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ARAKIMENTARI (Travis Klose, )
With a pair of hair-horns decorating his otherwise bald pate, Japanese photographer Nobuyoshi Araki darts about his studio like a perverted elf. He tilts his camera, swivels a light, moves a flower v… Read more

BIG BANG LOVE, JUVENILE A (Takashi Miike, 2005)
“Homoerotic prison life acts as an inscrutable metaphor for what's wrong with modern Japan.” - Variety ... Jun leads an isolated life working in a gay bar but after being brutalised by a customer… Read more

BRAIN MONKEY SHORTS (package) (, 2002)
At the core of this program of Japanese shorts are the highlights, of Samurai Shorts the latest HD-cam wonders produced by Wataru Furuta (Burst the Earth, MIFF 2001) which are having their internatio… Read more

eli, eli, lema sabachtani' (Aoyama Shinji, 2004)
"My God, My God, why hast thou forsaken me'" Christ's plea from the cross resonates through Aoyama Shinji's ([Eureka], MIFF 00) bleak vision of a post-apocalyptic world overwhelmed with despair. Feat… Read more

FUNKY FOREST: THE FIRST CONTACT (Katsuhito Ishii, Shunichiro Miki, ANSKZ, )
Katsuhti Ishii teams up with two like-minded directors and creates a film, well, from another planet! Funky Forest invites you to get out of your mind and experience a world where the secrets of the … Read more

Godzilla: Final Wars (Ryuhei Kitamura, 2004)
Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the series, [Godzilla: Final Wars] has been touted by Toho Pictures as not only the most spectacular Godzilla film ever, but the last in the hugely popular series.… Read more

GREAT YOKAI WAR, THE (Takashi Miike, 2005)
Yokai / n. pl. Bizarre-looking monsters and supernatural beings from Japanese folklore who like to play tricks on unsuspecting humans. Eight-year-old Tadashi, a meek schoolboy from a broken family, f… Read more

HEART, BEATING IN THE DARK (Nagasaki Shunichi, 2005)
Heart, Beating in the Dark is a remake, a sequel, a making of and a continuation of Nagasaki's 1982 Super 8 classic of the same name. It is also, according to the Rotterdam Film Festival, “the fine… Read more

HOME (Kobayashi Takahiro, 2001)
About one million Japanese youths are afflicted with 'hikikmori'—a total withdrawal from society—shutting themselves up at home, out of frustration with school or work. Home is a fascinat… Read more

INTERSTELLA 5555 (Kazuhisa Takenouchi, 2003)
Parisian electro-duo Daft Punk combine with legendary Japanese animator Leiji Matsumoto (Albator) in this hour-long visual and aural extravaganza. Its simple plot—four musicians from another ga… Read more

Izo (Miike Takashi, 2004)
Since his [Audition] (MIFF 00), Miike Takashi has gained a cult following in the West, and [Izo] is sure to compound his reputation. [Izo] confounds easy description, and even Miike says of the film:… Read more

JAM FILMS (Ryuhei Kitamura, Tetsuo Shinohara, George Iida, Rokuro Mochizuki, Yukihiko Tsutsumi, Isao Yukisada, 2002)
A compilation of outrageous, inventive short films from seven of Japan's hottest filmmakers. Wildly diverse in subject, genre, systems of photography and filmmaking technique, Jam Films explodes onto… Read more

Kaidohmaru (Kanji Wakabayashi, 2002)
During the Heian Period of Japan's history, dark spirits still dwelled in the forests, mountains and rivers. Disguised as a male warrior a young woman named Kaidohmaru, 'The Knight of Fire', wages co… Read more

KAKUTO (Iseya Yusuke, 2002)
Life for Ryo is hectic. Aside from his university studies, his indulgences in drugs, girls and clubs keep him on his toes. On his birthday, he decides to throw a party with some close friends, that i… Read more

LINDA LINDA LINDA (Nobuhiro Yamashita, 2005)
Trouble strikes a high-school, teen-girl band on the eve of their performance at the school's festival. The lead guitarist has broken her finger and the lead singer has split. The remaining band memb… Read more

LOFT (KUROSAWA Kiyoshi, 2005)
A writer in a secluded country house is haunted by the past in the latest supernatural horror offering from Kurosawa Kiyoshi. Reiko (Nakatani Miki, Ring), an author struggling with a deadline on her … Read more

NO ONE’S ARK (Yamashita Nobuhiro, 2002)
Japan in the 90s: the decade of the bubble that burst. A young couple, Daisuke and Akajiru, fail to launch their 'health drink' in the city, and so they retreat to the provincial town where Daisuke g… Read more

Pink ribbon (Fujii Kenjiro, 2003)
[Pink Ribbon] chronicles the rise and precarious survival of the least prestigious genre in Japanese cinema: the soft-core sex movie, also known as the pink film. [Pink Ribbon] surveys all angles of … Read more

RAMPO NOIR (Akio Jissoji, Atsushi Kaneko, Hisayasu Sato, Suguru Takeuchi, 2005)
A quartet of moody J-horror-updating yarns, Rampo Noir is inspired by the stories of early 20th century mystery writer Taro Hirai, who published under the name Edogawa Ranpo, a play on Edgar Allen Po… Read more

TAKESHIS' (Takeshi Kitano, 2005)
Legendary Japanese director, actor and hardman, Kitano ‘Beat' Takeshi, puts the ‘gang' back into ‘doppelganger' with this hyper-real violation of the traditional rules of film form and biograph… Read more

THIRTY LIES OR SO (Kentaro Otani, )
Aboard the overnight Twilight Express from Osaka to Sapporo is a team of swindlers. Their attempt to reconstitute the team - with a new leader - after three years had seemed almost impossible from th… Read more

WOMAN OF WATER (Hidenori Sugimori, 2002)
An accomplished debut feature that boasts the kind of impossibly gorgeous imagery that punctuates the films of Tran Anh Hung (Cydo, Vertical Roy of the Sun). Woman of Water is a meditative, Zen-like … Read more

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