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Japan - 61 years old
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Funuke, Show Some Love You Losers

Funuke Domo, Kanashimi no Ai wo Misero
2007 / 112m - Japan
Comedy, Drama
Funuke, Show Some Love You Losers poster

A visually attractive film, with strong performances and some goofy humor. But underneath lies a mean-spirited dramatic layer that leaves a pretty strong impression.

The Kirishima Thing

Kirishima, Bukatsu Yamerutteyo
2012 / 103m - Japan
The Kirishima Thing poster

While Yoshida has quite a few stories to tell and quite a few angles to explore, the film still feels like a very tight package, sporting little to no cruft.

Permanent Nobara

Pamamento Nobara
2010 / 99m - Japan
Comedy, Drama
Permanent Nobara poster

I'm actively seeking out Yoshida's final film, if it proves to be as good as Funuke and Permanent Nobara he's making my select list of directors to watch.

The Wonderful World of Captain Kuhio

Kuhio Taisa
2009 / 112m - Japan
Comedy, Drama
The Wonderful World of Captain Kuhio poster

While a tad long, Kuhio Taisa is a great film that has little or no trouble keeping your attention. Sakai does a great job portraying Kuhio as a weird, devious but ultimately likable character.

The Scythian Lamb

Hitsuji no Ki
2017 / 126m - Japan
The Scythian Lamb poster

Another solid Yoshida, though not quite as good as the rest of his oeuvre. Six inmates are stationed in a small seaside town as part of a rehabilitation project, it's no surprise then that people start dying soon after. The film is dry yet funny, well acted and sports an interesting soundtrack, but lacks a touch of genius.

Pale Moon

Kami no Tsuki
2014 / 126m - Japan
Pale Moon poster

Kiba: The Fangs of Fiction

Damashie No Kiba
2020 / 113m - Japan
Kiba: The Fangs of Fiction poster

Japan loves a good corporate drama (with minor thriller elements). Not something I'd expect Daihachi Yoshida to direct, but here we are. The film is solid, pretty much what you'd expect from a film like this, but it doesn't do much to set itself apart from a slew of similar features. In that sense, it's a minor waste of potential, as Yoshida can do better.

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Trinity is a minor magazine of a publisher that is poised to become the victim of a power struggle. That is until Hayami is hired to take over the magazine. With his wit, charm, and novel ideas, he adds a new flair to the workplace. He isn't well-liked by the other higher-ups in the company, but he's a pro at navigating corporate pitfalls.

A subject like this is always going to be a little dry, even when the lead walks around with a sly smirk on his face for half the film. Hayami's character is fun and it's pleasant to see him barge through Japan's rigid corporate structures, but it doesn't really make for riveting cinema. It's a solid film, just not at the level of other Yoshida projects.