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Famed French director Luc Besson accused of rape, denies ‘fantasist’ accusations

Sat, 05/19/2018 - 21:49
A young actress has lodged a complaint for rape against French film director Luc Besson, judicial sources said Saturday, the latest in a string of ...

Director Hirokazu Kore-eda: a master of humanism

Sat, 05/19/2018 - 19:40
Hirokazu Kore-eda — who won the top prize at the Cannes film festival Saturday — is Japan’s answer to Ken Loach, a director whose stories ...

With ‘Shoplifters,’ Hirokazu Kore-eda becomes first Japanese director to win Cannes Palme d’Or in 21 years

Sat, 05/19/2018 - 17:52
Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda won the Palme d’Or at Cannes on Saturday for “Shoplifters,” a critically acclaimed family drama with unguessable plot twists.The film depicts ...

Through the lens: Japanese photographers explore nuclear narratives

Sat, 05/19/2018 - 07:00
Whether it’s the work of Robert Capa in the Spanish Civil War (1936-39) or Richard Drew’s iconic “Falling Man” picture of a man free-falling from ...

Mount Fuji is the gift to writers that keeps on giving

Sat, 05/19/2018 - 06:55
"Mountain/Home: New Translations from Japan" shows Mount Fuji from a variety of literary angles in this comprehensive anthology of translations.

Yasunari Kawabata’s ‘Dandelions’ probes the nature of mental illness

Sat, 05/19/2018 - 06:36
Initially published by Yasunari Kawabata (1899-1972) in 22 installments between June 1964 and October 1968, and subsequently revised from his notes after his death, "Dandelions" ...

Hideo Yokoyama’s ‘Seventeen’: A plane crash, a newsroom, an all-engrossing thriller

Sat, 05/19/2018 - 06:34
Based on the author's own experiences as an investigative reporter at a local paper in Gunma Prefecture, "Seventeen" uses the 1985 crash of Japan Airlines ...

1980s pop star Nick Heyward set to whistle back into Japan

Thu, 05/17/2018 - 23:43
English singer-songwriter Nick Heyward, probably best known as the frontman of early 1980s pop band Haircut 100, has for two decades resisted the urge to ...

‘Girl from Ipanema’ singer Joao Gilberto suffers the blues

Thu, 05/17/2018 - 21:41
His gentle voice in “Girl from Ipanema” still charms, but for Joao Gilberto, the sunny days of his bossa nova prime half a century ago ...

Japanese actor Ken Watanabe has split with actress wife: agency

Thu, 05/17/2018 - 07:10
Japanese actor Ken Watanabe, who has appeared in a number of American films including the 2003 period drama “The Last Samurai,” has split with his ...

Japanese singer Hideki Saijo, known for cover song of ‘Y.M.C.A.,’ dies at 63

Thu, 05/17/2018 - 02:56
Hideki Saijo, a singer popular in Asia and best known for his cover song of the megahit “Y.M.C.A.,” died of acute heart failure Wednesday, his ...

Udine film festival can teach Japanese directors a few things about international appeal

Thu, 05/17/2018 - 00:27
I’ve been an adviser to the Udine Far East Film Festival since 2000. The event, held in Udine, Italy, is the largest festival in Europe ...

‘The Shoot Must Go On’: Masayoshi Sukita captures some of rock music’s most iconic figures

Thu, 05/17/2018 - 00:15
Even if you don’t recognize the name, you probably know his shots. Photographer Masayoshi Sukita has captured images of rock gods and movie stars that ...

Happiness makes hit songs: study

Wed, 05/16/2018 - 22:58
Hit songs today are “happier,” more danceable and more likely to be sung by women than songs that fail to make it to the charts, ...

John Travolta dances his way through Cannes again with ‘Gotti’

Wed, 05/16/2018 - 14:19
John Travolta first came to Cannes 40 years ago while promoting “Grease,” and he’s still dancing along the Croisette.The 64-year-old actor returned to the Cannes ...

Hyoe Yamamoto dives into Japan’s culture of corporate corruption in ‘Samurai and Idiots: The Olympus Affair’

Wed, 05/16/2018 - 02:00
Speaking as a Japanese person, it’s a bit disheartening to see the words “samurai” and “idiot” in the same sentence. Filmmaker Hyoe Yamamoto’s documentary “Samurai ...

Violinist Aiko Goto returns to Japan with an Australian orchestra in tow

Wed, 05/16/2018 - 01:59
Aiko Goto is excited to be going home. The violinist has been a member of the Australian Chamber Orchestra since 1998 and it has been ...

‘Mori, the Artist’s Habitat’: A delightful dip into a creator’s world

Wed, 05/16/2018 - 01:58
Fact-checking biopics is an easy game for critics to play since nearly all films about real people fudge facts or even outright lie to tell ...

Vain, status-hungry author Tom Wolfe remembered in passing at 88 as ‘a magician’ with words

Tue, 05/15/2018 - 14:32
You only had to look at him — in his white suits and two-tone shoes — or read such books as “The Bonfire of the ...

Three dancers seek to redefine the contemporary form of their art in ‘Dan-su Series 3’

Tue, 05/15/2018 - 06:30
Contemporary dance seemed to enter the wider arts consciousness in Japan around the turn of the century, when there was a pronounced upsurge in the ...