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  • WEST NORTH WEST

    WEST NORTH WEST (2015)

    Director
    NAKAMURA Takuro
    Cast
    KAN Hanae, SAHEL Rosa, YAMAUCHI Yuka

    Three minority women are the focus of this love story. With stunning imagery, the film emotionally weaves together the views of the heroines who are unsettled by the barriers of sexual orientation, nationality, religion, and culture. At the helm is N...

  • The Beginning of Creation: Abduction / A Child

    The Beginning of Creation: Abduction / A Child (2015)

    Director
    YAMASHIRO Chikako
    Cast
    KAWAGUCHI Takao

    Short film by artist Yamashiro Chikako, who confronts the complex circumstances of Okinawa including US military bases and the problem of passing down memories and records from the Battle of Okinawa. Delves into the process of dancer and former artis...

  • 「SLIDE」

    「SLIDE」 (2015)

    Director
    Tekken
    Cast

    An animated short film about retired figure skater Asada Mao drawn by comedian and illustrator Tekken. Taking three months and 2890 individual drawings, Tekken depicts the career, setbacks, and victories of Mao's life as a figure skater. It received ...

  • Fox Fears

    Fox Fears (2015)

    Director
    SATO Miyo
    Cast
    MORIO Rihito, IKEGAYA Mari, ISSHIKI Azuru

    Tokyo University of the Arts Graduate School graduation film by director Sato Miyo. Acclaimed for the unique visuals created with sand and paint on glass plates, the film won the Grand Prix in the Japanese Short Film Section at the Kineko Internation...

  • As  it is like a flower

    As it is like a flower (2015)

    Director
    MINATO Kenjiro
    Cast
    Ewha Bae

    A documentary following second generation "Zainichi" Korean resident living in Japan, Ewha Bae, who is active as a dance performer in the heart of Kyoto. Directed by Minato Kenjiro of ARAKI-Sakae no Uta ga Kikoeru, the film draws in on Bae who follow...

  • shinshin

    shinshin (2015)

    Director
    INADA Kyohei
    Cast
    HAMADA Teruki, MAKIGUCHI Naoya

    One film from the Sapporo Movie Sketch, short films made by Sapporo directors who, under the concept of "places have stories", delve into episodes associated with overlooked places in Sapporo, Hokkaido. This film weaves a poignant drama revolving aro...

  • My little guidebook

    My little guidebook (2015)

    Director
    OSAKA Yoshiro
    Cast
    WU Xinti, YANAGITANI Kazunari

    The citizens of Tokachi, Hokkaido crowdfunded the capital to produce this short film intended to communicate the charm of city to people abroad. At the helm is Osaka Yoshiro, a native of the town of Makubetsu, Hokkaido. The film was awarded the Amino...

  • complex × COMPLEX

    complex × COMPLEX (2015)

    Director
    FUKUDA Miyuki
    Cast
    HAYASHI Kanae, AGATSUMA Seigo, HARUNA Fuka

    Unique animation about armpit hair that deals with the emotional subtleties unique to complex-ridden junior high school students. Directed by freelance filmmaker Fukuda Miyuki. Eighth grader Yui (voice: Hayashi Kanae) yearns to grow up and is irrepr...

  • SYNCHRONIZER

    SYNCHRONIZER (2015)

    Director
    MANDA Kunitoshi
    Cast
    MANDA Yusuke, MIYAMOTO Natsu, FURUKAWA Hiromi

    A thriller depicting the intricate madness and recklessness of a man obsessed with an unethical experiment and the woman who blindly loves him. In the director's chair is Manda Kunitoshi, whose Unloved was screened at the 54th Cannes International Fi...

  • Hurt

    Hurt (2015)

    Director
    HORIE Takahiro
    Cast
    MINE Goichi, SHIBUYA Asami, YOSHIIE Kakeru

    Coming-of-age drama about pro-wrestling that humorously portrays an average guy working at a mail order company as he deals with love and growing up. Directed by the up-and-coming Horie Takahiro, who also helmed Hana Kujira Chichi. Hoshino (Mine Goi...

  • Asura

    Asura (2015)

    Director
    INOUE Hidenori
    Cast
    ICHIKAWA Somegoro, AMAMI Yuki, IHARA Tsuyoshi

    The GEKI X CINE series screens works by the popular theater group Gekidan Shinkansen, known for furious on-stage combat and flashy concert-style direction. This digitally remaster edition was produced to commemorate the theater troupe's 35th year ann...

  • Legacy of Soma-Aonoran

    Legacy of Soma-Aonoran (2015)

    Director
    INOUE Hidenori
    Cast
    AMAMI Yuki, MATSUYAMA Kenichi, SAOTOME Taichi

    Thirteenth 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. Shinkansen troupe regular Amami Yuki plays a protagonist at the mercy...

  • Chambara:The Art of Japanese Swordplay

    Chambara:The Art of Japanese Swordplay (2015)

    Director
    NAKAJIMA Sadao
    Cast
    NAKAJIMA Sadao, YAMAMOTO Chihiro, KUMURA Shogo

    Focusing on the historical transition of period films, this documentary closely examines the appeal and essence of period films produced in Kyoto. Through interviews with film industry professionals, the distinctly Japanese views of life and death po...

