26 years old Hanako is on the verge of directing her first-ever feature film, achieving her childhood dream. Although she’s being hindered by an older male assistant director, she has a fateful encounter with a man named Masao, and her life at last begins to take on a whole new luster. However, the underhanded actions of an unscrupulous producer cause Hanako to have her personal project stolen. After being dumped into despair, she quietly stokes her rage, and makes a pledge to keep fighting, and never back down! Entangling Masao, her hopeless father and two older brothers (who she’s been out of touch with for over 10 years) in her obsessive quest, Hanako audaciously attempts to make her dream come true, her way!
The three friends Masakazu, Yamaji, and Maribu belong to “The Yutori”, a Japanese generation that is labeled as lacking in ambition, rivalry, and teamwork.
Masakazu runs a sake brewery with his wife, but their relationship is on the rocks. The brewery faces bankruptcy after their distributor is bought out by a Korean company, but Maribu comes up with a plan to save the arrangement.
Meanwhile, elementary school teacher Yamaji is still a virgin, but he realizes his tendency of being attracted to interns and transfer students' moms. However, this year’s intern is male, and the transfer students are from Thailand and America. He gets dragged into issues like helicopter parents and LGBT acceptance.
As the three friends deal with work, family, and love, their story takes an unpredictable turn!
The 70th floor of a Yokohama skyscraper is ablaze with 193 lives trapped inside. MER rolls into action determined to save everyone.
Winning “Best Asian Drama for a Regional/Int’l Market at ContentAsia Awards 2022” and “Best Actor for 4th Asia Contents Awards”, TV series “TOKYO MER: Mobile Emergency Room" first aired in 2021 on TBS.
The protagonist is MER ("Mobile Emergency Room"), a team of emergency professionals on wheels formed by the Tokyo governor with one mission only: to prevent a single death. Tasked with rushing to the scene of major accidents, disasters, and crimes, MER is armed with state-of-the-art medical equipment, a mobile operating room, and an elite staff ready to risk all to save lives.
★Best Asian Drama for a Regional/Int’l Market at ContentAsia Awards 2022 (“TOKYO MER” TV series)
★Ryohei Suzuki / Best Actor for 4th Asia Contents Awards (“TOKYO MER” TV series)
15 female filmmakers, all born around 1990, contribute about 6 to 8 minutes each to this film showcasing their views of the world, society and gender issues.
Hirosaki City, Aomori Prefecture. Miyako Aoki, who lives with her father, has not found anything she wants to do after graduating from a local high school. She is working at a supermarket to help her family make ends meet. Helping her father, a Tsugaru lacquerware craftsman, is the only thing she can devote herself to. However, her father, who succeeded her grandfather, a highly respected Tsugaru-nuri craftsman, loses the will to continue the business as the industry goes into decline, and the family finds itself scattered. The mother left the family because of the poor life and the selfishness of the father, and the elder brother, a hairdresser, chose to live freely instead of taking over the family business. Miyako is unable to openly declare her desire to pursue a career in Tsugaru-nuri, but as she confronts her family and the art of lacquering, she takes on a great challenge.
Mito Yamane is a well-known fashion influencer who works with her young sister Miho. One day, their agency proposed a collaborative project for the digital mask filter called "Deep Face Apps," which copies Mito’s face. Soon, the apps became widespread, and images of someone with Mito’s face spread around the world. Some people use it for criminal purposes. Miho is worried about the situation; however, Mito is glad because it symbolizes her popularity. What is the unexpected and shocking ending for them?
Daiki, who works part-time as a bartender at joshidaikoji (meaning Women's college alley), discovers a junior high school student in cardiopulmonary arrest in a park while wearing a cosplay costume. Since it was three days after the dead body of a junior high school student was found at the same place, Daiki is brought in by the police as a suspect in a serial murder case. His sister Mio, who works at a club in Yanagase, saves him from this predicament. The two sisters always quarrel whenever they meet, but in order to prove their brother's innocence, they pursue the real culprit in the case.
