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It’s a whole new deal! For the first time, Yugi, Jaden & Yusei are together in an all-new adventure! With his world crumbling into chaos, a masked menace known as Paradox travels into the past to eliminate the source for his world’s destruction - the Duel Monsters card game! Standing in his way are three legendary duelists who will do whatever it takes to save what’s on the line - their friends, their family and the game they love. For the first time ever, Yugi, Jaden and Yusei will team together and battle with all their hearts in a duel that will decide the past, present and future!
(image) (image) Yu-Gi-Oh! Bonds Beyond Time
Shane Guenego
Genre: Anime
Price: $9.99
Rental Price: $3.99
Release Date: February 23, 2011

It’s a whole new deal! For the first time, Yugi, Jaden & Yusei are together in an all-new adventure! With his world crumbling into chaos, a masked menace known as Paradox travels into the past to eliminate the source for his world’s destruction - the Duel Monsters card game! Standing in his way are three legendary duelists who will do whatever it takes to save what’s on the line - their friends, their family and the game they love. For the first time ever, Yugi, Jaden and Yusei will team together and battle with all their hearts in a duel that will decide the past, present and future!

© © 1996 Kazuki Takahashi 2010 NAS TV Tokyo



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Time of Eve director Yasuhiro Yoshiura creates an unexpected world in Patema Inverted, a perspective-twisting, sci-fi adventure about two people separated by opposite gravities. Patema lives in an underground world and, although she is a princess, she is held back by the rules imposed by the elders of her clan. One day when she is exploring a forbidden zone she tumbles headlong into a void and out into the wide open world above the surface, a place with reversed physics where she could "fall up" into the sky and be lost forever. Age is a student on this surface world and a part of a society whose compliant population has been brainwashed against the "sinners who fell into the sky." When he spies Patema hanging upside down from a tree, he pulls her down to safety, struggling to keep her earthbound as she grips on to him for dear life. Together they master the art of navigating competing gravitational forces and set out to discover the secret that keeps their worlds apart. Patema Inverted Yasuhiro Yoshiura Genre: Sci-Fi & Fantasy Price: $9.99 Rental Price: $3.99 Release Date: May 28, 2014 Time of Eve director Yasuhiro Yoshiura creates an unexpected world in Patema Inverted, a perspective-twisting, sci-fi adventure about two people separated by opposite gravities. Patema lives in an underground world and, although she is a princess, she is held back by the rules imposed by the elders of her clan. One day when she is exploring a forbidden zone she tumbles headlong into a void and out into the wide open world above the surface, a place with reversed physics where she could "fall up" into the sky and be lost forever. Age is a student on this surface world and a part of a society whose compliant population has been brainwashed against the "sinners who fell into the sky." When he spies Patema hanging upside down from a tree, he pulls her down to safety, struggling to keep her earthbound as she grips on to him for dear life. Together they master the art of navigating competing gravitational forces and set out to discover the secret that keeps their worlds apart. © © 2013 Yasuhiro YOSHIURA / Sakasama Film Committee [...]



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A series of horrific murders have just gone viral, posted anonymously by the handsome and seductive Nomura (Kazuki Kitamura) with a taste for torture. Thousands of miles away, disgraced journalist Bayu (Oka Antarra) can’t stop watching – and in a reckless moment discovers he, too, can kill. One man in Tokyo. One in Jakarta. A serial killer and a vigilante. As the posts multiply and the body count rises, a bizarre and psychotic rivalry begins – and the face-to-face showdown that’s coming will paint the city in blood.
(image) (image) Killers
The Mo Brothers
Genre: Thriller
Price: $7.99
Rental Price: $3.99
Release Date: January 23, 2015

A series of horrific murders have just gone viral, posted anonymously by the handsome and seductive Nomura (Kazuki Kitamura) with a taste for torture. Thousands of miles away, disgraced journalist Bayu (Oka Antarra) can’t stop watching – and in a reckless moment discovers he, too, can kill. One man in Tokyo. One in Jakarta. A serial killer and a vigilante. As the posts multiply and the body count rises, a bizarre and psychotic rivalry begins – and the face-to-face showdown that’s coming will paint the city in blood.

© © 2013 NIKKATSU AND GUERILLA-MERAH FILMS. All rights reserved



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She may seem innocent and naive, but don't be stupid. She's a cold-blooded killer, and if you're on the wrong side of the law, you may be her next target. After being orphaned at a young age by her parents' murder, Sawa was taken in by the detective assigned to her case. Not content to just watch as the justice system let criminals go free, he's decided to train her to be his instrument of justice.
(image) (image) Kite (Original Japanese Version)
Yasuomi Umetsu
Genre: Anime
Price: $9.99
Rental Price: $3.99
Release Date: April 25, 2000

She may seem innocent and naive, but don't be stupid. She's a cold-blooded killer, and if you're on the wrong side of the law, you may be her next target. After being orphaned at a young age by her parents' murder, Sawa was taken in by the detective assigned to her case. Not content to just watch as the justice system let criminals go free, he's decided to train her to be his instrument of justice.

