JFF 2016 – DRAMA FILMS

Kako: My Sullen Past / Fukigen na Kako

Every day, Kako stares sullenly at the canal. She holds nothing of interest in the store runs by her family ...
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Over the Fence

Shiraiwa is a man who neglected his family. After his wife deserts him, Shiraiwa leaves Tokyo and goes back to his hometown, Hakodate City ...
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What a Wonderful Family! / Kazoku wa Tsuraiyo

The old wife and husband couple, Shuzo and Tomiko, has three children. The eldest son live along with his parents, the eldest daughter lives with her husband in the neighborhood. Their youngest son is planning to get married to his girlfriend. The family has ordinary and happy lives, but unbelievable decision from their mother suddenly hits the family ...
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The Magnificent Nine / Tono, Risoku de Gozaru

Things seem hopeless for the residents of a poor post-town in 18th century Japan who suffered in great poverty due to heavy taxes imposed by the feudal lord. That is until an ingenious idea is introduced that could turn their fortunes around—lend money to their financially strapped lord and redistribute the interest to the townspeople to escape poverty ...
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The Anthem of the Heart / Kokoro ga Sakebitagatterunda

Jun Naruse is a girl who carries the guilt of breaking up her family with the words she carelessly uttered when she was young. Suddenly, a mysterious “Egg Fairy” appears in front of Jun and casts a curse on her so that she can never hurt anybody with her words. Jun’s ability to speak is sealed away: every time she tries, she feels a pain in her stomach ...
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Chihayafuru Part II / Chihayafuru Shimo no Ku

Chihaya forms a “competitive karuta club” (karuta: traditional Japanese card game) with Taichi, hoping to see her childhood friend Arata in the world of karuta. With Chihaya as the ace player, the club wins the Tokyo Tournament and gets a spot in the Nationals ...
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An / Sweet Bean

Sweet red bean paste is the “soul” of the dorayaki pancakes that Sentaro sells at his little bakery. Sentaro’s bakery is small but it has some regular customers. Sentaro makes dorayaki pancakes without enthusiasm because he is still absorbed with sad memories of the past ...
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The Mohican Comes Home / Mohican Kokyo ni Kaeru

Eikichi is vocalist of a death metal band without financial guarantees for his future. His pregnant girlfriend, Yuka, force him to return to his hometown in Tobi Island, where his family lives. He hasn’t been home for 7 years and he’s not eager to return ...
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Chihayafuru Part I / Chihayafuru Kami no Ku

Chihaya, Taichi and Arata are childhood friends, bound by their passion for playing “competitive karuta” (karuta: traditional Japanese card game). They separate after graduating from elementary school, but Chihaya continues playing karuta, the game that Arata taught her. She expects one day they can meet again and shows him how strong a player she has become ...
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