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Chiaki Soma puts on a not-so-common theater festival

7 hours 57 min ago
In the world of Japanese contemporary drama, the action often takes place offstage as well as on.A case in point is what happened to Chiaki ...

Awards season blows through Japan with a conspicuous lack of buzz

8 hours 47 min ago
It’s awards season. Many a film journalist, from those working at the trade papers to those at the major dailies, spend months speculating who’ll get ...

Biopic explores secret scandal behind ‘Pippi Longstocking’

9 hours 28 min ago
A dark secret long held by Swedish author Astrid Lindgren led her to create one of the most beloved heroines of children’s literature, Pippi Longstocking, ...

Japanese actor Ren Osugi, famed for his roles in Takeshi Kitano’s yakuza films, dies at 66

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 23:35
Japanese actor Ren Osugi, best known for his supporting roles in director Takeshi Kitano’s yakuza films, died Wednesday from a heart attack, according to TV ...

Steven Soderbergh’s thriller ‘Unsane’ shot on iPhone premieres in Berlin

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 17:51
Director Steven Soderbergh said on Wednesday he so enjoyed making his psychological thriller “Unsane” on an iPhone, he would find it hard to go back ...

‘Going the Distance’: A powerful take on the Japanese definition of family

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 01:04
Marriages in Japan were long between families, with the omiai (arranged marriage) process typically serving to both introduce prospective partners to each other and vet ...

Pyeongchang ceremonies’ music director Kunihiko Ryo composes a message of unity

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 00:57
Growing up as an ethnic Korean in Japan has given Kunihiko Ryo a unique perspective on the big picture, something that is especially useful in ...

‘Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms’: Mari Okada’s visuals tell a moving story

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 00:56
Mari Okada is one of the most prominent — and prolific — writers in anime today. A native of Chichibu, Saitama, she’s perhaps best known ...

George Clooney to join Florida teens in gun control march on Washington

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 15:05
George Clooney and his wife said on Tuesday they are donating $500,000 to the “March for Our Lives” rally in Washington and will walk with ...

Contemporary dance festival puts modern ‘Genji’ front and center

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 00:23
How do you make a thousand-year-old story resonate with an audience in Osaka today? Tell them that you plan to radically modernize one of the ...

The best pick and mix of modern art

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 00:22
The current exhibition at the Hara Museum of Contemporary Art could be considered a retrospective of Toshio Hara’s career as a collector. Surprisingly, given that ...

‘New Planet Photo City: William Klein and Photographers Living in the 22nd Century’

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 00:21
Feb. 23-June 10Known for his photojournalism and fashion photography of the 1950s to ’80s, William Klein’s playful humor and unusual techniques greatly influenced modern visual ...

‘Velazquez and the Celebration of Painting: The Golden Age in the Museo del Prado’

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 00:21
Feb. 24-May 27The Museo Nacional del Prado in Madrid was founded in 1819 to showcase works that had been acquired by the Spanish Royal family. ...

‘The Beauty of Patina: Bronze Art of Ancient China and Japan’

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 00:20
Feb. 24-March 25 ‘Bronze Jia Wine Warmer With Tao-tie Design’ | OSAKA CITY MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS; YAMAGUCHI COLLECTION Excavation findings have shown that ancient ...

Japanese director’s pro-whaling documentary wins award at London film festival

Sun, 02/18/2018 - 21:00
A 2015 documentary on local supporters of Japan’s traditions of whaling and dolphin-hunting won an international film festival award Saturday in London, the director said ...

‘Three Billboards’ and Gary Oldman bag BAFTAs as women make waves at U.K. film awards

Sun, 02/18/2018 - 17:13
Ferocious female-led tragicomedy “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” was the big winner Sunday at the British Academy Film Awards in London, where women demanding an ...

Darkness aside, beauty exists in Tanizaki’s shadows

Sat, 02/17/2018 - 06:34
The darker spaces, as Tanizaki seems to infer, decelerate time; the absence of light heightens our perception of what little exists.

Pyeongchang’s pop takes home gold

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 01:49
Politics hovered over the opening ceremony of the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. The pageantry came against a backdrop of geopolitical intrigue, featuring the presence of ...

‘River’s Edge’: Strong characters make this teen drama more than just a nostalgia trip

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 01:37
Teenagers in seishun eiga (youth movies) tend to be pure-hearted types meant to inspire sighs of nostalgia from older audiences. But anyone who looks back ...

Isao Yukisada swaps feel-good teen drama tropes for brutal honesty in ‘River’s Edge’

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 01:37
In a two-decade directing career that began with the 1997 relationship drama “Open House,” Isao Yukisada has made everything from the critically acclaimed “Go” (2001), ...