Sworn enemies Merra (Ryohei Suzuki, left) and Kai (Young Dais) do battle. ((c)2014 INOUE SANTA/“TOKYO TRIBE” FILM PARTNERS)
ONE TAKE ON JAPANESE CINEMA: Sion Sono leads rappers into musical battle
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.
Seizo Fukumoto plays the lead character in "Uzumasa Limelight." (C)UzumasaLimelight
Long-time bit player in samurai movies wins international acting award
After decades of playing minor characters unceremoniously killed in samurai films, Seizo Fukumoto became the first Japanese and oldest winner of the Best Actor Award at the Fantasia International Film Festival in Montreal.
Studio Ghibli Inc. producer Toshio Suzuki, left, and director Hayao Miyazaki attend a September 2013 new conference in Tokyo where Miyazaki announced his retirement. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Miyazaki eyes producing anime shorts as Studio Ghibli suspends full-length features
A Studio Ghibli Inc. producer said the anime studio will temporarily suspend the production of full-length anime films, and that producer-director Hayao Miyazaki is currently considering making short pieces.
From “Drive-In Gamo” ((c)2014 Takami Ito/ King Record Co.Ltd.)
ONE TAKE ON JAPANESE CINEMA: Celebrated cinematographer makes belated but well-crafted directorial debut
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.
Keiichi Sato (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
New 'Saint Seiya' feature wows audiences with gritty realism
A new feature film adaptation of the popular "Saint Seiya" manga and anime franchise has hit Japanese theaters for the first time in 10 years.
Director Atsuko Hirayanagi, left, actress Kaori Momoi, center, and director Chie Hayakawa (Noriki Ishitobi)
Japanese female directors, short films show increased presence at Cannes
CANNES, France--Japanese female directors and short films won over audiences at the 67th Cannes International Film Festival that wrapped up May 25.
From “My Man” ((c) 2014 "My Man" Film Partners)
ONE TAKE ON JAPANESE CINEMA: Two provocative new films go to disturbing extremes
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.
From "The Light Shines Only There" ((c) 2014 Yasushi Sato/ "The Light Shines Only There" Production Committee)
ONE TAKE ON JAPANESE CINEMA: Mipo Oh 'shines light' on Hokkaido with artful direction
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.
Actors Tadanobu Asano and Fumi Nikaido show off the best actor and best picture awards for the drama "My Man" that were won at the 36th Moscow International Film Festival, on June 30, in Tokyo. (Noriki Ishitobi)
Asano thanks film industry co-workers for top acting prize for 'My Man'
Actor Tadanobu Asano credited the enthusiasm of his co-workers for his recent award in Moscow for his role in the film "My Man."
Tadanobu Asano, left, and Fumi Nikaido in Kazuyoshi Kumakiri's “My Man” ((C) "My Man" production committee)
Kazuyoshi Kumakiri's 'My Man' wins top prize at Moscow film festival
Japanese filmmaker Kazuyoshi Kumakiri’s “My Man” won the “Golden George” prize for the best film at the 36th Moscow International Film Festival on June 28.
From “Seven Weeks” ((c) Ashibetsu film production committee/ PSC)
ONE TAKE ON JAPANESE CINEMA: Director Obayashi defies genre with personal vision
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 from "When Marnie Was There" ((c) 2014 GNDHDDTK)
Ghibli's 'When Marnie Was There' depicts realistic Hokkaido world of modern kids
Leading anime production house Studio Ghibli Inc. has set its sights on new horizons with its latest feature film, which is in the pipeline for a summer release.
A scene from MONSTERZ ((c)2014 "MONSTERZ" FILM PARTNERS)
‘Ring’ director Nakata: Artistic license key to successful remakes
From “Shall We Dance” to “Godzilla,” Hollywood re-makes of Japanese films are seldom spared the scrutiny of critics who search for deviations from the originals.
Yoji Yamada's "The Little House" ((c) "The Little House" Production Committee)
ONE TAKE ON JAPANESE CINEMA: Many fine films aren't getting out to the world
Editor's note: This is the start of a new 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 "Edge of Tomorrow"
Hollywood turns to little-known Japanese novel for Tom Cruise sci-fi blockbuster
Hollywood has looked to big screen adaptations of TV shows and comic books in recent years to attract moviegoers, but its latest sci-fi thriller was inspired by a little-known Japanese novel.
Versatile actor Hiroshi Tamaki says he tried to be "invisible" as a narrator for the Japanese edition of BBC’s documentary series "Africa." (Photo by Makiko Ikenaga)
Actor Hiroshi Tamaki masters the art of ‘invisible’ narration
Coming from a man known for his good looks, it might sound pretentious for actor Hiroshi Tamaki to say that with his latest work, he would be satisfied if the audience noticed him only when the end credits roll.
A general view of atmosphere seen at Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures Present the Los Angeles Premiere of "Godzilla" at Dolby Theater on May 8 in Hollywood (AP Photo)
New Hollywood remake of ‘Godzilla’ questions nuclear power
LOS ANGELES--The latest Hollywood remake of “Godzilla” debuted in Los Angeles on May 8, once again bringing an anti-nuclear message to the silver screen as the original film did in 1954.
A scene from “Like Father, Like Son” ((c) 2013 Like Father, Like Son Production Committee. All Rights Reserved.)
Koreeda: Japanese filmmakers should look overseas
Japanese filmmaker Hirokazu Koreeda, whose 2013 film “Like Father, Like Son” won the jury prize at Cannes and was purchased for remake by DreamWorks Studios last fall, says he fears the Japanese film industry is becoming insular and isolated from the rest of the world. In an interview with Asahi Weekly, Koreeda said he hopes that Japanese will take a greater interest in trends in the global cinema market rather than gloating over the success of Japanese creators overseas.
Seen here is a scene from the film adaptation of "Panpaka Pants." Panpaka-kun, far left, is the central character of the series. ((c) "Panpaka Pants" Film Production Committee)
Film adaption of locally produced 'Panpaka Pants' anime to go nationwide
SHIZUOKA--The feature film adaptation of "Panpaka Pants" will hit cinemas nationwide on May 10, five and a half years after the animated short series hit TV screens in Shizuoka Prefecture.
In the Yufuincho district of Yufu, Oita Prefecture, indie director Ko Eto promotes his film project to be shot in Canada. (Ayumi Shintaku)
Indie director from Oita working on film in Canada
YUFU, Oita Prefecture--A local indie director hoping to screen his first feature film at this city's annual movie festival is now seeking backers for his project.

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