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When this faithful remake owes most of its success to the original though, it’s hard to justify its existence beyond financial gain. Miike’s divergences are a mixed bag–his first and third acts are more efficient, while the second act flashbacks become overlong and tedious. This version feels a bit bleaker and more polished, but it lacks some of Kobayashi’s punch…

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According to Japanese scientists at Tottori University, there is a mathematical correlation between the amount of social media posted about a film before and during its release weekend, and its subsequent performance at the box office…at least for local and Hollywood films released in Japan. The full study was originally published in

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Warner Bros. and Universal are going to team up to bring the “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” to the Universal Studios in Osaka! “Universal Studios Japan is thrilled to be chosen to make the Harry Potter experience come alive for the people of Japan,” Glenn Gumpel, president and CEO of

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Jiro Ono, the octogenarian star of the charming documentary Jiro Dreams of Sushi, is known as the best sushi chef (shokunin) in Japan, if not the world. The Japanese government has designated him a “living national treasure.” The famous Michelin restaurant guide rates his Sukiyabashi Jiro a perfect three stars

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Yesterday evening the internet was a buzz after hints of a new Pokemon game being revealed today were released. This morning on the Japanese television show ‘Pokemon Smash’ Game Freak director Junichi Masuda took to the stage and delivered the big news. For the first time in the franchises history

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RADIOHEAD have confirmed their fourth festival slot of 2012, this time at Japan’s Fuji Rock Festival. The festival, which takes place in Niigata in July, will also feature a performance from newly-reformed THE STONE ROSES. It’s a busy July for the band, as they will also be playing at the

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