Country: Japan

  • Monster

    Monster

    An incident involving a troubled schoolboy has ramifications for the wider community. Shape-shifting mystery drama from distinguished Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda (Shoplifters), featuring a score by the late great Ryuichi Sakamoto.  Winner Cannes Best Screenplay Award.

  • River

    River

    Charming Japanese sci-fi comedy from the team behind the smash-hit “Beyond the Infinite Two Minutes”. The hundred-year-old Fujiya inn in the quiet region of Kyoto is stuck in a time loop, with hilarious results.

  • The Taste of Tea

    The Taste of Tea

    The Taste of Tea has been referred to as a psychedelic version of Ingmar Bergman’s Fanny and Alexander, but this is to undersell the humour and warmth of Katsuhito Ishii’s tale of three generations of the Haruno family. There is no oppressive religion and little angst beyond the growing pains of the children, Sachiko and…

  • Shoplifters

    Shoplifters

    It’s current day Japan, three generations of the Shibata family living together in a tumbledown shack in suburban Tokyo are finding it difficult to make ends meet. They resort to shoplifting, pooling their illicit gains. Things get more complicated when they take in a vulnerable young girl found shivering in the cold. This Palme d’Or…

  • Tampopo

    Tampopo

    A lone truckdriver Goro (Yamazaki) arrives in a small town and stops for noodles. They’re not great and his remarks about the noodle bar’s mediocrity triggers a brawl with locals. A thoroughly thrashed Goro is invited by the restaurant hostess, Tampopo (Miyamoto, Itami’s wife), to help her make her noodles the best in town. Goro’s…

  • Our Little Sister

    Our Little Sister

    Just as in Hirokazu Kore-eda’s Like Father, Like Son (Palme d’Or in Cannes 2013), this is a family drama, but now with a focus on the relationships between sisters. Three of them are living with their grandmother as they have long been estranged from their parents. Their father left them to live with another woman.…

  • Like Father Like Son

    Like Father Like Son

    Ryota has worked hard for everything in his life and he thinks nothing can stop him from pursuing a perfect life. Then one day, he and his wife Midori, receives a phone call from the hospital. A blood test shows that their son is not theirs, that the hospital made a mistake when their son…

  • Tokyo Story

    Tokyo Story

    Voted number 1 in the 2012 Sight & Sound directors’ poll, this gentle tale focuses on a small town Japanese couple, played by Chishū Ryū and Chieko Higashiyama, as they reflect on changing family values and relationships in post-war Japan. With their children scattered to Tokyo and Osaka, and too busy with their own lives…

  • Still Walking

    Still Walking

    In a film about feelings, Still Walking covers a day in the life of a modern Japanese family with traditional values at its core. The family reunites once a year to commemorate the death of the parent’s favourite son. He died saving another boy from drowning. For the second son, Ryota (Hiroshi Abe), the gatherings…

  • Departures

    Departures

    In 2009 this moving but often humorous film cleaned up at the Japanese Academy Awards and won Japan the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar. Masahiro Motoki (Longest Night in Shanghai, 2007, Bird People in China, 1998) won several Best Actor awards for his outstanding performance as an unemployed cellist who moves with his wife from…

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