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Happy weekend people!

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I hope everyone is well!

With a story-check finished, I soon find myself braced for more movie action with a trip to the cinema due next week and a whole lot of films to go through. I also managed to hit a milestone in my kanji learning but now I have to make words with all of the characters I can write from memory. Work continues apace but with Christmas approaching, I am looking forward to having a few days off.

I posted reviews for Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s 2016 horror film Daguerrotype, (a real return to form) and the charming, amiable dramedy, Neko Atsume House (2017)

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Happy Weekend People!

I hope everyone is doing well. After a couple of months of pretty decent output in terms of Japanese practice and film-watching and balancing my day-job, I hit a week where, due to emergencies and meeting friends, I didn’t get as much as I wanted done. Pushing on through that, I have got back on track and just in time to. I need to finish off a script quick-sharp and watch six more films before the year is out and re-watch two special ones. I can do it!

This week, I reviewed the films Tokyo Idols (2017) and Rage (2016). What films are released in Japan this weekend?

FEEL THE HYPE!

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Happy weekend!

I hope everyone has had a good week. I’ve been busy everyday with work and studying Japanese. I managed to practice speaking and writing both in and out of work. The good thing about my job is encountering Japanese tourists and I met a family from Nagoya. When not speaking directly to Japanese people, I’m speaking to myself, haha! Film-wise, I wrote about the release of Tag (2015) and published a review of A Normal Life: Chronicle of a Sumo Wrestler (2009).

The London International Animation Festival also launches next week so get hyped!

Winter is approaching but there are a lot of good films in Japan still coming out. Let’s take a look!

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Eureka release Sion Sono’s “Tag” on Dual Format (Blu-ray & DVD) edition on November 20 2017

Eureka have scored a coup by getting Tag as part of their catalogue following on from Tokyo Tribe. The release will be on dual Format (Blu-ray & DVD) edition on November 20th 2017 after getting shown at festivals around the UK.

I remember when this came out and I felt rather down because it was based on a long-running series of death-game movies and it featured schoolgirls and disturbing imagery. I was quite negative about it but that was premature. It turns out the film was pro-feminist and pretty fun (that’ll teach me about assumptions…).

“High levels of upskirt photography and grisly dismemberment notwithstanding, it’s perfectly legitimate to read “Tag” as a girl-power “Alice in Wonderland” variant in which three versions of Japanese womanhood find the means to kick against a male-controlled system that would seek to assign them positions of subservience and/or victimhood. Though action and excitement are clearly Sono’s primary concerns, viewers searching for deeper meaning to all this mayhem will certainly find plenty to think about along the way.” Richard Kuipers Variety

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Down with the patriarchy!

Sion Sono is one of my favourite directors (I have dedicated two seasons to the man’s work) and in recent years he has brought in a more feminist take on Japanese media. This film is based on a 2001 novel by Yusuke Yamada where people get involved in a “real hide-and-seek game” involving people with the family name Sato and a killer ghost. Five films were made and Tag is the latest one. For this film, schoolgirls replace people with the Sato family name.

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Happy weekend, people. I hope everyone is doing well! I have been a bit quiet this week, working away on a video game and practising Japanese. I managed to put out two posts, one about the London International Animation Festival and the other about the films BAMY and Tokyo Vampire Hotel getting screened at the Torino Film Festival in Italy. I’ll get back on track with film reviews next week. Expect one about a documentary soon.

What’s released in Japan this weekend?

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Happy weekend, dear audience!

I hope everyone had a good week. It was a bit of a quiet one for me. I finished off a big writing project and sent it back to the company, attended a funding meeting for a festival, and started practising Japanese for around five hours a day. I was inspired by an American lady I met in Japan who said she studied for around six hours a day before making the move and permanently being based out there. Guts and dedication!

