films seen
12
average score
3.45*
nationality
Japan - 47 years old
status
Alive and kicking
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Not sure whether he's being ignored or simply forgotten, but Kumakiri is one of Japan's most capable directors when it comes to dark drama. A hidden gem whose oeuvre is well worth exploring, but his work isn't that easy to dig up.

Rare treats

My Man

by Kazuyoshi Kumakiri
Also known as
Watashi no Otoko
Specifics
2014 / 129m - Japan
Genre
Drama
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rating
4.5*/5.0*
toplist position
My Man poster

With a superb soundtrack, two killer leads and some visual panache, Kumakiri delivers a film that has the power to linger. That is, if you can stomach the punches My Man dishes out.

The good stuff

Freesia: Icy Tears

by Kazuyoshi Kumakiri
Also known as
Furîjia
Specifics
2007 / 103m - Japan
Genre
Action
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rating
4.0*/5.0*
Freesia: Icy Tears poster

Antenna

by Kazuyoshi Kumakiri
Also known as
Antena
Specifics
2004 / 117m - Japan
Genre
Drama
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rating
4.0*/5.0*
Antenna poster

Hole in the Sky

by Kazuyoshi Kumakiri
Also known as
Sora no Ana
Specifics
2001 / 127m - Japan
Genre
Drama
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rating
4.0*/5.0*
Hole in the Sky poster

Hole In The Sky is slow-paced cinema. There isn't much happening in terms of dramatic events, the characters are rigid and introvert and odd behavior is often taken for granted.

Mukoku

by Kazuyoshi Kumakiri
Specifics
2017 / 125m - Japan
Genre
Drama
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rating
4.0*/5.0*
toplist position
Mukoku poster

Kumakiri is back on track. Mukoku is a powerful drama mixed with strong genre elements (in the form of Kendo). The acting is superb, the film looks lush and the score is a real asset. Not as subtle as you may expect from a Japanese drama, but not worse for it.

Solid pieces

The End of Summer

by Kazuyoshi Kumakiri
Also known as
Natsu no Owari
Specifics
2013 / 114m - Japan
Genre
Drama, Biography
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rating
3.5*/5.0*
The End of Summer poster

Sketches of Kaitan City

by Kazuyoshi Kumakiri
Also known as
Kaitanshi Jokei
Specifics
2010 / 152m - Japan
Genre
Drama
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rating
3.5*/5.0*
Sketches of Kaitan City poster

Non-Ko

by Kazuyoshi Kumakiri
Also known as
Nonko 36-sai (Kaji-tetsudai)
Specifics
2008 / 105m - Japan
Genre
Comedy
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rating
3.5*/5.0*
Non-Ko poster

Green Mind, Metal Bats

by Kazuyoshi Kumakiri
Also known as
Seishun Kinzoku Batto
Specifics
2006 / 96m - Japan
Genre
Comedy, Crime
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rating
3.5*/5.0*
Green Mind, Metal Bats poster

The inoffensive

The Volatile Woman

by Kazuyoshi Kumakiri
Also known as
Kihatsusei no Onna
Specifics
2004 / 80m - Japan
Genre
Drama
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rating
3.0*/5.0*
The Volatile Woman poster

Worthy but flawed

The Ravaged House - Zoroku's Disease

by Kazuyoshi Kumakiri
Also known as
Tadareta Ie - Zôroku no Kibyô Yori
Specifics
2004 / 63m - Japan
Genre
Horror
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rating
2.5*/5.0*
The Ravaged House - Zoroku's Disease poster

Plain forgettable

Kichiku

by Kazuyoshi Kumakiri
Also known as
Kichiku Dai Enkai
Specifics
1997 / 100m - Japan
Genre
Drama, Horror
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rating
1.5*/5.0*
Kichiku poster