Before the big project, Sybilla Patrizia tended to take interest in moments and niches. An unassuming street sign; the dancing churn of a summer festival; a bored child on a train; an…

In 2001, it was announced that then-newcomer Mamoru Hosoda would direct Howl’s Moving Castle instead of Hayao Miyazaki in a significant departure for Studio Ghibli. However, Hosoda ended up leaving the project…

On this day 23 years ago, the movie world lost one of its greatest ever directors. Akira Kurosawa is widely regarded as the most influential filmmaker this country has ever produced. He…

For 10 points, name a Hollywood movie with a male Asian lead? For 100 points, it can’t be a whacky comedy or a martial arts film. To win the game, say anything…

Following the success of his critically acclaimed short music film Sound of Vladivostok, Marios Joannou Elia was asked to create something similar for a city that reigned as the capital of Japan…

Two sapphic women, a murder case, an obsession for lust and a question: Would you kill for love?

Centered around a small Shinjuku eatery that’s open from midnight to 7am, the MBS and Netflix show Midnight Diner is a compilation of many different human stories. Some are touching, others are heartbreaking and…

It’s not really unusual for a murder case to involve sex. But how exactly is the alleged homicide of a Japanese billionaire, the self-dubbed “Don Juan of Wakayama,” tied to a pretty…

Who amongst us has not looked at their old photos or diaries and cringed? Whether it be your favorite fashion item, film, or music – everything is relative. What truly mattered to you…

The 16th-century Japanese warlord Oda Nobunaga was so good at murder that history —and with it, pop culture — tends to remember him mostly as a bloodthirsty killer. Whether that’s justified or…

On this day 60 years ago Musume to Watashi (My Daughter and I) aired for the first time on NHK at 08:40 am. The 20-minute program broadcast from Monday to Friday was…

There is a poem about the Japanese warlord Oda Nobunaga (1534 – 1582) where he is asked what he’d do about a cuckoo that won’t sing, and his answer is that he’d…