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2012, IFC Films, 109 min, Japan/France, Dir: Abbas Kiarostami

In this spare, haunting drama, an old man (Tadashi Okuno) and a young woman (Rin Takashi) meet in Tokyo. She knows nothing about him, he thinks he knows her. He welcomes her into his home, she offers him her body. But the web that is woven between them in the space of 24 hours goes way beyond that of a part-time call girl and a grandfatherly client. “It’s a thing of beauty with a heart of darkness; the surfaces have never been so alluring, so enticing, so literally lovely. Yet the world [Kiarostami] depicts is one of surveillance and fear, coercion and rejection, pain and renunciation, danger and violence.” – Richard Brody, The New Yorker.

1990, Film Movement, 96 min, Japan, Dir: Takeshi Kitano

When gangsters attack the coach of a small-time baseball team, two players decide to seek revenge in this action-packed and mordantly funny crime film from writer-director Takeshi Kitano. To purchase the requisite firepower, the pair (Masahiko Ono and Minoru Iizuka) travel to Okinawa, where they are befriended by Uehara (Kitano), an unhinged yakuza with his own axes to grind. In Japanese with English subtitles.

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