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AUGUST 9, 1999 VOL. 154 NO. 5

C O V E R   S T O R Y
A Master's Final Work
Stanley Kubrick's haunting film Eyes Wide Shut, according to his widow, has "nothing to do with sex and everything to do with fear." Actually, it has a lot to do with both

Film Buffs: Stanley, Tom and Nicole--three of a kind
History: When good films were dirty


A S I A
CHINA: Too Scared to Breathe
Beijing's insecure leadership intensifies its war on Falun Gong, launching the biggest political witch-hunt since 1989

Swimming with Sharks: A party confab could test Zhu

Line of Fire: The "cult" fills a void in get-rich China

SOUTH KOREA: Overworked
The decline of mighty Daewoo and its workaholic chairman sends a scary signal to the country's other debt-heavy chaebol

JAPAN: Too Close for Comfort
Locals in Toyota City take umbrage at an influx of ethnic Japanese from Brazil, sparking violent attacks

MARKETING: Creature Comforts
With panda bears, soothing therapies and peppy energy drinks, companies try to cheer up Japan's morose salarymen

VIEWPOINT: Running in Place
David Roche says Japan's upturn masks serious stagnation




E N V I R O N M E N T
HEROES FOR THE PLANET: Let Rivers Run Deep
Veer Bhadra Mishra looks after the holy Ganges

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All's Fare in the Air: The War for Japan's Flyers



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