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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…

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.

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.

Yoshinaga Sayuri: Last of the Silver Screen’s National HeroinesInamasu Tatsuo

In her latest movie, Kita no kanaria-tachi (A Chorus of Angels), Yoshinaga Sayuri plays a teacher on a small island off Hokkaidō in the north of Japan. She has embodied the zeitgeist of postwar Japanese society, it is said, ever since her debut in 1959. Still centering her career on cinema, she is called the last of the great movie stars.

World Heritage: Hiraizumi (Video)Matsuda Tadao (Videographer)

On June 25, 2011, the temples and archeological sites of Hiraizumi in Iwate Prefecture became a World Heritage site—a welcome piece of good news for the Tōhoku region, still reeling from the March 11 disaster.

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