Teacher Tadashi (Kengo Kora, left) takes his student Kanda (Ren Asakawa) under his wing. (c) 2015 “Being Good” Film Partners
ONE TAKE ON JAPANESE CINEMA:From goodness to greatness
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 runs on the second and fourth Fridays of the month in AJW.
A scene from “Tomorrow We Will See” shows girls chatting in Lebanon. (Provided by Soraya Umewaka)
Documentary portrays artists in Lebanon dealing with social upheaval
In a scene in a documentary about conflict-torn Lebanon, the camera pans across new buildings standing next to bullet-ridden structures in the capital city of Beirut.
Haruka Ayase, Masami Nagasawa, Kaho, Suzu Hirose and director Hirokazu Kore-eda (from left) talk to the media about "Our Little Sister" at the 2015 Cannes International Film Festival. (Noriki Ishitobi)
Big stars with indie cool--Cannes highlights fresh path for Japanese film
Star attraction and artistic creativity seem to be fusing in Japanese cinema--as shown on the red carpet and in the films shown at the Cannes International Film Festival.
Toshiro Mifune in the 1961 Akira Kurosawa film "Yojimbo" (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Toshiro Mifune to get star on Hollywood Walk of Fame
SAN FRANCISCO--Japanese movie star Toshiro Mifune (1920-1997) will join the ranks of globally renowned legends at the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce announced June 22.
A scene from "Taifu no Noruda" (Provided by Studio Colorido)
Young animator makes directorial debut after leaving prestigious Studio Ghibli
For any aspiring anime creator, landing a job at the legendary Studio Ghibli Inc. has got to be the ultimate dream job.
Japanese filmmaker Yasuo Furuhata attends the special screening of the 1999 film “Poppoya” at a theater in Shanghai on June 14. The film was the first of a series of movie screenings acknowledging the work of iconic actor Ken Takakura. (Naoki Takehata)
Chinese film fans bid Ken-san a final farewell
SHANGHAI--Chinese cinema buffs are acknowledging the late Ken Takakura, one of the most renowned Japanese actors in China, at a film festival in Shanghai. And the tickets for special screenings of his movies are selling fast.
Kanichi (Takahiro Miura, left) and Mihari (Erisa Yanagi). (C) 2015 “Rolling” Production Committee
ONE TAKE ON JAPANESE CINEMA: Hustling in the countryside for cinematic success
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 runs on the second and fourth Fridays of the month in AJW.
A Chinese poster for the film "Stand By Me Doraemon" (Provided by Huaxia Film Distribution Co.)
'Doraemon' film sets box office record in China
BEIJING--Diplomatic hurdles were no match for the beloved Japanese anime character "Doraemon," with the film featuring the futuristic robotic cat becoming the highest-grossing animated film in China just days after opening in theaters.
Filmmaker Kiyoshi Kurosawa delivers a speech after winning the Best Director award in the Un Certain Regard section at the Cannes Film Festival on May 23. The jury president, Isabella Rossellini, is standing to his left. (Noriki Ishitobi)
Japanese filmmaker takes home best director award in Un Certain Regard at Cannes
CANNES, France--Japanese filmmaker Kiyoshi Kurosawa won the Best Director award for his new film "Kishibe No Tabi" (Journey to the Shore) in the Un Certain Regard section at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival here on May 23.
A scene from "Cesium to Shojo" (Provided by Ryo Saitani)
Theater owner makes directorial debut with anti-nuclear fantasy/adventure offering
Ryo Saitani, owner-operator of a small theater, made his directorial debut when he was past the age of 60 to deliver an anti-nuclear message in fantasy/adventure format.
Mao (Ayumu Nakajima) and Midori (Akiko Kikuchi): the happy couple? (c)2015 "Good Stripes" Film Partners
ONE TAKE ON JAPANESE CINEMA: No romance please, we're pregnant
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.
From left, Suzu Hirose, Masami Nagasawa, Haruka Ayase and Kaho pose with filmmaker Hirokazu Koreeda at the 2015 Cannes International Film Festival on May 14. (Noriki Ishitobi)
Japanese stars shine at Cannes film festival
CANNES, France--Four Japanese actresses stole the media spotlight here May 14 with the screening of Hirokazu Koreeda’s “Umimachi Diary” (Our Little Sister) at the 2015 Cannes International Film Festival.
Shinjiro (Yo Oizumi) strikes a typically startled pose.((c) 2015 KAKEKOMI Film Partners)
ONE TAKE ON JAPANESE CINEMA: Wordplay beats swordplay in throwback entertainment
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.
A scene from "Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection 'F'" ((c) Bird Studio, Shueisha Inc. Provided by Toei)
Vile villain Freeza warmed up for latest 'Dragon Ball Z' film
"Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection 'F,'" the latest animated feature-film adaptation of the long-running manga and anime series, opened in theaters April 18 amid much fanfare.
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.

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