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  • Intimacies

    Intimacies (2012)

    Director
    HAMAGUCHI Ryusuke
    Cast
    HIRANO Rei, SATO Ryo, TAYAMA Mikio

    Epic feature film that clocks in at four hours and fifteen minutes, born from a proposal at an actor training school. Three-part structure consists of an ensemble play by directors as they prepare for the stage, the play as it is actually performed b...

  • JUNE 6TH

    JUNE 6TH (2012)

    Director
    KASHIWABARA Hiroshi, ISHII Yoshikazu, HARA Takahito
    Cast
    MIZUNO Miki, SHIMIZU Mina, MASAKI Soji

    An omnibus film from five directors who depict events that occur on the same date at various points in time and space, from a thoroughfare in the Edo Period to outer space in the near future. It is filled with action scenes that make use of a wide ra...

  • It's Me, It's Me

    It's Me, It's Me (2012)

    Director
    MIKI Satoshi
    Cast
    KAMENASHI Kazuya, UCHIDA Yuki, KASE Ryo

    Tension-filled suspense film directed by Miki Satoshi of Instant Swamp and Adrift in Tokyo that gives the final word slacker sensibility. Kamenashi Kazuya of KAT-TUN performs 33 rolls on his own. Based on Hoshino Tomoyuki's novel by the same title, w...

  • HARU & AKI IN NEKOYADO

    HARU & AKI IN NEKOYADO (2012)

    Director
    KONDO Yuichi
    Cast
    MIZOGUCHI Megumi, HOSHINA Rika, AYATSUKI Takaoh

    A short film aimed at young women and shot on location in Kanuma City, Tochigi Prefecture with local government support. Made with the aim of generating interest in visiting Kanuma, it presents a refreshing depiction of the worries and struggles of t...

  • SUMMER OF ANGELS

    SUMMER OF ANGELS (2012)

    Director
    KONDO Yuichi
    Cast
    HOSHINA Rika, MIZOGUCHI Megumi, KUWANA Kosuke

    A coming-of-age film in which a young female angel who descends to Earth in search of a missing colleague learns about friendship and love while attending high school and experiences personal growth. The lead roles are played by Hoshina Rika and Mizo...

  • THE BURNING BUDDHA MAN

    THE BURNING BUDDHA MAN (2012)

    Director
    Ujicha
    Cast
    IGUCHI Yuka, TERADA Minori, HARA Chisako

    One-of-a-kind animated film with direction, screenplay and cinematography handled by newcomer creator Ujicha, who resides in Kyoto. Uses a spooky touch to depict bizarre events sparked by life forms that fuse human beings and Buddha statues. Audaciou...

  • Leaving on the 15th Spring

    Leaving on the 15th Spring (2012)

    Director
    YOSHIDA Yasuhiro
    Cast
    MIYOSHI Ayaka, OTAKE Shinobu, KOBAYASHI Kaoru

    Family drama based on real life on the Okinawan island of Minami-Daito. Depicts the excitement and anxieties of a girl in her last year of junior high school, living on an island without a high school where further study means leaving home. Yoshida Y...

  • Maruyama, the Middle Schooler

    Maruyama, the Middle Schooler (2012)

    Director
    KUDO Kankuro
    Cast
    KUSANAGI Tsuyoshi, HIRAOKA Takuma, ENDO Kenji

    Coming-of-age drama that marks the first film directed in four years by popular screenwriter Kudo Kankuro. CG and action are used to humorously depict a passion-besieged junior high school boy whose absurd adolescent delusions grow increasingly inten...

  • A Woman and War

    A Woman and War (2012)

    Director
    INOUE Junichi
    Cast
    EGUCHI Noriko, NAGASE Masatoshi, MURAKAMI Jun

    Sensual literary romance based on Sakaguchi Ango's original story. Inoue Junichi, acolyte of director Wakamatsu Koji and screenwriter Arai Haruhiko, sensually depicts the erotic relationship between a man and woman who are at the mercy of the times. ...

  • Steins;Gate Déjà vu IN THE LOAD AREA

    Steins;Gate Déjà vu IN THE LOAD AREA (2012)

    Director
    WAKABAYASHI Kanji
    Cast
    MIYANO Mamoru, HANAZAWA Kana, SEKI Tomokazu

    A feature film continuation of an animated television series based on a popular science fiction video game with a mysterious world view and an unpredictable plotline. It depicts a university student who happens to invent a tool that has global reperc...

  • Empty Road

    Empty Road (2012)

    Director
    NARUSE Yusei
    Cast
    ISHIGURO Hideo, EMOTO Tokio, ITODA Jun

    The first film from the "Mubisute" project, in which film and theater productions take differing approaches to dramatizing a shared story. A suspenseful chamber piece about a gathering of soldiers who set out to change the course of a war. Its writer...

  • Samurai Dash

    Samurai Dash (2012)

    Director
    YAMAMOTO Koki
    Cast
    OSAKO Ippei, ASHINA Sei, NAKANO Yuta

    Action comedy that delivers a feature film rendition of the theater group PU-PU-JUICE's popular stage performance. Directed by theater group head Yamamoto Hikori, who also directs and produces. Gag-filled portrayal of the bizarre fate of an ordinary ...

