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Filmmaker Ōbayashi Nobuhiko: War and Peace and Cinema

Veteran director Ōbayashi Nobuhiko was told he had terminal cancer just before the filming of his latest film, Hanagatami, but lived to see it completed and is still thinking about his next project. In this interview, he talks about cinema and its connections with war and peace.

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.

“Your Name” to Be Remade into Hollywood Live-Action Movie (News)

Tokyo, Sept. 28 (Jiji Press)—Major Japanese movie distributor Tōhō. said Thursday that the megahit animation film Kimi no na wa (Your Name) will be remade into a Hollywood live-action movie. Toho said it granted the right to adapt the film into a live-action movie mainly to US film distributor and producer Paramount Pictures, and is currently working on creating the movie together. J. J. Abr…

Japan’s Movie Theater Sign Painter: Star Power in Acrylic

When local movie theaters were important entertainment centers, sign painters played a key role in drawing spectators to the latest big film. Ōshita Takeo, who made a living for decades as a sign painter, keeps his movie passion alive by producing portraits of Japanese and international stars.

Japan’s Animation Industry Failing to Cultivate Next Generation of Talent

With blockbusters like Shinkai Makoto’s Kimi no na wa (Your Name) making waves around the world, the Japanese animation industry would appear to be bursting with vitality. Yet behind the scenes at the nation’s animation production houses, the working conditions are little short of wretched, and the long-term future of made-in-Japan anime is anything but assured.

Deciphering the Universality of Oshii Mamoru’s “Ghost in the Shell”Hikawa Ryūsuke

With Hollywood producing a live-action version of his 1995 animated movie Ghost in the Shell, famed anime director Oshii Mamoru’s original Kōkaku kidōtai is back in the spotlight. Anime researcher Hikawa Ryūsuke explores the impact that Oshii’s landmark film has had on science-fiction film, both in Japan and abroad, and the universality of its challenging themes.

Japanese Movie Director Suzuki Seijun Dies at 93 (News)

Tokyo, Feb. 22 (Jiji Press)—Japanese movie director Suzuki Seijun died of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at a Tokyo hospital on February 13, it was learned Wednesday. He was 93. Suzuki Seijun. (© Jiji) He made his debut as a film director under his real first name Seitarō at Japanese studio Nikkatsu in 1956. After starting to use the name Seijun in 1958, Suzuki produced many actio…

Kitano Takeshi: Marching to His Own Creative “Beat”Uno Koremasa

Kitano Takeshi has established a unique position for himself, appearing as a popular comedian on Japanese TV while simultaneously winning international acclaim as a serious filmmaker. Meet the unique creator who has for many years lived a double life as mass entertainer and creative artist.

Scorsese’s “Silence” Grapples With Questions of Faith in Seventeenth-Century Japan

Director Martin Scorsese first learned of the novel Silence in 1988. Deeply moved by its exploration of faith among “hidden Christians” in seventeenth-century Japan, he resolved to film the work. More than a quarter of a century later, this passion project is complete.

First Movie Collaboration Between Japan and India in Preparation (News)

New Delhi, Jan. 13 (Jiji Press)—Japanese and Indian film production companies have started preparations to make a film together, marking the first movie collaboration between the two countries. With an Indian man and a Japanese woman in the leading roles, the companies will begin shooting the film, "Love in Tokyo," in Japan as early as this year. As bilateral economic and security ties are r…

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