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Sean Connery, the actor who introduced world to James Bond, dies at 90

Sat, 10/31/2020 - 15:17
Though he made more than 60 films, Connery was most closely affiliated with the debonair fictional British spy he portrayed seven times.

Calling out the U.S. military for ‘Poisoning the Pacific’

Sat, 10/31/2020 - 12:59
Journalist Jon Mitchell has spent 10 years probing the contamination of the Asia-Pacific region by the American and Japanese governments.

Literary magazine Monkey serves up a full meal of delights

Sat, 10/31/2020 - 12:55
Monkey’s inaugural volume features a who’s who of contemporary Japanese literature, with a food theme to tie the contributions together.

Filmmaker Eiji Han Shimizu finds his ‘True North’ in animated film about North Korea

Fri, 10/30/2020 - 00:00
Eiji Han Shimizu seeks to accurately reflect the experiences of prisoners in North Korean camps with his animated film.

Boxers go the distance in ‘Underdog,’ opener of upcoming Tokyo film festival

Thu, 10/29/2020 - 06:09
Masaharu Take’s films have always focused on painful stories about Japan’s “under-class,” people who are often overlooked in a nation stereotyped as monolithically well-to-do.

He was a rising jazz pianist from Tokyo. Then his NYC dreams were shattered.

Wed, 10/28/2020 - 13:10
He came to New York from Tokyo to make it as a jazz musician, and he did, landing gigs in several touring bands and leading ...

‘Living in the Sky’: Trust your cat, not your lover

Wed, 10/28/2020 - 13:05
Cannes winner Shinji Aoyama and the pop group collective Exile Tribe joined forces for this film about the complexities of personal relationships.

‘Dancing in Her Dreams’: Falling under the seductive spell of a bygone era

Wed, 10/28/2020 - 13:00
Hideyuki Tokigawa’s film romanticizes the heyday of Hiroshima’s strip theaters and the dancers who brought late-night fantasies to life.

Japan sees musical instruments flying off shelves amid pandemic

Sun, 10/25/2020 - 10:00
Social distancing and staying at home has led people to take up playing things such as the guitar or the ukulele.

‘Handmade in Japan’: A cross-country journey with traditional artisans

Sat, 10/24/2020 - 12:58
Irwin Wong’s personal project, which began with photos of craftspeople he admired, is now an insightful deep dive on Japan’s traditional crafts.

Unclutter your mind with ‘Zen Wisdom for the Anxious’

Sat, 10/24/2020 - 12:54
Ryuunji temple’s head priest, Shinsuke Hosokawa, offers encouragement and friendly advice with 52 Zen sayings and simple English explanations.

‘Demon Slayer’ destroyed box-office records despite the pandemic, but why?

Fri, 10/23/2020 - 13:31
“Demon Slayer” shocked the film industry with its pandemic-defying opening weekend. But in truth, COVID-19 may have helped boost its popularity.

Veteran Koji Yakusho brings his movie star clout to the Tokyo International Film Festival

Thu, 10/22/2020 - 13:05
This year’s TIFF ambassador discusses the festival experience, the effects of COVID-19 on the film industry, and discovering his inner Marie Kondo.

Contemporary performing arts festival stays open to new possibilities despite COVID-19

Thu, 10/22/2020 - 13:00
Festival/Tokyo, known for its focus on young artists and edgy productions, has shifted the annual festival's emphasis from live performances to online ones.

‘True Mothers’: An intimate look at two sides of adoption

Wed, 10/21/2020 - 11:12
Naomi Kawase’s drama tackles child adoption and teenage pregnancy with seriousness and compassion, while drawing a stand-out performance from Aju Makita.

‘Ainu Mosir’: A coming-of-age tale, respectfully told

Wed, 10/21/2020 - 11:09
Takeshi Fukunaga’s film centered on the indigenous people of northern Japan tells the story of a 14-year-old boy learning to appreciate his heritage.

10 days of J-horror: Films to get your fill of screams and scares

Wed, 10/21/2020 - 11:07
Halloween is only 10 days away, so here’s a list of J-horror films to watch each day to settle into the spooky season.

Millions of movie-goers defy pandemic for record opening of ‘Demon Slayer’

Wed, 10/21/2020 - 07:35
More than 3.4 million people put the risk of virus infection aside to turn up for the opening weekend of "Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba ...

Pitt’s ‘Fight Club’ jacket, ‘Pretty Woman’ boots up for sale in memorabilia auction

Wed, 10/21/2020 - 03:00
Film fans will have the chance to get their hands on the thigh-high patent leather boots worn by Julia Roberts in "Pretty Woman" or Tom ...

Academy-award winner Jeff Bridges diagnosed with lymphoma

Tue, 10/20/2020 - 14:35
Academy-award winner Jeff Bridges, known for his role in the 1998 film "The Big Lebowski," has been diagnosed with lymphoma, the actor announced on Monday ...