© © 1998 Media Blasters / GPC Films



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From the creators of Ghost in the Shell comes a wonderfully expressive and beautifully hand drawn animated tale that combines bursts of whimsy and kinetic humor with deep felt emotion and drama. The last time Momo saw her father they had a fight - and now all she has left to remember him by is an incomplete letter, a blank piece of paper penned with the words "Dear Momo" but nothing more. Moving with her mother to the remote Japanese island of Shio, Momo soon discovers three yokai living in her attic, a trio of mischievous spirit creatures that only she can see and who create mayhem in the tiny seaside community as she tries desperately to keep them hidden. But these funny monsters have a serious side and may hold the key to helping Momo discover what her father had been trying to tell her. A Letter to Momo was seven years in the making, and the handmade animation is superb, from the painstakingly rendered serenity of the island's Shinto shrines to the climactic finale - a frantic chase featuring thousands of squirming, morphing ghosts and spirits that is the best cinematic flight of supernatural fancy in many years. A Letter to Momo Hiroyuki Okiura Genre: Kids & Family Price: $9.99 Rental Price: $3.99 Release Date: July 23, 2014 From the creators of Ghost in the Shell comes a wonderfully expressive and beautifully hand drawn animated tale that combines bursts of whimsy and kinetic humor with deep felt emotion and drama. The last time Momo saw her father they had a fight - and now all she has left to remember him by is an incomplete letter, a blank piece of paper penned with the words "Dear Momo" but nothing more. Moving with her mother to the remote Japanese island of Shio, Momo soon discovers three yokai living in her attic, a trio of mischievous spirit creatures that only she can see and who create mayhem in the tiny seaside community as she tries desperately to keep them hidden. But these funny monsters have a serious side and may hold the key to helping Momo discover what her father had been trying to tell her. A Letter to Momo was seven years in the making, and the handmade animation is superb, from the painstakingly rendered serenity of the island's Shinto shrines to the climactic finale - a frantic chase featuring thousands of squirming, morphing ghosts and spirits that is the best cinematic flight of supernatural fancy in many years. © © 2011 Bandai Visual Company, Chubu-nippon Broadcasting Company [...]



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In a world where most mass produced goods are heavily automated, a small group of artisans must brave tough working conditions to preserve the ancient tradition that we have come to know as saké. THE BIRTH OF SAKÉ reveals the story of passionate saké-makers and what it takes to make world-class saké at Yoshida Brewery, a 144-year-old family-owned small brewery in northern Japan. The workers at Yoshida are an eclectic cast of characters, ranging from 20 to 70 years old. As a vital part of this crew that must live and work for a six-month period through the brutal winter, charismatic veteran brewmaster Yamamoto (65) and the brewery’s sixth-generation heir, Yasuyuki Yoshida (27), are prime keepers of this tradition. Currently, stiff competition and the coming retirement of experienced workers intensify the pressure of preserving quality of taste, tradition and brand reputation for Yoshida Brewery. As craftsmen who must dedicate their whole lives to the making of this world-class saké, their private sacrifices are often sizable and unseen. The Birth of Saké Erik Shirai Genre: Documentary Price: $9.99 Rental Price: $3.99 Release Date: March 18, 2016 In a world where most mass produced goods are heavily automated, a small group of artisans must brave tough working conditions to preserve the ancient tradition that we have come to know as saké. THE BIRTH OF SAKÉ reveals the story of passionate saké-makers and what it takes to make world-class saké at Yoshida Brewery, a 144-year-old family-owned small brewery in northern Japan. The workers at Yoshida are an eclectic cast of characters, ranging from 20 to 70 years old. As a vital part of this crew that must live and work for a six-month period through the brutal winter, charismatic veteran brewmaster Yamamoto (65) and the brewery’s sixth-generation heir, Yasuyuki Yoshida (27), are prime keepers of this tradition. Currently, stiff competition and the coming retirement of experienced workers intensify the pressure of preserving quality of taste, tradition and brand reputation for Yoshida Brewery. As craftsmen who must dedicate their whole lives to the making of this world-class saké, their private sacrifices are often sizable and unseen. © © 2015 Cebu Osani Inc [...]



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With an intergalactic cast of thousands, Kôji Masunari's colorfully explosive debut feature sets a new high for visual spectacle and sheer inventiveness of character design. It seems like just another lazy summer is in store for Amane and her older cousin Natsuki. Lolling about the Japanese countryside, the days are blithe and boundless. But boredom quickly vanishes when they find an injured dog in the woods and bring him back to the cabin only to discover he is not a dog at all, but Pochi, an alien botanist sent to Earth to track down a rare and powerful plant called Zughaan. Before long, Pochi has whisked the kids away to a space colony on the dark side of the moon, an interstellar melting pot with a non-stop parade of humorous alien creatures, jellyfish spaceships, and dragon trains, marking the beginning of a glorious and wondrous adventure. Welcome to the Space Show Koji Masunari Genre: Sci-Fi & Fantasy Price: $9.99 Rental Price: $3.99 Release Date: March 6, 2011 With an intergalactic cast of thousands, Kôji Masunari's colorfully explosive debut feature sets a new high for visual spectacle and sheer inventiveness of character design. It seems like just another lazy summer is in store for Amane and her older cousin Natsuki. Lolling about the Japanese countryside, the days are blithe and boundless. But boredom quickly vanishes when they find an injured dog in the woods and bring him back to the cabin only to discover he is not a dog at all, but Pochi, an alien botanist sent to Earth to track down a rare and powerful plant called Zughaan. Before long, Pochi has whisked the kids away to a space colony on the dark side of the moon, an interstellar melting pot with a non-stop parade of humorous alien creatures, jellyfish spaceships, and dragon trains, marking the beginning of a glorious and wondrous adventure. © © 2010 A1 Pictures, The Spaceshow Committee [...]



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Based on a true story, QUILL: THE LIFE OF A GUIDE DOG is the sweet, documentary-like tale of a yellow Labrador Retriever named Quill. We follow Quill from the litter to his selection as a guide dog shortly after his first birthday. When he is paired with a blind man named Watanabe, his new owner is at first reluctant to rely on Quill. But Watanabe is gradually won over by the dog's great patience, gentleness and skill.
(image) (image) Quill: The Life of a Guide Dog
Yoichi Sai
Genre: Kids & Family
Price: $9.99
Rental Price: $3.99
Release Date: May 18, 2012

Based on a true story, QUILL: THE LIFE OF A GUIDE DOG is the sweet, documentary-like tale of a yellow Labrador Retriever named Quill. We follow Quill from the litter to his selection as a guide dog shortly after his first birthday. When he is paired with a blind man named Watanabe, his new owner is at first reluctant to rely on Quill. But Watanabe is gradually won over by the dog's great patience, gentleness and skill.

© © 2012 Southport Music Box Corporation d/b/a Music Box Films.



