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Sanjuro
Part of the Series: The Janus Japanese Collection Vol. 2
Toshiro Mifune swaggers and snarls to brilliant comic effect in Akira Kurosawa's tightly paced, beautifully composed Sanjuro. In this sly companion piece to Yojimbo, jaded samurai Sanjuro helps an idealistic group of young warriors weed out their clan's evil influences,…
Tokyo Story
Part of the Series: The Janus Japanese Collection Vol. 1
A profoundly stirring evocation of elemental humanity and universal heartbreak, Tokyo Story is the crowning achievement of the unparalleled Yasujiro Ozu. The film, which follows an aging couple's journey to visit their grown children in bustling postwar Tokyo, surveys the…
The Staging Post - The Refugee Education Revolution
A story of hope, courage and connection. Against the backdrop of the ongoing refugee crisis, this powerful, emotional and uplifting story proves that refugees are not just the problem, but can be a part of the solution as well. The…
The End of Summer
The Kohayakawa family is thrown into distress when childlike father Manbei takes up with his old mistress, in one of Ozu's most deftly modulated blendings of comedy and tragedy. Additional Reading: http://www.criterion.com/current/posts/634-eclipse-series-3-late-ozu
Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?
In this madcap and lighthearted comedic romp, introverted optometrist Weichung begins to question his marriage with his wife Feng, upon learning of her desire to have another baby. At his sister's engagement party, Weichung bumps into an old friend, Stephen,…
My Love, Don't Cross that River - An Elderly Couple Share their Final Moments
A blockbuster in its native Korea, where it would go on to become the country's most successful film of all time, MY LOVE, DON'T CROSS THAT RIVER presents an unforgettable story of true love that transcends both generations and cultures.…
Island Roots - A Filipino-American Story
When the Filipino pioneers of the 1920's and 30's settled on Bainbridge Island, Washington they were hired by Japanese-American landowners to tend their renowned strawberry farms. The bombing of Pearl Harbor turned this relationship upside down when the Japanese Americans…
Hard To Believe - Organ Harvesting in China
Winner of 14 film awards, "Hard to Believe" is a disturbing yet essential serious investigation into one of the most horrifying medical crimes of our time: forced live organ harvesting from tens of thousands of Chinese prisoners of conscience, and…
Light of the Genji - Fireflies and Artificial Light
From the director of Brilliant Darkness , LIGHT OF THE GENJI continues the exploration of the study, preservation and celebration of firefly habitats in Japan and the United States. Official Selection at the Awareness Film Festival.
The Complex - Kuroyuri danchi
From the director of RINGU, comes the terrifying THE COMPLEX. Nursing student Asuka (Atsuko Maeda) has just moved into an apartment complex with her parents and younger brother. She soon learns that there have been a number of strange deaths…
In the Mood for Love
Hong Kong, 1962: Chow Mo-wan (Tony Leung Chiu-wai) and Su Li-zhen (Maggie Cheung Man-yuk) move into neighboring apartments on the same day. Their encounters are formal and polite--until a discovery about their spouses creates an intimate bond between them. At…
The Vietnam War - A Series by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick
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An immersive documentary film series directed by acclaimed filmmakers Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, tells the epic story of one of the most divisive, consequential and misunderstood events in American history, as it has never before been told on film.…
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A Letter to Momo - Momo e no tegami
From the creators of Ghost in the Shell comes a wonderfully expressive and beautifully hand-drawn animated tale that combines bursts of whimsy and kinetic humor with deeply felt emotion and drama. The last time Momo saw her father they had…
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Save The Green Planet
Lee Byeong-Gu (Shin Ha-Gyun, JSA) is a sensitive, blue collar sad sack hopped up on conspiracy theories and sci-fi films whose life has been derailed by one bad break after another. Yet he knows there's no such thing as bad…
Brilliant Darkness - How Artificial Lights Affect Fireflies
This short documentary explores the importance of darkness, and its erosion, told through the study, preservation and celebration of firefly habitats in Japan and the United States. Fireflies are reportedly disappearing, as artificial night lights disrupt their "languages of light."…
Treeless Mountain
Sisters Jin (Hee-yeon Kim) and Bin (Song-hee Kim) must fend for themselves when their mother abruptly packs her things, leaving the girls in the care of their alcoholic aunt without a word as to when she'll return. In a tale…
Harmonium - Fuchi ni tatsu
With his highly perceptive attention to character, director Koji Fukada creates this explosive family drama. Intended as a companion piece to the black comedy HOSPITALITE, HARMONIUM returns to the domestic sphere as it captures the collapse of a seemingly ordinary…
In the Realm of the Senses
Still censored in its own country, IN THE REALM OF THE SENSES (Ai no corrida), by Japanese director Nagisa Oshima, remains one of the most controversial films of all time. A graphic portrayal of insatiable sexual desire, Oshima's film, set…
All Eyes and Ears - The Complex Links Between the U.S. and China
A timely exploration into the complex links between the U.S. and China, ALL EYES AND EARS evokes the personal and the international, focusing on diplomacy, activism and individual experience. Interspersed with remarks from journalists and experts, ALL EYES AND EARS…
Right Now, Wrong Then
A deliciously intricate comedy of manners that exposes the fissures in male-female relationships and in cinema itself. Quite by mistake, art-film director Chunsu arrives in Suwon a day early. With time to kill before his lecture the next day, Chunsu…