International Sales Catalogue

MOURNING RECIPE

Her last will was to let her family have a great party on the 49th days after her death. Can the daughter and her father make the wish come true and make their own lives move forward…?

Directed by Yuki Tanada
Starring: Hiromi Nagasaku, Renji Ishibashi, Masaki Okada, Fumi Nikaido

Looking for a True Fiancee

Director: Yuki Iwata
Cast: Takayuki Yamada Manami Konishi Yoko Maki Chizuru Ikewaki

A man struggles to find out who he was supposed to make the marriage proposal among his three girlfriends after he loses its memory by falling to the ice on a skating rink.

Be Sure To Share

Written and Directed by Sion Sono
Starring AKIRA, Eiji Okuda

Shiro has a secret that he cannot tell to his father, mother, or even to his fiancee... A moving story of a man who finally communicates heart to heart through the experience of caring his sick father and facing the reality of death.

AKAGI THE GAMBLER (1995)

Drama
Theatrical Release in Japan: N/A
85 mins.

Directed by: Kenzo Maihara
Takashi Kashiwabara, Minori Terada

It's 1958, and a young man emerges from a mahjong match as winner. It is Shigeru Akagi, who now reigns as champion in the shady world of yakuza mahjong gaming. However, he's targeted as a suspect in a murder case, and relentlessly pursued by a detective... Based on the Nobuyuki Fukumoto comic. Starring Takashi Kashiwabara.

* available for Taiwan and Mainland China only

AKAGI THE GAMBLER II (1997)

Drama
Theatrical Release in Japan: N/A
88 mins.

Directed by: Kenji Maihara
Takashi Kashiwabara, Arata Furuta

The genius that shook the mahjong world makes his return, perhaps... A detective knows everything about Akagi, the mahjong champion, and creates a duplicate of him by using an average youth that he encountered in the street. The fake Akagi is sold to the boss of the Kawada-gumi, but the gang finds out! And where is the real Akagi?! Based on the Nobuyuki Fukumoto comic, starring Takashi Kashiwabara.

THE CURRENCY AND THE BLONDE (1999)

Drama
Theatrical Release in Japan: 01/22/00
84 mins.

Directed by: Rokuro Mochizuki
Taro Suwa, Eri Kimura

A university professor's secret passion: a fetish for "blonde hair." His masochistic fantasies gradually escalate into reality. Directed by Rokuro Mochizuki, screened at Venice.

DANGER DE MORT (1999)

Action
Theatrical Release in Japan: 05/08/99
115 mins.

Directed by: Yoshiho Fukuoka
Ken Kaneko, Yukiko Okamoto

The story of a young man and woman who set out to revenge the death of her mother. The lovers enter a mysterious world where space and time are twisted, where love is more dangerous than death... An innovative film directed by Ken Kaneko.

DIRECTOR INFECTION (2003)

Drama
Theatrical Release in Japan: 11/29/03
100 mins.
http://www.gaga.ne.jp/kantokukansen/

Directed by: Kazumasa Suzuki, Hideo Sakaki, Shunsuke Matsuoka, Satoshi Saffen, Hiroshi Shinagawa
Asaharu Hasegawa, Anna Tsuchiya

Compilation of five short idiosyncratic films and screenplays by five men who shared one common desire, "I want to make a movie!" Includes "Kenenn," on social issues, "Shuchaku Eki no Tsugi no Eki," set on a train, "Payday," of past and present, "Remholic," filled with eclectic items, and "Two Shot," about stand-up comics.

DRUG GARDEN (2000)

Drama
Theatrical Release in Japan: 06/17/00
89 mins.

Directed by: Reona Hirota
Reona Hirota, Mitsuru Fukikoshi

An actress, Leona, takes a massive number of pills for her "panic disorder." One day she finds out she's pregnant. A model, Chiru, who lives with Leona, suddenly dies... Directed by Leona Hirota.

THE EASY LIFE (1998)

Drama
Theatrical Release in Japan: 04/30/98
108 mins.

Directed by: Katsuji Kanazawa
Hiroyuki Ariyoshi, Kazunari Moriwaki

A pair of reckless, fearless delinquent youths in Kishiwada, Osaka, share a philosophy of "just enjoying the easy life." They encounter laughter, tears, brawls and anger as they fumble their way towards maturity. Features the popular "Saruganseki" duo.

