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  • Godot of the Emotos

    Godot of the Emotos (2017)

    Director
    YAMAZAKI Yutaka
    Cast
    EMOTO Akira, EMOTO Tasuku, EMOTO Tokio

    The acting family, the Emotos, are the subject of this documentary following Emoto Akira and his sons. Prominent cameraman Yamazaki Yutaka, who has been involved with shooting Kore-eda Hirokazu's films, surveils a rehearsal hall and documents the hou...

  • Wolf na sissi

    Wolf na sissi (2017)

    Director
    ONO Daisuke
    Cast
    NEYA Ryoka, ONO Daisuke, MAYANAGI Minae

    Debut feature film release from cutting-edge director Ono Daisuke, who works with the filmmaking team Tanoshii Jidai (Fun Era). Ono himself plays the boyfriend Tatsuo in this cynical depiction of a couple's love spat. Ayako (Neya Ryoka) belongs to a...

  • Heart Treasure

    Heart Treasure (2017)

    Director
    ENOMOTO Sakura
    Cast
    ENOMOTO Sakura, NAGAYAMA Hiromi, SAKAGAWA Shion

    Enomoto Sakura, who appeared in The Good-for-Nothings and The Manga Master, stars in this film adapted from his own original story which also marks his feature-length directorial debut. Playwright and theatre director Murakami Hideki wrote the screen...

  • The World’s “Top” Theater

    The World’s “Top” Theater (2017)

    Director
    SATO Koichi
    Cast
    INOUE Keiichi, TSUCHII Toshinobu, SATO Yoshihiro

    Sato Koichi who served as cinematographer on Silent Revolution and YUKIGUNI coordinated, directed, and shot this documentary. Narration is by actor Osugi Ren who passed away suddenly in 2018. Green House, a cinema in the city of Sakata in Yamagata P...

  • Somebody's NPP

    Somebody's NPP (2017)

    Director
    KAWAGUCHI Tsutomu
    Cast

    Documentary produced, directed, shot and edited by freelance video director Kawaguchi Tsutomu. Actor-cum-singer Mikami Kan provides the theme song. Oi Town in the Oi District of Fukui Prefecture has just 8,700 residents and is surrounded by the ocea...

  • DOWNRANGE

    DOWNRANGE (2017)

    Director
    KITAMURA Ryuhei
    Cast
    Kelly Connaire, Stephanie Pearson, Rod Hernandez-Ferella

    Kitamura Ryuhei, the director of VERSUS, Midnight Meat Train and No One Lives, has created a new type of thriller film. Maki Taro, the producer of In this Corner of the World and Tokyo Godfathers, has joined the production as the executive producer. ...

  • Ramen Shop

    Ramen Shop (2017)

    Director
    Eric Khoo
    Cast
    SAITOH Takumi, Mark Lee, Jeanette Aw

    Singaporean director Eric Khoo, whose 2008 film My Magic was nominated for a Palm d'Or, helms this Singapore/Japan/France co-produced drama. Masato (Saito Takumi) runs a ramen shop. When he loses his father Kazuo (Ihara Tsuyoshi), the owner of the s...

  • Riding Uphill

    Riding Uphill (2017)

    Director
    EGUCHI Kan
    Cast
    ABE Kenichi, FUKUYAMA Shodai, Moro MOROOKA

    Set in Kokura in Fukuoka Prefecture, birthplace of keirin cycle races, this drama depicts a former baseball player's attempt at a comeback by competing in cycle racing. Eguchi Kan, who took part in the creative direction of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic bid...

  • Pretenders

    Pretenders (2017)

    Director
    KUMAZAWA Naoto
    Cast
    CHIHARA Jr., Yuka, HIRAO Nanaka

    A live-action adaptation by Yurigokoro director Kumazawa Naoto of the identically titled manga by Shoji Hiroyuki who died at an early age. Shiromiya (Chihara Jr.), a NEET (Not in Education, Employment, or Training) about to turn 40, and a 5-year-old...

  • Passage of Life

    Passage of Life (2017)

    Director
    FUJIMOTO Akio
    Cast
    Kaung Myat Thu, Khin Myat Thu, Issace

    Drama based on the true story of a Myanmar family living in Japan. Feature film directorial debut for rookie Fujimoto Akio, who works in Japan and Myanmar. It won five awards and screened at over thirty film festivals. A family of four has left the...

  • Tengu Rider ~Emperor's inspector~

    Tengu Rider ~Emperor's inspector~ (2017)

    Director
    KUNO Tsutomu
    Cast
    KASAHARA Shinji, NAKAMURA Seijiro, NOGUCHI Mao

    Action-packed samurai drama set at the end of the Tokugawa era, produced as a regional development project for Otaki Village in Kiso District, Nagano Prefecture. Kyoto in 1961, the first year in the Bunkyu Era. As part of the policy for shogunate-im...

  • Silent Revolution

    Silent Revolution (2017)

    Director
    WATANABE Satoshi
    Cast
    SATO Yaemon, KOBAYASHI Minoru, HIRANO Akihide

    Documentary about people living in depopulated regions who are working to revitalize their communities through renewable energy. Directed by Watanabe Satoshi, whose film Reviving Recipes was an official invitation at the 36th Hong Kong International ...

  • RISE -Dharma within you-

    RISE -Dharma within you- (2017)

    Director
    SATO Katsunori
    Cast
    WACHI Takeaki, Momona, MIURA Yusuke

    Superhero action film about the birth of Dharuriser, the home-grown hero from Shirakawa City, Fukushima Prefecture. Action choreography by Justo Dieguez, who created the Keysi self-defense method used in Batman Begins. Tachi Akihiro (Wachi Takeaki) ...

