Japanese Film Festival 2013 - Australia

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1. Reunion (2012)

105 min | Drama

Movie depicts 10 days after the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami. At a morgue house in Kamaishi, Iwate Prefecture, the workers treat the dead with dignity as they hand over the bodies to ... See full summary »

Director: Ryôichi Kimizuka | Stars: Ryô Katsuji, Jun Kunimura, Toshiyuki Nishida, Naoto Ogata

Votes: 45

2. Blindly in Love (2013)

117 min | Drama

35-year-old Kentaro is a social misfit and has never dated a woman in his life. He lives with his parents and holds a modest job in city hall. Kentaro doesn't have any friends, nor received... See full summary »

Director: Masahide Ichii | Stars: Gen Hoshino, Kaho, Sei Hiraizumi, Ryôko Moriyama

Votes: 169

3. Thermae Romae (2012)

108 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

Lucius, a Roman architect, is transported through time to modern-day Japan, where he learns about Japanese bathhouses and uses this to his gain back home.

Director: Hideki Takeuchi | Stars: Hiroshi Abe, Aya Ueto, Kazuki Kitamura, Riki Takeuchi

Votes: 1,953

4. Gatchaman (2013)

113 min | Action, Sci-Fi

Hostile forces are taking over the planet, plotting to exterminate human life. Young children with special powers are recruited to lead the fight. 13 years later, 5 special people must come together as one to save the day for humanity.

Director: Tôya Satô | Stars: Tôri Matsuzaka, Gô Ayano, Ayame Gôriki, Tatsuomi Hamada

Votes: 363

5. A Ghost of a Chance (2011)

142 min | Comedy, Crime

When a not-so-stellar lawyer is in need of something to help her case she has to rely on an unconventional witness for testimony. Will the court agree to hear testimony from and will the ... See full summary »

Director: Kôki Mitani | Stars: Eri Fukatsu, Toshiyuki Nishida, Hiroshi Abe, Kyoko Fukada

Votes: 860

6. A Boy Called H (2013)

121 min | Drama

Narrated and viewed from the perspective of a child in the family, Shoonen H portrays the daily trials and societal difficulties of a Christian family from just prior to the commencement of... See full summary »

Director: Yasuo Furuhata | Stars: Yutaka Mizutani, Ran Itô, Tatsuki Yoshioka, Shun Oguri

Votes: 155

7. Real (2013)

127 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

A man decides to use a new technology to go inside the mind of his comatose lover.

Director: Kiyoshi Kurosawa | Stars: Takeru Satoh, Haruka Ayase, Joe Odagiri, Shôta Sometani

Votes: 863

8. Miracle Apples (2013)

129 min | Drama

In their hometown of Hirosaki, Aomori Prefecture, Akinori Kimura (Sadao Abe) and his wife Mieko (Miho Kanno) open an apple orchard. Because of Meiko's allergic reaction to pesticides, ... See full summary »

Director: Yoshihiro Nakamura | Stars: Sadao Abe, Miho Kanno, Mieko Harada, Hiroyuki Ikeuchi

Votes: 190

9. A Boy and His Samurai (2010)

108 min | Comedy

After praying for a new job, a samurai is transported through time to today's Japan.

Director: Yoshihiro Nakamura | Stars: Ryô Nishikido, Fuku Suzuki, Rie Tomosaka, Keisuke Horibe

Votes: 532

10. Râmen yori taisetsuna mono (2013)

90 min | Documentary

Documentary taken over 10 years, showing the life of a 70 year old ramen cook who had devoted his life to making the best ramen and teaching others to do the same. Every day, customers ... See full summary »

Director: Takashi Innami | Stars: Shôsuke Tanihara, Kazuo Yamagishi

Votes: 39

11. The Complex (2013)

Not Rated | 106 min | Horror

Nursing student Asuka (Atsuko Maeda) has just moved into an apartment complex with her parents and younger brother. On the first night in her new room, she is awoken by a strange scratching... See full summary »

Director: Hideo Nakata | Stars: Atsuko Maeda, Hiroki Narimiya, Ryô Iwamatsu, Masanobu Katsumura

Votes: 992

12. Library Wars (2013)

128 min | Drama

Set in the year 2019 in Japan. In order to crack down on free expression, a new law is passed, which allows for the government to create an armed force to find and destroy objectionable ... See full summary »

Director: Shinsuke Sato | Stars: Chiaki Kuriyama, Sôta Fukushi, Jun'ichi Okada, Kei Tanaka

Votes: 832

13. The Great Passage (2013)

134 min | Drama

Majime, an eccentric man in publishing company, who has unique ability of words, joins the team that will compile a new dictionary, 'The Great Passage.' In the eclectic team, he becomes ... See full summary »

Director: Yûya Ishii | Stars: Ryûhei Matsuda, Aoi Miyazaki, Joe Odagiri, Kaoru Kobayashi

Votes: 1,910

14. Hospitality Department (2013)

123 min | Comedy

Set within the hospitality division of the Kochi Prefecuture, employees attempt to find new ideas to promote tourism in the region.

