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  • Dearest Viet

    Dearest Viet (2024)

    Director
    KAWABATA Kohei
    Cast

    Duc Nguyen was born conjoined to his twin brother Viet in 1981 as a result of the use of Agent Orange during the Vietnam War. The separation surgery in 1988 was a monumental achievement for humankind that was broadcast across Vietnam and Japan. Despi...

  • Gifts from the kitchen

    Gifts from the kitchen (2024)

    Director
    KIKUCHI Hisashi
    Cast

    Both parents of Fumi Sai are Taiwanese but she grew up in Japan. In 1971, she started a Chinese restrant "Fumin". With her excellent sense of taste and full of love that she got from her parents, she had run her restaurant for 45 years. The restauran...

  • No election, no life

    No election, no life (2023)

    Director
    MAEDA Aki
    Cast
    HATAKEYAMA Michiyoshi

    Documentary about the ardor and anguish of freelance writer Hatakeyama Michiyoshi, who has covered elections for 25 years. Directed by Maeda Aki, producer of Why You Can't Be Prime Minister and Kagawa District 1. Hatakeyama throws himself into pursu...

  • Alone Again in Fukushima

    Alone Again in Fukushima (2023)

    Director
    NAKAMURA Mayu
    Cast
    MATSUMURA Naoto

    Sequel to the 2015 documentary Alone in Fukushima about a man living in Tomioka, a town in Fukushima Prefecture rendered uninhabitable by the 2011 nuclear power accident. Nakamura Mayu returns as director, cinematographer and editor. Matsumura Naoto...

  • "To Live" People Who Fought for the Okawa Elementary School Tsunami Trial

    "To Live" People Who Fought for the Okawa Elementary School Tsunami Trial (2022)

    Director
    TERADA Kazuhiro
    Cast

    Documentary based on ten years of footage about the court case involving Okawa Elementary School in Ishinomaki City, Miyagi Prefecture, where numerous people lost their lives in the Great East Japan Earthquake. Okawa Elementary School lost ten teach...

  • With Each Passing Breath

    With Each Passing Breath (2023)

    Director
    KAWAKAMI Atiqa
    Cast
    MINATOYA Kosome, MINATOYA Koryu

    This documentary follows the development of Minatoya Kosome, who fell in love with and became an apprentice of Rōkyoku (traditional Japanese narrative singing) master Minatoya Koryu. Director Kawakami Atiqa, who directed the short film Minatoya Koryu...

  • The Day of the State Funeral

    The Day of the State Funeral (2023)

    Director
    OSHIMA Arata
    Cast

    A documentary that records the views of people in ten cities across Japan on the day of former Prime Minister Abe Shinzo's state funeral. Directed by Oshima Arata of Why You Can't Be Prime Minister and Kagawa District 1 fame. On 27 September 2022, f...

  • Raising Voices

    Raising Voices (2023)

    Director
    YAMAZAKI Yuji
    Cast

    Documentary feature film about the 2019 "heckler removal" issue that expands on four years of investigative reporting by Hokkaido Broadcasting. On July 15, 2019, a man criticizing Abe's administration during a campaign rally was swarmed by police o...

  • SHUNGA: THE LOST JAPANESE EROTICA

    SHUNGA: THE LOST JAPANESE EROTICA (2023)

    Director
    HIRATA Junko
    Cast
    YOKOO Tadanori, AIDA Makoto, KIMURA Ryoko

    Documentary that explores all aspects of the culture of Shunga, which flourished during the Edo period. The famous ukiyo-e artists of the Edo period, including Katsushika Hokusai and Kitagawa Utamaro, poured their extraordinary passion into shunga. ...

  • Kadono Eiko's Colorful Life: Finding the Magic Within

    Kadono Eiko's Colorful Life: Finding the Magic Within (2024)

    Director
    MIYAGAWA Marina
    Cast
    KADONO Eiko

    A documentary that closely follows the daily life of Kadono Eiko, best known as the author of "Kiki's Delivery Service". Based on the NHK program of the same name that was broadcast from 2020 to 2022, directed by Miyagawa Marina, who also worked on t...

  • Manzai Association THE MOVIE

    Manzai Association THE MOVIE (2024)

    Director
    HANAWA Nobuyuki (a member of comedy duo "Knights")
    Cast

    A documentary film about comedians in Tokyo who put their hearts on the stage. Why do Manzai performers continue to stand on the "stage"? Since June 2023, as a new and youngest ever chairman of Manzai association, Hanawa has been working to reform th...

  • THE CHOCOLATE MAN

    THE CHOCOLATE MAN (2022)

    Director
    SUZUKI Yuji
    Cast

    Tokai TV's 14th documentary for theatrical release. Feature film version of the TV program that won the TV Category Grand Prize from the Japan Commercial Broadcasters Association in 2021. The Quon Chocolate brand is located in Toyohashi City, Aichi ...

