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  • PEACE NIPPON

    PEACE NIPPON (2018)

    Director
    NAKANO Hiroyuki
    Cast
    WATANABE Dai, OIKAWA Sakino, KOIZUMI Kyoko

    Japan's picturesque scenery season after season is turned into a film with overwhelming impact. Filmmakers who adore Japan pursue a once-in-a-lifetime beauty, photographing more than 200 locations over the course of the eight year production. The fil...

  • PROTECTORS OF FIREFLY RIVER 

    PROTECTORS OF FIREFLY RIVER  (2017)

    Director
    YAMADA Eiji
    Cast

    In-depth documentary about thirteen households in a small mountainside hamlet that has been designated for dam construction. TV commercial director Yamada Eiji makes his documentary film debut. In 1962, the Ishiki Dam Project was launched in Kawatan...

  • Hooked on the Jomon

    Hooked on the Jomon (2018)

    Director
    YAMAOKA Nobutaka
    Cast
    ITO Seiko, KOBAYASHI Tatsuo, SATO Taku

    Documentary on the Jomon period that flourished on the Japanese archipelago after the Paleolithic era, about 15,000 years ago to 2,300 years ago. During this era people started making earthenware, and mysterious alien-like clay figurines have been un...

  • Kumanokara into the Shingu

    Kumanokara into the Shingu (2017)

    Director
    TANAKA Chiseko
    Cast
    KAIBE Tsuyoshi, URAN Sakiko, SUZUKI Yayoi

    Final film in the trilogy set in the Kumano region of Wakayama Prefecture from critic and documentary filmmaker Tanaka Chiseko. Uses a semi-documentary approach to depict the culture and climate born from the history of the land, set in Shingu City, ...

  • Kokoro no kokyo Aru wansho no ayundekita michi

    Kokoro no kokyo Aru wansho no ayundekita michi (2018)

    Director
    HAYASHI Masayuki
    Cast

    Documentary about the lives of 'wansei' Japanese who were born and raised in Taiwan during the Japanese occupation prior to World War Two. Directed by Hayashi Masayuki, whose numerous documentaries about Taiwan include Ryohei banka Ikyo ni ikiru. The...

  • MIFUNE: THE LAST SAMURAI

    MIFUNE: THE LAST SAMURAI (2016)

    Director
    Steven OKAZAKI
    Cast
    KAGAWA Kyoko, TSUKASA Yoko, TSUCHIYA Yoshio

    ocumentary about the life of the legendary actor Mifune Toshiro, who created Japans' Golden Era of cinema. Directed by Steven Okazaki, who won an Academy Award for Best Documentary (short subject) for Days of Waiting. Mifune starred in films includin...

  • Heart to Heart

    Heart to Heart (2018)

    Director
    UI Takashi, MATSUMOTO Koji
    Cast
    KIJIMA Rin, KOBAYASHI Hiromi, FUJIMOTO Akinori

    Kijima, actress, starts to interview NPO activities of Happy Science groups with students studying film production at Happy Science University. Interviewees are: Children and Young Adults with Disabilities Support Group "You Are An Angel" ,School for...

  • Inland Sea

    Inland Sea (2018)

    Director
    SODA Kazuhiro
    Cast

    The everyday lives of people living in a harbor town in Okayama Prefecture is the focus of this intimate documentary. The film was an official selection to the 2018 Berlin International film Festival. Loneliness and kindness hover over a small seasi...

  • father

    father (2018)

    Director
    WATANABE Ko
    Cast
    GOTO Fumio

    Documentary about the travels that mark the crowning achievement for a 86-year-old priest who has devoted his life to supporting refugees and building schools in Cambodia. Goto Fumio, nicknamed Gocchan, was born into a Pureland Buddhist family temp...

  • Magic town

    Magic town (2018)

    Director
    IKEDA Chihiro
    Cast
    IKEDA Chihiro

    Documentary about a director Ikeda Chihiro running a filmmaking workshop for children in her hometown of Fukuroi City in Shizuoka Prefecture. Portrays the brutal purity of the children with a sympathetic gaze. Film director Ikeda Chihiro finds herse...

  • LIVING THE GAME

    LIVING THE GAME (2016)

    Director
    GOTSU Takao
    Cast
    Momochi, UMEHARA Daigo, Chocoblanka

    Documentary that goes behind the scenes to show the high-stakes competition as professional video-gamers go for victory. Intimately portrays the highs and lows for international gamers who are alternately seen as darlings of our era and social outcas...

  • Life Goes On

    Life Goes On (2017)

    Director
    YOON Mia
    Cast

    Documentary shedding light on the aftermath of the Great East Japan Earthquake. The camera focuses on Iwate, Miyagi, and Fukushima Prefectures six years after the 2011 disaster to depict ordinary people who grope their way forward, including a couple...

  • Danchi Woman

    Danchi Woman (2017)

    Director
    SUGIMOTO Akiko
    Cast
    UCHIKOSHI Shizu, HIRAYAMA Reiko, TERADA Keiko

    A documentary by Sugimoto Akiko who shot the independent film Seaside Road Danchi Story about a public housing complex on the verge of demolition. The camera is once again turned on the same public housing apartments as new construction begins and ca...

