's best-known female director abroad; now she is one of its most internationally prominent directors, regardless of gender. This change is largely due to her long association with the Cannes film festival, where her first fiction feature, "Moe no Suzaku (Suzaku)," ...