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Writer & Director: Koichiro Oyama *First feature
A man robs his family money and runs away from a small village on the day of his first son's birth. Thirty years later, memory from decades back still haunts the villagers so when series of burglary occur in the village, they do not miss a chance to kick Shinichi, the criminal's son who leads a lazy reliant life, out of the community as its prime suspect.
In order to learn independence and prove his innocence, Shinichi takes shelter in a church remote from his homeland, but its minister welcomes another lost sheep - the man who has run away from Shinichi's life 30 years ago. Now, the father and son start their life together not knowing the tie they already have.
Director : Koji Shiraishi “Sadako vs Kayako” “Grotesque”
There is a rumor of a website called "Hell Correspondence" which only opens at twelve midnight sharp. When a user types the name of a person to be gotten rid of, a hell girl Ai Enma brings the person to the hell. In return, the user will be sent down to hell at the end of his or her life.
A high school girl Miho is worried about her friend Haruka being trapped in the evil scheme of a popular rock band after Haruka joins the audition and starts acting strange. As Miho tries to help her friend, she finds herself in the cursed world behind the "Hell Correspondence".
Director : Ryutaro Nakagawa "Summer Blooms" "Tokyo Sunrise"
20-year-old Mio has lost her parents early and runs a traditional Japanese inn in Nagano with her grandmother. As her grandmother gets sick and hospitalized, Mio is forced to leave the inn and reluctantly comes to Tokyo to live with her father's old friend Kyosuke.
Helping him at the bathhouse he runs, she begins to find her way in everyday life. One day, however, she learns the bathhouse is on the verge of demolition for the redevelopment in the district.
Director : Kore-eda Hirokazu “Shoplifters”
Cast: Catherine Deneuve/Juliette Binoche/Ethan Hawk
Fabienne is a star; a star of French cinema. She reigns amongst men who love and admire her: her new partner, her former husband, her agent... When she publishes her memoirs, her daughter Lumir (who has moved to the States to get away from her overbearing mother) returns to France with her husband and young child. The reunion between mother and daughter will quickly turn to confrontation: truths will be told, accounts settled, loves and resentments confessed. All under the astonished eyes of the men. At the same time, Fabienne is acting in a sci-fi movie, playing a daughter of a mother who never grows old...
Director : Rikiya Imaizumi “Our Blue Moment”
Original Novel : Kotaro Isaka “Eine Kleine Nachtmusik”
Market researcher Sato is a dreamer who hopes for a dramatic encounter for his love life. When he is conducting a survey on the street which no one pays attention to, an attractive woman agrees to answer. Could this be the one he is looking for?
Director : Teruo Noguchi, Kiyoshi Yamamoto
Cast: Kentaro Sakaguchi, Kotaro Yoshida
Akio wishes he had a better relationship with his reserved father Akira. One day Akira suddenly quits his job and retires without giving out any explanation to the family. Thinking it could be a good tool to be close to his father, Akio gives him software of online game "Final Fantasy XIV". By teaching his father how to play the game and secretly interacting with him as an anonymous online avatar, Akio hopes to know his father better through the adventures with other players in the game; little does the young man know what Akira is going through...
Director : Akihiko Shiota "Canary" "Resurrection / Yomigaeri"
A female duo band Haruleo hires a handsome roadie Shima. Contrary to their success, adding a male third wheel leads them to the love-triangle, bringing unexpected fights among them though they care for each other deeply.
The three set out on a road trip for their final tour after deciding the break-up of the unit. As they travel across the country, they realize the scars they created to each other can be only healed on the stage.
Director : Tsutomu Hanabusa “No Longer Heroine” “The Handsome Suit”
Hyakkaoh Private Academy is a common elite school for the rich?except that it has a peculiar tradition: gambling skill is all it takes under the rigorous hierarchy and the student council oversees all gambling activities.
A transfer student Yumeko Jabami, seemingly graceful but actually a "compulsive gambler" who finds pleasure in taking risks, gets entangled in the most intense gambling battles to win the position of student rep that whole school is vying for.
Director : Bernard Rose “Anna Karenina” “Immortal Beloved”
Producer : Jeremy Thomas “Dogman” “Blade of Immortal”
Original Novel by: Akihiro Dobashi “Bakumatsu Marathon Samurai”
At the end of Edo period, a lord of Annaka clan gathers his retainers and announces to hold a marathon to train themselves for potential attacks from overseas. With a carrot dangled in front of them, retainers join the marathon to get a prize.
