films seen
8
average score
4.25*
nationality
Japan - 62 years old
status
Alive and kicking
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Rare treats

The World of Kanako

by Tetsuya Nakashima
Also known as
Kawaki
Specifics
2014 / 118m - Japan
Genre
Crime, Mystery
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rating
4.5*/5.0*
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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.

Confessions

by Tetsuya Nakashima
Also known as
Kokuhaku
Specifics
2010 / 106m - Japan
Genre
Thriller, Drama
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rating
4.5*/5.0*
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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
Also known as
Kiraware Matsuko no Issho
Specifics
2006 / 130m - Japan
Genre
Musical, Drama
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rating
4.5*/5.0*
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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
Also known as
Kuru
Specifics
2018 / 135m - Japan
Genre
Mystery, Horror
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rating
4.5*/5.0*
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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
Also known as
Shimotsuma Monogatari
Specifics
2004 / 102m - Japan
Genre
Comedy
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rating
4.5*/5.0*
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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
Also known as
Pako to Maho no Ehon
Specifics
2008 / 105m - Japan
Genre
Fantasy, Comedy
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rating
4.5*/5.0*
toplist position
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
Specifics
1998 / 93m - Japan
Genre
Comedy
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rating
3.5*/5.0*
Beautiful Sunday poster

Happy-Go-Lucky

by Tetsuya Nakashima
Also known as
Natsu Jikan no Otonatachi
Specifics
1997 / 73m - Japan
Genre
Drama
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rating
3.5*/5.0*
Happy-Go-Lucky poster