Mizuno Miki

Team Batista 4

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2014
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A hospital in a village is run by a family. The hospital does mainly end-of-life care and autopsies for unknown death cause cases. The residents there place their full confidence in the hospital. One day, a radiologist at the hospital disappears with one CT. What did the radiologist try to discover and what is the secret the family tries to keep secret about the hospital? The last fight for Kohei (Atsushi Ito) and Keisuke (Toru Nakamura) begins…


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Sweet Red Bean Paste (An)

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2015
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Sentaro runs a small bakery that serves dorayaki pastries filled with sweet red bean paste (“an”). When an old lady, Tokue, offers to help in the kitchen he reluctantly accepts. She will soon prove to have magic in her hands…


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Soratobu Taiya

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2009
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A tire comes off a moving truck and becomes a deadly weapon, hitting a mother and child. The problem was caused by the vehicle manufacturer’s failure to recall the vehicle, but the blame falls on the head of the delivery company who, despairing, searches for evidence that the recall was suppressed. Crossing paths with banks, police, weekly magazine writers, the victim’s family, and various others, he eventually gets to the truth of the matter. –JLPP


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Soratobu Kouhoushitsu

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2013
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Inaba Rika (Aragaki Yui) is a director at Teito TV Network. Ever since her childhood it was been her dream to be a reporter. Yet she frequently causes troubles due to her aggressive interviewing style and eventually gets transferred against her will to be the co-director of an evening information programme. She is put in charge of a special feature on uniformed personnel and ordered to interview the Self Defence Forces. First Lieutenant Sorai Daisuke (Ayano Go) became a fighter pilot but injured his foot in an accident and got assigned to a department which he was unprepared for, the Air Staff Office’s Public Relations Department. Ever since the accident, he has never once shown his feelings. However, Daisuke’s superior Sagisaka (Shibata Kohei) saw through his “benign, mild” facade and placed Rika in his care even though the people around him said he was still not ready for it. It chafes at Rika to have her dream destroyed and she psyches herself for a comeback as a reporter by getting a scoop. With that in mind, she is constantly provocative in her speech and conduct towards the members of the Public Relations Department, especially Daisuke. And she says something to Daisuke that she never should


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Sasori

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2008
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A ruthless pack of thugs force mild-mannered, caught-in-the-middle-of-something-bigger Nami to murder her fiance’s sister, decidedly ruining her pending marriage and landing the poor girl in the most brutal women’s prison ever seen. Inside the hellblocks, she decides to stop being a victim at all costs, and ends up becoming stronger and even more vicious than the craziest inmates in the pen. She eventually escapes in a most unusual way, gets valuable fight training from a mysterious mountain man and returns to the streets in order to make the thugs who ruined her life pay. By this time, Nami prefers to go by the name of Sasori (translation: Scorpion).


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kuroi 10-nin no onna

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2016
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Kaze Matsukichi is a TV producer with a beautiful wife, Futaba. However, he also has nine mistresses. His wife and mistresses have an inkling about each other’s existence, but they just cannot leave him even though they are fully aware that he is a philanderer. One day, they plot to murder him.


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Kazokugari

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2014
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Hizaki Yuko is a child psychologist working at the Childcare Center. At work, her heart goes out to the children at the center, especially so for the little girl Komada Reiko, who suffers abuse at the hands of her drunken father, Komada Koichi. At home, she has to endure the grumblings of her mother, Tamiko, who is the sole caregiver of Seitaro, Yuko’s father suffering from Alzheimer’s. With the suffering of the children at work and the complaints of her mother at home, Yuko can hardly get any rest and peace of mind. Sudo Shunsuke is a teaching art at a high school, but the days just flow by aimlessly for him. He dreams of creating a masterpiece and have his talent recognised by the world, and thus he spends all his free time creating his art. His girlfriend, Kiyooka Miho, is pressuring him to get married, but Shunsuke is reluctant to do so, as family and kids would just tie him down and stop him from realising his dream. One day, a crime takes place in Shunsuke’s neighbor’s apartment. The police had deemed it a murder-suicide, based on the suicide note left behind by the son, claiming that he had killed his grandfather and parents. Detective Mamihara Koki, based on his gut instinct, feels there is more to it, as the brutality of the parents’ murder seems uncharacteristic of the child perpetrator. He decides to pursue the case further, and soon, Shunsuke and Yuko are unwittingly pulled into the investigations…


