Kobayashi Masahiro at IFFR
The car-dealer Kazuma meets the younger Shin-ichi one night in a coffee shop - they tell each other their life stories about respectively their wife and girl-friend.
Dramatic story about the love-hate relationship between two brothers, that was started by an actress only just cured of her insanity.
Again, Kobayashi takes us along to a snow-covered Hokkaido, where this time a man kidnaps the hairdresser of a small town. Not a thriller, but a lightly erotic drama about loneliness.
A Kobayashi in top form. Yuko is a young woman who worked as a volunteer for an aid organisation in Iraq. One fateful day she was kidnapped. It's your own fault, is the universal Japanese reaction. When she came home, she still got blamed. Her fate is painfully portrayed by the Film Maker in Focus.
Road movie filled with film references set in a snow-covered Japan. With an unlikely friendship between a cop and a Yakuza, a body in the trunk and two chance, unlucky witnesses.
‘The most French of all Japanese film makers’ made his debut with this story about the seamy side of Tokyo. A down and out writer fills his nights with drink, women and endless conversations, until he meets someone who really gets through to him.
When a young girl from Hokkaido is murdered in her hotel room in Tokyo with a chainsaw, Inspector Murata (the flic from the title) is brought back from his self-imposed isolation. Together with his partner, he leaves for a deserted Hokkaido to investigate.
Man Walking on Snow
A simple story about grand things. The old man who walks through the snow is on his way to a fish farm to look at fish and to fill the void. It will soon be two years since his wife died.
Cold behaviour in a cold world doesn't mean that a film about coldness should also be cold. Two people come to terms with a sorrow so great that only a flight into numbness seems to help. The man is the father whose daughter was murdered. The woman is the mother of the murderer.
Where Are You?
2008s Film Maker in Focus Kobayashi Masahiro shows today's Japan from the perspective of an adolescent. Kobayashi Yuto, the son of the director, plays 16-year-old Ryo, and finds himself in a desperate situation: his mother is dying and the money has run out.
Old fisherman takes a journey so he'll no longer burden his granddaughter Haru. Together they visit family in search of a new home. Japanese actor Nakadai Tatsuya, as the grandfather, is still as impressive as when he made Kurosawa's magnificent films even more magnificent.
Women on the Edge
The disaster on 11 March 2011 made a huge impression in Japan. Few filmmakers were capable of coming up with an original response, but Kobayashi found a personal way. He invited three actresses to his family home in the disaster-stricken area. They act like nothing happened.
Black-and-white, with rice-paper doors. The director knows his classics, but remains a modernist. A father and son wrestle with death and loss. Strangely enough, the tone remains light.
Strangers When We Meet
A car accident and a secret date cause Ryoichi (Kobayashi himself) and his wife to stop talking to each other. Intensely sad.