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Big in Japan

USA | 2014 | 100 minutes | John Jeffcoat

Real-life Seattle band Tennis Pro play semi-fictionalized characters of themselves as they travel to Japan in a dramatic, final effort to make it big. The lighthearted plot mixed with Jeffcoat’s guerilla filmmaking style breezily guides you through the band’s comic misadventures in Tokyo.

Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter

USA | 2014 | 104 minutes | David Zellner

When a lonely Japanese woman believes she knows the location of a buried treasure after watching and re-watching Fargo on an old VHS tape, she leaves her cluttered and mundane life in Tokyo to travel to Minnesota and find it.

The Little House

Japan | 2014 | 136 minutes | Yoji Yamada

A country girl named Taki comes to Tokyo in the 1930s to find domestic work, observing the bourgeois goings-on and indiscretions of her employers. Adapted from the novel by Kyoko Nakajima.

Miss Zombie

Japan | 2013 | 85 minutes | Sabu

Cult director Sabu returns with this elegantly framed satire of zombie lore and modern materialism. When a family has a zombie unexpectedly delivered to their house, they decide to keep her as a domestic servant, with unintended and deadly consequences.

Patema Inverted

Japan | 2013 | 99 minutes | Yasuhiro Yoshiura

A dazzling, emotionally complex science fiction romance about Patema and Age, two teens who live in the same world but on opposite gravitational pulls.

Unforgiven

Japan | 2013 | 135 minutes | Lee Sang-il

Ken Watanabe stars as a retired samurai who takes up his sword anew in this gorgeously shot and impressively choreographed Meiji-period remake of Clint Eastwood’s classic western.

Why Don’t You Play in Hell?

Japan | 2013 | 126 minutes | Sion Sono

An amateur filmmaking crew called the F*ck Bombers use documentary and flash-mob techniques to film whatever mayhem they encounter, stumbling into a gory war between Yakuza factions.