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Beginning with sushi, Japanese cuisine is familiar all over the world today. At Japanese restaurants, you can see people, regardless of their ethnicity, enjoy- ing this food culture. There is a passionate story behind the men who dedicated their lives to spreading Japan's traditional cultural cuisine making Wa-shoku (Japanese Food) recognized throughout the world today. Featuring Mr. Noritoshi Kanai, the Chairman of Mutual Trading Co., Nobu Matsuhisa, the chef/owner of Nobu restaurants, Katsuya Uechi, the chef/owner of Katsu-ya group, Tyson Cole, the chef/owner of Uchi restaurant, Joel Robuchon, a French chef, Yoshihiro Murata, the chef/owner of Kyoto Kikunoi, Shige Nakamura a Ramen master and more. This feature documentary film shows the past and the future of Wa-Shoku that these men and women created and how they maintained the essential traditional qualities of Japanese food. Wa-shoku: Beyond Sushi Junichi Suzuki Genre: Documentary Price: $7.99 Rental Price: $3.99 Release Date: May 11, 2015 Beginning with sushi, Japanese cuisine is familiar all over the world today. At Japanese restaurants, you can see people, regardless of their ethnicity, enjoy- ing this food culture. There is a passionate story behind the men who dedicated their lives to spreading Japan's traditional cultural cuisine making Wa-shoku (Japanese Food) recognized throughout the world today. Featuring Mr. Noritoshi Kanai, the Chairman of Mutual Trading Co., Nobu Matsuhisa, the chef/owner of Nobu restaurants, Katsuya Uechi, the chef/owner of Katsu-ya group, Tyson Cole, the chef/owner of Uchi restaurant, Joel Robuchon, a French chef, Yoshihiro Murata, the chef/owner of Kyoto Kikunoi, Shige Nakamura a Ramen master and more. This feature documentary film shows the past and the future of Wa-Shoku that these men and women created and how they maintained the essential traditional qualities of Japanese food. © © 2014 United Television Broadcasting Systems Inc. [...]



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While there have been numerous documentaries about Studio Ghibli made for television or for DVD features, no one had ever conceived of making a theatrical documentary feature about the famed animation studio. Yet that is precisely what filmmaker Mami Sunada set out to do in her first film since her acclaimed directorial debut, Death of a Japanese Salesman. With near-unfettered access inside the studio, Sunada follows the key personnel of Ghibli – director Hayao Miyazaki, producer Toshio Suzuki and the elusive “other” director, Isao Takahata – over the course of one year as the studio rushes to complete their two highly anticipated new films, Miyazaki’s The Wind Rises and Takahata’s The Tale of The Princess Kaguya. The result is a rare glimpse into the inner workings of one of the most celebrated animation studios in the world, and a portrait of their dreams, passion and dedication that borders on madness. The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness Mami Sunada Genre: Documentary Price: $19.99 Rental Price: $4.99 Release Date: November 16, 2013 While there have been numerous documentaries about Studio Ghibli made for television or for DVD features, no one had ever conceived of making a theatrical documentary feature about the famed animation studio. Yet that is precisely what filmmaker Mami Sunada set out to do in her first film since her acclaimed directorial debut, Death of a Japanese Salesman. With near-unfettered access inside the studio, Sunada follows the key personnel of Ghibli – director Hayao Miyazaki, producer Toshio Suzuki and the elusive “other” director, Isao Takahata – over the course of one year as the studio rushes to complete their two highly anticipated new films, Miyazaki’s The Wind Rises and Takahata’s The Tale of The Princess Kaguya. The result is a rare glimpse into the inner workings of one of the most celebrated animation studios in the world, and a portrait of their dreams, passion and dedication that borders on madness. © © 2013 dwango [...]



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In this eerie and chilling, contemporary, action/special effects laden homage to the classic Chinese vampire movies of the 1980’s, writer-director-producer, Juno Mak makes his feature directorial debut. Co-produced by J-Horror icon Takashi Shimizu, and reuniting some of the original cast members of the classic Mr. Vampire series, RIGOR MORTIS is set in a creepy and moody Hong Kong public housing tower whose occupants we soon discover, run the gamut from the living to the dead, to the undead, along with ghosts, vampires and zombies.
(image) (image) Rigor Mortis
麥浚龍
Genre: Horror
Price: $7.99
Rental Price: $3.99
Release Date: June 6, 2014

In this eerie and chilling, contemporary, action/special effects laden homage to the classic Chinese vampire movies of the 1980’s, writer-director-producer, Juno Mak makes his feature directorial debut. Co-produced by J-Horror icon Takashi Shimizu, and reuniting some of the original cast members of the classic Mr. Vampire series, RIGOR MORTIS is set in a creepy and moody Hong Kong public housing tower whose occupants we soon discover, run the gamut from the living to the dead, to the undead, along with ghosts, vampires and zombies.

© © 2013 Kudos Films Limited. All Right Reserved.



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Ten years ago, the Kitagawa yakuza clan attacked the Muto yakuza clan at Muto's own home, only to have Muto's wife fight back. This unexpectedly left the Kitagawa clan in shambles, with their top hitman Ikegmai wounded and Muto's wife in prison. Despite the carnage, the most unfortunate fallout from this attack is when Muto's beloved daughter, Mitsuko, has her adorable toothpaste commercial taken off the air. Now, Ikegami seeks revenge, while Muto only has one desire - to have his wife return from prison to see Mitsuko star in her first movie. Enter The F-Bombers, an eager but untalented group of wannabe filmmakers whose dreams of making movies have come crashing down after ten years. Circumstances have brought them to this fateful moment where they'll be able to film the climactic battle between yakuzas in an epic, over-the-top ending for the ages. Described by acclaimed director Sion Sono as "an action film about the love of 35mm," and based on a screenplay he wrote nearly 15 years ago, Why Don't You Play In Hell? is among Sono's best work as his trademark excess and outrageousness is infused with an affection for the Japanese films that have come before it. This is Sion Sono at his most endearing and awesome. Why Don't You Play In Hell? 園子温 Genre: Action & Adventure Price: $9.99 Rental Price: $3.99 Release Date: November 7, 2014 Ten years ago, the Kitagawa yakuza clan attacked the Muto yakuza clan at Muto's own home, only to have Muto's wife fight back. This unexpectedly left the Kitagawa clan in shambles, with their top hitman Ikegmai wounded and Muto's wife in prison. Despite the carnage, the most unfortunate fallout from this attack is when Muto's beloved daughter, Mitsuko, has her adorable toothpaste commercial taken off the air. Now, Ikegami seeks revenge, while Muto only has one desire - to have his wife return from prison to see Mitsuko star in her first movie. Enter The F-Bombers, an eager but untalented group of wannabe filmmakers whose dreams of making movies have come crashing down after ten years. Circumstances have brought them to this fateful moment where they'll be able to film the climactic battle between yakuzas in an epic, over-the-top ending for the ages. Described by acclaimed director Sion Sono as "an action film about the love of 35mm," and based on a screenplay he wrote nearly 15 years ago, Why Don't You Play In Hell? is among Sono's best work as his trademark excess and outrageousness is infused with an affection for the Japanese films that have come before it. This is Sion Sono at his most endearing and awesome. © © 2013 Bitters End, Gansis, King Record Co. [...]



