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  1. Close-Knit (Blu-ray) (English Subtitled) (Japan Version) Close-Knit (Blu-ray) (English Subtitled) (Japan Version) Ikuta Toma | Ogigami Naoko (Director) | Kiritani Kenta | Mimura
    How to knit a family
    October 12, 2017 Picked By Sanwei See all this editor's picks
    From Kamome Diner to Glasses to Rent-a-Cat, Ogigami Naoko is known for warm and quirky dramas that create escapist havens from the troubles and loneliness of modern society. In her latest Close-Knit, the writer-director knits another peaceful haven in the welcoming home of a makeshift family formed by a transgender woman, her boyfriend and the niece they take in. When we first meet Rinko (Ikuta Toma), she has already reached a place in her life that many people can only dream of. She has transitioned completely, though she hasn't yet legally changed her gender. She works at a nursing home where everyone seems accepting, and she's living with her mild-mannered boyfriend Makio (Kiritani... [read more]
  2. The Anthem Of The Heart (2015) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version) The Anthem Of The Heart (2015) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version) Nagai Tatsuyuki (Director)
    Silence is not golden
    August 31, 2017 Picked By Sanwei See all this editor's picks
    Once upon a time, there was a chatty little girl with a vivid imagination who saw her father leaving the "castle" on the hill with another woman. She tells her mom, not realizing the significance of her words, and her parents soon divorce. Both her dad and mom tell her that she's too much of a chatterbox, and so does the egg fairy that casts a curse on her so that she can no longer hurt with her words. Produced by A-1 Pictures, the gentle animated drama Anthem of the Heart begins like a fairy tale, the kind with a dark undertone and a cautionary lesson for children. But this cruel fairy tale continues into adolescence for protagonist Naruse Jun. Every time she talks, her stomach begins to... [read more]
  3. Too Young to Die! (Blu-ray) (Normal Edition) (Japan Version) Too Young to Die! (Blu-ray) (Normal Edition) (Japan Version) Kamiki Ryunosuke | Kudo Kankuro (Director, Writer) | Nagase Tomoya | Ono Machiko
    Hell of a comedy
    July 25, 2017 Picked By Sanwei See all this editor's picks
    It takes a certain kind of person to turn the tragic deaths of a busload of teenagers and the terrifying images of Japanese hell into an over-the-top comedy, and that person is Kudo Kankuro. The master of wacky, talky and strangely thoughtful comedies returns to the director's chair for his fourth feature film, Too Young to Die!, which may be his weirdest yet. Too Young to Die! begins with a bus full of high school kids meeting an untimely end on a field trip. Bratty protagonist Daisuke (Kamiki Ryunosuke) wakes up in "jigoku," a fiery Buddhist-based vision of hell in which sinners suffer in different levels of gruesome punishments. Horned demon Killer K (Nagase Tomoya), the leader of the... [read more]
  4. NINAGAWA Macbeth (2015) (DVD) (Japan Version) NINAGAWA Macbeth (2015) (DVD) (Japan Version) Ninagawa Yukio | Tanaka Yuko | Ichimura Masachika | Hashimoto Satoshi
    Ninagawa's last Macbeth
    June 29, 2017 Picked By Sanwei See all this editor's picks
    Japan's foremost theater director Ninagawa Yukio passed away last May at the age of 80. The renowned director leaves behind a tremendous legacy as one of the world's most masterful and imaginative interpreters of Shakespeare, continuously transforming the Bard's classics into distinctly Japanese productions over a four-decade career that garnered wide acclaim at home and abroad. Boldly bearing the director's name right in the title, Ninagawa MacBeth was first staged to lukewarm reception in Tokyo in 1980. Five years later, it became his first Shakespeare production to travel to Europe, and from there on, Ninagawa would take the world by storm. Ninagawa MacBeth had several re-runs in Japan... [read more]
  5. A Silent Voice (Blu-ray) (Normal Edition) (Japan Version) A Silent Voice (Blu-ray) (Normal Edition) (Japan Version) Yuki Aoi | Oima Yoshitoki | Nishiya Taishi | Ushio Kensuke
