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  • A Lying Woman's Daybreak

    A Lying Woman's Daybreak (2009)

    Director
    KUMAGAI Madoka
    Cast
    MIYAMOTO Yuko, SATO Reiko, WATABE Ryosuke

    A film completed by a young and promising director during a hands-on training of film making in "ndjc: Young Film Creators Development Project." Directed by Kumagai Madoka whose Fermentation (Hakko) (2006) won the Special Jury Prize at the Yubari Int...

  • Beautiful Islands~Memoirs of Sinking Islands~

    Beautiful Islands~Memoirs of Sinking Islands~ (2009)

    Director
    KANA Tomoko
    Cast

    A feature length documentary with captivating imagery of three islands at the mercy of global warming. Nobody Knows (Daremo Shiranai) director Kore-eda Hirokazu serves as executive producer. The film documents the endangered culture and livelihoods i...

  • TBA

    TBA (2009)

    Director
    TAKAHASHI Hiroshi
    Cast
    FUJII Mina, NAKAMURA Yuri, KATAHIRA Nagisa

    This film is produced by Ichise Takashige, who also helped create the internationally acclaimed Japanese horror films Ring and Dark Water (Honogurai Mizu no Soko kara). The director is Takahashi Hiroshi, who worked on the screenplay for Ring. Kaori (...

  • TORSO

    TORSO (2009)

    Director
    YAMAZAKI Yutaka
    Cast
    WATANABE Makiko, ANDO Sakura, ARATA

    Acclaimed cinematographer such as for Kore-eda Hirokazu's Nobody Knows (Daremo Shiranai) Yamazaki Yutaka makes his directorial debut. Selected for official competition at the 27th Torino Film Festival. Hiroko (Watanabe Makiko) is an "office lady" qui...

  • Hiroshima Pyongyang

    Hiroshima Pyongyang (2009)

    Director
    ITOH Takashi
    Cast
    LEE Kye-son, SHINYA Eiko

    A documentary tracing the lives of atomic bomb survivors living in North Korea, with a focus on women who were exposed to radiation through the bombing in Hiroshima and currently live in North Korea. Director Itoh Takashi, a veteran photo journalist,...

  • Shutters 4

    Shutters 4 (2009)

    Director
    HATANAKA Daisuke
    Cast
    IKEUCHI Mansaku, YUI Masayuki, YANA Nobuo

    This is an amusingly portrayed human drama, shot in a declining shopping street in an outlying area, where the shop owners struggle to revive their street. It was subject of much talk when it was shown at the Echigo-Tsumari Art Field in 2009, and the...

  • Chandmani

    Chandmani (2009)

    Director
    KAMEI Takeshi
    Cast
    Davaasuren, Davaajav, Zaya

    A road movie about two young men on their way to the village of Chandmani, birthplace of "Khoomii," a traditonal Mongolian singing technique. Enthralled by traditional Mongolian music and Khoomii, director Kamei Takeshi ventures into Mongolia to crea...

  • TO WALK BESIDE YOU

    TO WALK BESIDE YOU (2009)

    Director
    ISHII Yuya
    Cast
    MEGURO Maki, MORIOKA Ryu, YOSHITANI Ayako

    This ensemble comedy depicts the odd elopement of a 34-year-old teacher and her student. With his films being screened as part of the special programs at the International Film Festival Rotterdam and the Hong Kong International Film Festival, up-and-...

  • Hitoya ni saku hana

    Hitoya ni saku hana (2009)

    Director
    ISHIHARA Shigeru
    Cast
    KONOE Hana, MAEDA Michiyoshi, MEGURO Yuuki

    Director Ishihara Shigeru, known for the many television historical dramas he has worked on, including the Onihei Hankacho (Onihei Judgment Report) and Kenkaku Shobai (Sword for Hire) series, has brought Naoki Award-winning author Furukawa Kaoru's no...

  • Pink Jeanne d'Arc

    Pink Jeanne d'Arc (2009)

    Director
    UKAI Kunihiko
    Cast
    MASUYAMA Rena, SAKAGUCHI Hirotoshi, KATO Yoshihiro

    The artist Masuyama Rena is a representative of the anti-war art group "Pink Guerrilla" and this is a social awareness documentary that introduces her activities as well as recreates her dramas in her childhood and school years. The Pink Guerrillas o...

  • The body guard

    The body guard (2009)

    Director
    KANAZAWA Katsuji
    Cast
    MATSUKATA Hiroki, SHIMATANI Hitomi, NAGAKURA Daisuke

    An entertainment action piece by V-Cinema gang film director Kanazawa Katsuji. Starring veteran actor Matsukata Hiroki who boasts a 50-year acting career. Pop singer Shimatani Hitomi plays the heroine. Matsukata plays Kurosawa, a bodyguard who is tra...

  • Hana no Ato

    Hana no Ato (2009)

    Director
    NAKANISHI Kenji
    Cast
    KITAGAWA Keiko, KOMOTO Masahiro, MIYAO Shuntaro

    Based on a short story by noted historical novelist Fujisawa Shuhei, many of whose works have been made into films, including Twilight Samurai (Tasogare Seibei), which was nominated for an Academy Award. Unasaka domain, northeastern Japan -- the Edo ...

  • Gifted Child

    Gifted Child (2009)

    Director
    MAKITSUBO Tazuko
    Cast
    MABUCHI Haruko, KATO Shinobu, HIRUMA Yoshinori

    A drama based on a non-fiction novel by California-based writer Kadono Haruko, which tells the stories of her two autistic grandchildren as they grow up. The film is set in Japan and was presented at the Aichi International Women's Film Festival 2009...

