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Japanese Horror Films Keep Evolving

Katsuo Kokaji writes: This year marks the 20th anniversary of the release of “Ring,” perhaps the most famous work of J-horror — contemporary Japanese horror movies — thanks to the scene in which the ghost Sadako crawls out from a TV screen. [...]

Film Review: Sion Sono’s ‘Antiporno’

Nippon cult director Sion Sono’s take on the ‘Roman Porno’ subgenre is a colorfully abstract anti-sexploitation screed. Dennis Harvey writes: Tasked with contributing to Nikkatsu’s “Roman Porno Reboot Project” — a salute [...]

Confirmed: Godzilla’s Resurgence Expected to Continue

Katsuo Kokaji reports: Since the first film in 1954, a series of works have been released under the Godzilla franchise — albeit with occasional blank years. The series came to halt for a time after “Godzilla Final Wars” in 2004, but a 2014 [...]

Mike Nichols, I Admired You Before I Even Knew You

- F I L M O T O M Y - About three years ago I wanted to write about the various, lasting directorial débuts in movie history, not just in my lifetime, but before I was even born. And what impact those first films had, how it shaped their [...]

Tommy Lee Jones to Head Tokyo Festival Jury

Patrick Frater reports: Veteran American actor Tommy Lee Jones will head the competition jury at next month’s Tokyo International Film Festival. The 30th edition of the festival will run Oct. 25 to Nov. 3 in venues across the Japanese capital. [...]