    A painful journey of redemption and self-discovery
    June 9, 2017 Picked By Pisces See all this editor's picks
    In November 2016, the case of a 13-year-old Japanese boy being bullied by classmates was revealed. An evacuee from the 2011 nuclear disaster in Fukushima, the young victim was called "germ" at school and beaten by classmates who extorted money from him. However, this case is just the tip of the iceberg. Bullying happens everywhere and it has become a common theme in manga. Dealing with the issues of bullying and disability, Oima Yoshitoki allows audience to listen to the inner voices of both the bullies and their victims in her award-winning manga A Silent Voice, which has been adapted into an anime film by K-On! director Yamada Naoko and studio Kyoto Animation. A Silent Voice is a... [read more]
  6. Creepy (2016) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version) Creepy (2016) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version) Takeuchi Yuko (Actor) | Nishijima Hidetoshi (Actor) | Kawaguchi Haruna (Actor) | Fujino Ryoko (Actor)
    Kurosawa Kiyoshi's return to psycho horror
    May 23, 2017 Picked By Sanwei See all this editor's picks
    Based on the roles he plays, Nishijima Hidetoshi has to be the unhappiest man in Japanese cinema. In Mozu, he's an anguished public security officer trying to find the truth behind his wife and daughter's mysterious deaths. In Genome Hazard, he's an anguished framed man trying to find the truth behind his wife's mysterious death. In Ryusei Wagon, he's an anguished unemployed man whose wife mysteriously leaves him. In Double Face, he's an anguished undercover officer planted in the mob. In Strawberry Nights and the currently airing Crisis as well, he's an anguished officer. The actor goes through yet more onscreen suffering in Kurosawa Kiyoshi's Creepy as anguished criminal psychology expert... [read more]
  7. Someone (Blu-ray) (Deluxe Edition) (Japan Version) Someone (Blu-ray) (Deluxe Edition) (Japan Version) Satoh Takeru | Suda Masaki | Yamada Takayuki | Okada Masaki
    To know you is to not know you
    May 17, 2017 Picked By Sanwei See all this editor's picks
    Playwright-turned-director Miura Daisuke draws from his theater background to effectively adapt Asai Ryo's 2012 Naoki Prize-winning novel Someone. The discomfiting drama uses a group of friends' deflating process of job hunting to not only capture the ambitions, insecurities and hypocrisies of young people competing for employment, but also to construct an astute study of social interactions and public identities in the age of social media. Headlined by a top-drawer young ensemble cast that pretty much sells itself, the story revolves around five college seniors of different personalities and wants who are wading through the daunting process of job hunting. Leading protagonist Takuto (Satoh... [read more]
  8. Midnight Diner: Tokyo Stories (2016) (Blu-ray Box) (Japan Version) Midnight Diner: Tokyo Stories (2016) (Blu-ray Box) (Japan Version) Kobayashi Kaoru | Sudo Risa | Tanimura Mitsuki | Ko Ah Sung
    Food for thought
    April 26, 2017 Picked By Sanwei See all this editor's picks
    After three seasons on TBS/MBS, late-night foodie human drama series Midnight Diner was licensed by online streaming giant Netflix in 2016 for its fourth season. Presumably to appeal to its potential international audience, an explanatory "Tokyo Stories" was harmlessly tagged on to the title, but otherwise, nothing has changed from its tried-and-true formula. Based on Abe Yaro's manga, Midnight Diner continues to be the reliable late-night watering hole of choice for viewers seeking food for thought and recipe inspirations. Like the previous three seasons, Midnight Diner's fourth season comprises of ten episodes, each titled after a comforting dish that holds deeper meaning for the patrons... [read more]
  9. The Next Generation -Patlabor- (Blu-ray) (Box 1: Ep. 0-6) (To Be Continued) (Hong Kong Version) The Next Generation -Patlabor- (Blu-ray) (Box 1: Ep. 0-6) (To Be Continued) (Hong Kong Version) Mano Erina | Oshii Mamoru (Director) | Ohta Rina | Fukushi Seiji
    The struggling days of Patlabor's third generation
