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  • To Die Ordinary - Independent Life

    To Die Ordinary - Independent Life (2020)

    Director
    SADASUE Mayako
    Cast
    SAKAGUCHI Emiko, SHIMIZU Akihiko, RI KUNIMOTO Syuji

    This is a sequel to the film Living an Ordinary Life which documented for five years the parents who created a social welfare facility in Shizuoka Prefecture's Fuji City under the ideal living normally in the region even with severe disabilities". T...

  • THE UNNAMEABLE DANCE

    THE UNNAMEABLE DANCE (2021)

    Director
    INUDO Isshin
    Cast
    TANAKA Min, ISHIHARA Rin, NAKAMURA Tatsuya

    --No Genre-- Most dance belongs to a genre of some kind: ballet, jazz dance, social dance, hip-hop, or contemporary. There is also a "dark" kind of butoh dance whose founder was the brilliant Tatsumi Hijikata, a style of dance now recognized all ove...

  • Ura Zokki

    Ura Zokki (2021)

    Director
    SHINOHARA Rie
    Cast
    Citizens of Gamagori City, TAKENAKA Naoto, YAMADA Takayuki

    "ZOKKI" is a unique film directed by Naoto Takenaka, Takayuki Yamada, and Takumi Saitoh. It is a live-action adaptation of a short story collection by manga artist, Hiroyuki Ohashi. The people of Gamagori City, Aichi, where the film will be shot, wer...

  • PLANETIST

    PLANETIST (2020)

    Director
    TOYODA Toshiaki
    Cast
    MIYAGAWA Noritsugu, GOMA, KUBOZUKA Yosuke

    Documentary selected for the Special Screenings program at the 19th TOKYO FILMeX. Director Toyoda Toshiaki fell in love with the natural splendor of the World Heritage Ogasawara Islands after visiting in 2014, and he moved to the islands and spent fo...

  • Battle of Okinawa: Unknown Sad Memories

    Battle of Okinawa: Unknown Sad Memories (2019)

    Director
    OTA Takafumi
    Cast

    Documentary that delves into memories of the horrific combat in Okinawa, the site of Japan's only land warfare during World War II. Ota Takafumi helmed the feature film The House of Rising Suns about a tragic nuclear power plant accident. A third of...

  • RESONANCE

    RESONANCE (2020)

    Director
    TANAKA Toshinori
    Cast
    AOYAGI Takuji

    Tokyo-born Takuji was raised by his mother and guitarist grandfather. He becomes a musician himself and father of two daughters. He leaves the ever-changing modern metropolis where people are divorced from nature and relocates to Okinawa. There, an i...

  • Tank Sit-In Protest:Japanese Citizen VS.U.S. Military

    Tank Sit-In Protest:Japanese Citizen VS.U.S. Military (2020)

    Director
    TSUJI Toyofumi
    Cast

    In 1972 toward the final stages of the Vietnam War, a protest movement arose against the U.S. military's repair of tanks at the Sagami General Supply Depot in Sagamihara City, Kanagawa Prefecture and their transport to the Yokohama north docks. This ...

  • I quit, being "friends"

    I quit, being "friends" (2020)

    Director
    IMAMURA Ayako
    Cast

    Film director Imamura Ayako who filmed herself wrestling with communication barriers in Start Line points the camera at her relationship with her friend in this documentary. Full of discontent "me" (Imamura), the film director, and my friend "Ma-cha...

  • Kenji Mizoguchi: The Life of a Film Director

    Kenji Mizoguchi: The Life of a Film Director (1975)

    Director
    SHINDO Kaneto
    Cast
    TANAKA Kinuyo, KYO Machiko, YAMADA Isuzu

    This is a documentary on the life and films of Kenji Mizoguchi, the great Japanese film director who died in 1956, directed by the now well-known creator of films who was once assistant director to Mizoguchi. Beginning in the hospital where Mizoguch...

  • AKIRA Shimada

    AKIRA Shimada (2021)

    Director
    SAKO Tadahiko
    Cast

    Feature-length documentary that sheds light on the overlooked wartime history of Okinawa, helmed by Sako Tadahiko of Kamejiro: The U.S. Military's Most Feared Man. Draws on newly uncovered materials to piece together the full picture of the epic Okin...

  • Songs of Triumph

    Songs of Triumph (2020)

    Director
    SAKAGUCHI Katsumi
    Cast
    YAMAUCHI Kimie, YAMAUCHI Sadamu, NAKAMURA Kenichi

    Documentary capturing nine years in the lives of ex-Hansen's disease patients. Sakaguchi Katsumi has helmed seven feature films to date including Walking with My Mother, which won the 2015 Agency for Cultural Affairs Film Award. Yamauchi Kimie was p...

  • epok's Atelier

    epok's Atelier (2020)

    Director
    NAMBU Michitoshi
    Cast
    SUGAYA Shinichi, THE CRO-MAGNONS, OKAMOTO'S

    Documentary delving into the production process of designer Sugaya Shinichi, who creates record jackets for famous Japanese musicians. Sugaya's quirky resume includes studying architecture in college and working at a family-run factory after graduat...

