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  • Living the idol life –SKE48 Behind the Scenes (2018)

    Directed by: TAKENAKA Yusuke, SUZUKI Masahiko    Casts: SKE48

    How do you see Japanese idol? They are young, cute, cheerful, gorgeous… that's how they seem to be. You never know what really is happening behind the scenes. Japanese "idol" have become popular not only in Japan, but throughout the world. This...


  • Danchi Woman (2017)

    Directed by: SUGIMOTO Akiko    Casts: UCHIKOSHI Shizu, HIRAYAMA Reiko, TERADA Keiko

    A documentary by Sugimoto Akiko who shot the independent film Seaside Road Danchi Story about a public housing complex on the verge of demolition. The camera is once again turned on the same public housing apartments as new construction begins and ca...


  • MABUIGUMI (2017)

    Directed by: HONGO Yoshiaki    Casts: Jean-Pierre Zengoro, Kana Obry, TAMAKI Katsuo

    Documentary based on journalist and commentator Miki Takeshi's "Kuhaku no iminshi - New Caledonia to Okinawa." Miki serves as the navigator and explores the themes of family, war and ethnic groups from multiple perspectives. On his first visit to Ne...


  • I Want to Run for Office (2016)

    Directed by: XING Fei    Casts:

    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...


  • ”Children of the Hakkyo School Project”, Work-in-progress 2017 (2017)

    Directed by: SHIOZAKI Toshiko    Casts:

    Documentary about kids growing up as they attend the Korean school in Edakawa in Tokyo's Koto district. Footage covering first-graders in 2010 through graduation was edited as a work-in-progress and given a special screening at the Yamagata Internati...


  • The Road Home (2017)

    Directed by: OURA Miran    Casts:

    Oura Miran was a university student when she shot this documentary about her family in the aftermath of the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami. The Oura family are forced to leave their hometown of Namie because of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster....


  • Tenryu-ku Okuryoke Osawa: Bessho Tea Factory (2014)

    Directed by: HORI Teiichi    Casts:

    A documentary directed by Hori Teiichi who was a production assistant on the 1994 documentary Otentousama ga Hoshii and has worked in a wide variety of genres from pink films to ordinary theatrical releases. The lifestyle and scenery of Osawa, a vil...


  • Tremorings of Hope (2017)

    Directed by: AGATSUMA Kazuki    Casts:

    Depicts the aftermath to disaster as a sequel to The People Living in Hadenya, which followed daily life in the Hadenya fishing village in Miyagi Prefecture's Sanriku Town during the three years prior to the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami. Depicts the...


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

    Directed by: INOUE Minoru, KATAOKA Nozomi    Casts: 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...


  • Nishijin (1961)

    Directed by: MATSUMOTO Toshio    Casts:

    Short film directed by Matsumoto Toshio, a pioneer of avant-garde documentary films. A documentary film appreciation group in Kyoto self-produced the film as part of their cultural activities. The film is not about Nishijin as the origin of the luxur...


  • Sennan Asbestos Disaster (2017)

    Directed by: HARA Kazuo    Casts:

    A documentary in which Hara Kazuo, director of The Emperor's Naked Army Marches On, covers the 8-year-long court proceedings of a lawsuit against the national government demanding restitutions for wrongful injury from asbestos in the Sennen disctrict...



    Directed by: Company MATSUO    Casts: BiS, BiSH, GANG PARADE

    The fourth in the "BiS Cannon Ball" documentary series which capitalizes on the setup of The Sex Cannon Ball Run 2013, THE MOVIE that achieved cult popularity. At the end of March in 2017, a 5 night/6 day audition seeking new members for the idol gro...


  • RAMEN HEADS (2017)

    Directed by: SHIGENO Koki    Casts: TOMITA Osamu, IIDA Shota, ONISHI Yuki

    This documentary gives an intimate look at enthusiastic fans of ramen and the chefs who make it. Over a 15 month long shoot, Chukasoba Tomita proprietor Tomita Osamu and his customers are interviewed revealing the history of ramen's evolution while a...


  • KAGURA Troupe on the beat (2017)

    Directed by: ENDO Kano, OSAWA Mirai    Casts: Kuromori Kagura Hozonkai

    The Kuromori Kagura which has continued to this day on the Sanriku coast of Iwate Prefecture is the focus of this documentary. It captures both the kagura troupe who for over 340 years have continued performing the ritual dance at home after home no ...


