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  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...
  Opening Film for Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney. Ryota is a deadbeat father struggling to make ends meet. Though he claims to be gathering inspiration for his next novel, Ryota has spent the past fifteen years working as a private detective. Most of his earnings fuel his gambling addiction, leaving...
  The last chapter of Assassination Classroom is finally here, wrapping up class 3-E’s year with super-alien teacher, Koro-sensei! With their graduation in March fast approaching, not only must 3-E decide upon their future career paths, they must also work hard to complete their mission in defeating Koro-sensei himself. But...
  Chibi Maruko-chan is back on the big screen along with some new friends. Six foreign students come to visit the town of Shimizu for a homestay program. The kids can barely contain their curiosity and even the grown-ups are excited! Maruko’s family hosts a boy from Italy… who happens...
  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....
  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...
  Detective Takakura quits the police force after a traumatic incident at work. To start fresh, he relocates to a quiet suburb with wife Yasuko and starts teaching at a university. Life at work is pleasant, unlike his former high-pressure job. With time in his hands, Takakura starts helping a...
  Serious and straight-laced Tetsuko (Yo Yoshida) is a talented lawyer whose job to help the desperate and the needy runs in stark contrast to her coldness when interacting with other people on a daily basis. Her cousin Natsuko (Yoshino Kimura) is the complete opposite: impulsive, charismatic, and committed to...
  Taira, an unnervingly quiet delinquent teen, mysteriously leaves town right before the coming of age festival. His disappearance doesn’t worry anyone except for younger brother Shota, his only remaining family, who sets off to look for him amidst the faded downtown neon lights. Taira aimlessly wanders through a nearby...
  Satoru Fujinuma is a manga artist struggling to find inspiration. He experiences a phenomenon he calls ‘revival’: an ability that forces him to relive the moments preceding life-threatening incidents over and over until they’re resolved. When his mother is suddenly murdered and he becomes the primary suspect, ‘revival’ sends...
  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,...
  The residents of Odo Island believe that an ancient sea creature called ‘Godzilla’ resides in their waters. After Japanese freight ships are destroyed and the island is ravaged by an unseen force, the government sends palaeontologist Yamane to investigate. What they discover is a monstrous abomination: a prehistoric animal...
  For Shinji, seeing ghosts is a curse. Easily spooked, he goes through life avoiding anything and everything supernatural. When fate reunites him with his childhood crush Koyomi at university, he couldn’t be happier. Finally – a chance to confess his love! Unfortunately for him, she has joined the Occult...
  Hapless Susumu Okada (Gaku Hamada) works as a cleaning employee and is frustrated at his seemingly aimless life. When his colleague Mr. Ando (Tsuyoshi Muro) enlists his help to play Cupid to him and attractive café waitress Yuka (Aimi Satsukawa), he unexpectedly encounters his former high school friend, Shoichi...
  Kyosuke is a regular uni studet who transforms into a masked superhero called “Hentai Kamen” every time he puts a panty over his face. His girlfriend Aiko is grateful for his efforts to combat crime but has mixed feelings about this pervy alter-ego. And so, Kyosuke gives up the...
  Sake, a traditional Japanese rice wine, takes centre stage in Mirai Konishi’s informative documentary. Kampai! brings life to this popular alcoholic beverage through intimate narratives of three passionate individuals and their journey with sake. The documentary begins with leading non-Japanese sake expert, John Gauntner. John is a Japanese certified...
  After losing both job and girlfriend, things aren’t looking too great for Yong Woon, a Korean expat in Japan. A chance meeting in Okinawa catapults him into a teaching role at a Korean language school. There he meets Sakura, a single mother who is desperate to improve her language...
The year is 1948: it’s been three years since Nobuko’s son, Koji, has been declared missing after the atomic bomb fell on Nagasaki. Nobuko has been praying for her son’s return ever since but each passing year sees no news of him. On the third anniversary of the bombing, Nobuko...
  Budding writer Yuki (Tsubasa Honda) has always looked out for her friend, Atsuko (Mizuki Yamamoto), after a kendo accident leaves the latter traumatised. Atsuko faces constant harassment from her schoolmates, not just on campus but through text and instant messaging as well. Despite overwhelming peer pressure, Yuki continues to...
  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...
