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  • Kô Nakahira – Suna no ue no shokubutsu-gun AKA Flora on the Sand (1964)

    1961-1970ArthouseCultJapanKô Nakahira
    Suna no ue no shokubutsu gun (1964)
    Suna no ue no shokubutsu gun (1964)

    One evening, at the Marine Tower observatory, cosmetics salesman Ichiro Iki is drawn into conversation with an unfamiliar young lady Akiko. She invites Ichiro back to a hotel where they make love but part without even exchanging names. A week later, they have a second chance encounter at the observatory. This time, Ichiro is the one who pursues her. Back at the hotel, Akiko begs Ichiro to give her sister – Kyoko, a bar hostess – absolute hell. Akiko resents her sister for lecturing on chastity, while wantonly indulging in promiscuous activity. Ichiro takes an interest in Kyoko and sets out towards her bar…Read More »

  • Kazuya Shiraishi – Over Night AKA One Night (2019)

    2011-2020DramaJapanKazuya Shiraishi
    Over Night (2019)
    Over Night (2019)

    A mother and her three children find their fate thrown into chaos by an incident that happened one night. The family members each go their separate ways but reunite after 15 years and struggle to restore their family bonds.Read More »

  • Hisayasu Satô – Gankyû no yume AKA The Eye’s Dream (2016)

    2011-2020EroticaHisayasu SatôHorrorJapan
    Gankyû no yume (2016)
    Gankyû no yume (2016)

    Body horror transitions smoothly into pink film (Japanese soft porn) in this story about the young photographer Maya, who is upset by eyes. She pushes her camera into the face of every passer-by. She hounds her victims and penetrates the window into their soul. Neurologist Sata diagnosis her as suffering from an unusual form of phantom pain, the result of her being kidnapped at a young age, an ordeal that ended with her skewering the eye of the kidnapper. Sata asks if he can make a documentary about her. The hunter becomes prey. At the same time, an eye thief roams the city and it turns out that Maya’s former tormentor has not forgotten her.Read More »

  • Kô Nakahira – Chizu no nai machi AKA The Jungle Block (1960)

    Kô Nakahira1951-1960CrimeFilm NoirJapan
    Chizu no nai machi (1960)
    Chizu no nai machi (1960)

    A young doctor falls into a despair of developments. He plans to revenge the disgrace inflicted upon his sister, whose engagement was broken as a result.

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    One of the darkest Nakahira films, a tale of gentrification and sexual violence.Read More »

  • Daigo Matsui – Te AKA Hand (2022)

    2021-2030Daigo MatsuiDramaEroticaJapan
    Te AKA Hand (2022)

    “Hand is the first in a series of three new Pinku films to celebrate the genre’s 50th anniversary.” ~ Richard Gray

    Synopsis:
    Sawako is an office worker who enjoys taking photos of older men and making scrapbooks with them. The men she has dated have always been older than her, with her fascination still carrying on as the story begins, even leading her to a trip down memory lane where she tries to meet a couple of them once more, while reminiscing about the times she had sex with them. At the same time, her boss, an older man, seems to have romantic aspirations with her…Read More »

  • Ujicha – Retneprac 2 AKA The Retnepac 2 (2009)

    Ujicha2001-2010AnimationJapanShort Film
    Retneprac 2 (2009)
    Retneprac 2 (2009)

    Early “gekimation” by Japanese filmmaker Ujicha.Read More »

  • Daisuke Gotô – Waisetsu sutêji: Nando mo tsukkonde AKA Blind Love (2005)

    2001-2010Daisuke GotôDramaEroticaJapan
    Blind Love (2005)
    Blind Love (2005)

    A romantic comedy about a blind girl that falls for the wrong man.

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    The films plot hinges on a bizarre love triangle involving a loser ventriloquist, his assistant & a blind woman – Hikari is blindly (literally) in love with Daisuke, a failing ventriloquist yet when she finally musters up enough courage to meet him face to face and present him with some flowers backstage she mistakes his assistant for him. For some reason Daisuke and his assistant decide to follow through with the mistaken identity farce which leads to some amusing complications, particularly in the bedroom.Read More »

  • Hideo Jôjô – On the Edge of Their Seats (2020)

    2011-2020DramaHideo JôjôJapan
    On the Edge of Their Seats (2020)
    On the Edge of Their Seats (2020)

    Synopsis:
    It is the first round of the national high school baseball tournament but we’re less concerned with what goes on in the baseball diamond, rather, it is the people in the stands who we watch. A former baseball team player named Fujino and two members of the theater group, Yasuda and Tamiya, have come to cheer the team. Miyashita, once the smartest person in the grade, has just lost her position to the captain of the brass band and is on her own. As these characters interact while watching a baseball game, their hidden thoughts also become apparent – “On The Edge of Their Seats” is based on an award-winning stage play created by a theatre group from a high school in Hyogo Prefecture. —Jason MAHER, OAFFRead More »

  • Hitoshi Matsumoto – Shinboru AKA Symbol (2009)

    2001-2010ArthouseFantasyHitoshi MatsumotoJapan
    Shinboru (2009)
    Shinboru (2009)

    PLOT: A Japanese man wakes up alone in a brightly illuminated white room with no windows or doors. When he presses a mysteriously phallic protuberance that appears on one wall, a pink toothbrush materializes from nowhere, clattering to the floor and setting in motion a genuinely bizarre chain of events. Soon the imprisoned man is engaged in absurd and hilarious attempts to escape the gleaming room, releasing random objects from the walls, creating a life sized mouse trap game in which a rope, a toilet plunger and an earthenware jug full of sushi might just be the keys to his escape. Meanwhile, in a dusty town, a green masked Mexican wrestler known as Escargot Man prepares for an important match. His family gathers around him, worried about his seeming impassivity before battle.Read More »

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