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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.

Sick of it All

A new rule promises to make public health insurance compulsory for foreigners living in Japan… or does it?

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Robo Geisha

Originally published on metropolis.co.jp on October 2009 This new work by hyper-tacky director Noboru Iguchi is more of the same lewd comedy-splatter that we’ve come to expect. (In terms of taste, all you need to know about Iguchi is that…

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Three Camel Lodge

Originally published on metropolis.co.jp on October 2009 Luxurious accommodation is probably the last thing you’d expect to find in the middle of the Gobi Desert. The Three Camel Lodge, however, promises just that. Run by tour operator Nomadic Expeditions, which…

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My Sister’s Keeper

Originally published on metropolis.co.jp on October 2009 One of my few redeeming qualities is that I can cry at movies. However, being a hardened cynic, I am perhaps more resistant than most to emotional button-pushing. This one had me blubbering…

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Orphan

Originally published on metropolis.co.jp on October 2009 Squirm-inducing, “evil amongst us” chiller about a couple choosing for reasons unexplained (they already have two good kids) to adopt a Russian-accented 9-year-old (Isabelle Fuhrman) who dresses like Bo Peep and turns out…

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Fast & Furious

Originally published on metropolis.co.jp on October 2009 Perhaps they thought that getting Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Michelle Rodriguez and Jordana Brewster back together from 2001 would be enough for the franchise’s fans, and that plot, character and acting were unnecessary….

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Death Sentence

Originally published on metropolis.co.jp on October 2009 This Death Wish wannabe from Saw director James Wan stars Kevin Bacon as the father of a murdered son who, to his own severe detriment, becomes a gangbanger slayer. Wan’s noble message is…

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