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Jôji Iida (story) (segment "Cold Sleep")
Shunji Iwai (segment)
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Interesting mix in whats possibly one of the best short film anthologies ever See more (3 total) »


Natsuko Akiyama ... (segment "Hijiki")

Reila Aphrodite
Hirofumi Arai ... (segment "Justice")
Haruka Ayase ... (segment "Justice")
Ryôko Hirosue ... (segment "Arita")

Satomi Ishihara

Kazuki Kitamura ... (segment "The Messenger - Requiem for the Dead")
Hitomi Kurihara ... (segment "Justice")
Akaji Maro ... (segment "Pandora - Hong Kong Leg")
Akifumi Miura ... (segment "Justice")
Takao Ohsawa ... (segment "Cold Sleep")
Samuel Pop ... (segment "Cold Sleep")

Tak Sakaguchi ... (segment "The Messenger - Requiem for the Dead")
Kuranosuke Sasaki ... (segment "Hijiki")
Ryôko Shinohara ... (segment "Kendama")
Albert Smith ... (segment "Cold Sleep")

Christian Storms ... (segment "Justice")
Ai Takahashi ... (segment "Hijiki")
Megumi Takahashi ... (segment "Hijiki")

Satoshi Tsumabuki ... (segment "Justice")
Tomomi Tsunoda ... (segment "Cold Sleep")
Yasutaka Tsutsui ... (segment "Cold Sleep")
Kanae Uotani ... The messenger (segment "The Messenger - Requiem for the Dead")
Megumi Uziie ... (segment "Hijiki' & 'Kendama")
Masayoshi Yamazaki ... (segment "Kendama")
Takami Yoshimoto ... (segment "Pandora - Hong Kong Leg")

Directed by
Daizaburo Hanada (segment "Opening")
Jôji Iida (segment "Cold Sleep") (as George Iida)
Shunji Iwai (segment "Arita")
Ryûhei Kitamura (segment "The Messenger - Requiem for the Dead")
Rokuro Mochizuki (segment "Pandora - Hong Kong Leg")
Tetsuo Shinohara (segment "Kendama")
Yukihiko Tsutsumi (segment "Hijiki")
Isao Yukisada (segment "Justice")
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Kawato Azusa  story "Cold Sleep"
Jôji Iida  story (segment "Cold Sleep")
Shunji Iwai  segment 'Arita'
Yuiko Miura  segment "Hijiki"
Rokuro Mochizuki  segment "Pandora - Hong Kong Leg"
Ryuichi Takatsu  segment "The Messenger: Requiem for the Dead"
Yukihiko Tsutsumi  segment "Hijiki"
Takako Watabe  segment "Kendama"
Isao Yukisada  segment 'Justice'

