Sei Hiraizumi

  • Emma Kawawada – Mai sumoru rando AKA My Small Land (2022)

    2021-2030DramaEmma KawawadaJapanJapanese Female Directors

    17-year-old Salya grew up in Japan from an early age, leaving the place where she was born with a Kurdish family. She lived a normal high school life, just like the Japanese of her generation, and her relationship with Sota is becoming special but at some point she lost her status of residence in the shape of her life’s upside down. In Saitama, there is an area where about 2000 Kurds live, and Salya is a high school girl who lives there. However, when she learns that her family’s refugee status is turned down, restricting her family of work and travelling across the city. Her father, who had continued to work to sustain a living, is taken into custody for illegal employment. It tells the story of her growing up, suddenly being forced into a situation where she is responsible not only for her younger siblings but for her very existence.Read More »

  • Takashi Miike – Naniwa Yuukyoden AKA Osaka Tough Guys (1995)

    1991-2000AsianCrimeJapanTakashi Miike

    Regarded as a milestone in cult maestro Takashi Miike’s career, Osaka Tough Guys (Naniwa Yuukyôden) is the bridge between his work as an apprentice director and as an auteur. It also displays the two distinct themes that he would explore in later work.Read More »

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