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Tokyo: Programmer Shozo Ichiyama on Making Festival Bridge Between Japanese and Global Film Worlds

In his second year as programming director, industry veteran Shozo Ichiyama believes he has taken another step closer to realizing his vision for the Tokyo International Film Festival. A producer known for working with China’s Jia Zhangke, Japan’s Takeshi Kitano and Taiwan’s Hou Hsiao-hsien, Ichiyama is striving to make TIFF a gateway between the Japanese […]

Filmmaker Takeshi Kitano’s Car Attacked by Man with Pickax

Tokyo police have arrested a man who allegedly attacked a car carrying Japanese entertainment icon Takeshi Kitano with a pickax, though nobody was injured, according to media reports. The 74-year-old director and actor, also known by his stage name Beat Takeshi, was in the car with his driver and was just leaving the compound of […]

Scarlett Johansson Reteams With ‘Ghost in the Shell’ Director for True-Life Massage Parlor Film ‘Rub & Tug’

Scarlett Johannson is reteaming with Rupert Sanders, who directed her in Ghost in the Shell, for Rub & Tug, a drama about a true-life sexually ambivalent massage parlor owner.

‘Outrage Coda’: Film Review | Filmart 2018

'Outrage Coda' marks the final installment in the 'Outrage' series from Japanese filmmaker Takeshi Kitano, who also stars.

‘Ghost in the Shell’: Film Review

Scarlett Johansson stars as a cybernetic superhero in 'Ghost in the Shell,' director Rupert Sanders' live-action update of the Japanimation classic by Mamoru Oshii.

‘While the Women Are Sleeping’ (‘Onna ga Nemurutoki’): Berlin Review

Iconic Japanese actor Beat Takeshi is a mysterious voyeur in Wayne Wang’s Japanese thriller.

‘The Dork, the Girl and the Douchebag’ (‘Kuzu to Busu to Gesu’): Rotterdam Review

Japanese enfant terrible Yosuke Okuda returns to Rotterdam as director and star of a comically twisted tale with dodgy scams and drug deals aplenty.

‘Anguish,’ ‘Cherry Tree’ Nab World Premieres at Fantasia Film Festival

The genre event will also give a special screening for the Charlize Theron and Christina Hendricks-starrer 'Dark Places.'

‘Chasuke’s Journey’ (‘Ten no Chasuke’): Berlin Review

Sabu's Berlinale competition title features Japanese star Kenichi Matsuyama as a heavenly tea boy who returns to human society to save his long-admired object of affection.

Takeshi Kitano Receives Tokyo Film Fest’s Samurai Award, Slams Local Industry

The iconic actor-director criticized the way Japan's major studios control his country's Oscar submissions process

Outrage Beyond: Venice Review

Leaner on violence than 2010's "Outrage," this sequel should prove another hit in Japan while finding favor internationally among Takeshi Kitano's culty fan base.

New Movie Reviews: ‘Shame,’ ‘Sleeping Beauty,’ ‘Coriolanus’ Hitting Theaters

What is THR's critical take on the films getting released Friday?