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SHOWING 27 FILMS FROM JAPAN

BRAVE STORY

  • Release Year: 2006
  • Runtime: 111 minutes
  • Directed By: Koichi Chigira
  • Country: Japan
When eleven-year-old Wataru is told he can change his destiny by entering a magic gateway into another world, he jumps at the chance. But on his quest to find the Tower of Fortune and be granted any wish, he must conjure up all his bravery to battle a world of demons, his own friends and ultimately himself. In English. Ages 10+ |Read More
Animation

CUT

  • Release Year: 2011
  • Runtime: 120 minutes
  • Directed By: Amir Naderi and Amir Naderi
  • Country: Japan
Award-winning Iranian filmmaker and TFF alum (Vegas: Based on a True Story) Amir Naderi travels to Tokyo to tell this striking, fiercely unconventional tale of a struggling young filmmaker, Shuji. Desperate to create great cinema, Shuji obtains financing for a few utterly forgettable pictures from his brother—who got the money from the mob. Now Shuji must repay his debts and test his love of the movies by working as a human punching bag for yakuza thugs. |Read More
Thriller

DELAMU

  • Release Year: 2004
  • Runtime: 114 minutes
  • Country: China, Japan
One of Chinas's great filmmmakers (The Blue Kite, Springtime In A Small Town) offers a rare glimpse at a culture nearly untouched by modern civilization, in the remote border area between China's Yunnan Province and Tibet. As in ancient times, all transport relies on horse caravan, and the zigzagging route offers breathtaking prospects of high mountain slopes, dense forests, deep gorges, and barren wastelands. |Read More

DEPARTURES

  • Release Year: 2009
  • Runtime: 130 minutes
  • Country: Japan
Winner of the Academy Award® for best foreign language film, Departures is the eccentric, lushly scored, movingly funny tale of a cellist who returns to his picturesque rural hometown with his adoring wife following the breakup of his Tokyo orchestra. A cryptic classified ad for work in "Departures" leads him into an unexpected but strangely rewarding new job as an undertaker. |Read More
Drama

HANGING GARDEN

  • Release Year: 2005
  • Runtime: 113 minutes
  • Country: Japan
Meet the Kyobashis, a model suburban Japanese family. Or are they? In director Toshiaki Toyoda's skillful examination of contemporary domestic malaise, a mother's plan for the perfect family initially seems to be working, but we soon learn that her perceived perfection is a lie that each family member chooses to believe at the expense of reality. |Read More

INFECTION

  • Release Year: 2005
  • Runtime: 98 minutes
  • Country: Japan
Death is "just a breath away" in this horror film from Japan that is set in a horrifying hospital whose overworked staff is busy covering up their own malpractice until one patient exhibits gruesome, and deadly, symptoms - and then disappears. |Read More

LOVE COLLAGE

  • Release Year: 2003
  • Runtime: 112 minutes
  • Country: Japan
We've all experienced the intensity of first love. In this bittersweet romantic tale, set against the backdrops of New York and Tokyo, Tsutsumi presents a unique visual rendition of that once-in-a-lifetime experience by deftly switching back and forth among several formats: 16mm, 8mm, video, still images, Polaroids, digital photos, black & white, and color. |Read More

MADLY

  • Release Year: 2016
  • Runtime: 106 minutes
  • Directed By: Gael García Bernal, Mia Wasikowska, Sebastian Silva, Anurag Kashyap, Sion Sono, and Natasha Khan
  • Country: USA, U.K., India, Australia, Argentina, Japan
Madly is an international anthology of short films exploring love in all its permutations. Directed by some of the most vibrant filmmakers working today, the six stories in Madly portray contemporary love in all its glorious, sad, ecstatic, empowering, and erotic manifestations. |Read More
Drama, Female Director(s), New York, NY Director(s), Female Screenwriter(s)

MR LONG

Following an assignment gone wrong in Tokyo, professional Taiwanese hitman Mr. Long (Chang Chen) finds himself stranded without a passport in a run-down Japanese village. So naturally Long does what any cold-hearted killer would do in his situation: befriend the locals and open a wildly popular noodle cart. Moving artfully between scenes of slickly choreographed violence and charming, whimsical drama, Japanese director SABU’s latest is a refreshing twist on the gangster genre, offering a surprisingly tender and heartwarming fable of redemption. |Read More
Drama, Comedy

ODAYAKA

  • Release Year: 2012
  • Runtime: 100 minutes
  • Directed By: Nobuteru Uchida
  • Country: Japan
The Great East Japan Earthquake has just struck, the waters of the ensuing tsunami finally rolling back into the sea. In the comparative safety of Tokyo, two wives and a child living in the same apartment building have nothing to do but wait for their husbands’ return. Nobuteru Uchida finds a striking emotional core to the shock of March 11, 2011, crafting a tender and intelligent narrative on the internal effects of an unspeakable national tragedy. |Read More
Drama

PREMONITION

  • Release Year: 2004
  • Runtime: 95 minutes
  • Country: Japan
This Japanese horror film was created by a director of one of the influential original Ring films. This time the malevolent maguffin is not vicious videotape, but a mysterious newspaper that predicts deaths, beginning with the daughter of the story's protagonist. Premonition is based on a popular Japanese manga (comic book). |Read More

QUILL

  • Release Year: 2004
  • Runtime: 100 minutes
  • Country: Japan
This feature follows a golden retriever's service-filled odyssey from birth to working guide dog. Quill is assigned to Mr. Watanabe, who initially rebuffs being led by a canine. But the puppy shines in repeated tests of diligence and concentration, and eventually wins over his master the same as he charms us. Sai directs his leading mutt impressively, creating a heartfelt tale of companionship. In Japanese with English subtitles (Ages 7+) |Read More
Drama

RECOLLECTIONS

  • Release Year: 2013
  • Runtime: 13 minutes
  • Directed By: Nathanael Carton
  • Country: Japan
In Yamamoto, Japan, eighteen months after the Tohoku disaster, survivors left with nothing hold onto their existence through pictures found and restored from the tsunami debris. |Read More
Drama, Documentary

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