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  • Ii-chan's White Cane

    Ii-chan's White Cane (2018)

    Director
    HASHIMOTO Mariko
    Cast
    KONAGAYA Iori, KONAGAYA Ibuki

    Iori Konagaya was born blind. Going by the nickname Ii-chan, she learned how to live as a visually impaired person at the Shizuoka School for the Blind 20 years ago. She was desperate to become independent. But as she was growing up, she ran into man...

  • WHY YOU CAN'T BE PRIME MINISTER

    WHY YOU CAN'T BE PRIME MINISTER (2020)

    Director
    OSHIMA Arata
    Cast

    Junya Ogawa, age 49, is on his 5th term for the House of Representatives, and calls himself a geek who wants to make a difference for Japan. When the House of Representatives was dissolved on October 10, 2003, the camera was pointed to then-32-year-...

  • The Past is Always New, The Future is Always Nostalgic Photographer Daido Moriyama

    The Past is Always New, The Future is Always Nostalgic Photographer Daido Moriyama (2019)

    Director
    IWAMA Gen
    Cast
    MORIYAMA Daido, KANBAYASHI Yutaka, MACHIGUCHI Satoshi

    Daido Moriyama, age 81, is still active as an artist. He is probably the most prominent and the last charismatic figure in the world of photography. He received numerous awards worldwide including the Infinity Award for Lifetime Achievement from the ...

  • May I quit being a mom!?

    May I quit being a mom!? (2020)

    Director
    GODA Tomo
    Cast

    A child is a blessing. You love the child. And it's sometimes therefore that you feel suffocated. The film is a collection of real-life moments of moms and their partners struggling, stumbling, and fighting to make it work. Featuring: --A mom who...

  • LE CHOCOLAT DE H

    LE CHOCOLAT DE H (2019)

    Director
    WATANABE Takashi
    Cast
    TSUJIGUCHI Hironobu

    Hironobu Tsujiguchi, who is a world-wide famous Japanese pastry chef. This movie is about his journey from finding some ingredients to completing his new recipes of chocolate. The biggest chocolate festival has been held every year in Paris, France...

  • YUPARO MY BEAUTIFUL DYING CITY

    YUPARO MY BEAUTIFUL DYING CITY (2020)

    Director
    ITO Shiori
    Cast

    This documentary is shot in the city of Yubari, Hokkaido which is known for having the highest concentration of elderly people in the world. The film is directed by Ito Shiori who wrote the non-fiction book "Black Box" in which she called attention t...

  • M: Toru Muranishi - Wild Passionate Days

    M: Toru Muranishi - Wild Passionate Days (2019)

    Director
    KATASHIMA Ikki
    Cast
    MURANISHI Toru

    A documentary detailing the glories and failures, creation and destruction of Muranishi Toru, known as the "King of Porn". The summer of 1996 in Hokkaido, Muranishi dares to carry out the simultaneous filming of a straight-to-video movie for the wor...

  • TAGATAMENIKENPOUHAARU

    TAGATAMENIKENPOUHAARU (2019)

    Director
    INOUE Junichi
    Cast
    WATANABE Misako

    Documentary that examines the Constitution of Japan. Follows actress Watanabe Misako as she performs the "Mr. Constitution" monologue presented by TV talent Matsumoto Hiro for twenty-plus years and read-aloud theater about atomic bombs by Watanabe an...

  • Kampai! Sake Sisters

    Kampai! Sake Sisters (2019)

    Director
    KONISHI Mirai
    Cast
    IMADA Miho, CHIBA Marie, Rebekah WILSON-LYE

    Sequel to the documentary Kampai! For the Love of Sake! about Japanese sake. Konishi Mirai helms once again and focuses on women in the world of sake, which was once off-limits to females. Women contribute to all aspects of the Japanese sake industr...

  • The beginning of the song

    The beginning of the song (2020)

    Director
    KAWAI Hiroki
    Cast
    SAITO Harumichi

    Documentary about deaf photographer Saito Harumichi directed by Kawai Hiroki, who excels at making films about artists including musicians and performers. Captures Saito encountering his dreaded "songs" through caring for his newborn son. When Saito...

  • Tribe Called Discord: Documentary of GEZAN

    Tribe Called Discord: Documentary of GEZAN (2019)

    Director
    KANDANI Ryosuke
    Cast
    GEZAN, KANDANI Ryosuke

    First-ever documentary film about the youth band GEZAN, a major force in the underground music scene. Since forming in 2009, this high-octane band has put together outdoor festivals and recording labels, and they crowdfunded their way to a tour and r...

  • Beside the Deathbed

    Beside the Deathbed (2019)

    Director
    SHIMOMURA Sachiko
    Cast

    How and where can people take their final breath in happiness? Film adaptation of the TV documentary about dying at home. Director Shimomura Sachiko got behind the camera to capture the subtle emotional changes of people awaiting the end of life. In...

