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Two journeys, two stories… four lives. In Japan, Nakata sets out on the road to resign from his job. He meets Ellen, a mysterious young woman looking to get out of Tokyo. On the other side of the ocean Ellen’s brother, Ben, is headed north along the California coast. He picks up Sarah, who’s hitchhiking from Las Vegas searching for a new life.
In Tokyo, a minister of public works is rumored to be taking evidence of corruption to a reporter: the CIA, the yakuza, and others want to grab the information and use it to squeeze the government. On the subway trip to meet the reporter, the official is murdered, but it looks like a heart attack.
Julien is a 14 years old teenager, overweight and friendly. As a result of an accident that temporarily immobilizes his mother, he is sent to Switzerland with his uncle and aunt. A seemingly perfect family, but Julien will cross paths with Keiko, a young Japanese sumo fan who thinks " we are never large enough"...
After living in Japan for some time and finding employment as a drug dealer, a brother sends for his sister to move Japan and live with him. With a story out of sequence, this film shows the brother and sister in their intimate moments. The experience is jarring at times and blissful at others. The setting is the Japanese redlight district of the very near future.
Bob Harris is an American film actor, far past his prime. He visits Tokyo to appear in commercials, and he meets Charlotte, the young wife of a visiting photographer. Bored and weary, Bob and Charlotte make ideal if improbable traveling companions. Charlotte is looking for "her place in life," and Bob is tolerating a mediocre stateside marriage.
After the death of his father, his aging mother Yoshiko seems to be moving on with her life with hobbies with the local elderly ladies. Ryota finds his sister Chinatsu is visiting their mother frequently and suspects she is trying to sponge off her; he believes she makes their mother pay for her daughter's figure skating lessons from her social pension.
When looking for alternative energy sources, the Japanese scientist Sekai tragically dies.The lack of an essential component won't allow a breakthrough. Only AUN, Sekai's son, seems to hold the key to protect mankind from self-destruction. AUN's dream-like images, lead into a fantastic and exciting world, full of brightness and darkness of life.
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.
Three outstanding film makers : the author of "Eternal Sunshine..." (Michel Gondry), the director of "Mauvais sang" (Leos Carax) and the creator of "The Host" (Bong Joon-ho) make three variations on the capital city of Japan. Three films about an immense, fascinating and anxiogenic city. Three films about the loss of points of reference, about solitude and modernity.
In 1937 China, during the second Sino-Japanese war, a mortician, John arrives at a Catholic church in Nanjing to prepare a priest for burial. Upon arrival he finds himself the lone adult among a group of convent girl students and prostitutes from a nearby brothel.