The Day Mishima Chose His Own Fate (2013)

On November 25th 1970, a man committed ritual suicide inside the Tokyo headquarters of the Japanese Ministry of Defence, leaving behind a legacy of masterpieces and a controversy that echoes to this day. The man was Yukio Mishima, one of Japan’s greatest and most celebrated novelists. With four members of his own private army – […]

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Sadako 3D

Sadako 3D in Berlin movie theaters now.

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Daisuke Gotô – Blind Love (2005)

Gotô is one of the masters of Japanese Pink Cinema which features open-minded and experimental low-budget films with innovative sex scenes. BLIND LOVE tells the story of three screwball characters who stumble into a bizarre ménage à trois. The protagonists are absurdly funny but never ridiculed. This hilarious, gentle sex comedy moved its audience at […]

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Koichi Imaizumi – The Family Complete (2010)

A highly contagious incest virus induces several generations of a Japanese family to have sex in all possible constellations and across gender boundaries – and with that man in a bear costume who suddenly appears? Only in Japan! Come and discover Koichi Imaizumi, an upcoming new filmmaker who gives sexual lunacy in this porn grotesque […]

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Sushi in Suhl – Japan in the DDR

Sushi in Suhl is a 2012 German feature film about the history of the only Japanese restaurant in the GDR and its chef Rolf Anschütz. Directed by Carsten Fiebeler. The leading roles played Uwe Steimle and Julia Richter .

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Snowchild

A girl unable to speak, a man unable to write a poem, a crisis line manager unable to help might find in the gloomiest of all places what they have been longing for – Hope and courage. Official site: http://www.snowchildthemovie.com

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Sion Sono – Koi No Tsumi

In this, Sono’s evocatively but misleadingly titled “Guilty of Romance” resembles Stanley Kubrick’s “Eyes Wide Shut,” which also treated sexual desire as dark, mysterious and dangerous, in a setting placeless and timeless. The film begins, though, as a “Silence of the Lambs” take-off. Called from an assignation with her lover, Detective Yoshida (Miki Mizuno) investigates […]

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Kaneto Shindo R.I.P.

Rare Super 8 footage of Kaneto Shindo on location during the filming of Onibaba, which was shot in Chiba Prefecture’s Inba Swamp in the summer of 1964.

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Berlin Documentary Forum 2

Amidst the in-between — Documentary films from Japan [PDF] Screening and conversation – Eduardo Thomas with Günter Nitschke OV, English subtitles Eduardo Thomas will present a fragment of his ongoing research into the Japanese concept of “ma” (a structuring absence), screening short films by Matsumoto Toshio and Ito Takashi and a feature film by Kawase Naomi. In conversation with Günter […]

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