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Review: “Ten Years Japan” Pictures Dystopia With Hopeful Undertones

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The short film anthology "Ten Years Japan" provides a relevant, but not depressing, look at contemporary Japan's social challenges.

How “Isle of Dogs” is a Metaphor for Japanese Politics

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Other critics have it wrong: Wes Anderson's film actually conveys Japanese issues through an American lens, not the other way around.

11 WWII Movies From the Japanese perspective

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Check out 10 of the best Japanese WWII movies. Learn about World War II from a different perspective!

This movie helps explain why Turkey and Japan are such good friends

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"Ertugrul 1890" reveals how it all starts with a century-old disaster.

5 Japanese movies (and 3 shorts) to watch if you love cats

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Like cats? Like Japanese movies? Check out these Japanese movies with cats!

Review: If Cats Disappeared from the World (Japan, 2016)

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A heartfelt Japanese film with a somewhat misleading title (fortunately).

An interview with director Yung Chang about his documentary “Gatekeeper”

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Gatekeeper documents the suicide prevention efforts of a retired Japanese detective named Yukio Shige.

Review: The Birth of Sake (United States, 2016)

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Erik Shirai’s The Birth of Sake is a warm love letter to the national liquor of Japan and the people who make it happen. Shirai...

Terrace House: Netflix’s new Japanese reality show

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Three guys, three girls, and a massive, well appointed apartment in the heart of Tokyo? Netflix does reality TV for Japan.. and it's not what...

Review: Neko Samurai (Japan, 2014)

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What do you get when you cross the internet’s favorite animal with sword-wielding Japanese warriors? Well, something a lot like the 2014 Japanese comedy-drama Neko...