  • KAOKIRI: Defaced Actor - Method Acting on the Cutting Edge

    KAOKIRI: Defaced Actor - Method Acting on the Cutting Edge (2015)

    Director
    HOSONO Tatsuoki
    Cast
    KUSANO Kota, YAMADA Kinuo, SATO Miyuki

    Hosono Tatsuoki of Shabu Gokudo directs this ambitious film about the cutting of Hasegawa Kazuo's face, a major scandal in Japanese film history. The film uses multiple layers that bring together film, theater and reality. The year is 1937. Japan i...

  • Breakthrough for Change

    Breakthrough for Change (2015)

    Director
    MATSUDA Daisuke
    Cast
    NISHIMURA Yusei, ARAKI Makoto, NOSE Hiroshi

    A moving drama made through the planning of the 2nd Shimanto Film Festival which depicts the struggles and camaraderie of four middle-aged men taking a chance on a bicycle road race. It is written and directed by young filmmaker, Matsuda Daisuke. Ak...

  • Kagurame

    Kagurame (2015)

    Director
    OKUAKI Yasuo
    Cast
    TAKEDA Rina, OSUGI Ren, TSUTSUI Mariko

    A family drama depicting the discord between a daughter and her father who is involved in the Shishi Kagura (lion dance), a Japanese traditional performance art. Setting the film in his birthplace of Yamanashi Prefecture, Okuaki Yasuo, making his fea...

  • PURE WHITE

    PURE WHITE (2015)

    Director
    SAKAMOTO Yoshihiro
    Cast
    SATO Miyuki, IWAIDO Seiko, FUKUCHI Yusuke

    Romance about the first love of a woman with a learning disability, set in Imizu City in Toyama Prefecture. Sakamoto Yoshihiro makes his directorial debut. Shot entirely in Toyama Prefecture. Shizuya Mashiro (Sato Miyuki) lives with her family in Im...

  • The Ark in the Mirage

    The Ark in the Mirage (2015)

    Director
    CHIKUMA Yasutomo
    Cast
    KOMIZU Taiga, TANAKA Min, ADACHI Tomomitsu

    Drama about a guy who confronts his own emptiness after reuniting with his homeless father. Directed by Chikuma Yasutomo of Now, I.... Official selection at the 50th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival for the Forum of Independents Competition. ...

  • Inheritance

    Inheritance (2015)

    Director
    INOUE Junichi
    Cast
    TARUKAWA Kazuya, TARUKAWA Mitsuyo

    Documentary about the dialogue between students from Tokyo who visit Fukushima Prefecture's Sukagawa City in the aftermath of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant accident and a family struggling to keep their farm in operation. Directed by Inou...

  • Neboke

    Neboke (2015)

    Director
    IKI Norihito
    Cast
    TOMOBE Yasushi, MURAKAMI Maki, IRIFUNETEI Senyu

    A drama depicting, along with the traditional art of rakugo (comical stories) and kagura (Shinto music and dance), the love and squabbles of a rakugo storyteller unable to face life and his girlfriend who clings to the past. Photographer Iki Norihito...

  • Time to Dance

    Time to Dance (2015)

    Director
    NONAKA Mariko
    Cast
    MURATA Kaori

    Film directed by Nonaka Mariko of {Children's Time} and Bing Bang Zing Zang Art Class. Documentary about people who have no dance experience or knowledge, showing those same people liberate their bodies and minds through dance. Dancer Murata Kaori c...

  • THE DORK, THE GIRL AND THE DOUCHEBAG

    THE DORK, THE GIRL AND THE DOUCHEBAG (2015)

    Director
    OKUDA Yosuke
    Cast
    OKUDA Yosuke, ITABASHI Shunya, IWATA Eri

    Feature film directed by Okuda Yosuke, who was hailed for his three-part indie film {Seishun hakaba} and made his commercial film debut with {Tokyo Playboy Club}. He shed 15 kilograms for the lead role and produced the film with crew members from the...

  • Yumeji: A Spurt of Love

    Yumeji: A Spurt of Love (2015)

    Director
    MIYANO Keiji
    Cast
    SURUGA Taro, KOMIYA Arisa, KATO Masaya

    A drama portraying the life of Takehisa Yumeji, a painter who proclaimed himself "Japan's first pop-art artist". It details the love-hate relationship and ultimate separation from his wife, a "Bijin-ga" (paintings of beautiful women) model, as well a...

  • Every Day

    Every Day (2015)

    Director
    TEZUKA Satoru
    Cast
    NAGANO Munenori, YAMAMOTO Mayumi, KURATA Daisuke

    Feature-length debut from director Tezuka Satoru, who has earned acclaim in Japan and abroad for his numerous short films. Deals with the universal theme of what people think about in their day-to-day lives, with inspiration from music by composer ha...

  • Magic Utopia

    Magic Utopia (2015)

    Director
    TOYAMA Shoji, TAN Shuichi
    Cast
    YONEMURA Ryotaro, YANAGI Erisa, WADA Shu

    The present lives and past memories of two men and a woman intersect as their souls move toward utopia. Directed by Our Night is Not Long‘s Toyama Shoji and music video director Tan Shuichi. Lisa (Yanagi Erisa) lost her mother when she was a child, ...