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NIGHT IS SHORT, WALK ON GIRL (2019)
Starring Gen Hoshino, Kana Hanazawa, Aoi Yuki, 神谷浩史, Hiroyuki Yoshino, Junichi Suwabe, Kazuhiro Yamaji, Kazuya Nakai, Mugihito and Nobuyuki Hiyama. Directed by Masaaki Yuasa.

REVIEWS Night Is Short, Walk On Girl - Kaleidoscopic, joyous and completely charming

FIREWORKS (2017)
Starring Suzu Hirose, Masaki Suda, Mamoru Miyano, Toshiyuki Toyonaga, Yuki Kaji, Kana Hanazawa, Takako Matsu and Shintarou Asanuma. Directed by Akiyuki Shinbo and Nobuyuki Takeuchi.

One summer day in a seaside town, two students, Norimichi and Yusuke, meet their crush, Nazuna at the pool. The boys have a swimming race to impress Nazuna. Norimichi loses, but finds a mysterious ball in the water. Yusuke wins, and is asked by Nazuna to go watch the fireworks together. While the boys argue whether fireworks are round or flat when viewed sideways, Nazuna tells Norimichi she was going to ask out whoever won the match. However, her true aim was to run away and “elope” with the winner, to get away from her mother’s remarriage.

Nazuna, in front of Norimichi’s eyes, resists her mother’s orders. Norimichi, powerlessly watches the situation, unable to help. “If only I’d won the race…” Irritated, Norimichi throws the ball he found in the water, and then… He finds himself back in the moment of the race. With that day repeating over and over again, what answers will Nazuna and Norimuchi find? And, are fireworks round or flat when viewed sideways?

OKKO'S INN
Starring Seiran Kobayashi, Nana Mizuki, Satsumi Matsuda, Rina Endo, Etsuko Kozakura, Yoko Asagami, Kana Hanazawa and Teiyu Ichiryusai. Directed by Kitarô Kôsaka.

After losing her parents in a car accident, Okko starts living in the countryside with her grandmother who runs a traditional Japanese inn. While she prepares to be the next owner of the inn, Okko can somehow see friendly ghosts.

REVIEWS Okko's Inn - A gentle tale of ghosts and human kindness

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