Happy Hour
2015

Happy Hour

Japan
2015

Happy Hour

Winner, Best Screenplay, 2016 part1. Jun, Akari, Sakurako and Fumi, four women living in Kobe believe that they can confide in each other about anything.…

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An
2015

An (Sweet Bean)

Japan, France, Germany
2015

An (Sweet Bean)

Winner, Best Performance by an Actress, 2015 The sweet red bean jam called an is the lifeblood of the little pastry shop run by the…

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Journey to the Shore
2015

Journey to the Shore (Kishibe no Tabi)

Japan, France
2015

Journey to the Shore (Kishibe no Tabi)

An exploration of the Japanese concept of ‘mitoru’, the act of watching over or accompanying a dying person until their death, Journey to the Shore…

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Miss Hokusai
2015

Miss Hokusai (Sarusuberi: Miss Hokusai)

Japan
2015

Miss Hokusai (Sarusuberi: Miss Hokusai)

Winner, Best Animated Feature Film, 2015 Katsushika Hokusai is one of the best known Japanese artists. His works inspired Monet and Debussy. His “Great Wave…

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When Marnie Was There
2014

When Marnie Was There (Omoide no Marnie)

Japan
2014

When Marnie Was There (Omoide no Marnie)

Sent from her foster home in the city one summer to a sleepy town by the sea in Hokkaido, Anna dreams her days away amongst…

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The Tale of The Princess Kaguya
2014

The Tale of The Princess Kaguya (Kaguya-hime no Monogatari)

Japan
2014

The Tale of The Princess Kaguya (Kaguya-hime no Monogatari)

Winner, Best Animated Feature Film, 2014 In this adaptation of a 10th-century Japanese folktale, an elderly woodcutter discovers a tiny, doll-like girl inside a shining…

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Like Father, Like Son
2013

Like Father, Like Son (Soshite chichi ni naru)

Japan
2013

Like Father, Like Son (Soshite chichi ni naru)

Ryota has earned everything he has by his hard work, and believes nothing can stop him from pursuing his perfect life. Then one day, he…

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Leaving on the 15th Spring
2013

Leaving on the 15th Spring (Tabidachi no Shima Uta - Jugo no Haru)

Japan
2013

Leaving on the 15th Spring (Tabidachi no Shima Uta - Jugo no Haru)

Yuna lives on a remote Ryukyu Island in Japan, dividing her time between studies and tending the home for her father, a stoic sugar cane…

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No Burqas Behind Bars
2013

No Burqas Behind Bars (Frihet Bakom Galler)

Sweden, Japan, Netherlands, Denmark
2013

No Burqas Behind Bars (Frihet Bakom Galler)

In a prison within a prison, 40 Afghani women and their 34 children are housed in a facility within a 500-man prison. Ironically, in one…

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Patema Inverted
2013

Patema Inverted (Sakasama no Patema)

Japan
2013

Patema Inverted (Sakasama no Patema)

In an underground world where tunnels extend everywhere, people wear protective clothes and lead quiet, enjoyable lives. Patema, a princess in her underground village, loves…

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The Wind Rises
2013

The Wind Rises (Kaze Tachinu)

Japan
2013

The Wind Rises (Kaze Tachinu)

Jiro dreams of flying and designing beautiful airplanes, inspired by the famous Italian aeronautical designer, Caproni. Nearsighted from a young age and unable to become…

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Japan’s Tragedy
2013

Japan’s Tragedy (Nippon no higeki)

Japan
2013

Japan’s Tragedy (Nippon no higeki)

In 2010, 31,560 people ended their own lives and about 20,000 people died or went missing with the earthquake. Unemployed widower Fujio Murai’s family tragedy…

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I Wish
2012

I Wish (Kiseki)

Japan
2012

I Wish (Kiseki)

Sixth-grader Koichi lives with his unemployed mother and grandparents. His younger brother Ryunosuke lives with their father Kenji, an unsuccessful musician. A new train line…

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A Letter to Momo
2012

A Letter to Momo (Momo E No Tegami)

Japan
2012

A Letter to Momo (Momo E No Tegami)

Winner, Best Animated Feature Film, 2012 Momo is a young girl from the big city. Following her father’s sudden death, she has to move with…

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Wolf Children
2012

Wolf Children (Ookamikodomo No Ame To Yuki)

Japan
2012

Wolf Children (Ookamikodomo No Ame To Yuki)

When Hana falls in love, it feels like a fairy tale. She starts a family and produces two beautiful children, a girl—Yuki (Snow), a boy—Ame…

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Rainbow Fireflies
2012

Rainbow Fireflies (Nijiiro Hotaru)

Japan
2012

Rainbow Fireflies (Nijiiro Hotaru)

