Eye For Film >> Festivals >> Raindance >> 2009 >> Way Out East
This year focusing on Japanese women directors.
Ain't No Tomorrows (Oretachi ni asu wa naissu) (Country: Japan; Year: 2008; Director: Yuki Tanada; Stars: Sakura Ando, Tokio Emoto, Yuya Endo, Ini Kusano)
Firefly (Hotaru) (Country: Japan; Year: 2000; Director: Naomi Kawase; Writer: Naomi Kawase; Stars: Yûko Nakamura, Toshiya Nagasawa, Miyako Yamaguchi, Toshiyuki Kitami, Ken Mitsuishi)
Story of a turbulent love affair.
Instant Swamp (Insutanto numa) (Country: Japan; Year: 2009; Director: Satoshi Miki; Writer: Satoshi Miki; Stars: Kumiko Aso, Ryo Kase, Morio Kazame, Keiko Matsuzaka, Shoko Aida), Official Site, Trailer
When a woman has a run of bad luck and her mother falls ill, she finds out that her family might not be everything she assumed it was.
Kakera (Kakera - A Piece Of Our Life) (Country: Japan; Year: 2009; Director: Momoko Andô; Writer: Momoko Andô; Stars: Hikari Mitsushima, Eriko Nakamura, Ken Mitsuishi, Tasuku Nagaoka)
One love, two girls, Japanese-style.
Lalapipo (Country: Japan; Year: 2009; Director: Masayuki Miyano; Writer: Tetsuya Nakashima; Stars: Saori Hara, Tomoko Murakami, Hiroki Narimiya)
One slightly seedy Tokyo night, as seen through the eyes of six protagonists.
Lily Festival (Yurisai) (Country: Japan; Year: 2001; Director: Sachi Hamano; Writer: Kuninori Yamazaki; Stars: Kazuko Yoshiyuki, Mickey Curtis, Utae Shoji, Kazuko Shirakawa, Sanae Nakahara, Chisako Hara, Hisako Ôkata, Sachiko Meguro)
A 75-year-old casanova causes problems.
Locked Out (Country: Japan; Year: 2009; Director: Yasunobu Takahashi; Stars: Noboru Akima, Keisaku Kimura, Tomomi Miyashita, Miho Ogata, Yutaka Ohnuki, Takeru Shimada, Kiichi Sonobe), Official Site
A chance encounter with a young boy, who climbs into his car by accident, presents a man with an opportunity for change.
Love Exposure (Ai no mukidashi) (Country: Japan; Year: 2008; Director: Sion Sono; Writer: Sion Sono; Stars: Takahiro Nishijima, Hikari Mitsushima, Sakura Ando)
A man becomes a photo voyeur so that he can sin enough to confess to his father.
Mime-Mime (Country: Japan; Year: 2008; Director: Yukiko Sode; Writer: Yukiko Sode; Stars: Ayaco Niijima Masahisa Yamazoe, Kanji Tsuda)
Story about an eccentric who is the black sheep of her family.
Vacation (Kyûka) (Country: Japan; Year: 2008; Director: Hajime Kadoi; Writer: Akira Yoshimura, Dai Sakô; Stars: Kaoru Kobayashi, Hidetoshi Nishijima, Nene Otsuka, Ren Ôsugi, Keiichi Asada, Asami Imajuku, Taro Kanazawa, Shuuji Kashiwabara, Yuji Kato, Lily, Ren Murakami, Shunpei Ohtani, Gô Rijû, Hideo Sakaki, Toshio Sakamoto)
An unlikely friendship develops between a prison guard and a death row prisoner.