Dec 10

The Petrified Forest (1973) aka Kaseki no mori (化石の森)

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Another fantastic work from Japanese genius director Masahiro Shinoda. Based on novel by Shintaro Ishihara, this is a human drama about the complex relationship of parent and child. Haruo spends his time working in a university hospital when he meets a childhood friend. He decides to poison his friend’s lover. On the other hand Haruo’s long estranged mother wishes to make amends with her lost son.

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Nov 19

Dead Angle (1979) aka Hakuchyu no shikaku

An extraordinary group of action stars join up together as elite college graduates in the 1950’s who commit perfect financial crimes through legal loopholes. Starring the great Natsuyagi Isao and Chiba Shinichi, along with legendary samurai star Amachi Shigeru. As with all things in life, nothing is perfect. Will justice prevail or is there really a perfect crime? Edge of the seat suspense highlights this superb crime drama!

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Nov 16

River’s Edge (2018) aka Ribazu Ejji

Haruna is a high school student whose, school-mates, school and life is topsy turvy and often tragic. One of her classmates is the homosexual Ichiro. The boy is often bullied, derided and beaten. He has the scars to show for it. Haruna stands by Ichiro’s side and comes to know Ichiro’s secret. Then they discover a corpse by a river beside the tall grass.

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