November 26, 2013
FUKUYAMA, Hiroshima Prefecture--Even a brooding mutant malcontent prone to "beserker rages" can occasionally be a nice agreeable guy.
November 19, 2013
No matter how many times it sinks, the space warship Yamato is always resurrected by the hopes of those seeking the ideal Japan.
November 07, 2013
The screenwriter of the Japan Broadcasting Corp. (NHK) drama series “Oshin” says she is still haunted by memories of World War II but hopes the story can help people find real joy in life.
November 05, 2013
YAMAGATA--"A World Not Ours," which takes a personal look at a Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon, won the Robert and Frances Flaherty Prize given to the best work in the International Competition section at the recent 2013 Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival.
November 04, 2013
The Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) is clearly no Cannes. The 26th TIFF, which came to a close on Oct. 25, had all the fanfare and glitz one expects of an international filmfest, but with a focus on pure popcorn entertainment, it lacked the sophistication of its global counterparts.
October 19, 2013
MOSCOW--"The Garden of Words," the latest offering by leading animation director Makoto Shinkai, was presented in a screening event here on Sept. 27.
October 15, 2013
AMAMI, Kagoshima Prefecture--Award-winning director Naomi Kawase has returned to her southern island roots for her next feature film, which she plans to premiere next year at the Cannes Film Festival.
October 13, 2013
Megumi Nishikura said she had always lived as a “Japanese girl,” so she became despondent when strangers questioned her identity.
October 10, 2013
After being described as “selfish,” actress Aki Asakura was cast to provide the voice for the title character in “Kaguyahime no Monogatari” (The Tale of Princess Kaguya), the latest film by Studio Ghibli Inc.
October 01, 2013
HIROSHIMA--A new movie to be produced by an Iranian director will focus on the real-life story of a Japanese girl who folded 1,000 origami paper cranes in the hope it would cure her of the leukemia that took her life.
September 27, 2013
Seventy-two-year-old master anime director Hayao Miyazaki of Japan told reporters from around the world at a press conference that he will retire from creating feature-length films after his latest work, "Kaze Tachinu" (The Wind Rises).
September 19, 2013
Two years after the original animated TV series aired in 2011, "Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day" has made a comeback on the big screen, showing what happens to the main characters one year later.
September 13, 2013
TOYOHASHI, Aichi Prefecture--A plastic model maker has crafted an airplane that appears in director Hayao Miyazaki’s latest anime film about the designer of the Zero fighter from World War II.
September 07, 2013
A-san's Garden lies in a residential quarter of the Asagaya district of Tokyo's Suginami Ward. The public park is the brainchild of Hayao Miyazaki, the 72-year-old legendary anime director who formally announced his retirement on Sept. 6.
September 02, 2013
VENICE, Italy--World-renowned anime film director Hayao Miyazaki’s latest movie, "Kaze Tachinu" ("The Wind Rises"), nominated in the competition category at the 70th Venice International Film Festival, will be his last, Koji Hoshino, the president of Studio Ghibli Inc., announced Sept. 1.
September 01, 2013
A film documenting the protests of residents against U.S. military bases in Okinawa Prefecture is currently showing in Tokyo, in the wake of the fatal crash of a U.S. military rescue helicopter in the southern prefecture.
August 30, 2013
VENICE, Italy--Japanese director Sion Sono wants to set the records straight: It was Bruce Lee and not Quentin Tarantino who transformed the yellow jumpsuit into a piece of film iconography.
POINT OF VIEW/ Hiroyuki Ota: In latest film, Miyazaki not afraid to grapple with contradictions of war
August 23, 2013
In July, South Korean newspapers printed quotes from Hayao Miyazaki that originally appeared in Studio Ghibli's magazine in which the acclaimed anime producer and director said that changing Japan's pacifist Constitution is "absolutely unthinkable," and that Japan should "apologize over the comfort women" issue.
August 13, 2013
MIYAZAKI--Internationally acclaimed film director Naomi Kawase has started shooting three short films to promote the charms of Miyazaki Prefecture.
August 10, 2013
HIROSHIMA--A movie theater operator in the city is preparing to open a movie book library after the widow of a film critic donated 10,000 of his film books.