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‘Murder in the Crooked House’: Behind the mask of a classic Japanese murder mystery

Sat, 01/26/2019 - 06:38
Japanese-English translator Louise Heal Kawai reveals the challenges of sourcing translation commissions and how one text — Soji Shimada's "Murder in the Crooked House" — ...

With deft portraits and prescient predictions, Lafcadio Hearn’s ‘Kokoro’ offers snapshots of early modern Japan

Sat, 01/26/2019 - 06:36
"Kokoro," a collection of essays published in 1896 by the prolific Anglo-Irish author Lafcadio Hearn, teems with a diverse panorama of observations from a country ...

Androids, infertility and ethics collide in Kazufumi Shiraishi’s dystopian ‘Stand-in Companion’

Sat, 01/26/2019 - 06:34
Kazufumi Shiraishi's novella "Stand-in Companion" offers an interesting male perspective on infertility, plumbing the frustrations of a childless couple and the self-accusation and unspoken blame ...

Work of popular Japanese manga artist Naoki Urasawa showcased in Hollywood

Sat, 01/26/2019 - 03:32
The work of popular Japanese comic book artist Naoki Urasawa has been on display in Hollywood at a facility used to promote his country’s culture, ...

French Oscar-winning composer Michel Legrand dies aged 86

Sat, 01/26/2019 - 03:14
Prolific French composer Michel Legrand, who won three Oscars and five Grammys during a career spanning more than half a century, died Saturday aged 86, ...

Hit Netflix reboot ‘Queer Eye’ setting its sights on Japan in new episodes

Fri, 01/25/2019 - 02:59
The “Fab Five” from Netflix’s hit reality series “Queer Eye” will bring their makeover talents to Tokyo this year for special episodes, the media streaming ...

Indian sex trafficking film gives voice to ‘voiceless girls’

Thu, 01/24/2019 - 16:38
Her role as a victim of sex trafficking was so harrowing that Mrunal Thakur almost backed out.To research the experiences of women and girls sold ...

Anime Feminist: Tackling anime’s gender bias

Thu, 01/24/2019 - 02:35
Over the past few years, there has been more mainstream recognition of the idea that discourse is better served when it is expanded outside the ...

The Japanese family, seen through Iranian eyes

Thu, 01/24/2019 - 02:25
Iranian director Ida Panahandeh’s fourth feature, “The Nikaidos’ Fall,” took her way beyond her comfort zone. She didn’t speak Japanese nor had she ever visited ...

Cartoonist Rumiko Takahashi wins top prize at French comics festival

Wed, 01/23/2019 - 23:51
Japanese cartoonist Rumiko Takahashi has been awarded the grand prize at the prestigious Angouleme International Comics Festival for her contribution to the development of manga, ...

Popular Zimbabwean musician Oliver ‘Tuku’ Mtukudzi dies at 66

Wed, 01/23/2019 - 14:52
Zimbabwe’s most successful and internationally renowned musician Oliver Mtukudzi died on Wednesday after suffering from diabetes, ending a career that spanned four decades and 67 ...

Netflix finally accepted in Tinseltown club — but not fully

Wed, 01/23/2019 - 11:57
By earning its first-ever Oscar nomination for best picture with “Roma,” Netflix has propelled itself into Hollywood’s club of elite filmmakers, but the streaming giant’s ...

88rising’s quest to find a Japanese hip-hop sensation

Wed, 01/23/2019 - 02:00
Japanese music hasn’t made many inroads into Western markets this decade. Save for some brief viral flashes and niche success, the country’s artists have mostly ...

‘Divine Justice’: The surprises behind closed doors

Wed, 01/23/2019 - 01:59
Love hotels feature in many Japanese films, including those, like Ryuichi Hiroki’s “Kabukicho Love Hotel” and Izuru Kumasaka’s “Asyl: Park and Love Hotel,” that make ...

‘The Relative Worlds’: A rough ride across two universes

Wed, 01/23/2019 - 01:58
The concept of parallel universes is a fascinating one. What if there was another you out there, making the big bucks, fighting in a war ...

Kaye Ballard, boisterous singer and actress, dies at 93

Tue, 01/22/2019 - 14:25
A friend says that actress Kaye Ballard, co-star of the TV series “The Mothers-in-Law,” has died. She was 93.The friend, Marguerite Gordon, says Ballard died ...

Netflix apologizes for use of Quebec rail disaster footage in film ‘Bird Box’ but vows to stop using images

Tue, 01/22/2019 - 14:21
Netflix has rejected a Quebec government request that it pull footage of a 2013 Canadian rail disaster from its film “Bird Box,” while apologizing for ...

5 burning questions ahead of the Oscar nominations

Tue, 01/22/2019 - 05:45
The Oscars still don’t have a host, but on Tuesday morning, they’ll at least have nominees.The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences will unveil ...

The ‘King’ returns and theaters look to Russia for 2019

Tue, 01/22/2019 - 03:40
Whether it’s regular theater that gets you going these days — or you’re skipping along more to musicals — as 2019’s curtains rise, variety will ...

Left-field visions of Kyoto’s rising artists

Tue, 01/22/2019 - 03:39
The Museum of Kyoto's latest exhibition presents a promising cast of 45 emerging local artists working in miscellaneous mediums from lacquer to small-scale mixed-media installations.