Spoiler alert! After an incredible win at the Tokyo karuta tournament—an intense traditional snap card game based on classic Japanese poetry— Chihaya’s team qualifies for the national championship. However, Chihaya is soon devastated when she learns that long-lost childhood best friend Arata has quit karuta, crushing her dream of...
Times are tough in samurai Japan: the feudal lord’s harsh taxes are dragging an outpost town into poverty. Local merchant Juzaburo fears for the town’s future, and hatches a secret plan to end their misery. The outrageous mission: collect 1000ryo (300 million yen), loan it to the bureaucrats, reap interest...
In a post-apocalyptic world, surviving humans are divided into two: the genetically superior Nox, who live in the darkness, and the weaker Curio, who remain unevolved. The Nox have superseded Curios in every aspect of society, despite their weakness to sunlight. They live technologically advanced lives within gated settlements, while...
  Closing film for Melbourne and Sydney. Celebrity author Sachio and his supportive wife Natsuko have an amicable marriage that lacks passion. While Natsuko dies in a bus accident, Sachio is in bed with a younger woman. Forced to play the role of a grieving widower in front of media,...
  Nanami is a timid substitute teacher working in Tokyo. Unable to find her place in life, her only solace comes through her interactions on social media. She decides to tie the knot with a man she has met online, but while planning the wedding guest list, she soon realises...
    Shuzo has been married for decades but still forgets his wife Tomiko’s birthday. As an after-thought, he offers to buy her a gift as long as it’s inexpensive. Coincidentally, Tomiko has had her eye on one thing and it costs nothing more than a cup of coffee or...
  Chihaya, Taichi and Arata are childhood friends, bound by their passion for competitive karuta (a traditional Japanese card game based on classic poetry). After Arata moves to the country, Taichi parted ways with the game, but Chihaya continues to play – hoping they’ll be reunited at the national championships....
  Metal-head Eikichi leaves his struggling music career to return to his family in a small island village off the coast of Shikoku. Sporting a mohawk, he comes home for the first time in seven years to introduce his clueless Tokyoite girlfriend to his family. In the process, Eikichi also...
  Pink and Gray starts off where most films end: movie star Gotchi slips a noose around his neck and seals his own fate. He leaves his best friend Riba to discover his body, alongside six envelopes, each containing a different suicide note. He instructs Riba to pick only one letter...
  On a hiking trip to Nepal, photographer Makoto Fukamachi happens upon a curious, old camera in a backstreet pawn shop. It’s the same make as the one last carried by George Mallory, a legendary mountaineer who attempted to ascend Everest in 1924. Convinced that the camera belonged to Mallory,...
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