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Hideo Nakata – Owatta hito AKA Life in Overtime (2018)

Description from Tōei’s Website :
“Retirement is like holding your own funeral while you’re still alive…”
So goes the startling first line of Makiko Uchidate’s best-selling novel, which has now become a major motion picture!
Uchidate is perhaps best known as a prolific screenwriter of numerous hit television shows, including the Japan Broadcasting Corporation (NHK) epic period drama series “Mouri Motonari” (1997) and morning drama serial “Hirari” (1992-1993). For her 2015 novel “Owatta Hito,” she expressed the sorrow of a man who comes to the end of his elite corporate career, and captured the imaginations of countless readers. Read More »

Yoshimitsu Morita – Shitsurakuen AKA Lost Paradise (1997)

The tragic tale of two lovers whose passion burns so intensely it destroys them. Based on the bestselling novel by Junichi Watanabe, is about the fated love affair between Shoichiro, a middle-aged man who has come to regret devoting his whole life to his work, and Rinko, a beautiful woman trapped in a married life filled with depression and disillusion. A man engaged to Soichiro’s daughter, Chika, has fallen in love with Rinko, and Soichiro meets with her to ask her to end the relationship. However, despite their unpleasant first meeting, soon Shoichiro and Rinko find themselves drawn to each other, and find in each other something that had been missing in their lives. Their burning passion heightens, until their yearning for everlasting, perfect love leads to a fateful decision. Read More »

Mitsuo Kurotsuchi – Jutai AKA Traffic Jam (1991)

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A hard working salaryman takes off five days from his busy job and sets off with his wife and two children to visit his parents in his hometown for the 1991 new year holidays. He decides that they will go by car to save on expenses. Unfortunately, the long drive from Tokyo to his hometown becomes a much longer journey than expected due to traffic, sickness and other misfortunes… Read More »

Nobuhiko Ôbayashi – Sada: Gesaku · Abe Sada no shôgai AKA Sada (1998)

Based upon the case of Sada Abe, who on May 17, 1936 killed and emasculated her lover. These events took place during a period of war, economic depression, public unease and growing militarism, a time of unrest and confusion when public opinion was, at best, unpredictable. Sada, condemned by the law, found herself lionized by the press and hailed as a ‘saint’ of love. Because she committed murder out of passion, the purity of her motivation elevated her from the status of criminal to that of popular heroine. Read More »

Hideo Nakata – Kaidan (2007)

KAIDAN-Ghost Story (2007) is a breath of fresh air in the genre of J-horror; the film is a homage to classic romantic ghost stories. The film is directed by Hideo Nakata, the same director responsible for Ringu and Dark Water. Forget cursed objects, haunted technology and long-haired ghosts, the film like Kobayashi’s 1960`s classic “Kwaidan” is a welcome change for those viewers very familiar with modern J-horror such as Ju-On;Ringu and Kairo Read More »