Unseen Japan

The Japan You Don't Learn About in Anime.

Red Square, Moscow.
Comedians doing their shtick
Ultraman the office worker?

Illegal Hero? China's Legally Dubious Ultraman Movies Rile Japanese Fans

News   By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  January 23, 2019 • Tagged with entertainment, movies, culture, china, ultraman

A Chinese production company continues releasing Ultraman movies that Ultraman's Japanese producers say are illegal. Are they legitimate - or another Chinese "ripoff"?

Mariko Kai and Sally Field.

How Netflix's MANIAC Makes (Some) Strides Melding Cultures

News   By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  October 02, 2018 • Tagged with news, entertainment, movies, tv

Netflix's Maniac, directed by Japanese-American auteur Cary Joji Fukunaga, melds Japanese and American cultures convincingly. But in other ways, the series still shows how far Hollywood has to go.

Japanese poster for Soshite, Chichi ni naru (Like Father, Like Son).

Watch Palmes d'Or-Winning Director Kore-eda Hirokazu's Previous Hit on Amazon

News   By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  August 01, 2018 • Tagged with news, media, entertainment, movies

Japanese hit director Kore-eda Hirokazu's latest isn't scheduled for US release until later this year, but you can see some of his previous stellar work now from the comfort of your own home.