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Grand Prix Winners at the Tokyo International Film Festival

Films directed by Alejandro González Inárritu, Lukas Moodysson, and Alejandro Amenábar are among the winners of the Tokyo International Film Festival Grand Prix over the years.

Popular Anime Boost Japan’s Film Industry

Foreign films once enjoyed strong popularity in Japan, but over the past 10 years their revenue has been outpaced by that of Japanese films.

Japanese Restaurant Named After Actor Mifune Opens in New York (News)

New York, July 13 (Jiji Press)—A Japanese restaurant bearing the name of legendary actor Mifune Toshirō opened in New York on Thursday, aiming to promote cuisine of the Asian country in one of the biggest cities in the world. Mifune New York is a five minutes' walk from Grand Central Station and also close to the UN headquarters. A lot of wooden materials are used in its walls and ceiling to…

“Underground Temple” Safeguards Greater Tokyo from Floods

The Metropolitan Area Outer Underground Discharge Channel was completed 10 years ago and has helped reduced flood damage around the nation’s capital on more than 100 occasions. The world-class underground flood control system not only drains rainwater from low-lying areas but has a pressure adjusting tank that, with its huge columns, has been likened to a giant underground temple.

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…

Farewell, Naruto: The Curtain Closes on the World’s Best-Loved Ninja

On November 10, 2014, the manga series Naruto ended its 15-year run in the weekly Shōnen Jump. We spoke with Kishimoto Masashi, author of this work beloved in Japan and around the world, about his thoughts on the series and what lies ahead for him as an artist.

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.

In Search of Ozu YasujirōOkada Hidenori

Film director Ozu Yasujirō died on December 12, 1963―his sixtieth birthday. Over the course of the 50 years that have passed since then, numerous attempts have been made to interpret his works. What is it about Ozu’s films that captivates scholars and cinephiles around the world? Okada Hidenori looks at the evolving appreciation of Ozu's films and explores their enduring appeal.

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 Artists in Taiwan: A Reciprocal Love AffairBaba Masaki

In recent years, growing numbers of Japanese actors and musicians have been building careers in Taiwan. Taipei-based musician Baba Masaki explores the historical and cultural background to this latest Japanese migration.

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