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Three by Ryusuke Hamaguchi

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Following the widespread acclaim of his superlative 2016 feature Happy Hour and its unexpected follow-up Asako I & II (2018), Ryusuke Hamaguchi has recently emerged as one of Japan’s most eminent filmmakers. With a co-writing credit on his former mentor Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s latest Venice Film Festival Silver Lion-winning film Wife of a Spy (2020), Hamaguchi’s prominence as an important and exciting voice within the international cinema community only continues to grow. In light of this recent accolade, Japan Society takes a look back on Hamaguchi’s career to offer a handpicked selection of lesser known works—consisting of his seldom screened debut feature film and two mid-length narrative fiction gems—that shed light on the auteur’s evolving style and thematic interests, including his ongoing fascination with the passage of time and the elusive nature of performance, perception and truth.

Prices: $2 for Heaven Is Still Far Away, $3 for Touching the Skin of Eeriness and $7 for Passion / 20% off for members. | Rent all three films together for $10 / $8 members. | All rentals available for 7 days after purchase with a 48-hour viewing window.

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Heaven Is Still Far Away
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Heaven Is Still Far Away
Streaming from Friday, November 6
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Passion
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Passion
Streaming from Friday, November 6
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Touching the Skin of Eeriness
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Touching the Skin of Eeriness
Streaming from Friday, November 6
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Japan Society Film's programs are generously supported by the Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Endowment Fund and Gaia Holistic Health Foundation/Dr. Kazuko Tatsumura-Hillyer.

Additional season support is provided by The Globus Family, David Toberisky, Geoff and Fumi Matters, George Gallagher, Laurel Gonsalves, James Read Levy, Akiko Koide and Shohei Koide, Masu Hiroshi Masuyama, Dr. Tatsuji Namba, David S. Howe, and Michael Romano.

Transportation assistance is provided by Japan Airlines, the exclusive Japanese airline sponsor of Japan Society Film.


Main image: Heaven Is Still Far Away © NEOPA; Passion © Tokyo University of the Arts, Graduate School of Film and New Media; Touching the Skin of Eeriness © NEOPA.

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