Yuki Matsuzaki has an old-timey but to-the-point thing to say about the oft-repeated idea that Japan is one of the most homogenous nations on the planet: “Hogwash.” A Hollywood actor of over…

I will make my film! That’s why I have dared To enter this world of cinema To show men, not to work for them! Tazuko Sakane wrote these words in 1936 when…

When the trailers for the anime movie Bubble were first released, they made heads spin, and not just because of the whirling, supersonic camera work. A parkour-focused story set in a partially…

If you’re a regular Netflix viewer, chances are you’ve seen Old Enough — the English dub of the popular long-running Japanese TV show, Hajimete no Otsukai (My First Errand). It depicts preschool-aged children…

When regaling someone with a tale from your past, especially one told on countless occasions, how much of it do you embellish? Does it get better on each retelling? Do you present…

Ryusuke Hamaguchi is on a roll. Since sliding into global consciousness with Happy Hour in 2015, Japan’s critical darling has released three more feature-length works that plumb the depths of the human…

It was like a scene from a TV drama, except it lasted more than 10 hours and was very real. On this day 50 years ago, most of the country followed the…

Despite not really having a surplus of them due to the country’s declining birthrate, Japan doesn’t exactly handle its children with kid gloves. Just take a look at Demon Slayer, which in…

Masamoto Ueda serves a classic Tokyo-style shoyu (soy sauce) ramen topped with chashu pork at Bizentei, a bustling shop not far from Iidabashi Station. Ueda has been serving these noodles for 40…

At the time of writing, Squid Game is enjoying its third consecutive month on the list of the Top 10 most popular Netflix shows in Japan. But the success of the Korean…

When it comes to things Japan should be worrying about in 2022, movies are low down on the list. But that’s precisely why it needs movies now more than ever. With everything…

Earlier this year Fumio Kishida formally became Japan’s 100th Prime Minister. But the job could very well have gone to Sanae Takaichi or Seiko Noda, two members of the Liberal Democratic Party…