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In this audaciously kinky, meta-comedic thriller, a lonely father with a secret taste for S&M (Nao Ohmori, best known for his titular turn in Takashi Miike's Ichi the Killer) hires a boutique dominatrix agency that specializes in guerilla acts of public degradation. Although the rough treatment and humiliation Takafumi Katayama receives from these leather-clad women—in cafés and on the street—drives him to ecstatic pleasure, he soon finds himself over his head during a surprise house call by one of the mistresses. After a freak and fatal accident, Takafumi is forced into action with a slew of vengeful dominatrices chasing him down. With the help of his son, he'll have to devise a plan to take on the relentless femmes fatales, who each possess a unique S&M talent by which to exact painful revenge. R100—the title a riff on the Japanese movie rating system, whose equivalent to NC-17 is R18—is directed by Hitoshi Matsumoto (Big Man Japan, Symbol) - one of Japan's most preeminent and beloved comedic talents. R100 Hitoshi Matsumoto Genre: Japanese Cinema Price: $9.99 Rental Price: $3.99 Release Date: January 23, 2015 In this audaciously kinky, meta-comedic thriller, a lonely father with a secret taste for S&M (Nao Ohmori, best known for his titular turn in Takashi Miike's Ichi the Killer) hires a boutique dominatrix agency that specializes in guerilla acts of public degradation. Although the rough treatment and humiliation Takafumi Katayama receives from these leather-clad women—in cafés and on the street—drives him to ecstatic pleasure, he soon finds himself over his head during a surprise house call by one of the mistresses. After a freak and fatal accident, Takafumi is forced into action with a slew of vengeful dominatrices chasing him down. With the help of his son, he'll have to devise a plan to take on the relentless femmes fatales, who each possess a unique S&M talent by which to exact painful revenge. R100—the title a riff on the Japanese movie rating system, whose equivalent to NC-17 is R18—is directed by Hitoshi Matsumoto (Big Man Japan, Symbol) - one of Japan's most preeminent and beloved comedic talents. © © 2013 Yoshimoto Kogyo Co., Ltd. [...]



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IN THEATERS NOW - An uncompromising revenge thriller of operatic scope, The World of Kanako is a non-stop visual and emotional assault to the senses as it follows troubled ex-detective Akikazu on the hunt for his missing teenage daughter, Kanako. What he discovers in his search is an unsettling and harrowing web of depravity surrounding both Kanako and himself. As Akizaku stumbles along a shocking trail of drugs, sex and violence, he finds himself woefully unprepared for the revelations that affect all he holds dear.
(image) (image) The World of Kanako
Tetsuya Nakashima
Genre: Thriller
Price: $9.99
Rental Price: $3.99
Release Date: October 11, 2014

IN THEATERS NOW - An uncompromising revenge thriller of operatic scope, The World of Kanako is a non-stop visual and emotional assault to the senses as it follows troubled ex-detective Akikazu on the hunt for his missing teenage daughter, Kanako. What he discovers in his search is an unsettling and harrowing web of depravity surrounding both Kanako and himself. As Akizaku stumbles along a shocking trail of drugs, sex and violence, he finds himself woefully unprepared for the revelations that affect all he holds dear.

© © 2014 The World of Kanako Film Partners



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Part 1 (approx. 43 minutes) Animation director Isao Takahata embarks on production of "The Tale of The Princess Kaguya", his first film in 14 years. The first half of the documentary covers the process by which he came to take on the project, the pre-recording of the character voices, and the reasons behind the establishment of "Ghibli Studio 7", a facility set up to meet the demands of a new type of animation that does not fit easily into the traditional Ghibli animation process. Deriving characters from the recorded voices, the production gets underway, but quickly falls behind schedule. Part 2 (approx. 43 minutes) Production on "The Tale of The Princess Kaguya" is already well behind schedule when director Isao Takahata decides on composer Joe Hisaishi to score the film's soundtrack, and singer Kazumi Nikaido for the theme song. With a third of the film's storyboards remaining to be done, producer Yoshiaki Nishimura suspends all other activities while Takahata and Storyboard Artist Osamu Tanabe work through the New Year's holiday. A simultaneous release with Hayao Miyazaki's "The Wind Rises" is abandoned, and the staff works frantically to meet the new date, now set for November 2013. Isao Takahata and His Tale of the Princess Kaguya Akira Miki & Hidekazu Sato Genre: Documentary Price: $14.99 Rental Price: $4.99 Release Date: December 19, 2014 Part 1 (approx. 43 minutes) Animation director Isao Takahata embarks on production of "The Tale of The Princess Kaguya", his first film in 14 years. The first half of the documentary covers the process by which he came to take on the project, the pre-recording of the character voices, and the reasons behind the establishment of "Ghibli Studio 7", a facility set up to meet the demands of a new type of animation that does not fit easily into the traditional Ghibli animation process. Deriving characters from the recorded voices, the production gets underway, but quickly falls behind schedule.Part 2 (approx. 43 minutes) Production on "The Tale of The Princess Kaguya" is already well behind schedule when director Isao Takahata decides on composer Joe Hisaishi to score the film's soundtrack, and singer Kazumi Nikaido for the theme song. With a third of the film's storyboards remaining to be done, producer Yoshiaki Nishimura suspends all other activities while Takahata and Storyboard Artist Osamu Tanabe work through the New Year's holiday. A simultaneous release with Hayao Miyazaki's "The Wind Rises" is abandoned, and the staff works frantically to meet the new date, now set for November 2013. © © 2013 WOWOW [...]



