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
Watashi no Otoko
2014 / 129m - Japan
Drama
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

Mukoku

by Kazuyoshi Kumakiri
2017 / 125m - Japan
Drama
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.

Freesia: Icy Tears

by Kazuyoshi Kumakiri
Furîjia
2007 / 103m - Japan
Fantasy,Thriller
Freesia: Icy Tears poster

Kazuyoshi Kumakiri is an odd choice for doing a manga adaptation, it's no surprise then that Freesia: Icy Tears turned out to be a pretty odd film. Its fictional future is never explained in full, the characters are rather hard to read, and the somewhat muted approach to the material is certainly not standard. And that's exactly what makes this film stand out. It's a pretty intriguing and mystifying feature that kept me interested in the story and characters, while also establishing a unique atmosphere. Nothing quite like it, which makes it a worthy recommendation in my book.

Antenna

by Kazuyoshi Kumakiri
Antena
2004 / 117m - Japan
Drama
4.0*/5.0*
Antenna poster

Hole in the Sky

by Kazuyoshi Kumakiri
Sora no Ana
2001 / 127m - Japan
Drama
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.

Solid pieces

The End of Summer

by Kazuyoshi Kumakiri
Natsu no Owari
2013 / 114m - Japan
Drama
3.5*/5.0*
The End of Summer poster

Sketches of Kaitan City

by Kazuyoshi Kumakiri
Kaitanshi Jokei
2010 / 152m - Japan
Drama
3.5*/5.0*
Sketches of Kaitan City poster

Non-Ko

by Kazuyoshi Kumakiri
Nonko 36-sai (Kaji-tetsudai)
2008 / 105m - Japan
Comedy
3.5*/5.0*
Non-Ko poster

Green Mind, Metal Bats

by Kazuyoshi Kumakiri
Seishun Kinzoku Batto
2006 / 96m - Japan
Comedy,Crime
3.5*/5.0*
Green Mind, Metal Bats poster

The inoffensive

The Volatile Woman

by Kazuyoshi Kumakiri
Kihatsusei no Onna
2004 / 80m - Japan
Drama
3.0*/5.0*
The Volatile Woman poster

Worthy but flawed

The Ravaged House - Zoroku's Disease

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

Plain forgettable

Kichiku

by Kazuyoshi Kumakiri
Kichiku Dai Enkai
1997 / 100m - Japan
Drama,Horror
1.5*/5.0*
Kichiku poster