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Japan - 62 years old
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Rare treats

The World of Kanako

by Tetsuya Nakashima
2014 / 118m - Japan
Crime, Mystery
The World of Kanako poster

The World of Kanako isn't subtle and doesn't offer much in the way of breathers. It's crazy, weird, harsh and fast-paced, piling body upon body and putting Akikazu through increasingly rough trials.


by Tetsuya Nakashima
2010 / 106m - Japan
Thriller, Drama
Confessions poster

It's an audiovisual masterpiece, bearing an interesting plot, powerful emotions and some poignant social commentary. Nakashima keeps growing with every film.

Memories of Matsuko

by Tetsuya Nakashima
Kiraware Matsuko no Issho
2006 / 130m - Japan
Musical, Drama
Memories of Matsuko poster

If you care for contrast, this film delivers. An extremely tragic and depressing story is told in the brightest, most colourful and upbeat way possible. Nakashima's style is striking, the characters are happy and chirpy, but the spiral of negativity is inescapable. A strange and unpredictable film, but it is all the better for it.

It Comes

by Tetsuya Nakashima
2018 / 135m - Japan
Mystery, Horror
It Comes poster

Nakashima doing horror, it's a sight to behold. The man can't stick to a single genre it seems, then again everything he touches turns to cinematic gold, so who am I to complain. Intriguing, beautifully shot, smartly structured and with a long finale that dazzles for almost 30 minutes. This is another masterpiece.

Kamikaze Girls

by Tetsuya Nakashima
Shimotsuma Monogatari
2004 / 102m - Japan
Kamikaze Girls poster

Above all though, Kamikaze Girls is a lot of fun. It's a crazy, creative, vibrant film that keeps a pretty strict pace and only slows down a little towards the end of the film.

Paco and the Magical Picture Book

by Tetsuya Nakashima
Pako to Maho no Ehon
2008 / 105m - Japan
Fantasy, Comedy
Paco and the Magical Picture Book poster

My favorite Nakashima film so far. His next project looks more like a regular Japanese drama, but after such a sugar rush that doesn't really come as a surprise.

Solid pieces

Beautiful Sunday

by Tetsuya Nakashima
1998 / 93m - Japan
Beautiful Sunday poster


by Tetsuya Nakashima
Natsu Jikan no Otonatachi
1997 / 73m - Japan
Happy-Go-Lucky poster