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February 23, 1985 | KEVIN THOMAS, Times Staff Writer
"Make-Up" (at the Kokusai) is the perfect title for a film that depicts women putting on facades in order to deal with men and that also ends on a note of reconciliation, with a woman and her three daughters at last accepting themselves and one another. Indeed, the mother and one of her daughters make up together after an estrangement.
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August 22, 2000 | SONNI EFRON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Is it literature, or pornography dressed up as cherry-blossom art? Is it a mature, modern interpretation of a classic Japanese lovers' tale, or a stereotype-laden tour of the dark side of sexual passion? American readers will be able to decide for themselves this month when "A Lost Paradise," an English translation of the controversial Japanese blockbuster "Shitsurakuen," hits U.S. bookstores, one of the few Japanese titles to make it across the Pacific this summer.
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