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  • Reiwa Uprising

    Reiwa Uprising (2019)

    Director
    HARA Kazuo
    Cast

    Acclaimed documentary filmmaker Kazuo Hara follows Ayumi Yasutomi, a cross-dressing candidate, who is also a Tokyo University professor, as she embarks on a national campaign for a seat in Japan's Upper House....

  • i -Documentary of the Journalist-

    i -Documentary of the Journalist- (2019)

    Director
    MORI Tatsuya
    Cast
    MOCHIZUKI Isoko

    A documentary from the producer of The Journalist . Tatsuya Mori, known for A and FAKE follows the issue of Japanese journalism through Isoko Mochizuki the journalist of Tokyo Shinbun. The producer of a controversial hit film The Journalist presents...

  • No Smoking

    No Smoking (2019)

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

    A behind-the-scenes look at Haruomi Hosono, a musician respected around the world and the composer of the soundtrack for Shoplifters, a Palme d'Or winner of the Cannes Film Festival. The footage traces his encounter with music in early childhood to h...

  • Masako, mon ange

    Masako, mon ange (2019)

    Director
    OOKA Daisuke
    Cast
    Masako, Anju, TAMURA Shoko

    Documentary that teases apart the life of model Masako, who also acted in films including Ring and died at the age of 50, through interviews of people who knew her well. Directed by Masako's husband Ooka Daisuke, who is a film producer. Masako died ...

  • TAKAYUKI YAMADA DOCUMENTARY 「No Pain,No Gain」

    TAKAYUKI YAMADA DOCUMENTARY 「No Pain,No Gain」 (2019)

    Director
    MAKI Yuta
    Cast
    YAMADA Takayuki

    This documentary follows actor Yamada Takayuki, known for his roles in The Devil's Path among others, over 2,045 days between 2013 and 2019. Maki Yuta of production company TV Man Union shoots, directs, and edits the film. Supervised by Stardust Pic...

  • Michikusa

    Michikusa (2018)

    Director
    SHISHIDO Daisuke
    Cast

    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...

  • Things to know before you become a cancer patient

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

    Director
    MIYAKE Nagaru
    Cast
    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...

  • DOCUMENTARY FILM TARO OKAMOTO’S OKINAWA WHAT HE FOUND

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

    Director
    KATSURAYAMA Yoshihisa
    Cast
    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...

  • The World’s “Top” Theater

    The World’s “Top” Theater (2017)

    Director
    SATO Koichi
    Cast
    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...

  • FROM ALL CORNERS

    FROM ALL CORNERS (2018)

    Director
    OKAJIMA Ryusuke
    Cast
    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...

  • JIZOLIBIDO

    JIZOLIBIDO (2018)

    Director
    KASATANI Yoshiaki
    Cast
    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...

  • Somebody's NPP

    Somebody's NPP (2017)

    Director
    KAWAGUCHI Tsutomu
    Cast

    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...

  • Tarinae

    Tarinae (2018)

    Director
    OKAWA Shiori
    Cast
    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...

  • A SONG FROM HOME

    A SONG FROM HOME (2018)

    Director
    NAKAE Yuji
    Cast
    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...

  • A Step Forward

    A Step Forward (2018)

    Director
    KASEZAWA Atsushi
    Cast
    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,...

  • The Rice Granary of One Hundred Years

    The Rice Granary of One Hundred Years (2018)

    Director
    JIN Akira
    Cast

    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...

  • SLEEPING VILLAGE

    SLEEPING VILLAGE (2018)

    Director
    SAITO Junichi, KAMATA Reika
    Cast

    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...

  • I GO GAGA, MY DEAR

    I GO GAGA, MY DEAR (2018)

    Director
    NOBUTOMO Naoko
    Cast

    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...

  • Silent Revolution

    Silent Revolution (2017)

    Director
    WATANABE Satoshi
    Cast
    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 ...

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

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

    Director
    WATANABE Shogo
    Cast
    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...

  • Living the idol life –SKE48 Behind the Scenes

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

    Director
    TAKENAKA Yusuke, SUZUKI Masahiko
    Cast
    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...

  • Tower of the Sun

    Tower of the Sun (2018)

    Director
    SEKINE Kosai
    Cast
    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...

  • Boy Soldiers: The Secret War in Okinawa

    Boy Soldiers: The Secret War in Okinawa (2018)

    Director
    MIKAMI Chie, OYA Hanayo
    Cast

    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 ...

  • Mainichi ga Alzheimer the final Saigo ni shinutoki

    Mainichi ga Alzheimer the final Saigo ni shinutoki (2018)

    Director
    SEKIGUCHI Yuka
    Cast

    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...

  • PEACE NIPPON

    PEACE NIPPON (2018)

    Director
    NAKANO Hiroyuki
    Cast
    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...