Etsushi Toyokawa

Twinkle

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1992
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Mitsuki Kishida and Shoko are in a marriage of convenience. Their arranged marriage was largely to satisfy their parental wishes and the general Japanese society at large. Mitsuki is a well respected doctor, while Shoko does translation work. What most people don’t know is that Mitsuki is gay and even has a boyfriend named Kon that Shoko is aware of. Meanwhile, Shoko has problems of her own and teeters on alcoholism. Strangely enough affection occurs between the two …


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The Man Behind the Scissors

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2005
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The Man Behind the Scissors centers around two serial killers: mastermind Yasunaga and helper Chinatsu. The two risk being found out when the police question them as witnesses to a gruesome murder they themselves may have committed. A quirky and perplexing police thriller centered around two murderers who thrive on slicing up schoolgirls. Calculated serial psycho Yasunaga (Tokokawa) and Chinatsu (Aso), his sweet female sidekick, find themselves being questioned as witnesses to a murder when their next potential victim turns up dead…with their M.O.


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Teacher and Three Children

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2008
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Set at the end of the Taisho era (1920s) at Ishiuchi Jinjo Higher Elementary School in the mountains of Hiroshima prefecture, there was a fervent teacher called Mr. Ichikawa (Akira Emoto). He always placed his pupils first and took any issues to heart. His warm personality is forever remembered by his former pupils. For Yoshito (Etsushi Toyokawa), who skipped town after his family went bankrupt, Mr. Ichikawa’s memory remains especially precious. 30 years later, a reunion is organized to celebrate Mr. Ichikawa’s retirement. Yoshito, who has gone to Tokyo but remains a struggling screenwriter, musters courage to attend the gathering where he has a tearful reunion with the teacher. Thereafter, Yoshito visits Mr. Ichikawa whenever possible, however, his advancing age means he is getting closer to the end of his life. “Teacher and Three Children” – 44th Kaneto Shindo film.
When I first read the synopsis I wasn’t too sure about this film, but once I’d watched it, I was glad I had.  At first glance, I thought it would be a typically goofy Japanese comedy. But I was pleasantly surprised.Of course, I would always watch a Shindo film and know I would find much to like. In this case, it was the humanity and depth of feeling that Shindo captures throughout the film that impressed me. It is light hearted in general and has many humourous scenes, but it always comes back to the emotional needs of the characters and the goodness of character and concern for others that helps them pull through the different trials life brings.It’s definitely not sugar coated. There’s lots of hardship and things don’t work out the way the characters might hope. I don’t know if you’d call this a ‘feel good’ movie, but it certainly leaves you with a sense of the goodness in people however imperfect we might be. 


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Postcard

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2010
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 Toward the end of World War II, middle-aged soldier Keita is entrusted with a postcard from a comrade who is sure he will die in battle. After the war ends, Keita visits his comrade’s wife Yuko and bears witness to the tragic life she has led. This year’s Oscar entry from Japan finds SHINDO in top form and his 49th and reportedly last film as fresh and poignant as ever. Written by Nippon Connection Film Festival


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Platina Data (Movie)

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2013
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Set in the year 2017, the Japanese government attempts to secretly control the DNA of its people. Ryuhei Kagura (Kazunari Ninomiya) is a top scientist in the field of DNA analysis. He works at the DNA analysis institution run by the National Police Agency.

When the inventor of the DNA analysis system is murdered, Ryuhei Kagura’s own DNA is found at the murder scene. Ryuhei Kagura becomes the prime suspect and then he becomes a fugitive. Veteran detective Reiji Asama (Etsushi Toyokawa) goes in pursuit.


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Her Granddaughter

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2015
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Tsugumi Dozono (Nana Eikura) works at a large electronics company in Tokyo. She likes to spend long vacations at her grandmother’s house in the countryside. One day, her grandmother passes away and Tsugumi Dozono decides to live in her grandmother’s house while working from home. She finds a strange middle-aged man in the house. The man’s name is Jun Kaieda (Etsushi Toyokawa).

Jun Kaieda tells Tsugumi that he is her grandmother’s ex-student and her grandmother gave him a key to the annex house. Tsugumi, who does not know the exact relationship between her grandmother and Jun, begins to live with him.


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Climbing to Spring

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2014
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Tooru (Kenichi Matsuyama ) spent his childhood living on the Tateyama Mountain Range with his father. He rebelled against his strict father and he now works as a trader in the financial world. One day, Tooru learns that his father has died. He travels back to the Tateyama Mountain Range for his father’s funeral. Eventually, Tooru decides to stay on the mountains. He decides to takeover his father’s cottage. At first, Tooru finds difficulties living on the mountain again, but soon he becomes healed by nature. A strange man then appears and introduces himself as Goro (Etsushi Toyokawa), a friend of his late father’s.


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10 Promises to My Dog

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2008
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One day a puppy comes to the house of Akari, who has just turned twelve, and was trying hard to act strong after her mother suddenly fell ill. She immediately falls in love with the puppy and names it “Socks”…


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