Category Archive: J-Drama

Feb 24 2018

Tadanobu Asano to star with Jared Leto in Netflix film The Outsider

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Netflix has released the trailer for their latest original film The Outsider, starring Jared Leto as an American ex-soldier in post-WWII Japan looking to earn a place in the yakuza underworld. Tadanobu Asano (know to Western audiences for his roles in Thor and 47 Ronin, but unforgettable in classics like Ichi The Killer and Zatoichi) …

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Feb 20 2018

Fullmetal Alchemist (Film Review)

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Fullmetal Alchemist Film Review by David Cirone The feature film adaptation of Fullmetal Alchemist has just dropped on Netflix. It packs some cool visuals, brings an impressive list of Japanese actors to project, and carries a knockout theme song by J-Pop songstress Misia. But for a story with the central theme of uniting a soul …

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Feb 09 2018

2018 Berlin International Film Festival will feature 13 films from Japan

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13 Japanese films have been invited to the 68th Berlin International Film Festival, including Ryuichi Sakamoto’s concert film async At The Park Avenue Armory, Kiyohara Yui’s Our House, Isao Yukisada’s River’s Edge, and a tribute to pink eiga producer Keiko Sato. The Berlin International Film Festival runs February 15-25, 2018. More info: https://www.berlinale.de (Japan)

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Feb 09 2018

Midnight Diner: Tokyo Stories (Series Review)

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Midnight Diner: Tokyo Stories Series Review by David Cirone Midnight Diner: Tokyo Stories, based on the popular manga Shinya Shokudo, stands out as arguably the best original Japanese-language series Netflix has produced yet. Excellent writing, superb acting, and subtle direction combine in the 10-part anthology where the lives of Tokyo’s late-night citizens intersect at a …

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Jan 25 2018

dLibrary Japan launches Japanese drama streaming service in North America

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When dLibrary Japan’s ad showed up in my Facebook feed boasting legal streams of Doctor X, Sanada Maru, and Matsuko no Shiranai Sekai, I was on their website signing up for the free one-week trial faster than you could say “Shippai shinai no de!” dLibary’s lineup might look familiar to cable subscribers who’ve used the …

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Jan 25 2018

Tokyo Idols (Film Review)

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Tokyo Idols Film Review by David Cirone Tokyo Idols has an agenda, and that’s no spoiler. Starting with its slanted description on Netflix, filmmaker Kyoko Miyake uses the documentary platform to selectively focus on fringe, negative aspects of idol fandom. For the millions of Japanese and international fans who have actually seen or participated in …

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Jan 09 2018

35-sai no Koukousei (Series Review)

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35-sai no Koukousei Series Review by David Cirone No Dropping Out -Back to School at 35- (35-sai no Koukousei) aims for shock value and social relevance, framing the struggles of modern high school students inside an outrageous premise — what if a beautiful, smart, world-experienced 35-year-old woman put on a school uniform and came to …

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Aug 20 2017

My Teacher (film trailer)

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Warner Brothers Japan has released the English-subtitled trailer for the upcoming film adaptation My Teacher, based on the Sensei! …Suki ni Natte mo ii Desuka? manga series by Kazune Kawahara.

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