  • Perfect Education: A Maid for you

    Perfect Education: A Maid for you (2009)

    Director
    FUKASAKU Kenta
    Cast
    YANAGI Kotaro, AYANO, MAEDA Ken

    Following on from Wada Ben, Shindo Kaneto (screenwriter), and Wakamatsu Koji, three masters of their craft, the uncanny director Fukasaku Kenta makes this addition to the Education series, taking up the challenge of using new 3D techniques to create ...

  • "Yu-Gi-Oh! 3D" Bonds Bryond Time

    "Yu-Gi-Oh! 3D" Bonds Bryond Time (2009)

    Director
    TAKESHTA Kenichi
    Cast
    KAZAMA Shunsuke, KENN, MIYASHITA Yuya

    A 3D animation film created to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the TV broadcast of the series. The main characters from the three "Yu-Gi-Oh! (King of Games)" series take on their enemies. Directed by Takeshita Kenichi, the director of "Ghost in the...

  • A Small Handful of Happiness

    A Small Handful of Happiness (2009)

    Director
    KATO Yudai
    Cast
    ASARI Yosuke, KAWAI Ryunosuke, NAKAMA Yukie

    An emotional drama depicting the bond between orphan siblings, based on a children's story written and recited by the singer Fuse Akira at a concert, which brought tears to the audience. This is the first work to be directed by the veteran cinematogr...

  • Living with Mother Teresa

    Living with Mother Teresa (2009)

    Director
    CHIBA Shigeki
    Cast

    Chiba Shigeki was the first Japanese director permitted to document Mother Teresa. He made the documentary Mother Teresa and Her World (Mother Teresa to Sono Sekai), which earned eight domestic and international awards. This time, he documents those ...

  • Himitsukessha taka no tsume the movie three eichi tei tei p taka no tsume wa eien ni

    Himitsukessha taka no tsume the movie three eichi tei tei p taka no tsume wa eien ni (2009)

    Director
    FROGMAN
    Cast
    FROGMAN, KAWAMURA Yukie,

    The third theatrical release of the off-beat flash animation directed, drawn, and dubbed by CG creator FROGMAN, which features all kinds of quirky gags as we see the utterly clueless secret society "Takanotsumedan" conniving to take over the world. T...

  • The Knot

    The Knot (2009)

    Director
    ONUMA Yuichi
    Cast
    AKAZAWA Muck, KAWAMOTO Junichi, HIROSAWA So

    All the main members of the cast are stage actors, including the star of the charismatic theatrical company "Kokushoku Kitan Kanaria Ha (Black Tale Canary Group)," Akazawa Mukku. This is a sensual suspense film that has been filmed using the film fun...

  • OUR BRIEF ETERNITY

    OUR BRIEF ETERNITY (2009)

    Director
    FUKUSHIMA Takuya
    Cast
    KUSANO Kota, Romi, IWASAKI Takahiro

    This is the first love drama announced in eight years by director Fukushima Takuya, who's theatrical debut work was the unusually long running hit PRISM. This film opened the Japanese Eyes section of the 22nd Tokyo International Film Festival, was fo...

  • Running on Empty

    Running on Empty (2009)

    Director
    SAKO Dai
    Cast
    KOBAYASHI Katsuya, Mihiro, ONISHI Shima

    A coming-of-age film that was submitted to the Dubai International Film Festival, this is the debut commercial film for new director Sako Dai, highly esteemed for his screenwriting for such films as Vacation (Kyuka), winner of the special judge's pri...

  • ALL TO THE SEA

    ALL TO THE SEA (2009)

    Director
    YAMADA Akane
    Cast
    SATO Eriko, YAGIRA Yuya, KANAME Jun

    Yamada Akane, also known as the screenwriter for the TV drama "Jiko Keisatsu (Time Limit Investigator)," makes her directorial debut with this human drama, a film adaptation of her own novel of the same name. A 27-year old woman and a 17-year old boy...

  • Magical Girl Lyrical NANOHA The MOVIE 1st

    Magical Girl Lyrical NANOHA The MOVIE 1st (2009)

    Director
    KUSAKAWA Keizo
    Cast
    TAMURA Yukari, MIZUKI Nana, MIZUHASHI Kaori

    A magic battle action film based on the first season (13 episodes) of the TV animation series of the same title. The two heroines are adversaries at first, but a strong bond soon develops. The story is recreated for the big screen, and a magical worl...

  • The King of Jail Breakers

    The King of Jail Breakers (2009)

    Director
    ITAO Itsuji
    Cast
    ITAO Itsuji, KUNIMURA Jun, Bonchi Osamu

    Popular comedian, actor and writer Itao Itsuji directs his debut work. Taking on the lead role himself, he makes full use of his own unique, light-hearted and quirky personality. This film was also screened at the 2009 Busan International Film Festiv...

  • A GOOD HUSBAND

    A GOOD HUSBAND (2009)

    Director
    YUKISADA Isao
    Cast
    TOYOKAWA Etsushi, YAKUSHIMARU Hiroko, MIZUKAWA Asami

    Yukisada Isao, director of the mega-hit pure love film, CRYING OUT LOVE, IN THE CENTER OF THE WORLD (Sekai no Chushin de, Ai wo Sakebu), has turned Nakatani Mayumi's play of the same name into a film. Solid actors have been chosen to play a couple wh...