Full versions of the Heian scroll that struck the Venice Biennale, and the Indian film craze that started two years ago in HISTORICA which is still growing this year. Experience the incomparable grandeur of historical films.

ラブロマンス/Love Romance
Japan Premiere

A magnificent digital remaster of a Heian scroll. With the same clarity from its premiere at the Venice Film Festival

In the reign of the Emperor Suzaku (930-946 A.D.), various mishaps happen after a strange white rainbow in appearance in the sky over Kyoto. The Emperor orders a famous astronomer, Yasunori, to consult a certain Chinese book of secrets to calm the fear of the people.Yasunori has two disciples, Yasuna and Doman. But he desires that Yasuna succeeds him because Doman is interested only in power. Assisted by Yasunori’s wife, Doman sends his follower, Akuemon, to kill Yasunori. Doman also steals the secret book and puts the blame on Yasuna and his sweetheart, Sakaki, Yasunori’s adopted daughter. Sa…

Japan | 1962 | 109min |
Director:Tomu Uchida
『Baahubali: The Beginning
Screaming screening

The excitement and joy of Baahubali for eternity. The legend returns in perfection!

The young Shivudu who grew up under a great waterfall, interested in the world beyond it, one day reaches the top of the waterfall. There, Shivudu meets and falls in love with the beautiful female warrior Avantihka. Shivudu finds out that her clan is in war with tyrant Bhallaladeva's kingdom, and becomes a warrior to sneak in. Shivudu learns that his biological mother had been imprisoned there for 25 years, and that he is Baahubali, the prince of the kingdom.

India | 2015 | 159min |
Director:S. S. Rajamouli
『Baahubali 2: The Conclusion
Screaming screening

Finale to the greatest love and revenge of the universe over three generations; from grandfather, father to son.

Sequel to "The Beginning". In Mahishmati, a lively kingdom of India from long, long ago. Shivudu who learns that he is the son of legendary hero Baahubali hears of the tragedy of his father's loss of the throne, from his father's vassal Kattappa. Amarendra Baahubali, announced the next king by Queen Mother Shivagami, hides his identity to go on a journey to inspect what is to become his own kingdom. He falls in love with princess Devasena of Kuntala Kingdom, but is forced apart from her by Bhallaladeva, who had lost the right to succession and began to plot against him. Shivudu fights against …

India | 2017 | 167min |
Director:S. S. Rajamouli


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The latest of those set in history, selected from the world!
Films with narrative energy that overcome borders and cultures have been selected from the world's latest period films. Stories of people and cultures, messages unable to tell in the present left to history's hands, and modernised traditional stories. All are the finest of historical entertainment.

『The Sower』
ラブロマンス/Love Romance サスペンス・ホラー/Suspense-Horror
Japan Premiere

"Should a man come along, let him be shared" A secret vow taken in a beautiful village of only women.

Violette is old enough to marry in 1852 when her mountain village is brutally deprived of all its men following the repression of the Republicans ordered by Louis-Napoleon Bonaparte. The women spend months in total isolation. Desperate to one day see their men again, they take an oath: if a man comes, he will be for everyone. Life must continue in the belly of each and every one of them.

France,Belgium | 2017 | 99min |
Director:Marine Francen
『A Violent Desire for Joy』
ヒューマンドラマ/Human Drama
Japan Premiere

To the foot of revolution, as the wind blows. Screened at the ACID Cannes 2018.

1792. Isolated in the mountains, far from the epicentre of the French Revolution, the monastery of young monk Gabriel is requisitioned to serve as barracks by the revolutionary troops and the silent young woman who accompanies them: Marianne. The new ideas Gabriel discovers through the forced cohabitation between monks and soldiers don’t leave him indifferent.

France | 2018 | 75min |
Director:Clément Schneider
ラブロマンス/Love Romance コメディ/Comedy
Japan Premiere

Meetings and partings, friendship and betrayal, love and hatred… With all in one, to Budapest the troupe goes!

When a handful of travelling actors perform a play, an angry fist fight erupts. A young soldier sides with them in the scuffle. After he is forced to flee, the troupe takes him in and together, they rattle in a cart from village to village, on their way to Budapest. It seems like a lucky escape, but little does he know what awaits him. A hanging, seduction, a duel, and love, on and maybe off stage. If he knew, perhaps, just possibly, he would join them anyway.

Hungary | 2017 | 102min |
Director:Pál Sándor
ヒューマンドラマ/Human Drama サスペンス・ホラー/Suspense-Horror
Japan Premiere

A man who lived 5000 years ago found in ice. The final story of the wounds that cover his body.

