Japan, take pride in 'Your Name.'

Film | Wide Angle Apr 20, 2017

Japan, take pride in 'Your Name.'

by Patrick St. Michel

Two weeks ago, the United States' box office saw a surprising animated feature take the top spot and generate large amounts of discussion — and memes — on social media. That was Dreamworks' "The Boss Baby," starring Alec Baldwin as a dapper, sassy infant. Further down ...

'Your Name.' to be released with English subtitles

Film Jan 20, 2017

'Your Name.' to be released with English subtitles

by Lena Knue

Makoto Shinkai's animated film "Your Name." continues to win over audiences in Asia, and now has its sights set on dominating North America, too. Distributor Funimation Entertainment is eyeing an April release date overseas for the anime, which centers on two teenagers who change bodies ...

The top entertainment stories of 2016

Culture Dec 30, 2016

The top entertainment stories of 2016

The Japan Times newsroom selected these culture stories as the most important of 2016. 1. Nothing lasts forever: After conflicting reports dominated tabloids, J-pop act SMAP finally announced a breakup planned for New Year's Eve. Regardless of whether it was in-fighting or exhaustion that led ...

Japanese movies may set ties with China in motion in 2017

Film Dec 24, 2016

Japanese movies may set ties with China in motion in 2017

by Takuya Karube

Japanese movies have the potential to give fresh impetus to efforts by Tokyo and Beijing to warm political relations in 2017, as evidenced by the recent smash-hit animation "Your Name." in China. Yoji Yamada, a prominent Japanese film director whose latest comedy's remake is to ...

A new wave of Japanese filmmakers matches the old

Film Dec 21, 2016

A new wave of Japanese filmmakers matches the old

by Mark Schilling

Nearly two decades after the Japanese New Wave of the 1990s, the directors who led it, including Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Hirokazu Koreeda and Naomi Kawase, are still the local industry's most prominent faces abroad. But this year a new generation of filmmakers has finally started ...