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In a tale of two Akiras, let's see more Ai

Jun 29, 2017

In a tale of two Akiras, let's see more Ai

by Kaori Shoji

For fans of the ikemen (handsome dude), Wowow's new mini-series "Akira and Akira" is like manna from heaven. Kicking off July 9, it stars actors Osamu Mukai and Takumi Saito, and the hype at this point may as well be soundtracked by The Weather ...

High infidelity: Ayumi Ito reprises her role in 'Hirugao'

Jun 6, 2017

High infidelity: Ayumi Ito reprises her role in 'Hirugao'

by Matthew Hernon

A Japanese drama that instigated a nationwide debate about female infidelity and societal values, "Hirugao: Love Affairs in the Afternoon" has been made into a heart-wrenching movie that aims to have audiences reaching for the tissues. Set three years after the television series ended, the ...

Takumi Saitoh: Growing up with film

Oct 3, 2016

Takumi Saitoh: Growing up with film

by Matthew Hernon

As a former model and in-demand actor, it's no surprise that Takumi Saitoh has a sizeable fan base. A Google image search of the Tokyo native produces a large number of photos in which his smoldering gaze locks eyes with the viewer. The 35-year-old may ...

'Danchi': The extraordinary everywoman

/ Jun 1, 2016

'Danchi': The extraordinary everywoman

by Mark Schilling

"Danchi" doesn't translate easily into English. "Apartment complex" or "housing estate" are only rough equivalents for the thousands of public-housing units thrown up in the postwar boom years to cope with Tokyo's exploding population. Equipped with running water, flush toilets and other amenities, with ...