In terms of films stuff, I didn’t watch anything. I’m still savouring the high of Blade Runner 2049 from last week which is a candidate for my film of the year. I need to write a review. Speaking of writing… I published information on the Abertoir Horror Film Festival in Aberystwyth and Tokyo Filmex in Tokyo and my review for the film Dear Etranger (2017) was published on VCinema and then here.

What’s released this weekend?

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BraveStorm    BraveStorm Film Poster

BRAVE STORM ブレイブストーム 「Bureibu suto-mu

Running Time: 81 mins.

Release Date: November 10th, 2017

Director:  Junya Okabe

Writer: Junya Okabe (Screenplay),

Starring: Shunsuke Daito, Yuki Matsuzaki, Shu Watanabe, Chihiro Yamamoto, Hisashi Yoshizawa,

Website IMDB

According to IMDB “This remake of the 1970s TV series “Silver Mask” and “Super Robot Red Baron” pits two families (one with an armored bionic superhero, and the other a red giant robot) against evil aliens to save Earth and prevent the extinction of mankind.”

Synopsis: It is the year 2050 and mankind has almost become extinct on Earth thanks to an alien invader known as Killgis and his giant robot, Black Baron. The last survivors, five Kasuga brothers, plan to use a time machine and their three powers: a device for identifying aliens, psychic powers, and powered suits to head to the past and contact roboticist Kenichiro Kurenai and start to build a giant robot, Red Baron. Things get confused as Kenichiro’s younger brother and aliens get drawn into the conflect. Can Kenichiro, the Kasuga brothers and their friends and family cooperate and save the Earth from aliens, giant robots, and more? Find out as a fierce battle is about to start in Tokyo.

High & Low The Movie 3 Final Mission    High & Low The Movie 3 Final Mission Film Poster

BRAVE STORM ブレイブストーム 「Bureibu suto-mu

Running Time: 118 mins.

Release Date: November 11th, 2017

Director:  Shigeaki Kubo, Tsuyoshi Nakakuki,

Writer: Norihisa Hiranuma, Kei Watanabe, Daisuke Kamijo (Screenplay),

Starring: Akira, Sho Aoyagi, Takahiro, Kanta Sato, Taiki Sato, Tomoki Hirose, Shuntaro Yanagi,

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Synopsis: Two rival gangs, SWORD and the Kyuryu group, battle each other in order to reveal and conceal respectively the evil experiments of the government.

Bow Then Kiss    Bow Then Kiss Film Poster

一礼して、キス 「Ichi re shite, kisu

Running Time: 99 mins.

Release Date: November 11th, 2017

Director:  Takeshi Furusawa

Writer: Yukiyasu Asano (Screenplay), Yakko Kaga (Original Manga)

Starring: Elaiza Ikeda, Masaki Nakao, Takashi Matsuo, Katsuhiro Suzuki, Takahisa Maeyama, Minori Hagiwara, Kousei Yuki, Keito Kanamori, Yusuke Sato, Hidekazu Mashima,

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Synopsis: An Kishimoto (Elaiza Ikeda) is a high school girl who has been practicing kyudo (archery) for the past 6 years. She is the outgoing president of her school’s archery club and faces her last tournament but feels unfulfilled by her results and full of regrets. She appoints Yota Mikami (Masaki Nakao) as the next head of the kyudo team, someone doesn’t practice much but wins competitions. He has a crush on her and she has feelings for him. Just as she is about to finish as president he stops her...

Pumpkin and Mayonnaise    Pumpkin and Mayonnaise Film Poster

南瓜とマヨネーズ 「Kabocha to Mayone-zu

Running Time: 93 mins.

Release Date: November 11th, 2017

Director:  Masanori Tominaga

Writer: Masanori Tominaga (Screenplay), Kiriko Nananan (Original Manga)

Starring: Asami Usuda, Taiga, Joe Odagiri, Ryuya Wakaba, Koudai Asaka, Ritsu Otomo, Kurumi Shimizu, Ken Mitsuishi, Sario Okada, Emina Kondo,

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Masanori Tominaga (Rolling) assembles a great cast with Asami Usada (The Woodsman and the Rain) in a love triangle with Joe Odagiri (Over the Fence) and Taiga (Japanese Girls Never Die).

