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...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...LEARN MORE.
A pair of dark, disturbing, delusional tales of disaffected youth in Japan. An Official Selection at the Berlin Film Festival, Carnival in the Night (Masashi Yamamoto, 1982, 108 mins.) captures the Tokyo punk scene of the 1980s. Blurring the line between documentary and fiction, Yamamota gets the most out of a cast of young toughs, who more or less play themselves, while shooting on 16mm for an appropriately gritty style. It involves a punk rocker who leaves her son with her ex-husband and begins an unusual odyssey through Tokyo's underbelly. A punk ethos also informs Peep TV Show (2004, 98 mins.), Yutaka Tsuchiya's energetic descent into the subculture of video surveillance, Japanese "Lolitas," pornography, internet transmissions, and 9-11. Tsuchiya offers a radical perspective on complex subjects, experimenting with every aspect of digital. In Japanese with English subtitles. Masashi Yamamoto/Yutaka Tsuchiya---Japan---1982/2004---206 mins.
With his stripped-down style and minimalist aesthetic, director Masahiro Kobayashi offers a clean, cool vibe for a new era of Japanese cinema...LEARN MORE.
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.
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...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...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.
TALES OF A TERROR CULT 2PK
In the controversial documentaries A (1998, 136 mins.) and A2 (2001, 131 mins.), filmmaker Tatsuya Mori reveals the inner workings of the notorious Aum Shinrikyo cult, which was accused of releasing deadly poison ga s into the Tokyo subway in 1995. Mori benefited from unprecedented access to the sect, resulting in a multi-faceted view of the cult members and the society that fears them. "Rather than explain Aum," said Mori, "I wanted to show how Japanese society has deteriorated." In Japanese with English subtitles. Tatsuya Mori---Japan---1998/2001---267 mins.