Tag Archives: Tadanobu Asano

Gakuryû Ishii – Yume no ginga AKA Labyrinth of Dreams (1997)

Symopsis:
‘Tomiko is a conductor in a rural bus driven by the handsome Niitaka. Tomiko had received a letter from her best friend Tsuyako, a conductor in another bus company, just after Tsuyako was killed in a bus accident. Tsuyako wrote that she felt that her fiance and driver, Niitaka, planned to kill her. Tomiko therefore plans to take revenge on Niitaka. However Tomiko falls in love with Niitaka, even though she also suspects him of being the Tokyo bus driver serial killer, who killed his female conductors after tiring of them.’
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Pen-Ek Ratanaruang – Invisible Waves (2006)

Synopsis:
After inadvertently killing his girlfriend, a man (Asano) flees Macau for Thailand in an attempt to cope with his guilt, and avoid possible arrest. But the relocation doesn’t prevent his problems from following him, as his new friends could be potential enemies. Read More »

Nobuhiko Obayashi – Seishun dendekedekedeke AKA The Rocking Horsemen (1992)

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“Seishun-den Deke-Deke-Deke (The Rocking Horsemen)” (1992): Nobuhiko Obayashi’s comedy tells the story of a teenage boy living in Kagawa Prefecture in 1965 who hears The Ventures’ “Pipeline” and decides to form a band. It’s one of Japanese cinema’s best coming-of-age stories, and captures the cultural flux of the era with wit and insight rather than mere nostalgia. Look for current screen star Tadanobu Asano as the band’s lead guitarist. He was 19 at the time, appearing in his third film. Read More »

Katsuhito Ishii – Cha no aji AKA The Taste of Tea [+Extras] (2004)

A spell of time in the life of a family living in rural Tochigi prefecture, north of Tokyo. Though her husband is busy working at an office, Yoshiko is not an ordinary housewife, instead working on an animated film project at home. Uncle Ayano has recently arrived, looking to get his head together after living in Tokyo for several years. Meanwhile, Yoshiko’s daughter Sachiko is mainly concerned with why she seems to be followed around everywhere by a giant version of herself. Read More »

Hideaki Anno – Love & Pop (1998)

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It is the ’90s and the tradition of ‘compensated dating’ is well underway in Japan. Four high school girls are engaged in enjo kosai in order to satisfy their desire for different things. You can usually find them in Shibuya district of Tokyo where they will give you their time, and sometimes more, in exchange for money that buys pretty things. Read More »

Katsuhito Ishii – Samehada otoko to momojiri onna AKA Shark Skin Man And Peach Hip Girl (1998)

While escaping from the clutches of her sexually warped uncle, Toshiko meets Samehada who pos up in front of her in his underpants. The dude is also escaping from the gangsters he has stolen a pile of loot from, and the two make a daring escape together with the gangster thugs and the little weird guy the uncle sends on their trail. Ultra-violence, bizarre sex, and killer costumes ensue. Read More »

Gen Sekiguchi – Survive Style 5+ (2004)

A man continually trying and failing to get his wife to stay dead; a self-absorbed ad agency creative director who comes up with one unworkable inane idea after another; a British hitman who only wants to know everyone’s function in life; and an unfortunate office worker and father whose brain is left scrambled after a stage hypnotist is murdered in mid-performance. Starting off as unrelated plot lines, they intertwine with each other as they continue on their respective ways. Read More »