'The Third Murder' wins big at Japan's film awards

Film Mar 5, 2018

'The Third Murder' wins big at Japan's film awards

by Max Burt

The 41st Japan Academy Prizes took place March 2 and legal thriller "The Third Murder" won big, including the awards for picture of the year and best direction for Hirokazu Kore-eda. The award for best animation went to Masaki Yuaasa's "Night is Short, Walk on ...

Surefire formulas failed Japanese cinema in 2017

Film Dec 20, 2017

Surefire formulas failed Japanese cinema in 2017

by Mark Schilling

In a quarter-century of reporting on the Japanese film industry, I've yet to find one optimist about its future. I used to regularly hear laments from veteran filmmakers and executives who remembered the industry's 1950s glory days, when admissions exceeded 1 billion annually and the ...