films seen
8
average score
3.37*
nationality
Japan - 47 years old
status
Alive and kicking
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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
Also known as
Yume Ju-Ya
Specifics
2006 / 100m - Japan
Genre
Horror, Mystery
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rating
4.5*/5.0*
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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
Also known as
Nagai Iiwake
Specifics
2016 / 124m - Japan
Genre
Drama
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rating
3.5*/5.0*
The Long Excuse poster

Dear Doctor

by Miwa Nishikawa
Also known as
Dia Dokutâ
Specifics
2009 / 127m - Japan
Genre
Drama
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rating
3.5*/5.0*
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.

Sway

by Miwa Nishikawa
Also known as
Yureru
Specifics
2006 / 120m - Japan
Genre
Drama, Crime
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rating
3.5*/5.0*
Sway poster

Wild Berries

by Miwa Nishikawa
Also known as
Hebi Ichigo
Specifics
2003 / 108m - Japan
Genre
Comedy, Drama
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rating
3.5*/5.0*
Wild Berries poster

The inoffensive

Under the Open Sky

by Miwa Nishikawa
Also known as
Subarashiki Sekai
Specifics
2020 / 126m - Japan
Genre
Drama, Crime
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rating
3.0*/5.0*
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.

Female

by Ryuichi Hiroki, Suzuki Matsuo, Miwa Nishikawa, Tetsuo Shinohara, Shinya Tsukamoto
Also known as
Fîmeiru
Specifics
2005 / 118m - Japan
Genre
Drama
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rating
3.0*/5.0*
Female poster

Worthy but flawed

Dreams for Sale

by Miwa Nishikawa
Also known as
Yume Uru Futari
Specifics
2012 / 134m - Japan
Genre
Drama, Crime
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rating
2.5*/5.0*
Dreams for Sale poster