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  • Amanogawa

    Amanogawa (2018)

    Director
    CONEY Shun
    Cast
    FUKUCHI Momoko, YANAGI Takayuki, IKUTA Tomoko

    Shiori, a student living in Tokyo, feels lost in life. Her mother Satomi is an AI researcher, dedicated both to her work and educating her daughter to the highest level. Shiori stops going to school after getting banned from playing the Japanese taik...

  • Orphans Blues

    Orphans Blues (2018)

    Director
    KUDO Riho
    Cast
    MURAKAMI Yukino, KAMIKAWA Takuro, TSUJI Nagiko

    Road movie that won the Grand Prize at Pia Film Festival Award 2018. Director Kudo Riho was 22 years old when a passage by Terayama Shuji inspired this film about a heroine who lives all out amidst the impending doom of an endless summer. Ema (Murak...

  • SOMETHING

    SOMETHING (2018)

    Director
    SHIBATA Keisuke
    Cast
    OGAWA An, TAKAHASHI Yusuke

    Coming-of-age drama helmed by Shibata Keisuke, who garnered numerous honors at domestic film festivals for his short film Hitomazu Susume. Set in a provincial seaside town, the film depicts the halcyon days of an overseas exchange student girl and hi...

  • Cyclops

    Cyclops (2018)

    Director
    OBA Norichika
    Cast
    IKEUCHI Mansaku, SAITO Yu, SATO Kozo

    Noir indie film helmed by Oba Norichika, who drew inspiration from a painting by the French artist Odilon Redon. Won the Governor of Hokkaido Prize and the Cinegard Award at the 2018 Yubari International Fantastic Film Festival. Shinohara (Ikeuchi M...

  • MOONLESS DAWN

    MOONLESS DAWN (2018)

    Director
    ABE Harika
    Cast
    NAKAO Yuka, AOKI Yuzu, ECHIGO Haruka

    Teen ensemble film that won the Runner-up Grand Prize at MOOSIC LAB 2018, the film festival for collaborations between cutting-edge directors and artists. Rookie director Abe Harika drew inspiration from LOWPOPLTD., who releases music online. Ko (Ao...

  • MUGEN FOUNDATION

    MUGEN FOUNDATION (2018)

    Director
    OSAKI Akira
    Cast
    MINAMI Sara, NISHIYAMA Cosame, HARA Nanoka

    Coming-of-age film about teenage girls created with improvised performances and inspired by singer/songwriter Nishiyama Cosame's song "Mirai e." Won two awards at MOOSIC LAB 2018, the film festival where cutting-edge filmmakers collaborate with music...

  • Remember the full moon night

    Remember the full moon night (2018)

    Director
    KAWAKITA Yumeki
    Cast
    TOKIYOSHI Erika, TAKEUCHI Momoko, NOJIMA Kenya

    Coming-of-age ensemble film produced for MOOSIC LAB 2018, the film festival where cutting-edge filmmakers collaborate with musicians. Directed by Kawakita Yumeki, whose previous film Kawaranaide. Hyakunichisou was selected for screenings at indie fil...

  • TAKE OVER ZONE

    TAKE OVER ZONE (2018)

    Director
    YAMASAKI Shimpei
    Cast
    YOSHINA Ruri, UCHIDA Chika, KAWASE Yohta

    Sari is a junior high school student in a track & field club, living with her father who divorced his wife 3 years ago. The divorce casts shadow to her life as she felt no affections from her mother as she leaves the house with her younger brother To...

  • ERICA 38

    ERICA 38 (2018)

    Director
    HIBI Yuichi
    Cast
    ASADA Miyoko, KIKI Kilin

    This is the only film Kiki Kilin, of Shoplifters fame among many others, conceived in her lifetime. Based on a true story, it depicts a woman turning to a life of fraud because of her desires. In the director's chair is Hibi Yuichi whose Ken San won ...

  • Speak Low

    Speak Low (2018)

    Director
    YAMAMOTO Akira
    Cast
    OBA Minami, IIDA Kaoru, YAMAZAKI Yohei

    Romance helmed by Yamamoto Akira, the assistant director of Our House, an official selection at the 68th Berlin International Film Festival. Depicts the emotional distance between a couple visiting the Atami hot springs. Nominated for the First Film ...

  • KICK

    KICK (2018)

    Director
    NAKAMURA Kazuhiko
    Cast
    NAGAOKA Mari, HIGASHI Takenori, KITAZAWA Yohei

    Documentary capturing six years in the lives of players with serious disabilities who aim to compete in the Powerchair Football World Cup. Nagaoka Mari suffers from spinal muscular atrophy and has never walked even a single step in her life. But, sh...

  • Michikusa

    Michikusa (2018)

    Director
    SHISHIDO Daisuke
    Cast

    This documentary follows the daily life of people with severe autism living by themselves. Most individuals with severe developmental disabilities are limited in the places they can reside such as those who live with their parents, and at institution...

  • WE ARE

    WE ARE (2018)

    Director
    FUJII Michihito
    Cast
    MANO Erina, SHIMIZU Kurumi, YOKOHAMA Ryusei

    Coming-of-age ensemble drama by young director Fujii Michihito, who also helmed Oh! Father, INNOCENT BLOOD and THE JOURNALIST. Stars Mano Erina from BLEACH and Impossibility Defense. Seven teens graduate from high school in Maebashi City, Gunma Pref...