  • Eiga Senko issenri (2017)

    Directed by: MUKOYAMA Masahiro    Casts: Subenja PONGKORN, TOMITA Katsuya, AIZAWA Toranosuke

    A making-of documentary about BANGKOK NITES, the film written and directed by Tomita Katsuya of the production team Kuzoku, put together from over 100 hours of behind-the-scenes footage of the filming. Mukoyama Masahiro, a member of the cinematograph...



    Directed by: ONO Sayaka    Casts: Ouji, Ayu, Jurian

    Having made her debut with the autobiographical documentary The Duckling, Ono Sayaka directs, shoots, and edits this documentary focusing on Japan's sexual minorities. After a man starts to wear women's clothing simply hoping to be stylish, he finds...


  • Home, Sweet Home (2017)

    Directed by: ISE Shinichi    Casts: NISHIMURA Nao, NISHIMURA Norikazu, NISHIMURA Nobuko

    Documentary film covering 35 years in the life of filmmaker Ise Shinichi's family. Like his previous films Nao-chan, Piglet, and Arigato, this film documents his disabled niece Nao and her family Eldest daughter Nao is disabled but has a naturally s...


  • ONNANINARU (2017)

    Directed by: TANAKA Yukio    Casts:

    Documentary that captures the genuine emotional state of a college student with Gender Identity Disorder who undergoes sex reassignment surgery. Directed by Tanaka Yukio of ITECHO and On the road. Miyu has dreamed of becoming a female since early ch...


  • Tales of CHIGASAKI (2017)

    Directed by: KUMASAKA Izuru    Casts: MIYAJI Junichi, NAKAZAWA Shinichi, KAYAMA Yuzo

    Miyaji Junichi, Kuwata Keisuke's classmate who christened his band "Southern All Stars" and anthropologist Nakazawa Shinichi who uses a technique known as "Earth Dive" to trace the past of an area of land, unravel the appeal and mystery of Chigasaki ...


  • Living in Deafblindness (2017)

    Directed by: NISHIHARA Takashi    Casts:

    Director Nishihara Takashi gained attention for About My Liberty -SEALDs 2015- which followed the activities of student group SEALDs. In this documentary, he travels across the country to interview people who are both blind and deaf. Living in a wor...


  • A LIFE LINE (2017)

    Directed by: IMAZU Hidekuni    Casts:

    Directorial debut from Hokkaido-based photographer Imazu Hidekuni, the long-time photographer for the posters at Asahiyama Zoo. This documentary offers an intimate look at animals in Hokkaido, including a flock of 80,000 white-fronted geese, ezonaki ...


  • Fuzjko: A Pianist of Silence & Solitude (2018)

    Directed by: KOMATSU Soichiro    Casts: Fuzjko HEMMING

    In-depth documentary about pianist Fuzjko Hemming, who achieved worldwide acclaim while in her 60s. Elucidates the present-day and future of a woman who pursues her dreams irrespective of age. The emotional dynamism of Fuzjko's performances capture...


  • SUKITA / The Shoot Must Go On (2018)

    Directed by: AIHARA Hiromi    Casts: SUKITA Masayoshi

    Documentary about veteran photographer Sukita Masayoshi, whose photos of musicians like David Bowie and Iggy Pop have been seen around the world. Follows the trajectory of his work including behind-the-scenes anecdotes about the album cover photo sho...


  • Vibration (2017)

    Directed by: MATSUNAGA Daishi    Casts: YOSHII Kazuya, KIKUCHI Hideaki, HIROSE Yoichi

    After a 15-year hiatus, THE YELLOW MONKEY, one of Japan's greatest rock bands, reunites in 2016 and goes on tour. They vow never to break up again. Director Daishi Matsunaga of Pieta in the Toilet and Pyuupiru captures them on and off stage examinin...


  • Kamejiro: The U.S. Military's Most Feared Man (2017)

    Directed by: SAKO Tadahiko    Casts: SENAGA Kamejiro

    Documentary about Senaga Kamejiro, the man who stood up to the US Army in Okinawa under US occupation. The feature film is reedited with footage added to the highly acclaimed TV documentary that aired in 2016. Sakamoto Ryuichi created the theme song....


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