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The Road to Murder

殺意の道程みちのり

AND LIFE GOES ON

An innovative suspense comedy with a serious theme--revenge, depicted with minutia of the kind and realism most shows leave out!

Takaki Kubota, president of a small company in the carboard business, kills himself after being driven into a corner by Yoshiyuki Murooka, president of customer. Having been taken in by Murooka, Kubota is deeply in debt and his company fails. Despairing the loss of everything he had, he throws himself off a roof. Kazuma (ARATA IURA), his son, pairs up with Mitsuru Azuma (BAKARHYTHM), a cousin, and the two vow to take revenge on Murooka, who lives in luxury with no sign of ever being brought to justice. But Kazuma and Mitsuru, having never done anything like this before, struggle with details--like coming up with the perfect murder, getting "supplies," and practicing their plan's execution. Watching them stumble along, one begins to wonder: Will they ever be able to avenge Kubota's death?

Starring:
BAKARHYTHM
ARATA IURA
MAYU HOTTA
YUI SAKUMA
SHINGO TSURUMI
Director:
TAKASHI SUMIDA

AND LIFE GOES ON

そして、生きる

AND LIFE GOES ON

An exquisite human drama & love story dedicated to everybody alive today, starring Kasumi Arimura and Kentaro Sakaguchi.

When Toko (KASUMI ARIMURA) turns 19, she decides to take an audition in Tokyo, but the day before the audition on March 11,2011, the Great East Japan Earthquake hits the country. In fall of the same year, Toko goes to Kesennuma as a volunteer with Han (JIYOUNG) . There she meets Kiyotaka (KENTARO SAKAGUCHI), a college student from Tokyo and an administrator of a student volunteer group. Kiyotaka is mild-mannered but competently organizes the volunteer activities. Toko finds something off about his smile, unaware of the cruel trick that fate has played on him. As Toko and Kiyotaka spend time together in Kesennuma, they start to develop special feelings for each other-

Starring:
KASUMI ARIMURA
KENTARO SAKAGUCHI
JIYOUNG
AMANE OKAYAMA
MASATO HAGIWARA
KEN MITSUISHI
KAHO MINAMI
Director:
SHO TSUKIKAWA

"The Miracle of Crybaby Shottan"

泣き虫しょったんの奇跡

For the first time ever! The incredible tale of a man who bucked the system to become a professional shogi player!

Ordinary and meek, Shoji "Shottan" Segawa was born with seemingly no discernible talents. It isn't until he discovers the game of Shogi that he stands out from the crowd. Learning the joy of winning via rivals and coaches, Shoji's skill increases to the point that he decides to join the "shorei-kai," an organization that oversees the professional shogi world and trains members to become pro players. However, a cast-iron rule of the shorei-kai is that those who do not reach the fourth rank by the age of 26 are denied professional status for the rest of their lives.After a promising start, Shoji gradually finds himself on the losing end of the board due to frustrations over friends quitting the organization and the ever-present pressure of the age-limit. Finally, at the age of 26, he has no choice but to pull out of the shorei-kai.Distraught and directionless from the loss, Shoji's life becomes awash with apathetic despair. Despite this, his friends and family stick by him, urging him not to abandon his dream of becoming a pro shogi player. Eventually, Shoji comes to the realization that deep down inside he truly loves the game.Feeling renewed vigor, Shoji ascends to the top ranks of amateur players. But will he be given an unprecedented second chance at going pro?

Starring:
RYUHEI MATSUDA
YOUJIRO NODA
KENTO NAGAYAMA
SHOTA SOMETANI
SATOSHI TSUMABUKI
TAKAKO MATSU
JUN KUNIMURA 
Director:
TOSHIAKI TOYODA

YOCHO (Foreboding)

予兆 散歩する侵略者

YOCHO (Foreboding)

A KIYOSHI KUROSAWA FILM
If the world was ending, what would you do?

