Takeshi Kushida’s debut feature playfully riffs on Kobo Abe’s novel, “The Woman in the Dunes,” in a surrealist fable about the pitfalls of image retouching.
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In Takafumi Hatano’s blockbuster action thriller, a peace-loving terrorist threatens to blow up Tokyo, throwing the capital’s citizens into a panic.
Netflix’s sci-fi suspense series about a young man forced to go through a series of twisted challenges takes place in a cityscape that looks all too familiar in 2020.
Macoto Tezka’s adaptation of his father’s racy 1970s manga is visually intoxicating, but liable to leave viewers with a hangover.
When we first see Yoko (Nanami Kasamatsu), the stone-faced heroine of “Me & My Brother’s Mistress,” she’s looking right into the camera lens. Then she raises a camera of her own and starts taking photos, capturing her older brother, Kenji (Satoshi Iwago), emerging from ...
Hitoshi Yazaki turns Kana Nishino’s novel about a family overcoming tragedy with the help of their dog into an amiable but wildly uneven drama.
Natsuki Seta’s playful adaptation of a manga by Kyoko Okazaki avoids the more conventional plot points of "seishun eiga" (youth films).
Hideyuki Tokigawa’s film romanticizes the heyday of Hiroshima’s strip theaters and the dancers who brought late-night fantasies to life.
This year’s TIFF ambassador discusses the festival experience, the effects of COVID-19 on the film industry, and discovering his inner Marie Kondo.
Naomi Kawase’s drama tackles child adoption and teenage pregnancy with seriousness and compassion, while drawing a stand-out performance from Aju Makita.