Synopsis: Tsuchida (Asami Usuda) lives with her boyfriend Seiichi (Taiga). He is an aspiring musician but he has no job and is struggling to write new songs. Tsuchida decides to work at a hostess club to support them both but doesn’t inform Seiichi. Things blow up when she gets herself involved with her customer Yasuhara (Ken Mitsuishi) and Seiichi finds out. Arguments ensue and he decides to get a job but around this time, Tsuchida runs into her ex-boyfriend Hagio (Joe Odagiri)…

Yocho Sanpo Suru Shinryakusha Gekijoban    Yocho Sanpo Suru Shinryakusha Gekijoban Film Poster

予兆 散歩する侵略者 劇場版 「Yocho Sanpo Suru Shinryakusha Gekijoban

Running Time: 140 mins.

Release Date: November 11th, 2017

Director:  Kiyoshi Kurosawa

Writer: Hiroshi Takahashi, Kiyoshi Kurosawa (Screenplay), Tomohiro Maekawa (Original Stageplay)

Starring: Kaho, Shota Sometani, Masahiro Higashide, Makiko Watanabe, Ren Osugi, Taro Suwa, Kei Ishibashi, Eriko Nakamura, Makoto Nakamura, Yukino Kishii,

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Synopsis: This is the theatrical adaptation of a television series tie-in for Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s Before We Vanish (2017), a take on the Invasion of the Body Snatchers story. The story concerns Etsuko Yamagiwa (Kaho) who gets involved with a crisis faced by co-worker Miyuki Asakawa (Yukino Kishii) who tells her that she has a ghost in her home. What should be a ghost turns out to be Miyuki’s father there and Miyuki is sent to the psychiatric hospital where her husband Tatsuo (Shota Sometani) works. There, Miyuki receives a diagnosis that she lacks the concept of “family.” It is also there that Miyuki becomes disturbed by the presence of Dr. Jiro Makabe (Masahiro Higashide). She may not be mad because, one day, Etsuko hears Dr. Jiro Makabe state “I came to Earth to invade.”

Moonlight Shimo Ochiai    Moonlight Shimo Ochiai Film Poster

ムーンライト下落合 「Moo-nli=rght Shimo Ochiai

Running Time: 30 mins.

Release Date: November 11th, 2017

Director:  Tasuku Emoto

Writer: Tasuku Emoto (Screenplay), Kazuhiro Kato (Stageplay)

Starring: Tasuku Emoto, Ryo Kase, Shohei Uno,

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Synopsis: A play by Kazuhiro Kato, the director of the theatre company Tokyo Dry Battery, serves as the basis for a film which is chamber-piece, a conversation between two friends, Mikami and Nagata, who spend a few hours together in a room late at night somewhere in downtown Tokyo.

Fukushima: A Record of Living Things Episode Five – Follow Up –       Fukushima A Record of Living Things Episode Five – Follow Up - Film Poster

福島 生きものの記録 シリーズ5 追跡 「Fukushima: Ikimono no kiroku Shiri-zu 5 tsuiseki

Running Time: 95 mins.

Release Date: November 11th, 2017

Director:  Masanori Iwasaki

Writer: Masanori Iwasaki (Screenplay),

Starring: N/A

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Synopsis: Director Masanori Iwasaki has kept track of the impact of the radiation from the Fukushma Daiichi meltdown on the local ecosystem for a number of years. This is the fifth work in a series of documentaries and in this one he takes up the theme of marine pollution and follows up a survey conducted by the National Institute for Environmental Studies which took place 1 km offshore from the nuclear power plant. He also looks at the child of a monkey born around the time of the accident and exposed to radiation. Scientists are interviewed and the impact of the radiation is assessed.

