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Featured image for Storytellers (うたうひと, Ryusuke Hamaguchi & Ko Sakai, 2013)Background image for Storytellers (うたうひと, Ryusuke Hamaguchi & Ko Sakai, 2013)

Storytellers (うたうひと, Ryusuke Hamaguchi & Ko Sakai, 2013)

Ageing residents of the Tohoku region keep the folktales of ancient Japan alive in Hamaguchi & Sakai’s strangely comforting documentary

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Dear Pyongyang (Yang Yong-hi, 2006)

Raised in Japan director Yang Yong-hi finds herself struggling to accept her parents’ commitment to North Korean ideology in her moving personal doc Dear Pyongyang

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The Cheese & The Worms (チーズとうじ虫, Haruyo Kato, 2005)

Documentarian Haruyo Kato captures the transience of the everyday while while living with her grandmother and terminally ill mother in her rural hometown

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A2 (Tatsuya Mori, 2001)

Tatsuya Mori returns to the subject of Aum following A to examine the ongoing effects of the 1995 sarin gas attack on the Tokyo subway

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The New God (新しい神様, Yutaka Tsuchiya, 1999)

Documentarian Yukata Tsuchiya’s personal documentary explores his friendship with a right-wing punk duo despite not sharing any of their nationalist views

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Japan Academy Film Prize Announces Nominees for 45th Edition

Last of the Wolves dominates with 13 nominations across 12 categories while Takahisa Zeze’s In the Wake trails closely with 12

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The Weald (杣人物語, Naomi Kawase, 1997)

Naomi Kawase takes to the mountains hearing the stories of the ageing villagers as they meditate on loss, loneliness, and regret.

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Living on the River Agano (阿賀に生きる, Makoto Sato, 1992)

Makoto Sato takes a lyrical journey along the Agano River where the traditional way of life is fast disappearing

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A Movie Capital (映画の都, Toshio Iizuka, 1991)

As the opening of Toshio Iizuka’s A Movie Capital (映画の都, Tokyo no Miyako) makes plain, 1989 was a year of turbulence all over the world but also perhaps…

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YIDFF Announces Made in Japan, Yamagata 1989 – 2021 Streaming Series

Streaming worldwide (excl. Japan) Jan. 17 to Feb. 6, free until Jan. 24.

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Vengeance of the Phoenix Sisters (三鳳震武林, Chen Hung-Min, 1968)

Three separated sisters find each other and pursue revenge on the bandits who killed their parents in Chen Hung-Min wuxia adventure

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Lovely Little Ai (愛ちゃん物語♡, Ohno Candice Mana, 2021)

A lonely young woman struggling to escape her father’s obsessive control after bonding with a maternal neighbour in Ohno Candice Mana’s whimsical drama

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The Swordsman and the Actress (大江戸千両囃子, Yasushi Sasaki, 1955)

Hibari Misora stars as an actress drawn into a complex battle for a precious fan in Yasushi Sasaki’s comic jidaigeki adventure

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PARALLEL (Daiki Tanaka, 2021)

A wounded young woman in search of a protector and a nihilistic serial killer fight for the meaning of existence in Daiki Tanaka’s dark romantic drama

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Writhing Tongue (震える舌, Yoshitaro Nomura, 1980)

A married couple are faced with psychological torment when their little girl contracts tetanus in Yoshitaro Nomura’s harrowing medical drama

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Action Dongja (액션동자, Yongminne, 2020)

A lonely orphan abandoned at a monastery bonds with his new friends after they decide to chase a gang of thieves who robbed their temple in Yongminne’s slapstick…

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Ghost Cat of Nabeshima (鍋島怪猫伝, Kunio Watanabe, 1949)

A haunted Go board, a paranoid lord, and a rumour about a vengeful ghost cat spirit throw a small community into chaos in Kunio Watabe’s playful supernatural drama

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MANZAI Conflict (令和対俺, Kenya Okubo, 2021)

A thoroughly unpleasant manzai comedian undergoes a psychotic break when asked to switch from funny guy to straight man in Kenya Okubo’s darkly absurdist drama

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Encounter at the Station (難忘的車站, Hsin Chi, 1965)

Destructive patriarchal social codes drive a young man to madness, cause a young woman to lose her sight, and push another towards nervous breakdown in Hsin Chi’s subversive…

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The Wife of Seishu Hanaoka (華岡青洲の妻, Yasuzo Masumura, 1967)

A mother and a wife become locked in an absurd battle of one-upmanship volunteering as test subjects for a husband’s experiments in Yasuzo Masumura’s ironic relationship drama

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Scherzo (スケルツォ, Takayoshi Shiokawa & Kanta Tomatsu, 2021)

A man whose memory resets every day learns to find meaning in the elusive memory of love in Takayoshi Shiokawa & Kanta Tomatsu’s deadpan drama

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Blue Ribbon Awards Announces Nominations for 64th Edition

Drive My Car sweeps board with strong showings for Last of the Wolves, a Madder Red, and A Family

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The Big Boss (暗黒街の顔役, Kihachi Okamoto, 1959)

A veteran yakuza falls foul of changing times trying to save his teen idol younger brother from the underworld in an early crime drama from Kihachi Okamoto

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The Basement (지하실, Choi Yang-hyun, 2021)

A family of three attempt to stave off boredom, fear, and despair while taking refuge in their basement after a nuclear attack in Choi Yang-hyun’s claustrophobic drama

