Walt Disney Animation Studios' John Lasseter, third from left, with Studio Ghibli's Toshio Suzuki, fourth from left, at the opening ceremony of the Tokyo International Film Festival in Toho Cinemas Roppongi Hills on Oct. 23 (Shigetaka Kodama)
Tokyo International Film Festival turns to anime for more spark
The Tokyo International Film Festival is turning to anime and other "cool Japan" features this year in an effort to attract greater interest from the media and Japan's top moviemakers.
Incumbent Futaba Mayor Shiro Izawa, center, opens the new Futaba Town Hall in Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture. ((c)2014 Documentary Japan, Big River Films)
ONE TAKE ON JAPANESE CINEMA: Town once blessed by nuclear power now suffers under its curse
Editor’s note: This is a column on Japanese movies written by New Zealander Don Brown, who is fluent in Japanese and has been making English subtitles for Japanese films. It will run on the second and fourth Fridays of the month in AJW.
Jaga Pokkuru Theater at New Chitose Airport (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Sapporo airport to hold first international anime festival
Japan's only airport terminal building with a permanent movie theater will host its first international animation festival this fall.
A lonely journey under the sweltering summer sun ((c)<Short Hope>Production Connection)
ONE TAKE ON JAPANESE CINEMA: Unwanted boy searches for love, hope amid despair
Editor’s note: This is a column on Japanese movies written by New Zealander Don Brown, who is fluent in Japanese and has been making English subtitles for Japanese films. It will run on the second and fourth Fridays of the month in AJW.
A rooftop ceremony in the center of Shinjuku ((c)CINEMA IMPACT)
ONE TAKE ON JAPANESE CINEMA: Are workshops the savior of independent film? A cult director explores cult religion
Editor’s note: This is a column on Japanese movies written by New Zealander Don Brown, who is fluent in Japanese and has been making English subtitles for Japanese films. It will run on the second and fourth Fridays of the month in AJW.
Anna, left, and Marnie from "When Marnie Was There"
Entrusted with Ghibli's future, director Yonebayashi delivers unique vision
Studio Ghibli Inc. director Hiromasa Yonebayashi, who was mentored by anime giant Hayao Miyazaki, has found his own wings with his second feature film, "When Marnie Was There."
The teacher (Shohei Uno) on his way to meet his new students. ((c) Enbu Seminar)
ONE TAKE ON JAPANESE CINEMA: An unsung horror auteur worthy of a greater audience at home and abroad
Editor’s note: This is a column on Japanese movies written by New Zealander Don Brown, who is fluent in Japanese and has been making English subtitles for Japanese films. It will run on the second and fourth Fridays of the month in AJW.
Directors Takashi Yamazaki, top, and Ryuichi Yagi (Atsushi Ohara)
Adults relive carefree days of childhood with 3-D 'Doraemon' film
The first 3-D computer graphics feature film adaptation of Japan's revered "Doraemon" manga-anime series has been attracting moviegoers since its Aug. 8 release.
Sayuri Yoshinaga delivers a speech in French during the award ceremony at the Montreal World Film Festival on Sept. 1. (Erina Ito)
Japanese film, director win prizes at Montreal World Film Festival
MONTREAL--A Japanese film and a Japanese director have won awards at the 38th Montreal World Film Festival.
Hayao Miyazaki (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Retired anime giant Miyazaki to receive honorary Oscar
NEW YORK--Despite saying a retiree like himself doesn’t need an award, Studio Ghibli's renowned anime director Hayao Miyazaki appeared pleased to learn that he will receive the Honorary Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Yusuke Iseya speaks in his adopted tongue English for this interview. (Hiroyuki Maegawa)
Actor, entrepreneur Yusuke Iseya feels affinity to ‘Rurouni’ character
Actor, filmmaker and entrepreneur Yusuke Iseya says playing a swashbuckling Meiji Restoration era swordsman bound by a sense of vengeance in the latest film adaptation of the popular period manga and anime “Rurouni Kenshin,” touches on an issue he can relate to.
Sworn enemies Merra (Ryohei Suzuki, left) and Kai (Young Dais) do battle. ((c)2014 INOUE SANTA/“TOKYO TRIBE” FILM PARTNERS)
ONE TAKE ON JAPANESE CINEMA: Sion Sono leads rappers into musical battle
Editor’s note: This is a column on Japanese movies written by New Zealander Don Brown, who is fluent in Japanese and has been making English subtitles for Japanese films. It will run on the second and fourth Fridays of the month in AJW.
Seizo Fukumoto plays the lead character in "Uzumasa Limelight." (C)UzumasaLimelight
Long-time bit player in samurai movies wins international acting award
After decades of playing minor characters unceremoniously killed in samurai films, Seizo Fukumoto became the first Japanese and oldest winner of the Best Actor Award at the Fantasia International Film Festival in Montreal.
Studio Ghibli Inc. producer Toshio Suzuki, left, and director Hayao Miyazaki attend a September 2013 new conference in Tokyo where Miyazaki announced his retirement. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Miyazaki eyes producing anime shorts as Studio Ghibli suspends full-length features
A Studio Ghibli Inc. producer said the anime studio will temporarily suspend the production of full-length anime films, and that producer-director Hayao Miyazaki is currently considering making short pieces.
From “Drive-In Gamo” ((c)2014 Takami Ito/ King Record Co.Ltd.)
ONE TAKE ON JAPANESE CINEMA: Celebrated cinematographer makes belated but well-crafted directorial debut
Editor’s note: This is a column on Japanese movies written by New Zealander Don Brown, who is fluent in Japanese and has been making English subtitles for Japanese films. It will run on the second and fourth Fridays of the month in AJW.
Keiichi Sato (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
New 'Saint Seiya' feature wows audiences with gritty realism
A new feature film adaptation of the popular "Saint Seiya" manga and anime franchise has hit Japanese theaters for the first time in 10 years.
Director Atsuko Hirayanagi, left, actress Kaori Momoi, center, and director Chie Hayakawa (Noriki Ishitobi)
Japanese female directors, short films show increased presence at Cannes
CANNES, France--Japanese female directors and short films won over audiences at the 67th Cannes International Film Festival that wrapped up May 25.
From “My Man” ((c) 2014 "My Man" Film Partners)
ONE TAKE ON JAPANESE CINEMA: Two provocative new films go to disturbing extremes
Editor’s note: This is a column on Japanese movies written by New Zealander Don Brown, who is fluent in Japanese and has been making English subtitles for Japanese films. It will run on the second and fourth Fridays of the month in AJW.
From "The Light Shines Only There" ((c) 2014 Yasushi Sato/ "The Light Shines Only There" Production Committee)
ONE TAKE ON JAPANESE CINEMA: Mipo Oh 'shines light' on Hokkaido with artful direction
Editor’s note: This is a column on Japanese movies written by New Zealander Don Brown, who is fluent in Japanese and has been making English subtitles for Japanese films. It will run on the second and fourth Fridays of the month in AJW.
Actors Tadanobu Asano and Fumi Nikaido show off the best actor and best picture awards for the drama "My Man" that were won at the 36th Moscow International Film Festival, on June 30, in Tokyo. (Noriki Ishitobi)
Asano thanks film industry co-workers for top acting prize for 'My Man'
Actor Tadanobu Asano credited the enthusiasm of his co-workers for his recent award in Moscow for his role in the film "My Man."

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