Review: In Beat Takeshi’s Kubi, Samurai are Queer Yakuza

Unseen Japan -- Nov 26

Internationally famed director Kitano Takeshi is back with his new samurai epic, Kubi. The violent, darkly funny film has some surprises in store for viewers.


The final episode of ABEMA's original program "LOVE CATCHER Japan" aired on January 27th, concluding the series with its eighth episode. Model Press conducted solo interviews with the eight men and women participants, excluding the two who successfully confessed their love to each other as "Love Catchers" and became a mutual match.

In the late-night broadcast of "Ariyoshi Quiz" (TV Asahi) on the 25th, popular comedian Takashi Watanabe from Nishikigoi made an appearance. Watanabe, who is well-versed in adult videos, was shocked to learn about "the other side of filming."

Suspense action film "Hard-Boiled Recipe," featuring singer-songwriter and track maker idol Chiaki Mayumura, is set to be released on April 26th in Tokyo's Cinemart Shinjuku and other theaters nationwide. Along with the trailer, a poster visual by illustrator Yoshihito Sugawara and new still photos have been revealed.

A special screening and talk show was held in Tokyo on Sunday for the first episode of the new MBS drama series "Cinderella Complex," which stars Miku Tanaka and Hiromu Iijima, depicting a steamy affair between a teacher and student.