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A wave of unexplainable suicides sweeps across Tokyo after 54 smiling high school girls join hands and throw themselves from a subway platform into an oncoming train. Detective Kuroda (Audition's Ryo Ishibashi) and the rest of the police force are baffled as the bloodbath triggers a wave of suicides across the city. When a cryptic phone call tips off police to a strange website that appears to be tracking the suicides before they happen, the question becomes, are they really suicides at all? This outrageously bizarre, wicked social critique in the form of a creepy and enigmatic detective mystery examines the despair of the disaffected Japanese youth and the influence of pop culture on their lives. From international film festival favorite to cult sensation, master filmmaker Sion Sono's Suicide Club is a study of contemporary morality that is gruesome, darkly comic, and vividly original. Suicide Club 園子温 Genre: Thriller Price: $7.99 Rental Price: $3.99 Release Date: April 6, 2002 A wave of unexplainable suicides sweeps across Tokyo after 54 smiling high school girls join hands and throw themselves from a subway platform into an oncoming train. Detective Kuroda (Audition's Ryo Ishibashi) and the rest of the police force are baffled as the bloodbath triggers a wave of suicides across the city. When a cryptic phone call tips off police to a strange website that appears to be tracking the suicides before they happen, the question becomes, are they really suicides at all? This outrageously bizarre, wicked social critique in the form of a creepy and enigmatic detective mystery examines the despair of the disaffected Japanese youth and the influence of pop culture on their lives. From international film festival favorite to cult sensation, master filmmaker Sion Sono's Suicide Club is a study of contemporary morality that is gruesome, darkly comic, and vividly original. © © 2001 Kadokawa-Daiei Pictures [...]



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Reina Kisaragi, a news reporter, deliberately gets herself thrown into prison after receiving a tip that Haruna, her missing sister, may be inside. But once imprisoned, she discovers that the inmates are forced to participate in a twisted game, created as a betting ground for the rich and elite. Politicians and CEOs alike gather to watch, as the female prisoners are forced to fight each other to the death. The rule: 15 kills, and release from prison is guaranteed. The women battle desperately to try to earn their freedom, but in order to save her sister, Reina must discover what she is truly capable of.
(image) (image) Prisoner 07: Reina
Kosuke Suzuki
Genre: Thriller
Price: $12.99
Rental Price: $4.99
Release Date: November 24, 2006

Reina Kisaragi, a news reporter, deliberately gets herself thrown into prison after receiving a tip that Haruna, her missing sister, may be inside. But once imprisoned, she discovers that the inmates are forced to participate in a twisted game, created as a betting ground for the rich and elite. Politicians and CEOs alike gather to watch, as the female prisoners are forced to fight each other to the death. The rule: 15 kills, and release from prison is guaranteed. The women battle desperately to try to earn their freedom, but in order to save her sister, Reina must discover what she is truly capable of.

© © 2006 Art Port



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Uzumasa has been called the Hollywood of Japan. Located in the historical Kyoto Prefecture, known as the cultural center of the nation, it has produced many “jidaigeki, ” Japanese period films which are set in or before the Edo period. These films are loved by the Japanese people and praised all over the world, but would not be what they were if it weren’t for the “kirareyaku, ” actors whose job it is to be killed by the lead star, without ever being in the limelight. Uzumasa Limelight is about those men, the unsung heroes of classic jidaigeki films; Actors who loved and respected the art, even when the production of classic jidaigeki films began to dwindle. Staring the legendary Seizo Fukumoto, Japan’s most famous kirareyaku who appeared as the “Silent Samurai” in the 2003 Hollywood film The Last Samurai, and using Charlie Chaplin’s Limelight as an underlying theme, the admirable story of these men dealing with a new generation and fading craftsmanship is told with melancholy and soul. Uzumasa Limelight Ken Ochiai Genre: Action & Adventure Price: $12.99 Rental Price: $3.99 Release Date: December 5, 2014 Uzumasa has been called the Hollywood of Japan. Located in the historical Kyoto Prefecture, known as the cultural center of the nation, it has produced many “jidaigeki, ” Japanese period films which are set in or before the Edo period. These films are loved by the Japanese people and praised all over the world, but would not be what they were if it weren’t for the “kirareyaku, ” actors whose job it is to be killed by the lead star, without ever being in the limelight. Uzumasa Limelight is about those men, the unsung heroes of classic jidaigeki films; Actors who loved and respected the art, even when the production of classic jidaigeki films began to dwindle. Staring the legendary Seizo Fukumoto, Japan’s most famous kirareyaku who appeared as the “Silent Samurai” in the 2003 Hollywood film The Last Samurai, and using Charlie Chaplin’s Limelight as an underlying theme, the admirable story of these men dealing with a new generation and fading craftsmanship is told with melancholy and soul. © © 2013 Eleven Arts / Tottemo Benri Theatre Company [...]



