Author: Robert Dylan Fields


It’s been a while since I’ve reviewed a film for Asia Media, but after seeing Makoto Shinkai’s “Kimi no Na Wa.” (君の名は。), also known by its Western title, “your name.”, I felt compelled to return to spread the word about what could go down as one of the greatest animated motion pictures ever. And no, I do not say that lightly. Over a month ahead of its Japanese premiere in August, the official world premiere of “your name.” was held on July 3 at Anime Expo 2016 in Los Angeles. Three thousand attendees got to see Shinkai’s latest work....

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MOVIE REVIEW: When Marnie Was There

ROBERT DYLAN FIELDS WRITES- Many of us in our early teenage years have to cope with self-doubt and struggle with our sense of self-worth. We may sometimes feel isolated from our peers and have difficulty bonding with other people. For some, this struggle can be much more severe, leading many to live as loners. Sometimes people really need that one special person, be it a friend and/or family member, to come into their lives and help break them out of their shell. And sometimes, just as they can be helped by that one special someone, they can learn to help that...

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DOCUMENTARY REVIEW: The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness

  ROBERT DYLAN FIELDS WRITES – When most people hear the word “animation,” the first thing that comes to mind are often animated works from figures such as Walt Disney.  A lot of the time, however, they do not step back and consider what the word animation really means. The word “animation” is derived from a Latin term that roughly means “the act of bringing to life.” Animation is thus more than watching a bunch of drawn caricatures of people and animals moving about on screen, but rather witnessing actual pieces of painstakingly hand-drawn or computer-generated art coming to life right...

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MOVIE REVIEW: The Tale of the Princess Kaguya

  Last year marked a milestone for the history of animation, as the legendary Hayao Miyazaki (My Neighbor Totoro, Spirited Away) of Studio Ghibli retired from filmmaking after the release of his final film, The Wind Rises. However, this year marks yet another milestone as master animator and Ghibli co-founder Isao Takahata (Grave of the Fireflies, Only Yesterday) brings us The Tale of the Princess Kaguya – a wonderful work of art based on one of Japan’s most beloved folktales. This 10th century tale delves into the heart of Japanese mythology, telling the story of an old bamboo cutter...

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JAPAN: A Call to Arms and a Call to Honor

ROBERT DYLAN FIELDS WRITES- Since its partial takeover of Iraq and Syria in the summer of 2014, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, better known as ISIS, has committed various acts of barbarism, including a series of live beheadings of international hostages. Most recent were the deaths of two Japanese, freelance war journalist Kenji Goto and his associate Haruna Yukawa. Following the Japanese government’s refusal to comply with the terrorists’ ransom of $200 million and the release of attempted suicide bomber Sajida al-Rishawi, ISIS released footage of the executed hostages via social media outlets like Instagram. Japan’s National Diet...

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