When fastidious defence lawyer Shigemori (Masaharu Fukuyama) agrees to advocate for Misumi (Kôji Yakusho), a former convict who readily admits to brutally murdering a businessman, it seems an open-and-shut case. But the further Shigemori delves into his defendant's personal history - and that of his victim - the murkier and more complex matters seem to be.
Shifting gear completely from the minimalist meander of his regular family dramas, Koreeda presents his singular take on the kind of procedural crime investigations more familiar from American film and TV. But Koreeda is less interested in the cut and thrust of detective work than the tangled web of relationships that crimes knit together, and the individual personal frailties that lead to tragedy. Koreeda once again proves himself a master chronicler of the human condition, with a work that has been bestowed his home country's highest filmmaking honour, the Japan Academy Film Prize for 2017.
Crime 2020 89 mins Director: Jeanette Nordahl
When reserved 17-year-old Ida goes to live with her aunt and cousins, she soon becomes embroiled in the family’s aggressive business affairs in this tense, brooding and utterly gripping thriller.
Drama 2018 91 mins Director: Rene Pannevis
A young thief balances nocturnal thrills with caring for his chronically ill father, in this thrilling yet thoughtful crime drama.
Crime 2017 105 mins Director: Craig Macneill
Chloë Sevigny and Kristen Stewart captivate in this bodice-ripping retelling of the strange and fascinating case of Lizzie Borden.
Crime 2001 87 mins Director: Asif Kapadia
Irfan Khan stars in this stately swordplay epic from director Asif Kapadia (Amy, Senna) which earned critical comparisons with Kurosawa.
Drama 2019 100 mins Director: Nick Rowland
Cosmo Jarvis (Lady Macbeth) gives a visceral performance as the hired muscle for a crime family in rural Ireland.
Comedy 2019 108 mins Director: Takashi Miike
A terminally-ill boxer, a runaway call girl, a double-crossing drugs heist and a gang war; Takashi Miike doesn’t do things by halves.
Drama 2016 118 mins
As typhoons buffet Tokyo, Hirokazu Koreeda examines a broken family and the father’s dogged attempts to glue it back together.
Drama 2018 121 mins
Hirokazu Koreeda's modern masterpiece is dark yet touching account of an unorthodox family that relies on shoplifting to make ends meet.
Drama 2011 128 mins
Koreeda’s gentle, upbeat film about two brothers living in different cities following their parents' separation.
Drama 1998 119 mins Director: Hirokazu Koreeda
Koreeda's lyrical fantasy challenges the viewer to reflect on the experiences that most make life worth living.
Drama 2008 115 mins Director: Hirokazu Kore-eda
Koreeda’s subtle, moving account of the tensions within a family is his most Ozu-like film.
Drama 1995 109 mins Director: Hirokazu Koreeda
Koreeda’s first fiction feature is an exquisite meditation on loss, loneliness, uncertainty, and coming to terms with the past.
Featuring Masaharu Fukuyama
Drama 2013 121 mins
A touching and acutely observed story of two boys switched at birth having to readjust to their natural parents, from Japan’s modern maestro Hirokazu Koreeda.
2021 78 mins Director: Dylan Williams
Humorous and melancholic portrait of a senior Welsh male voice choir.
Documentary 2021 95 mins Director: Jamila Wignot
An immersive profile of ground-breaking and influential choreographer and founder of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.
Drama 2020 119 mins Director: Eric Steel
David gets a taste of freedom whilst living in 1980’s New York City when he develops a close friendship with his grandfather’s neighbours, two elderly closeted men.
Drama 2020 95 mins Director: Philip Baranttini
An emotionally scarred London chef (Stephen Graham) struggles to keep it together in this formally extraordinary and beautifully acted single-take thriller.
Drama 2021 104 mins Director: Eva Husson
In this beautiful adaptation of Graham Swift’s novel, starring Josh O’Connor and Odessa Young, a writer has a creative awakening steeped in books, love and loss.
Drama 2021 117 mins Director: Pablo Larraín
Pablo Larraín's sublime ‘fable from a true story’ imagines a Christmas weekend at Sandringham in the early 1990s, as an unhappy Princess Diana contemplates saying ‘no’.