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  • Michikusa (2018)

    Directed by: SHISHIDO Daisuke    Casts:

    This documentary follows the daily life of people with severe autism living by themselves. Most individuals with severe developmental disabilities are limited in the places they can reside such as those who live with their parents, and at institution...

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  • Things to know before you become a cancer patient (2018)

    Directed by: MIYAKE Nagaru    Casts: WAKAO Fumihiko, KATSUMATA Noriyuki, YAMAUCHI Hideko

    Miyake Nagaru of "Ultimate land - a year of Iwasaki Onikenbai" and "Traveling by Leaps and Bounds: Portrait of Noh Actor Reijiro Tsumura" directs, shoots, and edits this documentary examining in a variety of angles the subject of cancer which is said...

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  • DOCUMENTARY FILM TARO OKAMOTO’S OKINAWA WHAT HE FOUND (2018)

    Directed by: KATSURAYAMA Yoshihisa    Casts: OKAMOTO Taro

    The mindset of one of Japan's prominent artists, Okamoto Taro, on his two journeys to Okinawa is closely examined in this documentary. Artist Okamoto Taro arrives on Okinawa seeking the answer to the questions: "What is a Japanese person?" and "What...

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  • The World’s “Top” Theater (2017)

    Directed by: SATO Koichi    Casts: INOUE Keiichi, TSUCHII Toshinobu, SATO Yoshihiro

    Sato Koichi who served as cinematographer on Silent Revolution and YUKIGUNI coordinated, directed, and shot this documentary. Narration is by actor Osugi Ren who passed away suddenly in 2018. Green House, a cinema in the city of Sakata in Yamagata P...

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  • FROM ALL CORNERS (2018)

    Directed by: OKAJIMA Ryusuke    Casts: SHIMAZU Fuyuki

    Los Angeles based video director Okajima Ryusuke directs his first feature-length documentary about "cardboard artist" Shimazu Fuyuki who creates wallets from cardboard boxes discarded on the street or in front of stores. Calling himself "the cardbo...

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  • JIZOLIBIDO (2018)

    Directed by: KASATANI Yoshiaki    Casts: KOIDE Yukiko, Edward M. Gómez, MUKAI Shutoku

    Kasatani Yoshiaki of A Short Film About DISTORTION follows up his previous film with this documentary which turns the camera on Atelier Yamanami, the facility for handicapped persons who produce imaginative art work. Artists with developmental disabi...

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  • Somebody's NPP (2017)

    Directed by: KAWAGUCHI Tsutomu    Casts:

    Documentary produced, directed, shot and edited by freelance video director Kawaguchi Tsutomu. Actor-cum-singer Mikami Kan provides the theme song. Oi Town in the Oi District of Fukui Prefecture has just 8,700 residents and is surrounded by the ocea...

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  • Tarinae (2018)

    Directed by: OKAWA Shiori    Casts: SATO Tsutomu

    The son of a Japanese imperial soldier who died on the Marshall Islands during the Pacific War retraces his fathers footsteps in this documentary. Toward the end of the Pacific War, a Japanese imperial soldier dies of starvation on the Marshall Isla...

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  • A SONG FROM HOME (2018)

    Directed by: NAKAE Yuji    Casts: Futaba Town in Fukushima's people, YO Kimiko, EMOTO Akira

    Nakae Yuji of Nabbie's Love directs this documentary about people from Futaba Town in Fukushima Prefecture and the traditional 'bon-uta' dance that they have protected. Futaba Town was devastated by the Great East Japan Disaster, and in 2015 the town...

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  • A Step Forward (2018)

    Directed by: KASEZAWA Atsushi    Casts: FUJIYABU Yoichi

    In-depth documentary about suicidal individuals and pastor Fujiyabu's efforts to save them. Feature-length documentary debut by Kasezawa Atsushi, who has directed numerous TV documentary programs. The Sandanbeki Cliffs are located in Shirahama Town,...

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  • The Rice Granary of One Hundred Years (2018)

    Directed by: JIN Akira    Casts:

    This documentary deals with the origin of the rice riots affair which spread all over Japan in 1918. Due to displeasure with the steep rise in the price of rice, the people revolted against the government and finally made the Terauchi Cabinet resigne...

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  • SLEEPING VILLAGE (2018)

    Directed by: SAITO Junichi, KAMATA Reika    Casts:

    Tokai Television, producer of Life is Fruity, spends nearly 40 years investigating the truth behind the Nabari Poison Wine incident for this documentary. The Nabari Poison Wine incident occurred in 1961 in Mie Prefecture's Nabari City. Wine at a vil...

