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

by Tetsuo Shinohara
Also known as
Shinkokyu no Hitsuyo
Specifics
Japan [2004] - 123 mins
Genre
Drama
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rating
4.5*/5.0*
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Breathe In, Breathe Out poster

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

by Tetsuo Shinohara
Also known as
Metro ni Notte
Specifics
Japan [2006] - 121 mins
Genre
Drama
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rating
3.5*/5.0*
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Heaven's Bookstore

by Tetsuo Shinohara
Also known as
Tengoku no Honya - Koibi
Specifics
Japan [2004] - 111 mins
Genre
Drama, Romance
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rating
3.5*/5.0*
Heaven's Bookstore poster

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

by Tetsuo Shinohara
Also known as
Shôwa Kayô Daizenshû
Specifics
Japan [2003] - 112 mins
Genre
Comedy
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rating
3.5*/5.0*
Karaoke Terror 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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rating
3.5*/5.0*
Jam Films poster

The inoffensive

Female

by Ryuichi Hiroki, Suzuki Matsuo, Miwa Nishikawa, Tetsuo Shinohara, Shinya Tsukamoto
Also known as
Fîmeiru
Specifics
Japan [2005] - 118 mins
Genre
Drama
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rating
3.0*/5.0*
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High School Girl's Friend 

by Tetsuo Shinohara
Also known as
Jo Gakusei no Tomo
Specifics
Japan [2001] - 104 mins
Genre
Comedy, Drama
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rating
3.0*/5.0*
High School Girl's Friend  poster

First Love

by Tetsuo Shinohara
Also known as
Hatsukoi
Specifics
Japan [2000] - 113 mins
Genre
Romance
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rating
3.0*/5.0*
First Love poster

Worthy but flawed

Sweetheart Chocolate

by Tetsuo Shinohara
Also known as
Tian Xin Qiao Ke Li
Specifics
Japan, China [2012] - 106 mins
Genre
Drama
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rating
2.5*/5.0*
Sweetheart Chocolate poster

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

by Tetsuo Shinohara
Also known as
Ogawa no Hotori
Specifics
Japan [2011] - 104 mins
Genre
Drama
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rating
2.5*/5.0*
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Schoolday of the Dead

by Tetsuo Shinohara
Also known as
Shisha no Gakuensai
Specifics
Japan [2000] - 100 mins
Genre
Horror
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rating
2.5*/5.0*
Schoolday of the Dead poster

Plain forgettable

Last Operations Under the Orion

by Tetsuo Shinohara
Also known as
Manatsu no Orion
Specifics
Japan [2009] - 120 mins
Genre
Action, War
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rating
1.5*/5.0*
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Yamazakura

by Tetsuo Shinohara
Specifics
Japan [2008] - 99 mins
Genre
Drama, History
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rating
1.5*/5.0*
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