Smuggler

In this wacky and shocking comedy, a failed actor is forced to work smuggling dead bodies and contraband in a world full of underground bankers and crazed fashionista yakuza killers. [Synopsis courtesy of TIFF]

Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai

An tale of revenge, honor and disgrace, centering on a poverty-stricken samurai who discovers the fate of his ronin son-in-law, setting in motion a tense showdown of vengeance against the house of a feudal lord. [IMDb]

Hello! Junichi

Katsuhito Ishii (“Funky Forest: The First Contact” and “The Taste of Tea”) takes on the story of Junichi–a timid third grader who can’t muster the courage to return an eraser he borrowed from his secret crush–and turns it into a children’s rock ‘n’ roll comedy. Junichi’s world is turned upside down as apprentice teacher Anna-sensei (Hikari Mitsushima) scraps her lesson plan to show the rambunctious students about life as an adult. With Anna’s unorthodox style, Junichi and his friends are able to gain confidence and pursue their goal of putting on a big concert. Co-directed with Kanoko Kawaguchi and Atsushi Yoshioka, “Hello! Junichi” brings out the kid in adults and lets kids be kids. Boasting Ishii’s signature dance numbers and Yoshiyuki Morishita (the “Japanese Steve Buscemi”) as the band’s homeroom teacher, it’s a unique experience built for future and current movie maniacs.