Ishibashi Renji

When I Was Most Beautiful (This Country’s Sky)

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2015
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Set in Tokyo, Japan near the end of World War II. 19-year-old Satoko (Fumi Nikaido) lives with her mother (Youki Kudoh) and her aunt. The war is turning more grave. Even though Satoko is near the age to get married,…


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Rivers Edge Ookawabata Tanteisha

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2014
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Set in Asakusa, along the Sumida river amongst all the multi-tenanted residential and commercial buildings, there is a company by the name of “Ookawabata Tanteisha”. It is a small private investigators’ agency, run by 3 people. Muraki, who is the licensed investigator; the “Director”, who has ties with the underworld; and Megumi, the candid and bubbly pretty receptionist. Their customers are from all walks of life, and some come with the strangest requests, and yet none are turned away. In the course of their investigations, they come in contact with the people related to the clients, and they end up trying to resolve their relationship problems.


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Pale Moon

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2014
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A mellow drama following the moral decline of a housewife turned bank employee who embezzles a fortune from her customers and indulges in an affair with a younger man. Set in 1994, shortly after the burst of Japan‘s economic bubble.


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Kokoro no Ito

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2010
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Akito Nagakura (Ryunosuke Kamiki) is a high school student who is burdened with his mother Reiko’s (Yasuko Matsuyuki) lofty expectations. Reiko works for a seafood processing company and is also deaf. Her disability has given her an inferiority complex and, consequently, pushed Akito to become a renown pianist.
One day, Akito meets Izumi who is happily playing the keyboard in public. Izumi is also a deaf person. His encounter with Izumi makes Akito doubt his ways and his mother’s life. Akito then finally finds out about his mother’s past …


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Audition

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1999
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TV producer Aoyama Shigeharu (Ryo Ishibashi) is a middle-class man, Shigehiko (Tetsu Sawaki) his teenage son. His friend, movie producer Yoshikawa (Jun Kunimura), has the perfect palliative for Aoyoma’s loneliness: test out a number of possible new wives by holding a phony movie audition. The clueless Shigeharu eagerly agrees, and he and Yoshikawa hold interviews marked by questions about sex that seem to have little to do with acting. Aoyama eventually settles on tall, otherworldly waif Asami (played by ex-model Eihi Shiina). The more seasoned Yoshikawa senses that something’s not quite right with Asami; he investigates and finds many a hole in her story.


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