  • SUMODO ~The Successors of Samurai~

    SUMODO ~The Successors of Samurai~ (2020)

    Director
    SAKATA Eiji
    Cast
    SAKAIGAWA Hideaki, TAKADAGAWA Katsumi, GOEIDO Gotaro

    This documentary puts on display the allure of Japan's national sport of sumo wrestling. Closely shadowing for nearly half a year the training halls of the Sakaigawa and Takadagawa dojos, the film describes the unknown world of sumo wrestling which h...

  • A DownTown Doctor

    A DownTown Doctor (2020)

    Director
    MORI Yasunori
    Cast
    NAGAO Kazuhiro

    Documentary about the everyday experiences of town physician Nagao Kazuhiro, who provided the inspiration for Peaceful Death (dir. Takahashi Banmei). In 1995 Dr. Nagao Kazuhiro opened his clinic in Amagasaki City, Hyogo Prefecture, and he sees patie...

  • Indelible

    Indelible (2019)

    Director
    TSUNODA Ryuichi
    Cast

    Documentary woven together as the universal story of father and son, focusing on the ethnic Chinese Koreans who live outside the Korean Peninsula. A boy who was born in the Yanbian Korean Autonomous Prefecture in China moves to Japan at age 10. Now ...

  • The Investigator's Love Letter

    The Investigator's Love Letter (2019)

    Director
    IMAI Iori
    Cast
    SATO Mao, SATO Nuiko

    Sato Mao, known as "Investigator Mao", and his wife who is showing signs of dementia, are the subjects of this documentary which chronicles their daily life. In the director's chair is Imai Iori, an Osaka-based filmmaker who works both in television ...

  • Silence on that Day

    Silence on that Day (2021)

    Director
    IMAMURA Ayako
    Cast
    KATO Enao, KOIZUMI Shoju, KIKUCHI Tokichi

    The Connecting Bridge director Imamura Ayako spent ten years covering people who cannot hear and disasters for this documentary film. When Imamura visited the Great East Japan Earthquake disaster area immediately after the catastrophe, she was seize...

  • Mottainai Kitchen - Don’t waste it, cook it!

    Mottainai Kitchen - Don’t waste it, cook it! (2020)

    Director
    David GROSS
    Cast
    David GROSS, TSUKAMOTO Nikki, IDE Rumi

    Australia-born David Gross who produced Wastecooking among others, travels the world as a film director and food activist. In this documentary, he searches for hints to solve "food waste" as he travels through various areas in Japan, one the countrie...

  • Tagore Songs

    Tagore Songs (2019)

    Director
    SASAKI Mika
    Cast

    Documentary exploring the appeal of "Tagore songs" about nature and devotion in Bengal from poet Rabindranath Tagore, who was the first non-Western Nobel laureate in literature. Debut film from 26-year-old Sasaki Mika, who learned about Bengali cultu...

  • HARIBOTE

    HARIBOTE (2020)

    Director
    IOKIBE Yukio, SUNAZAWA Satoshi
    Cast
    SAKUTA Osamu

    Documentary about a small local TV station uncovering improprieties at a city council in Toyama Prefecture, a conservative area known for having the highest percentage of LDP voters in Japan for ten years running. Exposes human cunning and absurdity....

  • CENOTE

    CENOTE (2019)

    Director
    ODA Kaori
    Cast

    Documentary about "cenotes", cave water pits that are found throughout the northern part of Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula. Cenotes were the sole water source during the Maya civilization period, and they were also sites of sacrificial ceremonies prayin...

  • Listening to the air

    Listening to the air (2018)

    Director
    KOMORI Haruka
    Cast
    ABE Hiromi

    Radio personality Abe Hiromi, who worked at Rikuzentakata Saigai FM for three-and-a-half years after the Great East Japan Earthquake, is the focus of this documentary. Director Komori Haruka, who moved to the Tohoku region when she was a volunteer af...

  • Okaeri Tadaima

    Okaeri Tadaima (2020)

    Director
    SAITO Junichi
    Cast
    SAITO Yuki, SATSUKAWA Aimi

    Produced by Tokai Television Broadcasting, this true-to-life drama probes into the heart of a crime using actual footage of news coverage at the time the crime occurred. It is written and directed by Saito Junichi who has continued to sharply questio...

  • TOBISHIMA

    TOBISHIMA (2019)

    Director
    OMIYA Koichi, TANAKA Kei
    Cast

    Out in the Sea of Japan rises the populated island of Tobishima. This documentary chronicles the day-to-day life of the people living there. It is co-directed by Omiya Koichi of TAIDAMA–I'm home, a place for everyone and Tanaka Kei of Under the Cher...

  • Documentary of Keyakizaka 46

    Documentary of Keyakizaka 46 (2020)

    Director
    TAKAHASHI Eiki
    Cast
    KEYAKIZAKA46

    Takahashi Eiki, who is known from the "Documentary of AKB48" series, directs this first documentary which tracks the trajectory of the idol group Keyakizaka46 as it lowers the curtain on its 5 year history. It compiles re-edits of various live perfor...