  • MABUIGUMI

    MABUIGUMI (2017)

    Director
    HONGO Yoshiaki
    Cast
    Jean-Pierre Zengoro, Kana Obry, TAMAKI Katsuo

    Documentary based on journalist and commentator Miki Takeshi's "Kuhaku no iminshi - New Caledonia to Okinawa." Miki serves as the navigator and explores the themes of family, war and ethnic groups from multiple perspectives. On his first visit to Ne...

  • I Want to Run for Office

    I Want to Run for Office (2016)

    Director
    XING Fei
    Cast

    A documentary closely chronicling the process of running for the Shinjuku Ward Legislative Assembly by Lee Komaki, a man who worked over 20 years as a customer solicitor for restaurants and brothels in Shinjuku's red light district of Kabukicho. Lee...

  • ”Children of the Hakkyo School Project”, Work-in-progress 2017

    ”Children of the Hakkyo School Project”, Work-in-progress 2017 (2017)

    Director
    SHIOZAKI Toshiko
    Cast

    Documentary about kids growing up as they attend the Korean school in Edakawa in Tokyo's Koto district. Footage covering first-graders in 2010 through graduation was edited as a work-in-progress and given a special screening at the Yamagata Internati...

  • The Road Home

    The Road Home (2017)

    Director
    OURA Miran
    Cast

    Oura Miran was a university student when she shot this documentary about her family in the aftermath of the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami. The Oura family are forced to leave their hometown of Namie because of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster....

  • Tenryu-ku Okuryoke Osawa: Bessho Tea Factory

    Tenryu-ku Okuryoke Osawa: Bessho Tea Factory (2014)

    Director
    HORI Teiichi
    Cast

    A documentary directed by Hori Teiichi who was a production assistant on the 1994 documentary Otentousama ga Hoshii and has worked in a wide variety of genres from pink films to ordinary theatrical releases. The lifestyle and scenery of Osawa, a vil...

  • Tremorings of Hope

    Tremorings of Hope (2017)

    Director
    AGATSUMA Kazuki
    Cast

    Depicts the aftermath to disaster as a sequel to The People Living in Hadenya, which followed daily life in the Hadenya fishing village in Miyagi Prefecture's Sanriku Town during the three years prior to the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami. Depicts the...

  • The Power of Expression: The Minamata Producer Speaks

    The Power of Expression: The Minamata Producer Speaks (2016)

    Director
    INOUE Minoru, KATAOKA Nozomi
    Cast
    TAKAGI Ryutaro, NISHIGUCHI Seiji, HIGASHI Yoichi

    Feature-length documentary by directors Kataoka Nozomi and Inoue Minoru of Kiraigo - Town Where Ogres and Buddha Live. Interweaves interviews and film excerpts to create a contemporary rendition of the filmmaking methods of Takagi Ryutaro, who produc...

  • Nishijin

    Nishijin (1961)

    Director
    MATSUMOTO Toshio
    Cast

    Short film directed by Matsumoto Toshio, a pioneer of avant-garde documentary films. A documentary film appreciation group in Kyoto self-produced the film as part of their cultural activities. The film is not about Nishijin as the origin of the luxur...

  • Sennan Asbestos Disaster

    Sennan Asbestos Disaster (2017)

    Director
    HARA Kazuo
    Cast

    A documentary in which Hara Kazuo, director of The Emperor's Naked Army Marches On, covers the eight-year-long court proceedings of a lawsuit against the national government demanding restitutions for wrongful injury from asbestos in the Sennen disct...

  • THE IDOL CANNONBALL RUN 2017

    THE IDOL CANNONBALL RUN 2017 (2018)

    Director
    Company MATSUO
    Cast
    BiS, BiSH, GANG PARADE

    The fourth in the "BiS Cannon Ball" documentary series which capitalizes on the setup of The Sex Cannon Ball Run 2013, THE MOVIE that achieved cult popularity. At the end of March in 2017, a 5 night/6 day audition seeking new members for the idol gro...

  • RAMEN HEADS

    RAMEN HEADS (2017)

    Director
    SHIGENO Koki
    Cast
    TOMITA Osamu, IIDA Shota, ONISHI Yuki

    This documentary gives an intimate look at enthusiastic fans of ramen and the chefs who make it. Over a 15 month long shoot, Chukasoba Tomita proprietor Tomita Osamu and his customers are interviewed revealing the history of ramen's evolution while a...

  • KAGURA Troupe on the beat

    KAGURA Troupe on the beat (2017)

    Director
    ENDO Kano, OSAWA Mirai
    Cast
    Kuromori Kagura Hozonkai

    The Kuromori Kagura which has continued to this day on the Sanriku coast of Iwate Prefecture is the focus of this documentary. It captures both the kagura troupe who for over 340 years have continued performing the ritual dance at home after home no ...