Vibration: THE YELLOW MONKEY    Vibration THE YELLOW MONKEY Film Poster

オトトキ 「Ototoki

Running Time: 126 mins.

Release Date: November 11th, 2017

Director:  Daishi Matsunaga

Writer: N/A

Starring: Kazuya Yoshii, Hideaki Kikuchi, Yoichi Hirose, Eiji Kikuchi,

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Synopsis: The Yellow Monkey reformed after a 15-year hiatus and went on tour in 2016. Director Daishi Matsunaga captures them on and off stage and finds out what went on during their 15 years off and what they plan to do next.

Sorosoro Ongaku wo yameyou to omou      Sorosoro Ongaku wo yameyou to omou Film Poster

そろそろ音楽をやめようと思うSorosoro Ongaku wo yameyou to omou

Running Time: 89 mins.

Release Date: November 11th, 2017

Director: Shinichi Ono

Writer: Shinichi Ono (Screenplay),

Starring: DynamiteNaoki ダイナマイト☆ナオキ, Sachiko Hatazaki, annie, Yuji Tanaka, Daisuke Chiba, Chiharu Okamoto, Junichi Kato,

Synopsis: This indie film is the debut of director Shinichi Ono and he shows the difficulties and joys of pursuing a career as a musician. Dynamite ☆ Naoki takes the lead role of a man named Kenichi. He dreams of becoming a professional musician and performs live shows while supporting himself with a part-time job. His wife Akiko stands by him but he’s in his forties and makes the decision to give up until, one day, Kenichi receives an invitation from former music collaborator. His life takes an unexpected turn in a new direction.…

DON’T GIVE UP KENICHI!

Game Master Death Sushi    Game Master Film Poster

ゲームマスターGe-mu Masuta-

Running Time: 30 mins.

Release Date: November 11th, 2017

Director:  Yoshikazu Ishii

Writer: Yoshikazu Ishii (Screenplay),

Starring: Hitomi Maki, Ryo Ohno, Kenji Sakama, Masaru Shinozawa, Miyuki Takase,

Synopsis: Nine people wake up in a locked room. They don’t know each other, they don’t remember how they got there. All they know is that everyone is that everyone is being forced to participate by a man dressed in a strange costume: he is the host of a series of games. In the first, they have to eat a piece of sushi: one of them is poisoned and the one who eats it will die. Things get worse from there…

Katabui, in the Heart of Okinawa    Katabui, in the Heart of Okinawa Film Poster

カタブイ 沖縄に生きるKatabui Okinawa ni Ikiru

Running Time: 80 mins.

Release Date: November 11th, 2017

Director:  Daniel Lopez

Writer: N/A

Starring: Tasuku Emoto, Ryo Kase, Shohei Uno,

Website (English) Website (Japanese) IMDB

Synopsis: Daniel López, a Spanish-Swiss filmmaker and photographer was travelling the world when he visited Okinawa and was moved by the place. He moved to Okinawa in 2003 and has made this documentary exploring his reasons why. He looks at the history of the islands, the traditions, music, sports and martial-arts, Ryukyu culture and more as he seeks an answer to the question “Why are you attracted to Okinawa?”

Here’s an excerpt from the English-language website:

Nevertheless, in this archipelago filled with contrasts in its unique set-up, I gradually discover that a deep-rooted spirit of resistance does prevail. A strength, which intrigues me and I find hard to fathom. It seems really quite exceptional to me that this “spirit of Okinawa”, where values of mutual aid and tolerance, inspired by ancient traditions survive, within a contemporary society driven by profit and efficiency.

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エキストランドEkisutorando

Running Time: 91 mins.

