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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 ...

Docu Meme highlights unseen victims of coronavirus pandemic in Japan

Tue, 10/20/2020 - 12:43
As the number of novel coronavirus infections continues to grow, so do the stigmas and stereotypes associated with certain segments of Japan’s population, be they ...

Japanese cinema must adapt to survive, warns rising-star director

Tue, 10/20/2020 - 06:55
Koji Fukada says original ideas in the country's industry are lacking, and that art house cinema is in need of a financial boost.

BTS fans have a new way to show their love: buying shares

Tue, 10/20/2020 - 06:13
In the music industry, fans are everything. But when it comes to K-pop, that adage holds more true than ever.

Japanese jazz trumpeter Toshinori Kondo dies at 71

Mon, 10/19/2020 - 09:04
The musician was known for a series of improvised performances at scenic spots around the world.

Hans Brinckmann: Bearing witness to Japan’s postwar transformation

Sat, 10/17/2020 - 12:58
The Dutch writer’s follow-up to his 2005 memoir offers insight into Japan’s economic, political and cultural changes between 1950 to the present.

Motoyuki Shibata is always ready to listen to writers’ voices

Sat, 10/17/2020 - 12:53
The founder of the literary magazine Monkey says a translator’s first priority should be to honor the pleasure of reading.

In ‘True Mothers,’ Naomi Kawase examines what makes a family

Fri, 10/16/2020 - 02:07
Naomi Kawase draws on personal experience in her new film, an intimate look at adoption that blurs the line between documentary and fiction.

‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ conjures dark fantasies

Wed, 10/14/2020 - 13:05
Director Silviu Purcarete reveals the murky and bizarre aspects of humanity in a modern adaptation of Shakespeare’s comedy about love and magic.

‘Wife of a Spy’: Gripping drama lays bare wartime atrocities

Wed, 10/14/2020 - 13:00
Fresh off a win for best director at the Venice International Film Festival, Kiyoshi Kurosawa's masterful look at war heroes is out in Japan.

Facing the music: Can Japan’s vibrant record culture survive the COVID-19 pandemic?

Sat, 10/10/2020 - 13:00
An iconic Tokyo record store prepares to close, leaving vinyl fans fearing for the future.

What are the stories we’re reading about Hiroshima and Nagasaki?

Sat, 10/10/2020 - 12:58
This year’s releases on the atomic bombs run the gamut of perspectives, proving that historical events are very much what we make of them.

‘One Love Chigusa’: A hellish future seen through reconstructed eyes

Sat, 10/10/2020 - 12:52
Soji Shimada’s knack for mystery is apparent in his psychological sci-fi novella about a man whose world looks different after a horrific accident.

‘People From My Neighborhood’: Bite-sized stories about the mysteries of small-town Japan

Sat, 10/10/2020 - 12:51
Hiromi Kawakami’s collection of interlinking vignettes is a satisfying mix of neighborhood drama, folk mythology and magical realism.

Disney says It had to work with Chinese government on ‘Mulan’

Sat, 10/10/2020 - 04:36
Walt Disney Co. defended its cooperation with government entities accused of human-rights abuses in China’s Xinjiang region, saying the company had to work with the ...

The pressure to be perfect turns deadly for celebrities in Japan

Fri, 10/09/2020 - 13:00
Yuko Takeuchi is the latest in a succession of suicides that has shown the burdens of a society where many feel that they must conceal ...

As Cineworld closes its theaters, Japan’s Toho on a upward trajectory

Thu, 10/08/2020 - 15:05
While global cinemas are reeling from the coronavirus and delays to “Dune” and the latest James Bond release, shares of Japan’s biggest movie company are ...