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Heaven's Bookstore (2004)

Heaven's Bookstore is a 2004 Japanese film directed by Tetsuo Shinohara about a struggling classical pianist who is sent to heaven to work in a bookstore. It is based on two novels, written by Atsushi Matsuhisa and Wataru Tanaka.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tetsuo Shinohara
CAST:  Yuko Takeuchi  •  Tetsuji Tamayama  •  Hirofumi Arai  •  Karina

Heaven's Bookstore is a 2004 Japanese film directed by Tetsuo Shinohara about a struggling classical pianist who is sent to heaven to work in a bookstore. It is based on two novels, written by Atsushi Matsuhisa and Wataru Tanaka.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tetsuo Shinohara
CAST:  Yuko Takeuchi  •  Tetsuji Tamayama  •  Hirofumi Arai  •  Karina

The Pillow Book (1996)

A woman with a body writing fetish seeks to find a combined lover and calligrapher.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Greenaway
CAST:  Vivian Wu  •  Yoshi Oida  •  Ken Ogata  •  Hideko Yoshida

A woman with a body writing fetish seeks to find a combined lover and calligrapher.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Greenaway
CAST:  Vivian Wu  •  Yoshi Oida  •  Ken Ogata  •  Hideko Yoshida

Tora-san confesses (1991)

When Izumi can't stand seeing her mother flirt with other men, she leaves home. She sends a letter to Mitsuo and Mitsuo goes looking for her. But Izumi unexpectedly meets Tora-san.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Yoji Yamada
CAST:  Kiyoshi Atsumi  •  Chieko Baisho  •  Hidetaka Yoshioka  •  Kumiko Goto

When Izumi can't stand seeing her mother flirt with other men, she leaves home. She sends a letter to Mitsuo and Mitsuo goes looking for her. But Izumi unexpectedly meets Tora-san.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Yoji Yamada
CAST:  Kiyoshi Atsumi  •  Chieko Baisho  •  Hidetaka Yoshioka  •  Kumiko Goto

Keiho (1999)

The psychiatric evaluation of a young actor arrested for a brutal double murder concludes he may be unfit for trial. Further investigation, however, reveals the crime was a well-planned statement against the section of Japan's criminal code granting diminished ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Yoshimitsu Morita
CAST:  Kyoka Suzuki  •  Shinichi Tsutsumi  •  Ittoku Kishibe  •  Naoki Sugiura

The psychiatric evaluation of a young actor arrested for a brutal double murder concludes he may be unfit for trial. Further investigation, however, reveals the crime was a well-planned statement against the section of Japan's criminal code granting diminished ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Yoshimitsu Morita
CAST:  Kyoka Suzuki  •  Shinichi Tsutsumi  •  Ittoku Kishibe  •  Naoki Sugiura

Kaitô Ruby (1988)

Toru Hayashi lives alone with his mother. He is a Young salaryman whose life is a staggering commonplace, his life is always stuck at one place until a pretty young woman moves into the apartment upstairs. Rumi Kato, charming and smart, quickly sympathizes with ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Makoto Wada
CAST:  Kyoko Koizumi  •  Hiroyuki Sanada  •  Taisaku Akino  •  Manami Fuji

Toru Hayashi lives alone with his mother. He is a Young salaryman whose life is a staggering commonplace, his life is always stuck at one place until a pretty young woman moves into the apartment upstairs. Rumi Kato, charming and smart, quickly sympathizes with ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Makoto Wada
CAST:  Kyoko Koizumi  •  Hiroyuki Sanada  •  Taisaku Akino  •  Manami Fuji

Company Executives (1989)

A fierce succession battle ignites at a newspaper company when the president passes away.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Toshio Masuda
CAST:  Ken Ogata  •  Yukiyo Toake  •  Koichi Sato  •  Mariko Fuji

A fierce succession battle ignites at a newspaper company when the president passes away.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Toshio Masuda
CAST:  Ken Ogata  •  Yukiyo Toake  •  Koichi Sato  •  Mariko Fuji

An Ocean to Cross (1980)

Set in Japan's Tenpyou era (729-749 CE), four young monks are sent to China to study Buddhism and bring a high priest back to Japan with them. The film tells the tale of the four monks' youth and the life and times of the high priest Ganjin.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kei Kumai
CAST:  Katsuo Nakamura  •  Masaaki Daimon  •  Mitsuo Hamada  •  Daigo Kusano

Set in Japan's Tenpyou era (729-749 CE), four young monks are sent to China to study Buddhism and bring a high priest back to Japan with them. The film tells the tale of the four monks' youth and the life and times of the high priest Ganjin.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kei Kumai
CAST:  Katsuo Nakamura  •  Masaaki Daimon  •  Mitsuo Hamada  •  Daigo Kusano

By Player (2000)

