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  • La Vérité (The Truth)

    La Vérité (The Truth) (2019)

    Director
    KORE-EDA Hirokazu
    Cast
    Catherine DENEUVE, Juliette BINOCHE, Ethan HAWKE

    Kore-eda Hirokazu, winner of the Cannes Film Festival's Palme d'Or for Shoplifters, directs his first international co-production film. Based on the autobiography by one of France's legendary actresses, the drama unfolds around a truth concealed betw...

  • Battle of Okinawa: Unknown Sad Memories

    Battle of Okinawa: Unknown Sad Memories (2019)

    Director
    OTA Takafumi
    Cast

    Documentary that delves into memories of the horrific combat in Okinawa, the site of Japan's only land warfare during World War II. Ota Takafumi helmed the feature film The House of Rising Suns about a tragic nuclear power plant accident. A third of...

  • The Murders of Oiso

    The Murders of Oiso (2019)

    Director
    MISAWA Takuya
    Cast
    MORIYA Koji, NAKAZAKI Haya, MORI Yusaku

    Drama about uncertainty and loneliness as experienced by young people in Oiso, Kanagawa Prefecture. Director Misawa Takuya's debut feature film Chigasaki Story was a Japan-Thailand co-production screened at the 44th International Film Festival Rotter...

  • Flying Rabbit in the Night Sky

    Flying Rabbit in the Night Sky (2019)

    Director
    Andrew SHIN
    Cast
    KIKUCHI Atsuko, SUZUKI Mutsumi, ISHIYAMA Yuta

    Fantasy best understood as a contemporary fairytale about the struggles of the pregnant heroine whose fetus is a rabbit. Feature directorial debut for Korean-American Andrew Shin, who has composed soundtracks for Manda Kunitoshi's films and also hand...

  • BOLT

    BOLT (2019)

    Director
    HAYASHI Kaizo
    Cast
    NAGASE Masatoshi, SANO Shiro, KANAYAMA Kazuhiko

    Hayashi Kaizo of the "Private Detective Mike Hama" series writes and directs this short film omnibus which took three years to complete. It consists of three episodes titled "Bolt", "Life", and "Goodyear" each starring Hayashi's close friend Nagase M...

  • F is for Future

    F is for Future (2019)

    Director
    ISOBE Teppei
    Cast
    SAKURAI Yasuyuki, SANO Hiroki, Karen

    Coming-of-age film that uses humor and heart to portray a high school guy implementing a plan to protect his buddy's honor. Director Isobe Teppei won Best Picture in the Short Film category at the SKIP CITY INTERNATIONAL D-Cinema FESTIVAL 2018 for Wh...

  • Indelible

    Indelible (2019)

    Director
    TSUNODA Ryuichi
    Cast

    Documentary woven together as the universal story of father and son, focusing on the ethnic Chinese Koreans who live outside the Korean Peninsula. A boy who was born in the Yanbian Korean Autonomous Prefecture in China moves to Japan at age 10. Now ...

  • The Investigator's Love Letter

    The Investigator's Love Letter (2019)

    Director
    IMAI Iori
    Cast
    SATO Mao, SATO Nuiko

    Sato Mao, known as "Investigator Mao", and his wife who is showing signs of dementia, are the subjects of this documentary which chronicles their daily life. In the director's chair is Imai Iori, an Osaka-based filmmaker who works both in television ...

  • Tagore Songs

    Tagore Songs (2019)

    Director
    SASAKI Mika
    Cast

    Documentary exploring the appeal of "Tagore songs" about nature and devotion in Bengal from poet Rabindranath Tagore, who was the first non-Western Nobel laureate in literature. Debut film from 26-year-old Sasaki Mika, who learned about Bengali cultu...

  • Leaving Home

    Leaving Home (2019)

    Director
    HAYAKAWA Daisuke
    Cast
    NAGAOKA Tasuku, KOZONO Yu, YANAGI Elisa

    This drama about a family is set in a small community along the natural splendor of the Uwa Sea dotted by islands large and small. In the director's chair is Hayakawa Daisuke who is making his feature directing debut with this film. Ten years ago Ke...

  • A Girl Under a Tree

    A Girl Under a Tree (2019)

    Director
    MORIYA Fumio
    Cast
    YANAGI Elisa

    This uncommon film simply showing matter-of-factly a girl sleeping beneath the shade of a tree is directed by Moriya Fumio who made his directorial debut with Manga-jima: The Island of Cartoon. He is also an actor as well as a screenwriter who wrote ...

  • Dancing in her Dreams

    Dancing in her Dreams (2019)

    Director
    TOKIGAWA Hideyuki
    Cast
    KATO Masaya, INUKAI Atsuhiro, OKAMURA Izumi

    Drama about a real-life strip club in Hiroshima that has survived numerous threatened closures. Direction, script and editing by Tokigawa Hideyuki of Cinema Angel. Won the Jury Award at the 2020 Madrid International Film Festival. Hiroshima Theater ...

  • AWAKE

    AWAKE (2019)

    Director
    YAMADA Atsuhiro
    Cast
    YOSHIZAWA Ryo, WAKABA Ryuya, OCHIAI Motoki

    Yamada Atsuhiro directs his own screenplay, Inspired by the 2015 Shogi (Japanese-style chess) Denou-sen competition, which won the first Kinoshita Group New Director Award Grand Prix with Kawase Naomi heading up the jury. Inspired by the 2015 Shogi D...

