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Seven Samurai
One of the most thrilling movie epics of all time, SEVEN SAMURAI (Shichinin no samurai) tells the story of a sixteenth-century village whose desperate inhabitants hire the eponymous warriors to protect them from invading bandits. This three-hour ride from Akira…
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Rashomon
This riveting psychological thriller that investigates the nature of truth and the meaning of justice is widely considered one of the greatest films ever made. Four people give different accounts of a man's murder and the rape of his wife,…
A Letter to Momo - Momo e no tegami
From the creators of Ghost in the Shell comes a wonderfully expressive and beautifully hand-drawn animated tale that combines bursts of whimsy and kinetic humor with deeply felt emotion and drama. The last time Momo saw her father they had…
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Ikiru
Considered by some to be Akira Kurosawa's greatest achievement, IKIRU presents the director at his most compassionate--affirming life through an exploration of a man's death. Takashi Shimura portrays Kanji Watanabe, an aging bureaucrat with stomach cancer forced to strip the…
Patema Inverted - Sakasama no Patema
From visionary director Yasuhiro Yoshiura ( Time of Eve ) comes PATEMA INVERTED, a perspective-twisting sci-fi adventure about two kids separated by opposite gravities. Patema lives in an underground world of tunnels, the long-abandoned ruins of a giant industrial complex.…
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Quill: The Life of A Guide Dog
The documentary-like story of a yellow Labrador Retriever guide dog for the blind named Quill. We follow Quill from the litter, his selection to become a guide, his life with a foster family until his first birthday, followed by highly…
Ugetsu
"Quite simply one of the greatest of filmmakers," said Jean-Luc Godard of Kenji Mizoguchi. And UGETSU, a ghost story like no other, is surely the Japanese director's supreme achievement. Derived from stories by Akinari Ueda and Guy de Maupassant, this…
Happy Hour - Happî awâ
A powerful affirmation of the immersive potential of cinema. HAPPY HOUR is a slow-burning epic chronicling the emotional journey of four thirty-something women in the misty seaside city of Kobe. As they navigate the unsteady currents of their work, domestic,…
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Welcome to the Space Show - Uchû shô e yôkoso
With an intergalactic cast of thousands, Koji Masunari's colorfully explosive debut feature sets a new high for visual spectacle and sheer inventiveness of character design - in what has to be one of the most gleefully surreal depictions of alien…
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Throne of Blood
This vivid, visceral Macbeth adaptation, directed by Akira Kurosawa, sets Shakespeare's definitive tale of ambition and duplicity in a ghostly, fog-enshrouded landscape in feudal Japan. As a hardened warrior who rises savagely to power, Toshiro Mifune gives a remarkable, animalistic…
13 Assassins - Jûsan-nin no shikaku
A sadistic Daimyo (feudal lord) rapes a woman and murders both her and her husband, the matter is quickly hushed up. Not only will there be no punishment, but because the Daimyo is the Shogun's younger brother, he will soon…
Yojimbo
The incomparable Toshiro Mifune stars in Akira Kurosawa's visually stunning and darkly comic YOJIMBO. To rid a terror-stricken village of corruption, wily masterless samurai Sanjuro turns a range war between two evil clans to his own advantage. Remade twice, by…
Floating Weeds
In 1959, Yasujiro Ozu remade his 1934 silent classic A Story of Floating Weeds in color with the celebrated cinematographer Kazuo Miyagawa (Rashomon, Ugetsu). Setting this later version in a seaside location, Ozu otherwise preserves the details of his elegantly…
Belladonna of Sadness - Kanashimi no Beradonna
After being banished from her village, a peasant woman makes a pact with the devil to gain magical ability. A classic-animated gem from Japan adapted from the novel, Belladonna by Jules Michelet, the story concerns a love affair taking place…
Fireworks - Hana-bi
From visionary director Takeshi Kitano, comes the story of Nishi, a beleaguered Japanese police officer. His wife, Miyuki, is suffering from leukemia, and his partner, Horibe, is paralyzed after gangsters violently attacked him. Nishi is fed up, and wants to…
Creepy - Kurîpî: Itsuwari no rinjin
A year after a botched hostage negotiation with a serial killer turned deadly, ex-detective Koichi (Hidetoshi Nishijima), and his wife move into a new house with a deeply strange new neighbor (Teruyuki Kagawa). His old cop colleagues come calling for…
Fires on the Plain
An agonizing portrait of desperate Japanese soldiers stranded in a strange land during World War II, Kon Ichikawa's FIRES ON THE PLAIN is a compelling descent into psychological and physical oblivion. Denied hospital treatment for tuberculosis and cast off into…
After The Storm - Umi yori mo mada fukaku
A struggling novelist, now working as a private detective under the pretense of doing research, attempts to reconcile with his aging mother, ex-wife and 11-year-old son. As a typhoon passes, they end up spending the night together in his mother's…
The Hidden Fortress
A grand-scale adventure as only Akira Kurosawa could make one, THE HIDDEN FORTRESS stars the inimitable Toshiro Mifune as a general charged with guarding his defeated clan's princess (a fierce Misa Uehara) as the two smuggle royal treasure across hostile…
Wolf Guy - Urufu gai: Moero ôkami-otoko
One of the rarest and most sought-after cult films produced by Japan's Toei Studio, WOLF GUY is a bonkers mix of ultra-1970's style, horror, action and sci-fi. Shinichi "Sonny" Chiba ( Kill Bill, The Shogun's Samurai ) is a martial…