Directed by Mori Tatsuya, 1998
In 1996, filmmaker Tatsuya Mori received permission to tape the inside activities of Japan's religious cult Aum Shinrikyo-the enigmatic group that released sarin gas into Tokyo's subway system in 1995. In Japanese with English subtitles.
Directed by Mori Tatsuya, 2001
Documentary filmmaker Tatsuya Mori continues the story of the notorious Aum Shinrikyo cult in this provocative follow?up to his critically acclaimed A. With Aum leader Shoko Asahara on trial for his role in the 1995 poison-gas attack in the Tokyo subways, his followers struggle to maintain their beliefs and doctrines. In Japanese with English subtitles.
Directed by Masahiro Kobayashi, 2005
Yuko bravely volunteered as an aid worker in
Iraq but was kidnapped and held hostage. After her
miraculous release, she returns to Japan and endures
humiliation and harassment from her coworkers,
boyfriend, and strangers on the street. In Japanese with English subtitles.
THE BEAUTIFUL WASHING MACHINE
Directed by James Lee, 2004
Teoh's second-hand washing machine is a beautiful color and makes his life easier, but it has a life of her own -- literally. When Teoh discovers the secret soul of this temperamental household helper, he exploits the washing machine for all it -- or she -- is worth. In Mandarin and Cantonese with English subtitles.
Directed by Masahiro Kobayashi, 1999
In this darkly comic tale of an alcoholic
yakuza and a cop, modern master Masahiro
Kobayashi announced his talent to an
international audience. Using stark black and
white photography, Kobayashi cleverly pays
homage to his European influences, including
Truffaut and the French New Wave. In Japanese with English subtitles.
CARNIVAL IN THE NIGHT
Directed by Masashi Yamamoto, 1982
Take a walk on the wild side with edgy indie director Masashi Yamamota (Junk Food
; Robinson's Garden
), who captures the punk scene of 1980s Japan in this prickly early film. Blurring the line between documentary and fiction, Yamamota gets the most out of a cast of young toughs who more or less play themselves, while shooting on 16mm in a gritty, grainy style. In Japanese with English subtitles.
A DEDICATED LIFE
Directed by Kazuo Hara, 1994
Kazuo Hara, who rattled the Japanese establishment with The Emperor's Naked Army Marches On
and Goodbye CP
, turns his camera on controversial writer Mitsuharu Inoue in this powerful documentary. In Japanese with English subtitles.
Directed by Riri Riza, 2002
Set against a pulsating backdrop of modern-day Indonesia, this electrifying award-winning drama tells the story of a woman pulled between the old and the new, between tradition and rejuvenation. In Indonesian with English subtitles.
THE EMPEROR'S NAKED ARMY MARCHES ON
Directed by Kazuo Hara, 1987
Director Kazua Hara's absorbing documentary follows former auto mechanic Kenzo Okuzaki - a veteran of Japan's New Guinea campaign during WWII - as he searches out those responsible for the mysterious deaths of several fellow soldiers in his unit. Though Okuzaki holds Emperor Hirahito ultimately accountable for all the suffering caused by WWII, he painstakingly tracks down former military officers and accuses them of specific war crimes, including the wrongful execution of Japanese soldiers. In Japanese with English subtitles.
EXTREME PRIVATE EROS: LOVE SONG 1974
Directed by Kozuo Hara, 1974
In this intensely intimate documentary, filmmaker Kazuo Hara offers a portrait of a complex, strong-willed woman named Takeda Miyuki -- his former lover. A feminist and bisexual in 1970s Japan, Miyuki is a maverick in a rigid society driven by convention and tradition. As much a participant in this film as he is the filmmaker, Hara follows Miyuki to Okinawa and documents her uncommon life as his feelings unravel in front of the camera. In Japanese with English subtitles.
Directed by Kazuo Hara, 1972
Maverick documentary filmmaker Kazuo Hara once again criticizes the mores and customs of Japanese society in this unsentimental portrait of adults with cerebral palsy (CP). In Japanese with English subtitles.
THE KOBAYASHI FOUR
Directed by Masahiro Kobayashi, 1999-2007
With his stripped-down style and minimalist aesthetic, director Masahiro Kobayashi offers a clean,
cool vibe for a new era of Japanese cinema. Kobayashi deals with the issues and problems that plague
Japanese culture, often exposing truths that society does not want to see.
tells the story of Yuko, a Japanese aid worker held hostage in Iraq. Her return home is
anything but happy as coworkers, friends, and family harass her for her career choice. Shot in black-andwhite,
is a darkly comic road movie about two men, who are best friends despite being on
opposite sides of the law. One is a retiring Yakuza, the other a cop, and the two embark on the road trip
from hell to attend the funeral of their mutual beloved. Man Walking on Snow
follows lonely widower
Nobuo who struggles to communicate with his sons. Kobayashi directs himself in The Rebirth
, a stark
drama about a widower grieving for his daughter, who was stabbed to death by a classmate. Haunted by
loss, the man moves to northern Japan, where he spots the mother of his daughter's killer working as a
cook at a local inn. In Japanese with English subtitles.
LOVE CONQUERS ALL
Directed by Tan Chui Mui, 2006
Tan Chui Mui, a female director active in
the Malaysian indie film scene, presents this award-winning
feature that reveals a feminine if not
feminist touch. A fresh, intimate style gives this
familiar story about the foibles of modern-day
romance a new perspective. In Chinese with English subtitles.
MAN WALKING ON SNOW
Directed by Masahiro
Since the death of his wife, sake producer
Nobuo Honma lives with his youngest son. Each
day, Nobuo takes a walk in the winter snow,
which leads him to the fish-breeding center. He
eases his loneliness by watching the conception
and birth of thousands of tiny fish in the large
industrial ponds. Nobuo's routine is disrupted
when he asks his oldest son to journey to
Hokkaido — a visit that sparks conflict and stirs old
feelings. In Japanese with English subtitles.
View clip (.mpg)
MIKE YOKOHAMA: A FOREST WITH NO NAME
Directed by Shinji Aoyama, 2002
In this hip, action packed re-creation of the hard-boiled detective story, private eye Mike Yokohama (dressed in Elvisesque attire) is hired by a rich man to find his missing daughter. The girl, who is engaged to another rich man hand selected by her father, has run away to join a commune, where something very mysterious is going on... In Japanese with English subtitles.
PEEP "TV" SHOW
Directed by Yutaka Tsuchiya, 2003
From Japan comes this disturbing film that intentionally blurs the line between documentary and fiction. Two mixed-up social misfits, Hasegawa and Moe, have a meeting of the minds when they run into each other on a Tokyo street. Hasegawa is secretly shooting video of unsuspecting people, which he then broadcasts over his Internet site, called Peep TV. In Japanese with English subtitles.
Directed by Masahiro Kobayashi, 2007
Acclaimed Japanese indie filmmaker
Masahiro Kobayashi (Bashing
; Man Walking on
) directs himself in this stark drama about a
widower grieving for his daughter, who was
stabbed by a classmate. Haunted by loss, the man
moves to northern Japan, where he spots the
mother of his daughter's killer working as a cook at
a local inn. Gradually, the pair gravitate toward
each other. In Japanese with English subtitles.
View clip (.mpg)
Directed by Masashi Yamamoto, 1987
Independent filmmaker Masashi Yamamota, known for his uneasy dramas that captured the restless spirit of Japan's youth, appropriates the central idea from The Adventures of Robinson Crusoe
and transplants it to modern-day Tokyo. In Japanes with English subtitles.
For all Facets DVD Label inquiries,
please call 773.281.9075