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  • Transform!

    Transform! (2020)

    Director
    ISHIDA Tomoya
    Cast
    ISHIDA Tomoya, JAREO Osamu, SAZAWA (NOZAKI) Shizue

    Ishida Tomoya, who uses an electric wheelchair, helmed this documentary bursting with the joy of artistic expression. Won the Pia Film Festival Award 2020, the grand prize at the 42nd Pia Film Festival. Ishida visits people with a wide array of "dif...

  • Kagawa District 1

    Kagawa District 1 (2022)

    Director
    OSHIMA Arata
    Cast
    OGAWA Junya, HIRAI Takuya

    Sequel arriving a year and a half after the release of Why You Can't Be Prime Minister, which boasted remarkable attendance figures. Director Oshima Arata focused on Lower House lawmaker Ogawa Junya in the previous film and turns his attention to the...

  • Rhapsody Of Colors

    Rhapsody Of Colors (2020)

    Director
    SATO Takayuki
    Cast
    ISHIKAWA Riri, NAKAMURA Kazutoshi, Joplin

    Documentary about the activities of Colors, a barrier-free social club. Directed by Sato Takayuki, who brought a fresh perspective to individuals within their tribe in Kaput and Apappo: A Tale of Ainu Sisters. Located in Nishikamata, Tokyo, Colors i...

  • Maigo ni natta kobushi

    Maigo ni natta kobushi (2020)

    Director
    IMADA Satoshi
    Cast
    KANEKO Daiki, TOKESHI Kohei

    Documentary exploring the reasons why people fight through the stories of Japanese people trying their hand at lethwei, the Myanmar traditional martial art. Imada Tetsushi last directed a documentary 16 years ago with Kumazasa no igon. Lethwei is sa...

  • Fishmans

    Fishmans (2021)

    Director
    TESHIMA Yuki
    Cast

    Teshima Yuki makes his feature film directorial debut with this documentary about the history of the internationally acclaimed band Fishmans. Slumping record sales, label hopping, rotating cast of band members, and vocalist Sato Shinji's sudden deat...

  • HONOKA

    HONOKA (2021)

    Director
    KUNITOMO Yugo
    Cast

    Documentary that touches on life itself through looking at the activities surrounding a girl who was pronounced nearly brain dead upon birth. Haru wo tsugeru machi director Shimada Ryuichi serves as producer, and the same film's assistant director Ku...

  • TOKYO KURDS

    TOKYO KURDS (2021)

    Director
    HYUGA Fumiari
    Cast

    This documentary covers five-plus years in the lives of two young Turkish Kurds who are trying to get refugee status and exposes the plight of Kurdish refugees in Japan. 18-year-old Ozan and 19-year-old Ramazan arrived in Japan while still in elemen...

  • 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...

  • Tokyo Bicycle Blues

    Tokyo Bicycle Blues (2021)

    Director
    AOYAGI Taku
    Cast
    AOYAGI Taku

    Documentary capturing vignettes of Tokyo's "new normal" under COVID-19 from Aoyagi Taku, who made his directorial debut with Hiikun no aruku machi. March 2020. When COVID-19 wipes out work as a designated driver in Yamanashi, director Aoyagi ignores...

  • 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

    The subject of this documentary is the Japanese hardcore punk band fOUL which formed in 1994, announced they were taking a "break" in 2005, but have been on hiatus ever since. It is directed by Oishi Noriko, who has worked on numerous television musi...

  • HOSONO HARUOMI SAYONARA AMERICA

    HOSONO HARUOMI SAYONARA AMERICA (2021)

    Director
    SADO Taketoshi
    Cast
    HOSONO Haruomi

    Documentary film about the 2019 concerts held in the US celebrating the life's work of musician Hosono Haruomi. Director Sado Taketoshi also helmed the Hosono documentary NO SMOKING. Hosono has continually created fresh yet universal music in his ge...

  • RAMEN FEVER

    RAMEN FEVER (2021)

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

    Documentary delving into the essence of ramen, the fascinating Japanese comfort food that elicits worldwide enthusiasm. Focuses on the passion and intense lifestyles of Nakamura Hiroto, CEO of the hugely popular AFURI chain, and his brother Nakamura ...

  • 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

    Documentary about world-class dancer Tanaka Min. Director Inudo Isshin got to know Tanaka after inviting him to appear in La Maison de Himiko, and he interweaves animation by {Mt. Head} director Yamamura Koji for this exploration of Tanaka's approach...

  • 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...