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A grab-bag of news and reviews from Japan-related film and television to take you into Golden Week:

  • “Over the Town,” Rikiya Imaizumi’s film about modern love, may center on a scruffy man-child and his series of failures, but it’s the four women who become involved with him that give the story heart, writes Mark Schilling.
  • In “Remain in Twilight,” Daigo Matsui gets nostalgic over the goofs in the back of math class but ultimately gets stuck in the potty humor of the past, says Schilling, but “if lip-farting angels is your idea of funny, this could be your movie.”
[In Japanese] Kunie Tanaka, actor, dies at 88, known for 'Kita no Kuni Kara' [April 2]
[In Japanese] Kunie Tanaka, actor, dies at 88, known for ‘Kita no Kuni Kara’ [April 2]
  • New York-based, Japan-born director Yuko Torihara hit the pavement with writer Henry Chang to highlight the stories of Asian Americans in her documentary “Chinatown Beat.” Kaori Shoji hit Zoom to find out more from Torihara about the project.
  • Has the coronavirus killed cinema? Au contraire, says Imax, which plans to almost triple its number of cinemas in Japan by 2024, betting on a strong post-pandemic rebound in the world’s third-largest movie market.
  • And finally, actor Kunie Tanaka, known for appearances in Akira Kurosawa’s “Sanjuro” and the long-running TV drama series “Kita no Kuni Kara” (“From the Northern Country”), has died aged 88, his family said earlier this month.

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