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  • Rice Girls

    Rice Girls (2012)

    Director
    MIHARA Mitsuhiro
    Cast
    KANAZAWA Miho, KIDO Airi, AKIZUKI Mika

    A coming-of-age drama from director Mihara Mitsuhiro, who works in a wide variety of genres including comedy, drama, and horror. It offers a straightforward depiction of high school girls who belong to a cooking club in the Shonai region of Yamagata ...

  • the moment girls

    the moment girls (2012)

    Director
    SHIMIZU Kento
    Cast
    KATAOKA Kanako, KOMURO Yura, KATSUMURA Mika

    Coming-of-age road movie produced and distributed by students majoring in content business at Bunkyo Gakuin University. Deals with life and death through the journey of two girls dealing with illness. Direction and screenplay by commercial veteran Sh...

  • Japan's Tragedy

    Japan's Tragedy (2012)

    Director
    KOBAYASHI Masahiro
    Cast
    NAKADAI Tatsuya, KITAMURA Kazuki, OMORI Akemi

    A drama based on a real-life incident involving pension fraud. It exposes the darkness in a society in which people are cut adrift, as seen in the tragic existence of a father with three months left to live and his depression-stricken son who lives o...

  • Summer's End

    Summer's End (2012)

    Director
    KUMAKIRI Kazuyoshi
    Cast
    MITSUSHIMA Hikari, AYANO Go, KOBAYASHI Kaoru

    An adaptation of the eponymous novel by Setouchi Jakucho, a bestselling author and Buddhist nun in her nineties. For this adult romance, director Kumakiri Kazuyoshi reteams with Jim O'Rourke after their first cooperation for "Sketches of Kaitan City"...

  • Rikugun Noborito Kenkyujo

    Rikugun Noborito Kenkyujo (2012)

    Director
    KUSUYAMA Tadayuki
    Cast

    Rikugun Noborito Kenkyujo (The army's Noborito Laboratory) operated in absolute secrecy as a center for counter intelligence and secret weapon development. This documentary uses testimony by participants garnered over a 6-year period to expose the re...

  • MY SUMMERTIME MAP

    MY SUMMERTIME MAP (2012)

    Director
    FUKASAKU Kenta
    Cast
    MOTOYASHIKI Kenta, YAMAMOTO Taro, OKINA Megumi

    Drama about an elementary school student trying to draw a map of his town, set in Hiroshima, a city that recovered from devastation after the war. Director Fukasaku Kenta, son of director Fukasaku Kinji, expresses the bonds between friends, family, a...

  • HOMESICK

    HOMESICK (2012)

    Director
    HIROHARA Satoru
    Cast
    KAKU Tomohiro, KANEDA Yuki, FUNASAKI Tsubasa

    Director Hirohara Satoru caught the world's attention with Good Morning to the World!!, his Musashino Art University graduation film. Hirohara produced this feature-length theatrical debut with a scholarship from the Pia Film Festival. Poignant and f...

  • SUNAWOTSUKANDE TACHIAGARE

    SUNAWOTSUKANDE TACHIAGARE (2012)

    Director
    FUJISAWA Hirokazu
    Cast
    YODA Tetsuya, NISHINA Takashi, AKIZUKI Mika

    Fukazawa Hirokazu, who made his directorial debut with Kyokyo Jitsujitsu in 2012, adapts a screenplay by Sakuta Hayato selected from an open call for short film scripts. The protagonist, an actor with an extreme lack of talent, is eccentrically playe...

  • Akaboshi

    Akaboshi (2012)

    Director
    YOSHINO Ryohei
    Cast
    PARK Romi, Aren, Vlada

    Live action film debut for the popular voice actress Park Romi, whose extensive work in anime includes Fullmetal Alchemist. She delivers an impassioned performance as a single mother who gets sucked into a cult. Directed by Yoshino Ryuhei, who got hi...

  • TALK TO THE DEAD

    TALK TO THE DEAD (2012)

    Director
    TSURUTA Norio
    Cast
    KOMATSU Ayaka, KATO Kazuki, SAKURAI Yuki

    Film from the Next Horror Project produced by Ichise Taka, J-horror trendsetter. Direction and screenplay by horror industry veteran Tsuruta Norio. A call girl's little brother dies, and then she finds a mobile phone app that enables communication wi...

  • THE CRONE

    THE CRONE (2012)

    Director
    NAITO Eisuke
    Cast
    MIKI Honoka, KITAYAMA Shiori, GOTO Kaoru

    Film from the Next Horror Project produced by Ichise Taka, J-horror trendsetter. Depicts an idol group that encounters terror, based on the urban legend of a crone who moves at lightning speed. Direction and screenplay by Naito Eisuke, who generated ...

  • Things Left Behind

    Things Left Behind (2012)

    Director
    Linda HOAGLUND
    Cast
    ISHIUCHI Miyako

    Documentary about photographer Ishiuchi Miyako's attention-grabbing exhibition "Hiroshima," held at the Museum of Anthropology in Vancouver, Canada. Photographs of dresses, shoes and other clothes of those who perished in the atomic bomb at Hiroshima...