ラーゲリより愛を込めて FROM SIBERIA WITH LOVE
It’s 1945, and World War II has just ended. A glacial winter, reaching 40 degrees Celsius below zero... Day after endless day of merciless labor, fueled only by scarce rations. Amidst the men dying off one by one in the hellish Soviet concentration camp is Hatao Yamamoto. “You must not give up hope. The day of domoy (going home) will come,” Yamamoto implores consistently to the despairing captives.
Under the dire conditions of the camp, there are ceaseless fights among the Japanese captives. Yet come what may, Yamamoto continues to cheer the men up regardless of rank and character. His heartfelt actions and beliefs gradually warm the frozen hearts of his fellow captives. Yamamoto believes through everything that he will someday go home to be with his wife and four children.
Eight years after the war, a postcard arrives from Yamamoto’s beloved wife. In the letter, passed through rigorous censorship, is written, “I am waiting for your return.” Tears stream down Yamamoto’s face as he thinks of his wife, raising their four children on her own. Everyone felt the day of domoy was near, but meanwhile, Yamamoto is subjected to illness. His health deteriorates rapidly, but Yamamoto never gives up hope that he will one day be reunited with his family. Aching to do something for their dear friend, his comrades set out to accomplish an extraordinary feat under the scrutiny of the guards.
Octo is a detective drama that fits the current times where crimes with ambiguous motives are increasing. Unlike existing detective stories focusing on finding criminals and working out tricks, Octo spotlights finding motives, the emotions that triggered the crimes.
An eccentric female detective who can see the color of emotions tags along with a failed-elite male detective to identify the criminals. It’s a detective story with completely a new concept.
A film by a new upcoming filmmaker Takuya Kato, which depicts the fragile and crumbling daily life, the process of becoming a woman from a girl, the bittersweetness and frustration of sweet and sad love, and the conflicts that can only be contained within oneself, in a life-sized romantic film that pierces the heart.
Yumi is studying design at university. One day, she realizes that she is pregnant. She has a boyfriend, Naoya, whom she met when she made a flyer for a theater club she knows, but she is not confident that he is the father of her baby. Yumi feels troubled.
On the other hand, the more Naoya tries to accept the reality, the more his thoughts and feelings towards Yumi diverge...
2022 New York Asian Film Festival, Vanguards Section
12th Beijing International Film Festival, FORWARD FUTURE Section
July 1999. The world is in turmoil. Nostradamus prophecies are on everybody’s lips. Chaos, violence and fear rule the day. In crazy times, a band of special men prepare to rise to the challenge and rescue mankind from the coming Armageddon.
Flash forward to 2022. Well, the end of the world did not come. And there are no signs that it will. With no opportunity to test their highly lethal fists, the downtrodden band of specially-trained men break off their ascetic training as their master gathers them to forlornly announce: “You are dismissed.”
A slightly different kind of coming-of-age tale unfolds about would-be world saviors rendered irrelevant by the times.
A graduate student Aiko always had a low self-esteem because of a birthmark on her face.
When her story was cinematised she fell for the director who accepted her as she is.
Story is about a single mother and daughter who is just diagnosed with early- stage breast cancer.
The girl’s wavering and confused mind begins to create cracks in her relationship with her mother, along with the uncertainty of her first love.
Since Kasumi became old enough to understand things, she didn’t know what love was and she doesn’t have any feelings of romance or attraction. Although she has worries about herself, she has lived at her own pace until she turned 30 years old.
She studied at a music university and she wanted to be professional in music, however, she returns to her hometown and works at a call center.
Due to her sister’s marriage and pregnancy, her mother often adds pressure to her, “Don’t you have a boyfriend?” or “You should try to find a steady boyfriend”.
One day, her mother arranged a formal marriage arrangement without her permission. At the meeting table, she met a man who is also seeking just a friendship.
* Hong Kong International Film Festival 2023 - Fantastic Beats
* Helsinki CineAasia 2023（Finland）
* Nippon Connection 2023(Germany) - Nippon Cinema
Shanghai International Film Festival 2023 - Japan Film Week
Film adaptation of Award-winning TV documentary
A tiny life takes on a life or death challenge amid the majestic grandeur of the Tateyama mountain range. Can a swan muster the courage to survive if it is unable to fly? A story sure to deepen your appreciation of life’s power and wonder.
