A scene from the animated short "Henry's Red Shoes" (Provided by Takayuki Nakamura)
Filmmakers realize Japanese-American monk's dream
YOKOHAMA--An animated short that echoes the life of a Japanese-American incarcerated in a U.S. internment camp who later became a Zen monk in Japan will start screening here this weekend.
A scene from "Tatsumi" (Provided by Zhao Wei Films)
Filmmaker captures essence of Tatsumi's 'gekiga' manga artistry
Singaporean director Eric Khoo has captured the style of “gekiga” (dramatic manga pictures) pioneer Yoshihiro Tatsumi in the animated film “Tatsumi,” which is based on the legendary artist’s autobiographical work, “A Drifting Life.”
Komura (Masashi Komura), Tomoko (f-co), Ohara (Shogoh Uno), and Shizuku (Misato Namba).  ((c) 2014 BULLDOG FILM. All rights reserved)
ONE TAKE ON JAPANESE CINEMA: To some indie filmmakers, 'entertainment' is not a dirty word
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.
An artist’s rendition of the Godzilla head that Toho Co. plans to set up on the rooftop of its new building in Tokyo’s Shinjuku Ward (Provided by Toho Co.)
Japanese-made Godzilla film to return to big screen in 2016 after 12-year hiatus
Toho Co. said it will release a new Godzilla film in 2016, its first since “Godzilla: Final Wars” hit Japanese theaters in 2004.
Hideaki Anno (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Screening of Anno's works, kabuki performance among highlights of Tokyo film fest
A mix of the new and the old played a supporting role in the 27th installment of the Tokyo International Film Festival, which wrapped up Oct. 31.
Hitoshi Ueki in “Honjitsu Tadaima Tanjo” ((c)WATANABE PRODUCTIONS CO., LTD All rights reserved)
ONE TAKE ON JAPANESE CINEMA: One icon exits, while another returns in a long-lost curio
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.
Arielle Holmes, left, the female lead in "Heaven Knows What," receives the Tokyo Grand Prix prize at the awards ceremony held at the Roppongi Hills complex in Tokyo. The film was directed by Joshua Safdie, center, and his brother Benny. (Noriki Ishitobi)
U.S.-French film 'Heaven Knows What' takes top prize at Tokyo International Film Festival
"Heaven Knows What," a film that is a fusion of fiction and documentary realism, took the top Grand Prix award at the 27th Tokyo International Film Festival that wrapped up Oct. 31.
Visitors to the Tokushima city woodworking hall view some of the movie posters featuring the late Ken Takakura. (Yu Fujinami)
Poster exhibition honoring Ken Takakura opens in Tokushima
TOKUSHIMA--An exhibition of Ken Takakura movie posters spanning a 30-year period opened here to honor the Japanese film giant who died on Nov. 10 at the age of 83.
A scene from Atsushi Funahashi's "Nuclear Nation II" ((c) 2012 Documentary Japan, Big River Films)
Dates set for sequel on Fukushima community ripped apart by nuclear disaster
“Nuclear Nation II,” a sequel to Atsushi Funahashi documentary that showed the world how the Fukushima nuclear disaster destroyed a local community, will hit theaters in Japan on Nov. 15.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the TIFF opening ceremony ((c) 2014 TIFF)
ONE TAKE ON JAPANESE CINEMA: Cinematic culture out of focus at Tokyo International Film Festival
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.
Hayao Miyazaki holds his honorary Academy Award at a news conference in Los Angeles on Nov. 8. (Ari Hirayama)
Anime giant Miyazaki receives honorary Oscar for lifetime of work
LOS ANGELES--World-renowned anime creator Hayao Miyazaki has added another accolade to his formidable career--an honorary Academy Award for his lifetime contribution to motion pictures.
Walt Disney Animation Studios' John Lasseter, third from left, with Studio Ghibli's Toshio Suzuki, fourth from left, at the opening ceremony of the Tokyo International Film Festival in Toho Cinemas Roppongi Hills on Oct. 23 (Shigetaka Kodama)
Tokyo International Film Festival turns to anime for more spark
The Tokyo International Film Festival is turning to anime and other "cool Japan" features this year in an effort to attract greater interest from the media and Japan's top moviemakers.
Incumbent Futaba Mayor Shiro Izawa, center, opens the new Futaba Town Hall in Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture. ((c)2014 Documentary Japan, Big River Films)
ONE TAKE ON JAPANESE CINEMA: Town once blessed by nuclear power now suffers under its curse
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.
Jaga Pokkuru Theater at New Chitose Airport (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Sapporo airport to hold first international anime festival
Japan's only airport terminal building with a permanent movie theater will host its first international animation festival this fall.
A lonely journey under the sweltering summer sun ((c)<Short Hope>Production Connection)
ONE TAKE ON JAPANESE CINEMA: Unwanted boy searches for love, hope amid despair
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 rooftop ceremony in the center of Shinjuku ((c)CINEMA IMPACT)
ONE TAKE ON JAPANESE CINEMA: Are workshops the savior of independent film? A cult director explores cult religion
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, 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.

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