The Ötztal Alps, more than 5300 years ago. A Neolithic clan has settled nearby a creek. It is their leader Kelab's (JÜRGEN VOGEL) responsibility to be the keeper of the group’s holy shrine Tineka. While Kelab is hunting, the settlement is attacked. The members of the tribe are brutally murdered, amongst them Kelab’s wife and son, only one newborn survives... and Tineka is gone! Blinded by pain and fury, Kelab is out for one thing alone – vengeance! The pursuit of the murderers is shaping up to be quite an odyssey for Kelab. He fights for the infant’s survival and against the forces of nature. …

Germany, Italy, Austria | 2017 | 96min |
Director:Felix Randau
ラブロマンス/Love Romance ファンタジー/Fantasy
Japan Premiere

The Estonian Best Foreign Language Film of the 2018 Academy Awards. A romantic and dark folklore for the mature.

In this tale of love and survival in 19th century Estonia, peasant girl Liina longs for village boy Hans, but Hans is inexplicably infatuated by the visiting German baroness that possesses all that he longs for. For Liina, winning Hans’ requited love proves incredibly complicated in this dark, harsh landscape where spirits, werewolves, plagues, and the devil himself converge, where thievery is rampant, and where souls are highly regarded, but come quite cheap. With alluring black and white cinematography, Rainer Sarnet vividly captures these motley lives as they toil to exist—is existence wort…

Estonia, Netherlands, Poland | 2017 | 115min |
Director:Rainer Sarnet


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The heavy and light that represent Toei period films of the Japanese cinema golden age; Tomu Uchida with the suffocating drama with high density logic, and Tadashi Sawashima with lightness and speed upon sacrifice of coherence. All English-subtitled, enjoy the two extremes of period film from today's perspective. May the world discover period films."

『A Bloody Spear at Mt.Fuji』
ヒューマンドラマ/Human Drama

A feudal tragedy with the prestige of a classic, wholly depicting dramatic and social issues.

Sakawa Kojuro (Teruo Shimada), his spear carrier Genpachi (Chiezo Kataoka) and servant Genta (Daisuke Kato) are travelling the Tokaido towards Edo. Kojuro is a kind-heated lord, but unfortunately loves to drink and is a frenzy when drunk. Genpachi is anxious, as Genta is also a drinker.

Japan | 1955 | 94min |
Director:Tomu Uchida
『Tale of A Mystical Sword』
ヒューマンドラマ/Human Drama

Tomu, Chiezo and Yoshie's femme fatale. A sublime Baroque tragedy of Edo Yoshiwara.

Earnest merchant Jiro-zaemon (Chiezo Kataoka) has a birthmark; although moderately wealthy, he gets turned down at every matchmaking. One day, Jiro-zaemon visits Yoshiwara with a client, and spends the night with courtesan Tamatsuru (Yoshie Mizutani)…

Japan | 1960 | 109min |
Director:Tomu Uchida
『Travels of Hibari And Chiemi』
ラブロマンス/Love Romance コメディ/Comedy

There was once a time where films were the rulers of Japan! A masterpiece of musical comedy period film.

Short-sighted Okimi (Hibari Misora) and clumsy Otoshi (Chiemi Eri) are footwear attendants at a theatre. Though they do love plays, there were sick and tired of looking after footwear. There comes in Houkaibo (Chiyonosuke Azuma), a beggar-monk who was in fact a yoriki (police officer) under disguise investigating drug dealers. The two, accidentally arrested amongst the others, go on a journey through the Tokaido with some consolation money from the magistrate's office.

Japan | 1962 | 85min |
Director:Tadashi Sawashima
『Bride of White Castle』
ラブロマンス/Love Romance コメディ/Comedy

A musical comedy where dreamy Hibari Misora messes up the young lord's plans and even the film itself.

Okimi (Hibari Misora) is a weaver of a poor village by the Hakuba Castle, who dreams of the fairy tale that a young lord is looking for a bride. There, the handsome Kiritaro (Koji Tsuruta) comes to visit. Okimi believes that he is the lord in disguise, but in fact he is just a thief, the rascal lord, who had come to steal some money from a trunk. Sweet-talked by Kiritaro, Okimi brings a fortune for her young lord, and travels with Kiritaro and his party to Edo; however, the money gets stolen by some thugs on the way.

Japan | 1961 | 85min |
Director:Tadashi Sawashima
『The Samurai Vagabonds』

Slapstick by Kinnosuke, Katsuo and Hibari in their peak. A versitility and fast story that surpasses Howard Hawks.