    April 12, 2017 Picked By Sanwei See all this editor's picks
    Twenty-five years after the classic police mecha procedural Patlabor was first launched, the iconic franchise was rebooted in 2014 into a live-action series set years later when Labor robots have fallen out of fashion and the Patlabor police unit has been relegated to an understaffed, underfunded division in constant danger of being shut down. The Next Generation -Patlabor- still revolves around the comings and goings of the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Special Vehicles Section's scruffy, motley Division 2, which is now in the hands of a third generation of officers, including Mano Erina and Fukushi Seiji as forward pilot Akira and backup Yuma, respectively. Oshii Mamoru served as the general... [read more]
  10. Shin Godzilla (2016) (Blu-ray) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version) Shin Godzilla (2016) (Blu-ray) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version) Takenouchi Yutaka (Actor) | Ishihara Satomi (Actor) | Hasegawa Hiroki (Actor) | Saitoh Takumi (Actor)
    Monster bureaucracy movie
    April 12, 2017 Picked By Sanwei See all this editor's picks
    When I first learned that Anno Hideaki was directing the new Godzilla, my reaction was to question why he was doing anything other than finishing the long overdue Rebuild of Evangelion series. Now I hope he makes Godzilla films forever. Though Godzilla graced Hollywood screens fairly recently in Gareth Edwards's 2014 feature, Shin Godzilla, or Godzilla Resurgence, is the first Japanese Godzilla film in over a decade. Narratively speaking, Anno's take follows a familiar formula: an unidentified giant creature appears, warnings go unheeded, Tokyo gets trampled, humanity eventually pulls together from the burning fires of destruction to fight the monster. However, before the government can... [read more]
  11. Doraemon: Nobita and the Birth of Japan 2016 (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) Doraemon: Nobita and the Birth of Japan 2016 (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) Fujiko F. Fujio (Writer)
    Giving children space to grow
    March 31, 2017 Picked By Pisces See all this editor's picks
    Released in 1989, Doraemon: Nobita and the Birth of Japan is one of the highest-grossing films of the Doraemon series. Twenty eight years later, director Yakuwa Shinnosuke (Doraemon: New Nobita's Great Demon - Peko and the Exploration Party of Five) refines the story with stronger messages of love, friendship, education and dreams. The 2016 adaptation shares more or less the same storyline as the original about the runaway adventure of Nobita and his friends. To get away from family and academic pressures, they travel to prehistoric Japan of 70,000 years ago where they build their own paradise and create three formidable magical beasts: Pegasus, Dragon and Griffin. When they return home,... [read more]
  12. Sadako VS Kayako (2016) (Blu-ray) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version) Sadako VS Kayako (2016) (Blu-ray) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version) Tamashiro Tina (Actor) | Yamamoto Mizuki (Actor) | Ando Masanobu (Actor) | Shiraishi Koji (Director)
    Horror vs. Comedy
    March 21, 2017 Picked By Pisces See all this editor's picks
    First teased as an April Fool's joke in 2015, the crossover of the two iconic franchises of J-Horror – Ring and Ju-on: The Grudge – came true in Sadako vs. Kayako. A number of follow-ups, remakes and copycats have been inspired by the two well-known ghost series, but none are as successful as the originals. Poking fun at the overdone rigid storyline, horror master Shiraishi Koji (Grotesque) innovatively creates a battlefield for the two invincible ghosts in his horror/comedy mashup. The story starts with friends Yuri (Yamamoto Mizuki, The Kirishima Thing) and Natsumi (Satsukawa Aimi, Hime-Anole) discovering a dusty video cassette inside a second-hand VHS player. Natsumi watches the entire... [read more]
  13. The Long Excuse (Blu-ray) (English Subtitled) (Japan Version) The Long Excuse (Blu-ray) (English Subtitled) (Japan Version) Motoki Masahiro | Nishikawa Miwa (Director) | Takehara Pistol | Fujita Kenshin
