Satsuo Yamamoto (left) and Tadashi Imai ((c) Dokuritsu Pro. Meiga Hozon Kai)
ONE TAKE ON JAPANESE CINEMA: Birth of 1950s and 1960s indie film encapsulated in documentary
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.
Director Harada talks about his movie 'The Emperor in August' in Tokyo on July 6. (Taro Karasaki)
Putting a face on Emperor Showa in ‘The Emperor in August’
On the 70th anniversary of the end of the World War II, filmmaker Masato Harada has released one of his most ambitious works: A remake of Kihachi Okamoto’s 1967 classic “Japan’s Longest Day,” which follows the events leading to Japan’s acceptance of the terms of the Potsdam Declaration and a failed coup aimed to thwart the surrender.
A poster of the "Hikawa-Maru story" anime film that will set sail on screens in Yokohama on Aug. 22 (Provided by the "Hikawa-Maru story" production committee)
Anime film starring Yokohama's Hikawa-Maru liner to cast off on Aug. 22
YOKOHAMA--Although permanently berthed as a tourist attraction at Yamashita Park here, the Hikawa-Maru ocean liner is ready to set sail again, this time transporting a message of peace.
The four women who won the best actress award at this year's Locarno International Film Festival are, from left, Maiko Mihara, Hazuki Kikuchi, Rira Kawamura and Sachie Tanaka (Ichiro Matsuo)
4 'amateur' actresses receive top award at Locarno film festival for movie debuts
LOCARNO, Switzerland--In a surprise even to the recipients, four Japanese "amateur" actresses have been jointly given the best actress award at this year's 68th Locarno International Film Festival.
Masaki Murao poses for a photo with "Winter Sleep" star Haluk Bilginer between takes on the set. (Provided by Masaki Murao)
Children’s social worker has bit part in Cannes award-winning film
Children's support group worker Masaki Murao was studying abroad at a university in Turkey in 2013 when he found himself cast as an extra in a Turkish drama.
Ikumi (Kirara Inori, right) and her father Tomonori (Takuji Suzuki). (C) 2015 Dressing Up All Rights Reserved
ONE TAKE ON JAPANESE CINEMA: A prematurely buried anomaly revives a moribund genre
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 Friday of the month in AJW.
Novelist Masatomo Tamaru shows glass fragments at a beach in Matsuyama, Ehime Prefecture, where the movie adaptation of his "Umishu" (Ocean liquor) short novel was filmed. (Ami Nomura)
Akutagawa winner stars in seaside fantasy with potent flavor
MATSUYAMA--A short fantasy film starring comedian Naoki Matayoshi, this year's surprise Akutagawa Prize winner for his debut novel, wrapped up shooting here on Aug. 10.
Director Shinji Higuchi gives staff members directions at a film set for "Attack on Titan." (Provided by Toho Co.)
INTERVIEW/ Shinji Higuchi: Live-action 'Attack on Titan' faithful to original manga
Under pressure to make a live-action feature film adaptation of the popular manga series "Attack on Titan," director Shinji Higuchi said he feels nothing but fear.
Akira Kurosawa (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
It's time for Japanese filmmakers to dust off Kurosawa's sword
The most brilliant director in Japanese cinema history was also a hit maker and managed to attract more moviegoers into this nation's theaters than anyone else.
A vision of hell on the battlefield in “Fires on the Plain.” (c) Shinya Tsukamoto/ Kaiju Theater)
ONE TAKE ON JAPANESE CINEMA: Depicting war with less sentimentality, more reality
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 the 2009 biopic "John Rabe" (Provided by the organizing committee of the screening of "John Rabe")
Volunteers screen controversial Nanking Massacre film in Japan
A movie about a German businessman who created a safety zone to protect Chinese citizens during the 1937 Nanking Massacre will be screened in Japan by a group of volunteers after failing to find an official distributor.
Filmmaker Yoji Yamada and actress Sayuri Yoshinaga share a moment during filming of their movie on the 1945 atomic bombing of Nagasaki at the Kurosaki church in the city on July 10. (Ryo Ikeda)
Film heavyweight takes megaphone in Nagasaki to complete 'war trilogy'
NAGASAKI--Veteran filmmaker Yoji Yamada is producing a movie about the atomic bombing of Nagasaki to fulfill a playwright’s last wish to complete a trilogy on three Japanese regions devastated during World War II.
Yuko Oshima as Romance Car attendant Hachiko Hojo (c) 2015 Toei Video
ONE TAKE ON JAPANESE CINEMA: A match made in Hakone
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 Hello Kitty balloon floats in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on Nov. 27, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo)
Hello Kitty goes Hollywood with animated feature blockbuster planned for 2019
Sanrio Co.’s ubiquitous bobtail cat Hello Kitty is set to star in her own Hollywood blockbuster.
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.

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