Tasuku Emoto

  • Yukiko Mishima – Red AKA Shape of Red (2020)

    Toko Suguri is married and they have a lovely daughter. She doesn’t have any major problems in her life. One day, Toko Suguri meets her former lover, Akihiko Kurata, at a friend’s wedding. They haven’t seen each other in ten years. Toko Suguri indulges in a sexual relationship with Akihiko Kurata.Read More »

  • Haruhiko Arai – Kakou No Futari AKA It Feels So Good (2019)

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    When it rains it pours. Kenji divorced his wife, lost his job and his old squeeze Naoko is getting married back home in the north of Japan, specifically in Akita. He returns there in order to attend her wedding. Naoko surprises him by proposing that they have sex again. The one night stand is the new beginning.Read More »

  • Kazuo Kuroki – Utsukushii natsu kirishima AKA A Boy’s Summer in 1945 (2002)

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    Commencing well-respected Nippon director Kazuo Kuroki’s sixth decade behind the camera, “A Boy’s Summer in 1945” (literally “A Beautiful Summer in Kirishima”) is a lyric, novelistic drama set in the countryside in the last days before Japan’s surrender ending WWII. Striking a welcome retro note in its languid pacing and delicate handling of seriocomic ensemble threads, handsome production is a natural for fests. It might also prove a cornerstone for retrospectives or ancillary releases of works by a helmer (“Preparation of the Festival,” “Ronin-gai”) who’s long been appreciated at home but has won just limited attention abroad.Read More »

  • Ryuichi Hiroki – Bokura wa aruku, tada soredake (2009)

    A young woman named Miyuki returns to her hometown, camera in hand, after a difficult breakup. As she walks and takes photographs, she meets a variety of people and begins to realize she doesn’t have to go through this painful time in her life all alone.Read More »

  • Toshiaki Toyoda – I’m Flash! (2012)

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    Religious con-men have probably been around as long as religion itself, though we have no way of knowing what scams fake shamans were running in the caves. For every Jesus, who had a low opinion of the rich and left little more than a strangely stained burial shroud (if that) on his demise, there have been dozens of priests, ministers and gurus raking it in, living it up and believing in nothing but the endless gullibility of the human race.Read More »

  • Eiji Okuda – Kyôko to Shûichi no baai AKA Case of Kyoko, Case of Shuichi (2013)

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    The fifth directorial effort and the first in around six years from film director and actor Okuda Eiji. This drama, set before and after the Great East Japan Earthquake, offers a delicate depiction of a man and woman forced to leave their hometown in Miyagi Prefecture due to the ‘sins’ they have committed.Read More »

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