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  • I GO GAGA, MY DEAR (2018)

    Directed by: NOBUTOMO Naoko    Casts:

    Feature-film directorial debut by Nobutomo Naoko, who has made numerous TV documentaries based on her personal experiences, including her own struggles with breast cancer. The film patiently captures her 95-year-old father caring for her senile mothe...

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  • Silent Revolution (2017)

    Directed by: WATANABE Satoshi    Casts: SATO Yaemon, KOBAYASHI Minoru, HIRANO Akihide

    Documentary about people living in depopulated regions who are working to revitalize their communities through renewable energy. Directed by Watanabe Satoshi, whose film Reviving Recipes was an official invitation at the 36th Hong Kong International ...

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  • No Gender! The Queer Life of an Intersex Manga Artist (2018)

    Directed by: WATANABE Shogo    Casts: ARAI Sho

    A documentary about manga artist Arai Sho who lives life as neither a man nor woman but an intersex. Born and raised female, and also having been married, Arai undertook chromosome testing at the age of 30. That is when Arai was informed of being int...

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

    Directed by: TAKENAKA Yusuke, SUZUKI Masahiko    Casts: SKE48

    This is the second documentary on the Nagoya-based female idol group SKE48. Formed in 2008, SKE48 is the forerunner sister group to predecessor AKB48. 2018 marked the group's 10th anniversary. Endeavoring in idol undertakings with renewed resolve, th...

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  • Tower of the Sun (2018)

    Directed by: SEKINE Kosai    Casts: ODA Lisa

    The Tower of the Sun which was created by extraordinary artist Okamoto Taro and served as the symbol tower of the 1970 Osaka World Fair is the subject of this documentary. Along with project staff at the time, interviews are conducted with experts fr...

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  • Boy Soldiers: The Secret War in Okinawa (2018)

    Directed by: MIKAMI Chie, OYA Hanayo    Casts:

    The "secret war" of the Nakano School which remained untold for over seventy years since the end of the war is explored in this documentary. Director Mikami Chie of The Targeted Village and We Shall Overcome along with journalist Oya Hanayo sharply ...

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  • Mainichi ga Alzheimer the final Saigo ni shinutoki (2018)

    Directed by: SEKIGUCHI Yuka    Casts:

    This is the concluding chapter of Sekiguchi Yuka's popular documentary series recording life with her Alzheimer's disease stricken mother. Sekiguchi Yuka, who has continued to nurse her mother at home, is hospitalized for double hip surgery. She mee...

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  • PEACE NIPPON (2018)

    Directed by: NAKANO Hiroyuki    Casts: WATANABE Dai, OIKAWA Sakino, KOIZUMI Kyoko

    Japan's picturesque scenery season after season is turned into a film with overwhelming impact. Filmmakers who adore Japan pursue a once-in-a-lifetime beauty, photographing more than 200 locations over the course of the eight year production. The fil...

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  • PROTECTORS OF FIREFLY RIVER  (2017)

    Directed by: YAMADA Eiji    Casts:

    In-depth documentary about thirteen households in a small mountainside hamlet that has been designated for dam construction. TV commercial director Yamada Eiji makes his documentary film debut. In 1962, the Ishiki Dam Project was launched in Kawatan...

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  • Hooked on the Jomon (2018)

    Directed by: YAMAOKA Nobu    Casts: ITO Seiko, KOBAYASHI Tatsuo, SATO Taku

    Documentary on the Jomon period that flourished on the Japanese archipelago after the Paleolithic era, about 15,000 years ago to 2,300 years ago. During this era people started making earthenware, and mysterious alien-like clay figurines have been un...

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  • Kumanokara into the Shingu (2017)

    Directed by: TANAKA Chiseko    Casts: KAIBE Tsuyoshi, URAN Sakiko, SUZUKI Yayoi

    Final film in the trilogy set in the Kumano region of Wakayama Prefecture from critic and documentary filmmaker Tanaka Chiseko. Uses a semi-documentary approach to depict the culture and climate born from the history of the land, set in Shingu City, ...

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  • Kokoro no kokyo Aru wansho no ayundekita michi (2018)

    Directed by: HAYASHI Masayuki    Casts:

    Documentary about the lives of 'wansei' Japanese who were born and raised in Taiwan during the Japanese occupation prior to World War Two. Directed by Hayashi Masayuki, whose numerous documentaries about Taiwan include Ryohei banka Ikyo ni ikiru. The...

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  • MIFUNE: THE LAST SAMURAI (2016)

    Directed by: Steven OKAZAKI    Casts: 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...

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