    The long process of understanding grief and oneself
    March 20, 2017 Picked By Sanwei See all this editor's picks
    Out of all of Nishikawa Miwa's films thus far, The Long Excuse is the hardest to put one's finger on. Unlike the quack physician of Dear Doctor, the con artist couple of Dreams For Sale or the murder trial of Sway, The Long Excuse lacks a clear point of conflict. Instead, the audience is unceremoniously introduced into the opaque emotional world of a pretentious, vaguely unpleasant novelist who loses his wife to an accident, and then doesn't quite know what to do with himself. Even at his wife's funeral, protagonist Sachio's (Motoki Masahiro) first concern is appearance as he makes calculated displays of grief. He, however, realizes acutely that he doesn't actually feel grief – at least not... [read more]
  14. Chibi Maruko-chan - A Boy From Italy (2016) (Blu-ray Gift Set) (Hong Kong Version) Chibi Maruko-chan - A Boy From Italy (2016) (Blu-ray Gift Set) (Hong Kong Version) Jiro Wang (Fahrenheit) | Babyjohn Choi | Myolie Wu | Takagi Jun (Director)
    The real meaning of friendship
    February 28, 2017 Picked By Pisces See all this editor's picks
    Lacking a fantasy plot with supernatural elements, Chibi Maruko-chan may not be as exciting as other famous manga/anime like Doraemon and Pokemon. However, it successfully strikes a chord with almost everyone because of its down-to-earth story of a nine-year-old schoolgirl. Chibi Maruko-chan represents not just the childhood of the author but also those who don't want to grow up. To commemorate the 25th anniversary of the anime, author Sakura Momoko welcomes six foreign exchange friends to Maruko-chan's town in the feature film Chibi Maruko-chan - A Boy From Italy. Andrea, who comes from Italy, stays at Maruko-chan's home and the two soon become friends. Maruko-chan travels with Andrea... [read more]
  15. Godzilla Resurgence (4K Ultra HD + Blu-ray) (4-Disc Special Edition) (Japan Version) Godzilla Resurgence (4K Ultra HD + Blu-ray) (4-Disc Special Edition) (Japan Version) Anno Hideaki (Director) | Hasegawa Hiroki | Takenouchi Yutaka | Ishihara Satomi
    Monster bureaucracy movie
    January 25, 2017 Picked By Sanwei See all this editor's picks
    When I first learned that Anno Hideaki was directing the new Godzilla, my reaction was to question why he was doing anything other than finishing the long overdue Rebuild of Evangelion series. Now I hope he makes Godzilla films forever. Though Godzilla graced Hollywood screens fairly recently in Gareth Edwards's 2014 feature, Shin Godzilla, or Godzilla Resurgence, is the first Japanese Godzilla film in over a decade. Narratively speaking, Anno's take follows a familiar formula: an unidentified giant creature appears, warnings go unheeded, Tokyo gets trampled, humanity eventually pulls together from the burning fires of destruction to fight the monster. However, before the government can... [read more]
  16. If Cats Disappeared from the World (2016) (Blu-ray) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version) If Cats Disappeared from the World (2016) (Blu-ray) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version) Satoh Takeru (Actor) | Miyazaki Aoi (Actor) | Hamada Gaku (Actor) | Ishii Anna (Actor)
    If Movies Disappeared from the World
    January 20, 2017 Picked By Sanwei See all this editor's picks
    I'm a simple person: I see cat, I watch. Nagai Akira's If Cats Disappeared from the World, however, is not about cats. Cute kitties – named Cabbage and Lettuce – do appear in the film, but the hypothetical scenario presented in the title serves to broach the not-so-cute topic of death and to reflect on the value of life. Based on Kawamura Genki's best-selling novel, the film gets into the mind of a mild-mannered postman suddenly confronted with news of his impending death. Save for the fact that he's played by Satoh Takeru, the protagonist is a remarkably common and relatable figure, an alone but not necessarily lonely young postman who quietly goes about his work, feeds his cat, watches a... [read more]