Munenaga Owari (Kinnosuke Nakamura) and Yoshinao Kii (Katsuo Nakamura) who were chosen as candidates to be the next shogun have no interest in boring lord-business. The heads of each of the two's clans, as they keep trying to escape, tie the two to a palanquin to carry them to Edo. A journalist looking for some gossip of the next shogun comes to their dormitory causing havoc. The two, managing to get away, incidentally begin working for the papers run by Okimi (Hibari Misora). Not only do councillors against the two get involved as well as Kii and Owari, but Okimi's unpredictable father (Denji…

Japan | 1960 | 79min |
Director:Tadashi Sawashima


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The historical films that made a change to historical film, introduced in the 10 years of HISTORICA; we will look back at seven films from the 2nd to 8th editions. VFX, comedy, action, auteur, the concept may vary, but each film is thoroughly inspiring.

Screened at 2nd KHIFF

A full-scale comedy action film; Taoist wizard travels 500 years to redeem his bad reputation

Goblins that had been sealed, break free and take the flute of prophecy. Taoist wizard Hwadam tries to retrieve the flute and seal the goblins, but the flute ends up in Jeon Woochi's hands. Falsely accused by Hwadam for killing the Master, Jeon Woochi is imprisoned in a scroll with one half of the flute, to be unsealed 500 years later in the modern Seoul. Appraised film by Choi Dong-hoon of "The Thieves" (2011). The special effects and wire-action filled time-travel scenes are a succession of excitement; a spectacular piece of entertainment with no distraction allowed.

Korea | 2009 | 136min |
Director:Choi Dong-hoon
Screened at 3rd KHIFF

A comedic impression of the Korean civil war by maestro Lee Joon-ik that changed Korean historical film.

The Silla army siding with Tang, gathers 50,000 soldiers under general Kim Yoo-sin to break out in fights and games of human chess against arch-enemy general Kyebaek and his army of 5,000 Baekje soldiers - surprisingly holding out to a tough 4-4 game. The first historical film by maestro Lee Joon-ik that completely changed the image of historical films. He has succeeded in crystallising the war of the Korean peninsula into a drama by portraying it with a comedic taste and animating the complex relations. He breaks the box office records in his next film "King and the Clown".

Korea | 2003 | 101min |
Director:Lee Jun-ik
Screened at 4th KHIFF

British version of "13 Assassins" and "Seven Samurai". The highlight of war films lies in the siege!

1215, King John invades London in order to regain his authority which had been restricted by the Magna Carta. The only thing standing in the way of his victory was Rochester Castle. Will the soldiers manage to protect the castle and their freedom? In war films new and old, the highlight lies in the siege; the more the attackers and fewer the defenders, the greater the thrill. Like in "Seven Samurai", designated rebels had gathered at the old castle in the wilderness. The battle that takes place by the gates and tower is mouth-watering for siege maniacs.

United Kingdom, United States, Germany | 2011 | 121min |
Director:Jonathan English
Screened at 5th KHIFF
DVD screening

Experience Xu Haofeng's sharp eye that sees through time and space; A suspicious light emitted into the history of film by the hazardous.

A young man who grew up in a monastery meets the legendary "Judge Archer" who settles down conflicts between Martial Arts clans for the first time in the outside world. Succeeding the title from his master, the young man is asked to take revenge for the death of the client's father. Xu Haofeng is currently one of the most noticed directors in China. His narrative as a martial artist himself, is like that of Seijun Suzuki who controls both body and time at will. This is a rare film that emphasises this point to the fullest; don't miss it!

China | 2012 | 91min |
Director:Xu Haofeng
ヒューマンドラマ/Human Drama
Screened at 6th KHIFF

Is there GOLD at the ends of the earth? Hard-boiled road movie from the Berliner Schule.

Canada in the summer of 1898 during the Klondike Gold Rush: Emily Meyer joins up with a group of German immigrants to make the long journey to the gold fields that have just been discovered at Dawson City in the north. The group has staked everything in a bid to turn around their harsh lives in the New World. Their journey leads them deeper and deeper into the endless, harsh wilderness of the Canadian hinterland. A woman within the 7 gold-diggers of various age and backgrounds. There are many types of heroine in a film, but her kind of cool female characterisation is rare. An excellent work wh…

Germany | 2013 | 113min |
Director:Thomas Arslan
『Embrace of the Serpent』
ヒューマンドラマ/Human Drama
Screened at 7th KHIFF

Darkness that lurks in the depth of the Amazon; What lies at the end of the stream?

