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A theater-goer takes a photo of the promotional poster for Hayao Miyazaki’s new film, “The Boy and the Heron.”
CULTURE / Film
Jul 18, 2023
‘The Boy and the Heron’: It’s so good to be back in Hayao Miyazaki’s world
Studio Ghibli’s latest film takes viewers on one last journey to the familiar world of a master animator who has captivated audiences worldwide for decades.
A cinema employee checks on a display showing a digital poster for Oscar-winning animator Hayao Miyazaki's latest film, "The Boy and the Heron," on the first day of its premiere in Tokyo on July 14.
CULTURE / Film
Jul 21, 2023
For his last movie, Hayao Miyazaki recycles himself
While visually and technically stunning, "The Boy and the Heron" might give some viewers an unsatisfying sense of deja vu.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Film
Jul 14, 2023
New Ghibli film draws early morning crowds despite little promotion
“Kimitachi wa Do Ikiru Ka?” is Hayao Miyazaki’s first film in a decade and one that brought him out of retirement once more.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Film
Jul 13, 2023
Will doing 'nothing' be yet another marketing coup for Studio Ghibli?
Studio Ghibli"s Toshio Suzuki has a history of taking unconventional approaches to promoting the work of anime director Hayao Miyazaki.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Film
Jul 6, 2023
Ahead of a new Studio Ghibli film, critics are asking, 'How will we live without Hayao Miyazaki?'
The creative force behind Japanese animation has teased retirement before, but owing to his age and pace of output, we may finally be seeing the final Studio Ghibli film next week.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jul 4, 2023
Taiwan legislator leads trial of ferry service to Yonaguni island in Japan
Taiwan"s Legislative Speaker You Si-kun and a delegation of around 80 people sailed from a port in Suao in Yilan at 9 a.m. and arrived at Yonaguni after a two-hour voyage.
Japan Times
LIFE / Travel
Jun 23, 2023
Thanks to Netflix, this tiny Swiss town has more visitors than locals
With pandemic rules subsiding, tourists are flocking to a small town in Switzerland to visit sites from the South Korean TV drama "Crash Landing on You."
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC / Politics / FOCUS
Jun 5, 2023
As Taiwan gears up for 2024 presidential poll, who are the top candidates?
The result will have profound global ramifications as Beijing continues to step up military activity and diplomatic pressure on the island.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Film
Jul 29, 2022
A cinematic plea for peace in Ukraine
Slovakian filmmaker Juraj Mravec Jr. presents firsthand accounts from a war zone in Ukraineu2019s eastern Donbas region in his 2016 documentary u201cPeace to You All.u201d
Japan Times
CULTURE / Books
May 8, 2022
'How Do You Live?': Timeless lessons for a new generation
Bruno Navasky's thoughtful translation of Genzaburo Yoshinou2019s 1937 coming-of-age story makes the author's inquiry into ethics available to non-Japanese readers for the first time.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Film
Mar 31, 2022
‘One Day, You Will Reach the Sea’: A haunting ode to those who couldn’t say goodbye
Yukino Kishii gives a controlled performance as a woman struggling to deal with the disappearance of a former friend in Ryutaro Nakagawau2019s drama.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Film
Jan 27, 2022
‘The World of You’: Director returns to the complexities of youth
Akihiko Shiotau2019s drama, which features two former members of idol-pop group Sakura Gakuin as teenagers who develop an intense bond, presents the delicate nature of relationships with nuance.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Film
Nov 11, 2020
Japanese rom-com 'Hold Me Back' wins sole prize awarded at 2020 Tokyo film festival
Director Akiko Ohku received the Audience Award for her film, "Hold Me Back." She also won the award at the festival in 2017 for "Tremble All You Want."
Japan Times
CULTURE / TV & Streaming
Aug 25, 2020
Actress Son Ye-jin is overwhelmed by Japanese interest in 'Crash Landing on You'
Actress Son Ye-jin has scored a hit with her portrayal of a South Korean heiress who accidentally winds up in North Korea in "Crash Landing on You."
Japan Times
JAPAN / Media / MEDIA MIX
Aug 22, 2020
Political documentaries in Japan struggle to inspire
Japanese documentaries analyze entrenched political power with largely unsurprising results.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Film
Aug 13, 2020
‘Zero as You Are’: An intimate look at a journey of self-discovery
Director Miyuki Tokoi documented Takamasa u201cSkyu201d Kobayashiu2019s life as a transgender teenager and adult over the course of nine years.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Media / MEDIA MIX
Jul 4, 2020
Korean drama successfully crash-lands on a Japanese audience
A drama about a romance that bridges the gap between two countries that are still at war comes with its own interpretive pitfalls.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Film
Jun 11, 2020
‘Why You Can’t Be Prime Minister’: A Sisyphean slog toward the top office
Shinzo Abe has been with us for so long now, it’s easy to forget that there was a time when Japan’s premiership seemed to rotate as frequently as the membership of AKB48.
Japan Times
Figure Skating / ICE TIME
Jan 14, 2020
Yuma Kagiyama's rocket to stardom continues at Youth Olympics
In the biggest competition of his career, Yuma Kagiyama rose to the occasion and gave the performance of his life on Sunday.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Film / 2019 in Review
Dec 25, 2019
2019 brought both tragedy and triumph to Japan's anime industry
While the anime world was rocked by a fatal arson attack at the studios of Kyoto Animation, a diverse range of new films and series gave the year a creative boost.

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