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BULLET BALLET (Shinya Tsukamoto, 1998)
With his fascination for transmogrified bodies, junkyard sci-fi hallucinations, explosive violence and dynamic editing. Shinya Tsukamoto has found a cult audience at festivals worldwide since his bre… Read more

Bursting Population (Yoji Kuri, 1975)
In an overpopulated world of the future, murder becomes a legally and morally accepted welfare activity. ... Read more

cafE Lumiere (Hou Hsiao-hsien, 2004)
In [Cafe Lumiere] Hou Hsiao-hsien has fashioned a superb homage to Japan's master filmmaker Ozu Yasujiro, incorporating some reverent references to his 1953 [Tokyo Story]. ... [Cafe Lumiere] is a del… Read more

CAPTURING DAD (Ryota Nakano, 2012)
"A road movie/coming-of-ager that's so wondrously quirky and simpatico with its subjects, it'll hold audiences' hearts captive long after its magical end." – Variety ... In the pretty town… Read more

CASSHERN (Kiriya Kazuaki, 2004)
Kazuaki Kiriya is known in Japan for his music videos and fashion photography. His debut feature is the stylistically eclectic [Casshern], an apocalyptic sci-fi war flick inspired by a 1970s' anime T… Read more

CAT RETURNS, THE (Morita Hiroyuki, 2004)
The Cat Returns (Neko no Ongaeshi) JapanThe latest film from Japanese animation powerhouse Studio Ghibli is The Cat Returns, an enchanting fantasy adventure tale following the fortunes of Haru, a you… Read more

CATERPILLAR (Kôji Wakamatsu, 2010)
“This masterpiece has the blunt force of a tank rolling over naked flesh.” - Hollywood Reporter ... When Lieutenant Kyuzo Kurokawa returns home from WWII a hero - minus his four limbs - he is pra… Read more

Ceramic Art of Japan (Kenji Shimomura, )
From the Stone Age and masterpieces of the early Sung Dynasty we follow the progress of the potter's art in Japan to the elaborate porcelain produced today. ... Read more

Chainsaw Maid- DRAW ME A STORY (Takena Nagao , 2007)
All the claymation zombie gore you could wish for, as the ever-faithful sexy maid swaps her broom for a chainsaw. ... --- D/P/S Takena Nagao WS Image Forum L Japanese, English TD HDCAM/2007 ... Read more

CHICKEN HEART (Hiroshi Shizumi, 2002)
"Hiroshi Shizumi is a Takeshi Kitano protégé, having worked as assistant director on several of his films, including Kids Return (MIFF 1997), Hana-Bi (MIFF 1998) and Brother (MIFF 2001). Shizumi's … Read more

Chickens (Michiko Amali, 1986)
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Chikamatsu's ``Love In Osaka`` (Uchida Tomu, )
Based on a kabuki classic by Chikamatsu Monzaemon (1653-1725), Uchida's [Chikamatsu's 'Love in Osaka'] is adapted with a narrative inventiveness decades ahead of its time. ... A young man adopted int… Read more

Children Who Draw (Susumi Hani, 1956)
How children think, feel and develop is the general subject of this fascinating film of Japanese primary school children observed during an entire year. In particular, the film is a sustained study o… Read more

CHOGOLISA - THE BRIDE'S PEAK (Chonosuke Ise, 1959)
The Himalayas have always attracted mountaineers of those nations interested in climbing, for the colossal peaks at the "Roof of the World", present the ultimate challenge. ... In 1958, the Academic … Read more

Clap Vocalism (Yoji Kuri, 1961)
The fociissed importance animated process is used in this two minute repetition of half a dozen fearful pictures of man at the mercy of his spouse who had him chained, caged and pummelled into domest… Read more

COLD FISH (Sion Sono, 2010)
Cult Japanese director Sion Sono (Love Exposure, MIFF 2009; Guilty of Romance, MIFF 2011) brings us a gore-drenched, pitch black comedy about a man drawn into the clutches of a deranged couple. ... S… Read more

COUP D'ETAT (Yoshishige Yoshida, 1973)
This study of a fascist ideologue, Ikki Kita, has become a major commercial success in Japan. It comes from an outstanding modern director, Yoshida, who earlier made Eros and Massacre. Coup d'Etat fo… Read more

Court Music and Dancing (Shoji Maruyama, 1957)
Gagaku, one of the earliest forms of Japanese music, and Bugaku, its accompanying dance, are still preserved in close to their original state by musicians and dancers of the Imperial Household. This … Read more

CRAZY FAMILY (Ishii Sogo, 1984)
The Kobayashi family has problems Mum is getting juiced up and stripping when the neighbours stop by for afternoon tea; son and daughter lock themselves in their bedrooms to engage in a multitude of … Read more

CRAZY THUNDER ROAD (Ishii Sogo, 1980)
Crazy Thunder Road draws its inspiration from the Speed Tribes, real life gangs of bikers and car nuts constantly at war in Japan's colourful subculturai milieu. ... In an unnamed near future Ken, th… Read more

Cutting Like The Ocean (Peter Callas, 1986)
A 'didactic' document, tracing events concerned with the creation and dismantling of a video installation in Japan. ... Read more

DaiNipponjin (Hitoshi Matsumoto, 2007)
"Dainipponjin has to be, hands down, the strangest picture in Cannes this year... [It is] tears-down-the-face funny and a genuine jaw-dropping oddity." - Variety ... Stand-up comedian and actor Hitos… Read more

DARK WATER (Hideo Nakata, 2001)
"From the director of the superb Ring and Ring 2. A young mother is plagued by visions of the ghostly presence of a drowned girl which seem to strip away the reassuring surfaces of modern-day Japan t… Read more

DEAD END RUN (Ishii Sogo, 2004)
Dead End RunJapanAfter a blistering retrospective in 2001, Japanese iconoclast Ishii Sogo is back on the big screen delivering another hyperkinetic blast of sonic intensity and visual dynamism. For t… Read more

DEAD OR ALIVE (Miike Takashi, 1999)
One of the most formidable jolts to the Yakuza genre in the past decade. Dead or Alive has already left audiences gulping and gasping at Tokyo, Vancouver and Seattle Film Festivals. Surreal visions o… Read more

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