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After terrifying audiences worldwide with the blockbuster J-horror classic Ring and its sequel, director Hideo Nakata returned to the genre for Dark Water, another highly atmospheric, and critically acclaimed, tale of the supernatural which took the common theme of the “dead wet girl” to new heights of suspense and drama.Based upon on a short story by Ring author Koji Suzuki, Dark Water follows Yoshimi, a single mother struggling to win sole custody of her only child, Ikuko. When they move into a new home within a dilapidated and long-forgotten apartment complex, Yoshimi begins to experience startling visions and inexplicable sounds, calling her mental well-being into question, and endangering not only her custody of Ikuko, but perhaps their lives as well.Beautifully shot by the same cinematographer as Ring and Pulse, and featuring an especially unnerving sound design, Dark Water successfully merges spine-tingling tension with a family’s heart-wrenching emotional struggle, creating one of the very finest and most unsettling contemporary Japanese horror films. Dark Water Hideo Nakata Genre: Horror Price: $10.99 Rental Price: $4.99 Release Date: August 7, 2002 After terrifying audiences worldwide with the blockbuster J-horror classic Ring and its sequel, director Hideo Nakata returned to the genre for Dark Water, another highly atmospheric, and critically acclaimed, tale of the supernatural which took the common theme of the “dead wet girl” to new heights of suspense and drama.Based upon on a short story by Ring author Koji Suzuki, Dark Water follows Yoshimi, a single mother struggling to win sole custody of her only child, Ikuko. When they move into a new home within a dilapidated and long-forgotten apartment complex, Yoshimi begins to experience startling visions and inexplicable sounds, calling her mental well-being into question, and endangering not only her custody of Ikuko, but perhaps their lives as well.Beautifully shot by the same cinematographer as Ring and Pulse, and featuring an especially unnerving sound design, Dark Water successfully merges spine-tingling tension with a family’s heart-wrenching emotional struggle, creating one of the very finest and most unsettling contemporary Japanese horror films. © © 2016 Arrow Video [...]



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After a childhood friend's suicide, Hideaki (Hirofumi Araki, “Prince of Tennis”) and his former classmates reunite to pay their respects. Soon after, a DVD, marked ‘X’ arrives revealing a man being tortured, triggering a flashback in Hideaki, reminding him of witnessing a schoolmate being subjected to humiliating “batsu” (punishment) games. One evening, Hideaki is kidnapped and when he awakens the next day, he discovers he is in a recreation of his old school-room, along with his fellow classmates. Trapped and held captive by mysterious hooded figures, each of them must now play a brutally violent, version of the punishment game, in order to survive. A twisty, horror/mystery ‘mash-up’ peppered with dark humor and inventive gore, director Yôhei Fukuda’s (of UK-banned “Grotesque”) shows how revenge is a dish best served cold and not very sweet – Japanese style. X-Game Yôhei Fukuda Genre: Horror Price: $9.99 Rental Price: $3.99 Release Date: September 18, 2010 After a childhood friend's suicide, Hideaki (Hirofumi Araki, “Prince of Tennis”) and his former classmates reunite to pay their respects. Soon after, a DVD, marked ‘X’ arrives revealing a man being tortured, triggering a flashback in Hideaki, reminding him of witnessing a schoolmate being subjected to humiliating “batsu” (punishment) games. One evening, Hideaki is kidnapped and when he awakens the next day, he discovers he is in a recreation of his old school-room, along with his fellow classmates. Trapped and held captive by mysterious hooded figures, each of them must now play a brutally violent, version of the punishment game, in order to survive. A twisty, horror/mystery ‘mash-up’ peppered with dark humor and inventive gore, director Yôhei Fukuda’s (of UK-banned “Grotesque”) shows how revenge is a dish best served cold and not very sweet – Japanese style. © © 2010 Happinet Corporation [...]



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In a suburb of Tokyo, a man was living as a yakuza and a woman was a part-timer. Although they never thought about their family before, they tried to reunite with them. Brother and sister, father and daughter; and they were almost back together as "family...
(image) (image) August in Tokyo
Ryutaro Nakagawa
Genre: Japanese Cinema
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Release Date: October 26, 2014

In a suburb of Tokyo, a man was living as a yakuza and a woman was a part-timer. Although they never thought about their family before, they tried to reunite with them. Brother and sister, father and daughter; and they were almost back together as "family...

© © 2014 Tokyo New Cinema



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Tear-jerking stories of girls who live brutally true to themselves. Women who used to put up with various hardships with great patience have started to live true to their desires in today's stress-ridden world. These women lead their own unique lifestyles, living true to their own desires, while claiming, "I have my own style which differs from others!" or "What I take pleasure in is different from anyone else!" Such women fall under the category of "hijoshi." They say, "So what if I'm a ‘hijoshi'? I can decide my own happiness myself!" This is a collection of short films on these "hijoshi," starting with Eve (The Origin of "Hijoshi") living in the Garden of Eden, and then showcasing the days of six "hijoshi" living in modern time. An absolutely unique team of cast and creators bring to you the stories of "hijoshi" living totally true to their desires! HIJOSHI -What Girls Want- is a sensational film which asks women of modern time, "What is true happiness?" HIJOSHI -What Girls Want- 清水崇, 豊島圭介, 山口雄大, 深川栄洋, 川野浩司, オースミユーカ & 塚本連平 Genre: Japanese Cinema Price: $9.99 Rental Price: $3.99 Release Date: May 30, 2009 Tear-jerking stories of girls who live brutally true to themselves.Women who used to put up with various hardships with great patience have started to live true to their desires in today's stress-ridden world. These women lead their own unique lifestyles, living true to their own desires, while claiming, "I have my own style which differs from others!" or "What I take pleasure in is different from anyone else!" Such women fall under the category of "hijoshi."They say, "So what if I'm a ‘hijoshi'? I can decide my own happiness myself!"This is a collection of short films on these "hijoshi," starting with Eve (The Origin of "Hijoshi") living in the Garden of Eden, and then showcasing the days of six "hijoshi" living in modern time.An absolutely unique team of cast and creators bring to you the stories of "hijoshi" living totally true to their desires! HIJOSHI -What Girls Want- is a sensational film which asks women of modern time, "What is true happiness?" © © "Hijoshi Zukan"Production Committee [...]



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This is a story of a young woman and her coming of age in Japan. In the winter before her college graduation, Michiru received a letter from a girl. Apparently, they are sisters who shared the same father. The letter explained their father who has left Michiru from her birth. Even though she had never cared about him, the fact about his existence spread within her. As she explored about him, she experiences irresistible youth and separations in her life. The youth of a girl is 'like the music pouring out from the world,' and fragile like a raindrop.
(image) (image) Tale of a Raindrop
Ryutaro Nakagawa
Genre: Japanese Cinema
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Release Date: November 1, 2012

This is a story of a young woman and her coming of age in Japan. In the winter before her college graduation, Michiru received a letter from a girl. Apparently, they are sisters who shared the same father. The letter explained their father who has left Michiru from her birth. Even though she had never cared about him, the fact about his existence spread within her. As she explored about him, she experiences irresistible youth and separations in her life. The youth of a girl is 'like the music pouring out from the world,' and fragile like a raindrop.

