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."
Tadanobu Asano, left, and Fumi Nikaido in Kazuyoshi Kumakiri's “My Man” ((C) "My Man" production committee)
Kazuyoshi Kumakiri's 'My Man' wins top prize at Moscow film festival
Japanese filmmaker Kazuyoshi Kumakiri’s “My Man” won the “Golden George” prize for the best film at the 36th Moscow International Film Festival on June 28.
From “Seven Weeks” ((c) Ashibetsu film production committee/ PSC)
ONE TAKE ON JAPANESE CINEMA: Director Obayashi defies genre with personal vision
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 from "When Marnie Was There" ((c) 2014 GNDHDDTK)
Ghibli's 'When Marnie Was There' depicts realistic Hokkaido world of modern kids
Leading anime production house Studio Ghibli Inc. has set its sights on new horizons with its latest feature film, which is in the pipeline for a summer release.
A scene from MONSTERZ ((c)2014 "MONSTERZ" FILM PARTNERS)
‘Ring’ director Nakata: Artistic license key to successful remakes
From “Shall We Dance” to “Godzilla,” Hollywood re-makes of Japanese films are seldom spared the scrutiny of critics who search for deviations from the originals.
Yoji Yamada's "The Little House" ((c) "The Little House" Production Committee)
ONE TAKE ON JAPANESE CINEMA: Many fine films aren't getting out to the world
Editor's note: This is the start of a new 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 scene from "Edge of Tomorrow"
Hollywood turns to little-known Japanese novel for Tom Cruise sci-fi blockbuster
Hollywood has looked to big screen adaptations of TV shows and comic books in recent years to attract moviegoers, but its latest sci-fi thriller was inspired by a little-known Japanese novel.
Versatile actor Hiroshi Tamaki says he tried to be "invisible" as a narrator for the Japanese edition of BBC’s documentary series "Africa." (Photo by Makiko Ikenaga)
Actor Hiroshi Tamaki masters the art of ‘invisible’ narration
Coming from a man known for his good looks, it might sound pretentious for actor Hiroshi Tamaki to say that with his latest work, he would be satisfied if the audience noticed him only when the end credits roll.
A general view of atmosphere seen at Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures Present the Los Angeles Premiere of "Godzilla" at Dolby Theater on May 8 in Hollywood (AP Photo)
New Hollywood remake of ‘Godzilla’ questions nuclear power
LOS ANGELES--The latest Hollywood remake of “Godzilla” debuted in Los Angeles on May 8, once again bringing an anti-nuclear message to the silver screen as the original film did in 1954.
A scene from “Like Father, Like Son” ((c) 2013 Like Father, Like Son Production Committee. All Rights Reserved.)
Koreeda: Japanese filmmakers should look overseas
Japanese filmmaker Hirokazu Koreeda, whose 2013 film “Like Father, Like Son” won the jury prize at Cannes and was purchased for remake by DreamWorks Studios last fall, says he fears the Japanese film industry is becoming insular and isolated from the rest of the world. In an interview with Asahi Weekly, Koreeda said he hopes that Japanese will take a greater interest in trends in the global cinema market rather than gloating over the success of Japanese creators overseas.
Seen here is a scene from the film adaptation of "Panpaka Pants." Panpaka-kun, far left, is the central character of the series. ((c) "Panpaka Pants" Film Production Committee)
Film adaption of locally produced 'Panpaka Pants' anime to go nationwide
SHIZUOKA--The feature film adaptation of "Panpaka Pants" will hit cinemas nationwide on May 10, five and a half years after the animated short series hit TV screens in Shizuoka Prefecture.
In the Yufuincho district of Yufu, Oita Prefecture, indie director Ko Eto promotes his film project to be shot in Canada. (Ayumi Shintaku)
Indie director from Oita working on film in Canada
YUFU, Oita Prefecture--A local indie director hoping to screen his first feature film at this city's annual movie festival is now seeking backers for his project.
The main robot from "Gundam Reconguista in G" ((c) SOTSU・SUNRISE)
'Gundam' creator Tomino working on two new projects at age 72
Director Yoshiyuki Tomino, creator of the “Mobile Suit Gundam” robot anime franchise, announced two new projects: a “Gundam” film and a remake that will be jointly produced with a Hollywood studio.
A screenshot taken from "Possessions."  "Possessions" is now available on Blu-ray and DVD in the omnibus animated film "Short Peace." ((c) SHORT PEACE COMMITTEE (c) KATSUHIRO OTOMO/ MASH・ROOM/ SHORT PEACE COMMITTEE)
Oscar nomination leaves 'Possessions' animator wanting more
Japan was a strong contender for Oscars this year with nominations for the feature anime "The Wind Rises" and the anime short "Possessions."
Director Noboru Iguchi (Photo by Atsushi Ohara)
Cult director Iguchi's 'Nuigurumer Z' goes retro with live-action special effects
Cult film director Noboru Iguchi's latest flick features hordes of zombies, a girl who transforms into a superhero after merging with a talking alien who inhabits a raspberry sherbet-colored teddy bear and plenty of old-school "tokusatsu" live-action special effects.
Italo Caproni and a seaplane are seen in the Gianni Caproni Museum of Aeronautics in Trento, Italy. (Hiroshi Ishida)
Miyazaki's 'The Wind Rises' pays homage to Italian aircraft designer
TRENTO, Italy--Acclaimed director Hayao Miyazaki's animated historical drama “The Wind Rises” is set to be released in Italy this spring, and Italo Caproni couldn't be happier.

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