  • hadaka no mura

    hadaka no mura (2022)

    Director
    IOKIBE Yukio
    Cast

    Haribote director Iokibe Yukio helms this documentary based on the Ishikawa TV programs "Hadaka no mura" and "Nihonkoku otokomura" that examine politics and society in staunchly conservative Ishikawa Prefecture. Governor Tanimoto Masanori held powe...

  • Nihonbara Diary

    Nihonbara Diary (2022)

    Director
    KUROBE Shunsuke
    Cast

    Documentary about the Naito family, who live their dream of herding cattle in a mountain town that has a Self Defense Force training facility. The Japan Ground Self Defense Force Camp Nihonbara is located in Nagi, Okayama Prefecture, a town with 6,0...

  • My Story,The Buraku Story

    My Story,The Buraku Story (2022)

    Director
    MITSUWAKA Yusaku
    Cast

    Mitsuwaka Yusaku's heartfelt documentary grabbed the top spot in Kinema Jumpo's Best Ten list for documentaries in 2022. Produced by Oshima Arata, who directed Why You Can't Be Prime Minister. The "burakumin" cast was legally abolished in 1871, but ...

  • The Emperor's Naked Army Marches On

    The Emperor's Naked Army Marches On (1987)

    Director
    HARA Kazuo
    Cast
    OKUZAKI Kenzo

    Electrifying documentary from world-renowned director Hara Kazuo about Okuzaki Kenzo, an anarchist who used radical means to doggedly confront the Emperor's wartime responsibility. Okuzaki Kenzo runs a battery and used car repair shop with his wife ...

  • TOKYO POLTERGEIST

    TOKYO POLTERGEIST (2023)

    Director
    GOTO Tsuyoshi
    Cast
    GOTO Tsuyoshi, SUMI Yukiko, TERADA Kokoro

    Tsuyoshi, who produced the "Tales of Terror from Tokyo and All Over Japan" series. A team of reporters goes undercover in a building in Sangenjaya, Tokyo, where psychic phenomena occur frequently. The film shows inexplicable psychic phenomena such a...

  • Grandson of Yôkai

    Grandson of Yôkai (2023)

    Director
    UCHIYAMA Yuto
    Cast

    Political documentary helmed by Uchiyama Yuto, who made his directorial debut with Tasting the Pancake for Poison, in collaboration with Star Sands, the production company behind biting social commentaries including The Journalist. The late Abe Shin...

  • Alone Together

    Alone Together (2023)

    Director
    MISHIMA Yukiko
    Cast

    The first documentary film by Mishima Yukiko, known for her films Dear Etranger and Red. A "state of emergency" was declared on April 7, 2020 as a countermeasure against the new coronavirus, and life changed completely. At dawn on 22 April, Mishima'...

  • THE FOOLS prison and babylon

    THE FOOLS prison and babylon (2022)

    Director
    TAKAHASHI Shinichi
    Cast
    ITO Ko, KAWADA Ryo, FUKUSHIMA Seiji

    A spectacular documentary that closely examines "ten years" of the solitary rock band THE FOOLS. Directed by Takahashi Shinichi of Cu-Bop fame. Since its formation in 1980, THE FOOLS, led by vocalist Ito Ko and guitarist Kawada Ryo, has undergone se...

  • Official Film of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 Side B

    Official Film of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 Side B (2022)

    Director
    KAWASE Naomi
    Cast

    Official documentary film for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. This two-part project weaves together the "truth" of the Games that were delayed a year and faced numerous COVID-19 related issues, including the unprecedented step of holding competitions withou...

  • Official Film of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 Side A

    Official Film of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 Side A (2022)

    Director
    KAWASE Naomi
    Cast

    Documentary produced as the official film for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, which were held a year later due to COVID-19. This two-part project uses a massive 5,000 hours of footage shot over 750 days to weave together the "truth" of the Olympics from two...

  • Only I Can Hear

    Only I Can Hear (2022)

    Director
    MATSUI Itaru
    Cast
    Nyla, Jessica, MJ

    The first feature-length documentary about CODA, or Children of Deaf Adults. Director Matsui Itaru earned acclaim for "Tokyo Little Nero", which was aired on NHK, and spent three years documenting Children of Deaf Adults at the sensitive age of 15. ...

  • Arthouse vs.COVID-19

    Arthouse vs.COVID-19 (2022)

    Director
    SUGAWARA Ryuta
    Cast
    KIMATA Junji, TSUBOI Atsushi

    A documentary following Kimata Junji, the manager of the arthouse Cinema Skhole in Nagoya. Re-edited into movie from the Nagoya TV program "Me-Tele Documentary Theater reborn: Cinema and Covid-19", which was broadcast in March 2021. Founded in 1983 ...

  • Chronicle in the Ruins  - Our Own Ethnographic Film

    Chronicle in the Ruins - Our Own Ethnographic Film (2022)

    Director
    HARA Maori
    Cast
    HARA Masato, HARA Kobo, HARA Mamiya

    A documentary that shows the love and bond within a family as they face the consequences of a fire that destroyed their home by making a film. Hara Masato made his debut as a high school student in the 1960s and was praised as a genius film director...