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San Sebastian Film Festival to Feature 35 Films in ‘Japanese Independent Cinema 2000-2015’ Retrospective

San Sebastian Film Festival to Feature 35 Films in 'Japanese Independent Cinema 2000-2015' Retrospective

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The 63rd San Sebastian Film Festival will have a retrospective focusing on independent cinema produced in Japan over the last 15 years. The category will include works from both first-time directors as well as some of the country’s most experienced. 

The “Japanese Independent Cinema 2000-2015” retrospective is organized by the San Sebastian Festival, CulturArts-IVAC (Valencia), the Filmoteca Vasca, the San Telmo Museum and the San Sebastian European Capital of Culture 2016. The retrospective will also be accompanied by the publication of a book by Shozo Ichiyama, a Japanese producer and director of programming at the Tokyo Filmex International Film Festival. 

The titles for the retrospective include:

1. “H Story” (2001)- Directed by Nobuhiro Suwa 
2. “Sora no ana” (“Hole in the Sky”) (2001)- Directed by Kazuyoshi Kumakiri 

3. “Border Line” (2002)- Directed by Sang-il Lee 

4. “Rokugatsu no hebi” (“A Snake of June”) (2002) – Directed by Shinya Tsukamoto 
5. “Akarui mirai” (“Bright Future”) (2003)- Directed by Kiyoshi Kurosawa 
6. “Baka no hakonube” (“No One’s Ark”) (2003)- Directed by Nobuhiro Yamashita 
7. “Vibrator” (2003)- Directed by Ryuichi Hiroki 
8. “Kanaria” (“Canary”) (2004)- Directed by Akihiko Shiota 
9. “Osoi hito” (“Late Bloomer”) (2004)- Directed by Go Shibata
10. “Aru asa soup wa” (“The Soup, One Morning”) (2005)- Directed by Izumi Takahashi 
11. “Bashing” (2005)- Directed by Masahiro Kobayashi 
12. “A Stranger of Mine” (2005)- Directed by Kenji Uchida 
13. “Tarachime” (“Birth–Mother”) (2006)- Directed by Naomi Kawase 
14. “Hito no sex wo warauna” (“Sex Is No Laughing Matter”) (2007)- Directed by Nami Iguchi 
15. “Jitsuroku rengo sekigun” (“United Red Army”) (2007)- Directed by Koji Wakamatsu 
16. “Juyonsai” (“Fourteen”) (2007)- Directed by Hiromasa Hirosue 
17. “Sad Vacation” (2007)- Directed by Shinji Aoyama 
18. “Ai no mukidashi” (“Love Exposure”) (2008)- Directed by Sion Sono
19. “Passion” (2008)- Directed by Ryusuke Hamaguchi 
20. “Seishin” (“Mental”) (2008)- Directed by Kazuhiro Soda 
21. “Parade” (2009)- Directed by Isao Yukisada 
22. “Yellow Kid” (2009)- Directed by Mariko Tetsuya 
23. “Fuyu no kemono” (“Love Addiction”) (2010)- Directed by Nobuteru Uchida 
24. “Heaven’s Story” (2010)- Directed by Takahisa Zeze 
25. “Kawa no nakakara konnichiwa” (“Sawako Decides”) (2010)- Directed by Yuya Ishii 
26. “Saudade” (2011)- Directed by Katsuya Tomita 
27. “Fugainai boku wa sora o mita” (“The Cowards Who Looked to the Sky”)- Directed by Yuki Tanada 
28. “Kirishima bukatsu yametatteyo” (“The Kirishima Thing”)- Directed by Daihachi Yoshida 
29. “Mujin chitai” (“No Man’s Zone”) (2012)- Directed by Toshi Fujiwara 
30. “Sakura namiki no mankai no shita ni” (“Cold Bloom”) (2012)- Directed by Atsushi Funahashi 
31. “Hotori no sakuko” (“Au revoir l’été”) (2013)- Directed by Koji Fukada 
32. “Iya monogatari” (“The Tale of Iya”) (2013)- Directed by Tetsuichiro Tsuta 
33. “Miss Zombie” (2013)- Directed by Sabu 
34. “Soko nomi nite hikari kagayaku” (“The Light Shines Only There”) (2014)- Directed by Mipo Oh
35. “Sharing” (2014)- Directed by Makoto Shinozaki 

The 63rd San Sebastian Festival will run from September 18-26.

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