After Life 

Director: Hirokazu Koreeda
118 minutes
Japanese (DUTCH subtitles)
1998 (35MM)
Johanna ter Steege will give an introduction to the film

NOTICE: this film starts at 17:00 uur.  In the printed filmguide there is an error about the time. One of the most constructed narratives of Hirokazu Koreeda, After Life is still an poignant and touching film about the way memories shape our life and personality. Set in a small mid-20th century social- service-style office, souls of the recently deceased are processed before entering …

Still Walking 

Director: Hirokazu Koreeda,
115 minutes
Japanese (English subtitles)
Bianca Tan will give an introduction to the film

A loving, yet painful portrait of a family visit during a hot summer day. Both Ryota (Abe) and his sister are visiting their parents’ house outside of the city, bringing along their families as well to commemorate the unfortunate passing of their younger brother fifteen years ago. Now, all gathered in their family house father, mother, brother, sister, wife, husband …

Suffering of Ninko 

Director: Niwatsukino Norihiro
70 minutes
Japanese (English subtitles)

IFFR@CinemAsia How agonising it must be to live a life of celibacy whilst being lusted after by men and women alike! This is the life of the young monk Ninko, whose torment takes on disturbing magnitudes after an encounter with a masked, naked woman. To cleanse himself of his impure sexual desires, the monk decides to embark on a spiritual journey …

The Hidden Fortress 

Director: Akira Kurosawa
146 minutes
Japanese (English subtitles)
Martin Koolhoven will give an introduction to the film

This story of two greedy peasants in feudal Japan inspired George Lucas in his creation of the iconic robot duo of C-3PO and R2-D2 of the Star Wars- saga. Here, Tahei and Matashichi, the peasant equivalent of the sci-fi tin companions, are tricked into escorting a famous General and Princess through enemy territory. Even though it appears the clever General …

Yamato (California) 

Director: Daisuke Miyazaki
119 minutes
Japanese (English subtitles)
Japan, USA

This “Miyazaki Daisuke joint” (an explicit reference to the socially engaged films of American director Spike Lee) is a hip hop fable portraying the tense relations and dynamics between Japan and the United States. Yamato has been laying in the shadow of an American Air Force base since the second World War, causing elements of American culture to seep into …