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Review: “Extro” Captures the Unglamorous Hardships of Being a Background Actor

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In the mockumentary “Extro,” director Naoki Murahashi pokes fun at Japanese film industry tropes and power hierarchies.

Review: “Sacrifice” Offers Airy Take On Japanese Cults And National Traumas

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Taku Tsuboi’s directorial debut “Sacrifice” blends philosophical musings about the Tohoku Earthquake and Aum Shinrikyo with cat killings—but falls short of meaningful commentary.

Review: “My Sweet Grappa Remedies” Shows a Middle-Aged Woman’s Gentle Slice-of-Life

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Japanese director Akiko Ohku depicts friendship and loneliness for a middle-aged woman in “My Sweet Grappa Remedies."

Review: “Book-Paper-Scissors” Honors Japanese Artisan Culture Amidst Modernity

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"Book-Paper-Scissors" offers a contemplative and philosophical view on maintaining traditional Japanese art in a modern society.

Review: “Fukushima 50” Offers Uncontroversial Take On Japan’s Biggest Nuclear Disaster

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Starring Ken Watanabe, "Fukushima 50" avoids controversy as part of faithfully reflecting Japanese realities around Fukushima Daiichi.

Japanese Indie Drama “My Identity” Examines a Fractured Taiwanese-Japanese Immigrant Identity

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In her heartfelt debut film “My Identity,” which screens at Japan Cuts 2020, Sae Suzuki explores being misunderstood in a Taiwanese-Japanese immigrant coming-of-age story.

 
 
 

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