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average score
Japan - 48 years old
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Rare treats

Ten Nights of Dreams

by Yoshitaka Amano, Kon Ichikawa, Akio Jissoji, Masaaki Kawahara, Suzuki Matsuo, Miwa Nishikawa, Atsushi Shimizu, Takashi Shimizu, Keisuke Toyoshima, Yudai Yamaguchi, Nobuhiro Yamashita
Yume Ju-Ya
2006 / 100m - Japan
Horror, Mystery
Ten Nights of Dreams poster

A wonderful collection of shorts, visually pleasing, fun to watch and from time to time refreshingly weird.

Solid pieces

The Long Excuse

by Miwa Nishikawa
Nagai Iiwake
2016 / 124m - Japan
The Long Excuse poster

Dear Doctor

by Miwa Nishikawa
Dia Dokutâ
2009 / 127m - Japan
Dear Doctor poster

A small and subtle drama. The Japanese country side isn't all that exciting and Nishikawa takes her time to tell a moderately interesting story, but the sluggish atmosphere does have its perks. The direction is solid, the actors do a good job and the film left me fulfilled. Not the most dashing film, but a nice find nonetheless.


by Miwa Nishikawa
2006 / 120m - Japan
Drama, Crime
Sway poster

Wild Berries

by Miwa Nishikawa
Hebi Ichigo
2003 / 108m - Japan
Comedy, Drama
Wild Berries poster

The inoffensive

Under the Open Sky

by Miwa Nishikawa
Subarashiki Sekai
2020 / 126m - Japan
Drama, Crime
Under the Open Sky poster

Nishikawa's latest felt like she took it a little too easy. It's a decent drama no doubt, resting on the shoulders of a capable cast. The film does little to distinguish itself though, and with a 2-hour runtime it was simply too predictable and safe to make a strong impact. I think it's fair to expect more from someone with her reputation.

Masao Mikami has spent the bigger part of his life in jail, most notably for Yakuza-related crimes. When he gets out after a 13-year sentence, he vows to better his life. There aren't too many opportunities for an ex-con though, and Mikami struggles to find a job to support himself with.

Having a veteran like Kôji Yakusho is a blessing, and he delivers. But the film seems just a little too content to put all the weight on his shoulders. The cinematography's a little plain, the drama is somewhat simplistic and there isn't quite enough meat here to support a 2-hour runtime. There's a base quality here and the film never derails, I just wish there was more to it. Not bad, but somewhat forgettable.


by Ryuichi Hiroki, Suzuki Matsuo, Miwa Nishikawa, Tetsuo Shinohara, Shinya Tsukamoto
2005 / 118m - Japan
Female poster

Worthy but flawed

Dreams for Sale

by Miwa Nishikawa
Yume Uru Futari
2012 / 134m - Japan
Drama, Crime
Dreams for Sale poster