In late autumn, over 800 swans from Siberia soar in to Toyama Prefecture in Japan’s Hokuriku region to wait out the winter months before heading back home again. In the spring of 2018, however, one particular swan with a broken wing was left behind unable to fly. It was spotted by bird watcher, Hirokazu Sawae (then 57), who has long been captivated by the grace and beauty of the swan and spends his time capturing their exploits with his video camera. Feeling for the injured swan, Sawae takes to feeding and monitoring its recovery, saying: “I want the bird to be able to rejoin his flock come next winter.” But nature is unforgiving and the law of the jungle still hold sway. Sawae had never seen a wild swan survive the sweltering heat of Toyama before. This will challenge every ounce of resourcefulness he and the swan can muster. In the process of the struggle, Sawae began to view the swan as a projection of himself. “It was as if the swan filled a hole in my heart.” “I am human, but I began to feel myself becoming a swan - one swan taking care of another.” Perhaps this allayed some of the hesitation Sawae felt about interfering with nature. Will the injured swan be reunited with his flock? Or will it take a miracle?
Awards: (TV documentary)
US International Film & Video Festival – Gold Camera
New York Festivals® TV & Film Awards - Finalist
High school student, Yo (Sara Shida), lived with her father, Nao (Arata Iura), after her mother, Sachiyo (Hikari Ishida), left the family when she was very young.
However, their life together came to an end and they started a new life as a family of four with her father's second marriage partner, Miko (Akiko Kikuchi), and her stepdaughter, four-year-old Hinata.
She confides in Riku (Oji Suzuka), who belongs to the same art club as Yo, about her confusion about this new life. Yo, who has been developing curiosity for her biological mother, Sachiyo, promises to go with Riku to Sachiyo's art exhibition.
The 2015 best-seller novel by Miu Kakiya has been adapted to film by director Tetsu Maeda (“A Banana? At This Time of Night?”). As of April, 2020, the book has sold over 260,000 copies.
In Japan, it is said you need 20 million yen saved up for retirement. Though everyone has their worries about the future, not many openly talk about it. This film comically depicts this problem through the eyes of a respectable-looking family that’s actually a bit dysfunctional.
The main character, Atsuko, is your average housewife who believes in frugality. She has a husband, Akira, who’s quite clueless about the family budget, a daughter who works part-time, and a son in college. Though Atsuko had been saving up for retirement, she gets in an argument with her sister-in-law and her husband one day, and she ends up having to pay 4 million yen for her father-in-law’s funeral. As if that’s not enough, her husband’s company goes bankrupt, she gets fired from her part-time job, her daughter wishes for a lavish wedding with her fiancé who’s in a heavy metal band, and her big-spending mother-in-law moves in. The family’s savings dwindle by the day.
Problems between husband and wife, parent and child, wife and mother-in-law, a child’s marriage, a child moving out, caring for a parent, and funerals… These are all problems that everyone faces. As the family is hit by one dilemma after another, they struggle and torment themselves in order to overcome adversity.
Revue Starlight is a new form of entertainment that fuses musicals with anime. Ever since the project was announced, there have been a wide variety of installments from a musical, anime, comic, smartphone game, to a music group by the nine main cast members: Starlight Kukugumi. And now, a long-awaited new anime movie is coming to theaters.
The new movie will depict a completely original story that continues from the TV anime Revue Starlight that aired in July, 2018, and the reproduction compilation Revue Starlight RONDE RONDE RONDE, which was released in August, 2020.
Summer when I was 17 years old, I loved someone till my heart is torn off.
Umi is a high school girl who is grew up without parental love. Mysterious phone calls lead her to a naughty student Harukawa, and they rapidly fall in love.
When the truth of the calls is revealed, Umi and Harukawa’s love came to a shocking end.
