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How NHK Makes Television for the World: Behind the Scenes of imagine-nation

Camera operators adjust their equipment routinely in preparation for the filming of an episode of imagine-nation.   The tension in the air lifts as director Suzuki signals a cut with a quick “arigatou gozaimasu.” Hosts Chiaki Horan and Nicholas Pettas relax their careful stance while the soundscape fills with the rearrangement of studio cameras and…

Take a Look at Japanese Director Shunji Iwai’s Journey to Growth

One of the well-known Japanese directors who continued to move forward in the third decade of his career is director Shunji Iwai (岩井俊二). He is a rare director who showcases fablelike tales with his distinctive visual style. His masterpiece, Love Letter, became a box office hit and still continues to inspire both Asian and international…

Remembering Legendary Anime Artist Satoshi Kon

Animation is one of the biggest industries in Japan. People from around the world enjoy Japanese anime, flocking to Japan to take part in the genuine culture. Some people have made themselves known in the animation industry such as Osamu Tezuka, Fujiko Fujio, and Hayao Miyazaki. People like these have made their impact on the…

Akira Kurosawa: Retirement and Resurgence

Throughout the 1950s, Akira Kurosawa was riding the high wave of critical and financial success. He was already one of the hottest directors in the world. The American film company 20th Century Fox was planning a huge military epic movie titled “Tora Tora Tora!”, this was planned to be a film depicting the attack on…

Akira Kurosawa: On the Golden age of the Japanese Cinema

Catching Lighting in a Bottle, Again After his success with Sanshiro Sugata Akira Kurosawa (黒澤明) began work on his second production The Most Beautiful. This would be a propaganda film about female factory workers. In order to get more realistic performances out of his actors and actresses, he had them live in the factory, eat…

The Director Akira Kurosawa: Early Life

A Legend Akira Kurosawa (黒澤明) is considered one of the greatest directors of all time. He is the director of such films as: The Seven Samurai, Rashomon, Yojimbo, Ran, and many many others. Over his career of over 50 years, he directed 30 films. His films have influenced nearly every director working today, including but…