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Chichi ariki / There was a father (1942) Yasujirô Ozu, Chishû Ryû, Shûji Sano, Shin Saburi, Drama

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A father and his son, a son and his father. Horikawa is a widower, a teacher, and a good father to Ryohei, who’s about 10. After a tragedy, Horikawa resigns from teaching and takes Ryohei from Tokyo to the town of Ueno, enrolling him in junior high; to the lad’s sorrow, he will be a boarder. Horikawa returns to work in Tokyo, their separation is complete. Jump ahead more than ten years: with dad’s help, Ryohei has finished college and has a teaching job in Akita. Horikawa considers living with his son, which Ryohei wants, but the elder’s notions of duty and hard work preclude it. Ryohei arranges a ten-day vacation with his father. Heartbreak comes quietly, nearly hidden by dignity.

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Kao / Face (2000) Junji Sakamoto, Naomi Fujiyama, Etsushi Toyokawa, Michiyo Ohkusu, Comedy, Drama, Crime

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The story of a socially awkward seamstress and her unexpected, darkly humorous journey, FACE brought international attention to its innovative director, Junji Sakamoto, and to Naomi Fujiyama, a Japanese stage actress making her searing film debut. Fujiyama plays Masako, whose unhappy life is turned upside down by a series of tragic occurrences in her family. She becomes a fugitive, but her odyssey through the Japanese countryside–marked by unexpected twists and fascinating characters–proves strangely liberating.

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The Clone Returns Home / Kurôn wa kokyô wo mezasu (2008) Kanji Nakajima, Mitsuhiro Oikawa, Eri Ishida, Hiromi Nagasaku, Drama, Sci-Fi

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The Clone Returns Home is a compelling meditation on the paradox of life and death, and the meaning of love and family. Set in an imaginary – yet utterly imaginable – future, this quietly provocative film skillfully transposes complex emotional drama into the realm of science fiction by exploring the influence of technology on human memory and experience. Filled with stunning imagery and haunting stillness, The Clone Returns Home deftly combines subtly nuanced sci-fi with a uniquely Japanese perspective on the universal themes of family, life, love, and death.

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Violent Cop / Sono otoko, kyôbô ni tsuki (1989) Takeshi Kitano, Maiko Kawakami, Makoto Ashikawa, Action, Crime, Drama

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Detective Azuma is a Dirty-Harry style rogue cop who often uses violence and unethical methods to get results. While investigating a series of drug-related homicides, Azuma discovers that his friend and colleague, Iwaki, is supplying drugs from within the police force. After Iwaki is murdered and Azuma’s sister is kidnapped, he breaks all the rules to dish out his particular form of justice.

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