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  • SUMODO ~The Successors of Samurai~

    SUMODO ~The Successors of Samurai~ (2020)

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

    Even though sumo wrestling has continued for over 1,500 years, it is not well known in the world how severe a sumo wrestling competition is. The Rikishi wrestlers each weigh more than 150 kg. One wrestler sums up a moment when they clash violently w...

  • A DownTown Doctor

    A DownTown Doctor (2020)

    Director
    MORI Yasunori
    Cast
    NAGAO Kazuhiro

    Houses are the patients' rooms and towns are the wards! This is a documentary film depicting a life of a town doctor in Amagasaki. What kind of impression do you have of the word "town doctor" and "home healthcare"? They wear white coats, have beauti...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • KOSHIEN: JAPAN'S FIELD OF DREAMS

    KOSHIEN: JAPAN'S FIELD OF DREAMS (2020)

    Director
    Ema Ryan YAMAZAKI
    Cast
    MIZUTANI Tetsuya, SASAKI Hiroshi, OHTANI Shohei

    Documentary helmed by New York-based filmmaker Ema Ryan Yamazaki with a crew from the US, which did long-term coverage leading up to the 100th year of the summer Koshien tournament. Broadcast nationwide in the US on the sports network ESPN in June 20...

  • 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
    OGAWA Junya

    Documentary following politician Ogawa Junya over a 17-year period. Director Oshima Arata's Theatrical - Kara Juro to Gekidan Karagumi no Kiroku won the 17th Japan Movie Critics Award for documentary film. Lower house lawmaker Ogawa Junya grabbed th...

  • 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 ...