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Dynamic Venus

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Directed by Kaichi Sato; Produced by Kaichi Sato; Written by Kaichi Sato

Directed by Kaichi Sato; Produced by Kaichi Sato; Written by Kaichi Sato

A mysterious superheroine lives as a housewife who is the target of violence from her husband every day.

22 minutes

Liquid

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Directed by Kaichi Sato, Bon Ando; Produced by Kaichi Sato; Written by Kaichi Sato

Directed by Kaichi Sato, Bon Ando; Produced by Kaichi Sato; Written by Kaichi Sato

A man has a terminal illness, and his lover has heard of something that can cure any kind of disease, but only if a visitor is a man.

12 minutes

Re: Play-Girls

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Directed/Written by Yuki Saito

Michi, a high school girl with a seemingly perfect life—loving parents, popularity, average grades—one day finds herself wanting to end her own life. When Michi reveals a big secret to her best friend, Haruna, she is betrayed by her. The one person she has trusted most has turned on her and Michi becomes the target of bullies at school. Blinded by her agony and hurt, Michi stumbles onto a suicide chat room where she exchanges stories with others in similar situations. After spending time on the site she is asked “Would you like to replay?” Michi impulsively presses “yes” which catapults her on a quest to her own death in the suicide game, “Re: Play-Girls.”

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94 min

Triplets (Mitsugo)

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Written/Directed/Produced by Tomoya Sato

Hana, Tsuki and Yume are identical triplet sisters. Living apart from each other, they are brought back together when Yume falls into a coma. Tsuki gives up all to stay by her sister’s hospital bed. Hana arrives for the expressed purpose of working out what to do with Yume, who no longer has any chance of recovery. Instead, the three have a most unusual conversation.

20 min

Alternative Dragon (Orutana Doragon)

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Written/Directed by Takehito WADA; Produced by Takehito WADA, Naoko NAKAMURA, Kohei ANDO 

Serena had just started to work for a door-to-door sexual service when she accidentally kills a customer who got out of hand. Sayama, her driver, treats this as an unfortunate business situation.

Out of panic, they cut the body into 6 pieces and load it in the back seat of their car. They decide to dump the body somewhere remote–the nearby woods.

On their way, they are stopped by basic human needs: food, washroom, and sleep. Each time they stop however, they encounter a new, annoying, and nearly surreal circumstance.

40 min

Kyoto Nocturnes: Elegant Slaughter

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Producer/Director/Writer: John Foster

Boss Watanabe is clinging to his sanity and control of Kyoto’s yakuza after Boss Aihara massacres most of his men in a sneak attack. Holed up in a dingy bar with Uchida, his lieutenant, Watanabe starts to see the mutilated ghosts of his dead soldiers. The specters blame him for their deaths, and they want revenge. Terrorized by both his inner demons and the threat that Aihara’s thugs will find him at any minute, Watanabe has only one way out: he hires K, an alluring American hit woman, to assassinate Aihara. For the right price, K will kill anyone. Even her own client.

22 min

D

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Producer/Director/Writer: Yoh Komaya

Anjo, a life insurance sales agent, meets a potential client named “D”. D has a special ability to spot a lie, and discovers Anjo has committed a crime and is trying to cover it up. Thus begins his conquest for the truth. As D follows the lies of everyone he meets, he gets closer to the heart of the truth, or what he thinks is the truth. Will the true intention of D be revealed when he discovers the truth behind Anjo’s crime? And who is D really?

55 min

The Laborer

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Writer/Director: Darryl Knickrehm; Producers: Darryl Knickrehm, Karl Knickrehm

In a life of work, we work to live life. One businessman has the opportunity to take a step back and look at his life. To his dismay he sees a man who not only labored at work but also in life. The Laborer is a tale of two levels. It is a commentary of the workaholic lifestyles of the world. But more importantly it is the intimate story of a man who is detached from his feelings and as a result has prevented himself from taking the opportunities of life.

20 min

Stephan

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Writer/Producer/Director: Maro Naito

In the Kingdom of Stephan, lack of oil is a serious problem. Why?—because it’s a country of robots. Stephan puts in all his savings to buy a planet where he hopes to dig some oil. He boards on the space bus to get to his planet where he meets new friends and experiences things he never imagined before.

21 min

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