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Mifune Toshirō, a World-Class ActMatsuda Michiko

This year the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce announced the selection of Japanese film legend Mifune Toshirō (1920–1997) to receive a star in the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Almost two decades after his death in 1997, Mifune would be just the fourth Japanese motion picture celebrity to receive that honor—following Hayakawa Sesshū, Iwamatsu Mako, and Godzilla.(*1) A typical shot of the actor on set d…

Heretic of Humor: The Hollywood-Classic-Inspired Comedy of Mitani Kōki

In the course of a prolific career, playwright, screenwriter, and film director Mitani Kōki has become a household name in Japanese comedy. His latest film Gyarakushī kaidō (Galaxy Turnpike) showcases his unique style of humor honed through a love of classic Hollywood comedies, especially the movies of Billy Wilder. In this interview, Mitani talks about his new film and his approach to comedy.

Inside Yamazaki Takashi’s Horror Hit “Parasyte”

The manga Kiseijū depicted a battle with creatures that invade the brains of human hosts. Twenty years after its serialization came to an end, it has now been made into a two-part film, Parasyte, by visual effects wizard Yamazaki Takashi. One of the Japanese movie world's most successful directors discusses the manga's world view and appeal that became vital elements of his adaptation.

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.

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