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  • Cinema at Sea festival highlights diversity and unheard voices

    Held at venues in Naha, Okinawa, from Nov. 23 to 29, the first Cinema at Sea festival presented an ambitious and carefully curated program of films from Okinawa as well as Japan, the Asia-Pacific region and beyond. A keyword for the inaugural event was “diversity,” as festival director Huang Yin-yu and his programming team reached beyond major film production centers to places and peoples underrepresented in world cinema.

  • Johnny’s changes name to Starto Entertainment

    After months of speculation, the talent agency formerly known as Johnny & Associates announced its new name: Starto Entertainment (stylized in all caps).

  • J-pop's global ambitions came closer to reality in 2023

    The defining story of J-pop in 2023 focused on the past. The reckoning with Johnny Kitagawa’s history of sexual assault and how his decades-old powerhouse talent agency, formerly known as Johnny & Associates, would move forward towered over the entertainment industry and the headlines. Nothing came close to matching it.

  • Godzilla smashes U.S. record as top-earning Japanese live-action film

    The newest "Godzilla" film has become the highest-grossing Japanese live-action film in North America, raking in more than $14 million, film production company Toho said Thursday.

  • 'Oppenheimer' to screen in Japan next year after nuclear controversy

    Universal Pictures' "Oppenheimer" will screen in Japan next year, a local distributor said Thursday — a launch that had been in doubt amid criticism that the film largely ignores the devastation of the atomic bombings of the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

  • A heady Tokyo homecoming for Caroline Polachek

    Many non-Japanese artists express an affinity for Japanese culture, whether that’s through traditional crafts, anime or aesthetics. For American pop singer Caroline Polachek, her kinship to Japan is more subliminal because, from the age of 1 through 7, Tokyo was her home.

  • ‘Domains’: Hypnotic and truly original

    Some films seem to arrive at just the right moment. When Natsuka Kusano’s “Domains” first appeared on the streaming service Mubi in March 2020 after screening at a handful of festivals, it resonated uncannily with a world adjusting to the new reality of COVID-19 lockdowns.

  • ‘This Magic Moment’: Mini-theaters keep indie cinema love alive

    Last year, 634 Japanese films were released in this country, with the great majority screening at independent theaters, locally called “mini-theaters.” Without these theaters, the Japanese independent film sector would cease to exist.

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