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  • Eiga Senko issenri

    Eiga Senko issenri (2017)

    Director
    MUKOYAMA Masahiro
    Cast
    Subenja PONGKORN, TOMITA Katsuya, AIZAWA Toranosuke

    A making-of documentary about BANGKOK NITES, the film written and directed by Tomita Katsuya of the production team Kuzoku, put together from over 100 hours of behind-the-scenes footage of the filming. Mukoyama Masahiro, a member of the cinematograph...

  • LOVE AND WOLBACHIA

    LOVE AND WOLBACHIA (2017)

    Director
    ONO Sayaka
    Cast
    Ouji, Ayu, Jurian

    Having made her debut with the autobiographical documentary The Duckling, Ono Sayaka directs, shoots, and edits this documentary focusing on Japan's sexual minorities. After a man starts to wear women's clothing simply hoping to be stylish, he finds...

  • Home, Sweet Home

    Home, Sweet Home (2017)

    Director
    ISE Shinichi
    Cast
    NISHIMURA Nao, NISHIMURA Norikazu, NISHIMURA Nobuko

    Documentary film covering 35 years in the life of filmmaker Ise Shinichi's family. Like his previous films Nao-chan, Piglet, and Arigato, this film documents his disabled niece Nao and her family Eldest daughter Nao is disabled but has a naturally s...

  • ONNANINARU

    ONNANINARU (2017)

    Director
    TANAKA Yukio
    Cast

    Documentary that captures the genuine emotional state of a college student with Gender Identity Disorder who undergoes sex reassignment surgery. Directed by Tanaka Yukio of ITECHO and On the road. Miyu has dreamed of becoming a female since early ch...

  • Tales of CHIGASAKI

    Tales of CHIGASAKI (2017)

    Director
    KUMASAKA Izuru
    Cast
    MIYAJI Junichi, NAKAZAWA Shinichi, KAYAMA Yuzo

    Miyaji Junichi, Kuwata Keisuke's classmate who christened his band "Southern All Stars" and anthropologist Nakazawa Shinichi who uses a technique known as "Earth Dive" to trace the past of an area of land, unravel the appeal and mystery of Chigasaki ...

  • Living in Deafblindness

    Living in Deafblindness (2017)

    Director
    NISHIHARA Takashi
    Cast

    Director Nishihara Takashi gained attention for About My Liberty -SEALDs 2015- which followed the activities of student group SEALDs. In this documentary, he travels across the country to interview people who are both blind and deaf. Living in a wor...

  • A LIFE LINE

    A LIFE LINE (2017)

    Director
    IMAZU Hidekuni
    Cast

    Directorial debut from Hokkaido-based photographer Imazu Hidekuni, the long-time photographer for the posters at Asahiyama Zoo. This documentary offers an intimate look at animals in Hokkaido, including a flock of 80,000 white-fronted geese, ezonaki ...

  • Fuzjko: A Pianist of Silence & Solitude

    Fuzjko: A Pianist of Silence & Solitude (2018)

    Director
    KOMATSU Soichiro
    Cast
    Fuzjko HEMMING

    In-depth documentary about pianist Fuzjko Hemming, who achieved worldwide acclaim while in her 60s. Elucidates the present-day and future of a woman who pursues her dreams irrespective of age. The emotional dynamism of Fuzjko's performances capture...

  • SUKITA / The Shoot Must Go On

    SUKITA / The Shoot Must Go On (2018)

    Director
    AIHARA Hiromi
    Cast
    SUKITA Masayoshi

    Documentary about veteran photographer Sukita Masayoshi, whose photos of musicians like David Bowie and Iggy Pop have been seen around the world. Follows the trajectory of his work including behind-the-scenes anecdotes about the album cover photo sho...

  • Vibration

    Vibration (2017)

    Director
    MATSUNAGA Daishi
    Cast
    YOSHII Kazuya, KIKUCHI Hideaki, HIROSE Yoichi

    After a 15-year hiatus, THE YELLOW MONKEY, one of Japan's greatest rock bands, reunites in 2016 and goes on tour. They vow never to break up again. Director Daishi Matsunaga of Pieta in the Toilet and Pyuupiru captures them on and off stage examinin...

  • Kamejiro: The U.S. Military's Most Feared Man

    Kamejiro: The U.S. Military's Most Feared Man (2017)

    Director
    SAKO Tadahiko
    Cast
    SENAGA Kamejiro

    Documentary about Senaga Kamejiro, the man who stood up to the US Army in Okinawa under US occupation. The feature film is reedited with footage added to the highly acclaimed TV documentary that aired in 2016. Sakamoto Ryuichi created the theme song....

  • Of Love & Law

    Of Love & Law (2017)

    Director
    TODA Hikaru
    Cast
    MINAMI Kazuyuki, YOSHIDA Masafumi

    Documentary about contemporary Japanese society through the lives of people in challenging circumstances including LGBT individuals and those left out of Japan's family registry system. Director Toda Hikaru, who has worked for many years in the US an...

  • The Fall of Icarus:Narita Stories

    The Fall of Icarus:Narita Stories (2017)

    Director
    DAISHIMA Haruhiko
    Cast
    KASE Tsutomu, AKIBA Emiko, HIRATA Seigo

    Documentary that serves as a companion to The Wages of Resistance: Narita Stories, which dealt with the protests against the construction of Narita Airport. Depicts the lives of youth who fought alongside farmers against the nation state. Farmers la...

