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Endless Creation - The Fountain of Youth (Yukio Tomizawa, 1957)
We are shown a glimpse of the complicated system of life through the functions of glucuronic acid which is indispensable for the preservation of youth and energy. ... Read more

EROS PLUS MASSACRE (Yoshishige Yoshida, 1969)
“A climactic, delirious, wall-busting murder fantasy.” - Village Voice ... Yoshishige Yoshida's exigent Eros Plus Massacre centres on anarchist Sakae Osugi, who was killed in the devastating wake… Read more

EUREKA (Shinji Aoyama, 2000)
Winner of the International Critics Prize at this year's Cannes Film Festival, Eureka is an extremely powerful film that examines the effects of the brutal hijacking of a provincial bus in provincial… Read more

EVANGELION - 1.0 YOU ARE NOT ALONE (Masayuki Kazuya Tsurumaki, 2007)
God is in his heaven, all is (Not) right with the world. ... The Angels have descended. These colossal extraterrestrial monsters besiege the fortress-city of Tokyo-3 and our last line of defence is t… Read more

FACE (Junji Sakamoto, 2000)
An extraordinary essay on how one woman finds freedom, from a filmmaker famous for his obsessive interest in the world of men. Now Sakamoto's thematic layers of macho uber cool toughness, pathos and … Read more

FIRE FESTIVAL (Mitsuo Yanagimachi, 1985)
A port in southern Japan, in 1980. Inspired by a news item, the film describes how a hero violates all the taboos of his community by his loving relationship with the mountain goddess. During the Fir… Read more

FIRES ON THE PLAIN (Kon Ichikawa, 1959)
Fires on the Plain, like director Ichikawa's earlier Harp of Burma, is concerned with the futility and horror of war, and protests at the private suffering which comprises this social catastrophe. It… Read more

FIRST SQUAD: THE MOMENT OF TRUTH (Yoshiharu Ashino, Misha Shprits, Aljoscha Klimov, 2009)
As the forces of the Third Reich clash with the Red Army on the Eastern Front, a hidden war is waged between Nazi occultists and a Russian psychic. ... In 1942, as Nazi Germany marches on the Russian… Read more

FLOWERS OF SHANGHAI (Hou Hsiao-Hsien, 1998)
After a masterful series of films about the history of Taiwan, Hou Hsiao-hsien turns his gaze to a fascinating saga from Chinese history. Qing Dynasty 'Flower Houses', a polite euphemism for elegant … Read more

Flying Insects (Taeko Kitajima, 1986)
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FOR LOVE'S SAKE (Takashi Miike, 2012)
“Takashi Miike['s]... deliriously daft romantic epic unfolds with a mixture of dynamic gang rumbles, sadistic slapstick violence and showstopping high camp musical numbers that would not seem out o… Read more

For My Crushed Right Eye (Toshio Matsumoto, 1969)
For My Crushed Right Eye is a split-screen short by Toshio Matsumoto, constructed while he was shooting his masterwork, Funeral Parade of Roses. Sharing footage and using cuts from the feature projec… Read more

FUNERAL PARADE OF ROSES (Toshio Matsumoto, 1969)
“The child of a rich moment in history where all of the art forms commingled in an incredibly free playing field.” - Jim O'Rourke ... At the forefront of Japan's 60s avant-garde film revolution w… 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

Funny Pets - Black Hole, Photography, Ghost and Flight (Ryuchi Masuda, 2005)
Aliens, Corona and Crescent live as the pets of Betty Boop-style starlet Funny after crash-landing on earth. Despite its sugar-coated look, this series from the creator of Mr Stain on Junk Alley is t… Read more

GACHI BOY - WRESTLING WITH A MEMORY (Norihiro Koizumi , 2008)
Overflowing with raucous humour, heart and guts, Gachi Boy is about putting tragedy in a headlock and not letting it define you. ... When undergrad law student Ryoichi joins a university pro-wrestlin… Read more

GATE OF HELL (Teinosuke Kinugasa, 1953)
Japanese films like Rashomon and Jigokumon have been the surprises at recent International Festivals, and the high standard of these and the few other Japanese films presented abroad in late years le… Read more

GEMINI (Shinya Tsukamoto, 1999)
Distinguished by the extraordinary visuals for which he is justifiably celebrated, the latest project by director Shinya Tsukamoto is an atmospheric, eerie exploration of identity, destiny and psycho… Read more

GET UP (Izutsu Kazuyuki, 2004)
Get Up (Gerropa!) JapanA Japanese yakuza comedy with soul! The soul of James Brown, that is. Ageing mob boss Habara has two days of freedom left before being sent off for a five-year stretch in priso… Read more

GHIBLI: THE MIYAZAKI TEMPLE (, )
"Nowhere is the level of sophistication of Japanese animation more apparent than in the work of Studio Ghibli ([Princess Mononoke], [Spirited Away], [The Cat Returns]). It also happens to produce 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

GOJOE (Ishii Sogo, 2000)
In this spectacular adventure, Ishii Sogo has married the kinetic energy of Akira Kurosawa's great samurai pictures with a uniquely deranged brand of Buddhist spirituality. Gojoe liberally employs th… Read more

GONDOLA (Chisho Itoh, 1986)
In his highly accomplished, self-financed, first feature, Chisho Itoh focuses on the friendship that develops between Kagau a lonely, neglected Tokyo schoolgirl and Ryo a window cleaner, recently arr… Read more

GONZA THE SPEARMAN (Masahiro Shinoda, 1985)
Shinoda's second adaptation of an 18th century puppet play by Chikamatsu is very different from the earlier DOUBLE SUICIDE (1969) — more realistic, less flamboyant, less experimental in that th… Read more

GOZU (Miike Takashi, 2003)
This Cannes Directors' Fortnight selection relates the story of Ozaki, a senior Japanese gangster whose increasingly peculiar behaviour is beginning to worry his Yakuza superiors. When Ozaki interrup… Read more

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