GETTING EVEN WITH BAD BOYS (1998)

Comedy
Theatrical Release in Japan: 10/30/98
98 mins.

Directed by: Takashi Komatsu
Yasuzo Harada, Jun Nakura

A gang of tough youths, who have little interest in finding work, while away their days with quarrels and girls in their Kishiwada neighborhood. Based on the novel by Toshikazu Nakaba, who also wrote "The Easy Life". Starring the popular comic trio, "Neptune."

HAPPINESS IN AUGUST (2003)

Fantasy
Theatrical Release in Japan: 2008/2/3
87 mins.

Directed by: Iwao Takahashi
Ryuhei Matsuda

Teru, a 17-year-old high school student, goes to live at a relative's house in Okinawa after the death of his mother. He becomes aware of a mysterious and powerful force within their family. Then, one day, he encounters a mysterious man with the soul of a tree?! The story of a mystical journey, against the backdrop of spirit-filled Okinawa Island.

HER VISION IN SUMMER (2002)

Fantasy
Theatrical Release in Japan: 2012/7/2
71 mins.

Directed by: Kousuke Suzuki
Kasumi Nakane, Kenji Mizuhashi

Mamoru works as an illustrator in Tokyo. He and his girlfriend decide to visit his hometown of Onomichi. It is a bitter-sweet homecoming, for Mamoru has not been home in eight years. Upon his return, he experiences flashbacks of his ex-girlfriend, who died eight years ago. Feeling a sense of vulnerability, he visits the temple that he used to frequent in the past. There he sees a vision of Megumi, his ex-girlfriend...

HOGI-LALA (2001)

Music
Theatrical Release in Japan: 04/20/02
96 mins.
http://www.gaga.ne.jp/hogilala/

Directed by: Toshiro Zoga
Koji Matsuo, Tamaki Ogawa

Set in the near future. Children who are contaminated by radiation poisoning face the fate of being cast into the sea. However, one boy manages to survive and drift to Hogi-Lala Island, where only children live. He starts to live happily there, but...

INFINITY (2001)

Fantasy
Theatrical Release in Japan: 2012/1/1
119 mins.

Directed by: Iwao Takahashi
Hideki Togi, Magumi Okina, Kenta Harada

During travel to a southern island that has the shape of an "Infinity" symbol, writer Takahashi's own life and the life of his novel's main character, also called Takahashi, begin to interweave and soon intersect...

KING OF MAHJONG (1992)

Drama
Theatrical Release in Japan: N/A
100 mins.

Directed by: Masaru Konuma
Kentaro Shimizu, Takanobu Hozumi

Shoichi Sakurai, a university student, had come to despise mahjong because of the ruinous effect it had on his gambling father. In spite of this, while watching his friends play mahjong, he firmly resolves to become an "invincible mahjong player." He learns everything he can through diligent self-study, then beats the unscrupulous mahjong gangsters to revenge his father's ruin! And then, he enters the realm of life or death mahjong...

* TV rights only

KING OF MAHJONG II (1993)

Drama
Theatrical Release in Japan: N/A
70 mins.

Directed by: Masaru Konuma
Kentaro Shimizu, Ryota Nakanishi

Shoichi graduates from university, and gets a job at a real estate company. When he visits a hot spring town on a business trip with his boss, they become aware that an old couple, acquaintances of the boss, are in serious trouble. The old man, an ex-gambler, is facing a desperate situation because of intimidation by an emerging syndicate that is making a fortune through mahjong. Shoichi heads off for a mahjong contest with the gang...

* TV rights only

KING OF MAHJONG III (1994)

Drama
Theatrical Release in Japan: N/A
95 mins.

Directed by: Masaru Konuma
Kentaro Shimizu, Shosuke Hirose

Shoichi leaves the real estate company and starts his own import business. He marries and has a son; his life seems perfect. But then he is tricked by an important politician and lured into a dubious mahjong contest. He descends into a world of "extraterritorial mahjong" that knows nothing of law, human rights, or even fair play...

* TV rights only

KING OF MAHJONG IV (1995)

Drama
Theatrical Release in Japan: N/A
80 mins.

Directed by: Masaru Konuma
Kentaro Shimizu, Ryu Kano

Shoichi encounters a mysterious man, Sada, at a mahjong club. Sada speaks little, but plays with an absolutely dominating presence. Shoichi feels a real sense of intimidation. Later, he encounters the man once again, but in a totally unexpected place... Note that the real Shoichi Sakurai plays the role of Sada.

