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  • MIFUNE: THE LAST SAMURAI

    MIFUNE: THE LAST SAMURAI (2016)

    Director
    Steven OKAZAKI
    Cast
    KAGAWA Kyoko, TSUKASA Yoko, TSUCHIYA Yoshio

    ocumentary about the life of the legendary actor Mifune Toshiro, who created Japans' Golden Era of cinema. Directed by Steven Okazaki, who won an Academy Award for Best Documentary (short subject) for Days of Waiting. Mifune starred in films includin...

  • Eriko, Pretended

    Eriko, Pretended (2016)

    Director
    FUJIMURA Akiyo
    Cast
    KUBO Haruka, OKADA Atsuya, NITORI Miki

    Tale inspired by 'nakiya' professional mourners that were once part of funerals in Japan. Directed by the cutting-edge Fujimura Akiyo, who directed "The Air We Can't See" in the omnibus Ten Years Japan overseen by Kore-eda Kazuhiro. Yoshioka Eriko (...

  • LIVING THE GAME

    LIVING THE GAME (2016)

    Director
    GOTSU Takao
    Cast
    Momochi, UMEHARA Daigo, Chocoblanka

    Documentary that goes behind the scenes to show the high-stakes competition as professional video-gamers go for victory. Intimately portrays the highs and lows for international gamers who are alternately seen as darlings of our era and social outcas...

  • I Want to Run for Office

    I Want to Run for Office (2016)

    Director
    XING Fei
    Cast

    A documentary closely chronicling the process of running for the Shinjuku Ward Legislative Assembly by Lee Komaki, a man who worked over 20 years as a customer solicitor for restaurants and brothels in Shinjuku's red light district of Kabukicho. Lee...

  • A Woman of the Butcher Shop

    A Woman of the Butcher Shop (2016)

    Director
    YAMASHIRO Chikako
    Cast
    Natsuko, YAMAZAKI Akiko

    Documentary by artist Yamashiro Chikako, who jumps between reality and fiction to trigger multifaceted interpretations from viewers through the use of allegories. Screened in the New Asian Currents section at the Yamagata International Documentary Fi...

  • The Power of Expression: The Minamata Producer Speaks

    The Power of Expression: The Minamata Producer Speaks (2016)

    Director
    INOUE Minoru, KATAOKA Nozomi
    Cast
    TAKAGI Ryutaro, NISHIGUCHI Seiji, HIGASHI Yoichi

    Feature-length documentary by directors Kataoka Nozomi and Inoue Minoru of Kiraigo - Town Where Ogres and Buddha Live. Interweaves interviews and film excerpts to create a contemporary rendition of the filmmaking methods of Takagi Ryutaro, who produc...

  • LUNA

    LUNA (2016)

    Director
    IKEDA Kazuma
    Cast
    IZUMI Haru, Kentaro, SUZUKI Hirono

    Original live-action film shot in 8K/HDR and co-produced by IMAGICA and ROBOT. Director Ikeda Kazuma has created many visual-media works including live action, CG and anime. It is a fall day. High school student Shunsuke (Kentaro) notices Risa (Izum...

  • born, bone, boon.

    born, bone, boon. (2016)

    Director
    Gori
    Cast
    Gori, SATO Hitomi, GUSHIKEN Azusa

    Short comedy inspired by the "senkotsu" ceremony that involves washing the bones of the deceased. Family members who have lost touch with each other reconnect after coming face-to-face with their true selves. Directed by Gori, the TV personality and ...

  • A Grain of Wheat

    A Grain of Wheat (2016)

    Director
    SUZUKI Ben
    Cast
    Charlotte Kate Fox, HINOI Asuka, EMOTO Akira

    Work from a short-film project that aims to share the appeal of Yokohama with the world. Directed by Suzuki Ben, who became the first Japanese director to win the Grand Prix at the Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia in 2008 with A Day in the Life of B...

  • HER MOTHER

    HER MOTHER (2016)

    Director
    SATO Yoshinori
    Cast
    NISHIYAMA Ryo, NISHIYAMA Yukihiro, ARAKAWA Taijiro

    Drama about the conversations between a mother whose daughter is murdered and the perpetrator of the crime. Helmed by TV director Sato Yoshinori, who also directed BAD CHILD. Harumi (Nishiyama Ryo) is a 43-year-old business woman. Her daughter Michi...

  • Haruneko

    Haruneko (2016)

    Director
    HOKIMOTO Sora
    Cast
    YAMAMOTO Keisuke, IWATA Ryuto, AKATSUKA Minako

    Feature film debut by groundbreaking newcomer Hokimoto Sora, who has worked as assistant director on films directed by Yamamoto Masashi, Hashiguchi Ryosuke and Zeze Takahisa. Aoyama Shinji of EUREKA serves as producer on a feature film for the first ...

  • MATASABURO of the Wind

    MATASABURO of the Wind (2016)

    Director
    YAMADA Yuki
    Cast
    YAMAZAKI Satoshi, INABA Natsuki, TANAKA Masahiko

    Animation produced through Anime Tamago 2016, the Agency for Cultural Affairs' Young Animator Training Project. Produced by Buemon, which was involved in "GRANBLUE FANTASY The Animation." A girl (voice: Inaba Natsuki) temporarily relocates from the ...

  • Kacchikene!