The film is a series of vignettes from Taiji Tonoyama's life and film clips, interspersed with a dialogue to camera by Nobuko Otowa, addressing the camera as if she is addressing Tonoyama himself, recollecting events in his life. The film focuses on Tonoyama's ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kaneto Shindō
CAST:  Naoto Takenaka  •  Keiko Oginome  •  Hideko Yoshida  •  Nobuko Otowa

The film is a series of vignettes from Taiji Tonoyama's life and film clips, interspersed with a dialogue to camera by Nobuko Otowa, addressing the camera as if she is addressing Tonoyama himself, recollecting events in his life. The film focuses on Tonoyama's ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kaneto Shindō
CAST:  Naoto Takenaka  •  Keiko Oginome  •  Hideko Yoshida  •  Nobuko Otowa

Will to Live (1999)

It is based on the story of The Ballad of Narayama updated to the present day, with the substitution of putting a parent into an old people's home for the abandonment of the original. The film won the Golden St. George and the FIPRESCI Prize at the 21st Moscow ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kaneto Shindō
CAST:  Rentaro Mikuni  •  Akira Emoto  •  Hideko Yoshida  •  Shinobu Otake

It is based on the story of The Ballad of Narayama updated to the present day, with the substitution of putting a parent into an old people's home for the abandonment of the original. The film won the Golden St. George and the FIPRESCI Prize at the 21st Moscow ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kaneto Shindō
CAST:  Rentaro Mikuni  •  Akira Emoto  •  Hideko Yoshida  •  Shinobu Otake

Robot Contest (2003)

Satomi is aimlessly attending a vocational school and becomes a member of the robot club by chance. There are two robot clubs at her school. The first club's members are handpicked elite and have regularly participated in the robot contest. The other one, which ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tomoyuki Furumaya
CAST:  Shun Oguri  •  Atsushi Ito  •  Takashi Tsukamoto  •  Kazuma Suzuki

Satomi is aimlessly attending a vocational school and becomes a member of the robot club by chance. There are two robot clubs at her school. The first club's members are handpicked elite and have regularly participated in the robot contest. The other one, which ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tomoyuki Furumaya
CAST:  Shun Oguri  •  Atsushi Ito  •  Takashi Tsukamoto  •  Kazuma Suzuki

Sing a Song of Sex (1967)

Four sexually hungry high school students preparing for their university entrance exams meet up with an inebriated teacher singing bawdy drinking songs. This encounter sets them on a less than academic path.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Nagisa Ōshima
CAST:  Ichiro Araki  •  Juzo Itami  •  Koji Iwabuchi  •  Akiko Koyama

Four sexually hungry high school students preparing for their university entrance exams meet up with an inebriated teacher singing bawdy drinking songs. This encounter sets them on a less than academic path.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Nagisa Ōshima
CAST:  Ichiro Araki  •  Juzo Itami  •  Koji Iwabuchi  •  Akiko Koyama

Cutie Honey (2004)

When Honey's uncle gets kidnapped by the evil criminal gang known as "Panther Claw," she must use her magical powers of transformation (fueled by love) to save him. Meanwhile the same crime group has been responsible for a number of other crime sprees across Tokyo. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Hideaki Anno
CAST:  Eriko Satō  •  Mikako Ichikawa  •  Jun Murakami  •  Mitsuhiro Oikawa

When Honey's uncle gets kidnapped by the evil criminal gang known as "Panther Claw," she must use her magical powers of transformation (fueled by love) to save him. Meanwhile the same crime group has been responsible for a number of other crime sprees across Tokyo. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Hideaki Anno
CAST:  Eriko Satō  •  Mikako Ichikawa  •  Jun Murakami  •  Mitsuhiro Oikawa

Japan Sinks (2006)

In the aftermath of a major earthquake, scientists predict that Japan will sink into the sea. As further disasters follow, politicians plead with other countries to take refugees, while scientists struggle to save Japan itself.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Shinji Higuchi
CAST:  Tsuyoshi Kusanagi  •  Etsushi Toyokawa  •  Mao Daichi  •  Kou Shibasaki

In the aftermath of a major earthquake, scientists predict that Japan will sink into the sea. As further disasters follow, politicians plead with other countries to take refugees, while scientists struggle to save Japan itself.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Shinji Higuchi
CAST:  Tsuyoshi Kusanagi  •  Etsushi Toyokawa  •  Mao Daichi  •  Kou Shibasaki

Helen the Baby Fox (2006)

A young boy named Taichi Ogawara finds a fox cub on the side of the road and takes it home as a pet. He discovers it is blind, deaf, and mute. Because of this, he names it Helen, after Helen Keller.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Keita Kono
CAST:  Takao Osawa  •  Yasuko Matsuyuki  •  Arashi Fukasawa  •  Ryoko Kobayashi

