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."
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.

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