  • Ai-chan, the Teen Detective from Yoshimoto Shinkigeki

    Ai-chan, the Teen Detective from Yoshimoto Shinkigeki (2017)

    Director
    NAKAMURA Kazuhiro
    Cast
    SAKAI Ai, KAKEI Toshio, TABATA Tomoko

    Third film in the warmhearted comedy series based on a comedy show. A chubby high school girl detective scrambles to protect an idol group. Stars Yoshimoto Shikigeki leader Sakai Aoi as the first female to head the theatre troupe. Cheerful and kind ...

  • AMIKO

    AMIKO (2017)

    Director
    YAMANAKA Yoko
    Cast
    SUNOHARA Aira, OSHITA Hiroto, MINEO Maiko

    Born in 1997, Yamanaka Yoko's debut film was achieved through her own efforts at the end of her teen years. Assembling the cast and staff through social media, the witty story of a complicated girl's romantic escapade created a stir. Invited to the 6...

  • In bloom

    In bloom (2017)

    Director
    OHASHI Takayuki
    Cast
    MINEO Sho, OTA Izuho, ISHIBASHI Seitaro

    This fantasy drama set in a world being infected by a strange disease is directed by Ohashi Takayuki, whose Angel in the Closet won the Best Picture award in the short film section of the 2014 SKIP City D-Cinema Film Festival. A strange disease call...

  • sukabro

    sukabro (2017)

    Director
    YAGI Junichi
    Cast
    KUBOZUKA Shunsuke, RUEED, AISHA

    Set in Yokosuka City, Kanagawa Prefecture featuring director and cast from the city in a completely local production. Stars Kubozuka Shunsuke of HANAGATAMI. Umino Ryusuke (Kubozuka) fails to make it as an actor in Tokyo and returns to his hometown of...

  • Shino Can't Say Her Name

    Shino Can't Say Her Name (2017)

    Director
    YUASA Hiroaki
    Cast
    MINAMI Sara, MAKITA Aju, HAGIWARA Riku

    Coming-of-age live-action adaptation of manga author Oshimi Shuzo's best-known work, which is based on his life experiences. Script by Adachi Shin of 100 YEN LOVE and Obon Brothers and helmed by first-time feature film director Yuasa Hiroaki. High ...

  • PROTECTORS OF FIREFLY RIVER 

    PROTECTORS OF FIREFLY RIVER  (2017)

    Director
    YAMADA Eiji
    Cast

    In-depth documentary about thirteen households in a small mountainside hamlet that has been designated for dam construction. TV commercial director Yamada Eiji makes his documentary film debut. In 1962, the Ishiki Dam Project was launched in Kawatan...

  • Kumanokara into the Shingu

    Kumanokara into the Shingu (2017)

    Director
    TANAKA Chiseko
    Cast
    KAIBE Tsuyoshi, URAN Sakiko, SUZUKI Yayoi

    Final film in the trilogy set in the Kumano region of Wakayama Prefecture from critic and documentary filmmaker Tanaka Chiseko. Uses a semi-documentary approach to depict the culture and climate born from the history of the land, set in Shingu City, ...

  • MODERN LOVE

    MODERN LOVE (2017)

    Director
    FUKUSHIMA Takuya
    Cast
    INAMURA Azusa, TAKAHASHI Takuro, YOSHINO Seicho

    Psycho-fantasy set in parallel worlds. A woman suffering from heartbreak encounters multiple versions of herself. Directed by Fukushima Takuya, who excels at the creation of apocalyptic worlds. Abnormal weather bombards Tokyo, which buzzes with exci...

  • GIRLS’ ENCOUNTER

    GIRLS’ ENCOUNTER (2017)

    Director
    EDA Yuka
    Cast
    MOSHI Moeka, MOTOLA Serena

    A teen drama depicting the encounter between a solitary girl subjected to bullying and a transfer student with a strange aura. Up-and-coming director Eda Yuka, "Miss iD 2016" grand prix winner Hoshi Moeka, and young model Motola Serena team up for th...

  • The Second Security Unit

    The Second Security Unit (2017)

    Director
    KAKIZAKI Yuji
    Cast
    KAKEI Toshio, DEAI Masayuki, TAKESHIMA Yuka

    A drama shining a light on the work of personal bodyguards, the film is based on a true story and depicts an elite private bodyguard team taking a stand against organized crime. Kakizaki Yuji, who in fact also heads a security firm, makes his directo...

  • KAIRAI

    KAIRAI (2017)

    Director
    MATSUMOTO Chiaki
    Cast
    KIGUCHI Kenta, NIKAIDO Satoshi, ISHIZAKI Natsumi

    Mystery produced as a graduation project for Musashino Art University and finalist for the Pia Film Festival Award 2016. Delves into the uncertainties of memory and perils of emotions through the mystery of an accidental drowning. Magazine reporter ...

  • The Reverse Diaries

    The Reverse Diaries (2017)

    Director
    SONODA Shin
    Cast
    OGAWA Gen, ARAI Iku, ONO Marie

    In this suspense romance, filmmaker Sonoda Arata adapts his own original script for his first film since Wiz/Out in 2007. Honored with seven awards at overseas film festivals, including Best Feature at the London Film Awards. Shiraishi Rihito (Ogawa...