A young boy named Taichi Ogawara finds a fox cub on the side of the road and takes it home as a pet. He discovers it is blind, deaf, and mute. Because of this, he names it Helen, after Helen Keller.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Keita Kono
CAST:  Takao Osawa  •  Yasuko Matsuyuki  •  Arashi Fukasawa  •  Ryoko Kobayashi

Daddy on a Rocking Boat (1973)

Based on the comic by Mitsutoshi Furuya  (more)

DIRECTION:  Yoshitaro Nomura
CAST:  Shinsuke Minami  •  Mitsuko Baisho  •  Yumiko Arizaki  •  Hideko Yoshida

Based on the comic by Mitsutoshi Furuya  (more)

DIRECTION:  Yoshitaro Nomura
CAST:  Shinsuke Minami  •  Mitsuko Baisho  •  Yumiko Arizaki  •  Hideko Yoshida

Sleepy Eyes of Death 12: Castle Menagerie (1969)

Just when you think Kyoshiro's life can't get any stranger, someone starts running around raping and murdering, and leaving notes proudly proclaiming that he did it. Tracking down the real culprit willtake him along a twisted trail that involves the Shogun's harem, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kazuo Ikehiro
CAST:  Raizō Ichikawa  •  Naoko Kubo  •  Yukiji Asaoka  •  Shiho Fujimura

Just when you think Kyoshiro's life can't get any stranger, someone starts running around raping and murdering, and leaving notes proudly proclaiming that he did it. Tracking down the real culprit willtake him along a twisted trail that involves the Shogun's harem, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kazuo Ikehiro
CAST:  Raizō Ichikawa  •  Naoko Kubo  •  Yukiji Asaoka  •  Shiho Fujimura

Prodigy (2007)

Naruse Uta is a "unique" 13 year old child. She possessed the talent to read sheet music even before she could speak, but has now come to the point where she hates playing the piano. Her father was also a piano virtuoso, but mysteriously disappeared from her life ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kôji Hagiuda
CAST:  Riko Narumi  •  Kenichi Matsuyama  •  Satomi Tezuka  •  Masahiro Komoto

Naruse Uta is a "unique" 13 year old child. She possessed the talent to read sheet music even before she could speak, but has now come to the point where she hates playing the piano. Her father was also a piano virtuoso, but mysteriously disappeared from her life ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kôji Hagiuda
CAST:  Riko Narumi  •  Kenichi Matsuyama  •  Satomi Tezuka  •  Masahiro Komoto

Ana (1984)

A double suicide happens in Morioka in Iwate Prefecture. The two were employees of rival real estate companies. A prosecutor who senses a setup exposes the truth.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michihiko Obimori
CAST:  Ken Ogata  •  Hideko Yoshida  •  Bengal  •  Kei Taguchi

A double suicide happens in Morioka in Iwate Prefecture. The two were employees of rival real estate companies. A prosecutor who senses a setup exposes the truth.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michihiko Obimori
CAST:  Ken Ogata  •  Hideko Yoshida  •  Bengal  •  Kei Taguchi

Neo Tokyo (1989)

Three shorts directed by the same names that brought you Metropolis, Ninja Scroll, and Akira. It begins with “Labyrinth Labyrinthos”, a story of a maze in a child's mind, directed by Rintaro. Next Yoshiaki Kawajiri gives us “The Running Man”. This is a futuristic ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Katsuhiro Otomo  •  Yoshiaki Kawajiri  •  Rintaro
CAST:  Hideko Yoshida  •  Masane Tsukayama  •  Iemasa Kayumi  •  Hiroshi Ôtake

Three shorts directed by the same names that brought you Metropolis, Ninja Scroll, and Akira. It begins with “Labyrinth Labyrinthos”, a story of a maze in a child's mind, directed by Rintaro. Next Yoshiaki Kawajiri gives us “The Running Man”. This is a futuristic ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Katsuhiro Otomo  •  Yoshiaki Kawajiri  •  Rintaro
CAST:  Hideko Yoshida  •  Masane Tsukayama  •  Iemasa Kayumi  •  Hiroshi Ôtake

Desire (2005)

Yokubo from director Tetsuo Shinohara is based off of the award-winning love story by Mariko Koike. A young man searching for physical comfort and dumb lust, and the world-weary woman drowning in a sea of men that works with him. This is a fantastic new film from a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tetsuo Shinohara
CAST:  Yuka Itaya  •  Saki Takaoka  •  Jun Murakami  •  Gô Rijû

Yokubo from director Tetsuo Shinohara is based off of the award-winning love story by Mariko Koike. A young man searching for physical comfort and dumb lust, and the world-weary woman drowning in a sea of men that works with him. This is a fantastic new film from a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tetsuo Shinohara
CAST:  Yuka Itaya  •  Saki Takaoka  •  Jun Murakami  •  Gô Rijû
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