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  • CICADA

    CICADA (2014)

    Director
    Dean YAMADA
    Cast
    SASO Yugo, YASUI Junpei, WADA Hiroko

    A ensemble drama produced in Japan as part of the curriculum at the Cinema and Media Arts department of Biola University in America. The film depicts the joys and sorrows of people troubled by varied problems with a teacher suffering from infertility...

  • Tenryu-ku Okuryoke Osawa: Bessho Tea Factory

    Tenryu-ku Okuryoke Osawa: Bessho Tea Factory (2014)

    Director
    HORI Teiichi
    Cast

    A documentary directed by Hori Teiichi who was a production assistant on the 1994 documentary Otentousama ga Hoshii and has worked in a wide variety of genres from pink films to ordinary theatrical releases. The lifestyle and scenery of Osawa, a vil...

  • ROKUROKU: The Promise of the Witch

    ROKUROKU: The Promise of the Witch (2014)

    Director
    YAMAGUCHI Yudai
    Cast
    NAKANISHI Miho, Shiho, NOMOTO Karia

    Horror film from "GARO" series creator Amemiya Keita featuring traditional yokais. The film creates new characters based on Japanese traditional demons including the long-necked "rokurokkubi," the wall-shaped "nurikabe," the umbrella-shaped "karakasa...

  • Begon Bell Care

    Begon Bell Care (2014)

    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. Produced using an excerpt from Norman McLaren's Begone Dull Care through a partnership between Quartier des...

  • The Fox of Shichigorosawa

    The Fox of Shichigorosawa (2014)

    Director
    SUGIHARA Tune
    Cast
    USA Teruyo, nitankur, HIRATA Atsushi

    Short animation about a garbage landfill site at Shichigorosawa in Hakodate City, Hokkaido depicted from the perspective of foxes living in the wild. Told completely in the Ainu language, inspired by the methods of the "yukar" Ainu sagas. Conceived o...

  • SHARING Another version

    SHARING Another version (2014)

    Director
    SHINOZAKI Makoto
    Cast
    YAMADA Kinuo, HINOI Asuka, KIMURA Tomoki

    A drama depicting with a suspense-thriller touch the conflict between two emotionally hurt girls set against the anxiety blanketing all of Japan in the aftermath of the Great East Japan Earthquake. This is a ninety-nine-minute edited version concentr...

  • Zipang Punk-Goemon Rock III

    Zipang Punk-Goemon Rock III (2014)

    Director
    INOUE Hidenori
    Cast
    FURUTA Arata, MIURA Haruma, AOI Yu

    Twelfth work in the GEKI X CINE series, which screens works by the popular theater group Gekidan Shinkansen known for furious on-stage combat and flashy concert-style direction. Headlining star Furuta Arata portrays Ishikawa Goemon's frenzied antics....

  • EVERY TIME WE SAY GOODBYE 

    EVERY TIME WE SAY GOODBYE  (2014)

    Director
    KURATA Kenji
    Cast
    MAEKAWA Masayuki, MURAKAMI Shio, MATSUOKA Shingo

    A dramatic short film depicting the efforts of a wife diagnosed with a terminal illness and her husband to find the mythical snake known as the Tsuchinoko. The director, Kurata Kenji, who is also a novelist and commercial director, won the Sundance/N...

  • A Lullaby Under the Nuclear Sky

    A Lullaby Under the Nuclear Sky (2014)

    Director
    KANA Tomoko
    Cast

    Personal documentary from director Kana Tomoko, who has covered environmental issues and people suffering misfortune in films like Beautiful Islands. This film documents the pregnancy she discovered immediately after the March 11, 2011 earthquake and...

  • A Midsummer's Fantasia

    A Midsummer's Fantasia (2014)

    Director
    JANG Kun-jae
    Cast
    KIM Sae-byuk, IWASE Ryo, LIM Hyung-kook

    Japan-Korea co-produced fantasy comprised of two separate stories that take place in Nara. Director Jang Kun-jae's numerous international film festival honors include the Dragons and Tigers Award for Eighteen at the 28th Vancouver International Film ...

  • Hiko and Vega

    Hiko and Vega (2014)

    Director
    TANIGUCHI Mio
    Cast
    KAWAZU Yusuke, HARA Chisako, YANAGITANI Kazunari

    Drama about a wife with dementia and the husband who looks after her. Feature-length debut about the reality of dementia from director Taniguchi Mio, who also works as a caregiver. Hiko Asao (Kawazu Yusuke) and Koto (Hara Chisako) are an elderly cou...

  • Sharing

    Sharing (2014)

    Director
    SHINOZAKI Makoto
    Cast
    YAMADA Kinuo, HINOI Asuka, KIMURA Tomoki

    A drama depicting with a suspense-thriller touch the conflict between two emotionally hurt girls set against the anxiety blanketing all of Japan in the aftermath of the Great East Japan Earthquake. A ninety-nine-minute "Another Version" in which some...

  • Koi

    Koi (2014)

    Director
    NAGASAWA Masahiko
    Cast
    ITO Yozaburo, OKADA Nana, MOTOKI Ikuya

    The Night time Picnic director Nagasawa Masahiko and Adachi Shin, screenwriter of 100 YEN LOVE, adapt to film an original story idea submitted in a general call-for-entries by the city of Kudamatsu in Yamaguchi Prefecture. Using a strange festival pa...

