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Naomi Kawase’s drama tackles child adoption and teenage pregnancy with seriousness and compassion, while drawing a stand-out performance from Aju Makita.
Naomi Kawase draws on personal experience in her new film, an intimate look at adoption that blurs the line between documentary and fiction.
Yuya Ishii draws some raw performances from his cast in a low-budget, self-produced drama about alienation and unraveling relationships.
Isao Yukisada’s gay romance offers refreshing scenes of domestic intimacy, but can’t resolve the underlying problems of its manga source material.
Michihito Fujii changes pace but can’t quite find the right tempo on this lightweight follow-up to gritty award winner “The Journalist.”
Bunji Sotoyama’s intimate late-summer drama about a couple who take flight from their hometown is evocative and emotional.
Yuji Shimomura’s “Crazy Samurai Musashi” boasts a 77-minute continuous shot in which Tak Sakaguchi slashes his way through nearly 600 adversaries.
Tokyo-based trio Dos Monos’ second album is an EP-length explosion of energy and confidence.
Momoko Fukuda’s film about teenage ennui seems out of step during a time in which the coronavirus pandemic has put many rites of passage on hold.