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WHISPERING SANDS (Nan T. Achnas, 2001)
Christine Hakim - the most prestigious actor in Indonesia - stars in and co-produces this rites-of-passage feature. Set in the stark landscapes of East Java, the film's concern is the mother-daughter… Read more

White Blood Cells (Satoshi Hanasaki, 1991)
Neutrophil is the key factor in how white blood cells protect us from Infection. Japanese researchers have recently succeeded in extracting and purifying a hormone called G-CSF, known for its efficie… Read more

WILFUL MURDER (Kei Kumai, 1981)
The year is 1949, a mere four years after Japan's defeat in World War 2. The nation was under the boot of the American occupation, and the U.S. was determined to make Japan a stronghold against the t… Read more

WITHOUT MEMORY (Kore-ada Hirokazu, 1996)
Without Memory is a melancholy document of three years in the life of Sekine Hiroshi, diagnosed with Wernicke's Kosakoff Syndrome, a minute but profound damage to the brain which prevents him from ac… Read more

WOMAN IN THE DUNES (Hiroshi Teshigawa, 1964)
Woman in the Dunes is the second film of Hiroshi Teshigawara. It tells of a teacher, an amateur entomologist, who is on holiday, and led by villagers to stay overnight in a house which is at the bott… 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

Work on the Grass (Tetsuo Shinohara, 1992)
Shinohara constructs a delicately nuanced por­trait of a highly charged relationship between two young men. With minimal ingredients — one location, two characters, one day's passage &mdash… Read more

X (Rintaro, 2000)
The new millennium. The final battle to decide the fate of humanity is about to take place Kamui Shirou's destiny has already been decided by the time he returns to Tokyo to face the ultimate challen… Read more

YASUKUNI (Li Ying, 2007)
“We are committed to rebuilding a proud Japan, where the prime minister can openly worship at Yasukuni.” - Japanese politican ... A celebrated but beleaguered documentary, Yasukuni drew a storm o… Read more

YOJIMBO (Akira Kurosawa, 1961)
In the middle of the 19th century, at Namome, on a highway north of Edo, crime is rife. Sanjuro, a wandering Samurai, arrives to find the village decimated by some long lasting feud. Hansuke, a petty… Read more

YOKOHAMA MARY (Takayuki Nakamura, 2006)
The search for Yokohama Mary, an infamous former prostitute who went missing over a decade ago, becomes a journey through Japan's post-war past. Yokohama Mary was a prostitute in the Japanese port-c… Read more

Yoshiwara The Pleasure Quarter (Uchida Tomu, )
A glorious, dynamic melodrama written by Mizoguchi collaborator Yoda Yoshikata, [Yoshiwara: The Pleasure Quarter] ranks among Uchida's finest films. ... A successful textile industrialist from the pr… Read more

YOUTH OF THE BEAST (Seijun Suzuki, 1963)
Jojini Mizuno is a disgraced ex-cop convicted for illicit dealings. He infiltrates two competing gangs with a secret agenda, setting mobster against mobster. Like a stubborn drunkard, he crashes his … Read more

z Reactor (Kazuhiro Goshima, )
MIFF has brought together the amazing and imaginative works by Image Forum, Japan. Exclusive to MIFF, these short films are at the epicentre of experimental filmmaking in a range of styles. [The Tra… Read more

Zap Cat (Aihara Nobuhiro, 2008)
Memories and images fade easily; they are entities that are forever losing their balance. ... --- D/P Aihara Nobuhiro WS Image Forum L no dialogue TD 16mm/2008 ... Read more

ZATOICHI (Kitano 'Beat' Takeshi, 2004)
Zatoichi Japan'a variation on Kurosawa's Yojimbo, which became Sergio Leone's A Fistful of Dollars' Zatoichi is as good as, probably better than, Kill Bill.' -The GuardianWinner of the audience award… Read more

ZEBRAMAN 2: ATTACK ON ZEBRA CITY (Takashi Miike, 2010)
"A serious dash of Miike weirdness... One of the most memorable closing shots ever." - Twitch Film ... In 2004, MIFF favourite Takashi Miike (see 13 Assassins, also in this year's program) directed a… Read more

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