  17. If Cats Disappeared from the World (Blu-ray) (Deluxe Edition) (Japan Version) If Cats Disappeared from the World (Blu-ray) (Deluxe Edition) (Japan Version) Satoh Takeru (Actor) | Miyazaki Aoi (Actor) | Okuno Eita (Actor) | Hamada Gaku (Actor)
    If Movies Disappeared from the World
    November 24, 2016 Picked By Sanwei See all this editor's picks
    I'm a simple person: I see cat, I watch. Nagai Akira's If Cats Disappeared from the World, however, is not about cats. Cute kitties – named Cabbage and Lettuce – do appear in the film, but the hypothetical scenario presented in the title serves to broach the not-so-cute topic of death and to reflect on the value of life. Based on Kawamura Genki's best-selling novel, the film gets into the mind of a mild-mannered postman suddenly confronted with news of his impending death. Save for the fact that he's played by Satoh Takeru, the protagonist is a remarkably common and relatable figure, an alone but not necessarily lonely young postman who quietly goes about his work, feeds his cat, watches a... [read more]
  18. What A Wonderful Family! (2016) (Blu-ray) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version) What A Wonderful Family! (2016) (Blu-ray) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version) Nakajima Tomoko (Actor) | Yoshiyuki Kazuko (Actor) | Aoi Yu (Actor) | Hayashiya Shozo (Actor)
    It's tough being a family.
    October 12, 2016 Picked By Sanwei See all this editor's picks
    Yamada Yoji has basically spent the last decade examining familial relations in his films, be it Kabei, Little House and Nagasaki: Memories of My Son's familial bonds amid the tragedy of war or About Her Brother, Kyoto Story and Tokyo Family's modern-day updates to the traditional family drama. His latest What a Wonderful Family obviously continues that trend, but it also offers a welcome dose of old-fashioned humor. Featuring boisterous characters and farcical turns, What a Wonderful Family assumes a less serious tone to depict the serious crossroads faced by various members of the Hirata family. After years of treating his family with typical grumpy old man inconsideration, elder patron... [read more]
  19. Juhan Shuttai! (Blu-ray Box) (Japan Version) Juhan Shuttai! (Blu-ray Box) (Japan Version) Matsuda Naoko | Kuroki Haru | Sakaguchi Kentaro | Odagiri Joe
    The wonderful world of manga publishing
    August 31, 2016 Picked By Sanwei See all this editor's picks
    Based on Matsuda Naoko's manga, TBS's spring 2016 drama Juhan Shuttai! documents the colorful comings and goings of the editorial department of a weekly manga magazine. Award-winning actress Kuroki Haru, who tends to play quiet and serious roles, makes an absolutely lovable, comedic turn as protagonist Kurosawa Kokoro, our entry point into the wonderful world of manga publishing. After a career-ending injury, simple-hearted judo athlete Kokoro picks herself back up and applies her gung-ho spirit and tenacity to the position of rookie editor. Through her training and greenhorn experiences, audiences also get to learn all about the geeky, fascinating process of manga editing and publishing,... [read more]
  20. Flying Colors (2015) (Blu-ray) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version) Flying Colors (2015) (Blu-ray) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version) Yoshida Yo (Actor) | Arimura Kasumi (Actor) | Matsui Airi (Actor) | Nomura Shuhei (Actor)
    To teachers and parents
    August 30, 2016 Picked By Pisces See all this editor's picks
    Different from typical schools, private tutoring schools concentrate on exam preparation which makes them popular among students and parents. However, cram school teacher Tsubota Nobutaka adopts a different teaching approach to help students move from the bottom to the top of the class. He shared the successful story of his student Kobayashi Sayaka in his best-selling novel published in 2013. The inspiring youth tale is retold in the lighthearted Flying Colors (a.k.a. Biri Gal) by blockbuster director Doi Nobuhiro (The Wings of Kirin, Hanamizuki). Dying her hair blonde and wearing various mini-skirts, Arimura Kasumi (Strobe Edge) takes the starring role of Sayaka, a delinquent second-year... [read more]
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