The Japanese filmmaker’s international profile has skyrocketed over the past year thanks to his new films Drive My Car and Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy, both of which are now hitting theaters.
In Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s Wife of a Spy, a woman becomes embroiled in exposing Japanese war crimes in Manchuria.
The Woman Who Ran has a laid-back vibe and relaxingly repetitious structure, but that conceals a complex character study.
MINAMATA Mandala, the latest documentary by veteran filmmaker Kazuo Hara, captures the resilience of people left behind by their government.
A combination video essay and road movie, Angelo Madsen Minax’s documentary North By Current understands life upheavals as rites of passage.
Izumi Suzuki introduced a different vision of femininity, one that departed from the stereotypes so abundant in the work of male writers.
Hyperallergic talks to Wuhan native Shengze Zhu about her new documentary A River Runs, Turns, Erases, Replaces, which recently premiered at Berlinale.
Beyond showcasing a wide range of styles and genres, 21st Century Japan also includes some of the country’s most remarkable contemporary women filmmakers.
The documentary Queer Japan talks to LGBTQ+ people all over the country.
Highlights included Ephraim Asili’s striking debut feature The Inheritance and Nicolás Pereda’s Fauna, an inventive story within a story.
Highlights to catch at its first virtual edition include Spike Lee’s David Byrne documentary, a strong slate of Indigenous-led films, and a look at the FBI’s efforts to defame Martin Luther King Jr.
Aoko Matsuda’s Where the Wild Ladies Are offers a fresh critique of Japan’s stance towards women.