© © 2012 Tokyo New Cinema



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A brilliant doctor vows revenge on a crazy sadistic killer following the murder of his wife and devises the perfect assassination plan by turning a young woman into the most lethal assassin the world has ever seen. This outrageous plan will unfold in the killer's heavily fortified underground lair.
(image) (image) Gun Woman
Kurando Mitsutake
Genre: Thriller
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Release Date: February 28, 2015

A brilliant doctor vows revenge on a crazy sadistic killer following the murder of his wife and devises the perfect assassination plan by turning a young woman into the most lethal assassin the world has ever seen. This outrageous plan will unfold in the killer's heavily fortified underground lair.

© © 2015 MMXIII Maxam INC, under exclusive license to Shout! Factory, LLC



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One of the most important and complex works by two-time Palme d'Or winning director Shohei Imamura, A MAN VANISHES begins as an investigation into one of the thousands of missing persons cases that occur in Japan each year. The film follows the case of Tadashi, a handsome businessman who has suddenly vanished. Imamura and his crew interview the man's fiancée, Yoshie, who is desperately searching for him, and the filmmaker becomes increasingly involved in her life. But the "investigation" casts a shadow of doubt over the couple's relationship, Tadashi's business ventures, his relationship with Yoshie's sister, and even the investigating film director, Imamura himself, who may not be what he seems. Radical film in scope, technique, and aesthetic, A MAN VANISHES distills many of Imamura's central themes and obsessions, the film culminating a stunning sequence that explodes any stable sense of fiction and reality. A Man Vanishes Shohei Imamura Genre: Classics Price: $11.99 Rental Price: $0.99 Release Date: June 25, 1967 One of the most important and complex works by two-time Palme d'Or winning director Shohei Imamura, A MAN VANISHES begins as an investigation into one of the thousands of missing persons cases that occur in Japan each year. The film follows the case of Tadashi, a handsome businessman who has suddenly vanished. Imamura and his crew interview the man's fiancée, Yoshie, who is desperately searching for him, and the filmmaker becomes increasingly involved in her life. But the "investigation" casts a shadow of doubt over the couple's relationship, Tadashi's business ventures, his relationship with Yoshie's sister, and even the investigating film director, Imamura himself, who may not be what he seems. Radical film in scope, technique, and aesthetic, A MAN VANISHES distills many of Imamura's central themes and obsessions, the film culminating a stunning sequence that explodes any stable sense of fiction and reality. © © 1967 [...]



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"Okinawa: The Afterburn" is the first documentary to provide a comprehensive look at the Battle of Okinawa and the ensuing 70-year occupation by the United States military. On April 1, 1945, American troops landed on Okinawa, beginning a battle that claimed the lives of some 240,000 people. The film depicts the battle through the eyes of Japanese and American soldiers who fought each other, along with Okinawa civilians who were swept up in the fighting, with carefully selected footage from the U.S. National Archives. The film also conveys the postwar fate of Okinawa, home to U.S. military bases and American soldiers -- and the related crimes, accidents, and pollution they have caused. In Okinawa, the legacy of the war translates into a deeply rooted aversion to military force. This has been expressed in recent years by the island-wide rejection of a plan to build a new U.S. base at Henoko, a source of controversy to this day. "Okinawa: The Afterburn" explores the roots of this resistance and Okinawa's vision for the future. Okinawa: The Afterburn John Junkerman Genre: Documentary Price: $9.99 Rental Price: $2.99 Release Date: September 30, 2016 "Okinawa: The Afterburn" is the first documentary to provide a comprehensive look at the Battle of Okinawa and the ensuing 70-year occupation by the United States military. On April 1, 1945, American troops landed on Okinawa, beginning a battle that claimed the lives of some 240,000 people. The film depicts the battle through the eyes of Japanese and American soldiers who fought each other, along with Okinawa civilians who were swept up in the fighting, with carefully selected footage from the U.S. National Archives. The film also conveys the postwar fate of Okinawa, home to U.S. military bases and American soldiers -- and the related crimes, accidents, and pollution they have caused. In Okinawa, the legacy of the war translates into a deeply rooted aversion to military force. This has been expressed in recent years by the island-wide rejection of a plan to build a new U.S. base at Henoko, a source of controversy to this day. "Okinawa: The Afterburn" explores the roots of this resistance and Okinawa's vision for the future. © © 2016 Siglo [...]



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“NUCLER JAPAN” directed by a 70-year-old lawyer with remarkable record of winning very high-profile cases who elucidates the controversial issue of nuclear power industry in Japan.On March 11th, 2011, a massive earthquake hit East Japan, which caused a catastrophic accident in Tokyo Electric Fukushima No.1 nuclear power plant. Radioactive materials were released from its four nuclear reactors, and they have contaminated the people’s land as well as ocean. There was one lawyer who had been actively voicing the absurdity and danger of Japanese nuclear power – Hiroyuki Kawai. Kawai has been fighting in many legal battles to halt nuclear power plants in Japan for over 20 years. Ever since the crisis at Fukushima No.1 power plant, his fight has been fueled by even more drive and dedication.The film not only features the interviews of many experts, a number of facts and evidences, but it also brings to light the immense pain of the people have been suffering from the nuclear crisis. NUCLEAR JAPAN is now being presented as evidence in many lawsuits to halt nuclear power plants all over Japan.This film is the ultimate nuclear power documentary that takes you on a journey to grasp all the issues of nuclear power in a factual, objective way, and eventually, a journey to find a hope. NUCLEAR JAPAN Has nuclear power brought us happiness? Hiroyuki Kawai Genre: Documentary Price: $12.99 Rental Price: $3.99 Release Date: November 4, 2014 “NUCLER JAPAN” directed by a 70-year-old lawyer with remarkable record of winning very high-profile cases who elucidates the controversial issue of nuclear power industry in Japan.On March 11th, 2011, a massive earthquake hit East Japan, which caused a catastrophic accident in Tokyo Electric Fukushima No.1 nuclear power plant. Radioactive materials were released from its four nuclear reactors, and they have contaminated the people’s land as well as ocean. There was one lawyer who had been actively voicing the absurdity and danger of Japanese nuclear power – Hiroyuki Kawai. Kawai has been fighting in many legal battles to halt nuclear power plants in Japan for over 20 years. Ever since the crisis at Fukushima No.1 power plant, his fight has been fueled by even more drive and dedication.The film not only features the interviews of many experts, a number of facts and evidences, but it also brings to light the immense pain of the people have been suffering from the nuclear crisis. NUCLEAR JAPAN is now being presented as evidence in many lawsuits to halt nuclear power plants all over Japan.This film is the ultimate [...]