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Follow the Light (光を追いかけて, Yoichi Narita, 2021) [Fantasia 2021]

An alienated young man resentful of his forced relocation to the countryside bonds with an intense classmate in Yoichi Narita’s gentle coming of age drama

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Crest of Betrayal (忠臣蔵外伝 四谷怪談, Kinji Fukasaku, 1994)

An ambitious samurai finds himself corrupted by the times in which he lives in Fukasaku’s etherial fusion of Yotsuya Kaidan and the Chushingura

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Ninja Girl (シュシュシュの娘, Yu Irie, 2021)

An ordinary young woman gains the courage to stand up to injustice after discovering her ninja heritage in Yu Irie’s absurdist political satire

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Babi (Namewee, 2020)

Namewee explores the political realities of contemporary Malaysia through the lens of an ‘unreported but not forgotten” 2000 school riot

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From Today, It’s My Turn!! (今日から俺は!! 劇場版, Yuichi Fukuda, 2020)

Yuichi Fukuda takes the high school fighting delinquent manga to the parodic max in this sequel to the 2018 TV drama

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A Song for You (他与罗耶戴尔, Dukar Tserang, 2020)

A folk singer from the country has a mysterious encounter with the goddess of music in Dukar Tserang’s whimsical roadmovie.

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Moving (お引越し, Shinji Somai, 1993)

A young girl struggles to come to terms with her parents’ impending divorce in Shinji Somai’s ethereal coming-of-age drama

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Black Rain (黒い雨, Shohei Imamura, 1989)

A small family finds itself contending with social stigma and a changing Japan in Shohei Imamura’s harrowing exploration of the legacy of the atomic bomb

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Silent Tokyo (サイレント・トーキョー, Takafumi Hatano, 2020)

A mysterious serial bomber brings Christmas terror to an otherwise peaceful Tokyo in Takafumi Hatano\s seasonal thriller

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Mother (おかあさん, Mikio Naruse, 1952)

A teenage girl struggles to understand her self-sacrificing mother in Mikio Naruse’s subversive take on the hahamono

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City of Lost Things (廢棄之城, Yee Chih-Yen, 2020)

An alienated teen finds a place to belong in Trash City only to instantly betray his new paradise in Yee Chin-Yen’s inspirational family animation

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Kekkon Annai Mystery (結婚案内ミステリー, Yoshikuni Matsunaga, 1985)

A young woman finds herself at the centre of a country house mystery after agreeing to be a proxy bride for a wealthy family in Yoshikuni Matsunaga’s Kadokawa…

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Sensei, Would You Sit Beside Me? (先生、私の隣に座っていただけませんか?, Takahiro Horie, 2021)

A mangaka and her cheating husband become locked in a cat and mouse game of ambiguous revenge in Takahiro Horie’s deliciously cynical anti-rom-com

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Love Letter (ラブレター, Shunji Iwai, 1995)

Two lost women are forced to deal with the recent and not so recent past through the serendipitous connection of a misdirected letter in Shunji Iwai’s tremendously moving…

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The Old Town Girls (兔子暴力, Shen Yu, 2020)

The left behind children of decaying industrial China find themselves at the mercy of a corrupted parental legacy in Shen Yu’s gritty neo-noir

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Shall We Dance? (Shall we ダンス?, Masayuki Suo, 1996)

A dejected salaryman rediscovers his joie de vivre after taking up ballroom dancing in Masayuki Suo’s charming dramedy

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Last of the Wolves (孤狼の血 LEVEL2, Kazuya Shiraishi, 2021)

No longer an earnest rookie, a corrupted Hioka attempts to keep the peace in Heisei Hiroshima in Kazuya Shirashi’s Blood of Wolves followup.

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Fire Festival (火まつり, Mitsuo Yanagimachi, 1985)

A proud mountain man goes to great lengths to hold back the tides of modernity in Mitsuo Yanagimachi’s poetic fable

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All U Need Is Love (總是有愛在隔離, Vincent Kok Tak-chiu, 2021)

A luxury hotel is forced into lockdown after being declared a COVID-19 hotspot, hilarity ensues in this star-studded ensemble comedy from Vincent Kok

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Sun Above, Death Below (狙撃, Hiromichi Horikawa, 1968)

A top hitman dreaming of a New Guinean paradise faces an existential crisis when an old job comes back to bite him in Horikawa’s psychedelic B-movie noir

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Choji Snack Bar (居酒屋兆治, Yasuo Furuhata, 1983)

A stoic middle-aged man is confronted by his youthful disappointment when his childhood sweetheart resurfaces in Yasuo Furuhata’s manly melodrama

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Ten Months (십개월의 미래, Sun Namkoong, 2020)

A young woman is confronted by a series of patriarchal double standards while contending with an unexpected pregnancy in Sun Namkoong’s indie dramedy

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Harmful Insect (害虫, Akihiko Shiota, 2001)

A 13-year-old girl looks for protection and safety but realises the world is not safe for her anywhere in Akihiko Shiota’s devastatingly bleak character study

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The Demon (鬼畜, Yoshitaro Nomura, 1978)

When his mistress abandons their three children on his doorstep, a resentful father and his enraged wife take drastic action to be free of them in Yoshitaro Nomura’s…

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My Atomic Aunt (波の向こう, Kyoko Miyake, 2013)

Documentarian Kyoko Miyake explores the plight of those left in limbo after the Fukushima nuclear disaster through the story of her pioneering aunt Kuniko

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