幼児虐待、親族殺し、若者の恋愛離れ、愛の形が見えにくい現代社会に“ 本当の愛“ を問いかける青春恋愛ミステリー
High school life is a glorious page of youth and a lifelong memory for us. However, not all of us have only beautiful memories. Akito (Yuki Inoue) and Eriko (Ayane Kinoshita) were the targets of slander and slander by someone who drew a chart of personal relationship based on untrue facts in their class on the blackboard, and their daily lives took a dark turn. Seven years later, after a fateful reunion, the truth about the "blackboard incident" that caused their feelings to diverge is finally revealed.This is a straightforward and slightly bitter coming-of-age story about characters with dark pasts who clumsily but desperately try to rewrite the memories they have turned away from as adults.
"I sincerely hope that only the image of that young me will always be with you."
Satsuki lost her boyfriend, Hitoshi, in a car accident. Unable to face up to his death, she spends her days unable to sleep properly. At some point, Satsuki began to jog at dawn as part of her daily routine, and on a bridge she always passes, she meets a mysterious woman named Urara.
Hitoshi had a younger brother named Hiiragi. Hiiragi had also lost his lgirlfriend named Yumiko. Hitoshi's car was involved in an accident with Yumiko on board. Hiiragi has been wearing the uniform of the dead Yumiko ever since.
Satsuki has been meeting Hiiragi often to make sure they are both alive. And then, on the banks of the river where Urara led her, she witnessed the "Moonlight Phenomenon", which is said to be caused by a miraculous coincidence.
This is a story about a man who spent his childhood growing up without his father. Following his father's death, he decided to return to his hometown and tried to understand why his father was so passionate about rallying.
The mighty wife returns!
Haruka Ayase plays a newlywed wife who hides her past as a secret agent and beats up one bad guy after another like an action star. The identity of her husband (an agent of the Public Security Bureau) played by Hidetoshi Nishijima is gradually disclosed through a thrilling plot development. This story about a husband and wife who lie to each other but love each other nonetheless garnered attention.
At the end of the series, it is revealed that the husband works for the Public Security Bureau, and their marriage is a cover to keep her under surveillance. In spite of his mission, he falls in love with Nami and tries to convince her not to get involved in other people's affairs. She is being monitored as a state-level security risk, and the bureau is unwilling to tolerate any more trouble from her. However, to save a friend, Nami runs out of the house and risks everything she has to confront the enemy.
When she comes home, she finds her husband pointing a gun at her!
A gunshot echoes through the quiet, upscale neighborhood...
The movie picks up where the controversial ending of the drama series left off!!
"Who am I?" The wife loses her memory?!
After an incident during her escape, Nami wakes up with no memory of her past. She is told that her name is Kumi and finds herself as a newlywed living in a regional city with her husband, Yuji. Somewhere in his mind, Yuji (Yuhki) thinks that if her memory doesn't return, they could carry on their happy life together as they are, but he continues to monitor Kumi (Nami) as a part of his job with the Public Security Bureau. If her memory does return, she must cooperate with the Public Security Bureau or die.
However, Yuji (Yuhki) knows that Kumi (Nami) will never choose a life subjugated by the government. He realizes that once her memory returns, their life together will have to end.
In the regional city invigorated by the discovery of a new energy source, their life is simple, peaceful, and happy. But the city is divided over the construction of a research lab, and the hostility between the opposition mainly made up of citizens and the advocates including the mayor heats up day by day. There is a big evil scheme by the advocates and a state-level secret behind the new energy source. The members of the opposition who discover the truth die in suspicious circumstances. One of them is Kumi's (Nami) friend...
When her best friend is harmed, the wife's instincts awaken!!
Kumi (Nami) gets her memory back but tries not to let her husband catch on. Then one day, Yuji's (Yuhki) life is endangered right in front of her eyes. She can save him if she exercises her fighting abilities. But if she does, their life together is over.
Faced with the ultimate decision, what does the wife set out to do?
“All of a sudden it would appear - the number 3 In the middle of their back. Whether they were lovers, friends, family or even strangers, I knew what it meant when I saw it - It meant I would only meet that person three more times in my life.”
In an era where life is often rushed, this pair of dramas explores the preciousness of the time we spend with those we love. Kaede works for a small production company and has grown tired of men who vanish after a few dates. Mysterious and handsome, Seishiro has never settled and works part time at a restaurant. When Kaede goes there to film an interview, her encounter with Seishiro sparks a heartwarming romance between the pair.
