Film

Tommy Lee Jones and members of the Competition Jury at the 2017 festival.
Culture

6 Reasons to Visit the Tokyo International Film Festival

From celebrity sightings to movie premieres to this year’s Godzilla Fest (and more), this year’s TIFF venues in Roppongi and Chiyoda are where it’s at.

By 9 min read

Culture

Akira Kurosawa: 5 Essential Movies from Japan’s Greatest Filmmaker

You know his name and might be aware of his pervasive influence but how many of the maestro’s movies have you seen?

By 9 min read

Culture

5 of the Coolest Studio Ghibli Movie Locations You Can Visit in Japan

Travel to real-life places in Japan where scenes from Studio Ghibli’s animated films spring to life.

By 7 min read

Culture

5 Cool James Bond Movie Locations You Can Visit in Japan

If 007 only lives twice and you only live once, then you better add these travel spots to your bucket list.

By 7 min read

Culture

Otaku Time: 5 Anime to Binge on Netflix Japan Right Now

No kanji? No problem. Here’s a collection of top Japanese animated shows you can watch in English.

By 6 min read

Culture

A Guide To the Best ‘Lost in Translation’ Spots in Tokyo

With the film in its 15th anniversary year, you can still find many of the real-life locations it portrayed in Shinjuku, Shibuya, and Kyoto.

By 8 min read

Culture

At 40, ‘Star Wars’ and its Relationship with Japan Only Deepens

A free "Star Wars" exhibition opens this week in Tokyo to celebrate the saga’s latest episode while the franchise’s actors and directors open up about their personal connections to Japanese culture.

By 6 min read

Culture

5 Japanese Horror Movies You Must Watch, Part 2

When it comes to unsettling, chilling and often gruesome films, nothing quite matches the visceral nature of Japanese horror.

By 5 min read

Culture

Japan on Film: Geisha, Okiyas and Sweet Ice

Continuing my quest to sort the fact from the fiction when it comes to Japan’s representation on the big screen, I now take a closer look at Memoirs of a Geisha, the 2005 movie based on the novel of the same name.

By 6 min read

Culture

Japan on Film: Swords, Samurai and Conversations

This series is dedicated to sorting the fact from the fiction when it comes to Japan on film.

By 5 min read