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Grainy Days (Ohki Chieko, )
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

GRAVEYARD OF HONOUR (Miike Takashi, 2004)
Graveyard of Honour (Shin Jingi No Hakaba)JapanWhen a lone gunman walks into a Tokyo restaurant and begins gunning down the yakuza clientele, lowly dishwasher Rikuo Ishimatsu coolly walks through a h… Read more

Great Mother Cyumiko (Mako Idemitsu, 1986)
A narrative that explores the relationship between a talented intellectual mother (who is self-sufficient in all areas of her life) and her daughter. Her daughter has a wish to explore the passionate… Read more

GREAT YOKAI WAR, THE (Takashi Miike, 2005)
Yokai / n. pl. Bizarre-looking monsters and supernatural beings from Japanese folklore who like to play tricks on unsuspecting humans. Eight-year-old Tadashi, a meek schoolboy from a broken family, f… Read more

GUILTY OF ROMANCE (Sion Sono, 2011)
Japan's prince of transgressive cinema, Sion Sono brings us an erotic, psychosexual tale of sex, money and murder. ... With this risque, noir-esque film, director Sion Sono (Love Exposure, MIFF 2009;… Read more

GUSHING PRAYER: A 15 YEAR OLD (Masao Adachi, 1971)
This film from Masao Adachi (who also co-directed Red Army/PFLP) is a radical, subversive and visually arresting parable of self-discovery. Commencing with an extended group copulation scene in which… Read more

HAFEZ (Abolfazl Jalili, 2007)
“There is no melody more beautiful and eternal than the melody of love” - Persian Poet Hafez ... After memorising the Koran and passing his exams, scholar Shams al-Din is elevated to the rank of … Read more

HANA (Hirokazu Kore-eda, 2006)
A gentle samurai on a mission to take revenge on his father's death. To kill or not to kill - that is the question. Hirokazu Kore-eda's most recent release - and his first period film - is a decided… Read more

HANA-BI (FIREWORKS) (Takeshi Kitano, 1991)
Police detective Nishi (Takeshi) ditches stakeout duty with his partner and best friend Horibe to visit his wife in hospital. During the visit he is informed that his wife's condition is incurable an… Read more

HANEZU (Naomi Kawase, 2011)
"A beautifully made, quietist and contemplative work... a delicately romantic and even subtly erotic love story." - Guardian ... In rural Japan, three lovers face the consequences of infidelity and t… Read more

HARA-KIRI: DEATH OF A SAMURAI (Takashi Miike, 2011)
The unfailingly prolific Takashi Miike returns with this magnificently acted retelling of Masaki Kobayashi's 1962 masterpiece Harakiri. ... Set in feudal Japan during a long stint of peace, Hara-Kiri… Read more

Hard Contact (Hiroya Sakurai, 1984)
Alchemy in the medieval ages attempted to create medicine for an eternal life by chemical reaction. This work is the first attempt to creat alchemy today through an electrical reaction with time. ... Read more

Hard Scratch (Diazaburo Harada, Haruhiku Shono, 1985)
A promotional video of a miniature band called the G.I. Joe Robot Band. The dolls' movements are produced by graphic computers, rather than traditional pixilation. ... Read more

HEART, BEATING IN THE DARK (Nagasaki Shunichi, 2005)
Heart, Beating in the Dark is a remake, a sequel, a making of and a continuation of Nagasaki's 1982 Super 8 classic of the same name. It is also, according to the Rotterdam Film Festival, “the fine… Read more

HEART, BEATING IN THE DARK (Nagasaki Shunichi, 1984)
"A key film from the Japanese new wave of the early-mid 80 s, Nagasaki's brilliant Heart, Beating in the Dark, reinvents the languages of cinema, sexuality and identity to come to terms with the prob… Read more

HI. RAN. GUN. SHIN. (Ko Nakajima, 1985)
A computer graphic work based upon the theme of Japan's symbolic Mt. Fuji. An experimental treatment of a traditional Japanese icon. Mt. Fuji is a common element in traditional woodprinting, sumi-e p… Read more

HIGH AND LOW (Akira Kurosawa, 1963)
Gondo, the production head of a shoe factory, mortgages his house and belongings to gain control of the company. Before he proceeds, a kidnapper rings and asks for a large amount of money for the ret… Read more

HIMIKO (Masahiro Shinoda, 1974)
Takehiko returns from a pre-historic land to his own country which is ruled by the words of the sun god. Only Himiko can hear and understand these messages, and she relays them to the king, his two s… Read more

HIMIZU (Sion Sono, 2011)
“A dark masterpiece.” - Toronto International Film Festival ... One of Japan's ambassadors of extreme cinema, Sion Sono (Cold Fish, MIFF 11; Guilty of Romance, MIFF 11) turns his hand to restagin… Read more

HIROSHIMA MON AMOUR (Alain Resnais, 1959)
A young French actress has been making a film in Hiroshima. On the eve of her return to France she meets a Japanese architect. Hiroshima Mon Amour opens on their passionate embrace, she having discov… Read more

HIS SCARLET CLOAK (S. Yamamoto, 1958)
Based on an old and well-known stage-play, this comedy tells of the machinations of a landlord to conquer the beautiful wife of a provincial miller of a nearby township. The shrewd miller manages to … Read more

Hoksai (, 1953)
The life and work of the great master, Katsushka Hoksai (1760). His unique style exerted a powerful influence on the modern art of Europe. ... Read more

HOKUSAI MANGA (Kaneto Shindo, 1981)
The film describes the life of Hokusai, the famous woodblock print artist well known for his "36 Views of Mt Fuji", who lived during the latter half of the Edo period of Japan Among all his woodblock… Read more

HOME (Kobayashi Takahiro, 2001)
About one million Japanese youths are afflicted with 'hikikmori'—a total withdrawal from society—shutting themselves up at home, out of frustration with school or work. Home is a fascinat… Read more

HORRORS OF MALFORMED MEN (Teruo Ishii, 1969)
“Taps into the country's post-nuclear trauma so audaciously that people fled theaters in disgust upon its release.” - Midnight Eye ... Consistently banned on video and DVD since its 1969 release,… Read more

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