Shot over a period of two years, and with unprecedented access to the Aum sect accused of mass killing with poison gas in the Tokyo subway, this astonishing documentary by Tatsuya...LEARN MORE.
Tatsuya Mori's sequel to A continues to follow the Aum Shinrikyo cult responsible for the lethal gas attack in March 1995 on a subway station in Tokyo. When a law was passed that...LEARN MORE.
Nominated for the Golden Palm at Cannes in 2005, Masahiro Kobayashi's Bashing is a heartbreaking film based on real-life events. The narration begins after Japanese aid worker Yuko...LEARN MORE.
Shot in black-and-white, Bootleg Film is a darkly comic road movie about two men, Tatsuo (Emoto Akira) and Kiyoshi (Shiina Kippei), who are the best of friends despite being on opposite...LEARN MORE.
CARNIVAL IN THE NIGHT
Edgy indie director Masashi Yamamota (Junk Foo) captures the punk scene of 1980s Japan in this prickly early film. Blurring the line between documentary and fiction, Yamamota...LEARN MORE.
DEDICATED LIFE, A
Kazuo Hara, who rattled the Japanese establishment with The Emperor's Naked Army Marches On and Goodbye CP, turns his camera on controversial writer Mitsuharu Inoue in this powerful...LEARN MORE.
EXTREME PRIVATE EROS LOVE SONG
In this intensely intimate documentary, filmmaker Kazuo Hara takes on a very difficult subject: his former lover, Takeda Miyuki. A feminist bisexual in 1970s Japan, Miyuki is a maverick...LEARN MORE.
Maverick documentary filmmaker Kazuo Hara once again criticizes the mores and customs of Japanese society in this unsentimental portrait of adults with cerebral palsy. Focusing on how the CP...LEARN MORE.
KOBAYASHI FOUR, THE (BASHING/BOOTLEG FILM/MAN WALKING ON SNOW/THE REBIRTH)
With his stripped-down style and minimalist aesthetic, director Masahiro Kobayashi offers a clean, cool vibe for a new era of Japanese cinema. Kobayashi deals with the issues and problems that plague Japanese culture, often exposing truths that society does not want to see. Bashing (2005, 82 mins.) tells the story of Yuko, a Japanese aid worker held hostage in Iraq. Her return home is anything but happy, as coworkers, friends and family harass her for shaming the country. Shot in black-and-white, Bootleg Film (1999, 74 mins.) is a darkly comic road movie about two men, who are best friends despite being on opposite sides of the law. One is a retiring Yakuza, the other a cop, and the two embark on the road trip from hell to attend the funeral of their mutual beloved. Man Walking on Snow (2001, 103 mins.) follows lonely widower Nobuo, who struggles to communicate with his sons. Lastly, Kobayashi directs himself in The Rebirth (2007, 102 mins.), a stark drama about a widower grieving for his daughter, who was stabbed to death by a classmate. Haunted by the loss, the man moves to northern Japan, where he spots the mother of his daughter's killer working as a cook at a local inn. In Japanese with English subtitles.
Masahiro Kobayashi---Japan---1999-2007---361 mins.
LOVE CONQUERS ALL
Filmmaker Tan Chui-mui won the Tiger Award at the 2007 Rotterdam Film Festival for directing this Malaysian indie drama about the foibles of modern romance as told from a distinctly...LEARN MORE.
MAN WALKING ON SNOW
Ken Ogata (Mishima) delivers a wonderful performance as Honma Nobuo, a lonely, elderly widower who lives with his youngest son, Yasuo (Hayashi Yasufumi), in a remote...LEARN MORE.
MIKE YOKOHAMA: A FOREST WITH NO NAME
Shinji Aoyama's hip and action-packed detective thriller follows private eye Mike Yokohama (Masatoshi Nagase) as he dons Elvis-esque attire and agrees to help a wealthy businessman...LEARN MORE.
NAOYUKI TSUJI ANIMATION COLLECTION
Worlds apart from anime and close to experimental film, Japanese animator Naoyuki Tsuji creates a distinctive universe with a few simple, hand-drawn lines in charcoal and pastel. What...LEARN MORE.
NORTH KOREA: A DAY IN THE LIFE
For this rare look inside North Korea, director Pieter Fleury gained unprecedented access to a country generally cloaked in secrecy. Using "a day in the life" format, Fleury follows the daily routines...LEARN MORE.
PEEP TV SHOW
A punk ethos informs Yutaka Tsuchiya's energetic descent into the Japanese subculture of video surveillance, Japanese "Lolitas", pornography, internet transmissions and 9-11...LEARN MORE.
Acclaimed Japanese indie filmmaker Masahiro Kobayashi (Bashing; Man Walking on Snow) directs himself in this stark drama about a widower grieving for his daughter, who was stabbed to...LEARN MORE.
Independent filmmaker Masashi Yamamota, known for his edgy dramas that capture the restless spirit of Japanese youth, appropriates The Adventures of Robinson Crusoe and transplants...LEARN MORE.