Etsuko Yamagiwa (Kaho) hears from her co-worker Miyuki Asakawa (Yukino Kishii) that Miyuki's house is haunted by a ghost. When Etsuko visits her house, she discovers that the "ghost" that Miyuki is seeing is actually her father. Etsuko is worried about Miyuki's psychological state and takes her to see a doctor at the hospital where her husband Tatsuo (Shota Sometani) works. The doctor explains that Miyuki lacks the "concept of family."

Starring:
KAHO
SHOTA SOMETANI 
MASAHIRO HIGASHIDE
Director:
KIYOSHI KUROSAWA

Scenery to Remember

その日のまえに

Scenery to Remember

Life reveals its true meaning when you face "the day".

A woman one day learns she is fatally ill. This is the story of the woman, her husband, their efforts to live every moment till "the day" wholeheartedly, and the people around them. Portraying "ordinary people who lead ordinary lives", it transcends the typical tear-jerker about a sick patient, and offers common ground for the audience to sympathize with the characters.

Starring:
KIYOTAKA NAMBARA
HIROMI NAGASAKU
Director:
NOBUHIKO OBAYASHI

THE MOTIVE (RIYUU)

理由

THE MOTIVE (RIYUU)

A dreadful incident ties together several complete strangers. Then, the monster called 'modern society' emerges from their testimonies.

One stormy night, four people are butchered at 'Van Dale Senju-kita New City, a high-rise apartment building in Arakawa, Tokyo. The victims were presumed to be a family at first, but then turned out to be completely unrelated. The investigation stumbled. Who are the victims? Who killed them? Why on earth was this murder committed? What was 'the motive'? Ordinary people who have nothing to do with heinous crimes become tangled up in the incident whether they like it or not, As more testimonies are gathered, the surprising truth is revealed...

Starring:
TAKEHIRO MURATA
SAKI TERASHIMA
ITTOKU KISHIBE
SHINYA OOWADA
AOI MIYAZAKI
Director:
NOBUHIKO OBAYASHI

CHAOS

カオス

CHAOS

"CHAOS" takes us through an intricate web of deception and betrayal, played out in a series of elaborate capers that test the bonds of trust between a woman and the two men she loves.

A corporate wife stages her own kidnapping in order to dispel her doubts about her husband's devotion. When the henchman she hires zealously ties her up, they discover an obsession for one another. Even though the police are camped out at this house, the husband interferes with his wife's scheme and tricks the henchman into helping over up a more devious crime - a murder he and his wife committed.
Soon we learn that the wife is indeed someone other than the person everyone thinks she is. With the police closing in on them, the husband and henchman plot to outwit each other and win the lady's favor-even as she plots her own destructive path through their lives.

Starring:
MASATO HAGIWARA
MIKI NAKATANI
Director:
HIDEO NAKATA

Unloved

Unloved

Unloved

"Unloved" follows an independently minded young woman who becomes involved with a pair of totally different men.

Mitsuko, a thirty-something, works at City hall and lives a very simple life devoid of ambition. She has an affair with Eiji, a rich, arrogant and newly divorced businessman who is intrigued by her retiring personality but she quickly breaks up as he repeatedly tries to make her change her lifestyle and values. While Eiji ponders the reasons of the breakup, Mitsuko falls for one of her neighbors, a young slacker who has the same approach to life as her. But Mitsuko's new lover is fascinated by Eiji's power and social status... A triangle that will inevitably leave one of the characters "unloved".

Starring:
YOKO MORIGUCHI
TORU NAKAMURA
SHUNSUKE MATSUOKA
Director:
KUNITOSHI MANDA

ELECTRIC DRAGON 80000V

エレクトリック・ドラゴン80000V

ELECTRIC DRAGON 80000V

There is No higher Voltage!
Gakuryu Ishii has inspired a generation of young filmmakers worldwide as the innovator of the cyberpunk genre.

Playing one day as a child on a power line tower, Dragon Eye Morrison receives a huge electrical shock, which ignites in his brain a long dormant pre-historic disposition for blind rage. His "dragon" has been awakened. Medical scientists try in vain to calm him with years of electroshock therapy.
His altered brain affords him telepathic communication with reptiles. As an adult, Dragon Eye (Tadanobu Asano) makes a profession of finding lost lizards in Tokyo. His only solace lies in wildly playing the electric guitar. But, as his rage sends huge electrical charges out into the urban environment, he shackles himself to bed each night to avert disaster.

