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BATTLE ROYALE II: REQUIEM (Fukasaku Kinji, 2004)
Battle Royale II: Requiem (Batoru Rowaiaru II: Chinkonka) Japan'Battle Royale II is bigger, bolder and bloodier than the original.'Midnight EyeThree years after he survived the bloody mayhem in the f… Read more

BEETLE QUEEN CONQUERS TOKYO (Jessica Oreck, 2009)
“It's as though Sofia Coppola had scrapped Lost in Translation midway through to focus instead on elephant beetles.” - Austin Chronicle ... The ineffable mystery of Japan's age-old love affair wi… Read more

BELLADONNA (Eiichi Yamamoto, 1973)
Belladonna is a full-length animation feature from the Japanese film maker, Eiichi Yamamoto. ... Two younq lovers. Jean and ... Jeanne, live in a small French farming village during the Middle Ages. … 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

BIG MAMA (Kon Ichikawa, 2001)
"Okatsu is a widow raising five children - adults but still mama-dependent - in mid-eighteenth century Edo, Japan. Her frugality attracts unflattering comment even amid national tough times (the regi… Read more

BLACK JACK (Osamu Dezaki, 1997)
Black Jack is the long-awaited feature-length animation of Tezuka Osamu's (Astro Boy, Kimba the White Lion) classic comic book of the same name. When a group of mysterious 'superhumans' suddenly come… Read more

BLACK RAIN (Shohei Imamura, 1989)
“Only the Japanese - perhaps only Imamura - could have made a film in which the bomb at Hiroshima is simply the starting point for an unforgiving critique of Japanese society itself.” - Chicago S… Read more

BLOOD AND BONES (Yoichi Sai, 2004)
Blood and Bones centres on Kim Sun-pei, a Korean migrant attempting to build a fortune in Japan. Contrary to his hopes, the Japan he encounters is a brutal world of discrimination and hard labour. Re… Read more

BLOOD – THE LAST VAMPIRE (Hiroyuki Kitakubo, 2000)
This killer Japanese animation packs a stake-snapping whallop. Dispensing with exposition, Blood-The Last Vampire propels the viewer headlong into the story. Saya, a teenaged girl, sits alone on a su… Read more

Blooming Ink Tale (Onituka Kentaro, )
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

BLUE FILM WOMAN (Kan Mukai, 1969)
Blue Film Woman is an astonishing example of full colour and widescreen pinku eiga - a highly stylised hotbed of sex and violence, the two elements often coinciding to uncomfortable effect. Kan Mukai… Read more

BLUE REMAINS (Toshifumi Takizawa, Hisaya Takabayashi, 2000)
Little Amaniku holds the fate of a planet in her hands. She and her parents return to Earth after devastating atom wars, taking refuge deep under sea to escape contamination. Genetic codes they have … Read more

BLUE SPRING (Toyoda Toshiaki, 2001)
Blue Spring is about high school anarchy, hairstyles and rock'n'roll. In a school where the students set the rules while teachers are dangled from windows, students play a deadly game of chicken to d… Read more

BOILING POINT (Takeshi Kitano, 1990)
... ... In Japan, Takeshi Kitano currently advertises a product called 'Jolt Cola'. Aside from his endorsement, the selling point is that it boasts twice the caffeine of regular colas. For once, star… Read more

BOKUNCHI – MY HOUSE (Sakamoto Junji, 2002)
Two young brothers, Nita and Itta, live in a derelict town on a small Japanese island populated by an eccentric bunch of characters. One day, out of the blue, their mother returns with Kanoko, a sist… Read more

Bong Gita (Go Ono, 1959)
A delightful prize-winning Japanese puppet film. A discarded guitar responds to a flower-girl's plight. The village is attracted and her flowers sold - and so the tale continues . . . a theft, a figh… Read more

BOUNCE (Masato Harado, 1997)
Bounce allows us to sneak into the real-life under-belly of Shibuya, Tokyo's teen capital. The film is fast, twisted, thoroughly involving, and easily stands alongside Kids and La Haine as no holds b… Read more

BOY (Nagisa Oshima, 1969)
An itinerant family of four makes a living by faking road accidents as pedestrians, with the drivers of expensive cars as victims. The game is to claim indemnity from the driver in the hope that he w… Read more

BRAIN MONKEY SHORTS (, 2004)
Brain Monkey Shorts Japan MIFF pulls together a programme of cutting-edge live action and animation shorts'a selection that could truly only come out of Japan. Films include:The Fuccons: Special Edit… 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

BRANDED TO KILL (Seijun Suzuki, 1967)
Possibly Suzuki's most infamous film, Branded To Kill certainly retains its searing punch after repeated viewing. Curiously, it is also his least Pop Art and quivers with a heightened otherness. Whil… Read more

BRIDE OF THE ANDES (Susumu Hani, 1966)
A Japanese widow goes as a mail-order bride to a Japanese archaeologist living deep in the Andes in a primitive Peruvian Indian village. She hates her life there, hates the Incan relics, hates the In… Read more

BRIGHT FUTURE (Kurosawa Kiyoshi, 2004)
Bright Future (Akauri Mirai) JapanMamoru (Asano Tadanobu) is a 27-year-old factory worker, whose sole purpose in life is to mutate his hauntingly luminous yet poisonous jellyfish into a freshwater cr… Read more

Broken Down Film (Osamu Tezuka, 1985)
A string of gags based on 20s-style animation and the self-reflexiveness of Windsor McCay's surreal comic strips from the same period. While the gags are familiar, the extent to which Tezuka pushes t… Read more

BROTHER (Takeshi Kitano, 2000)
A magnificent return to form for Japan's reigning master of the gangster film. Takeshi Kitano (Hana-Bi MIFF 1998). The director, who also stars, plays a Yakuza banished from Tokyo as a result of a ga… Read more

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