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SHOWING RESULTS | FILMS FROM JAPAN
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PREMONITION

  • Release Year: 2004
  • Runtime: 95 minutes
  • Country: Japan
This Japanese horror film was created by a director of one of the influential original Ring films. This time the malevolent maguffin is not vicious videotape, but a mysterious newspaper that predicts deaths, beginning with the daughter of the story's protagonist. Premonition is based on a popular Japanese manga (comic book). | Read More
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QUILL

  • Release Year: 2004
  • Runtime: 100 minutes
  • Country: Japan
This feature follows a golden retriever's service-filled odyssey from birth to working guide dog. Quill is assigned to Mr. Watanabe, who initially rebuffs being led by a canine. But the puppy shines in repeated tests of diligence and concentration, and eventually wins over his master the same as he charms us. Sai directs his leading mutt impressively, creating a heartfelt tale of companionship. In Japanese with English subtitles (Ages 7+) | Read More
Drama
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RECOLLECTIONS

  • Release Year: 2013
  • Runtime: 13 minutes
  • Directed By: Nathanael Carton
  • Country: Japan
In Yamamoto, Japan, eighteen months after the Tohoku disaster, survivors left with nothing hold onto their existence through pictures found and restored from the tsunami debris. | Read More
Drama and Documentary
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STILL WALKING

  • Release Year: 2008
  • Runtime: 114 minutes
  • Country: Japan
Years of tension kept barely below the surface threaten to run over when two middle-aged children visit their elderly parents on the 15th anniversary of their older brother's accidental death. Patient, real-time pacing and a delightfully muted wit from the curmudgeonly old-timers highlight acclaimed director Kore-eda's (Nobody Knows) domestic drama. | Read More
Drama
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TETSUO THE BULLET MAN

  • Release Year: 2010
  • Runtime: 71 minutes
  • Directed By: Shinya Tsukamoto
  • Country: Japan
More than 20 years after he used 16mm to prove himself worthy of a cult following with Tetsuo, The Iron Man, Shinya Tsukamoto is back with another frenetic, hyperbolic experience (this time in English). This slick, modernized third installation of the Tetsuo series—shown here in the final director's cut for the first time—continues to challenge ideas of man and machine… and the trouble that ensues when the two become one. | Read More
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UNDERWATER LOVE

  • Release Year: 2011
  • Runtime: 87 minutes
  • Directed By: Shinji Imaoka
  • Country: Germany and Japan
A spectacle of songs and sex that is at once zany and erotic, Underwater Love puts an unforgettable new spin on the Japanese tradition of softcore "pink" films. Asuka has an easy life with her doting fiancé—but everything's about to change when she discovers her childhood friend has been reborn as a folkloric water sprite, and she decides to take him home…. With music by Stereo Total and cinematography by frequent Wong Kar-wai DP Christopher Doyle. | Read More
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ZATOICHI

  • Release Year: 2003
  • Runtime: 110 minutes
  • Country: Japan
A stunning revival of one of the iconic characters of Japanese popular culture -- Zatoichi, the blind masseur sworn to defend the innocent. Violent showdowns ensue when Zatoichi wanders into a town run by sinister gangs and a powerful samurai. In Japanese auteur Kitano's first period film, stylistically choreographed swordplay mixes with a multi-layered story, creating a powerful, wild romp. | Read More
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