Films by Language


Death Note + Death Note: The Last Name

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Kaneko Shûsuke

Compulsively watchable two-part J-pop saga of supernatural vigilantism run amok, centring on a college student who possesses a notebook that allows him to kill anyone whose name he writes in it.

The Great Happiness Space

Tale of an Osaka Love Thief

Jake Clennell

Riveting doco focuses on symbiotic (and often delusional) relationships between boy-toy hosts and adoring, champagne-swilling female clients in Osaka's most popular host bar.

The Matsugane Potshot Affair

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Yamashita Nobuhiro

Low-key, ironic and very sharp Japanese comedy which uncovers sexual deviancy and family dysfunction in the wake of a small-town crime. From the director of last year's Festival hit Linda, Linda, Linda.



Kon Satoshi

In anime master Kon Satoshi's (Millennium Actress) latest exhilarating thriller/detective story, a shrink must recover the machine that allows psychotherapists to alter their patients' dreams.



Kurosawa Kiyoshi

Japan's foremost spookmeister Kurosawa Kiyoshi (Cure, Charisma, Pulse) expertly applies his brooding and atmospheric cinema of unease to this police procedural ghost story.

Tales from Earthsea

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Miyazaki Goro

The son of Miyazaki Hayao (Spirited Away) directs this adaptation of Ursula K. Le Guin's popular fantasy novel in which a teenage prince teams up with a powerful wizard to save the realm from evil.


Michael Arias

Two street urchins with magical powers are pitched against the yakuza in this dark, noirish fairytale set in Tokyo. This first American-directed anime has cult classic written all over it.