* TV rights only

KING OF MAHJONG V (1995)

Drama
Theatrical Release in Japan: N/A
80 mins.

Directed by: Masaru Konuma
Kentaro Shimizu, Jiro Sakagami

Shoichi starts to spend time with a designer named Kyoko. Then, one day, Kyoko introduces him to her father, Mo, who had gained legendary status as a smuggler in the ruins of post-war Japan. Shoichi and Mo commence a mahjong contest...

* TV rights only

KING OF MAHJONG: ANOTHER STORY (1996)

Drama
Theatrical Release in Japan: N/A
93 mins.

Directed by: Masaru Konuma
Ryu Kano, Tatsuo Nadaka

Mahjong, as played by the real Shoichi Sakurai in his early years, is carefully reconstructed in the movie. His amazing mahjong strategies are fully revealed for the first time!

* TV rights only

KING OF MAHJONG RETURNS (1998)

Drama
Theatrical Release in Japan: N/A
95 mins.

Directed by: Masaru Konuma
Kentaro Shimizu, Kentaro Nakakura

The mahjong technical prowess and passion of Shoichi has drawn the wrath of a jaded government official. "He is an affront to our national dignity! His unbeaten record must be brought to an end!" The powerful bureaucratic elite is destined to collide with the lone-wolf Shoichi within the confines of the mahjong table...

* TV rights only

KISS ME SO LONG I CAN'T BREATH (1999)

Yakuza
Theatrical Release in Japan: 2008/4/1
90 mins.

Directed by: Taegwan Kim
Atsuki Kato, Toshiya Nakamatsu

A young hit-man, Yamazaki, is ordered to kill a member of an opposing gang tomorrow, a man called Okumura. Yamazaki arranges to spend time with an escort to relax, but when she enters his room it's as if they are destined for one another. He tells her what he will do the next day, and she insists that he must kiss her endlessly when he returns. The next day she is summoned to a different man; it is Okumura... First feature-length movie by director Kim Taegwan.

* available for Taiwan and Mainland China only

LOST ANGELES (1999)

Drama
Theatrical Release in Japan: 07/15/00
80 mins.

Directed by: Kaizo Hayashi
Kenta Harada, Hiromichi Koike

The rock band "Sunny Cruiser" leaves for America to pursue their dream. Although they are disillusioned very quickly, they hit the road and meet a pure and innocent Indian girl. Directed by Kaizo Hayashi.

MIRRORED DELUSION (1999)

Suspense
Theatrical Release in Japan: 05/20/00
72 mins.

Directed by: Hidehiro Ito
Reiko Yasuhara, Masanori Ikeda

Kazumi senses lust directed at her ? but is it an illusion, or is it reality? Gradually, panic overwhelms her. Directed by Hidehiro Ito.

MISTY (1997)

Mystery
Theatrical Release in Japan: 05/03/97
99 mins.

Directed by: Kenki Saegusa
Yuki Amami, Takeshi Kaneshiro, Etsushi Toyokawa

MUSIC OF REMEMBRANCE - GB (2001)

Music
Theatrical Release in Japan: 06/22/02
120 mins.
http://www.gaga.ne.jp/kioku-Gb-/

Directed by: Kensuke Kawamura
Mitsuru Matsuoka, Yu Kurosawa

A Sci-Fi suspense. A boy who suffers from impaired hearing and a young girl pianist try to solve the mysterious connection between a series of murders and the boy's entangled memories...

19 (2000)

Drama
Theatrical Release in Japan: 07/14/01
81 mins.

Directed by: Kazushi Watanabe
Kazushi Watanabe, Daijiro Kawaoka

A drama of the unexpected bond formed between the kidnappers and their victim. A college student, Usami, is kidnapped by three outlaw criminals. As they take Usami on a crime spree, Usami accidentally shoots another kidnap victim.

* Sarajevo Film Festival - Best First Feature (Honorable Mention)

THE MOONLIGHT (2002)

Drama
Theatrical Release in Japan: 2006/8/2
112 mins.

Directed by: Kenichi Kuramochi
Hekiru Shina, Kenji Kasahara

On the coast of Okinawa Island stands a tiny restaurant which serves goat dishes. The restaurant is named after the owner's late wife. The owner still suffers from profound regret that he could not do anything for her before she died. One day, a man appears at the restaurant, drawn by its light...

