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  • Foreign Filmmakers’ Guide to Hollywood

    Foreign Filmmakers’ Guide to Hollywood (2008)

    Director
    NAKATA Hideo
    Cast

    Director Nakata Hideo shot The Ring 2 at the invitation of Hollywood as the standard-bearer of Japanese horror films. In this unique documentary, he asks the many questions that emerged as he struggled with a whole new film production system to the H...

  • ARMORED TROOPER VOTOMS Pailsen Files Movie

    ARMORED TROOPER VOTOMS Pailsen Files Movie (2008)

    Director
    TAKAHASHI Ryosuke
    Cast
    GODA Hozumi, Otsuka Chikao, ISHIZUKA Unsho

    Since it was first shown on TV in 1983, the robot anime series, "ARMORED TROOPER VOTOMS," has remained a perennial favorite. "ARMORED TROOPER VOTOMS Pailsen Files" is the prequel version of TV series. The director Takahashi Ryosuke has brought back t...

  • Beauty

    Beauty (2008)

    Director
    GOTO Toshio
    Cast
    KATAOKA Takataro, KATAOKA Ainosuke, ASO Kumiko

    Against the backdrop of the tumultuous Showa era, this film depicts the bonds that joined two actors over the course of 80 years as they devote their lives to the dedicatory "village kabuki" festival in their rural village. This beautifully scenic fi...

  • READY, SET, SUICIDE!

    READY, SET, SUICIDE! (2008)

    Director
    TSUKAMOTO Rempei
    Cast
    NAKA Riisa, SATO Jiro, KOMATSU Kazushige

    One of the comical short films by seven directors all with strong personalities depicting the nature of "hijoshi (women who have given up on their womanhood)." The work comically depicts the silly series of acts by a young office worker who cannot co...

  • HOT SPRING HEAVEN

    HOT SPRING HEAVEN (2008)

    Director
    OOSUMI Yuuka
    Cast
    EGUCHI Noriko, FUKAMI Motoki, AYATA Toshiki

    One of the comical short films by seven directors all with strong personalities depicting the nature of "hijoshi (women who have given up on their womanhood)." Sprinkled with subtle jokes, the film depicts a trip taken by the heroine whose hobby is e...

  • WHO'S THE MAN

    WHO'S THE MAN (2008)

    Director
    KAWANO Koji
    Cast
    KATAGIRI Hairi, SUGAWARA Eiji, KONISHI Ryosei

    One of the comical short films by seven directors all with strong personalities depicting the nature of "hijoshi (women who have given up on their womanhood)." The work depicts with a bizarre touch of comedy the straightforward passion of an actress ...

  • B FOR BRA!

    B FOR BRA! (2008)

    Director
    FUKAGAWA Yoshihiro
    Cast
    TSUKIFUNE Sarara, TANAKA Koutaro, OCHIAI Kyoko

    One of the comical short films by seven directors all with strong personalities depicting the nature of "hijoshi (women who have given up on their womanhood)." A career woman who chooses not to wear a bra is bewildered as she spots a bra hook on the ...

  • FIST FIGHTER MITCHAN!

    FIST FIGHTER MITCHAN! (2008)

    Director
    YAMAGUCHI Yudai
    Cast
    YAMASAKI Mami, SAKAGUCHI Taku, JIJI・BOO

    One of the comical short films by seven directors all with strong personalities depicting the nature of "hijoshi (women who have given up on their womanhood)." This work depicts the heroine who is proud of her muscles going wild at a free food sample...

  • TAMAE, DRAW FORTUNES!

    TAMAE, DRAW FORTUNES! (2008)

    Director
    TOYOSHIMA Keisuke
    Cast
    ADACHI Rika, SUNEOHAIR, Ananda JACOBS

    One of the comical short films by seven directors all with strong personalities depicting the nature of "hijoshi (women who have given up on their womanhood)." An easily-influenced young girl who is addicted to fortune telling causes a great commotio...

  • Opening & Ending

    Opening & Ending (2008)

    Director
    SHIMIZU Takashi
    Cast
    TORII Miyuki, OTOMO Riku

    A comical film from the short film series Hijyoshizukan (*A Guide of womanhood given up women) by seven directors all with strong personalities. This work depicts the beginning of "hijoshi," women who live true to themselves despite being considered ...

  • A lot of curtaincall

    A lot of curtaincall (2008)

    Director
    ARIMA Ken
    Cast
    MIKA, NAKAHARA Shoko, Demo TANAKA

    A short omnibus film depicting the relationship between two heroines; it vividly portrays a confrontation between a woman who lives in ugliness with a woman who wants to die beautifully. The director, Arima Ken whose other works include Nipples and C...

  • lights of little towns

    lights of little towns (2008)

    Director
    SATO Ryosuke
    Cast
    ADACHI Aki, SAKUMA Takako, HAMAGUCHI Kenji

    A short omnibus film that brings together eight individual directors from Tokyo and Nagoya. Sato Ryosuke, one of the producers of this project, takes the director's chair to imaginatively depict the sense of stagnation felt by people living in a mode...

  • TUKIAKARI NO UTA

    TUKIAKARI NO UTA (2008)

    Director
    KAMADA Chikako
    Cast
    Yuchin, SAWAKI Satomi, SUZUKI Tsunekichi

    An omnibus piece by eight directors each with different careers and directions. The director Kamada Chikako is a member of the Shonenoujakan theatrical group performance team based in Nagoya, and this fantasy drama features its leading actress, Yuchi...

