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  • The Exquisite Short Films of Kihachiro Kawamoto - A collection of short films from one of the world’s greatest stop-motion animators, famous for his beautiful, expressive puppets and for harnessing Japan's unique aesthetic traditions to create visually stunning stories. (new October, 2014)

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  • Franz Kafka’s A Country Doctor & Other Fantastic Films - Koji Yamamura is considered one of the greatest independent Japanese animators of this generation. (new October, 2014)

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  • Heart of the Country - The story of an extraordinary principal of a rural school in Hokkaido, Japan, who is driven by his passion for educating the heart as well as the mind.

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  • In Search of the Unreturned Soldiers - Shohei Imamura travels first to Malaysia and then to Thailand, to investigate the lives and experiences of Japanese soldiers who, during World War II, chose to desert.

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  • Japan's Peace Constitution - Explores the origins of Japan's Constitution in the ashes of war, and the significance of its famous peace clause, Article 9, and the debates surrounding it, in the 21st century.

  • Japan, The Emperor and the Army Still
  • Japan, The Emperor and the Army - Examines how Japan’s demilitarization in the months following the WWII continues to resonate today – in Japanese politics, national identity and cultural influence on the international stage.

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  • Karayuki-San, The Making of a Prostitute - Shohei Imamura profiles a Japanese woman forced into sexual slavery for the Japanese military in Southeast Asia.

  • Kochuu - A visually stunning film about modern Japanese architecture, its roots in Japanese tradition, and their relationships to modernist Scandinavian design. With two Pritzker Prize winners, Tadao Ando and Sverre Fehn.

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  • Level Five - In Chris Marker’s futuristic reverie, game-developer Laura creates a video game based on the WWII Battle of Okinawa. (new April, 2014)

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  • A Man Vanishes - Shohei Imamura's investigation into the disappearance becomes an investigation into the nature of fiction and reality.

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  • Nanjing - Till today the history of the 1937 "Rape of Nanking" is a point of contention between China and Japan. How is it seen in each country, and can a shared memory ever be constructed?

  • No More Hiroshima! - Introduces the "hibakusha," anguished survivors of the Hiroshima atomic blast, who fear their experiences will be ignored and others will suffer the horrors of nuclear war.

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  • Outlaw-Matsu Comes Home - Shohei Imamura follows a former Japanese soldier during his first trip home after having been abandoned by the military in Thailand during World War II.

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  • Red Persimmons - A visually elegant paean to the cultivation and harvesting of the sweet red fruit, and the disappearance of a traditional way of life in rural Japan.

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  • Senso Daughters - Investigates the Japanese army's mistreatment of New Guinean women and "comfort girls."

  • Shigeru Ban - A profile of the Japanese architect noted for his use of inexpensive construction materials, such as cardboard tubes, used in prefab housing adopted by the UN High Commission for Refugees.

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  • Tatsumi - The life and work of Japanese comics artist Yoshihiro Tatsumi—a manga pioneer who elevated the genre to a new level of creative expression and adult realism. (new October, 2014)

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  • A Visit to Ogawa Productions - Nagisa Oshima - the 'New Wave' Japanese director - visits the filmmaking collective led by Shinsuke Ogawa, to discuss the social and cinematic philosophy of one of Japan's best-known documentary film collectives.

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  • When Mrs. Hegarty Comes to Japan

  • The Written Face - Offers an insight into the Japanese Kabuki star Tamasaburo Bando, one of the last defenders of this ancient and disappearing performing tradition.

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