Country: Japan

  • Ping Pong

    Ping Pong

    A comedy drama about two boys obsessed with ping pong not an obvious first film choice for a director but the result is an exhilarating, manga-influenced film, as much about Japanese society, winning, losing and teenage friendship as table tennis. Peco (Kubozuka) and Smile (Arata) play two chalk and cheese friends who enter the same…

  • Spirited Away

    Spirited Away

    Ten-year-old Chihiro Ogino becomes separated from her family in an abandoned amusement park that turns out to be a portal to the spirit world. This celebrated masterwork from Studio Ghibli’s Hayao Miyazaki was a huge hit worldwide. It marked a pivotal point both in the growing popularity of Japanese anime and the wider acceptance of…

  • Zatoichi

    Zatoichi

    Zatoichi is a blind traveller who makes his living as a gambler and masseur.  But behind this lowly façade is a master swordsman blessed with lightening-fast skill and precision. The eponymous anti-hero wanders into a mountain village controlled by ruthless gang-leader Ginzo.  Zatoichi hears the story of two geishas whose parents were murdered by the Ginzo…

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