films seen
13
average score
2.92*
nationality
Japan - 58 years old
status
Alive and kicking
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Not one of Japan's most unique or remarkable directors, though Shinohara helmed his fair share of interesting films. If you're looking for solid drama or horror features and you're otherwise out of options, his oeuvre is a perfect back-up.

Rare treats

Breathe In, Breathe Out poster

Breathe In, Breathe Out

by Tetsuo Shinohara
Also know as: Shinkokyu no Hitsuyo
Specifics: Japan [2004] - 123 mins
Genre: Drama
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4.5

If you think it all sounds rather dull than that's perfectly understandable. The thing is, it really isn't. Breathe In, Breathe Out is a beautiful, pure, subtle and heart-warming drama.

Solid pieces

Riding on the Metro poster

Riding on the Metro

by Tetsuo Shinohara
Also know as: Metro ni Notte
Specifics: Japan [2006] - 121 mins
Genre: Drama
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3.5
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Heaven's Bookstore

by Tetsuo Shinohara
Also know as: Tengoku no Honya - Koibi
Specifics: Japan [2004] - 111 mins
Genre: Drama, Romance
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3.5

A fine drama that plays like a more sentimental version of Koreeda's After Life. Shinohara isn't as subtle, the drama itself has a clearer direction and some moments can be a bit much, but overall this is a sweet, loveable and slightly fantastical film that had little trouble convincing me of its qualities. Fans of '00 Japanese dramas won't be disappointed.

Karaoke Terror poster

Karaoke Terror

by Tetsuo Shinohara
Also know as: Shôwa Kayô Daizenshû
Specifics: Japan [2003] - 112 mins
Genre: Comedy
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3.5
Jam Films poster

Jam Films

by Daizaburo Hanada, Jôji Iida, Shunji Iwai, Ryuhei Kitamura, Rokuro Mochizuki, Tetsuo Shinohara, Yukihiko Tsutsumi, Isao Yukisada
Specifics: Japan [2002] - 109 mins
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
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3.5

The inoffensive

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Female

by Ryuichi Hiroki, Suzuki Matsuo, Miwa Nishikawa, Tetsuo Shinohara, Shinya Tsukamoto
Also know as: Fîmeiru
Specifics: Japan [2005] - 118 mins
Genre: Drama
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3.0
High School Girl's Friend  poster

High School Girl's Friend 

by Tetsuo Shinohara
Also know as: Jo Gakusei no Tomo
Specifics: Japan [2001] - 104 mins
Genre: Comedy, Drama
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3.0
First Love poster

First Love

by Tetsuo Shinohara
Also know as: Hatsukoi
Specifics: Japan [2000] - 113 mins
Genre: Romance
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3.0

Worthy but flawed

Sweetheart Chocolate poster

Sweetheart Chocolate

by Tetsuo Shinohara
Also know as: Tian Xin Qiao Ke Li
Specifics: Japan, China [2012] - 106 mins
Genre: Drama
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2.5

A noble attempt, but this Chinese-Japanese co-production never really finds its rhythm. Maybe it's because the romance is rather overstated and cheesy, maybe Shinohara just wasn't the right man for this particular blend of China and Japan. There are some hopeful moments, but overall it's just not that great.

At River's Edge poster

At River's Edge

by Tetsuo Shinohara
Also know as: Ogawa no Hotori
Specifics: Japan [2011] - 104 mins
Genre: Drama
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2.5
Schoolday of the Dead poster

Schoolday of the Dead

by Tetsuo Shinohara
Also know as: Shisha no Gakuensai
Specifics: Japan [2000] - 100 mins
Genre: Horror
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2.5

Plain forgettable

Last Operations Under the Orion poster

Last Operations Under the Orion

by Tetsuo Shinohara
Also know as: Manatsu no Orion
Specifics: Japan [2009] - 120 mins
Genre: Action, War
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1.5
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Yamazakura

by Tetsuo Shinohara
Specifics: Japan [2008] - 99 mins
Genre: Drama, History
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