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Im Home

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2015
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Ieji Hisashi was involved in an explosion that occurred in a town during a job assignment away from his family, but miraculously returns to life from a 3-month coma. However, he is told by the brain surgeon, Tsukuba Yoshiaki, that he is suffering from higher cerebral dysfunction due to the effects of the accident and has a fuzzy memory of the recent five years. He used to have a glamorous life as a sales representative for a securities company, but the damage to his brain has also affected his work. He is transferred to the unimportant Thirteenth Sales Department from the star department, the First Sales Department. Hisashi has to live a corporate life that is a stark contrast to the past. The only things he has left are dim recollections and a mysterious bunch of 10 keys. Even so, I have my dear family, he tells himself. He unlocks the door and steps into an empty house in a quiet residential neighbourhood. It suddenly starts to rain. He hurriedly takes in the laundry and when he is ironing the clothes, his daughter, Subaru, and ex-wife Kaoru, return. They are alarmed that he is here. This is the house where Kaoru, whom Hisashi divorced five years ago, and Subaru live. It is not Hisashis home any more. Because of his fuzzy memory and forgetfulness, Hisashi writes down things that occur daily in a diary as he tries to retrieve the past little by little. However, he is occasionally under illusion that his routine more than five years ago is the existing reality. This time, he ended up coming back home to Kaoru and Subaru. He hastily hands back the key and heads for the house he should return to where his current family waits. It is an ordinary home where he lives with his wife, Megumi, and their 4-year-old son Yoshio. However, Hisashi sees the faces of Megumi and Yoshio as masks. He can neither tell their facial expressions nor their emotions, let alone his love for them. This distresses him. On the other hand, he feels love for Kaoru and Subaru. What sort of days did he have in those five years which are a blank to him? Hisashi decides to set out on a journey to find his past self, relying on the bunch of keys that he has. He becomes aware that he was a cold, career-minded man before the accident while he visits people connected with his past. The persona that is gradually revealed is beyond the imagination of his present kindhearted self.


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Guilty of Romance

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2011
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A dramatic account of three women and their lives, seen through the looking glass of sex, words, madness, death, and family, Guilty of Romance — the new crime noir from the award-winning director Sion Sono (Love Exposure, Cold Fish) — tells the tale of three women entangled in a mystery…a mystery that is the gate to a hell-bound love like no other!

Set just before the turn of the 21st century, a grisly murder occurs in Maruyama-cho, Shibuya — a love hotel district — a woman was found dead in a derelict apartment in the pouring rain. Whilst the police investigate, the story interweaves with that of Izumi, the wife of a famous romantic novelist whose life seems just a daily repetition without romance. One day, to break away from the loveless monotony, she decides to follow her desires and accepts a job as a naked model faking sex in front of the camera. Soon she meets with a mentor and starts selling her body to strangers, whilst at home she hides behind the facade that she is still the wife she is supposed to be.

Bombarding the audience with graphic images and assaulting the emotions with classical music, Sion Sono has produced a movie that provokes all your senses, blending genres of film noir with drama and mystery, and showcasing the directors trademark style and use of vivid colour to portray emotion and mood, Guilty of Romance is the final and most exhilarating part of Sono’s “hate” trilogy.


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Best Partner

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1977
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Two men with the same name work for the same company and are involved with the same girl. One is her husband and the other is her superior. Best Partner focuses on the life of Japan’s corporate 30-somethings and the rivalry for success that encompasses their lives. Unbeknownst to each other, Suzuki Ichiro and Suzuki Ichiro both work for the same publishing firm in Tokyo. The only difference in their names is two strokes in the kanji character of their first names. Ichiro #1 marries his coworker, Hayama Asuka. Ichiro #2, who is Asuka’s superior, attends the wedding reception and the two Ichiros meet for the very first time. But seeing how close his new wife and her superior seem to be, Ichiro #1 begins to feel anxious about the future


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