Produced by
Tetsuya Bessho .... consulting producer
Shinya Himeda .... assistant producer
Shin'ya Kawai .... producer
Yôkichi Ohsato .... executive producer (as Yokichi Osato)
Tsutomu Saito .... associate producer
Keiko Takahashi .... consulting producer
Seigo Tôno .... consulting producer
Haruo Umekawa .... producer
Munehiro Umemura .... executive producer
Original Music by
Kôji Endô (segment "Pandora - Hong Kong Leg")
Yoshihiro Ike (segment "Cold Sleep")
Shunji Iwai (segment "Arita")
Nobuhiko Morino (segment "The Messenger: Requiem for the Dead")
Yuji Nomi (segment "Hijiki")
Masayoshi Yamazaki (segment "Kendama")
Daisuke Yano (segment "The Messenger: Requiem for the Dead")
Cinematography by
Jun Fukumoto (segment "Justice")
Takumi Furuya (segment "The Messenger: Requiem for the Dead")
Minoru Ishiyama (segment "Kendama")
Satoru Karasawa (segment "Hijiki")
Hiroshi Takase (segment "Cold Sleep")
Kazunari Tanaka (segment "Pandora - Hong Kong Leg")
Film Editing by
Hirohide Abe (segment "Cold Sleep")
Toshihide Fukano (segment "Kendama")
Tsuyoshi Imai (segment "Justice")
Nobuyuki Ito (segment "Hijiki")
Shûichi Kakesu (segment "The Messenger: Requiem for the Dead")
Yôsuke Yafune (segment "Pandora - Hong Kong Leg")
Production Design by
Aiko Funaki (segment "Kendama")
Koichi Kanekatsu (segment "Justice")
Akio Kikuchi (segment "Pandora - Hong Kong Leg")
Tomoyuki Maruo (segment "Hijiki")
Iwao Saitô (segment "Cold Sleep")
Hikaru Takahasi (segment "The Messenger: Requiem for the Dead")
Yuji Tsuzuki (segment "Kendama")
Art Direction by
Miyuki Kitagawa 
Makeup Department
Sachiko Miyagawa .... hair stylist (segment "Justice")
Michio Miyauchi .... hair stylist (segment "Justice")
Michio Miyauchi .... makeup artist (segment "Justice")
Kan Satoh .... hair stylist (segment "Arita")
Kan Satoh .... makeup artist (segment "Arita")
Hiromi Shintani .... hair stylist (segment "Arita")
Production Management
Shigeki Itai .... production manager (segment "Pandora - Hong Kong Leg")
Kenichi Nakayama .... production manager (segment "Arita")
Yasuko Nakayama .... production manager (segment "Justice")
Minoru Takeoka .... production manager (segment "The Messenger: Requiem for the Dead")
Nobuo Takeuchi .... production manager (segment "Cold Sleep")
Takao Tsuchimoto .... production manager (segment "Kendama")
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Yûichi Abe .... chief assistant director (segment "Kendama")
Hisashi Kimura .... chief assistant director (segment: "Hijiki")
Norimasa Miyagi .... chief assistant director (segment "Cold Sleep")
Yutaka Oogi .... chief assistant director (segment "Pandora - Hong Kong Leg")
Hiroyoshi Wada .... chief assistant director (segment "The Messenger: Requiem for the Dead")
Sound Department
Kunio Ando .... sound mixer (segment "Pandora - Hong Kong Leg")
Soichi Inoue .... sound mixer (segment "Hijiki")
Hironori Itô .... sound mixer (segment "Justice")
Masayuki Iwakura .... sound mixer (segment "Cold Sleep")
Toshiyuki Kubota .... sound mixer (segment "The Messenger: Requiem for the Dead")
Shoji Mitsui .... sound editor (segment "Arita")
Kenji Shibasaki .... sound effects (segments "Cold Sleep" and "Justice")
Hirohide Shida .... sound producer (segment "Hijiki")
Yasushi Tanaka .... sound mixer (segment "Kendama")
Camera and Electrical Department
Tokujû Ichikawa .... gaffer (segment "Justice")
Kenji Ishida .... gaffer (segment "Hijiki")
Yasuhiro Nomura .... gaffer (segment "The Messenger: Requiem for the Dead")
Akira Ono .... gaffer (segment "Cold Sleep")
Tatsuo Sasaki .... video engineer (segment "The Messenger: Requiem for the Dead")
Seiichi Shiraishi .... gaffer (segment "Pandora - Hong Kong Leg")
Kazuo Yabe .... gaffer (segment "Kendama")
Music Department
Yukifumi Makino .... music supervisor
Fumitaka Shibara .... music supervisor
Other crew
Yasuo Fujimoto .... illustrator (segment "Arita")
Akiko Haraya .... script supervisor (segment "Kendama")
Mizuho Kudô .... script supervisor (segment "Justice")
Kumiko Yoshida .... script supervisor (segment "Hijiki")

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10 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Interesting mix in whats possibly one of the best short film anthologies ever, 27 May 2005
Author: dbborroughs from Glen Cove, New York

Seven films by seven film makers with a great animated opening. This is the reason that I love the movies.

Ranging from comedy to romance to scifi to drama to a few things in between, Jam Films is the rare bird of an anthology that doesn't have a really bad film among the group (a near impossibility when you have several directors combining talents). All the films run under 15 minutes and all leave you wanting to see whats coming next. The worst that could be said is that a couple run a minute or two too long, but thats not fatal.

The two stories that come off the least are: Kendama, a tale of a toy and onions, is the weakest over all since it didn't go anywhere (though it was enjoyable not traveling); and Justice, which is a very well made story about a an English class in Japan, who's full "meaning" was lost on these western eyes.

The other five are wonderful. Cold Sleep is a scifi story about a man waking up after 20 years in hibernation; Hijiki is a jet black comedy (The director calls it depressing in an on screen warning) about a hostage taker who finds out that life sucks for everyone; Pandora-The Hong Kong Leg, an erotic tale of a secret and secret medicine; the Messenger which is about a strange woman's message for a gangster; and lastly Arita about this small cartoon figures that show up everywhere in a girls life.

I can't really tell you more about the films since they are so short revealing more would put me in the danger of telling you too much.

I can tell you to see this film since it s great introduction to the work of seven talented directors. I've seen the works of several of them and was always impressed. Thanks to Jam Films I'm going to be searching out the work of the directors I don't know, and I'm going to find Jam Films 2, a sequel anthology.

Wow 9 out of 10. (For a few trivial flaws)

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