Japan

Shozin Fukui – Kyatapira AKA Caterpillar (1988)

Quote:
The power of angel and fallen angel are awake and they both start to affect the function of the cyborg. Sharman and Golden Mask accelerate the speed of destruction. MIU sings a song in spite of these drive. The non-stop accelerated power barrel through the metropolice. Overwhelming cuts and sounds has got beyond the boundaries of the traditional film size. Read More »

Kenji Misumi – Zatôichi monogatari Aka The Tale Of Zatoichi (1962)

Synopsis:
An impoverished blind masseur becomes a mercenary swordsman, to gain basic respect. The first of novelist Kan Shimozawa’s Zatoichi series: 26 films, a TV series and a play, all but two starring controversial singer/producer/director Shintaro Katsu. First of six Zatoichi films directed by Kenji Misumi. The shrewd Zatoichi targets a yakuza-controlled village, because war with a neighboring town’s smaller gang is brewing. The broke ex-masseur “Ichi” immediately wins big, by taking advantage of local bakuto’s cheating, after they scoff at his asking to join a dice game. The larger horde, who have been given carte blanche by the local governor, summoned Zatoichi. Zatoichi hates the fact that he’s become an outlaw, so he strikes up a friendship with the other gang’s honorable hired samurai, who has TB. Read More »

Shûichi Okita – Kitsutsuki to ame AKA The Woodsman and the Rain (2011)

Synopsis:
Rookie movie director Koichi and his crew travels to the mountain village of Yamamura to film his next movie. The villagers are eventually enlisted to help film the movie and, in particular, 60-year-old lumberjack Katsuhiko helps against his will. Read More »

Kazuo Ikehiro – Hitori okami AKA Lone Wolf Isazo (1968)

Synopsis:
Isazo (Ichikawa Raizo), often called ‘The Ripper’, is a living legend in the world of the Yakuza. Known for his swordsmanship and bravery, but also for his polite manners, and a gifted talent in gambling. One late fall, while staying at an inn near Fukushima, Isazo befriends a young boy whose mother turns out to be his old love Yoshino, with whom he was unable to marry due to the class differences between them. Read More »

Ryûsuke Hamaguchi – Netemo sametemo AKA Asako I & II (2018)

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Asako lives in Osaka. She falls in love with Baku, a free-spirit. One day, Baku suddenly disappears. Two years later, Asako now lives in Tokyo and meets Ryohei. He looks just like Baku, but has a completely different personality. Read More »

Hirokazu Koreeda – Kiseki aka I Wish (2011)

Synopsis:
In Kagoshima, the boy Koichi lives with his mother Nozomi in the house of his grandparents. Koichi misses his younger brother Ryunosuke and his father Kenji, who live in Fukuoka, and he dreams of his family coming together again. One day, Koichi overhears that the energy released by two bullet trains passing by each other would grant wishes and he invites his two best friends, Tasuku and Makoto, to travel to the point of intersection of the two trains. Koichi also tells his plan to Ryunosuke that invites his three best friends to join him. Soon the seven children arrive to the meeting point in the journey of discoveries. Read More »

Toshi Fujiwara – Eiga wa ikimono no kiroku de aru: Tsuchimoto Noriaki no shigoto AKA The Life and Work of Noriaki Tsuchimoto (2007)

Documentary portrait of the great Japanese documentary maker Tsuchimoto Noriaki made a couple of years before his death. Includes insightful interviews and tremendous clips. Read More »