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Recommended Cinema Selections

This series introduces Japanese and Japan-related movies worth watching. Read on to discover film details, critical responses, and behind-the-scenes information.

Lady Gaga and Godzilla Star at 2018 Tokyo Film Festival

The opening and closing films for the 2018 Tokyo International Film Festival have been announced as A Star is Born and Godzilla: The Planet Eater.

“Shoplifters”: A Family Tied by Crime and Money

Koreeda Hirokazu’s Shoplifters tells the story of a “family” not connected by blood, getting by from day to day while struggling with poverty. While it tackles social issues, the film has a tender humor. Meticulous direction and strong performances helped it win the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival.

Kawase Naomi’s “Radiance” Featured at Tokyo International Film Festival

Kawase Naomi is one of the best-known Japanese film directors at work today. Her latest movie Hikari (Radiance), recipient of the 2017 Ecumenical Jury award at the 2017 Festival de Cannes, was picked for screening in the prestigious “Japan Now” program at the thirtieth Tokyo International Film Festival. Kawase discussed her distinctive approach to filmmaking at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan in Tokyo.

“The Red Turtle” (2016)

Studio Ghibli’s latest film is an international coproduction a decade in the making. The dialogue-free movie showcases the minimalist talents of Dutch director Michael Dudok de Wit.

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