Paco and the Magical Picture Book - Tetsuya Nakashima (2008)
“Kamikaze Girls” and “Memories of Matsuko” director Tetsuya Nakashima’s latest film is a children’s fantasy, taking place in a hospital where a little girl, Paco, is recovering from a car accident in which she lost not only her parents, but her memory. The eccentric staff (including Koji Yakusho and Anna Tsuchiya) set about entertaining Paco with the magical story called “The Toad Prince vs the Crayfish Magician”. The film is set to hit Japanese theatres in September.
The Family Game – Yoshimitsu Morita (1983)
Winner of the 1984 Kinema Junpo Award for best film and named by critics as one of the most important Japanese films of the 1980s Yoshimitsu Morita’s “The Family Game” is a biting satire of the Japanese family during the boom years of the bubble economy. When the Numata’s youngest son Shigeyuki’s grades are suffering they hire a tutor, played by Japanese screen legend Yusaku Matsuda, but his unorthodox teaching style goes beyond moving Shigeyuki to the head of the class and soon starts shaking up the status quo of the Numata household.