Cannes Film Festival Honors Studio Ghibli

Thursday, April 18, 2024

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By Nada Azhari

TOKYO- The Tokyo-based Studio Ghibli has become the first group to receive the coveted Honorary Palme d’Or at The 2024 Cannes Film Festival in May. The award is usually awarded to very talented individual actors or directors.

Iris Knobloch, President of the Cannes Film Festival, said the award was a historical first. “Japanese animated cinema is experienced as one of the great adventures of cinema, between tradition and modernity.”

Toshio Suzuki, speaking on beha...

Internet Watch Foundation seeks to clamp down on child images

Tuesday, April 9, 2024

TOKYO- (PanOrient News) The unrestricted availability of AI image-creating software has seen an increase in the number of illegal images of children across the internet and the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) is seeking regulation to stop abusive use of this software.

“The really dark reality of this technology means that people can use it to create whatever fantasy or whatever thing they want to do to children, and it's incredibly dangerous,” according to Michael Tunks, the IWF’s Head...

Russian film festival screens Japanese anti-nuclear film

Thursday, September 14, 2023

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TOKYO. A film festival in Russia screened an anti-nuclear movie called “Sadako’s Crane” at the Amur Oblast Film Festival as part of a section called “Japan Cinema Days.” It was organized by the Eurasian International Film Festival within the 21st Autumn Amur Film Festival.

The film, directed by MASUYAMA Rena and TARUTANI Daisuke, related the tale of Sadako, a 12-year-old girl who died from leukemia as a result of the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima in 1945, and Shi...


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