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Tokyo Story in Moscow: Bringing Ozu to the WorldNaum Kleiman

Naum Kleiman, film critic and director of the prestigious Moscow State Central Cinema Museum, was instrumental in introducing the films of Ozu Yasujirō to Russia. Here he looks back on his first encounter with Ozu and the reactions of audiences to his pioneering retrospective in Moscow.

Japanese Cinema’s Formula for Success as Seen at the Tokyo International Film FestivalAlastruey Txabi

Every autumn, the Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) draws film-lovers from across Japan and attracts directors and critics from around the world. It is the nation's most important international film festival—the only one in Japan accredited by the International Federation of Film Producers Associations (FIAPF), and one of the most prestigious in Asia. It was held for the first time in 1985,…

The True Story of the Downed Dakota

In 2013, a year that marks 400 years of exchange between Japan and Britain, a little-known incident involving the two nations that occurred five months after the end of World War II has been made into a motion picture: Fly, Dakota, Fly! directed by Aburatani Seiji and starring Higa Manami in her first lead role.

Japanese Cinema Turns the Tables on HollywoodIshiyama Shin’ichirō

For decades filmgoers in Japan tended to prefer foreign films—especially Hollywood blockbusters—to their home-grown cinema. But in recent years, Japanese films have been making a comeback. Film critic Ishiyama Shin’ichirō takes a closer look at the factors behind this reversal of fortunes.

Japanese Makeup Artist Makes It Big in Hollywood

Tsuji Kazuhiro is one of the top prosthetic makeup artists in Hollywood, where he has worked for the past 17 years. We sat down to talk to him about his career there and his most recent work on the film Looper starring Bruce Willis.

March 11 Brings the Japanese Together

The documentary film Japan in a Day weaves together video footage taken by amateurs on the same day—March 11, 2012, exactly one year after the devastating earthquake and tsunami. We talk to the British and Japanese directors to find out more.

“Anime” and “Manga” Take Root in ChinaKobayashi Sayuri

Japanese subculture is surprisingly popular in China these days, particularly anime and manga. This article sheds some light on what’s driving this popularity.

Educating the Next Generation of Japanese Filmmakers

Founded by two-time Cannes Palme d’Or winner Imamura Shōhei (The Ballad of Narayama; The Eel), the Japan Institute of the Moving Image is Japan’s only full-time university dedicated to film studies. We talked to the institute’s director, the film critic Satō Tadao, about the school’s approach to film education and the future of the Japanese film industry.

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