Spotlight on Japan

THE BONDS OF CLAY

The latest Ehime-set drama from Kenichi Omori, director of THE BOOK PEDDLER, THE BONDS OF CLAY is a heartfelt tale of love, loss, and yes pottery! Ryusei (Atsushi Ito) is a young and enthusiastic potter who runs a small studio in the famous pottery town of Tobe in pursuit of a new Tobeyaki ware style …

THE BONDS OF CLAY Read More »

JUST REMEMBERING

Teruo is a stage lighting manager forced to give up his career as a dancer due to injury. Yo is a female taxi driver who loves her independent career. It’s July 26 (Teruo’s birthday) and these two lonely hearts are navigating a Tokyo changed by the pandemic. Told in reverse chronological order, JUST REMEMBERING visits …

JUST REMEMBERING Read More »

FOSTER FAMILY

An emotional story set in a foster family home, a unique orphanage run by a married couple and their daughter, of which there are only a few in Japan. For years the family matriarch has led the charge, managing the home with love and care with the assistance of her biological daughter. But when she …

FOSTER FAMILY Read More »

YUDO

Pity those who chose a walk-in shower over a soaking tub as you float through YUDO: THE WAY OF THE BATH. Two estranged brothers inherit Marukin Hot Springs, a small-town bathhouse. One sees it as an homage to their late father; the other – a struggling architect – as lucrative real estate for condos. Their …

YUDO Read More »

THE ZEN DIARY

Based on an essay by Tsutomu Mizukami, director Yuji Nakae presents a modest film of gratitude and zen revolving around the art of simple cooking. Starring Kenji Sawada in the lead, his first starring role in 16 years. Former Zen monk Tsutomu lives alone in the mountains, writing essays, cooking food with vegetables he grows …

THE ZEN DIARY Read More »

THE WAY OF THE HOUSEHUSBAND

The most notorious househusband in history returns! From director Toichiro Ruto, comes the live-action adaptation of the blockbuster anime THE WAY OF THE HOUSEHUSBAND. Yakuza-turned-househusband Tatsu has to take a break from his housework duties to take care of a few things. A suspicious real estate company that moves into the neighborhood association? And an …

THE WAY OF THE HOUSEHUSBAND Read More »

THE LAST 10 YEARS

From director Michihito Fujii comes one of the biggest Japanese box office hits of the year. The Sakura cherry blossom seasons mark each of the 10 years of life left to Matsuri (Nana Komatsu), a promising writer diagnosed at age 20 with an incurable lung disorder. She vows to live a stoically solo life, though …

THE LAST 10 YEARS Read More »

TANG AND ME

From director Takaharo Miki comes a visually stunning and extremely heartfelt live-action adaptation of the renowned english novel A Robot in the Garden. Ken (Kazunari Ninomiya of JPop supergroup ARASHI) has given up on his life and his training as a doctor since the tragic death of his father, and does nothing but play videogames, …

TANG AND ME Read More »

SHIN ULTRAMAN

One of Japan’s most revered tokusatsu series of all time gets a shiny reimagining from creative titans Hideaki Anno (EVANGELION) and Shinji Higuchi (ATTACK ON TITAN) with SHIN ULTRAMAN. With updated special effects and a bigger budget, headlined by Japan’s biggest stars Takumi Saitoh (HIFF 2018 Maverick Award honoree), Masami Nagasawa, and Hidetoshi Nishijima (DRIVE …

SHIN ULTRAMAN Read More »

PLAN 75

Chie Hayakawa’s PLAN 75, which had its world premiere at Cannes, is a beautifully humanist tale that inventively uses Japan’s aging population crisis as a conceit for a dystopian tale that looks at the value of life. Legislation has passed to fix Japan’s “aging problem;” Anyone over the age of seventy-five can apply for government-funded …

PLAN 75 Read More »

Scroll to Top