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Japanese Director Naomi Kawase Accused of Violence Towards Staff

Japanese auteur and Cannes favorite Naomi Kawase has been accused of violent behavior towards her staff and crew, including an assault that left an employee’s face swollen.

Insiders Call B.S. on ‘Tokyo Vice’ Backstory

In the mid-2000s, after about a decade of reporting in Japan, American journalist Jake Adelstein came upon a story that would change the trajectory of his life and career. Adelstein discovered that four major figures in yakuza organizations —Japan’s crime syndicates — had traveled to UCLA Medical Center to receive liver transplants. The most prominent […]

Why Are Netflix’s Subtitles So Bad?

The massive international success of Netflix’s Squid Game has significantly raised the profile of subtitling, a traditionally overlooked craft that is becoming increasingly essential to the efficient functioning of the global entertainment industry. As the multinational streaming platforms invest huge sums in local-language series and movies — Netflix is spending more than a half-billion dollars […]

Tokyo: Female Directors on Their Craft and the Challenges of Being a Working Mother

Two working filmmaker mothers, Japan’s Yukiko Sode and Indonesia’s Kamila Andini, talked about their craft and the particular challenges they face in an industry not known for its family-friendly working environments as part of the Conversation Series at the Tokyo International Film Festival. The talk was one of the series of events at the Asia […]

Tokyo: Panel Ponders Post-Pandemic Festival Landscape

Panelists at The Future of the Film Industry event held during the Tokyo International Film Festival debated the meaning and shape of festivals in the post-pandemic world. Representatives of Berlin, Cannes and Tribeca described how their festivals had responded and adapted to the various stages of the coronavirus outbreak. Cannes, which was cancelled last year, […]

Tokyo Festival Honors Japan’s Pioneering 1950s Female Filmmaker Kinuyo Tanaka

Tokyo International Film Festival is screening four of the six films directed by Kinuyo Tanaka, a screen legend who then broke ground as Japan’s first female director in the postwar era. Born in 1909, Tanaka made her debut aged just 15 for Shochiku, which she would work with until she became a free agent after […]

Tokyo: Festival Programmer Shozo Ichiyama On Revamping Event During Pandemic

If the organizers of the Tokyo International Film Festival could have selected the backdrop to a major revamp of the event, a global pandemic likely wouldn’t have appeared high on their list of choices. But sometimes life gives you lemons. Last year saw new chairman Hiroyasu Ando take the reins for a hybrid edition impacted […]

Tokyo: Auteur Koji Fukada Strives to Remain Independent Despite Studio Dominance In Japan

Japanese auteur Koji Fukada, this year's Director in Focus at Tokyo International Film Festival, on grappling with life and death, doing things his way, and the domination of the domestic industry by the major integrated studios. 

Tokyo Film Festival Opens With Light COVID-19 Restrictions, Support from Christopher Nolan

The Tokyo International Film Festival kicked off its 33rd edition Saturday with an abbreviated red carpet and a series of photo ops featuring Japanese stars separated by plexiglass dividers. Representatives of the global film community, meanwhile, including Robert De Niro, Christopher Nolan and Cannes Film Festival director Thierry Frémaux, beamed into the event via a series of video messages wishing the festival well despite the challenges of COVID-19.

Tokyo Film Festival: Why Japan Will Be a Key Battlefront in the Netflix-Disney+ Streaming Wars

Japan, the world's third largest economy, was the first Asian market where Hulu, Netflix and Disney launched their streaming services. Now, the country's rich creative legacies and love of Hollywood IP are expected to make it a hotbed for streaming growth.

‘Foreboding’ Director Kiyoshi Kurosawa on Being a Horror Master Who Doesn’t Like Gore

The veteran helmer discusses his Berlin entry, and why an economically efficient Japanese film industry would make him unemployed.

Japan Box Office: ‘Spectre’ Opens on Top, ‘Peanuts’ at No. 2

Including preview screenings last weekend, the heavily marketed new Bond film has taken $6.9 million in Japan.