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AFTER LIFE (Hirokazu Kore-Eda, 1998)
Hirokazu Kore-eda has two previous MIFF hits under his belt and once again proves his irrepressible talent. After Life is set in a purgatory or limbo which looks an awful lot like an old brick school… Read more

AIR DOLL (Hirokazu Kore-eda, 2009)
'I found myself with a heart I was not supposed to have.'- Nozomi, the inflatable doll ... The subject of a MIFF spotlight in 2007, filmmaker Hirokazu Koreeda (Still Walking, MIFF 09; Nobody Knows) r… Read more

Akuemon (Makato Tezuka, 1993)
Akuemon is a good example of animation in the gekiga style which has developed in Japan by the start of the 60s. This was a more seriously toned adult-oriented form of manga, which stressed realistic… Read more

ALL ABOUT LILY CHOU-CHOU (Shunji Iwai, 2001)
"Shunji Iwai achieved international recognition with Love Letter (1995) and April Story (MIFF 1999), and with this quietly devastating, often hauntingly beautiful portrait of troubled youth, he has n… Read more

ALL AROUND US (Hashiguchi Ryosuke, 2008)
“Wise and deliciously witty.” - The London Film Festival ... Filmmaker Ryosuke Hashiguchi emerges from a seven-year hiatus to present an intimate rendering of married life with All Around Us. ...… Read more

ALONE ON THE PACIFIC (Kon Ichikawa, 1963)
lchikawa has filmed the true story of a young Japanese who sailed a 19-foot yacht from Osaka to San Francisco in ninety days of solitary adventure. But unlike the men of the Kon Tiki, he had no scien… Read more

AN AUTUMN AFTERNOON (Yasujiro Ozu, 1962)
The late Yasujiro Ozus last work An Autumn Afternoon shows his method at its most completely formal. A gentle story about a widower's decision to marry off his only daughter; the director turns a lov… Read more

AN AUTUMN AFTERNOON (G) (Yasujiro Ozu, 1962)
"In its exquisite refinement of Ozu's style and themes, and its general air of nostalgia and loss, An Autumn Afternoon does in fact feel like a summation of his career." - Criterion ... Hirayama (Ozu… Read more

This film is the world s first attempt to travel through Papua New Guinea to obtain a complete record of the 20th century Stone Age life. ... Read more

ANGEL DUST (Ishii Sogo, 1994)
A trip inside the mind of a serial killer, and the psychic investigator desperate to track him down and halt a murder spree. Angel Dust is a cat-and-mouse thriller that lives up to, and then surpasse… Read more

ANTONIO GAUDI (Hiroshi Teshigahara, 1985)
Director Hiroshi Teshigahara apparently decided to make this documentary in 1959, when he first visited Europe, with his father and discovered the works of dynamic Spanish architect Antonio Gaudi in … Read more

ANTS, THE (Kaoru Ikeya, 2005)
The Ants won an humanitarian award for Outstanding Documentary at this year's Hong Kong Film Festival. ... Waich Okumura is an 80 year-old Japanese man who fought in China's civil war after World War… Read more

Aos (Yoji Kuri, 1964)
"They often try to find human nature by means of films - so do I. In this film I have tried to express it by real pictures, putting it out of an ideal world". Yoji Kuri's statement on his blackest, m… Read more

APRIL STORY (Shunji Iwai, 1998)
Uzuki Nireno bids farewell to her family and relocates to Tokyo to attend University. As the film progresses at a gentle pace, it becomes evident that the long-haired boy at the local bookstore has m… Read more

Architecture and Gardens of Japan (Rokuro Yoshida, 1963)
A survey of the architecture of Japan from the Shrine of Ise in mythological times, through the Heian, Muromachi and Momoyama periods, to the intimate beauty of the Edo period. ... Read more

Architecture of Japan (, )
The development of Japanese architecture from the earliest indigenous style and through the period of Chinese influence to the present day, when the most modern designs still show traces of the tradi… Read more

ASAKUSA KID (Shinozaki Makoto, 2002)
Asakusa Kid is the story of the outrageous, misspent youthful days of internationally renowned Japanese multi-hyphenate (director-star-writer-all-round-media-personality) Kitano 'Beat' Takeshi, whose… Read more

Astro Boy (Osamu Tezuka, 1966)
The TV series that started it all, from the infiltra­tion of Japanese style into Western TV anima­tion to the tradition of cartoon robots still strong in Japanese amine today. The success of … Read more

Attack on a Bakery (Naoto Yamakawa, 1983)
When two labourers decide to rob a bakery, they get more co-operation than they expected from its communist owner. ... Read more

AUDITION (Takashi Miike, 1999)
"Seven years after the death of his wife, company executive Aoyama is invited to sit in on auditions for an actress. Leafing through the resumes in advance, his eye is caught by Yamazaki Asami, a str… Read more

AUGUST IN THE WATER (Ishii Sogo, 2000)
Astronomical anomalies scar the heavens as twin meteorites fall to Earth. Strange phenomena begin to assail Fukuoka; a drought blights the region and people begin to die terribly, falling prey to the… Read more

Autumn Wind (Iara Lee, 1993)
A haiku film by lara Lee combines calligraphy and shakuhachi music. This experimental piece juxtaposes the master poet Basho and the contemporary poet Allen Ginsberg. ... Read more

AVALON (Oshii Mamoru, 2001)
Avalon is an illegal and potentially lethal computer game - a battlefield simulation where players win money to support themselves in a cold, dystopic future. Ash has reached the exalted warrior clas… Read more

AZUMI (Ryuhei Kitamura, 2004)
Azumi Japan'Boasting some of the most impressive swordplay in the history of samurai epics, Azumi is a visceral masterpiece of violent style and powerful substance. This modern-day classic is driven … Read more

BALLAD OF NARAYAMA, THE (Shohei Imamura, )
“The Ballad of Narayama is Imamura's masterpiece.” - Senses of Cinema No holds barred in its depiction of a harsh village existence 100 years ago, The Ballad of Narayama is a remake of the 1958… Read more

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