Is the feudal era over for Japan's talent agencies?

Film May 2, 2018

Is the feudal era over for Japan's talent agencies?

by Mark Schilling

Japanese show business definitely has a feudal side. Talent agencies control their tarento (talent) much in the way the daimyō (feudal lords) controlled the samurai in their clans, supporting their livelihoods in return for absolute fealty. And just as samurai were expected to stay ...

France bestows Legion of Honor on film director Takeshi Kitano

National Oct 19, 2016

France bestows Legion of Honor on film director Takeshi Kitano

The French government has named Japanese film director Takeshi Kitano as a recipient of the Legion of Honor for his impact on contemporary arts, his office said Tuesday. Kitano, 69, will be named an Officier, the fourth-ranked honor in the L'ordre National de la Legion ...

Takeshi Kitano and the men who watch women sleeping

Film Feb 24, 2016

Takeshi Kitano and the men who watch women sleeping

by Kaori Shoji

An older man, a much younger woman and a mystery that surrounds their relationship — for the Japanese, it's a familiar story. The woman doesn't say much, letting her youthful allure and beauty do most of the talking. The man doesn't say much either; ...