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Always: Sunset on Third Street

  In 1958, with the impending completion of Tokyo’s TV broadcasting tower as a symbol of Japan’s escalating post-war economic recovery, rural schoolgirl Mutsuko (Maki Horikita) arrives from the provinces Read More


  Murakawa, a Tokyo-based yakuza enforcer, has grown tired of gangster life. He is sent by his boss to Okinawa, supposedly to mediate a dispute between their allies, the Nakamatsu Read More

The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi

  The film’s plot follows a traditional theme, with Zatoichi (a blind swordsman) coming to the defense of townspeople caught up in a local yakuza gang war and being forced Read More


  Go is a 2001 coming-of-age movie, directed by Isao Yukisada, based on Kazuki Kaneshiro’s novel of the same title, which tells the story of a Japanese-born North Korean teenager Read More

Princess Yang Kwei Fei

  In eighth-century China, the emperor (Masayuki Mori) mourns the loss of his wife. The opportunistic Yang family offers a distant cousin as a concubine in hopes of gaining influence Read More


  A straight young woman living in Tokyo becomes involved in the lives of a gay man and his married lover.  It is about a young woman fascinated by gay Read More

Good Morning

  A lighthearted take on director Yasujiro Ozu’s perennial theme of the challenges of inter­generational relationships, Good Morning tells the story of two young boys who stop speaking in protest after Read More

Twenty-Four Eyes

  Schoolteacher Hisako Oishi struggles to imbue her students with a positive view of the world and their place in it, despite the fact that she knows full well that Read More

Max, My Love

  Margaret, the wife of a British diplomat in Paris, is keeping a secret. She’s having an affair—with a chimpanzee. After her husband catches the two of them in flagrante Read More


  Yumiko and Ikuo are a young Osaka couple who have a new baby. One day Ikuo is walking along the railway tracks and is hit and killed by a Read More