Retrospective: Contemporary Japanese Movies

Retrospective: contemporary Japanese movies will be held in Minsk on April 24th-28th, 2013 at Tsentralny Cinema.

The most outstanding Japanese movies for the past few years will be presented within the retrospective. These are brilliant examples of genre and art cinema, movies in which innovations and traditions find the most unexpected and original common points.

Director Koji Fukada will come to Minsk to personally present his movie “Hospitalité” – award winning film at international film festivals in Tokyo and  Bucheon, film-participant of Rotterdam IFF.

Press conference with Koji Fukada, organizers and representatives of the Embassy of Japan will be held on April 24th, 2013 at 17.00 at Tsentralny Cinema.

Please confirm your participation by e-mail or by phone +37529 5033124






Retrospective: Contemporary Japanese movies

April 24th (Wednesday) 18.30

Opening film

Japan in a day (2012)

Film-participant of International Film Festivals in Tokyo (Japan), Melbourne (Australia), Zurich (Switzerland).

Producers Ridley Scott, Takayuki Hayakawa

Duration  92 min (1 h 32 min)

Japan in a Day is a documentary shot by more than 8,000 amateur filmmakers, mainly from Japan, on March 11, 2012: the first anniversary of the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami that devastated the country’s east coast, caused a meltdown at the Fukushima nuclear power plant and killed at least 15,870 people. Two directors, Ridley Scott and Takayuki Hayakawa, sifted through the submitted footage and from it cut together this hour-and-a-half-long national portrait.


April 25th (Thursday) 18.30

Hanezu no tsuki (2011)

Film-participant of the main competition program of 64th Cannes Film Festival. Participant of International Film Festivals in Karlovy Vary (Czech Republic),  Busan (South Korea)

Director Naomi Kawase

Cast: Tota Komiju, Hako Oshima,  Тецуя Акикава

Duration  91 min (1 h 31 min)

The Asuka region is the birthplace of Japan. Here, in ancient times, there were those who fulfilled their lives in the midst of waiting. Modern people, apparently having lost this sense of waiting, seem unable to feel grateful for the present, and cling to the illusion that all things will move constantly forward according to one’s own plan.

In ancient times, there were three small mountains that people believed were inhabited by gods. They were Mt. Unebi, Mt. Miminashi, and Mt. Kagu, and they still stand. In that time, a powerful official used the mountains as a metaphor for a struggle inside his own heart. The mountains were an expression of human karma.

Time has passed into the present. Takumi and Kayoko, inheriting the unfulfilled hopes of their grandparents, live out their lives. Their tale continues a story of the ages, representing the uncountable souls that have accumulated in this land.


April 26th  (Friday)  18.30

Hospitalité (2011)

Award for Best Film in the section “Japanese eyes” at Tokyo International Film Festival

Award of the Association for promotion of Asian movies at the Festival of Fantastic Movies in  Bucheon (South Korea)

Film-participant of Rotterdam International Film Festival (the Netherlands)

*Film is presented by director Koji Fukada

Director  Koji Fukada

Cast: Kenji Yamauchi, Kiki Sugino, Kanji Furutachi

Duration  - 96 min (1 h 36 min)

In a corner of the industrial area of Downtown Tokyo, Kobayashi lives with his young wife, his daughter from the previous marriage and his divorced sister.

He owns a small printing company which makes it possible to keep his family. It seems that nothing can break off   the smooth course of his life. But then a strange troublemaker appears in the Kobayashi house.  


 April 27th (Saturday)  18.30

I Wish / Kiseki (2011)

Award for Best Screenplay at San Sebastián International Film Festival

Film-participant of Toronto IFF and Busan IFF

Director: Hirokazu Koreeda

Cast: Koki Maeda, Oshiro Maeda

Duration 128 min (2 h 08 min)

This is the story of two young Japanese brothers who live apart following the break-up of their parents' relationship. The older boy dreams of his family reuniting and prays for a miraculous intervention in the form of a volcanic eruption, hoping this might lead to his evacuation from his grandparents' region and a return home. Then, when he discovers that the passing of the speeding Bullet trains, approaching from opposite directions, creates a 'cosmic' moment during which wishes are granted, he sets out with a few friends to meet his brother at the meeting point on the railway line. There they make their wishes - with varying results.

April 28th  (Sunday) 17.00

Scabbard Samurai/ Saya Zamurai (2011)

Film participant of Locarno IFF and Busan IFF

Director: Hitoshi Matsumoto

Cast: Itsuji Itao, Jun Kunimura, Masatô Ibu

Duration 103 min (1 h 43 min)

Kanjuro Nomi is an aging samurai who only has a scabbard. With a past that made him throw away his sword and refuse to fight, he now journeys to nowhere with Tae, his only daughter. Kanjuro becomes a wanted man for deserting his lord and is sentenced to The Thirty-Day Feat: a formidable task to restore a smile to the sad prince who has lost his mother. He has thirty days to complete his assignment and one chance per day; if he succeeds, he walks free. If he fails, he must commit seppuku (the Japanese ritual suicide by disembowelment). The pressure is on as Kanjuro and Tae risk their lives in a battle of wits without a sword. Will the samurai be able to save himself and his beloved daughter?


 April 28th  (Sunday) 19.00

Hara-kiri (2011)

Film participant of the official competition program of  64th Cannes IFF.

Film participant of Sitges IFF and Busan IFF.  

Director: Takashi Miike

Music by    Ryuichi Sakamoto

Cast: Kôji Yakusho, Munetaka Aoki, Naoto Takenaka

Duration 126 min (2 h 06 min)

Seeking a noble end, poverty-stricken samurai Hanshiro requests to commit ritual suicide at the House of Ii, run by headstrong Kageyu. Trying to dismiss Hanshiro’s demand, Kageyu recounts the tragic story of a similar recent plea from young ronin Motome. Hanshiro is shocked by the horrifying details of Motome’s fate, but remains true to his decision to die with honor. At the moment of the hara-kiri, Hanshiro makes a last request to be assisted by Kageyu’s samurai, who are coincidentally absent. Suspicious and outraged, Kageyu demands an explanation. Hanshiro confesses his bond to Motome, and tells the bittersweet tale of their lives… Kageyu will soon realize that Hanshiro has set in motion a tense showdown of vengeance against his house.