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Japan - 49 years old
Alive and kicking
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Beyond exceptional

Helter Skelter

by Mika Ninagawa
Heruta Sukeruta
2012 / 127m - Japan
Helter Skelter poster

The entire film is an oddly compelling and insanely stylized fever dream that left me completely dazed and fully perplexed, a rare and significant accomplishment.

Rare treats


by Mika Ninagawa
2019 / 117m - Japan
Fantasy, Crime
Diner poster

Weird and full of wonder. Ninagawa's Diner is dark and outrageous, but the extremely colorful and bold direction give it a brighter appeal and a certain lightness you would not expect from a film like this. Ninagawa once again proves she is one of Japan's most talented active directors, a true delight.

The good stuff


by Mika Ninagawa
2006 / 111m - Japan
Sakuran poster

Sakuran is a cool film, if only because it gives you something worth looking at for its entire running time.

No Longer Human

by Mika Ninagawa
Ningen Shikkaku: Dazai Osamu to 3-nin no Onnatachi
2019 / 120m - Japan
No Longer Human poster

Interesting biopic on Osamu Dazai, one of Japan's famous writers. Like many of its peers, Ninagawa's film exploits the scandals around its central figure rather than laud its subject with praise and admiration, but that just makes things more interesting. Add the beautiful cinematography, a fine score and a superb cast and you have another winner.