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  • Anthology with Cranes

    Anthology with Cranes (2011)

    Director
    YAMAMURA Koji
    Cast

    Short animation by animation artist Yamamura Koji, whose film Mt. Head was nominated for Best Animated Short Film at the 75th Academy Awards. Inspired by Edo period artist Tawaraya Sotatsu's unique 17th century "Anthology with Cranes" scroll that e...

  • Rohei banka Ikyo ni ikiru

    Rohei banka Ikyo ni ikiru (2011)

    Director
    HAYASHI Masayuki
    Cast

    Soldiers of the Chinese Nationalist Party, who fled to Taiwan after being defeated in the Chinese civil war in 1949, are the focus of this documentary which carefully captures the thoughts of the aging soldiers living out their remaining years on for...

  • ROBO & MIRI PERSONNEL

    ROBO & MIRI PERSONNEL (2011)

    Director
    muttnik
    Cast
    EMOTO Tasuku, TAMURA Ai, YOSHIOKA Mutsuo

    Koshikawa Michio, whose film Areno was featured in the Japanese Cinema Splash program at the 28th Tokyo International Film Festival, delivers a love story set immediately after the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami. The film was shot entirely through ses...

  • Typhoon Family

    Typhoon Family (2011)

    Director
    OKU Shutaro
    Cast
    FURUTA Arata, NOZOE Seiji, MIYAMOTO Yuko

    A socially-conscious film that presents a comical depiction of a family facing problems including drug and sexual abuse. Its writer and director is Oku Shutaro, who is known for his films such as Cain's Descendant, and is also active as a theatrical ...

  • Blue Ray

    Blue Ray (2011)

    Director
    NISHIHARA Takashi
    Cast
    MORIOKA Ryu, KUROKAWA Mei, MORINO Asuka

    A bittersweet drama that shines light on the darkness in Japanese society. It depicts a romance between a man and woman who are bound by family ties and struggle on the outskirts of a major city. Its director is Nishihara Takashi, for whom this repre...

  • Carrotman

    Carrotman (2011)

    Director
    YOSHIHARA Masayuki
    Cast
    HAYAMI Saori, MORIKAWA Tomoyuki, KUGIMIYA Rie

    Children's animation produced as part of PROJECT A, a program that aims to cultivate young animators. Adorable food "creatures" become friends with a girl in the second grade. Directed by The Eccentric Family's Yoshihara Masayuki. Mari (voice: Hayam...

  • Ojisan no Lamp

    Ojisan no Lamp (2011)

    Director
    TAKIGUCHI Teiichi
    Cast
    KAMIYA Hiroshi, SHIMIZU Risa, ITO Kazuaki

    An animated adaptation of a book by children's author Niimi Nankichi. Its attention to detail stretches from authentic recreations of Meiji period scenery and everyday items to even the body weights of its characters, and gives them believably human ...

  • The Sound of Waves

    The Sound of Waves (2011)

    Director
    HAMAGUCHI Ryusuke, SAKAI Ko
    Cast

    The first part of a trilogy focusing on the northeast Tohoku region, co-directed by Sakai Ko and Hamaguchi Ryusuke. Impromptu interviews were carried out with disaster victims mainly along the Sanriku Coast, which had been ravaged by tsunamis several...

  • SPINNING KITE

    SPINNING KITE (2011)

    Director
    KASE Satoshi
    Cast
    NAKAMURA Tomoya, UCHINO Kenta, ITO Yuki

    Coming-of-age film depicting the struggles of youth captivated by Tokyo, set in 1996 in Kisarazu, Chiba Prefecture. Director Kase Satoshi's feature film debut. Garnered over 13 nominations and awards at indie film festivals worldwide, including the S...

  • Body Temperature

    Body Temperature (2011)

    Director
    OGATA Takaomi
    Cast
    ISHIZAKI Chavetaro, SAKURAGI Rin

    Love story depicting the anguish of a man who loves a doll, directed by Ogata Takaomi, who created a stir with his film Never Ending Blue about self-injury. Screened at the 2011 Fantastic Fest in Texas, and selected by festivals including the 2011 Yu...

  • The Sound of Light

    The Sound of Light (2011)

    Director
    YAMASAKI Juichiro
    Cast
    FUJIHISA Yoshitomo, MORI Eri, MASAGO Takeshi

    An official selection of the 24th Tokyo International Film Festival's Japanese Eyes section and numerous other film festivals. Filmmaker Yamasaki Junichiro, who is also involved in farming in Okayama Prefecture's Maniwa City, depicts the struggles of...

  • ZOMVIDEO

    ZOMVIDEO (2011)

    Director
    MURAKAMI Kenji
    Cast
    YAJIMA Maimi, MIYAZAKI Tom, TORII Miyuki

    Horror comedy film staring members of the idol group ℃-ute. The heroine, suddenly attacked by a zombie army, relies on a mysterious how-to video to escape danger. Directed by Murakami Kenji of Tales of Terror from Japan Nagurikomi The Movie, with a s...

  • 61ha Kizuna

    61ha Kizuna (2011)

    Director
    NOZAWA Kazuyuki
    Cast

    A documentary capturing the everyday lives of a couple who live at a sanatorium for leprosy sufferers. Through its depictions of the wife who cannot see and is physically disabled, and her husband who fusses over her, we gain glimpses of the life the...

