Films by Language


13 Assassins

Jusannin no shikaku

Miike Takashi

This new Japanese sword-fighting classic by Miike Takashi is possibly the greatest men-on-a-mission movie since the original Seven Samurai. “Thrilling and funny, visually exquisite and emotionally charged.” — Philadelphia Inquirer


Karigurashi no Arrietty

Yonebayashi Hiromasa

An enchanting adaptation of Brits children’s classic The Borrowers from the animators of Ponyo. “Simply told, beautifully animated… speaks straight to the heart and imagination of the child in all of us.” — Japan Times

Cold Fish

Tsumetai nettaigyo

Sono Sion

A milquetoast fish store owner gets drawn into the orbit of a serial killer and his equally nutty wife. A funny, perverted and shocking film by Sono Sion, the cult master of extreme madness.


Sato Shinsuke

Part one of the extraordinary blockbuster live-action adaptation of the cult manga and anime series Gantz.

Gantz: Perfect Answer

Sato Shinsuke

The heart-stopping conclusion to the Gantz saga ups the ante in true sequel fashion, featuring spectacular battles with the deadliest aliens yet and twists that will keep even hardcore Gantz fans guessing.

Guilty Pleasures

Julie Moggan

A fond, good-humoured doco about Mills & Boon romance novels and how they bear on the love lives of a handful of writers and readers. “A movie about fantasy: creating it, living in it, and learning its limitations.” —

Jiro Dreams of Sushi

David Gelb

Portrait of legendary Tokyo sushi chef, 85-year-old Jiro Ono. “Torture to watch – if you are on an empty stomach… a paean to perfectionism and crafty bit of food porn.” — Hollywood Reporter

Norwegian Wood

Noruwei no mori

Trần Anh Hùng

Exquisite adaptation of Murakami Haruki’s best-selling novel of tortured first loves from the director of The Scent of Green Papaya. “A wonderful, passionate, well-nigh unforgettable adaptation of a great novel.” —

Space Battleship Yamato

Supesu Batorushippu Yamato

Yamazaki Takashi

Kimura Takuya stars in a gleaming ¥2 billion live-action/CGI spectacular, the culmination of an internationally influential franchise that’s been generating television and animated movies in Japan since 1974.