  • THE CHERRY ORCHARD

    THE CHERRY ORCHARD (2012)

    Director
    TOGASHI Shin
    Cast
    SAITO Emi, SAKUMA Toshihiko, SUGAWARA Hiromi

    Director Togashi Shin, whose Ano sora wo oboeteru won the Grand Prix at the 2008 Kinotayo Film Festival in France, helms this short drama about familial bonds set in his home prefecture of Yamagata. Most of its cast, including lead actress Saito Emi,...

  • Children of Soleil

    Children of Soleil (2012)

    Director
    OKUTANI Yoichiro
    Cast

    This documentary, the second theatrically-released work from rising talent Okutani Yoichiro, follows the daily life of an elderly man living with his dog on a rundown boat on Tokyo's Tama River. Winner of a Special Mention in the New Asian Currents s...

  • Cult

    Cult (2012)

    Director
    SHIRAISHI Koji
    Cast
    ABIRU Yu, IWASA Mayuko, IRIKI Mari

    Film from the Next Horror Project produced by Ichise Taka, J-horror trendsetter. Direction and screenplay by Shiroishi Koji, who excels at mockumentary horror films. Chillingly bizarre phenomena keep happening on location for a psychic television sho...

  • The Flower of Shanidar

    The Flower of Shanidar (2012)

    Director
    ISHII Gakuryu
    Cast
    AYANO Go, KUROKI Haru, KARIYA Yuiko

    Romantic drama by director Ishii Gakuryu, formerly known as Ishii Sogo, who came out with the feature film Isn't Anyone Alive? after a decade-long hiatus. Nurtured over a 7-year period, this challenging work breaks with his past style and pioneers ne...

  • my father's mistress

    my father's mistress (2012)

    Director
    SAKODA Kousuke
    Cast
    KONO Tomomi, IZUMI Miwako, ASAOKA Megumi

    The debut feature film from director Sakoda Kousuke, who won acclaim at film festivals in Japan and abroad for his works including short film Kono Mado, Mukogawa. It marks his return to directing after three years spent dealing with depression. It pa...

  • Canary's Apple

    Canary's Apple (2012)

    Director
    FUJISAWA Isao
    Cast

    Documentary depicting the ordeals of a patient suffering from chemical sensitivity. Won the Grand Prix at the 2012 Okuradashi Film Festival for films that have yet to be released in theaters or other formats. Sanae developed chemical sensitivity afte...

  • GFP BUNNY

    GFP BUNNY (2012)

    Director
    TSUCHIYA Yutaka
    Cast
    KURAMOCHI Yuka, WATANABE Makiko, FURUTACHI Kanji

    Controversial film based on a murder attempt that really happened. Directed by indies film hero Tsuchiya Yutaka, who has earned international acclaim for genre-bending films like PEEP "TV" SHOW. Honored with the Best Picture Award in the 25th Tokyo I...

  • candidates the Movie

    candidates the Movie (2012)

    Director
    FUJIOKA Toshimichi
    Cast
    Mac AKASAKA, HASHIBA Seizo Hideyoshi, TOYAMA Koichi

    Unique documentary that is filled with wonder as it follows the "fringe candidates" who keep running for election and losing, and aren't even treated fairly by the media. Reveals their goals in running for election and motivation behind not giving up...

  • Princess Sakura: Forbidden Pleasures

    Princess Sakura: Forbidden Pleasures (2012)

    Director
    HASHIMOTO Hajime
    Cast
    HINAMI Kyooko, AOKI Munetaka, ASAMI Yuma

    Novel period drama directed by Hashimoto Hajime, whose genre-crossing productions include "The Detective Is in the Bar" series. Unfolds with action and sensual scenes, themed on Sakura Hime Azuma Bunsho by Kabuki/kyogen author Tsuruya Nanboku IV. Da...

  • SHADY

    SHADY (2012)

    Director
    WATANABE Ryohei
    Cast
    mimpi*β, OKAMURA Izumi, ISHIDA Gota

    A feature-length film written, independently produced, and directed by 24-year-old student Watanabe Ryohei, who also writes scripts for television dramas and stage productions, and directs commercials.It delicately depicts the strange friendship betw...

  • nonmetal night

    nonmetal night (2012)

    Director
    NAKATA Kei
    Cast
    TSUKAMOTO Airi, AKIYAMA Shintaro, FUNAKI Ikki

    A coming-of-age drama in black and white inspired by a true story and directed by Nakata Kei, who has helmed numerous highly entertaining works. It captures the intersecting fates of people on the streets of a subdued Shibuya after the Great East Jap...

  • Sangoranger

    Sangoranger (2012)

    Director
    NAKAMAE Yuji
    Cast
    AOYAGI Sho, TANAKA Kei, SASAKI Nozomi

    Drama about the ruckus stirred up by daring rangers who protect nature. Aoyagi Sho from Konshin, officially invited to the 36th Montreal World Film Festival, delivers an impassioned performance as the protagonist. Okinawa Prefecture's Ishigaki Islan...

  • And Then Akiko is... - A Portrait of a Dancer -

    And Then Akiko is... - A Portrait of a Dancer - (2012)

    Director
    HANEDA Sumiko
    Cast
    KANDA Akiko

    Documentary about Akiko Kanda, who was a towering figure in Japan's modern dance scene. Intimately covers the final years of this dancer who passed away on September 23, 2011, just 12 days after flawlessly executing her final performance. Directed by...