Summer 2002: 12-year-old Yuta, grieving for his father who died in a car accident a year ago, visits a place filled with memories. He meets…

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From Up On Poppy Hill
2012

From Up On Poppy Hill (Kokurikozaka Kara)

Japan
2012

From Up On Poppy Hill (Kokurikozaka Kara)

Yokohama, 1963. Umi is a high school student living in her family home overlooking the sea. Every morning she hoists two signal flags towards the…

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Planet of Snail
2012

Planet of Snail

Republic of Korea, Japan, Finland
2012

Planet of Snail

High Commendation, Best Documentary Feature Film, 2012 Young-Chan comes from the Planet of Snail where deaf and blind people live slow and quiet lives. When…

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Children Who Chase Lost Voices From Deep Below
2011

Children Who Chase Lost Voices From Deep Below (Hoshi o Ou Kodomo)

Japan
2011

Children Who Chase Lost Voices From Deep Below (Hoshi o Ou Kodomo)

The film centers on Asuna, a young girl who spends her solitary days listening to the mysterious music emanating from the crystal radio she received…

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I Was Worth 50 Sheep
2011

I Was Worth 50 Sheep (Jag Var Vard 50 Lamm)

Sweden, Japan, United States of America
2011

I Was Worth 50 Sheep (Jag Var Vard 50 Lamm)

Winner, Best Documentary Feature Film, 2011 In Afghan culture, it is possible for a father to sell his daughter and receive anywhere between nine cows…

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Norwegian Wood
2011

Norwegian Wood (Noruwei no mori)

Japan
2011

Norwegian Wood (Noruwei no mori)

Published in 1987 and since translated into 33 languages, NORWEGIAN WOOD is a story of loss and heartbreak in a time of global instability. Haruki…

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Oblivion Island: Haruka and the Magic Mirror
2010

Oblivion Island: Haruka and the Magic Mirror (Hottarake to Maho no Kagami)

Japan
2010

Oblivion Island: Haruka and the Magic Mirror (Hottarake to Maho no Kagami)

Haruka is an ordinary teenager. Her mother passed away when she was only a little child and her father has been looking after her ever…

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Mai Mai Miracle
2010

Mai Mai Miracle (Mai Mai Shinko to Sennen no Maho)

Japan
2010

Mai Mai Miracle (Mai Mai Shinko to Sennen no Maho)

In 1955 Japan, Shinko, a curious third grade elementary school student lives in a small village with her parents and grandparents where she spends her…

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King of Thorn
2010

King of Thorn (Ibara no Ou)

Japan
2010

King of Thorn (Ibara no Ou)

A killer disease called “Medusa”, which turns the body to stone, has become a worldwide epidemic. Clinging to hope of a future cure, a group…

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Caterpillar
2010

Caterpillar

Japan
2010

Caterpillar

Winner, Jury Grand Prize, Actress Shinobu Terajima, 2010 During the Second Sino-Japanese War, in 1940, Lieutenant Kurokawa returns home as a honored and decorated soldier……

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Summer Wars
2009

Summer Wars (Sama Wozu)

Japan
2009

Summer Wars (Sama Wozu)

Due to the creation of the virtual city of Oz, anyone can access the Internet at any time, for information, to pay bills or play…

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The Sky Crawlers
2009

The Sky Crawlers (Sakai Kurora)

Japan
2009

The Sky Crawlers (Sakai Kurora)

Based on the series of novels by Hiroshi Mori, The Sky Crawlers is set in an alternate history where, although the world is at peace,…

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First Squad: The Moment of Truth
2009

First Squad: The Moment of Truth (Perviy Otryad)

Russian Federation, Japan, Canada
2009

First Squad: The Moment of Truth (Perviy Otryad)

It is 1942. The Red Army is putting up a violent and effective resistance against the German invaders. Fourteen-year-old Nadya is a medium. In a…

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Mental
2009

Mental (Seishin)

Japan, United States of America
2009

Mental (Seishin)

Mental observes the complex world of an outpatient mental health clinic in Japan, Chorale Okayama, interwoven with patients, doctors, staff, volunteers, and home-helpers, in cinema…

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Love Exposure
2009

Love Exposure (Ai no Mukidashi)

Japan
2009

Love Exposure (Ai no Mukidashi)

A bizarre love triangle forms between a young Catholic upskirt photographer, a misandric girl and a manipulative cultist.

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Departures
2009

Departures (Kundo Koyama)

Japan
2009

Departures (Kundo Koyama)

Winner, Best Performance By An Actor, 2009 A newly unemployed cellist takes a job preparing the dead for funerals.

