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Viewing films where language is Japanese
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Come Back Anytime

Come Back Anytime

Food lovers won’t be able to resist this tantalising story of a master ramen chef and his legendary Tokyo noodle shop.

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Devotion: A Film About Ogawa Productions

Devotion: A Film About Ogawa Productions

Legendary American lesbian feminist filmmaker Barbara Hammer turns her lens to the inner workings of Japanese filmmaking collective Ogawa Productions.

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Drive My Car

Drive My Car

Ryūsuke Hamaguchi returns with another enigmatically melancholy tale of human desire, loneliness and love – one that nabbed Cannes’ Best Screenplay award.

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The Most Beautiful Boy in the World

The Most Beautiful Boy in the World

An unsettling, melancholic portrait of what fame did to the talented young star of Death in Venice.

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Nezunoban

Nezunoban

Michael Beets depicts an elderly woman enacting the titular Japanese death ritual for her husband.

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Paper City

Paper City

Three elderly survivors of the 1945 firebombing of Tokyo fight against bureaucracy and indifference to ensure that the event and its victims are not forgotten.

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Sanrizuka – Peasants of the Second Fortress

Sanrizuka – Peasants of the Second Fortress

Ogawa Productions’ first internationally successful film captures farmers in Sanrizuka, Japan, resisting a government takeover of their land.

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Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy

Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy

Japanese favourite Ryūsuke Hamaguchi enchants with a playfully enigmatic, female-centric triptych that won the Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize at this year’s Berlinale.

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Wife of a Spy

Wife of a Spy

Kiyoshi Kurosawa makes his first foray into period filmmaking with a twisty, Hitchcockian tale of love and betrayal in WWII, which earned him a 2020 Silver Lion.

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The Witches of the Orient

The Witches of the Orient

The acclaimed filmmaker behind John McEnroe: In the Realm of Perfection serves up the story of the Japanese women’s volleyball team who became icons.
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Wolf Children

Wolf Children

Just your ordinary story of a girl who falls in love with a wolfman and raises their children – this anime classic celebrates difference and unconventional families.