  • Girls of the Sea

    Girls of the Sea (2014)

    Director
    NAKAMURA Ryugo
    Cast
    GIMA Kanan, TAIRA Yudai, KIMURA Kaira

    A film dealing with the issue of military bases on Okinawa the staff which is comprised entirely of native Okinawan university students. The director is Nakamura Ryugo, who at the age of 13, was the youngest director in Japan when he released The Cat...

  • Sanchu Uprising: Voices at Dawn

    Sanchu Uprising: Voices at Dawn (2014)

    Director
    YAMASAKI Juichiro
    Cast
    NAKAGAKI Naohisa, KAJIWARA Kano, HONDA Shoichi

    Using as a backdrop the civil uprising which occurred approximately 280 years ago in the mountains of the Tsuyama fiefdom in what is now Maniwa City, Okayama Prefecture, this period film expresses "the start of life after accepting weakness". Directo...

  • THE MOTORS

    THE MOTORS (2014)

    Director
    WATANABE Daichi
    Cast
    SHIBUKAWA Kiyohiko, INUTA Fumiharu, KONOE Yuki

    The directorial debut of Watanabe Daichi, lead vocal for the rock band Kuroneko Chelsea and actor in such films as Oh, My Buddha!. Produced as a graduate thesis for the Tokyo University of Art and Design, the film won Special Mention at the 2014 PFF ...

  • A midsummer dream

    A midsummer dream (2014)

    Director
    MATSUMOTO Hana
    Cast
    TOJO Yuki, MIYAMOTO Yuya, YOSHIDA Takeaki

    Coming-of-age drama about one summer for a group of high school students. Screened at the Yubari International Fantastic Film Festival in 2015, and recipient of awards at film festivals in Japan. Matsumoto Hana has appeared as an actress in films lik...

  • Lord of TSURIMERA

    Lord of TSURIMERA (2014)

    Director
    SHIODE Taishi
    Cast
    AKAZAWA Muck, OKADA Agasa, KUZUKI Akira

    The first starring roles for "Tsurimela," a vocalist band comprised of three actresses with feline-like beauty. The film is a ludicrous youth comedy portraying the reformation of "Tsurimela" after their breakup. Black humor specialist, Shiode Taishi,...

  • Lingering Memories

    Lingering Memories (2014)

    Director
    TSURUOKA Keiko
    Cast
    KINOSHITA Misaki, IZUMISAWA Yuki, TANAKA Ryuzo

    Drama about a man and woman confronting the void left behind by someone irreplaceable. Directed by Tsuruoka Keiko, whose The Town of Whales was screened at the 63rd Berlin International Film Festival and won the Grand Prize and Gemstone Award at the ...

  • Antonym

    Antonym (2014)

    Director
    KUSANO Natsuka
    Cast
    ISHIZAKA Yuri, SHIBUYA Asami, NAKAMURA Kuniaki

    Feature film debut from director Kusano Natsuka, who won the Jury Award at the 14th Nippon Connection. Depicts two women who are polar opposites in both appearance and personality as they get lost in the space between reality and unreality. Aya (Ish...

  • Children's Tears ~Searching for Japanese Fathers~

    Children's Tears ~Searching for Japanese Fathers~ (2014)

    Director
    SUNADA Yuki
    Cast
    Nippy NOYA, Mary DEHNE, Ron MAYER

    An ongoing postwar issue unknown to even Japanese is examined by this documentary. During the Second World War, mixed-blood children were born to Eurasian women and Japanese soldiers or civilian personnel. The fathers repatriated back to Japan at war...

  • Campaign Fest !

    Campaign Fest ! (2014)

    Director
    SUGIOKA Taiki
    Cast
    MIYAKE Yohei

    This documentary follows the election campaign of musician Miyake Yohei, who announced his candidacy for the Japanese parliament's Upper House in July of 2013, and delves into his impassioned beliefs toward politics. Naturally lacking political expe...

  • What For?

    What For? (2014)

    Director
    SUZUKI Naoki, ANNOURA Toyoto
    Cast
    NAKAMURA Fumiaki, HIGASHINO Akihiko, HIKAWA Mariko

    Documentary about five people whose lives were transformed through meeting Nakamura Fumiaki, who crisscrosses Japan giving lectures. A passionate teacher struggles with the transformation of education and tries to figure out what it really means to b...

  • NEET of the Living Dead

    NEET of the Living Dead (2014)

    Director
    NANKI Akio
    Cast
    TSUTSUI Mariko, KINOSHITA Houka, KANEKO Suzuyuki

    Unique drama exploring the concept of family in a world infested by zombies. Inochi no Call: Mrs. Inga wo shitteimasuka? screenwriter Nanki Akio serves as director, screenwriter and producer. Zombies proliferate and the world is on the verge of coll...

  • Smiles in the Mirror

    Smiles in the Mirror (2014)

    Director
    KITA Ichiro
    Cast
    SHIRAISHI Shunya, Natsuna, Mickey CURTIS

    Story about a popular hairstylist obsessed with his own technique who matures after he encounters in-hospital hairstyling. Stars Shiraishi Shunya from "Kamen Rider Wizard." The heroine who works with him and becomes his girlfriend is played by Natsun...