  • Cold Bloom

    Cold Bloom (2012)

    Director
    FUNAHASHI Atsushi
    Cast
    USUDA Asami, MIURA Takahiro, TAKAHASHI Yo

    Romantic drama about the devastation and recovery of a woman whose husband dies, set in Ibaraki Prefecture's Hitachi City, an area stricken by the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami. Director Funahashi Atsushi sensitively depicts the heroine's e...

  • PARADOX LOVE

    PARADOX LOVE (2012)

    Director
    HORII Hikaru
    Cast
    IWASAKI Tomohiko, TSUJIOKA Masato, MURATA Keiji

    An offbeat film that takes a surreal and comical look at the insanity of a man whose slight misconception transforms him into a killing machine. Its director is Horii Hikaru, who is highly regarded for the unflinching depictions of sex and unique sen...

  • Legend of the T-Dog

    Legend of the T-Dog (2012)

    Director
    Lee Tian Jue
    Cast
    Wang Bo-Chieh, Lin Ruo-ya, Blackberry

    Comedy created by staff from Japan and Taiwan. Depicts the ruckus that ensues when a loser youth and a dog that brings misfortune get together. Lee Tian Jue makes his directorial debut with this film. Nothing goes right for the youth Ado. He's loved...

  • A Cry from a Century Ago--High Treason Incident is not Over

    A Cry from a Century Ago--High Treason Incident is not Over (2012)

    Director
    TANAKA Kei
    Cast
    TAKAHASHI Rieko

    A documentary that delves into the truth behind the High Treason Incident that occurred in 1910. Due to the Meiji government's suppression of free thought, Kotoku Shusui and 26 others judged to be anarchists and socialists were thrown in jail or give...

  • Go for Broke! Memories of Hawai'i Japanese "Niseis"

    Go for Broke! Memories of Hawai'i Japanese "Niseis" (2012)

    Director
    MATSUMOTO Hiroyuki
    Cast

    Documentary looking back on the social history of Japanese-Americans living in Hawaii, focusing on testimony from 34 second-generation Japanese-American veterans and their spouses. Directorial debut for producer Matsumoto Hiroyuki. Won the Best of Ha...

  • The Other Side of The Sex

    The Other Side of The Sex (2012)

    Director
    ENOKI Yujiro, TAKAHARA Hidekazu
    Cast
    HIBINO Tatsuro, HAYAMI Kenji, YAMAMOTO Ryuji

    A documentary that shines a spotlight on the unsung male performers who support the world of adult video, which has grown into a massive industry with annual sales of 55 billion yen in the 30 years since its inception. Its co-directors Enoki Yujiro a...

  • Tsunami no Ato no Jikanwari Ishinomaki Kadowakisho Ichinen no Kiroku

    Tsunami no Ato no Jikanwari Ishinomaki Kadowakisho Ichinen no Kiroku (2012)

    Director
    AOIKE Kenji
    Cast

    On that day when a tsunami hit many schools along the Pacific coast of eastern Japan, Kadonowaki Elementary School in Ishinomaki City was subjected to a devastating onslaught. Seven of its 300 students were killed and the school building was rendered...

  • Roots

    Roots (2012)

    Director
    IKEYA Kaoru
    Cast
    SATO Naoshi, KANNO Tsuyoshi

    The Ants's Ikeya Kaoru creates this intimate documentary about a 77-year-old man stricken by the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami. The film movingly depicts his powerful way of life, and won a Special Mention by the Ecumenical Jury at the 63rd Berl...

  • Kiotsuketene

    Kiotsuketene (2012)

    Director
    OKA Daichi
    Cast
    NAKAMURA Mao, KAIZU Tadasi, ARITA Kyoko

    Oka Daichi and Kawahara Yasuomi, who have been collaborating since meeting when their films were selected for the 27th Pia Film Festival, direct each other's original screenplays. The films depict love and conflict between the sexes, themed on the To...

  • Yuremosede

    Yuremosede (2012)

    Director
    KAWAHARA Yasuomi
    Cast
    JINNO Sachi, HONDA Chikara

    Oka Daichi and Kawahara Yasuomi, who have been collaborating since meeting when their films were selected for the 27th Pia Film Festival, direct each other's original screenplays. The films depict love and conflict between the sexes, themed on the To...

  • Workers

    Workers (2012)

    Director
    MORI Yasuyuki
    Cast

    A documentary that introduces a new labor model by focusing on a workers' cooperative operating in an old neighborhood in Tokyo's Sumida City, where all the members pool their money to create work, and also includes sketches by comedian Matsumoto Hir...

  • Banana, glove and whale shark

    Banana, glove and whale shark (2012)

    Director
    YAGI Junichi
    Cast
    NAKAHARA Takeo, SHIOYA Shun, HARADA Kana

    Drama that reunites director Yagi Junichi, whose previous film Neko no hige was described as "contemporary Ozu," with Oki Eiji for planning, screenplay, producing and performance. Depicts the discord and reconciliation between a bohemian father and s...

  • Little maestra

    Little maestra (2012)

    Director
    SAIGA Toshiro
    Cast
    ARIMURA Kasumi, SHAKU Yumiko, KANIE Keizo

    Set in an Ishikawa Prefecture fishing village, this music drama portrays the struggles of a high school girl who finds herself leading an amateur music group after being mistaken for a genius conductor. Elgar's "Pomp and Circumstance" march warmly en...