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‘My Dad is a Heel Wrestler’: A body-slamming celebration of a spandex brotherhood

Wed, 09/26/2018 - 03:09
Movies about pro-wrestling seldom star actual pro wrestlers. Instead we get Mickey Rourke (“The Wrestler”) or Ryuta Sato (“Gachi Boy: Wrestling with a Memory”). But ...

‘Cafe Funiculi Funicula’: Extra spoonfuls of sentimentality make this flick hard to swallow

Wed, 09/26/2018 - 03:08
An old-fashioned coffee house serves up a dash of mystery and a great dollop of sentiment in Ayuko Tsukahara’s “Cafe Funiculi Funicula.” Based on a ...

Bill Cosby, 81, gets three to 10 years for sexual assault, is led away in handcuffs

Tue, 09/25/2018 - 14:44
His Hollywood career and good-guy image in ruins, Bill Cosby was sentenced Tuesday to three to 10 years behind bars for drugging and sexually assaulting ...

Tim Hecker delivers an electronic take on ancient Japanese court music on ‘Konoyo’

Tue, 09/25/2018 - 02:00
For the first decade of his career, the Canadian composer and sound artist Tim Hecker specialized in transmuting digital audio into thick miasmas of sound ...

Keiichi Tanaami’s visually trippy past

Tue, 09/25/2018 - 01:59
Sometimes innocent, sometimes pornographic, influences percolated, exploded and re-formed in multiple and mutant ways during Keiichi Tanaami's career, which took off in the 1960s and ...

‘Marcel Duchamp and Japanese Art’

Tue, 09/25/2018 - 01:58
Oct. 2-Dec. 9Throughout his career, the French-American artist Marcel Duchamp (1887-1968) challenged the values of Western art through his experimentation with impressionism, symbolism, fauvism and ...

‘Pierre Bonnard, The Never-Ending Summer’

Tue, 09/25/2018 - 01:57
Sept. 26-Dec. 17Pierre Bonnard (1867-1947) was one of the original members of Les Nabis, a French post-impressionist group of avant-garde artists who were inspired by ...

‘Nana Kuromiya: Utsutsu’

Tue, 09/25/2018 - 01:56
Sept. 29-Oct. 27After winning the 2014 Wonderwall Award for contemporary art, Kyoto-based artist Nana Kuromiya garnered national attention for her unusual techniques, which were derived ...

Psychologist: Bill Cosby a predator with uncontrollable urges

Mon, 09/24/2018 - 14:16
Bill Cosby’s sentencing hearing opened Monday with a debate over whether the 81-year-old comedian should be declared a “sexually violent predator” — a scarlet letter ...

Japan’s Kore-eda wins lifetime achievement award at prestigious Spanish film festival

Sun, 09/23/2018 - 20:29
Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda added to his growing list of accomplishments Sunday, becoming the first Asian to win the lifetime achievement award at the San ...

Accusers say they hope Bill Cosby is sentenced to serious prison time this week

Sun, 09/23/2018 - 18:07
Two of the women who have accused Bill Cosby of sexual assault decades ago said Sunday they hope he will be sentenced to prison time ...

Hokusai: Examining the enduring allure of a Japanese icon

Sat, 09/22/2018 - 07:00
The year is 1842 and the artist known as Hokusai is in his 80s.He has already lived nearly twice the average life span of his ...

Haruki Murakami’s ‘Underground’ still holds chilling lessons about Japan

Sat, 09/22/2018 - 06:38
Haruki Murakami's sole foray into journalism, "Underground: The Tokyo Gas Attack and the Japanese Psyche," celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. What lessons does it ...

‘The Journey’: Jiro Osaragi depicts a society coming to grips with defeat and occupation

Sat, 09/22/2018 - 06:36
Jiro Osaragi's "The Journey" is an intriguing literary and psychological depiction of a society coming to grips with the aftermath of defeat and occupation.

There’s a story for every taste in ‘Speculative Japan 4’

Sat, 09/22/2018 - 06:34
"Speculative Japan 4" is the latest in Kumamoto-based Kurodahan Press' mission to bring the best of Japanese science fiction and fantasy to the English-speaking world.

‘Ramblin’ Man’ singer Dickey Betts critical but stable after falling while playing with dog in Florida

Thu, 09/20/2018 - 17:03
Allman Brothers Band guitarist Dickey Betts is in “critical but stable” condition after slipping and cracking his head while playing with the family dog in ...

Cary Joji Fukunaga replaces Danny Boyle to become first American director of a James Bond film

Thu, 09/20/2018 - 06:55
Filmmaker Cary Joji Fukunaga will become the first American to direct a James Bond movie, producers announced Thursday, replacing British director Danny Boyle for the ...

Golden oldies: A Saitama theater festival for elderly actors welcomes seniors from around the world

Thu, 09/20/2018 - 00:11
Renowned theater director Yukio Ninagawa broke new ground when he launched Saitama Gold Theater in 2006. Instead of seasoned actors, he filled his troupe with ...

Kyoto gears up for a film festival — rain or shine

Wed, 09/19/2018 - 23:12
It may be a spring chicken compared to its film festival siblings in Tokyo, Yamagata and elsewhere, but the Kyoto International Film and Art Festival ...

U2’s Bono saw ‘pain’ on pope’s face over clergy sex abuse scandals

Wed, 09/19/2018 - 14:30
U2 front man Bono said he could see the pain on Pope Francis’s face on Wednesday when he told him “it looks to some people ...