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  • LE JAPON, L’EMPEREUR ET L’ARMÉE

    LE JAPON, L’EMPEREUR ET L’ARMÉE (2009)

    Director
    WATANABE Kenichi
    Cast
    DEN Hideo, John DOWER, HIGUCHI Yoichi

    A documentary dealing with lingering controversies of Japan's post-war history directed by Watanabe Kenichi who won the 2006 Grenoble International Nature and Environmental Film Festival's Artistic Prize for CHERRY BLOSSOMS. This film competed in the...

  • Come on, Happiness

    Come on, Happiness (2009)

    Director
    NAKAMURA Daisuke
    Cast
    SUZUKI Sawa, ISHIGAKI Yuma, IMAI Masayuki

    Based on a true story about the lives of musician Matsumoto Tetsuya, who comes from Iwate Prefecture, and his mother. Depicts a mother who has a rough life, and her son who grows up in a foster care facility, as they clumsily seek each other out. Pre...

  • Bolero

    Bolero (2009)

    Director
    TAJIMA Motohiro
    Cast
    KOMINE Rena, TSUJIOKA Masato, ODA Asami

    Contemporary romantic drama using the retro techniques of black-and-white and silent cinema. A guy in a band who is in the throes of despair makes a connection with a girl who has a hearing impairment. Directed by Tajima Motohiro, whose debut {Silhou...

  • PURE ASIA

    PURE ASIA (2009)

    Director
    KATASHIMA Ikki
    Cast
    KAN Hanae, KASAI Shige, KURODA Kohei

    A road movie directed by Katashima Ikki, known for his works as a producer including Suzuki Seijun's Pistol Opera. It conveys a powerful message about Japan's colonization of Korea and the cycle of revenge, and was an official selection of the Intern...

  • BMG

    BMG (2009)

    Director
    MATSURA Hironao
    Cast
    ITO Maki, NISHIGUCHI Koichiro

    An entry in Project Dengeki, a screening program introducing short works by up-and-coming directors selected by filmmaker and film school tutor Daikuhara Masaki. This work of fantasy, directed by young filmmaker Matsuura Hironao, is reminiscent of fi...

  • Autumn Adagio

    Autumn Adagio (2009)

    Director
    INOUE Tsuki
    Cast
    SHIBAKUSA Rei, CHIBA Peiton, NISHIJIMA Kazuhiro

    A female-centric drama that delicately depicts the emotional state of a nun in her forties who is struggling with menopause. It is the feature debut of promising new female director Inoue Tsuki, and has gained high praise at film festivals overseas, ...

  • Tokyo-Unko

    Tokyo-Unko (2009)

    Director
    MURAMATSU Eiji
    Cast
    MIYAZAWA Maki, OSAKO Ippei, YOKOYAMA Mayumi

    The feature-length debut of director Muramatsu Eiji, who started out in self-made films. This comedy, based on an original screenplay, depicts a hopeless couple living in a town on the Chuo train line in Tokyo. Shuntaro (Osako Ippei) decides to becom...

  • The Azemichi Road/Azemichi janpin!

    The Azemichi Road/Azemichi janpin! (2009)

    Director
    NISHIKAWA Fumie
    Cast
    OBA Hruka, FUTENMA Misaki, UMEMOTO Sizuka

    Set around a school for hearing-impaired children in Niigata Prefecture that was once visited by Helen Keller, this coming-of-age drama depicts the growth of a girl and her friends who love to dance. It has been screened at many film festivals around...

  • Never Ending Blue

    Never Ending Blue (2009)

    Director
    OGATA Takaomi
    Cast
    MIZUI Maki, ONO Takahiro, MIMURA Junko

    Shocking film that portrays the raw truth of a high school girl whose many troubles include abuse, self-injury, and pregnancy. Mizui Maki, who herself has experienced self-injury, stars in this film that became highly controversial for a scene showin...

  • Woman who sucks up person's good intentions

    Woman who sucks up person's good intentions (2009)

    Director
    KATO Yukihiro
    Cast
    YAMADA Maho, MAKINO Takuya, ISHIKAWA Makoto

    A black comedy in which an unknown actress comes up with a plan to produce an online drama series starring herself as a publicity stunt, and ruthlessly exploits others with her innate self-centeredness. Its director is Kato Yukihiro, who won the Mito...

  • Mr.Bubblegum

    Mr.Bubblegum (2009)

    Director
    KATAOKA Sho
    Cast
    SUZUKI Koji, FUNAKOSHI Mamiko

    A comedy focusing on the interaction between a middle-aged man facing a major life crisis and a high school girl. Director Kataoka Shoh is known as a skilled maker of short films, and this film won the Audience Award in the Japan Competition of Short...

  • The Neighbor

    The Neighbor (2009)

    Director
    KOBAYASHI Katsuto, KOBAYASHI Kenji
    Cast
    OGAKI Tomoya, ABE Yuriko, HIYORI Yuki

    This drama takes a penetrating look at social issues facing contemporary Japan as well as other developed countries. This film is by former TV director Kobayashi Katsuto and Kobayashi Kenji, who hails from the theater group Haiyuza. The two brothers ...

  • HIPIRA

    HIPIRA (2009)

    Director
    KIMURA Shinji
    Cast
    KOBAYASHI Yumiko, OHARA Sayaka, SHIMADA Bin

    A picture book that has been turned into a TV animation series, this fantasy has been much talked about for its magnificent production lineup, from its story writer, Otomo Katsuhiro, renowned for being the visual creator of AKIRA, to its illustrator,...