  • I Never Shot Anyone

    I Never Shot Anyone (2019)

    Director
    SAKAMOTO Junji
    Cast
    ISHIBASHI Renji, OKUSU Michiyo, KISHIBE Ittoku

    Quirky comedy helmed by Another World director Sakamoto Junji, with original script by Maruyama Shoichi of "Detective Story" fame. Rumor has it that Ichikawa Susumu (Ishibashi Renji) is a legendary hitman. However, in truth he's a struggling writer ...

  • CENOTE

    CENOTE (2019)

    Director
    ODA Kaori
    Cast

    Documentary about "cenotes", cave water pits that are found throughout the northern part of Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula. Cenotes were the sole water source during the Maya civilization period, and they were also sites of sacrificial ceremonies prayin...

  • Dangerous Drugs of Sex

    Dangerous Drugs of Sex (2019)

    Director
    JOJO Hideo
    Cast
    KITADAI Takashi, WATANABE Sho

    The live-action adaptation of Mizuta Yuki's boy's love comic of the same name incorporates extreme sexual portrayals as it renders a story of rebirth though finding the meaning of "sex" and "life". In the director's chair is Jojo Hideo, who is known ...

  • Reiko and the Dolphin

    Reiko and the Dolphin (2019)

    Director
    IMAOKA Shinji
    Cast
    TAKEDA Aki, KAWAYA Hidetoshi

    This drama portrays twenty-three years in the life of a husband and wife who lost their only daughter in the Great Hanshin Earthquake. Director Imaoka Shinji depicts, among the streets of Kobe, the restoration of the couple's relationship after the d...

  • PARADISE LOST

    PARADISE LOST (2019)

    Director
    FUKUMA Kenji
    Cast
    WADA Misa, AZUMA Tengo, ETO Shuhei

    Drama marking the sixth feature film from poet-cum-director Fukuma Kenji. The film uses both fantasy and realism in exploring how to live after your dreams have been lost, through the life of a woman who has been widowed. In a lonely spot in the Tok...

  • ALL ABOUT "CHIAKI MAYUMURA" (PROVISIONAL)

    ALL ABOUT "CHIAKI MAYUMURA" (PROVISIONAL) (2019)

    Director
    MATSUURA Hajime
    Cast
    MAYUMURA Chiaki, TOKUNAGA Eri, SHINADA Makoto

    Documentary that uses a plethora of fictional elements to disentangle the life of "self-produced idol" Mayamura Chiaki, who plunges ahead on her unique path in life as head of the company Janaimon. Helmed by Matsuuura Hajime, who directs her music vi...

  • The Modern Lovers

    The Modern Lovers (2019)

    Director
    SHIMOYASHIRO Atsuro
    Cast
    MORIOKA Ryu, KAWAKAMI Nanami

    Romance that uses bold eroticism to portray a guy who meets his ex-girlfriend and makes a clean break with his youth. Won multiple awards at MOOSIC LAB 2019. Feature film directorial debut for Shimoyashiro Atsuro, who did the soundtrack for Imaoka Sh...

  • TOBISHIMA

    TOBISHIMA (2019)

    Director
    OMIYA Koichi, TANAKA Kei
    Cast

    Out in the Sea of Japan rises the populated island of Tobishima. This documentary chronicles the day-to-day life of the people living there. It is co-directed by Omiya Koichi of TAIDAMA–I'm home, a place for everyone and Tanaka Kei of Under the Cher...

  • A Man in Love

    A Man in Love (2019)

    Director
    MURATA Nobuo
    Cast
    OGI Shigemitsu, SASAKI Kokone, DEGUCHI Arisa

    Mature comedy about the love life of a middle-aged guy at the half-way point in life. Distribution company Mermaid Films' head Murata Nobuo makes his directorial debut at age 56. The Polish cinema maestro Jerzy Skolimowski serves as supervising edito...

  • KONTORA

    KONTORA (2019)

    Director
    Anshul CHAUHAN
    Cast
    MARUI Wan, MASE Hidemasa, YAMADA Taichi

    The odd meeting between a young girl in search of a mysterious treasure and a homeless man unfolds in monochromatic imagery in this drama. At the helm is Anshul Chauhan, an Indian director presently residing in Japan who garnered attention at domesti...

  • Mentai-piriri

    Mentai-piriri (2019)

    Director
    EGUCHI Kan
    Cast
    HAKATA Hanamaru, TOMITA Yasuko

    The life of a businessman who broadened the popularity of mentaiko (spicy cod roe) in Japan serves is the basis for this biographical drama directed by Eguchi Kan who won the Best Action Film award at the 23rd Fantasia International Film Festival for...

  • Dancing Mary

    Dancing Mary (2019)

    Director
    SABU
    Cast
    EXILE NAOTO, YAMADA Aina, ISHIBASHI Ryo

    The efforts of a man and woman struggling to fulfill the wish of a ghost unfold in this fantasy drama directed by SABU whose Mr. Long was screened in the competition section of the 76th Berlin International Film Festival. This film was awarded the Ju...