Japan

3 Seconds Before Explosion

3 Seconds Before Explosion

Director: Motuma Ida

A lightning-paced 60's crime film from Japan's Nikkatsu Studios, Three Seconds to Explosion packs enough subterfuge and action into its 84 volatile minutes to fill out a dozen pictures made anywhere else.

3 Seconds Before Explosion

Anatahan

Anatahan

Director: Josef von Sternberg
Year: 1953

NEW RESTORATION!  Inspired by an actual event during WWII, Josef von Sternberg's Anatahan, tells the story of a dozen Japanese sailors who are stranded on the remote island of Anatahan during the waning days of the war. The war ends,...

Anatahan

Apartment 1303

Apartment 1303

Director: Ataru Oikawa
Year: 2007

After moving into her first apartment, Sayaka invites her friends to come over and celebrate. During the party, she begins acting strangely, before suddenly running to the balcony and jumping to her death. At the funeral, stunned and horrified, her...

Apartment 1303

Arakimentari

Arakimentari

Director: Travis Klose
Year: 2004

Arakimentari

Caterpillar

Caterpillar

Director: Kôji Wakamatsu
Year: 2010

Caterpillar tells the story of a village woman given the grueling task of looking after (and fulfilling the sexual needs of) her quadruple amputee husband, a Japanese soldier in the Second Sino-Japanese War who has been decreed a "War God" by the...

Caterpillar

Cops vs. Thugs

Cops vs. Thugs

Director: Kinji Fukasaku
Year: 1976

In his 1975 masterpiece COPS VS. THUGS, director Kinji Fukasaku (BATTLE ROYALE) paints a dynamic portrait of flourishing corruption and unchecked greed using gritty 70s cop movie elan and true crime expose' detail. Brimming with irresistibly brutal...

Cops vs. Thugs

Detective Bureau 2-3: Go to Hell Bastards!

Detective Bureau 2-3: Go to Hell Bastards!

Director: Seijun Suzuki
Year: 1963

Assigned a standard Yakuza film in the hardboiled vein pioneered at Japan's famed Nikkatsu Studios, director Seijun Suzuki (Branded to Kill) and his frequent leading man Jo Shishido used 1963's Detective Bureau 2-3: Go to Hell Bastards! to flip the...

Detective Bureau 2-3: Go to Hell Bastards!

George: The Story of George Maciunas and Fluxus

George: The Story of George Maciunas and Fluxus

Director: Jeffrey Perkins
Year: 2019

A feature documentary as mercurial as its subject: the impresario of the international avant-garde art movement Fluxus (1962-78). Featuring interviews with Yoko Ono, Jonas Mekas, and Nam June Paik.

George: The Story of George Maciunas and Fluxus

Mountains May Depart

Mountains May Depart

Director: Jia Zhangke
Year: 2015

Mainland master Jia Zhangke scales new heights with Mountains May Depart. At once an intimate drama and a decades-spanning epic that leaps from the recent past to the present to the speculative near-future, Jia's new film is an intensely moving stud...

Mountains May Depart

Pray

Pray

Director: Yuichi Sato
Year: 2006

Down on their luck and desperate for money to buy drugs, Mitsuru (Tetsuji Tamayama) and Maki (Asami Mizukawa) have the perfect plan. They decide to kidnap a young girl and hide out in an abandoned school, until their demands are met. Everything is...

Pray

Ramen Heads

Ramen Heads

Year: 2016

Ramen Heads follows Osamu Tomita, Japan’s reigning king of ramen, as he reveals every single step of his obsessive approach to creating the perfect bowl of noodles.

Ramen Heads

The Stairway to the Distant Past

The Stairway to the Distant Past

Director: Kaizo Hayashi
Year: 1995

"I get 50,000 Yen a day, plus expenses," growls tough-talking detective Maiku "Mike" Hama (Masatoshi Nagase) in The Stairway to the Distant Past, the second part of director Kaizo Hayashi's stylish modern-day Japanese film noir trilogy. Picking up...

The Stairway to the Distant Past

Sushi: The Global Catch

Sushi: The Global Catch

Director: Mark Hall
Year: 2011

Blue Fin Tuna is a valuable commodity that faces potential extinction due to the explosion in the popularity of sushi worldwide. Once a Japanese delicacy, today the consumption of sushi represents a four billion dollar industry. Is the current sushi...

Sushi: The Global Catch

Sweet Bean

Sweet Bean

Director: Naomi Kawase
Year: 2015

A lonely baker has his life (and business) reinvigorated when he hires an elderly woman with an uncanny culinary skill and a mysterious communion with nature, in this graceful, quietly moving drama from Japan's Naomi Kawase.

Sweet Bean

The Trap

The Trap

Director: Kaizo Hayashi
Year: 1996

In love for the first time, cases booked solidly for months and a brand new fax machine prodding his office into the nineties, down-on-his-luck private eye Maiku "Mike" Hama has the world on a string at last. Or does he? In The Trap, things are...

The Trap

United Red Army

United Red Army

Director: Kôji Wakamatsu
Year: 2007

This epic docudrama by Koji Wakamatsu depicts the rise, in the late 1960s and early 1970s, of the far-left Japanese paramilitary group known as the United Red Army. The film portrays in harrowing fashion how the army disintegrated as they began to...

United Red Army

Vital

Vital

Director: Shinya Tsukamoto
Year: 2004

Hiroshi Takagi (played by the fantastic Tadanobu Asano - Zatoichi, Ichi the Killer), a young man in his 20s, awakens in a hospital bed to find an auto accident has completely wiped his memory away. Back home with his parents and attempting to rebuil...

Vital

Yongary, Monster From the Deep

Yongary, Monster From the Deep

Director: Ki-duk Kim
Year: 1967

A monstrous creature creates destruction throughout Korea... as scientists running against time create a refrigerant that maybe the only weapon to stop the monster before it destroys the whole country.

Yongary, Monster From the Deep

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