Release Date: November 11th, 2017

Director:  Yuichiro Sakashita

Writer: Yuichiro Sakashita, Takeshi Tanaka (Screenplay),

Starring: Shigeyuki Totsugi, Hisashi Yoshizawa, Tomoya Maeno, Tateto Serizawa, Yumi Goto, Kohei Nagano,

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Synopsis: Kanagawa University of Fine Arts, Office of Film Research (2013) was directed by Yuichiro Sakashita and impressed a number of critics. He’s back with another story about filmmakers and this time they are doing bad things as they tap into the enthusiasm of regions wanting to promote themselves. A producer manages to make a movie by skilfully deceiving the people of Enoki city who wish to boost the local in film production with a small film. Initially the citizens are cowed by this brash outsider and his crew but they soon work out he’s using them. Will the people of Enoki city be able to get justice and a film to boot?

Is the order a rabbit?? Dear My Sister    Is the order a rabbit Dear My Sister Film Poster

ご注文はうさぎですか?? Dear My Sister Gochuumon wa Usagi desu ka??: Dear My Sister

Running Time: 60 mins.

Release Date: November 11th, 2017

Director:  Hiroyuki Hashimoto 

Writer: Hiroyuki Hashimoto (Screenplay), Koi (Script/Original Creator)

Starring: Ayane Sakura (Kokoa Hoto), Chino Kafuu (Inori Minase), Risa Taneda (Rize Tedeza), Maaya Uchida (Sharo Kirima), Satomi Sato (Chiya Ujimatsu), Saori Hayami (Midori Aoyama), Ai Kayano (Moka Hoto), Rie Murakawa (Megumi Natsu), Sora Tokui (Maya Jouga),

Animation Production: production doA

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Synopsis from ANN: In Koi’s original four-panel manga, the main character Cocoa (a pun of “hot cocoa”) arrives at the café Rabbit House one day, excited for rabbits. She actually all but lives in that café. She meets lots of different girls there, including a tiny and cool girl named Chino (from “cappucino”), a tough and soldier-esque girl named Rize (“Thé des Alizés” tea), a spacey and quintessentially Japanese girl named Chiya (“Uji matcha” tea), and the ordinary but dignified Sharo (“Kilimanjaro” coffee). This story takes place in the summer so expect fireworks displays.

Gekijouban Haikara-san ga Touru Zenpen – Benio, Hana no 17-sai    Gekijouban Haikara-san ga Touru Zenpen - Benio, Hana no 17-sai Film Poster

劇場版 はいからさんが通る 前編 ~紅緒、花の17歳~ Gekijouban Haikara-san ga Touru Zenpen – Benio, Hana no 17-sai

Running Time: 97 mins.

Release Date: November 11th, 2017

Director:  Kazuhiro Furuhashi

Writer: Kazuhiro Furuhashi (Screenplay), Waki Yamato (Original Creator)

Starring: Saori Hayami (Benio Hanamura), Mamoru Miyano (Shinobu Ijuuin), Asami Seto (Tamaki Kitakouji), Kazuya Nakai (Shingo Onijima), Takahiro Sakurai (Tosei Aoe), Yuuki Kaji (Ranmaru Fujieda), Kenta Miyake (Ushigorou), Shizuka Itou (Kichiji), Unshou Ishizuka (Major Hanamura),

Animation Production: Nippon Animation

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I went to a funding meeting for the anime festival I work at earlier this week. One of the points made in the meeting by me was that it would be great to screen anime that rarely leaves Japan. Things like this.

Synopsis from ANN: Benio Hanamura lost her mother when she was very young and has been raised by her father, a high-ranking official in the Japanese army. As a result, she has grown into a tomboy — contrary to traditional Japanese notions of femininity, she studies kendo, drinks sake, dresses in often outlandish-looking Western fashions instead of the traditional kimono, and isn’t as interested in housework as she is in literature. She also rejects the idea of arranged marriages and believes in a woman’s right to a career and to marry for love. Benio’s best friends are the beautiful Tamaki, who is much more feminine than Benio but equally interested in women’s rights, and Ranmaru, a young man who was raised to play female roles in the kabuki theater and as a result has acquired very effeminate mannerisms.

AND THAT’S IT FOR THIS WEEK!