Director : Emiko Hiramatsu “Seven Days of Sunflower and Puppy”
A nursery teacher Kaede and her colleagues evacuate from Tokyo with their 53 infant students before the city is devastated by air raid at the end of WW II. At their evacuation home which turns out to be a ramshackle temple, teachers struggle to build the daily life of young children now apart from their parents. While the threat of bombing is pending, a young teacher plays her organ to relieve children's fear and loneliness.
Based on a true story, director Emiko Hiramatsu who has worked with Director Yoji Yamada over the years shows the power of music, which helped the young and adult to endure the tough time together.
Director: Hirose Nanako
Development Supervision by : BUN-BUKU
Kore-eda Hirokazu “Shoplifters”
Nishikawa Miwa “The Long Excuse”
A young man is found almost unconscious on a river bank. A middle-aged widower Tetsuro shelters the man who tells nothing but his name "Shin-ichi." Though baffled by the old man's eagerness who treats Shin-ichi like his own son by providing a place to live and a job, Shin-ichi starts to feel at ease and tries to confess his past.
In the meantime, there is a rumor about an incident a little while ago in the town, and people begin to suspect the stranger.
Director: Tetsuya Nakashima “Confessions”
Original Novel: Ichi Sawamura “Bogiwan ga Kuru”
The life seems perfect for Hideki who lives with his beautiful wife in his new suburban flat. One day, he is called by a colleague that a visitor comes to see him at his office. When he reaches the reception, Hideki is baffled to learn that the visitor is already gone leaving a memo of his unborn daughter's name "Chisa".
Two years later, the colleague dies mysteriously and Hideki's house is attacked by a sinister presence. To protect his family, Hideki asks for help from a journalist Nozaki and a prestigious exorcist who performs a ritual to break an unknown spell. But they come to learn what they are dealing with is beyond their imagination.
Director: Kitaro Kosaka “Nasu: Summer in Andalusia”
Original Novel: Hiroko Reijo “Wakaokami wa Shogakusei”
Script: Reiko YOSHIDA “Lu Over the Wall” “A Silent Voice”
After losing her parents in a car accident, Okko starts living with her grandmother in the countryside who runs a hot-spring ryokan - traditional Japanese inn.
There, the young girl can somehow see friendly ghosts who help her get used to the ryokan life, and she becomes the apprentice as its future proprietress after her grandmother.
Director: Yuichi Fukuda “HK/Forbidden Super Hero” franchise
Original Comic: Hideaki Sorachi
It is the end of Edo period where Japan has opened its doors to aliens, an ex-samurai Gintoki, who now runs Odd-Jobs-R-Us, finds that the demonic deputy chief Hijikata of the shogunate police is gradually taken over by his geeky alter ego. Although they have never been on the same side, he asks Gintoki to protect his police comrades in his place right before being completely engulfed by this new personality.
While Gintoki and his Odd-Jobs team try to help him, they also find out that another member of the police attempts to assassinate the chief commander Kondo. Can Gintoki save Edo from the unprecedented crisis again...?
Written, Edited and Directed by Kore-eda Hirokazu
After one of their shoplifting sessions, Osamu and his son come across a little girl in the freezing cold. At first reluctant to shelter the girl, Osamu's wife agrees to take care of her after learning of the hardships she faces. Although the family is poor, barely making enough money to survive through petty crime, they seem to live happily together until an unforeseen incident reveals hidden secrets, shaking the bonds that unite them...
Cast: Toma Ikuta "Close-Knit"
Eita "Harakiri: Death of a Samurai"
Direcotr: Takahisa Zeze "Heaven's Story"
An ex-journalist Masuda whose article caused a scandalous fatality now works at a small factory. He learns that his colleague Suzuki is a former convict who killed some children back in middle school. Trying to get back his old job, Masuda secretly starts to write a piece on Suzuki while befriending him. The more he learns about his colleague, however, the more Masuda remembers his younger self, a boy who triggered his classmate's suicide.
Interweaving stories of people haunted by past incidents, Director Zeze powerfully portraits the atonement and embracement of life.
Producer / Screenplay / Director: Yoshio Kato "Plastic Crime"
Director of Photography / Music by: Toshiharu Yaegashi "No Longer There"
An online suicide club members decide to end their lives together. However, every time they try, they find themselves back in time when they meet up.
Directed by a second time feature director Yoshio Kato, winning Audience Awards at SKIP CITY International D-Cinema Festival and Tanabe Benkei Film Festival in Japan, it is a thrilling and dramatic time loop original story of despair and humanity.
