Netflix’s six-episode political drama series expands on Michihito Fujii’s 2019 film of the same title, giving a detailed fictionalized account of a real-life scandal.
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Kyoshi Sugita’s resonant drama captures the process of mourning with restrained cinematography and subtle performances.
Tsuyoshi Kumeta’s documentary captures the bustle and squalor of the capital of the Philippines as it follows four Japanese men living in the city’s slums over the course of seven years.
Eiji Uchida’s lighthearted ode to 1980s moviemaking treads similar territory as “The Naked Director,” but instead focuses on the film industry from a female perspective.
Shogo Kusano’s film about the relationship between a closeted gay teenager and a girl obsessed with homoerotic manga has its heart in the right place, but gets everything else wrong.
Documentary film director Kazuo Hara chronicles the ongoing struggles of Minamata disease victims to hold the state responsible in one of Japan’s worst cases of industrial pollution.
John Cho turns out to be one of the best things in Netflix’s good-looking but painfully square adaptation of the 1990s anime series about intergalactic bounty hunters.
The 34th edition of Tokyo's annual film event marked the debut of a newly appointed programming director, an emphasis on female perspectives and the resurrection of the TIFF Times.
The underrated director of films such as “Himeanole,” “Blue” and “Intolerance” gets his due at this year's Tokyo International Film Festival.
Kensaku Kakimoto’s moody romance has an interesting premise about the relationship between love and mental illness, but it doesn’t quite settle on the right tone.