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Drum Tao aims for blockbuster grandeur in its latest production

Wed, 07/18/2018 - 01:31
Based in mountainous Oita Prefecture in northeastern Kyushu, the privately owned and run Drum Tao company has barely paused from pounding away at the international ...

Soundtracking the thrill of the climb in Jennifer Peedom’s ‘Mountain’

Wed, 07/18/2018 - 01:30
With “Mountain,” director Jennifer Peedom has done for the mountaineering film what Marks & Spencer’s did for food advertisements years ago: taken the concept and ...

‘Boy Soldiers: The Secret War in Okinawa’: Gripping stories told by Okinawans provide a firsthand account of war

Wed, 07/18/2018 - 01:29
By documenting the tales of those who lived through the Battle of Okinawa in 1945, filmmakers Chie Mikami and Hanayo Oya question the island's current ...

‘Still Life of Memories’: An erotic drama that perpetuates the male gaze

Wed, 07/18/2018 - 01:28
Hitoshi Yazaki goes slightly overboard with visual innuendo in an otherwise artistic film.

Da Pump scores an unexpected summer hit with ‘U.S.A.’

Tue, 07/17/2018 - 23:48
The highly coveted song of the summer needs to cut across demographics and unite one nation under a beat. Think Len’s “Steal My Sunshine” in ...

Robin Williams speaks for himself in new HBO documentary

Tue, 07/17/2018 - 17:28
When filmmaker Marina Zenovich sought to make a documentary about Robin Williams, she found that she could do it largely in the late comedian’s own ...

Didgeridoo player Hiroki ‘Goma’ Morimoto survived a car crash and relearned a culture

Tue, 07/17/2018 - 03:10
Hiroki Morimoto will be celebrating a musical milestone when he hits the stage at Fuji Rock Festival this year: 20 years with his instrument of ...

A photographer’s return to Aomori

Tue, 07/17/2018 - 03:09
"I photograph landscape like it's skin" — artist Masako Kakizaki on her "Aonoymous: Full Circle" project

‘Bento: Design for Eating, Gathering and Communicating’

Tue, 07/17/2018 - 03:08
July 21-Oct. 8The bento lunch box has played a major role in Japanese people’s lives for centuries. Hundreds of years ago, the custom of using ...

‘Redon and His World: Beyond Imagination’

Tue, 07/17/2018 - 03:07
July 22-Dec. 2Though French symbolist Odilon Redon (1840-1916) was active at the same time as the impressionists, he pursued his own unique style, often depicting ...

‘In Pursuit of Happiness: Favorite Works from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston’

Tue, 07/17/2018 - 03:06
July 24-Oct. 8Over the past 20 years, the Nagoya/Boston Museum of Fine Arts has hosted numerous exhibitions featuring masterpieces from the Boston Museum of Fine ...

CNN anchor Anderson Cooper to receive Walter Cronkite Award

Mon, 07/16/2018 - 17:16
Arizona State University is awarding its 2018 Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism to CNN anchor Anderson Cooper.He will receive the award on Oct. ...

‘Akira’: Looking back at the future

Sun, 07/15/2018 - 19:00
On the 30th anniversary of the release of the animated version of 'Akira' in Japan, we examine the enduring legacy of Katsuhiro Otomo's sci-fi classic.

Tokyo art space battles against the current

Sun, 07/15/2018 - 01:30
Repurposing old buildings to show art is becoming increasingly mainstream in Japan, but the route by which Koichiro Osaka ended up creating the Asakusa gallery ...

The enduring appeal of ‘Akira,’ the manga

Sat, 07/14/2018 - 16:00
Katsuhiro Otomo's cyberpunk masterpiece, "Akira," has gone through multiple English-language incarnations throughout the years, but reader demand has never wavered.

Nancy Sinatra Sr., first wife of Frank Sinatra, dies at 101

Sat, 07/14/2018 - 02:11
Nancy Sinatra Sr., the childhood sweetheart of Frank Sinatra who became the first of his four wives and the mother of his three children, has ...

Comedian Sasha Baron Cohen pranks politicians Roy Moore and Joe Arpaio

Fri, 07/13/2018 - 21:11
Some politicians are going through the stages of panic associated with an interview with Sacha Baron Cohen: remorse, damage control, anger and regret for being ...

Scarlett Johansson pulls out of trans drama after backlash

Fri, 07/13/2018 - 20:41
Scarlett Johansson on Friday withdrew from the film “Rub & Tug” after her plans to portray a transgender man prompted a backlash.In a statement to ...

France celebrates Japanese culture with huge eight-month festival

Fri, 07/13/2018 - 20:24
France has opened the largest celebration of Japanese culture ever to take place abroad.The eight-month festival Japonismes 2018 features everything from prehistoric art to what ...

The pain and the passion that fueled the creation of ‘Akira’

Fri, 07/13/2018 - 17:00
When I tell Kuni Tomita the anime classic “Akira” turns 30 years old this month, she shakes her head and laughs.“Unbelievable,” she says. The animator ...