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Japanese Films at Tokyo FILMeX International Film Festival 2017

Taking place in Yurakucho as Yurakacho Asahi Hall, Tokyo FILMeX offers English-subtitled films from across Asia. It runs from November 18th to the 26th and during that time, filmmakers will appear to show off their latest works and take part in industry events aimed at strengthening Asian cinema. Some of these titles have already hit the festival circuit and won awards. There are three Japanese films due to be screened and they all look special as do all the other films from various parts of Asia.

Here is the trailer for the festival and the films will follow. Click on a title to be taken to the festival page:

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Japanese Films at Abertoir Horror Festival 2017 in Aberystwyth, Wales’ International Horror Festival 14-19th November

The 2017 edition of Abertoir, The International Horror Festival of Wales, takes place from November 14th to the 19th. It is an annual horror and horror film festival held in the Aberystwyth Arts Centre in Ceredigion, Wales, and it has a history of screening great Japanese horror movies as well as attracting guests from around the world. It’s great to see Aberystwyth hosting so many Japanese films (especially since they support anime in the form of Kotatsu – the 2017 run is here, 2016, and 2015 and 2014) and it’s great that the people who run Abertoir pick a diverse selection of films including these ones!

Here are the Japanese films programmed!

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Happy weekend, people.

I am elbow-deep editing a story at the minute but there is light at the end of the tunnel. It’s a supernatural tale which is fitting for the season since it was recently Halloween. For that particular day, I did my yearly review of a horror film and chose Snow Woman (2016) as my tale to publish. That film has Kiki Sugino as director, a young woman making waves on the international festival circuit including with her retelling of the Snow Woman (which was at this year’s Edinburgh festival) tale which gives it a more contemplative spin so it was with a degree of pleasure that I posted about a season of free films dedicated to the leading women directors of Japanese cinema who are now being celebrated in screenings in London over the next month or so. If I lived in London, I’d definitely take advantage of it because there are class films like Rent-a-neko and Wild Berries getting screened!!!

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Archipelago: Exploring the Landscape of Contemporary Japanese Women Filmmakers – Miwa Nishikawa, Satoko Yokohama, Naoko Ogigami, and Mami Sunada films will be screened in London

Archipelago: Exploring the Landscape of Contemporary Japanese Women Filmmakers’, is a season of free film screenings co-organised by the Japan Information and Cultural Centre (JICC), Japan Foundation and National Film and Television School with the aim of celebrating the diverse and exceptional work by the new generation of female directors who have emerged from the Japanese archipelago in the last fifteen years. There are four female filmmakers on offer, three as part of the main season and one as a special screening at the Japanese embassy. Here is the information:

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This special season dedicated to showcasing some of the works of female directors from the Japanese archipelago will take place in cinemas across London with a screening at the Japanese embassy. Naoko Ogigami (originally from Chiba) is the first to get shown off and that takes place at the embassy. The three other directors whose works will be shown on screen are Miwa Nishikawa from Hiroshima, Mami Sunada from Tokyo, and Satoko Yokohama from Aomori, hence the name of the season.

Nishikawa and Sunada have both worked with Hirokazu Kore-eda as assistant directors but while Nishikawa has gone on to write and direct feature-films in the realist mould, Sunada has concentrated on documentaries. Yokohama, meanwhile, has made films that combine reality and touches of fantasy. Cinephiles with an interest in Japanese films will probably know Nishikawa and Yokohama and Sunada since their films are getting more and more exposure. For those not well-versed with Japanese films, they will be in for a treat since their works are excellent. As the event organisers have written,

“This programme will offer a glimpse into the distinctive voices of these screenwriter-directors, whose work remains largely undiscovered outside their home country. Each with their particular style, these filmmakers have secured themselves a unique place in the Japanese film industry by occupying a narrative space that is neither mainstream nor fully arthouse, subverting genre boundaries, and rarely adhering to a solely female-centric vision.”

Here are the films on offer:

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