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AFTER THE STORM

AFTER THE STORM

Directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda
  • Japan / 
  • 2016 / 
  • Japanese with English subtitles / 
  • 117 min

"[A] classic Japanese family drama of gentle persuasion and staggering simplicity.... [T]he filmmaking is so exquisite and the acting so calibrated it sticks with you."
- Deborah Young, The Hollywood Reporter

"**** [E]ven long-standing fans of the Japanese filmmaker might be taken aback by the supreme subtlety of his latest, achingly beautiful ode to the quiet complexities of family life."
- Robbie Collin, The Daily Telegraph

"**** The performances are brilliant throughout the ensemble and the script is full of great one-liners. After the Storm is undoubtedly one of Kore-eda's best."
- John Bleasdale, Cine-vue.com
ALL ABOUT LILY CHOU-CHOU

ALL ABOUT LILY CHOU-CHOU

Directed by Shunji Iwai
  • Japan / 
  • 2019 / 
  • Japanese with English subtitles / 
  • 146

"Much of All About Lily Chou-Chou is mesmerizing: some of its plaintiveness could make you weep."
- Elvis Mitchell, The New York Times

"One of the most haunting, viciously honest coming-of-age films in recent memory."
- Ernest Hardy, LA Weekly
ART OF THE SHORT FILM

ART OF THE SHORT FILM

Includes 3 Academy Award nominated shorts!
BENT

BENT


"Martin Sherman?s play about the persecution of gays in Nazi Germany makes its transition to the big screen with triumphant results. The acting is superb and the ingenious score by Phillip Glass adds a haunting, surreal texture to director, Sean Mathias? opulent, Greenway-esque production. "
, fILM tHREAT

"The film is a punch in the gut and a kiss on the lips...."
- Mark Savlov, Austin Chronicle
BOILING POINT

BOILING POINT

Directed by Takeshi Kitano
  • Japan / 
  • 1990 / 
  • Japanese with English subtitles / 
  • 97 min

"A work of varied and strange miracles."
- Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion

"I can think of no working director who uses stillness as gracefully and effectively as Takeshi Kitano."
- Sean Axmaker, Seattle Weekly
BOILING POINT (BLU-RAY)

BOILING POINT (BLU-RAY)

Directed by Takeshi Kitano
  • Japan / 
  • 1990 / 
  • Japanese with English subtitles / 
  • 97 min
HARMONIUM

HARMONIUM

Directed by Koji Fukada
  • Japan / 
  • 2016 / 
  • Japanese with English subtitles / 
  • 118 min

"[M]asterful performances. [T]his tale approaches a family?s flawed construct with the critical seriousness of Robert Bresson or Fukada?s compatriot Nagisa Oshima."
- Maggie Lee, Variety

"[C]ommands attention from start to finish. The film?s insights into the isolation evident in the relationships most take for granted ? marriages, parent-child connections and long-term friendships ? don?t merely hit their targets; they smash them with a sledgehammer."
- Sarah Ward, Screen Dailly

"...deeply involving and uncannily affecting..."
- Jessica Kiang, The Playlist
HOSPITALITE

HOSPITALITE

Directed by Koji Fukuda
  • Japan / 
  • 2009 / 
  • Japanese with English subtitles / 
  • 95 min

"Brilliant storytelling...undeniable artistry!"
- Chris Cabin, Slant

"A marvelous tension between a prim comedy of manners and unbridled slapstick."
- Ronnie Scheib, Variety

"This entertaining and engrossing movie plays like a chess game between director and viewers."
- Janos Gereben, San Francisco Examiner
KEY OF LIFE

KEY OF LIFE

Directed by Kenji Uchida
  • Japan / 
  • 2012 / 
  • Japanese with English subtitles / 
  • 128 min

"Breezy rhythm, witty dialogue and excellent thesping chemistry...a chessboard of ingenious subplots!"
- Maggie Lee, Variety

"Intelligent, amusing, and casually touching."
- Kong Rithdee, Cinema Scope

"Sweet, satisfying and very funny!"
- Beyondasiaphilia
MAD TIGER

MAD TIGER


"Fantastic portrait of a band and its leader that works on so many different levels. What I love about the film is that what starts out with a look at a band changes into a look at what it takes to be in a band and how the relationships outside of the band are forced to change because of the dynamics of the band."
- Steve Kopian, Unseen Films

"10 Must-See Documentaries at DOC NYC."
- Indiewire

"The members of Peelander-Z unmask themselves for revealing new doc MAD TIGER... For close to two decades fans have known the band with their personas held firmly in place, their colorful costumes seldom removed, but the opportunity to meet Peelander-Z has finally arrived, and the line between artist and person is blurring."
- Silvas Valentino, Village Voice
OH LUCY!

OH LUCY!

Directed by Atsuko Hirayanagi

"A chocolate trifle with an arsenic center. "
- Andrew Barker, Variety

"Has an idiosyncratic charm that pays off in an unexpectedly touching edning."
- David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter

"Seems to play like a standard culture clash comedy but reveals itself to run significantly deep...[it] it has moments of genuine emotional poignancy."
- Nikki Baughan, Screen Daily
THE THIRD MURDER

THE THIRD MURDER

Directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda
  • Japan / 
  • 2017 / 
  • Japanese with English subtitles / 
  • 124 min

"Mystery skirts metaphysics and a courtroom turns out to be no place to determine the truth in Kore-eda Hirokazu's mysteriously beautiful The Third Murder. ...Though different in feeling from the Japanese writer-director's perceptive family tales like After the Storm, it has the same clarity of thought and precision of image as his very best work. "
- Deborah Young, The Hollywood Reporter

"...a powerful, intricately constructed meditation on the mysteries of the heart, the elusiveness of truth and the injustices of the Japanese justice system, in which the scales are tipped in favor of the prosecution. Koreeda?s film ... is a masterpiece."
- Mark Schilling, The Japan Times

"Sleek and suspenseful, deceptive and profound, The Third Murder is an artful addition to the canon of modern-day crime drama, one whose core mysteries encompass more than just the case at hand."
- Michael Leader, Sight & Sound
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