Two boys met and fell in love with each other in their high school days.
It has been 13 years since they first met…
The two live in different places. Nagisa has left for Australia after breaking up with Shun. Nagisa got married with a woman and has a child, but they have difficulties to continue their marriage. He is still in love with Shun then he goes back to Japan with his little girl to see him 8 years later after their breakup. This is the purest love story of two men and how they can survive from the discrimination and prejudice.
Kawasaki is a master carpenter who has a consummate skill. He looks scary but he is full of human warmth and has a weakness for women. Living with his wife and a daughter happily and as usual, he works hard, the sales woman of an insurance company passes by his work place . In fact, she is a single mother who has a son “Ryusei” who doesn’t know his real father . Kawasaki is concerned about him and thinks of building a house for them, however, his wife, daughter and his apprentice are not satisfied with his behavior. He can’t read the line around him.
While he devotes himself to build a house, the father of Ryusei appears in front of Kawasaki.
As the film portrays his care for the shy boy, the story reveals the truth about the daughter not being his biological daughter and the emotional challenge between him and his apprentice. There are some dramas with the man's family.
He is coming back...
It's the year 2020, and just as the entire nation of Japan finishes playing host to the Tokyo Olympic games, the economy suddenly spirals downward at breakneck speed. Inflation soars, public safety crumbles, and the federal government finds itself on the verge of insolvency, rapidly transforming the national economy into one big underground labor camp.
Kaiji is the epitome of a life turned ring. Treated like dirt, he makes do with a salary handed to him in a thin envelope. Struggling to decide whether he should spend his money on a beer, now rising to 1,000 yen per can, he is gradually filling with rage.
Then he discovers that his former underground labor camp boss, Otsuki, who made a name for himself through an illegal gambling ring, has now risen to President of the powerful Teiai conglomerate. Otsuki induces Kaiji to take part in the "Tower of Babel," a game of luck invented as a diversion for cash-flush old tycoons, who give hope to the weak and destitute with a chance to get rich overnight.
The wheels of fortune start to turn again for a born gambler like Kaiji. But is the future that awaits him to become a paradise or another form of hell? Tune in to the gambling show of the century as it returns to mesmerize a nation.
This film is based on a Shino Sakuragi’s master novel “Hotel Royal” which won the 149th Naoki Novel Prize.
Masayo is the only daughter of a family who owns Hotel Royal, a love hotel in Hokkaido, overlooking the Kushiro Marshland. Failing her entrance exam for art school, she reluctantly starts to help out her family business, while having secret crush on Miyagawa, the sex toy salesman. Customers who come to the hotel are those who need to escape from reality and take a break from their suffocating everyday life. One couple uses the room to take nude photos, another couple stops by to get away from their children and elderly mother. There is also a high school girl and her teacher who have been betrayed by their loved ones. One day, Masayo must deal with double suicide that takes place in the hotel. And to make matters worse, her father Daikichi suddenly falls ill. Now the owner of the hotel, Masayo needs to make a decision - a decision that will decide her faith with Miyagawa and her family. And one that will help her take a huge step into the future.
Two boys, Kida and Makoto grew up together because they have in common that they don’t have parents. And a transfer female student ,Yotchi also gets along with them because she has a similar background, which is that they come from not such a good home environment. They spent school life to support each other. There is nothing too special, but they have been living happily. But at the age of 20, Yotchi disappeared. Then Lisa, the daughter of a politician and a top model, appears in from of two men. Makoto takes an unusual romantic interest in Lisa, who lives in a different world from them, and asked her out to dinner, but she does not take him up on it at all. Kida warns Makoto to give up on her because they live in different worlds, but Makoto quits his job and vanishes without a trace.
Two years later. Kida goes into the underworld to find Makoto, and they finally meet again. Makoto worked hard to earn money in order to make Lisa worthy of him. When Kida learns of Makoto's obsession and his "reason" for doing so, he vows to risk his life for his best friend. From then on, Kida becomes a negotiator and Makoto becomes a business owner, rising in both sides of the society. Then, on Christmas Eve, Makoto asked Kida to help him for the largest surprise to make a marriage proposal. However, it is "The master plan" involving Japan entirely that two men have been planning for 10 years. Do the two men’s deep passion reach her!?
