Articles tagged japan

‘Anatahan’: A Bunch of Drones and “The Only Woman on Earth”

This film is a pure distillation of the lush, destructive jungle of desire.

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Martin Scorsese Gives His Own Voice to ‘Silence’

Martin Scorsese's quiet religious epic gives a definitive take on a book that thrives in its ambiguity.

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The World Is an Unfair Place: An Interview With Min Jin Lee

Min Jin Lee’s novel Pachinko is a multi-generational look at the little-known plight of Koreans living in Japan.

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In Martin Scorsese’s ‘Silence’, Is God Even Listening?

Hunted Jesuit missionaries in 17th-century Japan wrestle with the possibility that all their suffering, and that of their persecuted followers, could be meaningless.

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‘Midnight Diner: Tokyo Stories’ Offers Filling Comfort Food for the Viewer

Ten different Japanese dishes tell the story of ten different Japanese individuals finding love, battling personal demons, and searching for meaning between midnight and 7AM.

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Kenji Mizoguchi and the Cinema of Obfuscation

The Story of the Last Chrysanthemum invites us in, then makes us uncomfortable. This is the cinema of denial.

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‘Death by Water’ Is a Postmodern Tale That Flows With the Tides of Life

Commingling the anticlimactic and the violently unexpected, Oe's novel rings true to life.

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‘Horses, Horses, In the End the Light Remains Pure’

Hideo Furukawa’s journey into Fukushima, post 3/11, is a journey into overlapping, concentric circles.

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Wagakki Band Transfix New York Crowd with Dynamic Show (Photos)

Wagakki Band fuse traditional Japanese instruments together with guitars and other elements. They visited NYC for a rare show ahead of SXSW.

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Christianity’s Crisis in Medieval Japan Says a Lot About Cultural Dialogue Today

Shusaku Endo’s classic novel of faith, doubt, and intercultural communication, Silence, readies itself for a timely big-screen debut by Director Martin Scorsese.

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Showa Epic of Japan Concludes the Story of a Man and His Nation

Past and present converge in Mizuki’s conceptually rich manga.

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‘The World of Kanako’ Is a World of Stylized Insanity

Intense violence and a willingness to experiment with genre and style make The World of Kanako a film fit for both the arthouse and exploitation crowds.

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An Epochal Tragedy Transforms Into a World Cinema Masterwork in ‘Throne of Blood’

By combining Macbeth with elements of traditional Japanese drama, Akira Kurosawa produced a singular, transcultural film experience.

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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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