…on April 11 at 6:45pm for I Am a Hero, Japan’s first major movie about an outbreak of the undead. Based on the blockbuster manga series of the same name, the film version is that rare big-budget commodity that manages to be gruesomely frightening, darkly funny and hair-raisingly realistic. It’s anchored by an astoundingly committed star turn from Yo Oizumi, whose everyman character winds up saving the day . . . maybe. Oizumi will join director Shinsuke Sato and manga originator Kengo Hanazawa for the Q&A session. The film has swept awards at major fantastic film festivals around the world, proving that zombie-film fatigue doesn’t apply when the work is as clever and entertaining as this. Also starring Kasumi Arimura, Masami Nagasawa and an unforgettable high-jumper, the film recasts Mt. Fuji as the last refuge for the living.
(Japan, 2016; 127 minutes; Japanese with English subtitles.)


By commuter ferry and high-speed launches, a group of FCCJ journalists went island hopping in March to observe the exhibits of the 2016 Setouchi Triennale in a tour organized by Kagawa Prefecture.

Launched in 2010, the Setouchi Triennale – also known as the Setouchi International Art Festival – is a contemporary art festival held every three years on a dozen islands in the Seto Inland Sea.

The exhibition is held over three sessions during the year. The spring session runs from Mar. 20 to Apr. 17; the summer session from July 18 until Sept. 4 and the autumn session from Oct. 8 through Nov. 6.

Clockwise from left: “Oiwa Island 2” a 360 degree panoramic picture inside an air-dome; “Dream of Olive” – 5,000 locally gathered bamboo sticks by artist Wang Wen Chih; FCCJ members in front of “Red Pumpkins,” by Yayoi Kusama 2006.

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LEO LEWIS joined the Financial Times as Tokyo Correspondent in May 2015 after more than a decade reporting in the region for the Times (of London). Most recently, he was the Bureau Chief in Beijing, covering China in the rancorous, scandal-riven years that saw the downfall of Bo Xilai, the rise of Xi Jinping and the spectacle of 20,000 dead pigs floating down the Huang Pu river. Born in the UK, the digital twinkle of video games drew Lewis to Japan from an early age. He later channeled that passion into a degree in Oriental Studies, and first came to Japan as a student in 1994. He has tried his hand at potato, avocado and ginger farming, but has yet to grow anything edible.

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Ryu Maeda, Occidental Undrewriters International
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