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The Island of Cats

The Island of Cats (2019)

Director: IWAGO Mitsuaki
Cast: TATEKAWA Shinosuke, SHIBASAKI Ko, EMOTO Tasuku

Heartwarming drama that marks the directorial debut for Iwago Mitsuaki, the internationally renowned wildlife photographer. Depicts the peaceful day-to-day existence of cat and man on a remote island with rakugo performer Tatekawa Shinosuke in the le...

Release Date: Feb, 22nd, 2019

LOCK-ON LOVE

LOCK-ON LOVE (2018)

Director: IGUCHI Noboru
Cast: NAKAGAWA Taishi, KARATA Erika, ITO Kentaro

Romantic comedy based on Shiiba Nana's same-named comic. An endearingly inept guy who has killer looks but zero experience with girls falls in love with a hard-to-get beauty. Directed by Iguchi Noboru of The Machine Girl. Popular dude Furuya Towa (N...

Release Date: Oct, 12th, 2018

Makuko

Makuko (2019)

Director: TSURUOKA Keiko
Cast: YAMAZAKI Hikaru, Ninon, SUDOU Risa

Drama directed by Tsuruoka Keiko, whose student films The Town of Whales and My First Love earned acclaim at overseas film festivals. Based on Yellow Elephant's Nishi Kanako's novel by the same title. Fifth-grader Satoshi (Yamazaki Hikaru) is distre...

Release Date: Mar, 15th, 2019

COME ON IRENE

COME ON IRENE (2018)

Director: YOSHIDA Keisuke
Cast: YASUDA Ken, Nats SITOY

Highly praised for his portrayal of violence in Hime-Anole, director Yoshida Keisuke depicts love & hate in this film. Playing the main character's bride, Irene, is new star Nats Sitoy who was chosen through auditions. 42-year-old Iwao (Yasuda Ken) ...

Release Date: Sep, 14th, 2018

Passage of Life

Passage of Life (2017)

Director: FUJIMOTO Akio
Cast: Kaung Myat Thu, Khin Myat Thu, Issace

Drama based on the true story of a Myanmar family living in Japan. Feature film directorial debut for rookie Fujimoto Akio, who works in Japan and Myanmar. It won five awards and screened at over thirty film festivals. A family of four has left the...

Release Date: Oct, 6th, 2018

Anoko no Toriko

Anoko no Toriko (2018)

Director: MIYAWAKI Ryo
Cast: YOSHIZAWA Ryo, ARAKI Yuko, SUGINO Yosuke

Live-action adaptation of Shiraishi Yuki's romance comic. A love triangle spells trouble for two guys and a girl who are childhood friends and have always dreamed of becoming stars. Feature film debut for Miyawaki Ryo, who has directed numerous TV dr...

Release Date: Oct, 5th, 2018

RUN! T HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL CLUB

RUN! T HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL CLUB (2018)

Director: FURUSAWA Takeshi
Cast: SHISON Jun, SANO Hayato, HAYAMI Akari

Teen drama live-action adaptation of the same-named novel by Matsuzaki Hiroshi. Refreshing portrayal of a frustrated high school boy who grows up and nurtures friendships through basketball and the pals at his new school. Tadokoro Yoichi (Shison Ju...

Release Date: Nov, 3rd, 2018

GIRLS’ ENCOUNTER

GIRLS’ ENCOUNTER (2017)

Director: EDA Yuka
Cast: MOSHI Moeka, MOTOLA Serena

A teen drama depicting the encounter between a solitary girl subjected to bullying and a transfer student with a strange aura. Up-and-coming director Eda Yuka, "Miss iD 2016" grand prix winner Hoshi Moeka, and young model Motola Serena team up for th...

Release Date: Jun, 30th, 2018

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Violence at High Noon

Violence at High Noon (1966)

Director: OSHIMA Nagisa

Cast: SATO Kei, KOYAMA Akiko, KISHI Teruko

This story is purposely fragmented by flashbacks within flashbacks, of a young man (Sato Kei, seen in Onibaba) whose grasp of reality is so precarious that, due to a previous experience, it is only an unconscious girl, or better, a dead one whom he c...

Release Date:Jul, 15th, 1966

Destiny’s Son

Destiny’s Son (1962)

Director: MISUMI Kenji

Cast: ICHIKAWA Raizo, FUJIMURA Shiho, NAGISA Mayumi

Shingo lives with his father and his sister Yoshio. One day he wins a fencing match with another master swordsman in the presence of the lord. When the loser attacks his father and sister, Shingo hurries home to find Yoshio already dead and with his...

Release Date:Jul, 1st, 1962

Explosion Came

Explosion Came (1959)

Director: MASUDA Toshio

Cast: ISHIHARA Yujiro, KITAHARA Miye, ASAOKA Ruriko

Yoneji Muroto's farm in Yatsugatake is famous for its religious atmosphere and the son Kensaku is now the head of the family. One day, seeing a woman going down to the valley where many people have committed suicide, Kensaku fallows her, but in miss...

Release Date:Apr, 28th, 1959

The Estuary

The Estuary (1961)

Director: NAKAMURA Noboru

Cast: OKADA Mariko, YAMAMURA So, TAMURA Takahiro

Rie Shirakawa opens an art gallery in Tokyo with the financial assistance of Miyahara, a rich, old businessman whose mistress she has been for three years. Tatebayashi, a middle-aged art lover, becomes her devoted manager. In need of more money, Rie ...

Release Date:Jul, 26th, 1961