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‘Underdog’: This two-part boxing epic packs a punch

Wed, 11/25/2020 - 13:05
Director Masaharu Take’s 276-minute film was inspired by Martin Scorsese’s boxing saga “Raging Bull.”

‘Tezuka’s Barbara’: A dazzlingly dull descent into madness

Wed, 11/25/2020 - 13:00
Macoto Tezka’s adaptation of his father’s racy 1970s manga is visually intoxicating, but liable to leave viewers with a hangover.

‘Demon Slayer’ becomes Japan’s third-highest grossing film ever

Tue, 11/24/2020 - 09:56
The manga series, now a global hit, has been translated into 14 languages and is available in 33 countries and regions, according to publisher Shueisha ...

A passion project that became a literary journey through Kyoto

Sat, 11/21/2020 - 12:59
“Kyoto: A Literary Guide" was painstakingly collated by a group of friends whose dedication to studying the city’s literary legacy spans 10 years.

‘The Japanese: A History in Twenty Lives’: Personal stories present a fresh perspective on Japan

Sat, 11/21/2020 - 12:55
Christopher Harding scales Japan’s history down to the level of the individual with portraits of the eminent as well as the overlooked.

Composer Dai Fujikura’s new opera tackles fear and uncertainty

Thu, 11/19/2020 - 13:10
“A Dream of Armageddon” is based on H.G. Wells' prescient short story about weapons of mass destruction and totalitarianism.

Disney+ passes 73 million subscribers as streaming takes center stage

Thu, 11/19/2020 - 13:00
Disney on Thursday reported an 82% decline in quarterly operating income, the result of steep losses at its coronavirus-devastated theme park division and the postponement ...

‘Tokyo Ueno Station’ by Japanese-born Yu Miri wins U.S. book award

Thu, 11/19/2020 - 06:24
The author said she wants to share the prize with the people of Minamisoma, Fukushima Prefecture, where she now resides.

‘Me & My Brother’s Mistress’: Sneaky siblings will surprise you

Wed, 11/18/2020 - 13:05
When we first see Yoko (Nanami Kasamatsu), the stone-faced heroine of “Me & My Brother’s Mistress,” she’s looking right into the camera lens. Then she ...

‘Any Crybabies Around?’: Banishing your inner child is hard to do

Wed, 11/18/2020 - 13:00
Taiga Nakano gives a raw performance as a social pariah who attempts to make amends with his family and town in Takuma Sato’s film.

‘Knife’ critiques human nature through mime and dance

Wed, 11/18/2020 - 09:10
Choreographer Shuji Onodera was given total artistic freedom to create his adaption of Guy de Maupassant’s “Boule de Suif” with a multicultural cast.

NiziU and Babymetal to perform for first time on NHK’s ‘Kohaku’ music show

Tue, 11/17/2020 - 03:15
The popular New Year's Eve extravaganza will be held without an audience for the first time due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Renowned kabuki actor Sakata Tojuro dies at 88

Sun, 11/15/2020 - 04:48
Famed kabuki actor Sakata Tojuro IV, who was a designated living national treasure and a master of the kamigata style of kabuki performed in western ...

Art or vandalism? Japan tries to find the right balance with street graffiti.

Sat, 11/14/2020 - 13:00
Tokyo looks to find the right balance between encouraging creative expression and protecting buildings from vandalism.

‘Japanese Design Since 1945’ is all about the craftsperson’s mindset

Sat, 11/14/2020 - 12:58
American architect and writer Naomi Pollock focuses on the creators behind the products in her thoughtfully curated compendium of Japanese design.

Michael Emmerich: Wisely navigating the levels of translation

Sat, 11/14/2020 - 12:53
The UCLA professor and professional translator says there is a distinct pleasure in developing work in prose styles that are not his own.

Multidisciplinary collection in Tokyo depicts a paradox of restraint and restriction

Thu, 11/12/2020 - 11:27
The Fergus McCaffrey gallery has curated works that explore social and regional boundaries as well as the confinements of genre and convention.

Actors connect in ‘subconscious’ to play young and old Hokusai in new film

Thu, 11/12/2020 - 11:17
Yuya Yagira, who won a best actor award at Cannes Film Festival in 2004, and Min Tanaka, an internationally acclaimed dancer, will both portray the ...

The Tokyo clinic bringing stuffed toys back to life

Thu, 11/12/2020 - 10:00
Natsumi Clinic offers a full inpatient service for its clients, including spa baths, hair transplants and eye repair.

Japanese rom-com ‘Hold Me Back’ wins sole prize awarded at 2020 Tokyo film festival

Wed, 11/11/2020 - 13:15
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 ...