Fumiari Hyuga’s documentary about asylum seekers in Japan is an intimate portrait of life with freedom hanging in the balance.
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Two dysfunctional families from Japan and South Korea take a cross-country road trip in Yuya Ishii’s “The Asian Angel.”
The second season of the streaming giant’s fictionalized biopic of Japan’s notorious adult-video director and entrepreneur offers another round of cheap thrills.
An orphaned genius travels to the future and back in Takahiro Miki’s treacly sci-fi, “The Door Into Summer,” based on the 1957 novel of the same name by Robert A. Heinlein.
Tatsuya Yamanishi’s intriguing debut feature takes a cynical view of relationships, with a premise that’s like something out of an early Haruki Murakami story.
Sex is a dirty family business in actor-turned-director Jiro Sato’s vivid drama.
Mitsuki Takahata is a standout in Takahisa Zeze’s uneven multinarrative drama about the struggles of modern mothers.
Social realism rubs up against melodrama in the film "A Madder Red," which focuses on a single mother dealing with economic challenges during the pandemic.
Performer-composer Terry Riley's 1964 piece "In C" has been compared to Igor Stravinsky's "The Rite of Spring."
A planned peace memorial triggers open conflict in Ken Kawai’s “Headless Girl,” a scattershot satire about who gets to write history.