Starring:
TADANOBU ASANO
MASATOSHI NAGASE
Director:
GAKURYU ISHII

H story

H story

ELECTRIC DRAGON 80000V

It is an autobiographical docudrama about an attempt to remake Alain Resnais' 1959 film Hiroshima Mon Amour.
Gakuryu Ishii has inspired a generation of young filmmakers worldwide as the innovator of the cyberpunk genre.

A French actress (Beatrice Dalle) arrives in Hiroshima to begin work on the remake of Alain Resnais' ''Hiroshima Mon Amour''. Scenes are shot, discussed, re-shot. A writer friend of the director asks him why he is remaking the Resnais film. The director can answer only that it is because he has yet to make sense of his feelings. As the shoot progresses, the actress begins to question the motives behind the director's obsessive desire to film the city of his birth, and to confront the memories and complex emotions evoked by this mythic city in the psyche of his generation. Later, walking on a beach with the writer, the actress learns that the director is cancelling the shoot. Her time in Hiroshima is over.

Starring:
BÉATRICE DALLE
KOU MACHIDA
HIROAKI UMANO
Director:
NOBUHIRO SUWA

Chloe

クロエ

ELECTRIC DRAGON 80000V

Veteran actor turned filmmaker Go Riju spins this love story about the beautiful and doomed.

Kotaro meets Chloe are married soon after the first site. Chloe has no family or friends, but is welcomed warmly by her husband's circle. She is blissfully happy. Kotaro's best friend Eisuke has been squandering his money on rare works by the cult writer Kitano. Kotaro loans him money to clear his debts. One day beside the sea, Chloe collapses. X-rays reveal a growth the size and shape of a flower bud on her right lung. A water lily is surgically removed.... Fascinated, Chloe leaves the hospital, taking the lily with her. Another bud is detected, this time on her left lung. Chloe declines treatment, preferring to remain with Kotaro and refusing to drink water, fearful of nourishing the bud.

Starring:
MASATOSHI NAGASE
RIE TOMOSAKA
Director:
GO RIJU

HOTARU (Firefly)

火垂

HOTARU (Firefly)

Director Naomi Kawase directs a love story in Nara where she is from.

Ayako lives with Kyoko, her friend and fellow stripper. She seems indifferent to her fate - disconnected. For Daiji, a lonely craftsman, family and tradition mean nothing. His art is his only connection to life. When they meet, both are adrift, suffering painful loss. She has undergone an abortion and broken up with her abusive boyfriend. Daiji shows Ayako the great kiln built by his grandfather. She is fascinated. Later, Daiji waits in vain for Ayako at Gango Temple, where ancestors are celebrated. They had sworn to make a wish for their future, but the strip club has been raided, and Ayako jailed. Ayako returns home to the village she has not seen for ten years, but arrives too late.

Starring:
YUKO NAKAMURA
TOSHIYA NAGASAWA
MIYAKO YAMAGUCHI
Director:
NAOMI KAWASE

EUREKA

EUREKA ユリイカ

EUREKA

EUREKA is the story of several people de-stabilized by a fateful drama.

In Kyushu, southwest Japan, one hot summer morning, a municipal bus is hijacked. In the carnage only three people survive: the driver, Makoto, a school girl, Kozue, and her older brother, Naoki. Suffering from trauma, Makoto disappears. The children withdraw in silence. Two years later, Makoto comes back to the town. Naoki and Kozue live alone in the family home. Relationships between Makoto and his brother begin to deteriorate and Makoto moves in with the children. Meanwhile, a serial killer is on the loose. Makoto is called in as the suspect....

Starring:
KOJI YAKUSHO
AOI MIYAZAKI
MASARU MIYAZAKI
Director:
SHINJI AOYAMA

BOY'S CHOIR

独立少年合唱団

BOY'S CHOIR

This is an impressive first feature by director, Akira Ogata that gives a fresh slant on familiar themes.

