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Her Strength Is No Act: An Interview with Actress Terajima Shinobu

The actress Terajima Shinobu was catapulted onto the world stage in 2010 when she won the coveted Silver Bear Award for Best Actress at the Berlin International Film Festival. In this interview, she looks back on her career and ahead to her future plans, while also touching on the problems facing the Japanese film industry.

(Video) Godzilla’s Second Tour of Duty

When the Godzilla film series was resurrected in 1984, Satsuma Kenpachirō was chosen to suit up as the creature. Nippon.com recently interviewed the actor to learn more about the second round of movies (from 1984 to 1995) and the challenges of playing Japan’s most iconic monster.

Thomas Noguchi, Legendary Hollywood CoronerYamada Toshihiro

Thomas Noguchi in 2013. As chief medical examiner for Los Angeles County from 1967 to 1982, Thomas Noguchi performed autopsies on so many celebrities that he became known as the “coroner to the stars.” Noguchi was the first Japanese-American to occupy such a high-profile position, but he first entered the public eye in 1962, while still deputy coroner. That was when he conducted the postmortem e…

Being Godzilla: An Interview with Nakajima Haruo, the Man Inside the Suit

What makes Godzilla tick? If anyone can answer that question it might be Nakajima Haruo. The former actor suited up to play the role of Godzilla in 12 films. We recently interviewed Nakajima to discover how he managed to bring the monster to life on the big screen.

Roar Power: Watanabe Ken Talks Godzilla

Japanese actor Watanabe Ken has become a Hollywood fixture in the past decade. His latest blockbuster role is in Godzilla, directed by Gareth Edwards. Nippon.com recently interviewed the global star, and he shared with us his views on the underlying message of the iconic character Godzilla today—60 years after its screen debut.

Godzilla’s Analog Mayhem and the Japanese Special Effects TraditionHikawa Ryūsuke

The 1954 film Godzilla, with its brilliant combination of miniature sets and costumed actors, gave birth to a whole new genre, called tokusatsu (literally “special filming”). This distinctive style, pioneered by Tsuburaya Eiji, went on to become hugely influential in Japan and overseas, leading to many other memorable creations, including the TV show Ultraman. Hikawa Ryūsuke looks at the birth and development of this genre.

Documentary Film Festival Brings the World to Yamagata

Every two years, the Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival attracts cinephiles from all over the world. What draws them to a festival in a small city largely unknown outside Japan? Nippon.com interviews interpreter Yamanouchi Etsuko, who has taken part since the beginning.

Taiwanese “Kano” Baseball Team Found its Field of Dreams in Prewar JapanBaba Masaki (Interviewer)

The recent film Kano chronicles the inspiring tale of a 1931 Taiwanese baseball team that made it to the championship of Japan’s “Kōshien” high-school tournament. Singer-songwriter Baba Masaki sat down with the producer and director of Kano, Wei De-Shen and Umin Boya, to learn more about the film and the legendary Kano baseball team.

Tora-san, the Wandering TokyoiteRichard Medhurst

Tora-san stands watch over the Shibamata neighborhood. (The sash promoting fire safety is a recent addition; don’t look for it in any of his movies.) Outside Shibamata Station, in the north of Tokyo, stands a statue of a shabby traveling salesman with one hand in his pocket and the other holding a battered suitcase. Although he is wearing a jacket of sorts, his pork pie hat and sandals make it p…

Shinohara Ushio and Noriko: A Couple Wrestles with the Demon Called Art

The Shinoharas, a Japanese couple pursuing art careers in New York since the 1970s, are the subject of Cutie and the Boxer, a documentary nominated for a 2014 Academy Award. We spoke to them about their art and lives during their recent visit to Tokyo.

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