  • FIRST LOVE – A MEMORY IN SUMMER

    FIRST LOVE – A MEMORY IN SUMMER (2008)

    Director
    NOBUSHI Sho
    Cast
    TAKIGAWA Hanako, YAMADA Kenta, ISHIGURO Ken

    Turgenev's masterpiece, "First Love," has been made into a film many times in the past and in this version the location for the story has been moved to Japan. Picked out of an audition of more than 1000 people, the lead actress is Takigawa Hanako, da...

  • M no Jyubaku

    M no Jyubaku (2008)

    Director
    NIIZATO Takeshi
    Cast
    NARITA Ai, NAGASAWA Tsugumi, NAGAKURA Daisuke

    This suspense horror is based on a short story by the master of SM literature, Dan Oniroku's "Yojo" (*The Vamp). Making her film debut, former race queen and pin-up model Narita Ai takes on the challenge of nude, bedroom, and bondage scenes. Rumor ha...

  • Livespire "The Place I Can Hear Your Heartbeat"

    Livespire "The Place I Can Hear Your Heartbeat" (2008)

    Director
    NARUI Yutaka, MASHIBA Azuki
    Cast
    KUROKAWA Tomoka, NISHIKAWA Hiroyuki, OMORI Mikiko

    Livespire is a series of digitally recordings of the theatrical arts -such as musicals, plays and music concerts- for release in film theatres and produced and distributed by Sony Corporation. This is a recording of a popular Christmas performance of...

  • Livespire "Wait Until The Storm Comes"

    Livespire "Wait Until The Storm Comes" (2008)

    Director
    NARUI Yutaka
    Cast
    WATANABE Anri, TSUCHIYA Yuichi, HOSOMI Daisuke

    This is the fifth in the Livespire series of digitally recordings of the theatrical arts -such as musicals, plays and music concerts- for film theatre release and produced and distributed by Sony Corporation. This suspense play, featuring popular the...

  • Chikyu Stage

    Chikyu Stage (2008)

    Director
    SATO Iichiro
    Cast
    KUWAYAMA Norihiko

    A documentary film on the journey of Kuwayama Norihiko, a psychiatrist engaging in awareness raising activities through live music, image, and narrative events entitled "Chikyu no Stage" alongside his medical activities providing mental health care t...

  • 2STEPS!

    2STEPS! (2008)

    Director
    UESHIMA Yukio
    Cast
    NAKAGAUCHI Masataka, FURUKAWA Yuta, SHINDO Gaku

    The first film effort of Ueshima Yukio, stage director of the hugely popular "The Prince of Tennis" musical, about two dancing youths. Two young men from different backgrounds, each pursuing his own style, grow up and come of age through dance. Hayat...

  • A creche in a downtown

    A creche in a downtown (2008)

    Director
    JOJO Hideo
    Cast
    KAMAKARI Kenta, KAWAI Ryunosuke, MIYANO Mamoru

    A heartwarming movie about a group of "hosts" (male social escorts) who were just drifting along in life until a strange set of circumstances forces them to take care of a bunch of kids. The anxieties of young people used to doing only what they're t...

  • The two guerrilla gardeners

    The two guerrilla gardeners (2008)

    Director
    KAWANO Koji
    Cast
    KONISHI Ryosei, BAN Anri, NAGAYAMA Takashi

    A human drama that depicts the relationship between a teenage boy who walks around town secretly sowing flower seeds, and Eiko (Ban Anri), a harried female office worker who tires of her mundane, desk-bound life spent shuttling endlessly between home...

  • NIHITI

    NIHITI (2008)

    Director
    TAKAGI Masakatsu
    Cast

    NIHITI is a short artistic film by internationally renowned artist Takagi Masakatsu, created with a theme of "In accordance with the senses of a cell." It was produced in collaboration with the Riken Center For Developmental Biology, and this work of...

  • Homicevalo

    Homicevalo (2008)

    Director
    TAKAGI Masakatsu
    Cast
    BAYARD, OOBUCHI Yasuko

    In Homicevalo, Kyoto-based artist Takagi Masakatsu's goal is to fuse a higher dimension of music and images. On this project, Takagi collaborated with the Tama Art University Institute for Art Anthropology, where Nakazawa Shinichi is the director. Th...

  • HOKKOMAI; TAKAMATSU JUNJO CINEMA (means the pure-hearted and crazy boys who love cinema in TAKAMATSU)

    HOKKOMAI; TAKAMATSU JUNJO CINEMA (means the pure-hearted and crazy boys who love cinema in TAKAMATSU) (2008)

    Director
    TAKASHIMA Hiroshi
    Cast
    YANAGIDA Ryoma, ONISHI Setsuko, SATO Jun

    A film adaptation of an essay written by film critic Kirai Masaki, who is based in Kagawa Prefecture and directed by his high school classmate Takashima Hiroshi. Starring another high school classmate, Takahata Atsuko as the main character's mother, ...

  • pattenrai!! ~Minaminosimanomizumonogatari~

    pattenrai!! ~Minaminosimanomizumonogatari~ (2008)

    Director
    ISHIGURO Noboru
    Cast
    INOUE Kazuhiko, MINAGAWA Junko, TAKIMOTO Fujiko

    A feature animation film depicting the true story of the life of Hatta Yoichi, a Japanese engineer who lived in Taiwan during the Japanese occupation. The theme song is written and sung by Hitoto Yo, a popular singer who is part Taiwanese. "Batian la...