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Short Shorts 2019: Short on time, but never short on creativity

Wed, 05/22/2019 - 03:00
Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia, whose 21st edition takes place from May 29 to June 16 at venues around Tokyo, is one of the ...

‘Jesus’: Our father, who art in the Japanese mountains

Wed, 05/22/2019 - 02:59
Christianity has never really taken hold in Japan, despite hundreds of years of proselytizing (with a long Edo Period interruption for persecution). In his novel, ...

‘Farewell Song’: Guitars without rock ‘n’ roll excess

Wed, 05/22/2019 - 02:58
Of all the many breeds of musician out there, few are as stubbornly uncinematic as acoustic singer-songwriters. Forget flamboyance, creative excess, clashing egos and all ...

With Brad Pitt and Leo DiCaprio, Quentin Tarantino debuts a fairy tale in Cannes

Tue, 05/21/2019 - 15:19
Twenty-five years after premiering “Pulp Fiction” in Cannes, Quentin Tarantino returned to the French film festival with neither great vengeance nor furious anger but a ...

The jazz cafe offering sounds of the 1960s in a Shinjuku basement

Tue, 05/21/2019 - 03:45
For many Tokyoites, Shinjuku is inextricably linked with the 1960s and ’70s and with jazz. “There used to be jazz kissa (cafes) everywhere,” says Dug ...

“Information or Inspiration”: The paths of perception

Tue, 05/21/2019 - 03:44
A review of "Information or Inspiration?" at the Suntory Museum of Art almost needs a spoiler alert — it includes many surprises that make it ...

‘Retrospective of Munakata Shiko: Woodcut Prints’

Tue, 05/21/2019 - 03:43
May 25-July 7Born in Aomori, Shiko Munakata (1903-1975) is internationally celebrated as a 20th-century master of Japanese woodcut prints, having won several awards, including first ...

‘Abstraction: Aspects of Contemporary Art’

Tue, 05/21/2019 - 03:42
May 25-Aug. 4Abstract art, which first flourished in early 20th-century Europe and America as a widely practiced avant-garde style, is once again gaining popularity in ...

‘Kumi Sugai: The Eternal Challenger’

Tue, 05/21/2019 - 03:41
May 25-July 21Kumi Sugai (1919-96), known for his bold prints and paintings, was a multidisciplinary artist who explored design, typography and calligraphy. While working in ...

‘Game of Thrones’ scores record TV audience, leaves fans sad and mad

Mon, 05/20/2019 - 14:00
Warning: This story contains spoilers for the final episode of “Game of Thrones.”More than 19 million U.S. viewers watched the series finale of television’s “Game ...

Alain Delon, set for Cannes honor, says that at least as an actor, he is ‘irreproachable’

Sun, 05/19/2019 - 15:43
France’s Alain Delon, set on Sunday to receive an honorary prize at Cannes that has sparked scrutiny of his views on women and same-sex couples, ...

Julianne Moore says personal experiences spurred her to back AIDS ward documentary ‘5B’

Sun, 05/19/2019 - 14:17
Oscar-winning actress Julianne Moore said her experience of caring for someone infected with the AIDS virus had spurred her decision to help promote the documentary ...

Netherlands wins Eurovision as Madonna dancers spark flag controversy

Sat, 05/18/2019 - 21:06
The Netherlands won the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest early Sunday at a show in the seaside Israeli city of Tel Aviv that featured a performance ...

Arnold Schwarzenegger assaulted during event in South Africa

Sat, 05/18/2019 - 20:33
Actor Arnold Schwarzenegger was assaulted during a public appearance in South Africa on Saturday, but the 71-year-old appeared to quickly recover and say “I’m just ...

‘Cutting Back’: The collected wisdom of an aesthetic pruner

Sat, 05/18/2019 - 06:38
Breezy, frequently humorous and self-scolding, Leslie Buck's "Cutting Back: My Apprenticeship in the Gardens of Kyoto" is a poignant look at the storied Japanese world ...

‘The Art of the Japanese Garden’: Green-fingered insight into Japanese garden spaces

Sat, 05/18/2019 - 06:36
By delving into the history, development and intricate details of Japanese gardens, "The Art of the Japanese Garden" brings new appreciation and awareness to the ...

‘The Diving Pool’: Three psychologically subversive novellas

Sat, 05/18/2019 - 06:34
In these unsettling novellas — "The Diving Pool," "Pregnancy Diary" and "Dormitory" — Yoko Ogawa subverts expectations of traditional female milestones.

Blame game: Fans lament rushed final ‘Game of Thrones’ season

Fri, 05/17/2019 - 20:30
As “Game of Thrones” suits up for one last swordfight, a phalanx of enraged viewers large enough to flatten the massed armies of Westeros is ...

Tilda Swinton relishes her samurai turn in ‘Dead Don’t Die’

Thu, 05/16/2019 - 16:31
Tilda Swinton feels most at home at the Berlin Film Festival, but she’s steadily become a regular at the Cannes Film Festival.“I’m racking them up,” ...

Limping, but still standing, Elton John set to wow Cannes

Thu, 05/16/2019 - 12:34
Elton John limped into Cannes Thursday for the premiere of “Rocketman,” the much-hyped warts-and-all movie about his wild rock ‘n’ roll years.The 72-year-old British singer ...