As his father is dies, Michio (Atsushi Ito), 15-year-old, is sent by his uncle to the Dokuritsu Orphanage for Boys. He's teased because he stutters almost runs away, until a beautiful, androgynous boy, Yasuo (Sora Tohma), convinces him to join the choir. Yasuo is the star soprano and is obsessed with the Vienna Boys Choir.
The two begin to intertwine when the choir and the feelings they share bring them close to one another.

Starring:
ATSUSHI ITO
SORA TOHMA
TERUYUKI KAGAWA
Director:
AKIRA OGATA

M/OTHER

M/OTHER

M/OTHER

M/OTHER was made without a script. After detailed discussions, the cast and crew worked like a group of jazz musicians, improvising under the filmmaker's direction.

Aki, who works at a design company, and Tetsuro, who is a restaurant owner, have been living together for several years in present-day Tokyo, where many couples are carving out lifestyles outside traditional family roles. They respect each other's independence, and have a generally carefree relationship. When Tetsuro's 8 year-old son Shun by a previous marriage arrives unexpectedly to stay a month with the couple, a kind of mock family life begins. The new living arrangement brings unexpected stress, Shun becomes homesick and runs away to his mother's apartment. Aki begins to look for a new place to live on her own, as she fears she will break down if she doesn't get away.

Starring:
TOMOKAZU MIURA
MAKIKO WATANABE
RYUDAI TAKAHASHI
Director:
NOBUHIRO SUWA

SUZAKU

萌の朱雀

SUZAKU

What is family? What is blood relationship? This is Naomi Kawase's very first feature length film.

Nishiyoshino-mura, Nara prefecture is a forestry Kozo Tahara (Jun Kunimura) is the father of a family which has earned their living with forestry from generation to generation. In 1971, the economic recession continues, and Nishiyoshino-mura is designated as an 'area of too spare population'. Though more and more people are going out of the village to seek jobs, the people like Kozo, who eke out their livelihood in the village industry, cannot help but love their home village Nishiyoshino-mura. In the same year, a plan to construct a tunnel for the railroad to reach Nishiyoshino-mura turns up.

Starring:
JUN KUNIMURA
MACHIKO ONO
Director:
NAOMI KAWASE

Helpless

Helpless

Helpless

Gen-X auteur Shinji Aoyama directs this brooding gangster flick about alienation, sudden violence, and high school classmates.

Yasuo is a gangster just released from jail. Believing his boss double-crossed him, enraged Yasuo is on his way to find the boss. But before setting out for the dangerous trip, Yasuo asks Kenji to take care of his mentally challenged sister, Yuri, and a mysterious black bag. Along with Yasuo's mobster cohorts -- a young thug and nattily dressed yakuza with a Gorbachov style birthmark who greeted Yasuo at the prison gates -- they break bread at a family restaurant. When yakuza makes an off-colored remark about Yasuo's boss, he ices him on the spot. Later, Kenji pays a visit to his profoundly depressed father at the hospital.

Starring:
TADANOBU ASANO
KEN MITSUISHI
KAORI TSUJI
Director:
SHINJI AOYAMA

Don't Look Up (aka JOYUREI)

女優霊

Don't Look Up (aka JOYUREI)

"J-Horror"= Hideo Nakata. This is his debut as a feature film director.

In the movie, the film director Toshio Murai (Yurei Yanagi) is absorbed in preparing for his debut film. One night, when the staffs are watching rushes of camera tests, a different picture overlaps one of the scenes they had shot. And then they find themselves watching a different movie. They see an actress in a seemingly old movie, and another woman can be vaguely seen standing behind her. They thought the film was a unused remainder of an old film, but it seems to be an undeveloped film. And if it is undeveloped, it must have been a movie which was never finished, but Murai remembers seeing the movie on TV when he was a child.

Starring:
YUREI YANAGI
YASUYO SHIRASHIMA
KEI ISHIBASHI
Director:
HIDEO NAKATA

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