Kengo Kora and the perfect period drama sword fight

Film Mar 27, 2019

Kengo Kora and the perfect period drama sword fight

by Matthew Hernon

'Game of Thrones" star Sean Bean is well-known for dying in almost everything he stars in. If you had to find a Japanese equivalent, though, it would certainly be Kengo Kora. Since his 2006 big-screen debut, the Kumamoto native has featured in around 50 films, ...

Actress Kirin Kiki wants an ending with no twists

Film Jun 28, 2018

Actress Kirin Kiki wants an ending with no twists

by Mai Yoshikawa

When life gave her lemons, film star Kirin Kiki didn't make lemonade, but wild grass enzyme juice. It's the only thing that has satisfied her taste buds since her advanced-stage cancer caused her to lose her appetite, and even her desire for alcohol has vanished ...

Director Hirokazu Kore-eda: a master of humanism

Film May 20, 2018

Director Hirokazu Kore-eda: a master of humanism

Hirokazu Kore-eda — who won the top prize at the Cannes film festival Saturday — is Japan's answer to Ken Loach, a director whose stories about struggling ordinary people never fail to touch. His gentle slices of ordinary life have been praised for their humanism, ...

National Jul 8, 2013

Tokyo sees rise in elderly shoplifters

The number of people aged 65 or older caught shoplifting in Tokyo has been rising, with the elderly outnumbering those 19 or younger in 2012 for the first time since 1989, when officials started compiling comparable date. Police officials believe shoplifting by the elderly is ...