Articles tagged japan

Revolvers, Redemption, and Yasujiro Ozu’s Silent Film Experimentation With Crime Drama

Like Jean-Luc Godard and other French directors who were later influenced by the American crime film tradition, Japan's own Yasujiro Ozu made the genre his own.

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Isao Takahata of Studio Ghibli Surfaces with ‘Tale of Princess Kaguya’

For many fans of Japanese animation, the name Studio Ghibli has become synonymous with the fantastic worlds and deeply felt emotions of director Hayao Miyazaki.

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Haruki Murakami’s Characters Grapple With Friendship and Aging, But His Stories Never Grow Old

Stapled onto an ephemeral present shaped by Lexus cars, Twitter, and transformational training, Murakami engages with timeless themes in his latest colourful tale.

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Soul Murder and Dreams in ‘Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage’

Like the cobwebs and spider webs that colonize a neglected basement, Haruki Murakami’s filamentous plot threads trail uncannily across our psyches.

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Shigeru Mizuki’s ‘Showa’ Is a Melting Pot of Manga, Photo Realism, Memoir & Narrative History

A Japanese period of heightened tension, military marches, and personal discovery.

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Claude Lévi-Strauss Stays the Mighty Hand of History, at Least for a Moment

Legendary French anthropologist Claude Lévi-Strauss catches a glimpse of disappearing traditions through Japanese eyes in these new translations of his lectures, essays and interviews.

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17 Jul 2013 // 11:04 PM

Coffins: The Fleshlands

Returning after Buried Death and a seemingly endless jag of compilation appearances and vinyl splits, Coffins rises again

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‘1Q84’: A World that Bears a Question

Huraki Murakami is stretching himself to create a sort of hybrid between his humourous and off-beat slipstream novels and the aching and yearning of romance that permeates his more mainstream stuff.

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Dir En Grey: Dum Spiro Spero

Even with all possible praise worded out and heaped onto this new Dir En Grey masterpiece, there is still one thing left that I cannot stress upon enough... the only obstacle Dir En Grey have to best are themselves, and they are only going to get better and better from here on.

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After Fukushima: An Interview with Dr. Robert Jacobs

Last week, PopMatters sat down with Dr. Robert Jacobs of the Hiroshima Peace Institute at Hiroshima University to discuss the impact, toll, and future that Japan faces following the situation at the Fukushima nuclear power plant. His insights shed much light on what has happened and what will take place in the near future ...

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Tokyo Sonata Is Truly a Brilliant Film

Tokyo Sonata shifts between various narratives of a family in turmoil, as each person struggles to find happiness and solace in what has become a life of overwhelming structure and rules beyond one’s control.

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Manga Kamishibai: The Art of Japanese Paper Theater by Eric P. Nash

Nash offers a study of kamishibai's influence on modern manga, and how Japanese comics differ from American ones (as well as answering a common question: "What's with the wide eyes?").

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Looking for the Lost: Memoirs of a Vanishing Japan

With its narrow streets and dark and hidden infoldings, there’s a distinctly feminine, mysterious, and inexplicably magnetic aspect to Japan that exists in few other places in the world.

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Independent Lens: Wings of Defeat

Wings of Defeat shows that, then and now, the kamikaze pilots were complicated and diverse individuals, not stereotypical fanatics.

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One Morning Like a Bird by Andrew Miller

The writers' reflections on Japanese identity are never undertaken in isolation from the world -- they are informed by a strong awareness of the world beyond their islands.

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5 Nov 2008 // 9:59 PM

In a Groove, in a Grove

Even in the dead of summer when a cacophony of cicadas clinging to the limbs assail the ears, the visitor caught in the grove cannot help but be sucked into the mystical vortex.

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21 Sep 2008 // 11:00 PM

Nagisa Ni Te: Yosuga

It’s a fairly pretty album. It’s quite nice.

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And so, on to looking at what's worth reading, graphic novel-speaking, before fall comes calling.

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6 Aug 2008 // 4:22 AM

Discovered ‘Genji’ sets offer avenues for interpretation

OSAKA, Japan - Two recently discovered full 54-chapter sets of “The Tale of Genji” are expected to open the door to new interpretations of the

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Japanese-style game shows are trying to win over American audiences

The Japanese have long been known for their torturous game shows that test not only physical endurance but sanity. Now this approach is finding a

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'Game Art': Letting the Developers Speak

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"In Game Art, Matt Sainsbury is asking questions of video game developers that one might ask a movie director or a novelist or a painter.

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