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Comedians doing their shtick
Ultraman the office worker?
Japanese and Russian Cooperation

Akira Kurosawa and the Kremlin - Part 2: Saved by the Soviets

Essay   By Noah Oskow  ·  October 26, 2018 • Tagged with film, movies, akira kurosawa, Russia, culture

Akira Kurosawa once said, "Take me, subtract movies, and you get zero." At a time when he felt he had nothing, it was up to a Soviet production company to put the movie back in the maestro.

Red Square, Moscow.

Akira Kurosawa and the Kremlin - Part 1: Rise and Fall

Essay   By Noah Oskow  ·  October 25, 2018 • Tagged with film, movies, akira kurosawa, Russia, culture

Japanese film maestro Akira Kurosawa's enduring love of Russian literature may have saved his life when the Soviet Union stepped in to save his career. In Part 1 of this story, Noah Oskow reviews the auteur's highs and lows.

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.