Mitsuko (Non), who is now 31 years old, is getting used to living a single life. The reason why she enjoys her single life is because of a counselor “A” in her mind (inner conscience). Mitsuko always talks to “A” when she can’t make up her mind for human relationships, nor what to do with herself. “A” always gives her the right answer.
One day, she falls in love with a young man, Tada(Kento Hayashi) although she believes that she has no objection to live alone with “A” peacefully.
Believing that they have mutual feelings, she takes one step forward though confused that she cannot be as daring as she was in her 20’s.
There are unique bookstores, called “VILLAGE VANGUARD”, it’s unlike any other in the world.
Keizo is a college student, who calls himself “empty” has been spending an exciting (stimulating) days with a mixture of junk and eccentric people at the bookstore “VILLAGE VANGUARD” where he works as a part-time staff.
After a year of getting used to excitement there, it is peaceful, but he found that something is missing. The Japanese subculture (niche genres of Japanese pop culture) has disappeared from the world!
His fierce battle to reclaim subculture and culture itself is about to begin!
My 17th summer in a countryside city…
Cherry is a young boy who has trouble communicating with others, who always wears headphones so that nobody will talk to him. His hobby is putting the feelings he can’t say aloud into his ‘haiku’, Japanese poem. Smile is a girl who always wears a mask to hide her big front teeth and braces. She’s a popular streamer who finds the cutest things and shares them with her audience. Cherry, who can’t express his feelings except through poem, and Smile, a girl who can’t get over her complex about her looks, meet in a shopping mall, and gradually get to know each other over the internet. One day the two of them run into each other as they both try to help a man named Fujiyama find his lost record. The two of them swear they’ll find it themselves, and gradually get closer as they search. At the end of the story, Cherry’s explosive and honest message will reach the depths of your heart, becoming a brilliant flash of light and a summer memory you’ll never forget.
You’ll thrill to one of the most emotional endings in anime history!
35 years have elapsed since the greatest unsolved crime in the postwar era, an incident that involved a threatening phone call captured on tape that featured the “voice of a child.” So where is that child today? The story follows one man who accidentally stumbles upon an old tape recording and discovers that the child's voice belonged to him. But how? Both he and a newspaper reporter separately go in search of answers, gradually uncovering a human drama that plunges them inescapably into a deep, dark mystery.
I’m not interested in saving the world. I only want to kill goblins. In a guild on the outskirts of civilization, there’s an adventurer who’s risen to silver rank (the third highest) doing nothing but slaying goblins… A new adventurer priestess find herself in trouble in her first party. The man who saves her is the man they call the Goblin Slayer... He’ll do whatever it takes.
and go to any lengths to kill goblins. The priestess who’s dragged along with him, the guild girl who’s grateful to him, the cow girl who’s his childhood friend…And then an elf girl hears the rumors and comes to give him a job...…
There are so many "secrets and lies" circling around the earth today. A woman is petrified by her grandfather's advice to have many secrets and keep them like a treasure. A man relies on the fact that he has no destination, and heads south on a bike. Meanwhile, a boy is in trouble because his friend told him that he likes his sister. The boy doesn't have a sister. A young man recalls a strange experience he had with his father, who has now disappeared. Then a young boy who is working part-time discovers an incident that took place in a country across the sea. This is a random collection of small stories. Will the collection of small stories eventually lead to an unexpectedly moving finale? It might make your tomorrow more exciting.
This is a story about a married couple, ”Mr. & Mrs. Hikita” who have been having difficulty with fertility treatments for several years.
The couple had enjoyed their life like an adventure, so they have never thought about having a baby (like an ordinary life). One day, the young wife just said, “I want to meet Hikita-san’s baby!” Then they started trying to have a baby. However, it’s not easy to become pregnant. Mr. Hikita is 49 years old at the time, he is too old to have enough ability for pregnancy! Mr. and Ms. Hikita start to get infertility treatments, but it fails again and again. Facing a conflict with the wife’s father who strongly oppose to the treatment, they continue the treatments.