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.
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.

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