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  • JAKUCHO: An Extraordinary Life of a Japanese Nun (TBC)

    JAKUCHO: An Extraordinary Life of a Japanese Nun (TBC) (2022)

    Director
    NAKAMURA Yu
    Cast
    SETOUCHI Jakucho

    Chronicle of the life of a Japanese Buddhist Jakucho Setouchi also known as award winning novelist, and activist, who passed away in 2021 with 99 years old. Full of touching moments with her treasured words shot and kept for 17 years by her closed TV...

  • How We Work, How We Live

    How We Work, How We Live (2021)

    Director
    MORIGAKI Yukihiro
    Cast
    ARIMURA Kasumi, SHISON Jun

    Two actors cover the stories of various workers such as caregivers, farmers, and more, especially during the pandemic. They re-recognize the kinds of work that cannot be done remotely and the value of those work....

  • I'll never forget Cowra

    I'll never forget Cowra (2021)

    Director
    MITSUDA Yasuhiro
    Cast

    The Rainbow Over The River Kwai director Mitsuda Yasuhiro uncovers the truth about the group of Japanese war prisoners who tried to escape from a POW camp in Australia. During World War II the Cowra 12th Prisoner of War Camp granted the POWs a certa...

  • Minamata Mandala

    Minamata Mandala (2020)

    Director
    HARA Kazuo
    Cast

    Documentary shot over a two-decade period by The Emperor's Naked Army Marches On director Hara Kazuo. Documents multilayered lives and stories of Minamata, where debilitating disease continues to cast a long shadow. On October 15, 2004, the Supreme...

  • Double Layered Town / Making a Song to Replace Our Positions

    Double Layered Town / Making a Song to Replace Our Positions (2019)

    Director
    KOMORI Haruka, SEO Natsumi
    Cast
    KODA Haruka, YONEKAWA Ko Leon, SAKAI Haruka

    Documentary that emerged from a project from the artist unit Komori Haruka + Seo Natsumi, whose collaboration began through volunteer activities after the Great East Japan Earthquake. In 2018, four travelers gathered for a workshop based in Rikuzent...

  • Olympiad Tokyo Kasumigaoka Public Apartments

    Olympiad Tokyo Kasumigaoka Public Apartments (2020)

    Director
    AOYAMA Shinya
    Cast

    Documentary about the lives of Kasumigaoka Public Apartments residents leading up to their eviction. Depicts the history of exclusion that unfolds under the specter of "Olympics First." Directed, shot and edited by filmmaker Aoyama Shinya. The city-...

  • OKINAWA/SANTOS

    OKINAWA/SANTOS (2020)

    Director
    MATSUBAYASHI Yoju
    Cast

    The dark, hidden immigrant history between Okinawa and Brazil is the subject of this documentary. Matsubayashi Yoju, the director known for The Horses of Fukushima, brings to light the truth about cases of Japanese immigrants being forcibly deported....

  • Now is the Past ~My Father, Java & the Phantom Films~

    Now is the Past ~My Father, Java & the Phantom Films~ (2021)

    Director
    ISE Shinichi
    Cast
    ISE Chonosuke, ISE Shinichi, ISE Kayo

    Documentary filmmaker Ise Shinichi investigates the "phantom" films that his father Ise Chonosuke made in Indonesia during the war. Ise Chonosuke went to Indonesia to make propaganda films as a member of the cultural battlefront. His eldest son Shin...

  • Whiplash of the Dead

    Whiplash of the Dead (2021)

    Director
    DAISHIMA Haruhiko
    Cast

    Through interviews with people who knew the young man who lost his life in the First Haneda Struggle of 1967, this documentary sheds light on the "unusually fierce era". The director is Daishima Haruhiko of The Wages of Resistance: Narita Stories and...

  • fOUL

    fOUL (2021)

    Director
    OISHI Noriko
    Cast
    TANIGUCHI Ken, HIRAMATSU Manabu, OCHI Daisuke

    Burning guitar, rousing bass and fierce drums... A band called fOUL, which has a sound and appearance that cannot be found anywhere. This is the documentary of the band and their performances. A documentary of the band called "fOUL", which has a ...

  • HOSONO HARUOMI SAYONARA AMERICA

    HOSONO HARUOMI SAYONARA AMERICA (2021)

    Director
    SADO Taketoshi
    Cast
    HOSONO Haruomi

    Music is fun, Music is free, because it doesn't need a mask! Two years have passed since the release of "NO SMOKING" (2019), a documentary film commemorating the 50th anniversary of Haruomi Hosono's debut. The world has changed drastically due to th...

  • RAMEN FEVER

    RAMEN FEVER (2021)

    Director
    KOBAYASHI Mari
    Cast
    NAKAMURA Shigetoshi, NAKAMURA Hiroto, TAKEI Kazuyuki

    Ramen rules the world. "Food" is a universal topic and a concern for people. In recent years, Japanese food has become popular, and its delicacy and its aspect as a healthy food have been widely accepted throughout the world. Ramen, in particular, h...

  • The Pursuit of Perfection

    The Pursuit of Perfection (2021)

    Director
    SAITO Toshimichi
    Cast

    Focusing on four of the leading chefs in Japan today, this documentary explores the truth behind Japan's unique and sophisticated food culture. Each takes meticulous care of their own dishes in pursuit of perfection, but their approaches are quite di...

  • 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...