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Pico Iyer

Pico Iyer is the author of fifteen books, including The Lady and the Monk, about his first year in Japan, and twinned books, Autumn Light and A Beginner’s Guide to Japan, about his thirty-first.

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The Funeral: At a Loss

Juzo Itami’s tragicomic directorial debut has scandalous fun with the Japanese traditions governing death.

By Pico Iyer

The Hero: Depths and Surfaces

Bengali cinema icon Uttam Kumar stars as a matinee idol on the brink of failure in this deeply introspective meditation on art and fame.

By Pico Iyer

Ikiru Many Autumns Later

Akira Kurosawa's 1952 film about one man’s mortality offers a study in postwar Japan, Kurosawa vs. Ozu, and the realization that knowing how to die requires learning how to be alive.

By Pico Iyer

Monsoon Wedding: A Marigold Tapestry
 So many worlds stream in from every direction in Monsoon Wedding that it comes to seem as if the whole globe is converging on a single family home in New Delhi: relatives from Houston, from Australia, from Dubai (“Muscat, actually”); worker…

By Pico Iyer