Mark Schilling

Kabuki in the black


Kabuki has an image problem in the West. A treasure of Japanese culture dating back four centuries, it has since become a byword for elaborate, empty posturing -- political and otherwise.

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Another scare rising?


Japanese horror has been Japan's hottest live-action genre abroad ever since the worldwide success of Hideo Nakata's 1998 hit "Ring." It is also a mine Hollywood has gone to again and again for…

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