Written and Directed by Ryutaro Nakagawa
Cast: Aki Asakura / Takahiro Miura
Hatsumi, 27 years old, has a secret. Three years after her boyfriend died, she receives a letter from him. In the night of summer, she confess her past.
Cast: Kiichi Nakai / Kuranosuke Sasaki
Crew: Director Masaharu Take
Screenplay by Shin Adachi / Masako Imai
A dowdy antique dealer Norio finds a valuable tea cup of the most famous Japanese tea master Sen no Rikyu from the 16th century when searching inside a storehouse of a rich family. Norio deceives the homeowner Sasuke to get it for almost nothing, but it turns out that Sasuke is a mere house-sitter and the teacup is made by Sasuke himself.
When Norio learns that Sasuke used to be a hopeful potter derailed by an antique authenticator Norio himself has a painful history against, the two decide to make the gamble of a lifetime against the authenticator they both have a score to settle with. Involving their wives and children, this act of fraud goes quite unexpectedly.
Cast: Mirei Kiritani/Nobuyuki Suzuki
Crew: Director Koichiro Miki
Miki Takaraishi has it all: intelligence, glorious record as Miss University, and the boyfriend who is a pedigree politician to be. After graduation, however, she was dumped brutally when she thought she was receiving marriage proposal at last.
Written, Edited and Directed by KORE-EDA Hirokazu
Cast: FUKUYAMA Masaharu / YAKUSHO Koji / HIROSE Suzu
Written, Edited and Directed by KORE-EDA...
Director: Ryuichi Hiroki
Starring: Kumi Takiuchi / Ken Mitsuishi / Kengo Kora
It is a powerful and emotional story of survivors, who are all trying to find their own silver linings in life.
Directed by YOSHIDA Daihachi
Original novel “Utsukushii Hoshi” by Yukio MISHIMA
An adaptation of a tragicomedy by Yukio MISHIMA, a Japanese literature giant.
Directed by Toshimasa Kobayashi *first feature film
ALMOST COMING, ALMOST DYING (Japan...
Nana Komatsu “Silence” (2016) “The World of Kanako” (2014)
Masaki Suda “The Light Shines Only There” (2014) “Backwater” (2013)
Director / Screenplay by: Ū-ki Yamato “Count Five To Dream of You” (2014) “Like a Fairy Tale” (short, 2013)
DROWNING LOVE (OBORERU KNIFE)Introductio...
Cast: Haruka Kinami
Crew: Mitsuhito Shiraha
A young woman Tae finds a memory box of cooking recipes written by their mother who died long ago. By tracing back her mother's past, Tae discovers her mother's struggling life she didn't know along the way.
Based on the essays by Tae Hitoto who was born and grew up in Taiwan and moved to Japan while a teenager, it is about discovering a loving memory of Mother and family ties served with tasty dishes.
Director: Keishi Otomo
Cast: Shun Oguri, Machiko Ono
Based on the Japanese cult comic MUSEUM by Ryousuke Tomoe, it is the shivering story of a detective against a serial killer in a frog mask claiming himself as an artist. The Frogman kills the victims only on rainy days with different, somewhat artistic styles and presents the bodies as though to be found..
Director & Writer: KORE-EDA Hirokazu
Cast: ABE Hiroshi, MAKI Yoko, KOBAYASHI Satomi, KIKI Kilin
Dwelling on his past glory as a prize-winning author, Ryota wastes the money he makes as a private detective on gambling and can barely pay child support. After the death of his father, his aging mother and beautiful ex-wife seem to be moving on with their lives. Renewing contact with his initially distrusting family, Ryota struggles to take back control of his existence and to find a lasting place in the life of his young son - until a stormy summer night offers them a chance to truly bond again.
Director : KORE-EDA Hirokazu
Cast: AYASE Haruka
Three sisters - Sachi (29), Yoshino (25) and Chika (21) - live together in a large house in the city of Kamakura. When their father - absent from the family home for the last 15 years - dies, they travel to the countryside for his funeral, and meet their shy teenage half-sister for the first time. Bonding quickly with the orphaned Suzu (14), they invite her to live with them. Suzu eagerly agrees, and a new life of joyful discovery begins for the four siblings...
Director, Writer and Editor: KORE-EDA Hirokazu
Starring MAEDA Koki, MAEDA Ohshiro
It tells the story of young brothers Koichi (12) and Ryunosuke (10) who live in different cities due to their parents' divorce. They set out on a journey to make their miracle - to live together as family once again - come true.