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‘School-Live!’: Zombie flick lands dead on arrival

Wed, 01/30/2019 - 01:59
A manga series whose time in the public consciousness peaked years ago? Check. A cast of idol singers whose acting chops are questionable at best? ...

Japan’s grisly tale of demonic drama

Tue, 01/29/2019 - 21:14
The Nezu Museum showcases Sumiyoshi Hironao's "Shutendoji Monogatari" ("The Tale of the Drunken Demon" scrolls in their entirety for the first time in the museum's ...

Arashi’s hiatus spurs heartbreak, but hopes for a 2020 Olympic farewell

Tue, 01/29/2019 - 03:15
The 2020 Tokyo Olympics creep ever closer and one of the biggest arguments that remains is which musical performers will feature in the event’s opening ...

Perennials aside, 2019 promises movie classics in Japan

Tue, 01/29/2019 - 03:14
As a program advisor for the Udine Far East Film Festival in Udine, Italy, I have been scouting Japanese films for the next edition, which ...

‘Ohara Koson’

Tue, 01/29/2019 - 03:13
Feb. 1-March 24Ohara Koson (1877-1945) was active from the early 1900s to the mid 1950s and specialized in kacho-ga, Japanese-style paintings and prints of flowers ...

‘Impossible Architecture: Another History of Architecture’

Tue, 01/29/2019 - 03:12
Feb. 2-March 24The history of architecture includes countless plans and ideas that were never completed. Some were unrealistic or impractical, some limited by social issues ...

‘Patching (and Darning)’

Tue, 01/29/2019 - 03:11
Jan. 26-Feb. 23“Collage” became recognized as an art term during the early 20th century when Georges Braque and Pablo Picasso used it to define assembling ...

Amazon picks up CIA torture investigation film ‘The Report’

Mon, 01/28/2019 - 14:40
Vice Studios has announced that Amazon Studios has acquired the worldwide rights to the CIA torture investigation film “The Report.”Vice produced the film and made ...

Michael Jackson family slams documentary renewing sex abuse claims

Mon, 01/28/2019 - 14:39
Michael Jackson’s family on Monday lashed out against a new documentary renewing focus on allegations the singer sexually abused young boys, calling the subsequent social ...

‘Danke Schoen’ crooner Wayne Newton fetes 60 years in Las Vegas with new show

Sun, 01/27/2019 - 12:07
Wayne Newton dropped out of high school his junior year to perform with his brother at a Las Vegas hotel. It was 1959, and he ...

Thai girl group BNK48 in hot water over singer’s Nazi swastika shirt

Sun, 01/27/2019 - 12:03
A popular Thai music act has apologized amid a scandal set off when one of its members wore a shirt showing the swastika flag of ...

Popular boy band Arashi to suspend activities at the end of 2020

Sun, 01/27/2019 - 01:37
Popular Japanese boy band Arashi said Sunday on its fans-only website that it will suspend activities at the end of 2020.“We, Arashi, have something to ...

‘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 ...

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