Japan

Pale Moon
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Based on the bestselling novel The Eighth Day, from acclaimed author Mitsuyo Kakuta, and selected to represent Japan in the 27th Tokyo International Film Festival competition section, Pale Moon comes from award winning commercial director Daihachi Yoshida, who makes a...
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The Wind Rises
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While Hayao Miyazaki’s (Spirited Away) latest endeavour boasts all the familiar hand drawn artistic qualities of his previous films, The Wind Rises is a very different and contentious project on which the writer/director has chosen to set his pen. Abandoning...
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A Conversation with Kaoru Yachigusa
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It’s difficult to fathom the impact that the ever elegant and beautiful Kaoru Yachigusa has had on Japan’s entertainment landscape. Between 1947 and 1957 she honed her trade as an entertainer with the Takarazuka Revue, all all-female musical theatre troupe...
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A Conversation with Yoshihiro Fukugawa
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On the surface, biopics about elderly poets may not seem like compelling viewing. Yoshihiro Fukugawa, however, begs to differ, having recently finished his new film Don’t Lose Heart, which brings the inspirational true story of Toyo Shibata, one of Japan’s...
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A Conversation with Miwa Nishikawa
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“I think that women who, in the absence of role models, lose their way and drown in this freedom…” Not unlike most film cultures across the globe, Japan’s cinematic history has borne a significant disadvantage with the absence of a...
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A Chat with Makoto Shinkai
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"... One of my motives for making this film was a desire to spin my own ending to that book." Animation, like any film genre, maintains a certain hierarchy of talent based on admiration, reputation and experience. And perhaps more...
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Midori-Ko
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This ain’t no Totoro. Tokyo based experimental animator, renowned independent artist and respected academic Keita Kurosaka has spent the past decade single handedly and methodically hand drawing his most ambitious animated work to date, the engrossing dark fable Midori Ko....
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A Honeymoon in Hell: Mr. & Mrs. Oki’s Fabulous Trip.
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After the deluge of crude, star infused, sexually ambiguous comedies to emerge from Hollywood’s uninspired script doctors, its more than refreshing to be indulged by the idiosyncratic social commentary and droll comedic styling of Ryuichi Honda’s Released in its native...
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Benshi at the Playhouse
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The art of storytelling, of crafting a living archive of a cultures history, its folklore and humanity, remains an integral part of Japanese culture with its writers, poets, calligraphers, filmmakers and artisans held in deep reverence for their dedication in...
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