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Ukiyo-e: Japan’s original pop art

Sat, 09/19/2020 - 12:52
Edo Period ukiyo-e were like today’s popular media — celebrity photos, travel pics, snapshots of daily life — all reflecting the spirit of the times.

Actress and producer Urara Matsubayashi takes control of narrative on societal struggles

Fri, 09/18/2020 - 02:15
“Kamata Prelude” is an omnibus by four directors that is based on the life experiences of Urara Matsubayashi, the film’s star and producer.

Noh theater struggles to survive the pandemic

Fri, 09/18/2020 - 02:00
Shuttered venues and a lack of subsidies have added to dwindling audience numbers to create worry for performers.

Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s best director win at Venice is a career changer

Fri, 09/18/2020 - 01:45
The reaction to Kiyoshi Kurosawa winning the Silver Lion for best direction has been overwhelmingly positive, but 'Wife of a Spy' isn’t entirely free of ...

From the battlefield to manga to Zoom: A Kyushu samurai clan and its legendary warrior get an online outing

Thu, 09/17/2020 - 09:55
Sengan-en, the estate of a samurai clan, is going virtual in honor of the family’s legendary warrior, Shimazu Toyohisa, and the manga modeled on him.

‘Midnight Swan’ highlights transgender issues and self-expression through dance

Thu, 09/17/2020 - 03:00
Director Eiji Uchida hopes to raise awareness of transgender issues in Japan with his film, which stars SMAP’s Tsuyoshi Kusanagi.

‘The Cornered Mouse Dreams of Cheese’: Looking for love in the wrong places

Thu, 09/17/2020 - 02:55
Isao Yukisada’s gay romance offers refreshing scenes of domestic intimacy, but can’t resolve the underlying problems of its manga source material.

‘Cenote’: A hypnotic dive into a wellspring of stories, ancient and new

Thu, 09/17/2020 - 02:50
Kaori Oda’s documentary delves into the allure of natural sinkholes and the people who live around them in the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico.

Children’s puppet shows help bunraku master endure coronavirus shutdown

Tue, 09/15/2020 - 10:00
Kanjuro Kiritake says the pandemic has left him worrying for the future of his art form.

Actress Sei Ashina found dead in suspected suicide

Mon, 09/14/2020 - 14:17
Japanese actress Sei Ashina was found dead at her Tokyo apartment by family on Monday morning, her agency said, following what investigative sources believe was ...

Kiyoshi Kurosawa wins best director award at Venice for ‘Wife of a Spy’

Sun, 09/13/2020 - 02:47
Filmmaker is the first Japanese director to win the prestigious award in 17 years.

COVID-19 pandemic, and local politics, threaten the future of anime conventions

Sat, 09/12/2020 - 13:00
The coronavirus outbreak has altered the reality of mass gatherings worldwide, but canceling an event isn’t something all organizers are in a position to do.

‘The Japanese Sake Bible’: Sake production is ‘a business that’s all about families’

Sat, 09/12/2020 - 12:59
“The Japanese Sake Bible” delves deep into the history and culture of Japan’s national drink, as well as the stories of the people who make ...

U.S. lawmakers press Disney chief about Xinjiang links to ‘Mulan’

Sat, 09/12/2020 - 08:16
A bipartisan group of U.S. lawmakers have asked Walt Disney Co. Chief Executive Officer Bob Chapek to explain the company’s contacts with “security and propaganda ...

‘Twelve Angry Men’: 1950s courtroom drama about confronting prejudice still rings true

Fri, 09/11/2020 - 03:00
Director Lindsay Posner hopes his staging of “Twelve Angry Men” in Tokyo will make audiences assess how their attitudes affect their perceptions.

Japanese pop band Arashi to release English single written by Bruno Mars

Fri, 09/11/2020 - 02:55
“Whenever You Call” will be the first English song released by Arashi, who is scheduled to halt its activities at the end of the year.

‘Mulan’ 1998: A moment of joy and anxiety for Asian American viewers

Fri, 09/11/2020 - 02:50
By the time "Mulan” came out, Asian American activists were still reeling from the failure of "All-American Girl” (1994-95), the first sitcom to feature a ...

‘L’Etranger De La Plage’: Love story adaptation is missing its heart

Thu, 09/10/2020 - 03:00
Akiyo Ohashi’s film version of Kanna Kii’s manga tells the story of two men falling in love while dealing with loss and parental disapproval.

‘A Beloved Wife’: Marital woes deliver laughs and pull at the heartstrings

Thu, 09/10/2020 - 02:55
Director Shin Adachi’s comedy about sparring spouses is based on his 2016 semi-autobiographical novel, “Chibusa ni Ka” (“Mosquito on the Breast”).

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