The Grand Prix award for best picture goes to Taiwan's "Meeting Dr. Sun" during the March 15 closing ceremony of the Osaka Asian Film Festival. (Erina Ito)
Taiwan's 'Meeting Dr. Sun' wins big at Osaka Asian Film Festival
OSAKA--A Taiwanese teenage heist-comedy featuring the film debut of two promising 16-year-old actors took the top prize at the 2015 Osaka Asian Film Festival.
Suchie, left, and Mariko relive their childhood together. ((c) 2015 Supersaurus)
ONE TAKE ON JAPANESE CINEMA: Losing and rediscovering a parent, in equal measure
Editor’s note: This is a column on Japanese movies written by New Zealander Don Brown, a longtime resident of Japan who specializes in creating English subtitles for Japanese films, as well as other cinema-related translation. It will run on the second and fourth Fridays of the month in AJW.
O-Ei walks near the Ryogoku Bridge in “Miss Hokusai.” ((c) 2014 Hinako Sugiura・MS.HS / Sarusuberi Film Partners)
ONE TAKE ON JAPANESE CINEMA: Time to get over Ghibli and hail the new masters
Editor’s note: This is a column on Japanese movies written by New Zealander Don Brown, a longtime resident of Japan who specializes in creating English subtitles for Japanese films, as well as other cinema-related translation. It will run on the second and fourth Fridays of the month in AJW.
"Me! Me! Me!" by Hibiki Yoshizaki (Provided by Dwango Co.)
Japan Anima(tor)'s Exhibition website offers new avenue for animation industry
Providing a forum for creators to showcase their new animated shorts, the Japan Anima(tor)'s Exhibition (JAE) website is generating excitement among fans.
Hideaki Anno, left, and Shinji Higuchi (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
'Evangelion' director to bring Godzilla back to big screen in 2016
The director of the hit "Evangelion" anime series will produce a Godzilla movie scheduled for release in the summer of 2016, movie production house Toho Co. announced April 1.
A scene from "The Case of Hana & Alice "  ((c)2015 "the case of hana&alice" Film Partners)
ONE TAKE ON JAPANESE CINEMA: Schoolgirls bond over murder in animated comeback
Editor’s note: This is a column on Japanese movies written by New Zealander Don Brown, a longtime resident of Japan who specializes in creating English subtitles for Japanese films, as well as other cinema-related translation. It will run on the second and fourth Fridays of the month in AJW.
The CGI-rendered Koro Sensei from a live-action film adaptation of "Assassination Classroom" ((c) 2015 Fuji Television, SHUEISHA, J Storm, Toho, ROBOT (c) Yusei Matsui/ SHUEISHA)
New manga series pits students against 'ideal' teacher bent on destroying Earth
Junior high school teacher Koro Sensei has a secret: He's actually a tentacled monster out to blow up the world--if his students don't kill him first.
Masako Yamamoto talks about her memories of her late husband in her home in Tokyo's Setagaya Ward. (Akira Nakano)
Film explores lives, 2 homelands of Masako Yamamoto, artist husband Lee Joong-seop
The life of Masako Yamamoto has been beset with separation and tragedy, having been deeply impacted by World War II and the Korean War.
Katsuhiko Nobue (2014(c)FILM ‘REIKODO’ PRODUCTION PARTNERSHIP)
ONE TAKE ON JAPANESE CINEMA: Singing the praises of a working-class hero
Editor’s note: This is a column on Japanese movies written by New Zealander Don Brown, a longtime resident of Japan who specializes in creating English subtitles for Japanese films, as well as other cinema-related translation. It will run on the second and fourth Fridays of the month in AJW.
An actual set used in 1954's "Godzilla" is on display at the Setagaya Art Museum. (Noriyuki Shigemasa)
Setagaya Art Museum marks 83-year history of Toho Studios with exhibition
"Godzilla" and "Seven Samurai" are in the spotlight at the Setagaya Art Museum in an exhibition celebrating the 83-year history of Toho Co.'s famed film studio.
Ryoko (Ryoko Fujino, right) and Kazuhiko (Mizuki Itagaki) commence the proceedings. ((c) 2015 "SOLOMON'S PERJURY" Film Partners)
ONE TAKE ON JAPANESE CINEMA: Pleading the case for uncorrupted young actors on trial
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 scene from "Sea of oppression: Henoko, Okinawa" captures a Japan Coast Guard vessel approaching protesters in a canoe in waters off the Henoko district in Nago, Okinawa Prefecture. (C) Morino Eigasha
Filmmakers capture intensifying local confrontations over Futenma relocation
A documentary film that puts human faces on Okinawans’ resistance to the relocation of a U.S. military base within the prefecture and highlights their increasingly violent confrontations with security forces is now being shown at a Tokyo theater.
Isao Yukisada (Noriki Ishitobi)
Director Yukisada bypasses stagnant film industry by setting latest work in China
Moved by a sense of urgency about the future of Japanese cinema, leading filmmaker Isao Yukisada joined hands with companies in China to make his latest film, "Five Minutes to Tomorrow."
The “Maou" (Takeshi Wakamatsu) and his favorite meal. ((c) Namazu Eiga)
ONE TAKE ON JAPANESE CINEMA: Going back to basics to move forward
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.
Kenji Tanigaki (Photo by Taro Karasaki)
Action director thrills with Hong Kong-style stunts
When filmmaker Keishi Otomo sought out to recreate the swashbuckling swordfight scenes of Nobuhiro Watsuki’s samurai manga Rurouni Kenshin in a live action film, he sought the expertise of an action director who honed his skills in an unlikely place--Hong Kong.
Hisako Yamada, director of “Bokyo no Kane--Manmokaitakudan no Rakujitsu” (Kazuo Yamamoto)
Japanese children left in China after war inspire film about peace
Hisako Yamada was so shocked by the plight of Japanese children left behind in Manchuria in the aftermath of World War II that she produced a film to convey a message of peace.
A scene from the second movement of Osamu Tezuka's "The Legend of the Forest," which was newly created by his son Makoto Tezuka ((c)Tezuka Productions)
Tezuka museum to screen new chapter of manga giant's 'The Legend of the Forest'
TAKARAZUKA, Hyogo Prefecture--Fans of manga great Osamu Tezuka can see the new chapter of his unfinished anime epic when it is screened for the first time in his hometown here in February at a museum named in his honor.
Tsugumi (Nana Eikura) meets her new lodger, Kaieda (Etsushi Toyokawa). ((c)"Her Granddaughter" Film Partners)
ONE TAKE ON JAPANESE CINEMA: A filmmaker equally comfortable with the commercial and the controversial
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.
Yokai Watch The Movie ((c) LMYWP2014)
ONE TAKE ON JAPANESE CINEMA: 'Yokai' have kids, licensees dancing in the aisles
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.
Film director Naomi Kawase with France’s ambassador to Japan, Tierry Dana, after receiving the prestigious Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters) at a ceremony in Tokyo’s Minato Ward on Jan. 7 (Noriki Ishitobi)
Filmmaker Naomi Kawase honored by France for contributions to art, culture
France’s culture ministry has bestowed the prestigious Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters) on Japanese film director Naomi Kawase.

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