A Nipponese time-travel fantasy in which sumo wrestling, electronic toilets and other cool Japanese inventions find their way into ancient Roman spas, "Thermae Romae II" nonetheless proves a less…
Bath house comedy also confirms appeal in Italy
TOKYO — "The Kirishima Thing," a drama about the fall-out when a star high-school volleyball player inexplicably quits the team, won the film prize at the 36th awards from the Japan Academy in Tokyo…
Izuru Narushima's well-crafted, rather old-fashioned and unquestioning elegy to Adm. Isoroku Yamamoto, at once the strongest opponent to Japan's entry into WWII and its greatest naval hero, succeeds…
All roads lead to a bathtub in this cheekily entertaining manga adaptation, a time-travel fantasy in which a Roman architect from 128 AD saves the empire by tapping into Nipponese ablution habits.
Japanese TV spinoff "The Wings of the Kirin" is an intriguing murder mystery that swiftly takes flight and sustains itself most of the way before crashing in its final reels. Based on a novel by…
Comic murder mystery "A Ghost of a Chance" draws on American tradition and samurai spirit to deliver a hilarious supernatural scenario with a legal angle.
The aftermath of a Japanese catastrophe gets a measured Western mythologizing in French-Canadian co-production "Memories Corner."
Returning to the worlds of family and childhood in a far sunnier vein than he did in 2004's lauded "Nobody Knows," eclectic, nearly fail-proof Nipponese helmer Hirokazu Kore-eda has come up with what…
Co-dependence has causes, and even virtues, in "Happily Ever After," a Japanese laff-flecked drama centered on domestic violence.
Akira Kurosawa's 1958 action comedy "The Hidden Fortress" ("Kakushi toride no san-akunin") -- said to be the inspiration for "Star Wars" -- will be remade in Japan, producer and distrib Toho has…