Jason Gray's articles

  • Features

    Set report: Yakuza Apocalypse

    2014-06-19T18:23:00Z

    Japan’s Takashi Miike returns to his action roots with a suitably off the wall gangster-vampire story, Yakuza Apocalypse. Jason Gray visits the set.

  • Features

    Filmart 2014: hot titles: Japan

    2014-03-26T12:13:00Z

    Japanese companies attend Filmart with a strong line-up of titles. Jason Gray highlights some of the most eye-catching productions.

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    News

    In Bloom takes Tokyo Filmex prize

    2013-12-01T12:04:00Z

    Other winners include Harmony Lessons and Ilo Ilo.

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    Features

    Sion Sono, Tokyo Tribe

    2013-11-29T00:01:00Z

    After hit Why Don’t You Play In Hell?, director Sion Sono tackles hip-hop and gangs with manga adaptation Tokyo Tribe. Jason Gray visits the set.

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    News

    Indonesia's Balinale reveals winners

    2013-10-11T17:55:00Z

    Films from Ifa Isfansyah and Endri Pelita take top prizes at Bali film festival.

  • Balinale
    Comment

    Surprises and bartering boost Balinale

    2013-10-09T10:41:00Z

    Jason Gray visits Indonesia’s only international film festival and discovers that the element of surprise can be key for putting smaller festivals on the map.

  • The Wind Rises
    News

    Hayao Miyazaki talks retirement

    2013-09-06T10:41:00Z

    Legendary Japanese director Hayao Miyazaki bid farewell to animated feature film-making at a press conference announcing his retirement in Tokyo.

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    News

    XYZ slays sales for Killers

    2013-02-08T06:00:00Z

    EXCLUSIVE: Japanese-Indonesian crime-thriller sells to Germany, France, Turkey and Hong Kong.

  • Brave Hearts: Umizaru
    News

    Japanese box office up 7.7%

    2013-01-30T10:38:00Z

    The Japanese box office totalled $2.15bn (195bn yen) in 2012, topping the previous year’s figures by 7.7% but remaining below 2010’s 220.7bn yen.

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    News

    Nagisa Oshima dead at 80

    2013-01-15T16:21:00Z

    Nagisa Oshima, the iconoclastic Japanese director of In the Realm of the Senses and Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence, died of pneumonia in a Kanagawa hospital early on Tuesday (Jan 15). He was 80 years old.