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WIDE ANGLE

Japan Times
CULTURE / Film / Wide Angle
Oct 28, 2015
Scream queen festival arrives in Tokyo
The point is to scream — a lot.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Film / Wide Angle
Oct 21, 2015
The foreign element at the Kyoto International Film and Art Festival
While covering the recently ended second edition of the Kyoto International Film and Art Festival, I again realized that being a non-native isn't always such a bad deal in a country that prides itself on its omotenashi (hospitality) to outsiders.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Film / Wide Angle
Oct 14, 2015
Restored and rediscovered Kon Ichikawa films to screen at TIFF
With the centennial of his birth this year, Promethean director Kon Ichikawa (1915-2008) is due for a revival. The upcoming Tokyo International Film Festival is accordingly screening three of his films in its new Japanese Cinema Classics section.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Film / Wide Angle
Oct 7, 2015
Tokyo's best art-house cinema reopens with Robert Altman documentary
When Yebisu Garden Place opened for business in Tokyo in 1994 you could walk through its marionette clock square, pass under a glass arch and find the best art-house theater in Tokyo — Ebisu Garden Cinema — tucked away beside a faux chateau. The debut film it screened was Robert Altman's masterpiece "Short Cuts," the first of many great films to be shown there.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Film / Wide Angle
Sep 30, 2015
Tokyo International Film Festival showcases classic anime, J-horror and yakuza films
The Tokyo International Film Festival, Japan's biggest film fest and a showcase for foreign movies that otherwise might never see the light of day here, will run from Oct. 22 to 31 this year. Opening the festival is Robert Zemekis' "The Walk," and the closer is local tearjerker "Kishuten Eki Taminaru" ("Terminal"), which features megastar Koichi Sato.
CULTURE / Film / Wide Angle
Sep 23, 2015
The verdict on Netflix Japan: far from extensive, but great for docs
Netflix has finally launched in Japan site after months of hype. But is it worth shelling out for?
Japan Times
CULTURE / Film / Wide Angle
Sep 16, 2015
Mumblecore arrives in Japan, a decade late
The closest thing American cinema has had to a movement in recent years has been the self-deprecatingly titled genre, mumblecore, made up of lo-fi independent films that incestuously share cast, crew and concerns. Take the insecurity and self-obsession of Woody Allen's "Manhattan" mixed with the chatty characters from a Richard Linklater film, then throw in a lot of umms and you'll get the picture.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Film / Wide Angle
Sep 9, 2015
Kyoto International Art and Film Festival is a challenge to Tokyo's cultural power
The Kyoto International Film and Art Festival, which takes place from Oct. 15 to 18 in Japan's ancient capital, began as a sort of challenge to the local film industry's power center, Tokyo.
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
CULTURE / Film / Wide Angle
Aug 26, 2015
Will another Miyazaki save Japanese cinema from Hollywood?
In the 1990s, when I was reporting on the Japanese film business for a British trade magazine, big-budget Hollywood movies with splashy special effects dominated the local box office. And the industry consensus was that resistance — in the form of made-in-Japan effects extravaganzas — was futile. Then Hayao Miyazaki's 1997 animation "Mononoke Hime" ("Princess Mononoke") not only dominated that year's summer box office by making an astounding ¥19.3 billion, but set an all-time earnings record for a film released in Japan. The tide had begun to turn against the Hollywood colossus.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Film / Wide Angle
Aug 19, 2015
Tale of Tuscan beekeeping and family breakdown has a sting
Italian drama "The Wonders" opens on Aug. 22 and it's well worth a look (or two or three).
Japan Times
CULTURE / Film / Wide Angle
Aug 12, 2015
Director attacks critics who claim Japanese films fall short of Hollywood standards
In a recent interview with The Associated Press, Shinji Higuchi, the director picked by Toho to revive its dormant "Godzilla" franchise, promised that his version of the iconic monster would be larger and more terrifying than its predecessors. However, the most hair-raising comment in the article was one attributed to film critic Yuichi Maeda, who was quoted as saying, "Hollywood movies can count on million-dollar budgets, but even the most expensive Japanese films get only about a third of a million dollars."
Japan Times
CULTURE / Film / Wide Angle
Aug 5, 2015
The 47 ronin seek vengeance in medieval Europe
"Chushingura,"the 18th-century tale of the 47 ronin, is one of Japan's most beloved historical legends. And once again it has become fodder for a flashy Hollywood movie, this time called "Last Knights," starring Morgan Freeman and Clive Owen, and directed by none other than Mr. Flash himself: Kazuaki Kiriya. "Last Knights" is his first English-language film, and opens here in November.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Film / Wide Angle
Jul 29, 2015
Tokyo International Film Festival promises a more diverse selection this year
Second-guessing the programming of the annual Tokyo International Film Festival is a favorite sport of movie types in Japan — I've been doing it myself for years.
CULTURE / Film / Wide Angle
Jul 22, 2015
In search of male 'members' great and small
Iceland has everything that matters. There's Bjork, of course. There's Skyr yogurt, widely acknowledged to be the best on the planet. And they've got a place called The Icelandic Phallological Museum, the world's only museum dedicated to the penis, run by Sigurour Hjartarson. For more than 40 years this man has been amassing a formidable collection of mammalian male organs, but there's just one empty spot on his shelf: a human specimen. Hjartarson's work remains incomplete without a generous donor, and it's practically heart-rending to witness his dilemma.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Film / Wide Angle
Jul 15, 2015
Hayao Miyazaki cleans up Japan
Rich, famous, semi-retired people commonly take up good causes (based on whatever they define as "good"), but animation maestro Hayao Miyazaki does things differently.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Film / Wide Angle
Jul 1, 2015
Apocalyptic desert sci-fi and the drying Hollywood landscape
Apocalypse now, in the desert — that's the mood in American sci-fi films these days, as the epic Californian drought continues.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Film / Wide Angle
Jun 17, 2015
7-year-old 'Detective Conan' deserves more credit
For the past two decades I've nurtured a secret love for Conan, the boy detective of the "Meitantei Conan" ("Case Closed") series — both Gosho Aoyama's manga, which started in 1994, and the TV anime that began in 1996. The Japanese movie industry may have had its ups and downs, but the annual feature-length versions of "Conan" have consistently been box-office winners. The 19th "Conan" film, "Goka no Himawari" ("Sunflowers of Inferno") was released in April this year.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Film / Wide Angle
Jun 10, 2015
Where to find Japanese films screening in Tokyo with English subtitles
When I first started watching Japanese films at cinemas in Tokyo nearly three decades ago, screenings with English subtitles were nonexistent. I spent a month with my Japanese teacher at the time studying the script of Akira Kurosawa's "Kagemusha"("The Shadow Warrior") so I could puzzle out its feudal-era dialogue in the theater.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Film / Wide Angle
Jun 3, 2015
Festival of off-center European films comes to Tokyo and Kyoto
One of the main goals of a film festival is to show movies that audiences won't get to see otherwise. For the festival operators there's another objective: testing reactions to films and stories, and using that information for marketing purposes. And with the number of film festivals being held in Japan on the rise, it's a win-win. If you want to see quality movies that may not get a theatrical release (and to encourage distributors to bring over more interesting movies), visit your local film fest for a sampling of undiscovered gems.

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