  • Prison Circle

    Prison Circle (2019)

    Director
    SAKAGAMI Kaori
    Cast

    This documentary spent six years getting permission to do the first-ever extended shoot in a Japanese prison. Directed by Sakagami Kaori, who shot US prisoners in Talk Back Out Loud and Lifers. Shimane Asahi Rehabilitation Program Center is a joint...

  • Sayonara Television

    Sayonara Television (2020)

    Director
    HIJIKATA Hiroshi
    Cast

    Documentary introducing new scenes to "Sayonara TV," a TV program commemorating the 60th anniversary of Tokai Television Broadcasting. Directed by Hijikata Hiroshi of Homeless Rijicho and Yakuza to kempo. TV once ruled the living room. Commercial TV...

  • Me and Him

    Me and Him (2019)

    Director
    Shikai brothers
    Cast

    A minority couple living in Japan is the subject of this documentary. It captures the daily life of a young, second generation Vietnamese refugee and a Japanese young man leading up to their wedding. The people around them are also represented. At th...

  • TOKYO HIGH TIDE

    TOKYO HIGH TIDE (2019)

    Director
    MURAKAMI Hiroyasu
    Cast

    Murakami Hiroyasu, director of the documentary Nagare, turns his camera on an elderly homeless man who digs for freshwater clams along the Tama River estuary. His life brings into relief numerous issues confronting Japan today, including environmenta...

  • Planet of the Crabs

    Planet of the Crabs (2019)

    Director
    MURAKAMI Hiroyasu
    Cast
    YOSHIDA Tadayoshi

    TOKYO HIGH TIDE director Murakami Hiroyasu returns to the Tama River estuary to document Yoshida Tadayoshi, who has been conducting independent observations of crabs over a 15-year period. The camera's relentless focus on crabs brings to light a wor...

  • True Believer

    True Believer (2019)

    Director
    KOJITANI Hideki
    Cast
    SHOJI Tetsuro, HAYASHI Yasuko, TAKEMOTO Ryo

    A documentary film about people who believe in the existence of UFOs directed by Kojitani Hideki who has compiled interviews with a variety of people who have experienced UFO encounters. Kojitani is inspired by a video on YouTube of an alien corpse ...

  • Zero

    Zero (2020)

    Director
    SODA Kazuhiro
    Cast
    YAMAMOTO Masahiro, YAMAMOTO Yoshiko

    An Ultimate Love Story Dr. Masatomo Yamamoto, a psychiatrist and the protagonist of the award-winning film Mental (2008, Kazuhiro Soda), is a pioneer in the movement to unlock the doors of mental hospitals in Japan in the 1960s. His long career span...

  • Katasumitachi to ikiru Kantoku Katabuchi Sunao no shigoto

    Katasumitachi to ikiru Kantoku Katabuchi Sunao no shigoto (2019)

    Director
    YAMADA Reo
    Cast
    KATABUCHI Sunao, Non, IWAI Nanase

    This documentary focuses on the director of the animated film In This Corner of the World, Katabuchi Sunao. Over the course of three years, the camera closely covered Katabuchi 100 times and recorded the director's creative process. Upon the release...

  • Tokyo Paralympics, Festival of Love and Glory

    Tokyo Paralympics, Festival of Love and Glory (1965)

    Director
    WATANABE Kimio
    Cast

    In 1964, the Tokyo Olympics had concluded successfully and the city was returning to its normal self. Meanwhile, another sports event, invested with significance, was about to start. This was the "Tokyo Games for the Physically Handicapped," as it wa...

  • Mishima: The Last Debate

    Mishima: The Last Debate (2020)

    Director
    TOYOSHIMA Keisuke
    Cast
    MISHIMA Yukio

    This documentary captures the full story of the open forum at the University of Tokyo All-Campus Joint Struggle Conference which the uncommon novelist Mishima Yukio took part a year prior to his death. The director is Toyoshima Keisuke, a graduate of...

  • TESTIMONY

    TESTIMONY (2019)

    Director
    Cast

  • AFTER CAREER

    AFTER CAREER (2019)

    Director
    HIRABAYASHI Kenichi
    Cast

    In 2018, Japan Racing Association earns 28 billion US dollars as sales proceeds from races held in 10 major cities in Japan. Annually, over 6 million people visit racetracks. Horse racing gets momentum not only as public gambling but also as entert...

  • ZERO AS YOU ARE

    ZERO AS YOU ARE (2019)

    Director
    TOKOI Miyuki
    Cast
    KOBAYASHI Takamasa, YASHIRO Miyuki, NAKAJIMA Jun

    A young man, though born as a female, who has constantly felt uncomfortable with his gender is the subject of this documentary which captures over a nine year period his transformation and maturing. In the director's chair is Tokoi Miyuki, who has pr...