    Kacchikene! (2016)

    Director
    YOSHIMURA Fumihiro
    Cast
    AKANEYA Himika, KAKO Rion, OTAKE Hiroshi

    Animation produced through Anime Tamago 2016, the Agency for Cultural Affairs' Young Animator Training Project. Produced by Tezuka Productions, the studio behind Gusko budori no denki. The temple where Aiko (voice: Akaneya Himika) lives has a strang...

  • Colorful Ninja Iomaki

    Colorful Ninja Iomaki (2016)

    Director
    KOBAYASHI Kentaro
    Cast
    SHIMIZU Hazuki, ITAKURA Mitsutaka, MIZUNO Risa

    Animation produced through Anime Tamago 2016, the Agency for Cultural Affairs' Young Animator Training Project. Produced by Signal.MD, the studio behind Napping Princess. Third-grader Himeno (voice: Shimizu Hazuki) moves into a big house in the coun...

  • "Parade" de Satie

    "Parade" de Satie (2016)

    Director
    YAMAMURA Koji
    Cast

    Short animation by animation artist Yamamura Koji, whose film Mt. Head was nominated for Best Animated Short Film at the 75th Academy Awards. Recreates surrealistic ballet images as animation with text from French composer Erik Satie's essays and mus...

  • Zodiac One Third

    Zodiac One Third (2016)

    Director
    YAMAMURA Koji
    Cast

    Short animation by animation artist Yamamura Koji, whose film Mt. Head was nominated for Best Animated Short Film at the 75th Academy Awards. Produced with "twenty" as the concept to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Toronto Reel Asia Internat...

  • Notes on Monstropedia

    Notes on Monstropedia (2016)

    Director
    YAMAMURA Koji
    Cast

    Short animation by animation artist Yamamura Koji, whose film Mt. Head was nominated for Best Animated Short Film at the 75th Academy Awards. Depicts the habitat of monsters using movements and simple phrases like "the taste of tears" and "tamed wil...

  • The Dog Bridegroom

    The Dog Bridegroom (2016)

    Director
    KATASHIMA Ikki
    Cast
    ARIMORI Narimi, MUTO Shohei, EGUCHI Noriko

    Ambitious 245-minute work inspired by the "dog bridegroom" folk legend. Directed by Katashima Ikki, whose film Pure Asia was screened at overseas festivals. One day elementary school teacher Azusa (Arimori Narimi) hears a heavenly voice that tells h...

  • My little guidebook -ICE-

    My little guidebook -ICE- (2016)

    Director
    OSAKA Yoshiro
    Cast
    WU Xinti, Jai West, YANAGITANI Kazunari

    Second film in My little guidebook, which emerged from a short film production project with works set in Tokachi, Hokkaido. Wu Xinti (Wu Xinti), who works on new projects at a travel agency, went to Tokachi two winters ago and decides to avail herse...

  • I & Myself

    I & Myself (2016)

    Director
    TSUKUDA Hisanori
    Cast
    OSU Mizuho, MIZUNO Natsuko, TAGUCHI Saori

    Short film helmed by Tsukuda Hisanori, whose film Humming was produced in 48 hours and received international acclaim with screenings including the 69th Cannes International Film Festival. Actress Osu Mizuho plays eight roles, handling all of the fil...

  • Please Please Please

    Please Please Please (2016)

    Director
    HORIUCHI Hiroshi
    Cast
    SATO Ryuji, SATO Hisanori, AKAZAWA Tomoru

    A youth film realistically depicting the emotions of young people who steadily grow restless. Horiuchi Hiroshi of Enishi the Bride of Izumo directs. Unhappy with the boring harbor town in which he lives, older brother Shinji (Sato Ryuji) defrauds wo...

  • Happy Wedding

    Happy Wedding (2016)

    Director
    KATAJIMA Shozo
    Cast
    YOSHIOKA Riho

    Drama that shows what happens behind the scenes in the wedding industry. Directorial debut for Katajima Shozo, who served as assistant director on films including Water Boys and Lady Maiko. Aikawa Aiko (Yoshioka Riho) is a rookie wedding planner who...

  • Family Day

    Family Day (2016)

    Director
    OMORI Seiji
    Cast
    IHARA Tsuyoshi, TANAKA Misato

    A drama depicting the story of a family who have moved to the countryside. At the helm is Omori Seiji who has directed many television dramas. The Kimiharas are a family of five who live in Shinjuku, Tokyo. Their father, Shinsuke (Ihara Tsuyoshi) is...

  • Kamen rider Heisei Generations Dr.Pacman tai Ex-aid and Ghost with Legend rider

    Kamen rider Heisei Generations Dr.Pacman tai Ex-aid and Ghost with Legend rider (2016)

    Director
    SAKAMOTO Koichi
    Cast
    IIJIMA Hiroki, NISHIME Shun, SETO Toshiki

    Feature film kicking off the "Masked Rider Heisei Generations" series on the heels of the "Movie Taisen" series. Five Masked Riders form a dream team and confront a crisis threatening humanity. An invasion by a mysterious viral videogame lifeform ca...

  • Beyond The Bridge

    Beyond The Bridge (2016)

    Director
    Sotho Kulikar
    Cast
    KATO Masaya, Chumvan Sodhachivy, SHIGEMATSU Osamu

    The Asian Three-Fold Mirror project brings together three globally acclaimed directors from Asia to co-create omnibus films with a common theme "Living Together in Asia." After her directorial debut film The Last Reel, Sotho Kulikar has chosen this ...

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