Films By Shinji Aoyama

"More than the sum of its parts – S&M porn, coming-of-age film and dysfunctional family drama – Backwater suggests that just as times change, so can people." – Japan Times ... Adapted from an award-winning novel and picking up a couple of prizes at the Locarno Film Festival, Backwater tells the story of 17-year-old Toma, who is coming to terms with his burgeoning adulthood while dealing with the v... Read more
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 Japan. Only three people survive: the driver, a schoolgirl and her older brother. Suffering from trauma, the driver disappears. The children withdraw in silence. Two years later, their mother has divo... Read more
“A powerful tale of quasi-biblical cycles of sin, atonement and redemption… a work of pristine beauty.” - Hollywood Reporter ... Sad Vacation concludes filmmaker Shinji Aoyama's ‘North Kyusha Saga' - the previous two films being Helpless and Eureka (MIFF 00). It follows Kenji, played by Festival regular Tadanobu Asano (Café Lumiere MIFF 05, Invisible Waves MIFF 06, Hana MIFF 07), who inadvertently... Read more
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