The hospitality division in Kochi Prefecture can't promote... See full synopsis »

Director: Yoshishige Miyake | Stars: Ryô Nishikido, Maki Horikita, Kengo Kôra, Megumi Seki

Votes: 77

15. The Apology King (2013)

128 min | Comedy

Why merely say 'sorry' when you could truly make amends by hiring the expert to do the right thing? The Apology King, one Mr. Kuroshima, is advertising his service to an audience at a ... See full summary »

Director: Nobuo Mizuta | Stars: Sadao Abe, Mao Inoue, Yutaka Takenouchi, Masaki Okada

Votes: 329

16. The Devil's Path (2013)

128 min | Thriller

Journalist Shuichi Fujii receives a letter from convicted killer Junji Sudo. Writing from death row, Sudo wants to confess to crimes unknown to the police. On visiting Sudo in prison, Fujii... See full summary »

Director: Kazuya Shiraishi | Stars: Takayuki Yamada, Pierre Taki, Lily Franky, Chizuru Ikewaki

Votes: 877

17. Shield of Straw (2013)

117 min | Thriller

35 Metascore

A team of cops must protect an accused killer with a billion-yen bounty on his head.

Director: Takashi Miike | Stars: Takao Ohsawa, Nanako Matsushima, Gorô Kishitani, Masatô Ibu

Votes: 2,258

18. Don't Lose Heart (2013)

128 min | Drama

Shibata became an inspirational figure to many a few years ago when she published her first work at age 99, not too long after she began writing at the urging of her son, Kenichi. The film ... See full summary »

Director: Yoshihiro Fukagawa | Stars: Kaoru Yachigusa, Tetsuya Takeda, Ran Itô, Mana Ashida

Votes: 15

19. The Samurai That Night (2012)

119 min | Drama

A widower sends daily reminders to the petty criminal who killed his wife in a traffic accident that on the anniversary of her death, he will kill him.

Director: Masaaki Akahori | Stars: Masato Sakai, Takayuki Yamada, Sakura Andô, Hirofumi Arai

Votes: 125

20. Platinum Data (2013)

133 min | Mystery, Sci-Fi

When a new system for mapping DNA called the Platinum Data is developed for all the residents of Japan, everyone is convinced it will create a better, saver society, free from crime. But ... See full summary »

Director: Keishi Ohtomo | Stars: Kazunari Ninomiya, Etsushi Toyokawa, Honami Suzuki, Katsuhisa Namase

Votes: 458

21. The Ravine of Goodbye (2013)

Not Rated | 116 min | Drama

A child's horrific murder brings to light the haunted truth of an affair between her mother and a neighbor. As a magazine reporter investigates the case, he finds that nothing is as it seems.

Director: Tatsushi Ohmori | Stars: Hirofumi Arai, Joe Hyûga, Mansaku Ikeuchi, Arata Iura

Votes: 362

22. Maruyama, the Middle Schooler (2013)

119 min | Comedy, Family

Of what does a fourteen-year-old boy often think and fantasize? Well, supposedly the answer is mostly of an erotic nature and, more particularly, quite often self-eroticism. In this case ... See full summary »

Director: Kankurô Kudô | Stars: Tsuyoshi Kusanagi, Takuma Hiraoka, Kenji Endo, Fumina Hara

Votes: 102

23. A Story of Yonosuke (2013)

160 min | Drama

Were people's lives changed by having known Yonosuke?

Director: Shûichi Okita | Stars: Jun Kunimura, Ayumi Itô, Kimiko Yo, Gô Ayano

Votes: 1,324

24. Dawn of a Filmmaker: The Keisuke Kinoshita Story (2013)

96 min | Drama, War

As a young man, Keisuke Kinoshita (Ryo Kase) carried his mother on a handcart across a mountain. He grew up as a hotblooded young man and was monitored by the military. He then joined ... See full summary »

Director: Keiichi Hara | Stars: Mayu Matsuoka, Ryô Kase, Aoi Miyazaki, Ren Osugi

Votes: 78

25. The Human Trust (2013)

140 min | Drama, Thriller

Yuichi Mafune is known as a finance broker, but he's actually a conman. One day, two men show up in front of Yuichi. One man is "M" and the other is his underling Yuki Seki. They ask Yuichi... See full summary »

Director: Junji Sakamoto | Stars: Kôichi Satô, Shingo Katori, Mirai Moriyama, Arisa Mizuki

Votes: 95

27. Kiyoku yawaku (2013)

126 min | Comedy, Romance

Kanna Seto lost her childhood friend Haruta in a car accident when she was a freshman in high school. Carrying the emotional pain from that incident throughout her life, Kanna is still ... See full summary »

Director: Takehiko Shinjo | Stars: Masami Nagasawa, Masaki Okada, Yûki Furukawa, Aoi Nakamura

Votes: 219

29. The Human Trust (2013)

140 min | Drama, Thriller

Yuichi Mafune is known as a finance broker, but he's actually a conman. One day, two men show up in front of Yuichi. One man is "M" and the other is his underling Yuki Seki. They ask Yuichi... See full summary »

Director: Junji Sakamoto | Stars: Kôichi Satô, Shingo Katori, Mirai Moriyama, Arisa Mizuki

Votes: 95

30. The Brain Man (2013)

123 min | Crime, Mystery

A not-too-bright cop searches for a serial bomber.