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Based on a legendary Japanese comic "Oh! Invisible Man", a crazy comedy about a father and daughter who have a genetic mutation allows them to become invisible.
(image) (image) Oh! Invisible Man the Invisible Girl appears!?
右田昌万
Genre: Japanese Cinema
Price: $12.99
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Release Date: June 14, 2014

Based on a legendary Japanese comic "Oh! Invisible Man", a crazy comedy about a father and daughter who have a genetic mutation allows them to become invisible.

© © 2014 YASUHIRO_NAKANISHI/SHONEN-GAHOSHA/INTERFILM



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There is a series of Buddha statue thefts in Kyoto. Beniko (Yuka Iguchi), a high school girl, gets the Buddha statue at her family’s temple stolen and has her parents killed at the same time. Beniko hears from Enju (Minori Terada), her parents’ friend, that a robbery group called SEADDATTHA is the one who killed her parents, and feels the strong urge for vengeance. Enju offers Beniko to live with him since she has no place to go. She wanders into Enju’s secret room and meets an ugly creature that looks like a fusion of her parents and Buddha statue…
(image) (image) The Burning Buddha Man
Ujicha
Genre: Anime
Price: $7.99
Rental Price: $3.99
Release Date: May 18, 2013

There is a series of Buddha statue thefts in Kyoto. Beniko (Yuka Iguchi), a high school girl, gets the Buddha statue at her family’s temple stolen and has her parents killed at the same time. Beniko hears from Enju (Minori Terada), her parents’ friend, that a robbery group called SEADDATTHA is the one who killed her parents, and feels the strong urge for vengeance. Enju offers Beniko to live with him since she has no place to go. She wanders into Enju’s secret room and meets an ugly creature that looks like a fusion of her parents and Buddha statue…

© © 2013 The Burning Buddha Man Film Partners,LLC.



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Latest film in the horror series that has spawned four films to date. Depicts the terrifying Fox Window connected to an alien world in another dimension, starring the five-member dance and vocal group TOKYO GIRLS' STYLE and co-starring Ishibashi Anna. Directed by JU-ON - The Beginning of the End's Ochiai Masayuki.Kitayamada High School, the site of a gas accident in 1988. Hitomi (Arai Hitomi) and three other kids sneak into the ruins to make a fake horror online video. They shoot in the abandoned school building, but…
(image) (image) Kotodama - Spiritual Curse
Masayuki Ochiai
Genre: Japanese Cinema
Price: $12.99
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Release Date: May 23, 2014

Latest film in the horror series that has spawned four films to date. Depicts the terrifying Fox Window connected to an alien world in another dimension, starring the five-member dance and vocal group TOKYO GIRLS' STYLE and co-starring Ishibashi Anna. Directed by JU-ON - The Beginning of the End's Ochiai Masayuki.Kitayamada High School, the site of a gas accident in 1988. Hitomi (Arai Hitomi) and three other kids sneak into the ruins to make a fake horror online video. They shoot in the abandoned school building, but…

© © 2014 GK Film Partners



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Momoko is a cheerful, generous and caring person, and she is around forty. She is a store manager of eyeglasses in Hachinohe, Aomori. Though she is transferred to Hachinohe branch recently, she is already trusted by her colleague. However, she has her emotional pain. Her unhappy divorce discourages her to move forward in her life. One day Momoko reluctantly joins a match making party with her colleague. She meets Kumagoro in his late forties with stubble. Once she meets him, she remembers her mysterious dream she sometimes has had since she was a child. In her dream, she feels the touch of wind through the ancient forest.Will Momoko find her happiness in the ancient wind, and move forward in her life? Raia Prays For... Hiroyuki Kurokawa Genre: Drama Price: $12.99 Rental Price: $4.99 Release Date: March 7, 2017 Momoko is a cheerful, generous and caring person, and she is around forty. She is a store manager of eyeglasses in Hachinohe, Aomori. Though she is transferred to Hachinohe branch recently, she is already trusted by her colleague. However, she has her emotional pain. Her unhappy divorce discourages her to move forward in her life. One day Momoko reluctantly joins a match making party with her colleague. She meets Kumagoro in his late forties with stubble. Once she meets him, she remembers her mysterious dream she sometimes has had since she was a child. In her dream, she feels the touch of wind through the ancient forest.Will Momoko find her happiness in the ancient wind, and move forward in her life? © © 2015 T.O. Entertainment [...]



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City boy Hiroto gets on the bus alone and heads to Nakijin Village in Yanbaru to spend the winter break at his grandfather's place. There he quickly finds his place, hanging out with his cousin Ryuuya, and taking care of the two family's goats. One day, one of them has gone missing... The Catcher on the Shore is a beautiful story on childhood and friendship.
(image) (image) The Catcher On the Shore
Ryugo Nakamura
Genre: Foreign
Price: $12.99
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Release Date: September 18, 2010

City boy Hiroto gets on the bus alone and heads to Nakijin Village in Yanbaru to spend the winter break at his grandfather's place. There he quickly finds his place, hanging out with his cousin Ryuuya, and taking care of the two family's goats. One day, one of them has gone missing... The Catcher on the Shore is a beautiful story on childhood and friendship.

© © 2010 The Catcher on the Shore production committee