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Prison Circle

Prison Circle (2019)

Director
SAKAGAMI Kaori
Cast

This documentary spent six years getting permission to do the first-ever extended shoot in a Japanese prison. Directed by Sakagami Kaori, who shot US prisoners in Talk Back Out Loud and Lifers. Shimane Asahi Rehabilitation Program Center is a joint...

Release Date
Jan, 25th, 2020
No Smoking

No Smoking (2019)

Director
SADO Taketoshi
Cast
HOSONO Haruomi, Van Dyke Parks, OYAMADA Keigo

Documentary film depicting the trajectory of musician Hosono Haruomi, whose five-decade career includes key roles in Happy End and Yellow Magic Orchestra. Captures his activities in recent years with Hosono's reflections on his life. The film focuses...

Release Date
Nov, 1st, 2019
Shadowfall

Shadowfall (2019)

Director
SHINOHARA Tetsuo
Cast
YAMAZAKI Masayoshi, ONO Machiko, KITAMURA Takumi

Director Shinohara Tetsuo and star Yamazaki Masayoshi team up again the first time in 22 years since One More Time, One More Chance for this adaptation of the mystery novel Yokoyama Hideo who became known through Six Four. Makabe Shuichi (Yamazaki) ...

Release Date
Nov, 15th, 2019
Stardust Over the Town

Stardust Over the Town (2020)

Director
SUGIYAMA Taiichi
Cast
TAIHEI Saburo, Lasalle ISHII, KOMIYA Takayasu

A film adaptation of the 25 year long-running, identically titled stage production performed by theatre troupe Hoshikuzu no Kai which was formed by playwright and stage director Mizutani Ryuji. The story depicts the sorrows of an obscure ballad choru...

Release Date
Mar, 6th, 2020
JOSEE, THE TIGER AND THE FISH

JOSEE, THE TIGER AND THE FISH (2020)

Director
TAMURA Kotaro
Cast
NAKAGAWA Taishi, KIYOHARA Kaya

Feature film animation adaptation of Akutagawa Prize-winner Tanabe Seiko's renowned story, which has also been turned into a live-action film. Helmed by Tomura Kotaro, who worked as assistant director on Wolf Children and directed the TV anime series...

Release Date
Dec, 25th, 2020
At the End of the Matinee

At the End of the Matinee (2019)

Director
NISHITANI Hiroshi
Cast
FUKUYAMA Masaharu, ISHIDA Yuriko

This love story is based on the 2016 novel released by author Hirano Keiichiro, a recipient of the French Ordre des Arts et des Lettres Chevalier. It directed by Nishitani Hiroshi who has a reputation for solid and dynamic direction. Classical guit...

Release Date
Nov, 1st, 2019
My Hero Academia: Heroes rising

My Hero Academia: Heroes rising (2019)

Director
NAGASAKI Kenji
Cast
YAMASHITA Daiki, OKAMOTO Nobuhiko

The second film in the animated series adapting the popular comic which has sold more than twenty-five million copies. Director Nagasaki Kenji continues on from the previous film while original author Horikoshi Kohei serves as supervisor and original...

Release Date
Dec, 20th, 2019
The Master of Funerals

The Master of Funerals (2019)

Director
HIGUCHI Naofumi
Cast
MAEDA Atsuko, KORA Kengo

Film inspired by Nobel Prize-winning author Kawabata Yasunari's "Diary of My Sixteenth Year" and "Carrying My Teacher's Coffin on My Shoulder." Helmed by film critic Higuchi Naofumi, who made a splash with his 2013 directorial debut Intermission. Y...

Release Date
Sep, 20th, 2019

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Stolen Pleasure

Stolen Pleasure (1962)

Director
MASUMURA Yasuzo
Cast
WAKAO Ayako, TAMIYA Jiro, MIZUTANI Yoshie

Some time after Masuko, once the reigning queen of a cabaret, and Asai, an automobile salesman, set up housekeeping together, she finds out that he is already married to Ryuko, the daughter of the man to whom he was indebted while still a student. I...

Release Date
Mar, 14th, 1962
The Night of the Honeymoon

The Night of the Honeymoon (1964)

Director
INOUE Umetsugu
Cast
WAKAO Ayako, TAKAHASHI Masaya, KAWAZU Yusuke

A young couple start on their honeymoon. There is nothing to mar the girl's happiness as she sits beside the man she loves and respects. As night falls her heart is divided between expectation and fear, for tomorrow she will really be a wife. Yet, de...

Release Date
Oct, 3rd, 1964
Brutal Woman

Brutal Woman (1960)

Director
DOI Michiyoshi
Cast
OBATA Kinuko, IKEUCHI Junko, SUGAWARA Bunta

This is a very sensitive and intriguing story filled with suspense and revealed through the checkered careers of two half-sisters each endowed with her own different character, one being good, and the other evil. Tired of poverty, Keiko leaves home...

Release Date
Jun, 4th, 1960
The Performers

The Performers (1970)

Director
INOUE Umetsugu
Cast
MISORA Hibari, MORI Shinichi, SHIMADA Shogo

Seijuro Fujihana (Shogo Shimada), head master of the Fujihana dance school, is a proud and lonely artist. And because of his character, his group lacks the prosperity of others. He wishes his daughter Kasumi (Hibari Misora), gifted like himself, to t...

Release Date
Jan, 15th, 1970