The shaman Karamakate, the only survivor of his aboriginal tribe, lived alone in the depth of the Amazon. A German ethnographer, severely ill, comes to him seeking for aid. Karamakate who despises westerners, turns him down once, but they set off in a canoe to look for the sacred plant ""yakruna"". Years later, Karamakate, lost of knowledge and emotion due to solitude, sets off on another journey with an American botanist. The 34-year-old Colombian director engraves the forgotten story of aborigines inspired by the journals of western explorers, the Amazon's ""memories"", to the screen. Free y…

Colombia, Venezuela, Argentina | 2015 | 124min |
Director:Ciro Guerra



A special programme in commemoration of the collaboration of "Kyoto Filmmakers Lab", our film festival's training programme, and the Venice Film Festival. Films produced in Venice under their project for the development of young filmmakers will be screened.

『Beautiful things』
ヒューマンドラマ/Human Drama
Japan Premiere

The beginning and end to the objects that feed our modern lifestyle. An Italian documentary; to a world of grand music and imagery.

Four men work secluded from the world; in an oil field in a desert in Texas, in a vessel travelling the ocean, in a strange anechoic chamber, and in a large concrete-reinforced pit. These men provide the basis for our daily lives. The objects that we take for granted every day begin and end their journey from unsettling industrial or scientific places. These men are monks, in temples of steel and concrete, carrying out their everyday rituals with phantoms in silence and solitude.

Italy | 2017 | 94min |
Director:Giorgio Ferrero
ラブロマンス/Love Romance
Japan Premiere

Music, colour, love. A virtual reality experience to explore the possibilities of film.

Sofia lives in a black and white world, a rare disease has rendered her incapable of perceiving the beauty of the colors. She passes her days reading books of poetry and visiting museums until one day her monochrome quiet is broken by the arrival of a new neighbour: Vincent, a pianist who with his music brings back her ability to see colors. The wonder of this journey of discovery is turned into a fusion of two souls in an eternal dance.

Italy | 2017 | 17min |
Director:Flavio Costa


A collaboration project "Meiji 150th anniversary project; Kyoto Prefecture's development program for digital remastering".

It is the "Meiji 150th Anniversary; birth of Kyoto". As well as reflecting upon Kyoto's character for creating many innovations, the project aims to make Kyoto even more attractive by focusing on new talents and culture for the future.

『Orizuru Osen』
ラブロマンス/Love Romance

Premiere for the digitally remastered version of Kenji Mizoguchi's silent masterpiece.

An emotional Meiji era film by Kenji Mizoguchi. Based on the novel "Baishoku Kamo Nanban" by Kyoka Izumi. A woman is made mistress by a yakuza, then forced to help honey-trapping, frauds and criminal businesses; she even puts her body at stake to finance a young man who wishes to study. She leaves behind a paper crane in hopes that he will fly high and succeed like a crane before being taken captive; what awaited her was imprisonment and an incurable illness. Kenji Mizoguchi brutally portrays the woman let to be destroyed, with sometimes sadistic images and dark, damp undertones that seep the …

Japan | 1935 | 86min |
Director:Kenji Mizoguchi


In commemoration of 120 years of the three film maestros of Kyoto - Tomu Uchida, Kenji Mizoguchi, Daisuke Ito.

Silent films by the three maestros, Tomu Uchida, Kenji Mizoguchi and Ito Daisuke, will be screened with a silent film narrator to commemorate 120 years since the birth of the three who have contributed to create the basis of films in Kyoto from the very beginning; in the brick architecture of the former Kyoto branch of Bank of Japan (an Important Cultural Property).

『Kigeki: Ase』

An ironic and humorous proletarian comedy with vigorous action.

Films from the late 1920's to early 30's were dominated by left-wing films, often referred to as the "proletarian films". A masterpiece by Tomu Uchida renowned for his cynical and satirical "Tomu-comedies". With his characteristic speedy and rhythmical action, he adds irony and humour into the proletarian film for another "Tomu-comedy"

Japan | 1930 | 67min |
Director:Tomu Uchida
『The Police Officer』

What does the police officer see behind the robbery he is after…? One of Tomu Uchida's early emotional dramas.

Based on the play "Omori Bank Robbery" by Toshihiko Takeda which portrayed the actual incident of the same name from 1932. Whilst being a film with political motives produced upon the cooperation of the Home Ministry and police, Uchida portrays the personal troubles of a police officer, being a civil servant, with elements of detective action.

