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THEATER

Japan Times
CULTURE / Film
Nov 25, 2015
Hideo Nakata's 'Ghost Theater' recalls true horror
A decade or so ago, J-horror (Japanese horror) was a hot genre worldwide. Thinking they had a sure-fire box-office formula — implacable ghosts scaring the bejesus out of attractive women — filmmakers mass-produced sequels, spinoffs and knock-offs, to mostly diminishing returns.
Japan Times
JAPAN / History
Nov 19, 2015
Asakusa's resilience rubs off on France-za theater, cradle of postwar pop culture
Takeshi Kitano, an internationally known director and actor, recently revisited the place where he began his career as a comedian around 40 years ago, a strip theater called Asakusa France-za, in downtown Tokyo.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Voices / FOREIGN AGENDA
Nov 11, 2015
Let women and the world into kabuki and watch it flourish
Kabuki has the ability to enrich the imagination of the world; it should not be held back by insular vision and outmoded conservatism.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Film / Wide Angle
Sep 2, 2015
Japanese theater group travels to Europe by film
Getting a Japanese film on the international festival circuit isn't as easy as it sounds — and even more so for "Ao no Ran," the latest film in the popular Geki×Cine series that fuses stage production with cinema.
Japan Times
WORLD / Crime & Legal
Aug 27, 2015
'Evil, mental illness not mutually exclusive': Gunman gets 3,318 years for cinema massacre
Condemning movie massacre gunman James Holmes to 12 life sentences and the maximum 3,318 years in prison for his rampage in a midnight screening of a Batman film, a Colorado judge said on Wednesday that evil and mental illness are not mutually exclusive.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Stage
Aug 25, 2015
'Soma' project dances over divides
If you took a handful of aspiring Japanese contemporary dancers and blended them with a few members of Tanztheater Wuppertal — the world-famous German troupe formed in 1973 by the modern dance icon Pina Bausch (1940-2009) — what kinds of artistic chemistry would you get?
Japan Times
JAPAN
Aug 1, 2015
South Korean student in New York pens musical to educate on 'comfort women' issue
A musical penned by a drama student from Seoul living in New York and focusing on "comfort women" opened off Broadway on Friday, with the playwright aiming to educate audiences about females who were forced to work in Japanese wartime military brothels.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Stage
Jul 21, 2015
Performing arts poised to bloom at ETAT 2015
The sixth Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale is set to start July 26 in Tokamachi City and Tsunan Town in Niigata Prefecture, north-central Honshu.
Japan Times
WORLD / Crime & Legal
Jul 17, 2015
Jury finds Aurora cinema massacre gunman guilty of multiple counts of first-degree murder
Colorado movie massacre gunman James Holmes was found guilty on Thursday of multiple counts of first degree murder and attempted murder, a verdict that enables prosecutors to seek the death penalty for the former graduate student who killed a dozen people and wounded 70 at a midnight premiere of a Batman...
Japan Times
CULTURE / Stage
Jul 7, 2015
New head of Takarazuka troupe looks to the future
The new head of the Takarazuka Revue Company says he aims to lay the foundations for the musical theater troupe to continue to flourish long into the future, after the all-female company celebrated its 100th anniversary last year.
Japan Times
LIFE / Style & Design
May 30, 2015
Sayoko Yamaguchi, an enigma to the end
You may not know the name, but there is a good chance you know the face. As Clara Bow, Greta Garbo and Twiggy were iconic of their times, Sayoko Yamaguchi was everywhere in the 1970s. Even if you weren't a dedicated follower of fashion, it would have been difficult to avoid her cool gaze, which appeared...
Japan Times
CULTURE / Film
May 13, 2015
'Ao no Ran' is a riproaring rhapsody in blue
"Ao no Ran" is the latest in the popular Geki×Cine series. To cut a long story short, Geki×Cine is a filmed stage production, but one done so meticulously that not a single moment of relevance or emotion is lost in the translating process.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Stage
May 2, 2015
Dramatist brings citizens of all ages together
Public theaters across the country are holding significantly more community productions and workshops aimed at local residents who are looking to get involved in performance art.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Entertainment news
Apr 18, 2015
Reviewers slam actor Watanabe's poor English skills in N.Y. musical
Actor Ken Watanabe receives scathing remarks about his English skills, although not his acting, as critics review the opening of the Broadway musical “The King and I.”
Japan Times
CULTURE / Stage
Mar 25, 2015
Summit spotlights school dramatists
"Diversity is the outstanding attraction of high school drama, so I'm always appreciating afresh theater's myriad charms," the prominent director Keisuke Tanaka said with a beaming smile during a recent interview ahead of the fifth annual High School Drama Summit at Tokyo's leading Agora Theater.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Stage
Mar 4, 2015
Kabuki icon takes Dazzle dancers to new levels
Street dance has been growing in popularity for years among younger generations in "Cool Japan," with displays often attracting crowds of passers-by.
CULTURE / TV & Streaming / CHANNEL SURF
Feb 13, 2015
Saitama Gold Theater Company; Aum Shinrikyo sarin attack anniversary; CM of the week: Takarakuji
The Saitama Gold Theater Company, supervised by Japan's most famous theater director, Yukio Ninagawa, is made up of seniors — average age 75 — who were stage amateurs before they auditioned for the troupe. Now they play to thousands of paying customers every year, even overseas.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Stage
Feb 4, 2015
Ninagawa still exploring in eighth take on 'Hamlet'
Yukio Ninagawa's "cherry-blossom" staging of "Macbeth" at the Edinburgh Festival in 1985, with actors in that famously Scottish play sporting kimono rather than kilts, was a sensation due to its radical reimagining of so revered a work.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Stage
Feb 4, 2015
Groundbreaking Bard double bill is set to surprise in more ways than one
Over the past decade, Shintaro Mori has made a name for himself in Japan's theater world as a director with a passion for plays in translation. So, true to form, next month at the ACM Theater in Art Tower Mito he is staging a double bill comprising Shakespeare's comedy "Twelfth Night" (or "What You Will"),...
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Our Lives
Feb 1, 2015
Bringing a 'cesspool to sushiland' life to the stage
"Coming to Japan was the best decision I've ever made," says Stefhen Bryan, loud and enthusiastically, contrasting with the frown he was making a moment earlier at the miso-flavored ramen he'd ordered and just tasted. "Should've gotten the salt-flavored."

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