Director: Tomoyuki Takimoto | Stars: Fumi Nikaidô, Shôta Sometani, Yasuko Matsuyuki, Yôsuke Eguchi

Votes: 884

31. It's Me, It's Me (2013)

119 min | Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi

63 Metascore

The world is full of me.

Director: Satoshi Miki | Stars: Kazuya Kamenashi, Yuki Uchida, Ryô Kase, Ai Aita

Votes: 247

32. The End of Summer (2013)

114 min | Biography, Drama

Tomoko is sick and tired of her relationship with unpopular talented writer Shingo, who is married and has children. Tomoko then enters into a sexual relationship with younger man Ryota, but Tomoko is still not satisfied.

Director: Kazuyoshi Kumakiri | Stars: Hikari Mitsushima, Kaoru Kobayashi, Gô Ayano

Votes: 102

33. The Girl in the Sun (2013)

128 min | Drama, Romance

A salesman named Kosuke Okuda happens to meet Mao Watarai,a friend from his middle school days. Back then, Mao was bullied, but now she is an attractive woman. Kosuke and Mao fall in love and decide to marry, but Mao has a secret.

Director: Takahiro Miki | Stars: Tetsuji Tamayama, Masaki Suda, Takumi Kitamura, Mitsuki Tanimura

Votes: 708

34. Midsummer's Equation (2013)

129 min | Mystery

An adaptation of Higashino Keigo's sixth novel in the popular Galileo series. Professor Yukawa Manabu must solve the mysteries of seemingly accidental death of another guest at the countryside motel he was spending his vacation in.

Director: Hiroshi Nishitani | Stars: Ken Aoki, Jun Fubuki, Masaharu Fukuyama, Hakuryû

Votes: 692

35. HK: Forbidden Super Hero (2013)

106 min | Comedy

A high school boy receives mysterious superpowers from panties.

Director: Yûichi Fukuda | Stars: Ryôhei Suzuki, Fumika Shimizu, Tsuyoshi Muro, Ken Yasuda

Votes: 2,103

36. Inazuma (1952)

87 min | Drama

Poor, pathetic mother Ose (Kumeko Urabe) has four children, three daughters and a son, by four different men.

Director: Mikio Naruse | Stars: Hideko Takamine, Mitsuko Miura, Kyôko Kagawa, Chieko Murata

Votes: 469

37. The Tale of Zatoichi (1962)

Not Rated | 95 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

The adventures of a blind, gambling masseur who also happens to be a master swordsman.

Director: Kenji Misumi | Stars: Shintarô Katsu, Masayo Banri, Ryûzô Shimada, Hajime Mitamura

Votes: 4,426

39. Te o tsunagu kora (1964)

100 min | Comedy, Drama

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Director: Susumu Hani

Votes: 10

40. Te o tsunagu kora (1964)

100 min | Comedy, Drama

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Director: Susumu Hani

Votes: 10

41. The Graceful Brute (1962)

96 min | Comedy, Drama

A greedy, materialistic family attempts to cover-up the embezzlement committed by the son while keeping their other schemes active. They discover there are other, equally conniving players involved.

Director: Yûzô Kawashima | Stars: Ayako Wakao, Yûnosuke Itô, Hisano Yamaoka, Yûko Hamada

Votes: 144

42. The Secret World of Arrietty (2010)

G | 94 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

80 Metascore

The Clock family are four-inch-tall people who live anonymously in another family's residence, borrowing simple items to make their home. Life changes for the Clocks when their teenage daughter, Arrietty, is discovered.

Director: Hiromasa Yonebayashi | Stars: Bridgit Mendler, Amy Poehler, Will Arnett, Moises Arias

Votes: 73,268 | Gross: $19.20M

43. Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods (2013)

TV-PG | 85 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

The Z-Fighters must contend with Lord Beerus, the God of Destruction, but only a God can fight a God, and none of them are Gods. However with the creation of the Super Saiyan God, will the Z-Fighters be able to defeat Lord Beerus?

Director: Masahiro Hosoda | Stars: Masako Nozawa, Hiromi Tsuru, Ryô Horikawa, Masaharu Satô

Votes: 25,326 | Gross: $2.55M

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