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Apr 07 Osamu Tezuka documentary
"NHK Tokushu Tezuka Osamu: Sosaku no Himitsu", shot in 1985. (M dot Strange )
Mar 29 The secret to Japan's efficient train system
'Super Japan: On-time Metro', gives an inside look on how trains are run in Tokyo. The video by Discovery Channel Asia is available on YouTube. (insing.com )
Mar 14 Tank-commanding cartoon girls capture fans for Japan's military
Being a soldier in Japan after World War Two was seen as a job for failed police recruits and unemployed youth from depressed rural towns. But as tension with China chips away at Japan's post-war pacifism, the military is regaining its prestige - helped by a blitz of television dramas, movies and cartoons. (Reuters )
Mar 07 Live-action Ghibli remake delivers a new Kiki
When is a remake not a remake? Arguably, Takashi Shimizu's "Majo no Takkyubin (Kiki's Delivery Service)" is less a reworking of the Hayao Miyazaki animation classic (which this reviewer praised on this page in 1989) than his own interpretation of the 1985 Eiko Kadono fantasy novel on which the Miyazaki film is also based. (Encouraged by the novel's success, Kadono later wrote five more in a series.) (Japan Times )
Feb 16 Haru Kuroki wins best actress award at Berlin film festival
Japanese actress Haru Kuroki won the Silver Bear for best actress at the 64th Berlin International Festival on Saturday for her part in director Yoji Yamada's "The Little House." (Kyodo )
Feb 03 Miyazaki's 'Kaze Tachinu' wins Annie Award for writing
Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki's "Kaze Tachinu" (The Wind Rises) won the Annie Award for Writing in an Animated Feature Production on Saturday. (Jiji Press )
Jan 30 Controversial Japan TV drama to go on without sponsors
A Japanese drama about children living in an orphanage that has been attacked for stereotyping will be broadcast as intended, a TV station said Wednesday, despite being abandoned by all of its sponsors. (Global Post )
Jan 15 Documentary shows life of young right-winger
As tensions with China and South Korea rise, there is new attention on nationalism and right-wing activism in Japan. But what does a Japanese right-winger look like? How does he behave? What does he believe in? A short new documentary gives clues. (Wall Street Journal )
Jan 14 'Kaze Tachinu' loses out on Golden Globe film honor
"Kaze Tachinu" (The Wind Rises), the animated movie directed by Hayao Miyazaki, has missed out on the Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film. (The Japan News )
Jan 10 History of Japan's Ancient and Modern Empire
This documentary as well as all of the rest of these documentaries shown here are about important times and figures in history, historic places and people, archaeology, science, conspiracy theories, and education. (Documentary Spill )
Dec 29 The Tokyo 1964 Olympics Part 1
With Tokyo recently being announced as the host of the 2020 Olympics we look back the last time the Games graced the Japanese capital in the first part of our new series of Olympic History. (Olympics )
Dec 18 Researchers unravel the mystery of Japan's 400-foot, aircraft-launching submarine
During World War II, Imperial Japan's massive I-400 submarine was shrouded in the highest levels of secrecy. (stripes.com )
Dec 17 Japan's 'Like Father Like Son' wins big at Asia-Pacific Film Festival awards
Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda was the big winner at the Asia Pacific Film Festival awards in Macau over the weekend, taking the key categories of Best Picture and Best Director with his film Like Father, Like Son. (hollywoodreporter.com )
Dec 14 'The Wind Rises' nominated for Golden Globe Awards
Japanese director Hayao Miyazaki's latest animated film, "The Wind Rises," has earned a nomination for Hollywood's Golden Globe Awards for best foreign film. (NHK )
Dec 12 First trailer of Hollywood remake of Godzilla released
The trailer for next year's much-needed Godzilla remake was released this week online along with a new poster for the film. The somewhat campy 1998 American remake of the classic was more of a whimsical adventure featuring baby Godzillas and the cast of The Simpsons. (Japan Today )
Dec 10 Keanu's '47 Ronin' flops in Japan
This weekend, Keanu Reeves' samurai adventure film 47 Ronin opened first in Japan…but not in first place. The movie, which cost Universal around $175 million (before marketing) to make, only grossed $1.3 million at theaters, putting it in 3rd place in the overall Japanese box office ranking. (crunchyroll.com )
Dec 08 Pearl Harbor: Disaster for Japan | National Geographics Documentary
Blending advanced CGI, re-enactments, archival footage, forensic science, dramatic eyewitness accounts and expert testimony, experience first-hand, the gripping details of the final moments behind some of the world's most chilling disasters. (DocumentaryRoom )
Nov 30 The Japanese Love Industry
Japan is a country that is dying-literally. Japan has more people over the age of 65 and the smallest number of people under the age of 15 in the world. (VICE )
Nov 30 A Life in Japan - Documentary
Ever wondered how a life in Japan might be? 19 foreigners share their personal experiences, likes and dislikes. See the country through the eyes of, mostly western, foreign residents, who have lived in Japan between a few months and several decades. (Petri Storlöpare )
Nov 19 Foreigner to be NHK morning drama series heroine
NHK will for the first time feature a non-Japanese heroine in its popular morning serial dramas. (NHK )
Nov 10 Anger in Japan over film about murdered British teacher
Japanese cinema-goers have expressed their distaste for a film released on Saturday that depicts the years English teacher Lindsay Hawker's killer went on the run after her murder in March 2007. (telegraph.co.uk )
Nov 06 Daniel Radcliffe to star in Japanese underworld thriller 'Tokyo Vice'
Daniel Radcliffe is set to star as real-life journalist Jake Adelstein in Tokyo Vice, set against the backdrop of the Japanese underworld. (hollywoodreporter.com )
Oct 26 Tokyo Film Festival top prize goes to Swedish film
Tokyo International Film Festival has given Swedish film "We are the Best!" its top prize of the Tokyo Sakura Grand Prix. (NHK )
Oct 26 'Ama-chan' to be aired in Taiwan and Thailand
NHK's hit morning TV serial drama "Ama-chan" will be aired in Taiwan starting in December and in Thailand from February. (Yomiuri )
Oct 23 Waratte Iitomo! to end 30-yr run on TV
Popular lunchtime television show "Waratte Iitomo!" will end in March, more than three decades after its launch, the presenter, comedian Tamori, revealed during Tuesday's show. (Yomiuri )
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