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Directed by: YOKOYAMA Hiroyuki Casts: TAKENAKA Naoto, TAKAKI Mio, ENOKI Sarina
Period drama based on a legend about human sacrifice for the construction of Komine Castle in Fukushima Prefecture, starring Shall We Dance? star Takenaka Naoto. Produced as the first film in the "it JAPAN" project promoting Japanese culture within J...
Directed by: TANIGUCHI Kohei Casts: KAWASE Yohta, MATSUDA Yusuke, KOBAYASHI Haruto
Taniguchi Kohei, who comes from a documentary and horror background, directs his first entertainment film. A real wrestling match was shot with the full cooperation of the Osaka-based Dotombori Pro Wrestling organization. The film is a 13th Cineastes...
Directed by: KIMURA Asagi Casts: KIMURA Tomoki, ISHIDUKA Yu, KIMURA Masaaki
A fantasy shot on director Kimura Asagi's birthplace of Okinawa and the Yaeyama Islands. The film is a 13th Cineastes Organization Osaka (CO2) grant-recipient production. Flower shop owner, Yu (Kimura Tomoki), chases the meaning of the words, "I am ...
Directed by: IGARASHI Akiko Casts: YOSHIDA Ryuichi, SHIRAKAWA Nanami, SHIN Yoshio
Director Igarashi Akiko, who studied at film school while holding down her company job, remakes her own short film, Kokoro wo Kashikasuru Kikai. The film is a 13th Cineastes Organization Osaka (CO2) grant-recipient production. During an experiment o...
Directed by: KOMORI Haruka Casts: SATO Teiichi, SATO Kinue
Documentary about Sato Teiichi's daily life spent doing everything by hand at his seed shop in Rikuzentakada City, which was devastated by the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami. Filmmaker Komori Haruka handles directing, camera and editing in her feature...
Directed by: OKUBO Tomihiko Casts: HAYASHI Mayuko, MORI Norihisa, AIHASHI Aiko
An animated movie depicting the adventures of a turtle, a crane, a rabbit, and other unique characters from the team of Okubo Tomihiko and Kanazawa Tatsuya who are each active as game creators and TV drama screenwriters. Eden (Hayashi Mayuko) and fr...
Directed by: YOSHIDA Daihachi Casts: Lily FRANKY, KAMENASHI Kazuya, HASHIMOTO Ai
Unique science fiction film based on Mishima Yukio's 1963 novel. With the substitution of the social issues from that era like the Cold War and nuclear weapons to the contemporary themes of energy and climate change, it is an epic tragicomedy directe...
Directed by: ISHIKAWA Kei Casts: TSUMABUKI Satoshi, MITSUSHIMA Hikari
Ishikawa Kei makes his feature film directorial debut with this mystery that delves into the "true nature of human beings." A year has gone by without any progress on the Tako family's murder, in which an elite businessman, his beautiful and perfect...
Directed by: HAYASHI Hiroki Casts: SATO Hitomi, NAKANISHI Miho, MIYAZAKI Yoshiko
Drama about a family on the eve of the eldest daughter's wedding, when memories of their deceased father bring home the intensity of their familial bonds. Directed by Hayashi Hiroki, who has served as assistant director for Kitano Takeshi and Kurosaw...
Directed by: SHINDO Kaze Casts: ITO Aoi, ANDO Sakura, KINJO Minoru
A drama set in the Kerama archipelago of Okinawa which depicts a female violinist who has arrived from Tokyo and a local girl relating to one another through music. In the director's chair is Shindo Kaze of LOVE/JUICE. Because of her excellent heari...
Directed by: SUGINO Kiki Casts: SUGINO Kiki, AOKI Munetaka, YAMAGUCHI Mayu
This drama introduces a fresh interpretation of "Yuki Onna", an episode from Lafcadio Hearn's collection of Japanese ghost stories, "Kwaidan". Sugino Kiki, director of Kyoto Elegy, also directs and stars in this film which has been selected to compet...
Directed by: KAWAI Hayato Casts: HIROSE Suzu, NAKAJO Ayami, AMAMI Yuki
Film adaptation based on the true story of the Fukui Commercial High School cheerleading team's victory at the U.S. Championship. High school girls pour their hearts and souls into cheer dance. Directed by Kawai Hayato of MY love STORY!!. Newbie hig...