OSAKA GRAFFITI (1998)

Action
Theatrical Release in Japan: 04/03/98
93 mins.

Directed by: Hidekazu Takahara
Kyousuke Yabe

Three rural high school thugs spend their days brawling with neighborhood delinquents. The three youths confront matters of life and romance, and begin to question their aimless lives. Continues the theme of "Bee Bop High School" and "Boys Be Ambitious."

RED HARP BLUES (2002)

Music
Theatrical Release in Japan: 08/31/02
110 mins.

Directed by: Masaya Takahashi
Jun Toba, Nanako Okochi

Youji is a struggling musician of an unknown blues band, dreaming of becoming famous someday. However, his days are spent in endless disappointment. One day, he hears about the existence of a legendary blues harp which fascinates everyone who hears the beautiful sound. Now, he is determined to get this mysterious red harp that will make his dream come true.

ROCK STAR (2003)

Music
Theatrical Release in Japan: 08/28/03
66 mins.

Directed by: Hiroyuki Kondoh
Miyavi, Hassei Takano

It's 2003, and a popular rock star, Miyavi, is right in the middle of his all-Japan tour. But as he's getting ready to move on, something totally unexpected happens; the clothes are not the current fashion, a TV commercial from an earlier time appears, a thousand-yen note cannot be used...Where on earth has Miyavi ended up? Features high-intensity live concerts.

ROCKERS (2003)

Drama
Theatrical Release in Japan: 9/27/03
105 mins.
http://www.gaga.ne.jp/rockers/

Directed by: Takanori Jinnai
Shunsuke Nakamura

The five highly-individualistic members of the rock band called "Rockers" are all striving to make it the most popular group. They support one another, quarrel sometimes, and work hard at success while developing their friendships. But just as their all-important debut as a professional band finally draws near, one member has an accident...

ROUTE 58 (2002)

Drama
Theatrical Release in Japan: 05/24/03
90 mins.

Directed by: Kenichi Kuramochi
Ryuji Kamiyama, Akira Nagata

Four boys from Okinawa Island have been friends since their childhood. Together with Rin, who is also from their hometown, and who has always been the girl of their dreams, all of them set out on a journey to let Rin see beyond the world of Okinawa. However, after they hitchhike a ride from a truck and encounter the world of adults, their journey starts to change drastically.

SENTIMENTAL CITY MARATHON (2000)

Suspense
Theatrical Release in Japan: 06/10/00
75 mins.

Directed by: Kaoru Shindo
Rie Tomosaka, Hinako Saeki

Matinee is a hitwoman in Thailand on assignment. While there, she searches for her twin sister, Soiree, a florist. Can the two estranged sisters find each other again? Is Matinee in danger? The twin sisters are both played by Rie Tomosaka in this stylish thriller. Directed by Kaoru Shindou, it features an excellent soundtrack.

SHORT FILMS (2002)

Drama
Theatrical Release in Japan: 2003/8/3
107 mins.

Directed by: Hiroyuki Nakano, Pierre Taki, Yasuhisa Serizawa, Masanobu Ando
Kumiko Aso, Jun Murakami

A series of heart-warming short films produced and directed (3 out of 6 films) by Hiroyuki Nakano ("Samurai Fiction"). The titles include; "Splash Dance," "The Star at Local Road," "Hana and One Old Man," "Adagietto Sehr. langsam," "It's Good to have Good Friendship with Somebody," and "Slow is Beautiful."

STAY AS YOU ARE (2003)

Drama
Theatrical Release in Japan: 11/15/03
43 mins.

Directed by: Kousuke Suzuki
Maki Sakai, Shinichiro Ishikawa

SUNDAY DRIVE (1998)

Suspense
Theatrical Release in Japan: 02/26/00
86 mins.

Directed by: Hisashi Saito
Shinya Tsukamoto, Mihoko Tadano

* available for Taiwan and Mainland China only

TADON TO CHIKUWA (1998)

Action
Theatrical Release in Japan: 12/05/98
102 mins.

Directed by: Jun Ichikawa
Koji Yakusho/Hiroyuki Sanada

A dark comedy which features two middle-aged men; one is an ordinary taxi driver, the other is a struggling author experiencing mid-life crisis. Directed by Jun Ichikawa, it stars the very popular and talented actors Koji Yakusho and Hiroyuki Sanada.

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