  • Ryuichi Sakamoto: CODA

    Ryuichi Sakamoto: CODA (2017)

    Director
    Stephen Nomura Schible
    Cast
    SAKAMOTO Ryuichi

    A documentary which captures the music of world-renown composer Sakamoto Ryuichi as he goes on a meditative journey. Making his theatrical film directing debut, Stephen Nomura Schible fulfills a five year long thorough coverage of Sakamoto which bega...

  • Gekijoban Iwago Mitsuaki no sekai nekoaruki Kotorakazoku to sekai no iikotachi

    Gekijoban Iwago Mitsuaki no sekai nekoaruki Kotorakazoku to sekai no iikotachi (2017)

    Director
    Cast
    IWAGO Mitsuaki

    A theatrical version of a documentary program which shows scenes of the world's cats shot by animal photographer, Iwago Mitsuaki, who has continued to photograph cats for over 40 years and is known for the books 'Neko' and 'Neko Aruki'. The film is a...

  • Pelican: 74 Years of Japanease Tradition

    Pelican: 74 Years of Japanease Tradition (2017)

    Director
    UCHIDA Shuntaro
    Cast
    WATANABE Kazuo, WATANABE Riku, NAGI HIoriki

    Documentary about the venerable Pelican bakery that was founded 74 years ago. Directed by Uchida Shuntaro of Portrait. Tokyo is crowded with bakeries that sell bread of all varieties imaginable. Located in Tokyo's old-style downtown district of Asa...

  • Yakan mo yatteru hoikuen

    Yakan mo yatteru hoikuen (2017)

    Director
    OMIYA Koichi
    Cast

    Documentary from director Omiya Koichi of TADAIMA I'm home, a place for everyone and The Voyage of Bunyo Ishikawa about the challenges facing childcare workers and parents who are raising kids in a wide range of circumstances, based on the real-life ...

  • A Whale of A Tale

    A Whale of A Tale (2017)

    Director
    SASAKI Megumi
    Cast

    Herb & Dorothy director Sasaki Megumi tackles the whaling industry controversy in this documentary which took six years to make. The tiny fishing village of Taiji in Wakayama Prefecture has become entangled in an international controversy over its h...

  • MOTHER FUCKER

    MOTHER FUCKER (2017)

    Director
    OISHI Noriko
    Cast
    TANIGUCHI Jun, YUKARI, TANIGUCHI Tomonari

    A documentary providing a close-up look at 25-year-old music label Less Than TV which introduced or launched many bands in the 90s such as Guitar Wolf, bloodthirsty butchers, among others. It is directed by Oishi Noriko who has worked on the live DVD...

  • Taiwan Banzai

    Taiwan Banzai (2017)

    Director
    SAKAI Atsuko
    Cast

    The third and final film in a trilogy which includes Taiwanjinesei and Memories of Taiwan. The director is Sakai Atsuko, who has used this series to focus on Taiwan under Japanese rule and the people who have lived there afterward. Taiwan's unspoile...

  • YAMADA TAKAYUKI The movie

    YAMADA TAKAYUKI The movie (2017)

    Director
    MATSUE Tetsuaki, YAMASHITA Nobuhiro
    Cast
    YAMADA Takayuki, ASHIDA Mana

    A film derived from the documentary TV series "Takayuki Yamada's Festival de Cannes" which accompanies The Devil's Path and "Ushijima the Loan Shark" series actor, Yamada Takayuki, as he turns producer and scrambles to make a film that will win the C...

  • Close but Distant

    Close but Distant (2017)

    Director
    OKUBO Yui
    Cast

    Documentary from Okubo Yui, who came out with Tsuchioto in 2011, focusing on his hometown of Otsuchi in Iwate Prefecture, which was devastated by the tsunami in the Great East Japan Earthquake. Screenings include the Cinema With Us program at the Yam...

  • Tasha Tudor A still water story

    Tasha Tudor A still water story (2017)

    Director
    MATSUTANI Mitsue
    Cast
    Tasha Tudor, Seth Tudor, Winslow Tudor

    Documentary exploring the lifestyle of the great American illustrated book author Tasha Tudor, who passed away in 2008 at the age of 92. Directed by Matsutani Mitsue, who documented Tasha's final years. Living in the beautiful garden she created in ...

  • The Most Beautiful Village In The World

    The Most Beautiful Village In The World (2016)

    Director
    ISHIKAWA Bon
    Cast
    Punam GURUNG, Asha Bahadur GURUNG

    Innovative documentary that questions what real happiness looks like for human beings, set against the majestic Himalayas and dealing with family bonds, prayer, and people living with nature. In the 2015 earthquake in Nepal, 9,000 people lost their ...

  • Gekijoban BiS tanjo no uta

    Gekijoban BiS tanjo no uta (2017)

    Director
    Company MATSUO
    Cast
    BiS, WATANABE Junnosuke, SHIMIZU Hiromitsu

    Documentary about auditions to recruit new members for the reboot of idol group BiS, which broke up in July 2014, directed by Company Matsuo of The Sex Cannon Ball Run 2013, The Movie. The final overnight-stay auditions for BiS new members were held...