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“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.

“Villain” Author Enters a World of Rage

Bestselling author Yoshida Shūichi has won Japan’s most prestigious literary awards. Many of his works have been filmed, including Akunin (trans. Villain), which won a best actress award at the Montreal World Film Festival in 2010. With the film version of his novel Ikari (Rage) about to open, we met him to talk about the inspiration for his work.

Resurgent Godzilla Back to Trample Tokyo

As Japan’s first new Godzilla movie for 12 years hits the screens, we talk to the producer to find out what the monster means for post-disaster Japan and what thrills lie in store for audiences around the country this summer.

Ghibli Expo: Three Decades of Studio Ghibli Films

A massive exhibition in Tokyo offers a unique opportunity to see posters, advertisements, and previously unreleased materials for Studio Ghibli animation produced over its roughly 30-year history.

What’s Up at Studio Ghibli? Catching Up with Producer Suzuki Toshio

As a Studio Ghibli producer, Suzuki Toshio has played a central role in bringing many of the animation giant’s famous films to the big screen. He discusses the studio’s latest projects, including a new short film by Miyazaki Hayao, and assesses the state of the industry.

The Japanese Historian Honoring Hiroshima’s American DeadJulian Ryall

The August 6, 1945, atomic bombing of Hiroshima also ended the lives of 12 American POWs held in the city. Amateur historian Mori Shigeaki has spent over 40 years identifying them and locating their families, a process that drew the attention of US filmmaker Barry Frechette, whose Paper Lanterns chronicles Mori’s work.

“Attack on Titan” Invades Movie Theaters: An Interview with Director Higuchi Shinji

International manga smash Attack on Titan is now a live-action film that offers moviegoers a blend of traditional Japanese physical special effects and digital technology. The leader of this huge project, director Higuchi Shinji, reveals how he and his team went about transforming the world of the manga into live-action cinema.

Leaving a Strong Impression: The Artistic Endeavors of Natsuki Mari

From voice acting in Miyazaki Hayao’s Spirited Away to fronting a band inspired by the music of Janis Joplin, Natsuki Mari’s career has covered a lot of ground. Her other activities have included well-received theatrical works that explore physical performance and a project supporting families in developing countries. Her varied resume has won her a large following among young Japanese women.

Five Films from the 1950sNippon.com Staff

The 1950s is looked back on as a golden age for Japanese cinema, producing a host of great films from major directors. This was also the first time films from Japan came to the attention of an international audience after Rashōmon, directed by Kurosawa Akira, won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival in 1951. Among the string of classics with which Kurosawa Akira made his name, none is …

Cinema Star Takakura Ken Passes Away at 83

The death of Takakura Ken, a Japanese movie legend who rose to fame in 1960s yakuza films and later gained international recognition through appearances in Hollywood productions, was announced on November 18, 2014. His company, Takakura Promotions, reported that the actor had died of malignant lymphoma in a Tokyo hospital on November 10. He was 83. Takakura was born in Fukuoka Prefecture in 1931.…

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