Tag - sci-fi



People dressed as King Kong and Godzilla attend the world premiere of "Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire" at the TCL Chinese Theater in Hollywood last month.
CULTURE / Entertainment news
Apr 2, 2024
'Godzilla x Kong' tops North American box office with $80 million haul
Japan's favorite monster seems to be on a roll this year, winning an Oscar and topping the box office in a prized market.
Japan Times
Film / Reviews
Jun 23, 2023
‘River’: A creatively contained time-loop flick
Flooded with ingenuity, the team behind “Beyond the Infinite Two Minutes” renews a winning trope for a captivating, addictive watch.
Japan Times
Apr 11, 2021
‘Terminal Boredom’ is a treasure trove of Izumi Suzuki’s subversive science fiction
Izumi Suzuki, a prolific writer of speculative science fiction and a counterculture figure in the 1970s and '80s, has gone largely overlooked by modern readers — until now.
Japan Times
Apr 25, 2020
‘Automatic Eve’ review: Familiar tropes reimagined with brilliant sci-fi originality
Rokuro Inui uses familiar elements of Japanese culture and history to build the world of his 2019 novel “Automatic Eve” (originally published in Japanese in 2014), but he quickly makes it clear that this is not Tokyo and Kyoto, this is Tempu and Kamigata, and not everything is as it appears to be.
Japan Times
Mar 23, 2019
William Gibson's 'Idoru': Tokyo sci-fi becomes full-blown reality
Satirical yet eerily plausible, William Gibson's 'Idoru' is a complex sci-fi novel set in post-quake Tokyo that addresses the often negative impacts technology has on our lives.
Japan Times
Oct 24, 2018
'Ten Years Japan': Chilling and sharp, these five shorts are a must-see for fans of 'Black Mirror'
In 2015, a dystopian omnibus film by five young directors from Hong Kong titled "Ten Years" became an indie hit. Envisioning the deteriorating state of the city in a decade's time, the film enraged Chinese authorities — and inspired "Ten Years" versions in Taiwan, Thailand and Japan.
Japan Times
Sep 22, 2018
There's a story for every taste in 'Speculative Japan 4'
'Speculative Japan 4' is the latest in Kumamoto-based Kurodahan Press' mission to bring the best of Japanese science fiction and fantasy to the English-speaking world.
Japan Times
Dec 2, 2017
Eli K. P. William's dystopian 'The Naked World' is not a tale for technophobes
It's been a banner year for science-fiction films. In October, cinema fans flocked to see Harrison Ford in "Blade Runner 2049." And "Star Wars: The Last Jedi," featuring Mark Hamill and the late Carrie Fisher, premiers in the U.S. on Dec. 15.
Japan Times
Nov 25, 2017
'The Sacred Era': Yoshio Aramaki introduces a post-apocalyptic world governed by religion
Lauded as the most important work of the Japanese science-fiction writer, Yoshio Aramaki, "The Sacred Era" is a bold undertaking.
Japan Times
Sep 13, 2017
Kiyoshi Kurosawa examines the threat within in sci-fi thriller 'Before We Vanish'
Kiyoshi Kurosawa is best known for films about ghosts and other types of strange phenomena that are capable of stirring foreboding feelings through mininal means such as curtains rustling ominously in the breeze or red duct tape stuck incongruously on doors.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Film / Wide Angle
Jul 1, 2015
Apocalyptic desert sci-fi and the drying Hollywood landscape
Apocalypse now, in the desert — that's the mood in American sci-fi films these days, as the epic Californian drought continues.
Japan Times
Jun 20, 2015
The new face of Japanese sci-fi chases an augmented world
Japanese science fiction has a long history. The genre could be considered to stretch back as far as the eighth-century tale of time traveler Urashima Taro or 10th-century story of moon-princess Kaguya-hime, but it was the rapid changes brought on during the Meiji Era (1868-1912) that generated one of...
Japan Times
Jul 29, 2014
Avengers in Sci-Fi talk about Zeppelin and the problem with festivals
You don't usually hear Led Zeppelin and science fiction mentioned in the same breath. But for Taro Kohata, who plays guitar and synthesizer, and sings for rock band Avengers In Sci-Fi, the two go hand in hand.
Apr 19, 2014
Novelist EnJoe given special citation by Philip K. Dick sci-fi award
Novelist Toh EnJoe was awarded a special citation from the administrators of the 2014 Philip K. Dick Award for science fiction published in the United States, his publisher said Saturday.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Entertainment news
Sep 4, 2013
Acclaimed sci-fi author Frederik Pohl dies at 93
Frederik Pohl, who helped shape and popularize science fiction as an influential agent, editor and award-winning author, died Sept. 2 at a hospital near his home in Palatine, Illinois. He was 93.


Traditional folk rituals like Mizudome-no-mai (dance to stop the rain) provide a sense of agency to a population that feels largely powerless in the face of the climate crisis.
As climate extremes intensify, Japan embraces ancient weather rituals