Japan Series Hdh

Japan Through the Lens

From cocktails to design to queer activism, explore the many layers of the unique culture of Japan through five fresh finds, many rarely screened in North America.

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Supported by Japan Foundation, Toronto

Jf Ama San1

Immerse yourself in the ancient tradition of diving for pearls, urchins and abelone with the "sea women" of Japan's Shima Peninsula.

Jf Book2

Book-Paper-Scissors

  • Japan
  • 94
    Director:
  • Nanako Hirose
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Discover the incredible story of Nobuyoshi Kikuchi, a 75-year old man who devoted his life to designing over 15,000 books, all by hand.

Jf I Quit Being2

I Quit Being Friends

  • Japan
  • 84
    Director:
  • Imamura Ayako
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In her new film, deaf director Ayako Imamura turns her camera towards her friendship with Ma-chan, who has difficulties interacting with people due to her Asperger’s Syndrome.

Jf Queer Japan2

Queer Japan

  • Japan, USA
  • 99
    Director:
  • Graham Kolbeins
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Trailblazing artists, activists, and everyday people from across the spectrum of gender and sexuality defy social norms and dare to live unconventional lives in this kaleidoscopic view of LGBTQ+ culture in contemporary Japan.

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Yukiguni

  • Japan
  • 87
    Director:
  • Satoshi Watanabe
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Drink in the brilliance, charm and unconventional life of legendary Japanese bartender Keichi Iyama, creator of the world-famous Yukinugi cocktail.

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