16-26 NOVEMBER
Sydney
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  A man identifying himself Masato Sonezaki (Tatsuya Fujiwara, Erased) suddenly emerges onto the public spotlight, confessing to a string of unsolved murders that terrorised Tokyo 22 years ago. His modus operandi: strangling victims from behind while another bears witness to the crime. Every witness is spared in order to...
  A man called ‘Master’ (Kaoru Kobayashi) begins his day as others end theirs, opening his small izakaya (pub) from midnight until seven in the morning. The hole-in-the-wall restaurant is a simmering pot where the eclectic characters of nocturnal Tokyo gather to stew over their stories. The film follows the...
  Growing up, Kengo had known nothing but kendo. Having been trained from a young age by his father Shozo, he went on to win awards and to coach the local high school kendo team. But it was never enough for Shozo, a respected master in the dojo but a...
  The historical Tensho Iga War, known as the first and only battle between ninja and samurai, sets the scene for this fictional period epic. The Iga ninja are infamous for being notorious assassins and skilled mercenaries who would do anything for money. Not even the fearsome warlord Oda Nobunaga...
  Primary school student Yukio is faced with writing a class assignment about a family member. After a few false starts, he settles on his uncle, his father’s colourful but freeloading younger brother, who lives with the family. The uncle, a part-time philosophy lecturer, spends most days lounging on his...
Masaru Sakumoto (Atsushi Ito, I am a Monk) has passed his prime as a best-selling novelist. Facing pressure from his rival, lukewarm feedback from his editors, and terrible reviews from his readers, he makes a getaway to the countryside. He moves into a traditional Japanese house in a quiet neighbourhood,...
  Following a traumatic split from his wife, Shiraiwa (Joe Odagiri, Her Love Boils Bathwater; Midnight Diner) returns to his hometown of Hakodate and attempts to start a new life as a carpenter. He attends a vocational school and spends his days in contemplative solitude. He also makes friends with...
  Misako is a passionate writer who composes audio guides of films made for the visually impaired. At a test screening of her latest project, she meets Nakamori, a once celebrated photographer who is slowly losing his eyesight. Only partially impaired, Nakamori criticises Misako’s audio guides as overly subjective. Hit...
  The perpetrator in a gruesome homicide altered his appearance with plastic surgery and has been on the run ever since. Rage follows the lives of three different individuals whose identities are shrouded in mystery: a dockworker in Chiba prefecture (Kenichi Matsuyama), a gay man prostituting to survive in Tokyo...
  Arata Kaizaki (Taishi Nakagawa) is a 27-year-old man full of regret and unaccomplished goals. Fresh out of graduate school, his stellar academic record immediately lands him a job in the corporate world. However, workplace conflict led him to turn in his own resignation after just three months. It’s been...

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