【Tokyo International Film Festival 2016】 Japan Now

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A new masterpiece will be born into the pantheon of Japanese film! This highly anticipated release from the team of Villain is a whodunit about a murder in this paranoid era where the advancement of SNS and mobile technology easily raises doubts about family, friends, and even loved ones. The murder becomes the catalyst for fundamentally calling into question what it is to truly “believe”.your name.
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In this ambitious new feature-length animated motion picture, up-and-coming animation director, Makoto Shinkai teams up with Masayoshi Tanaka, character designer for Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day and platinum artists, RADWIMPS. It is a wholly original and moving sci-fi romance unlike anything seen before! By a director, Makoto Shinkai’s hour has come!
Kanae Minato (Original Novel), Yukiko Mishima (Director), Tsubasa Honda and Mizuki Yamamoto - the four women launch the sensational mystery about “death”. The film shows the hidden “dark side” in the 17-year-old girls, fascinatingly, sensitively and powerfully. Two teenage girls harbor a desire to witness the moment when someone dies, in order to figure it out the true meaning of death.
The first film in 12 years from the domestic “Godzilla” series, a franchise that represents Japan. Written and co-directed by Hideaki Anno (“Evangelion”). A spectacular visual expression has reincarnated Godzilla, with a new realism created by a thoroughly researched screenplay that asks, “How would Japanese people confront Godzilla if it appeared for the first time in Japan today?”
While assisting Stephane to photograph his daughter Marie, Jean falls in love with her. But the daguerreotype shooting comes with love and pain. Marie is trapped in photographer's maddening love and Jean wants to free her, but their lives start unraveling inside an old house in Paris imbued with the phantom of a woman who committed suicide. Kiyoshi Kurosawa's first international production.
'Somebody's Xylophone'
An ordinary married woman is getting caught up with a hairstylist who enters an empty place in her heart. Her abnormal obsession toward the man gets growing. Takako Tokiwa and Sosuke Ikematsu acted together for the first time in this suspense drama about a relationship between man and woman by Yoichi Higashi, who won the Silver Bear prize at the Berlin International Film Festival.
'The Projects'
Hinako and Seiji close up their herbal remedy store and move to a housing project in Osaka for mysterious reasons. Their neighbors are curious about them and develop more suspicions when one day Seiji suddenly disappears. Then a strange man shows up... Renowned stage actress Naomi Fujiyama makes her first starring film appearance in 16 years.
High school student Daisuke is in love with his classmate Hiromi. But after a bus accident during a school trip he wakes up in hell! "Why just me? I haven’t even kissed anybody!" he wonders. Killer K, a red demon and leader of the rock band “Hells”, awaits him. A survival journey begins with Killer K’s “fiendish trainings”after Enma (King of Hell) gives Daisuke a chance to reincarnate and return to the world.
Toshio runs a metalworking factory. One day an old acquaintance, Yasaka appears. Toshio hires and allows him to move in with his family. The man (Yasaka) eventually disturbs his peaceful life and vanished. Eight years later, Toshio and his wife discover a clue of Yasaka's whereabouts. HARMONIUM by Koji Fukada of Japan won the Jury Prize at the Cannes Prize in the Un Certain Regard category of the Cannes Film Festival.
'Her Love Boils Bathwater'
The Kono family used to run a bathhouse before the father disappeared. Futaba, a cheerful and determined mother raising her daughter alone, learns that she has only two months to live. She quickly makes a list of things she must do and immediately starts working on it. During her remaining time, family members encounter conflict and tension, but their ties also becomes stronger. And they commit to giving Futaba a loving send-off.
Four women, all in their 30s, and three married, one divorced. They can tell each other everything. Or at least they thought they could... One day, after losing a divorce court battle, one of them loses hope and disappears. The three remaining women take a second look at their lives. They spend a long night wondering, "Am I really the person I wanted to be?"
'Fireworks, Should We See it from the Side or the Bottom?'
Primary school pupils, Norimichi, Yusuke and Junichi wonder if fireworks look round or flat from the side, and they plan to go to a light house on fireworks night to find out.
'Love Letter'
Two years after her fiancé’s death, Hiroko Watanabe tries to relieve her grief by mailing him a letter. It is delivered to a young woman in his hometown who has her fiancé’s name, Itsuki Fujii. Hiroko is surprised to receive a reply, which begins a fascinating correspondence between the two women.
'Swallowtail Butterfly'
In a fantasy time long ago, when the yen was the strongest currency in the world, there was a Japanese city that immigrants called "Yen Town". The Japanese resented the name and discriminated against the immigrants, calling them "Yen Thieves". This is a story about foreign "Yen Thieves" who believe the Japanese yen will help their dreams come true. So they come to the city to fulfill their dreams.
He meets a woman who calls herself Jellyfish. Although strangers to each other, they plan to die together. Jellyfish wants to have the best day before she dies and he suggests a special method for a peaceful death - by drawing blood. The longest day begins for this man, Simon Williams. Shunji Iwai's care and attention is prevalent from screenplay, direction, music, cinematography and editing.
'A Bride for Rip Van Winkle'
Nanami loses her job due to a lack of confidence. She marries a man she met online, but the marriage ends when she is falsely accused of infidelity. Jack-of-alltrades, Amuro saves her by introducing her to peculiar jobs and individuals. Nanami eventually befriends free-spirited Mashiro and ends up living with her. The film stars Haru Kuroki who won the Silver Bear for Best Actress at the 64th Berlin International Film Festival.

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