Anshul Chauhan's woman-in-crisis drama has won prizes at festivals in Japan and abroad, despite the director having never attended film school.
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Indie director Kei Chikaura's first feature — and winner of the Audience Award at Tokyo Filmex — avoids cliches in its realistic portrayal of Japan-China understanding.
Ryota Katayose is facing a busy year, with television and film projects and a tour with his group in the offing
Japan's master of the ultra-violent, darkly comedic and low-budge yakuza flick, Takashi Miike, discusses the ideas of love and boxing which are prevelant in his latest film, 'First Love.'
The year predictably saw new iterations of long-running anime favorites top the box office, but the year's truly interesting films lay much further down the financial rankings.
Hidetaka Yoshioka reprises his role as the nephew of Kiyoshi Atsumi's Tora-san in the 50th anniversary installment of the 'Tora-san' series.
Masayuki Suo's comedy celebrates a bygone era of Japanese silent films and live narrators.
Hikari's "37 Seconds" takes the main prize at the festival, which presented a varied program of films focusing on the Asia-Pacific region
The debut feature by painter-turned-filmmaker Yosuke Takeuchi was inspired by Vincent Van Gogh, as well as by events in Takeuchi's own life.
Yoshihiro Nakamura's "The 47 Ronin in Debt" aims to humanize "Chushingura," Japan's best-known samurai story, by weaving in period financial figures