  • La Faute des Fleurs ̶ a portrait of Kazuki Tomokawa, Musicians of Our Times Episode 2

    La Faute des Fleurs ̶ a portrait of Kazuki Tomokawa, Musicians of Our Times Episode 2 (2009)

    Director
    Vincent MOON
    Cast
    TOMOKAWA Kazuki, NOZOKI Eito, OHZEKI Naoki

    Director Vincent Moon, who has innovated music videos with his new improvisational style, focuses his attention on Tomokawa Kazuki, who expresses himself in multiple art forms. The work won the Sound and Vision Award 2009 at the Copenhagen Internatio...

  • Belgrade 1999

    Belgrade 1999 (2009)

    Director
    KANEKO Yu
    Cast
    KIMURA Mitsuhiro, Vojislav Šešelj, Vojislav Kostunica

    Mishima Yukio and Morita Masakatsu committed suicide through disembowelment in the Ichigaya Camp of the Japanese Self-Defense Forces in 1970. Activists impacted by this incident gathered together to establish Issuikai, a right-wing nationalist group ...

  • DOMAN SEMAN

    DOMAN SEMAN (2009)

    Director
    SHIBATA Go
    Cast
    ISHII Motako, YAMAMOTO Takeshi, NOGUCHI Yuusuke

    A science fiction battle film which was formally entered into the 10th TOKYO FILMeX Competition Section. The director is Shibata Go who became a huge sensation at overseas film festivals for his shocking film Late Bloomer (Osoi Hito) which portrays a...

  • Mole's Festival

    Mole's Festival (2009)

    Director
    IZUCHI Kishu
    Cast
    Hotaru, CHOSOKABE Yoko, AKUZAWA Reika

    By the same director as THE FACELESS DEAD (Koryo Shibonin) and based on an actual disappearance, Izuchi Kishu wrote and produced this ambitious film together with the students of the Film School of Tokyo. One day, home-helpers Asako (Hotaru), Kasumi ...

  • Rhinoceros horn

    Rhinoceros horn (2009)

    Director
    IZUCHI Kishu
    Cast
    SAKURAI Takuya, TOMIOKA Eriko, YOSHIOKA Mutsuo

    Director Izuchi Kishu, who has long been intimately involved in the production and screening of independent films, created this drama of adolescence together with the students of the Acting Department at the Japan Academy of Moving Images. This film ...

  • Under the Wind Little Creatures' Life, Grass'Life, Objects'Life

    Under the Wind Little Creatures' Life, Grass'Life, Objects'Life (2009)

    Director
    TSUTSUI Katsuhiko
    Cast

    Over the course of one month, this documentary closely follows the day-to-day lives of the children who are learning without inhibitions at a kindergarten in Suginami Ward, Tokyo, surrounded by the abundant nature of the area. We watch the children a...

  • Nagayama ryu Suisai gahou -Nagayama yuko kudamono to ajisai wo egaku-

    Nagayama ryu Suisai gahou -Nagayama yuko kudamono to ajisai wo egaku- (2009)

    Director
    KASAI Kazuo
    Cast
    NAGAYAMA Yuko

    The second series of the documentary film about the popular water color artist Nagayama Yuko. The camera sneaks into the atelier of Nagayama and shows the detailed process of painting the popular motifs among water color enthusiasts, like hydrangea, ...

  • Ukurere paititi the movie

    Ukurere paititi the movie (2009)

    Director
    HARAGUCHI Tomoo
    Cast
    DOGUCHI Yoriko, ISHIDA Hidenori, SAKAIDE Masami

    A documentary closely following the Ukulele group "PAITITI" established in 1998 by actress Doguchi Yoriko and filmmaker Ishida Hidenori. The film was directed by Haraguchi Tomoo, who is known as the special effects artist for the "Heisei Gamera" seri...

  • Kowarekake no orugoru

    Kowarekake no orugoru (2009)

    Director
    KAWAGUCHI Keiichiro
    Cast
    ASANO Masumi, KAKIHARA Tetsuya, IGUCHI Yuka

    A Sci-Fi animation that was independently created in 2009 and screened at movie theaters, adding a new episode to the main storyline. The movie is directed by Kawaguchi Keiichiro, who is known for his comic touch, with the original character design d...

  • TENBATSU

    TENBATSU (2009)

    Director
    TANAKA Yoshiyuki
    Cast
    YOSHITANI Ayako, UMEZAWA You, YOSHIKAWA Maria

    Up-and-coming director Tanaka Yoshiyuki creates this horror movie, set in a school with bright young cast members such as Yoshitani Ayako, a former child actress, and Koizumi Maya, a member of the Nippon Television-Genic 2009. Koda Yuki (Yoshitani Ay...

  • KING GAME

    KING GAME (2009)

    Director
    EGAWA Tatsuya
    Cast
    ISHIDA Takuya, ASHINA Sei, KUBOZUKA Shunsuke

    This is the second live-action film directed by the charismatic manga artist, Egawa Tatsuya, of the film University of Tokyo Story (Tokyo Daigaku Monogatari). The film takes as its motif a locked room mystery and a game in which a "king" is chosen b...

  • THE FOOLISH MAN

    THE FOOLISH MAN (2009)

    Director
    MATSUDA Kentaro
    Cast
    ASAMI Koshiro, OTSUKA Yoshie, Nahana

    A unique family drama with an offbeat sense of humor that evokes pathos for a middle-aged man. Matsuda Kentaro, who has worked on many independent films since he was a university student, works on his first theatrical piece, skillfully drawing out th...