Directed by: TSUKIKAWA Sho Casts: miwa, SAKAGUCHI Kentaro, RYUSEI Ryo
Musically lavish portrayal of the romance between a woman who dies in an accident and her childhood friend who repeatedly goes back in time to save her. Singer-songwriter miwa plays the heroine and wrote the love song at the center of the story. Up-a...
Directed by: KANESHIGE Atsushi Casts: MATSUZAKA Tori, SUDA Masaki, KUTSUNA Shioli
Teen film based on a true story about the creation of the song "Kiseki" by the popular vocal group GReeeeN. Matsuzaka Tori plays band producer JIN, and bandleader HIDE, who is JIN's younger brother in real life, is played by Suda Masaki. GReeeeN is ...
Directed by: ICHII Masahide Casts: NAKAJIMA Yuto, ARAKI Yuko, MIYAMA Karen
A love story of the seven year destined romance of a young man and woman framed within the motif of "meals". Based on Seo Maiko's identically titled novel, it is written and directed by Ichii Masahide, the once comedian who received high praise for N...
Directed by: SAKASHITA Yuichiro Casts: NAKANISHI Miho, KOICHI Mantaro, MATSUKI Daisuke
Third original film production from Shochiku Broadcasting, which also produced Three Stories of Love. Deploys comedy skit humor to depict the chaos of a group of amateur musicians who are mistaken for a famous orchestra. Director Sakashita Yuichiro m...
Directed by: MIYASHITA Shinpei Casts: MURANAKA Tomo, TANABE Momoko, NAGASAWA Nao
Third original animation feature film commemorating the 40th anniversary of animation planning and production company Nippon Animation. Shirogumi of Stand by Me Doraemon handles animation production and Sato Yoshiharu of My Neighbor Totoro serves as ...
Directed by: KURATANI Yoshio Casts: SASAKI Yuta
Fantasy based on a true story about a boy who comes of age and the sea turtle legend passed down at Kajima Harbor in Ibaraki Prefecture. Selected for the 3rd Ibaraki Short Film Award in conjunction with the Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia. Kajima...
Directed by: KATO Naoki Casts: ISHII Junya, OKA Misaki, OKUSE Shigeru
The third feature-length film by director Kato Naoki is a sci-fi, noise rock motion picture set in Japan 100 years after the dropping of an atomic bomb. Nagashima Hiroyuki (Dowser), Hamamoto Ryo, Okamoto Hideyuki, and other musicians along with noise...
Directed by: YUKISADA Isao Casts: HASHIMOTO Ai, KANG Sang-Jung, KORA Kengo
Assembling staff and cast hailing from Kumamoto Prefecture, director Yukisada Isao, himself a Kumamoto native, shot this drama prior to the April 2016 Kumamoto Earthquake. Appearing are Hashimoto Ai of The Kirishima Thing, Kora Kengo of The Mourner, ...
Directed by: MUKAI Keita Casts: Seiya, Yusuke, Tomomi
Autobiographical documentary by director Mukai Keita, who was raised in an orphanage after his mother died when he was a child. The director's interior life comes into view through his interviews of friends from the orphanage, his rebellion against h...
Directed by: Carlos M. Quintela Casts: FUJI Tatsuya, ONISHI Shima, KOBORI Masahiro
Drama shot in Nara Prefecture's Higashi Yoshino village, said to be the last habitation of the now-extinct Japanese wolf, directed by Cuban-born Carlos M. Quintela. Produced by Kawase Naomi, known as the director of films including Suzaku. Japan, Swi...
Directed by: IGASHI Aya Casts: MICHITA Riu, UTO Yuma, KOYAMA Rina
Up-and-coming director, Igashi Aya, depicts the interplay between a high school girl in a rural town and her male cousin visiting from Tokyo. The film won the Runner-up Prize at the 28th Togaku-sai Film Festival, the Special Jury Prize at the 2016 PF...
Directed by: OUCHI Tatsuo Casts: GASSAN Sadatoshi, HONAMI Koshu
A documentary revealing episodes of famous swords and the high-ranking samurai or swordsmen who bore them while shining a spotlight on the techniques of master sword smiths and sword polishers who carry on the skill in the present day. This is the di...
Directed by: KANEDA Osamu Casts: FUJIOKA Hiroshi, OHSUGI Ren, NISHIME Shun
Commemorating the 45th anniversary of the Masked Rider series, the very first actor to play the Masked Rider, Fujioka Hiroshi, returns to the role after 44 years. He is joined by other Masked Riders such as Masked Rider Ghost. 45 years ago Hongo Tak...