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When eleven-year-old Wataru is told he can change his destiny by entering a magic gateway into another world, he jumps at the chance. But on his quest to find the Tower of Fortune and be granted any wish, he must conjure up all his bravery to battle a world of demons, his own friends and ultimately himself. In English. Ages 10+
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Award-winning Iranian filmmaker and TFF alum (Vegas: Based on a True Story) Amir Naderi travels to Tokyo to tell this striking, fiercely unconventional tale of a struggling young filmmaker, Shuji. Desperate to create great cinema, Shuji obtains financing for a few utterly forgettable pictures from his brother—who got the money from the mob. Now Shuji must repay his debts and test his love of the movies by working as a human punching bag for yakuza thugs. | Read MoreThriller
One of Chinas's great filmmmakers (The Blue Kite, Springtime In A Small Town) offers a rare glimpse at a culture nearly untouched by modern civilization, in the remote border area between China's Yunnan Province and Tibet. As in ancient times, all transport relies on horse caravan, and the zigzagging route offers breathtaking prospects of high mountain slopes, dense forests, deep gorges, and barren wastelands.
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Winner of the Academy Award® for best foreign language film, Departures is the eccentric, lushly scored, movingly funny tale of a cellist who returns to his picturesque rural hometown with his adoring wife following the breakup of his Tokyo orchestra. A cryptic classified ad for work in "Departures" leads him into an unexpected but strangely rewarding new job as an undertaker. | Read MoreDrama
Meet the Kyobashis, a model suburban Japanese family. Or are they? In director Toshiaki Toyoda's skillful examination of contemporary domestic malaise, a mother's plan for the perfect family initially seems to be working, but we soon learn that her perceived perfection is a lie that each family member chooses to believe at the expense of reality. | Read More
From Tribeca Film. Revenge, honor and disgrace collide when a samurai’s request to commit ritual suicide leads to a tense showdown with his feudal lord. From cult auteur Takashi Miike (13 ASSASSINS). | Read More
Death is "just a breath away" in this horror film from Japan that is set in a horrifying hospital whose overworked staff is busy covering up their own malpractice until one patient exhibits gruesome, and deadly, symptoms - and then disappears. | Read More
We've all experienced the intensity of first love. In this bittersweet romantic tale, set against the backdrops of New York and Tokyo, Tsutsumi presents a unique visual rendition of that once-in-a-lifetime experience by deftly switching back and forth among several formats: 16mm, 8mm, video, still images, Polaroids, digital photos, black & white, and color. | Read More
The Great East Japan Earthquake has just struck, the waters of the ensuing tsunami finally rolling back into the sea. In the comparative safety of Tokyo, two wives and a child living in the same apartment building have nothing to do but wait for their husbands’ return. Nobuteru Uchida finds a striking emotional core to the shock of March 11, 2011, crafting a tender and intelligent narrative on the internal effects of an unspeakable national tragedy. | Read MoreDrama