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Japanese Films

Cafe Lumiere (2003)

Yoko defies her traditional parents with the news that she is pregnant and has no desire to marry the baby's father. She soon befriends the owner of a second-hand bookstore, who falls in love with her, but keeps his feelings silent. Gradually Yoko begins to re-evaluate her life.

Chushingura (1962)

After their lord is tricked into committing ritual suicide, forty-seven samurai warriors await the chance to avenge their master and reclaim their honor.

Departures (2008)

When his orchestra disbands, Daigo Kobayashi (Masahiro Motoki) decides to start over and moves back to his small hometown. Desperate for work, he secretly takes a job as a “Nokanshi,” a funeral professional who prepares the deceased for burial and entrance into the next life. But while working with the families of the departed, Daigo embarks on a spiritual journey of his own as he finally experiences the joy and wonder of living.

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