  • Siblings of the Cape

    Siblings of the Cape (2018)

    Director
    KATAYAMA Shinzo
    Cast
    MATSUURA Yuya, WADA Misa, KITAYAMA Masayasu

    The debut film by Katayama Shinzo, who has served as assistant director on the films of Bong Joon-ho and Yamashita Nobuhiro, which he wrote, directed and produced. It depicts a brother and sister with disabilities dirtying their hands with prostituti...

  • The Nikaidos' Fall

    The Nikaidos' Fall (2018)

    Director
    Ida PANAHANDEH
    Cast
    KATO Masaya, ISHIBASHI Shizuka, MACHIDA Keita

    Latest film from the Nara International Film Festival's "NARAtive" film production project. Helmed by Ida Panahandeh, who won a special prize for promising new directors in the Un Certain Regard section at the 68th Cannes Film Festival. Kawase Naomi ...

  • Things to know before you become a cancer patient

    Things to know before you become a cancer patient (2018)

    Director
    MIYAKE Nagaru
    Cast
    WAKAO Fumihiko, KATSUMATA Noriyuki, YAMAUCHI Hideko

    Miyake Nagaru of "Ultimate land - a year of Iwasaki Onikenbai" and "Traveling by Leaps and Bounds: Portrait of Noh Actor Reijiro Tsumura" directs, shoots, and edits this documentary examining in a variety of angles the subject of cancer which is said...

  • DOCUMENTARY FILM TARO OKAMOTO’S OKINAWA WHAT HE FOUND

    DOCUMENTARY FILM TARO OKAMOTO’S OKINAWA WHAT HE FOUND (2018)

    Director
    KATSURAYAMA Yoshihisa
    Cast
    OKAMOTO Taro

    The mindset of one of Japan's prominent artists, Okamoto Taro, on his two journeys to Okinawa is closely examined in this documentary. Artist Okamoto Taro arrives on Okinawa seeking the answer to the questions: "What is a Japanese person?" and "What...

  • Astral abnormal Suzukisan

    Astral abnormal Suzukisan (2018)

    Director
    ONO Daisuke
    Cast
    MATSUMOTO Honoka, NISHIYAMA Mayuko, TANAKA Taketo

    Director's cut that revamps for film the 17 episodes of a YouTube drama series with {In This Corner of the World} TV drama heroine Matsumoto Honoka as the protagonist. Rara (Matsumoto) makes her living as a YouTuber while cursing her life in a backw...

  • Whale-shaped Dream

    Whale-shaped Dream (2018)

    Director
    FUJIWARA Tomoyuki
    Cast
    YANO Masato, TAKEDA Rina, OKAMOTO Rei

    Blue Gateway of Happiness director Fujiwara Tomoyuki helms this drama. Kujirai Taichi (Yano Masato) has been selected to be the leader of the staff at the Taiji Municipal Whale Museum. Despite enlisting the aid of Shiraishi Yui (Takeda Rina) who cam...

  • KUMA ELOHIM

    KUMA ELOHIM (2018)

    Director
    SAKATA Takahiro
    Cast
    MURAKAMI Yukino, FURUYA Konosuke, TAKAMI Aya

    The loneliness and discord between a man and woman living on another planet similar to Earth is depicted in this literary science fiction film set in the near future. Sakata Takahiro, a graduate of the Nihon University Fine Arts Department's Film Stu...

  • ITOSATO A Kyoto Coutesan at the End of Samurai Era

    ITOSATO A Kyoto Coutesan at the End of Samurai Era (2018)

    Director
    KASHIMA Mikiya
    Cast
    FUJINO Ryoko, MIZOBATA Junpei, MATSUI Rena

    A geisha's tragic love story is told in this period film which was an official selection of the 38th Hawaii International Film Festival. The film is written and directed by Kashima Mikiya, a veteran of many period television series. Fujino Ryoko, who...

  • FROM ALL CORNERS

    FROM ALL CORNERS (2018)

    Director
    OKAJIMA Ryusuke
    Cast
    SHIMAZU Fuyuki

    Los Angeles based video director Okajima Ryusuke directs his first feature-length documentary about "cardboard artist" Shimazu Fuyuki who creates wallets from cardboard boxes discarded on the street or in front of stores. Calling himself "the cardbo...

  • JIZOLIBIDO

    JIZOLIBIDO (2018)

    Director
    KASATANI Yoshiaki
    Cast
    KOIDE Yukiko, Edward M. Gómez, MUKAI Shutoku

    Kasatani Yoshiaki of A Short Film About DISTORTION follows up his previous film with this documentary which turns the camera on Atelier Yamanami, the facility for handicapped persons who produce imaginative art work. Artists with developmental disabi...

  • My Train Diary

    My Train Diary (2018)

    Director
    KODAMA Nobuhisa
    Cast
    YOKOZAWA Natsuko, HAGIWARA Minori, YAMAZAKI Ginnojo

    Kodama Nobuhisa of Wife's Lover writes and directs this drama based on a true story of a shut down railway and the citizens who revive it as the Echizen Railway. It depicts a woman's recovery and her bond with her family. Izumi (Yokozawa Natsuko) we...

  • Tarinae

    Tarinae (2018)

    Director
    OKAWA Shiori
    Cast
    SATO Tsutomu

    The son of a Japanese imperial soldier who died on the Marshall Islands during the Pacific War retraces his fathers footsteps in this documentary. Toward the end of the Pacific War, a Japanese imperial soldier dies of starvation on the Marshall Isla...