At the time of writer-director Mitsuo Yanagimachi’s Fire Festival (1985), Dave Kehr in the Reader called him the “leading Japanese filmmaker of his generation”. Made 20 years later, this recent Yanagimachi feature—set at a Tokyo film school, and focusing on the lives of students who are about to shoot a feature—has stimulated a lot of favorable buzz since it showed at the Directors Fortnight at Cannes in 2005. In Japanese with subtitles. 115 min.