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Japan fest opens today; 2011 quake films, anime, docus, a Cannes winner lined up

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“LIKE Father, Like Son”

This year’s Eiga Sai, aka the Japanese Film Festival, presents its largest lineup (16 movies) in 16 years, according to Yukie Mitomi, Japan Foundation assistant director. “Most of the films are fairly recent, produced between 2009 and 2014,” Mitomi told the Inquirer. Centerpiece of the fest, set at the Shangri-La Plaza Mall cineplex starting today till July 13, is Hirokazu Kore-eda’s “Like Father, Like Son”—winner [...]

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McCartney gets back to health, leaves Japan

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Music legend Paul McCartney is over an illness that forced the cancellation of his Asian tour and has left Japan, the concert organizer said Tuesday.

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2 members of Japanese pop group AKB48 attacked

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Two members of the all-female Japanese pop group AKB48 and one staffer have been injured by a saw-wielding man at a fan event.

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Virus-hit McCartney cancels two Japan concerts

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Ex-Beatle Paul McCartney cancelled a scheduled concert in Tokyo for the second night in row Sunday after contracting a virus, saying he was “sorry” for letting fans down.

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Loyal to zip-up Godzilla, Japan wary of US remake

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The big-screen Godzilla that scared and thrilled viewers in 1954 was an actor in a rubber suit with a zipper up its back. And many Japanese fans still prefer that monster over a Hollywood version made in terrifying, full 3-D computer-graphics glory.

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