  • Momoiro sora o

    Momoiro sora o (2011)

    Director
    KOBAYASHI Keiichi
    Cast
    IKEDA Ai, KOSHINO Ena, FUJIWARA Reiko

    A coming-of-age drama that was awarded Best Picture in the Japanese Eyes section of the 2011 Tokyo International Film Festival, and was also an official selection of the Sundance Film Festival and the International Film Festival Rotterdam. This featu...

  • Milocrorze: A Love Story

    Milocrorze: A Love Story (2011)

    Director
    ISHIBASHI Yoshimasa
    Cast
    YAMADA Takayuki, Maiko, ISHIBASHI Anna

    A romantic fantasy from Ishibashi Yoshimasa, known for the offbeat The Fuccons (OH! Mikey) comedy series featuring a cast of mannequins, who took on five roles in its production including director and scriptwriter. Yamada Takayuki gives eccentric per...

  • Thank You Gangsters

    Thank You Gangsters (2011)

    Director
    OSHIDA Kosuke
    Cast
    OSHIDA Hiroshi, OSHIDA Kiyotaka, YAMADA Kinuo

    An extraordinary film that presents the realities of life for disabled people in the form of a crime comedy. An unexpected turn of events leads a man with Down syndrome and his developmentally disabled younger brother to dabble in theft. {Koisuru Mad...

  • AIDA:a natural-born artist

    AIDA:a natural-born artist (2011)

    Director
    WATANABE Shogo
    Cast
    AIDA Makoto

    Documentary focusing the spotlight on Aida Makoto, the contemporary artist known for his controversial and extreme style. A conceptual artist who delivers his message to society with paradoxical expressions, Aida has created numerous works with them...

  • The Floating Castle

    The Floating Castle (2011)

    Director
    INUDO Isshin, HIGUCHI Shinji
    Cast
    NOMURA Mansai, EIKURA Nana, SATO Koichi

    A live-action adaptation of an original script by Wada Ryo, whose novelization also went on to become a hit. Shot on a massive set, it presents an epic portrayal of Sengoku (Warring States) Period warlord Narita Nagachika, who fought back against a 2...

  • MURASAKI

    MURASAKI (2011)

    Director
    KAWASE Mika
    Cast

    A documentary about Yoshioka Sachio, the fifth-generation proprietor of Kyoto-based textile dyeing workshop Senshi Yoshioka that has been in business since the Edo Period. Director Kawase Mika, who previously helmed the documentary {BIG RETURNS} abou...

  • A song I remember

    A song I remember (2011)

    Director
    SUGITA Kyoshi
    Cast
    KANEKO Takenori, ISHIZAKA Yuri, MASUNO Koichi

    A drama about a lonely young man who devotes himself to protecting a girl. An official selection of the 24th Tokyo International Film Festival's Japanese Eyes section, and director Sugita Kyoshi's feature debut. One day, a woman is killed by an onco...

  • The End of the Puberty

    The End of the Puberty (2011)

    Director
    KIMURA Shoko
    Cast
    WAGATSUMA Miwako, SAITO Yoichiro, SATSUKAWA Aimi

    Feature film directorial debut by newcomer Kimura Shoko, born in 1986. Unique film with wacky and pop ideas that employs Kimura's hand-drawn illustrations and videogame music-esque sound effects, and winner of the Jury Prize at the Hong Kong Internat...

  • Teyan Days

    Teyan Days (2011)

    Director
    KO Mei
    Cast
    TOMA Sora, YUKI Ryoichi, KAMON Yoko

    Heart-felt movie set in the closing years of the Edo period. Two samurai enemies heal their wounds at the same infirmary. Collaborative project between Toho Gakuen Media Training College and Edo Wonderland Nikko Edomura, helmed by young director Ko M...

  • END OF THE NIGHT

    END OF THE NIGHT (2011)

    Director
    MIYAZAKI Daisuke
    Cast
    NAKAMURA Kuniaki, KOMIYAMA Nami, SHIONOYA Masayuki

    Feature film debut for Miyazaki Daisuke, who worked as an assistant director on films by Kurosawa Kiyoshi and others. Cuts into the darkness of contemporary Japan hit by economic malaise and natural disaster, with a story centered on the true inciden...

  • Sketches of Myahk

    Sketches of Myahk (2011)

    Director
    ONISHI Koichi
    Cast
    KUBOTA Makoto, NAGASAKI Toyo, TAKARA Matsu

    A documentary that focuses on a folk song tradition called "Kamiuta" that has been passed on for generations in the islands of the Miyako Archipelago in Okinawa Prefecture, and has developed separately from traditional Okinawan folk songs. Winner of ...

  • Don't stop!

    Don't stop! (2011)

    Director
    KOHASHI Kenji
    Cast
    TAKAHASHI Ayumu, CAP

    Documentary recording the 4,200 km journey across the American continent by a guy called "CAP," who lost use of his lower body and left arm in a traffic accident. Director Kohashi Kenji also joins the cast. CAP became confined to a wheelchair after ...