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Tokyo Idols - A Fascinating Look at Sex & Gender in Japan
This festival favorite documentary gets at the heart of a cultural phenomenon driven by an obsession with young female sexuality and internet popularity. This ever growing phenom is told through Rio, a bona fide "Tokyo Idol" who takes us on…
The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness - A Year with the Brilliant Minds at Studio Ghibli
The birthplace of classic anime films such as Hayao Miyazaki's Spirited Away and Princess Mononoke , Studio Ghibli occupies a near legendary position in film history. Granted unfettered access to the notoriously insular studio, this revealing documentary follows the three…
The Birth of Saké - Passionate Sake-Makers Keep Tradition Alive
In a world where most mass-produced goods are heavily automated, a small group of manual laborers must brave unusual working conditions to preserve a 2000-year- old tradition that we have come to know as sake. THE BIRTH OF SAKE is…
Extreme Private Eros: Love Song 1974 - Portrait of a Feminist in 1970's Japan
In this taboo-smashing documentary by Kazuo Hara, the filmmaker turns his camera on his former lover, Miyuki Takeda. The strong-willed woman -- crusading feminist, bisexual, mother of an interracial baby with an African-American GI -- was a maverick figure, particularly…
Love & Sex in Japan
In the Land of the Rising Sun, love and relationships are in danger. A quarter of all Japanese people aged 30 to 40 are virgins and 50% of the population admits to not having sex regularly. Unsurprisingly, this has led…
The Zen Mind
A travelogue across the breadth of Japan to explore the practice of modern day zen. We will take you from the bustle of rush-hour Tokyo to the tranquil mountains of Kyoto. From zen centers hidden among skyscrpaers to the zendo…
The Original The Preschool in Three Cultures
Part of the Series: Preschool in Three Cultures Collection
The Preschool in Three Cultures features typical days at Komatsudani Hoikuen in Kyoto, Japan; Dong Feng (Daguan) Youeryuan in Kunming, China; and St. Timothy's Child Center in Honolulu, U.S. This video was made from the original research videotape shot in…
Okinawa: The Afterburn - A Comprehensive Look at the Battle of Okinawa
Released in Japan on the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Okinawa, OKINAWA: THE AFTERBURN is the first documentary to provide a comprehensive look at the battle and the ensuing 70-year occupation of Okinawa by the United States military. On…
Sushi: Global Catch - The Origins and Industry of Sushi
In this meticulously researched documentary, filmmaker Mark Hall traces the origins of sushi in Japan to its status today as a cuisine that has spawned a lucrative worldwide industry. This explosion in demand for sushi over the past 30 years…
Fifty Years Of Silence
Between 1929 and 1945 the Japanese Government, on advice from its military, forcibly removed thousands of young women and girls from their homes to provide sexual services as "comfort women" to the Japanese Army. 50 YEARS OF SILENCE is Jan…
Coolies, Sailors, Settlers - Voyage to the New World
Part of the Series: Ancestors in the Americas
Explores how people from the Philippines, China and India first arrived on the shores of North and South America, their survival amid harsh conditions, re-migrations and settlement in the Americas. The film travels across oceans and centuries of time to…
Chinese in the Frontier West - An American Story
Part of the Series: Ancestors in the Americas
This film documents the large-scale migration of Chinese to California during the Gold Rush of the 1850s and the central role that these immigrants played in developing the American West by building the first Transcontinental Railroad and transforming California into…
The Empty Mind - Martial Arts and Mental Connection
Over two years in the making, this is an epic account of today's greatest martial arts teachers and the mind connection that exists between them regardless of their very diverse styles. Professionally filmed in Japan and China, it profiles practitioners…
Summer on The Frontline
When the great earthquake of 2012 destroys his high school's filmmaking equipment, Keisuke, 15, looks forward to a dull summer. Luckily a man who lives in a small Chinese village has unexpectedly donated new equipment along with an invitation to…
The Japanese Version
The Japanese Version goes beyond the stereotypical images of Japan that are too often presented to Americans, and asks the questions: What happens to Western cultural ideas and objects when they are placed in a new setting? How have the…
Tokyo Techno Tribes - Japanese Cyber Youth Culture
An informative documentary about contemporary urban life in the most technologically refined city in the world. Cyber youth cultures have developed through the imaginative and novel use of technology in the various media: music, art, pop, manga and fashion. Underlying…
Wa-shoku - Beyond Sushi - Spreading Japanese Culture & Cuisine Throughout the World
Beginning with sushi, Japanese cuisine is familiar all over the world today. At Japanese restaurants, you can see people, regardless of their ethnicity, enjoying this food culture. There is a passionate story behind the men and women who dedicated their…
Emperor's Naked Army Marches On - A Japanese WWII Veteran Accuses Former Military Officers of War Crimes
This absorbing documentary follows Kenzo Okuzaki, a Japanese veteran of World War II, as he attempts to seek justice -- and vengeance -- for the unexplained deaths of several soldiers within his unit. Through meticulous research, he tracks down former…
The Great Japanese Retirement
BBC
In a world where people panic about the rising global population, Japan is facing a very different future which could see their population shrink by a third in just 40 years. One reason is that the Japanese are not having…
Art of the Japanese Sword
The Japanese sword ... prized as much for its exceptional beauty as for it's deadly cutting ability. It has endured for a thousand years as the pinnacle of Japanese culture. Now you can enter a world rarely seen by outsiders.…