  Ever wondered what your cat gets up to when you’re not around? Naïve stay-at-home cat Rudolf has always longed to roam the streets of his little neighbourhood. His thirst for adventure finds him lost miles away in the big city. With help from a street cat known as Gottalot,...
  During the Tokugawa Shogunate, it was mandatory for feudal lords to perform expensive procession marches to pay respect to the shogun. Country simpletons Lord Naito of Yunagawa and his samurai just managed to scrape by for their ritual visit. Both time- and money-poor they literally sprinted for 5 days...
  It is the Sengoku period – or the Warring State era – in Japan, and the Tokugawa Shogunate has won hegemony over the land, yet the Toyotomi clan in Osaka continue to resist Ieyasu Tokugawa’s forces. To prepare for an impending attack, the Toyotomi summon lion-hearted general, Yukimura Sanada....
  Seto and Utsumi seem like unlikely friends at first glance: Seto is a simple-minded teen who’s only good at soccer, while Utsumi is a brainy, anti-social loner. Seto ditches soccer in order to hang out with Utsumi and, in the end, that’s all they do: hang out by the...
  Katsu is an incorrigible and eccentric grandmother who has worked tirelessly to make ends meet. Now at 73, Katsu finds herself trapped, taking care of her executive daughter and guitar-loving grandson all the while longing to live freely. On a whim, she wanders into a magical portrait studio and...
  In the final week of the Showa Era Year 64 (1989), a girl goes missing in Gunma Prefecture. A hefty ransom was demanded for her safe return—and paid—but her body was found two days later in a car boot. The investigation was deemed a failure and Mikami is demoted...
  Just when Mikami thinks everything is going well, a new kidnapping case emerges. The circumstances are exactly the same as the original Showa 64 case, right down to the perpetrator’s name and demands: twenty million yen delivered in the largest suitcase from the Maruyoshi Department Store. Is it a...
  In honour of their deceased Master Shinsei, Defunetei Rakugo Troupe is holding a special rakugo show (traditional Japanese sit-down comedy). However, one of their members, Shintoto, is missing and their major sponsor insists that Shintoto must perform his famous “Pop-Eyed Goldfish” routine or risk losing her support. The responsibility of finding...
  21st century Earth faces overpopulation. Scientists devise a plan to terraform Mars through moss and cockroaches, using them to absorb sunlight and purify the atmosphere. Five hundred years later, humanity is ready to emigrate. Ambitious scientist Professor Honda (Shun Oguri) assembles a band of criminals with the promise of...
  Takuji Kameoka is a lonely 37-year-old veteran actor who has never had a big break despite being high praised by directors and his co-actors. Is he really just a luckless actor, or an accidental genius thespian? Juggling film shoots and auditions, Kameoka spends his time drifting from one day...
  One night, university student Kubo hears odd sweeping noises over the tatami of her new apartment. Troubled, she writes to a renowned horror novelist to help solve the mystery. Sensing a lingering spirit, the pair investigates previous tenants and landowners, uncovering a string of tragedies spanning the decades. As...
  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,...
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...
  Closing film for Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, and Perth. 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...
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...
  Memory Reproduction Imaging (MRI) is a dangerous new technology which allows scientists to extract memories in video form from the brains of the deceased. It is pioneered and utilised by Tsuyoshi Maki (Toma Ikuta), the individual who established the mysterious Ninth Department of Forensic Science. Under the police division,...
  Tsukiji, renowned as the world’s largest fish market, plays an unrivalled role in Japanese cuisine. Lauded as one of the great food wonders of the world, Tsukiji sees business from world-class chefs, such as Jiro Ono and Noma’s René Redzepi, who make a personal journey to the market. But...
  Moroboshi is a young Judo champion recruited into the Hokkaido police force for the sole purpose of winning the inter-bureau athletic competition. Despite his physical strength, he lacks the assertiveness needed to survive in the competitive environment. A senior detective takes Moroboshi under his wing and prompts Moroboshi’s transformation into...
  Opening film for Adelaide, Canberra, and Perth. 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...
  Erika Shinohara is a first-year high school student who has never had a boyfriend. She lies about having one to her more experienced friends but they soon become suspicious of her many wild claims. Desperate, she takes a photo of a stranger as “proof” of his existence, only to...