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Nobody to Watch Over Me 誰も守ってくれない

Nobody to Watch Over Me   誰も守ってくれない

A drama depicting one of the worrying aspects of modern-day society. The film portrays the distress of a family whose son is involved in a crime and the conflict surrounding a detective sent to shelter them from public hostility. The Funamura family attracts the interest of the mass media after their first son commits a […]

NHK World Documentary : Bacchan: Granny’s Table

NHK World Documentary : Bacchan: Granny’s Table

Chikako Nakamoto, affectionately called “Bacchan” or “Granny”, is known as the city’s Mother Theresa. For years she’s been welcoming juvenile delinquents with her homecooked meals. She believes that hunger is a trigger for acts of assault, purse snatching, shoplifting and prostitution, and that a warm meal is the first step toward rehabilitation. Some of the […]

Films at the Embassy of Japan: 5 Centimeters Per Second (秒速5センチメートル)

Films at the Embassy of Japan: 5 Centimeters Per Second (秒速5センチメートル)

Takaki and Akari become best friends at elementary school, but they are separated as her family has to move away from the area. After a year apart, Takaki, now a junior high school student, decides to see Akari again. As he sits in the train travelling from Tokyo to Tochigi prefecture, memories of the past […]

Barefoot Gen (はだしのゲン)

Barefoot Gen (はだしのゲン)

Gen Nakaoka is in the second grade at the local elementary school. He is living with his parents, an older sister and a younger brother. His mother is pregnant and is expecting to give birth soon. Although the family is poor, their lives are happy and harmonious. On 6 August, the US bomber Enola Gay […]

Moving お引越し

Moving   お引越し

Renko is in the sixth grade when her parents decide to separate. Initially she is happy about the situation, not having had any idea that they might divorce, and enjoys the fact that she now has two homes. She begins feeling uneasy when her mother tries to draw up a ‘contract’ for their life together, […]

Films at the Embassy of Japan: River of Fireflies 蛍川

Films at the Embassy of Japan: River of Fireflies  蛍川

The story is set in beautiful scenery in Toyama prefecture, Japan’s Hokuriku region. During the winter of 1962, a junior high school boy, Tatsuo, is distracted from preparing for his high school entrance exams by thoughts about his dream girl, Eiko. To make matters worse, creditors descend upon Tatsuo’s house as his father, Shigetatsu, once […]

Films at the Embassy of Japan: The Piano in the Shed 物置のピアノ

Films at the Embassy of Japan: The Piano in the Shed  物置のピアノ

Prior to the screening, there will be a special talk on “Recovery and Reconstruction in Fukushima” by a representative of the Fukushima prefectural government. In July 2012, a year and four months after the massive earthquake and tsunami struck the Tohoku area in Japan, the local people are still living under the shadow of the […]

Tora-san Confesses 男はつらいよ 寅次郎の告白

Tora-san Confesses 男はつらいよ 寅次郎の告白

Torajiro, known as Tora-san, is on a trip to Tottori prefecture. Bumping into Izumi, who is the girlfriend of his nephew Mitsuo and who has failed to get a job in Tokyo, he discovers that she has run away from her home as she is not happy about her mother’s remarrying. Having received a postcard […]

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