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Sword of the Stranger
2008

Sword of the Stranger (Stranger Mukoh Hadan)

Japan
2008

Sword of the Stranger (Stranger Mukoh Hadan)

Set in Japan 500 years ago, this is an historical action animation around the story of an elixir of eternal life. It is also a…

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Tokyo Sonata
2008

Tokyo Sonata

Japan, Netherlands
2008

Tokyo Sonata

Ryûhei Sasaki (Teruyuki Kagawa) is keeping a secret from his wife, Megumi (Kyôko Koizumi), and his two teenage sons. Even though he leaves the house…

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United Red Army
2008

United Red Army (Jitsuroku Rengo Sekigun: Asama Sansa E No Michi)

Japan
2008

United Red Army (Jitsuroku Rengo Sekigun: Asama Sansa E No Michi)

The film is told in three acts, beginning with a historical background of Japan’s student movement of the 1960s and early 1970s, mostly using archive…

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5 Centimeters Per Second
2007

5 Centimeters Per Second (Byosoku 5 Centimeters)

Japan
2007

5 Centimeters Per Second (Byosoku 5 Centimeters)

Winner, Best Animated Feature Film, 2007 5 Centimeters Per Second is a serial short animation consisting of three independent works, all of which are depicted with…

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Summer Days with Coo
2007

Summer Days with Coo (Kappa No Coo To Natsuyasumi)

Japan
2007

Summer Days with Coo (Kappa No Coo To Natsuyasumi)

Kouichi Uehara, a fourth grade student in elementary school, lives in a suburb of Tokyo. One day, walking back from school along the river, Kouichi…

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A Silent Voice
2017

A Silent Voice (Koe no Katachi)

Japan
2017

A Silent Voice (Koe no Katachi)

Shoya Ishida starts bullying the new girl in class, Shoko Nishimiya, because she is deaf. But as the teasing continues, the rest of the class…

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your name.
2017

your name. (Kimi no na wa.)

Japan
2017

your name. (Kimi no na wa.)

Two high school kids who’ve never met – city boy Taki and country girl Mitsuha – are united through their dreams.

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Centaur
2016

Centaur

Kyrgyzstan, France, Germany, Japan, Netherlands
2016

Centaur

Aktan Arym Kubat’s sixth features follows Centaur, a quiet, small and modest man who lives a simple life in a small Kyrgyzstan village. He is respected…

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The Third Murder
2017

The Third Murder (Sandome no Satsujin)

Japan
2017

The Third Murder (Sandome no Satsujin)

Leading attorney Shigemori takes on the defence of murder-robbery suspect Misumi who served jail time for another murder 30 years ago. Shigemori’s chances of winning…

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The Horse Thieves. Roads of Time
2019

The Horse Thieves. Roads of Time

Kazakhstan, Japan
2019

The Horse Thieves. Roads of Time

12-year-old Olzhas is the eldest son of a family who live in the foothills of Tian Shan, the large span of mountain ranges that cross…

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Penguin Highway
2018

Penguin Highway

Japan
2018

Penguin Highway

When penguins come into land from sea, they follow a predetermined path. It’s known as the penguin highway. The mystery of the sudden appearance of…

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Weathering With You
2019

Weathering With You (Tenki no Ko)

Japan
2019

Weathering With You (Tenki no Ko)

It is the first year of high school for Hodaka and he runs away from his home on an outlying island of Japan and goes…

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Passage of Life
2018

Passage of Life (Boku no kaeru basho)

Japan, Myanmar
2018

Passage of Life (Boku no kaeru basho)

In the long shadow of the 8888 Uprising that rocked Myanmar three decades ago, a Burmese family who immigrated to Japan without a visa debate…

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Of Love & Law
2017

Of Love & Law

Japan, United Kingdom, France
2017

Of Love & Law

Masafumi Yoshida and Kazuyuki Minami – or Fumi and Kazu as they are known – operate Japan’s first openly gay law firm in Osaka. Across…

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Shoplifters
2018

Shoplifters (Manbiki Kazoku)

Japan
2018

Shoplifters (Manbiki Kazoku)

Winner – Best Feature Film, 2018 After one of their now familiar shoplifting sessions, Osamu and his son come across a little girl in the…

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Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms
2018

Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms (Sayonara no asa ni yakusoku no hana o kazarô )

Japan
2018

Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms (Sayonara no asa ni yakusoku no hana o kazarô )

The lorph people live for centuries, spending their days weaving a special cloth fabric called Hibiol, which serves as a chronical of the passing of…

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Mirai
2018

Mirai (Mirai no Mirai)

Japan
2018

Mirai (Mirai no Mirai)

Kun enjoys a happy childhood until the arrival of his baby sister, Mirai. As the new baby becomes the centre of their parents’ attention, Kun…

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