Waseda Shochiku (1-5-16 Takadanobaba, Shinjuku-ku; www.wasedashochiku.co.jp) continues its run of double features of classics and recent hits with Lost in Translation and Her from November 15 and a Hitchcock double feature of North by Northwest (pictured) and Rear Window from November 22.
The international co-production of Midsummer Night’s Tango reveals that tango music’s most ardent fans are not in Argentina, but half a world away in Finland. Offbeat filmmaker Aki Kaurismäki is interviewed and makes the case that the dance genre actually started in Scandinavia. On from November 22 at Eurospace in Shibuya (1-5 Maruyamacho, Shibuya-ku; www.eurospace.co.jp).
Cinema Vera (1-5 Maruyamacho, Shibuya-ku; www.cinemavera.com) will offer a rare glimpse inside North Korea, with a documentary double feature running November 15-28. The Parade by Polish director Andrzej Fidyk captures an enormous event in 1988 and North Korea: The People as They Are was edited in Japan from footage secretly shot over the last decade.
Laputa in Asagaya (2-12-21 Asagaya Kita, Suginami-ku; www.laputa-jp.com/laputa/) will run a Setsuko Hara retrospective November 23-January 24. The actress dubbed “the eternal virgin” retired in 1963, but is reportedly still alive at 94.