Japan | 1933 | 121min |
Director:Tomu Uchida
『Furusato no uta』

Kenji Mizoguchi portrays a young man regaining his pride in agriculture - the oldest surviving work of Mizoguchi.

The oldest surviving film by Kenji Mizoguchi. Produced by the Nikkatsu division of education (Kyoto) upon consignment by the Ministry of Education. A bright young boy, unable to study in the city for financial reasons; although he feels inferiority towards the students coming back from the city, realising their thoughtless and frivolous attitudes, he is ashamed of feeling inferior to them and regains his pride in agriculture and the beauty of life in the countryside.

Japan | 1925 | 50min |
Director:Kenji Mizoguchi
『Taki no shiraito』

One of the most popular silent films by Mizoguchi. Kenji Mizoguchi portrays the pride and emotion of women of the Meiji period.

The adaptation of "The Righteous and the Chivalrous" by Kyoka Izumi which he had wanted to do from before he became a director. Unlike the graceful and modern characters Takako Irie had played beforehand, in front of Mizoguchi, she transforms into a water magician of coquettish appearance who blindly wishes for the success of a student, portraying the emotions deep inside of women of the Meiji period. Appraised for being the memorial film of Mizoguchi's silent film period, the sharp camera angles and racy flashbacks different to the typical methods of expression from his later films, are also …

Japan | 1933 | 105min |
Director:Kenji Mizoguchi
Continuous screening with Zanjin zanbaken

The first film by Daiske Ito, pulling Denjiro Okochi into the industry to start a new period film.

The first film by Daisuke Ito in his Nikkatsu career, as well as being his first pairing with Denjiro Okochi. Two brothers who swear their life to the emperor are in love with the same woman. Only the final reel with a sequence of fights is left of the film - the fierce cross-cutting between the protagonist who helps his younger brother and love escape from Shinsengumi, and the two running away, shows a glimpse of Ito's style. A digitally restored black and white print which has then been coloured with the same method of the silent film days will be screened.

Japan | 1926 | 15min |
Director:Daisuke Ito
『Chuji Tabinikki』

The beauty of failure; a landmark of silent period films erected in Kyoto by Daisuke Ito.

Both the director Daisuke Ito and leading actor Denjiro Okochi were 29 years old at the time of this film. Chuji had been portrayed as a selfless man by Matsunosuke Onoe and Shojiro Sawada until Daisuke Ito redefined him as a "defeated failure" with both greed and worries, to be introduced to the young as the new period film from Kyoto. This film has been appraised as the landmark of silent period films.

Japan | 1927 | 111min |
Director:Daisuke Ito
『Zanjin zanbaken』
Continuous screening with Chōkon

Whether a farmer or samurai - questioning the heart of a human. Daisuke Ito's action period film that stands true to his love for travelling shots.

The second film from a pentalogy that Daisuke Ito had as a concept. A proletarian-like period film where farmers suffering the oppression of the castle lord and evil magistrate bond with a wandering samurai to cause a rebellion. Rumours have it that 20 times the budget of a normal film was used, however, only an action-based part exists. The speed from the horseback sword fighting scene and the rescue of the farmers, also on horseback, is tremendous.

Japan | 1929 | 26min |
Director:Daisuke Ito



Kyoto Filmmakers Lab is the human resources cultivation program of our film festival that has taken place for 10 years running. Selected young film makers from all over the world experience period film making in Toei and Shochiku’s studios. The graduates of this program will return to Kyoto, like salmon who return to the river from sea, to show their feature film.

『Ten Years Japan』
ヒューマンドラマ/Human Drama
Japan Premiere

5 up-and coming Japanese directors depict 10 years in the future. An international project under the direction of Hirokazu Koreeda.

"DATA" (directed by Ai Tsuno) is a story of a girl who inherits the personal data of her deceased family as digital heritage. "Itazura Doumei (Mischief Alliance)" (Yusuke Kinoshita) portrays children whose morals have been raised in an AI educated area. "Utsukushii Kuni (A Beautiful Country)" (Kei Ishikawa) portrays a young man from an advertising firm in charge of a campaign for the draft, where conscription to the SDF has been taken into order in Japan. "PLAN75" (Chie Hayakawa) is a future version of the folklore Ubasute where euthanasia is recommended to the elderly over 75 years old. "Sono…

Japan | 2018 | 99min |
Director:Chie Hayakawa, Yusuke Kinoshita, Megumi Tuno, Akiyo Fujimura, Kei Ishikawa