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Metropolis is Japan's No. 1 English magazine, covering the nation's culture, fashion, entertainment and lifestyle for both local residents and aficionados abroad.

Ayumi Hamasaki

Originally published on metropolis.co.jp on October 2009 Ayumi Hamasaki may only be 31, but the pop diva is already making sure that her digs in the afterlife will be as lavish as possible. The J-pop princess has reportedly purchased a…

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Hair Piece

Or, how an unsuspecting foreigner got dragged into a life of close shaves, five-color dye jobs—and the dreaded Persian flaw

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Pandora no Hako

Originally published on metropolis.co.jp on October 2009 Osamu Dazai was one of the postwar Japanese authors who set the stage for the country to emerge as a major force in contemporary fiction. This year, the centenary of his birth, sees…

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Anvil! The Story of Anvil

Originally published on metropolis.co.jp on October 2009 This is a sweet and funny rocumentary about an obscure Toronto heavy metal band whose two lead members swore when they were 14 that they were going to make it big. After one…

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American Swing

Originally published on metropolis.co.jp on October 2009 In the late ’70s, a nearly illiterate pussy hound named Steve Levinson opened Plato’s Retreat, a tacky nightclub for heterosexual swingers; a twisted extension of the free-love mindset of the era. Couples were…

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The Boat That Rocked

Originally published on metropolis.co.jp on October 2009 In the ’60s, the antediluvian BBC aired only a few hours of pop music a week. Not so humbly leaping into the breach were several ship-based radio stations anchored outside territorial waters. There’s…

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The Devil’s Tomb

Originally published on metropolis.co.jp on October 2009 In this direct-to-DVD military sci-fi/horror flick, Cuba “Fluke Oscar” Gooding Jr. leads a band of stereotypical, tough-talking, kick-ass soldiers on a mission to rescue a valuable scientist from a top-secret underground laboratory where…

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Horsemen

Originally published on metropolis.co.jp on October 2009 In this rip-off of Se7en, a recently widowed detective (Dennis Quaid) works to track down a band of serial killers who suspend their victims from fishhooks and see themselves as the Four Horsemen…

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The Time Traveler’s Wife

Originally published on metropolis.co.jp on October 2009 This is a movie for people who swallowed Benjamin Button, and it’s a big, absurd, melodramatic, slightly creepy bore. Eric Bana suffers from a genetic disorder that causes him to frequently dematerialize and…

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