Black san serif logo spelling out KANI with elongated circular eyes signifying crab eyes. Wavy contours are reminicent of the ocean. Kani Releasing logo designed by Leo Mak.

Named after Yasujiro Ozu’s custom-made, tatami-level tripod, Kani Releasing is dedicated to leveling the gaze and furthering the understanding of Asian cinema in North America. Kani aims to expand the canon, bolster up-and-coming filmmakers and reintroduce repertory classics in context.

KANI009

Sell Out!

2009
Yeo Joon Han

A product designer invents a flawless soybean machine and attracts the ire of his bosses in this zany satire of cosmopolitan Kuala Lumpur.

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Viva Erotica

1996
Lo Chi Leung, Derek Yee

Leslie Cheung stars as Sing, a filmmaker making his softcore debut. An electrifying look at the world of Hong Kong Category III filmmaking.

KANI007

What's Up Connection

1990
Masashi Yamamoto

A Hong Kong teenager wins a trip to Japan and unleashes a chaotic chain of events. Masashi Yamamoto's unhinged globalization mini-epic.

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Robinson's Garden

1987
Masashi Yamamoto

A bohemian drug-dealer discovers an abandoned building on the outskirts of Tokyo. Director Masashi Yamamoto's defining 1987 punk statement.

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Tremble All You Want

2017
Akiko Ohku

24-year-old office worker Yoshika daydreams about former high school crush Ichi until Ni, a clumsy colleague, bursts her fabulous bubble.

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Videophobia

2019
Daisuke Miyazaki

Ai wakes from a night out with to find footage of a sexual encounter on a porn share site. Recourseless, she resorts to a strange solution.

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Ode to Nothing

2018
Dwein Baltazar

Lonely, alienated Sonya struggles to keep her family-owned funeral home afloat. Until an unexpected corpse lands illicitly at her doorstep.

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Cain and Abel

1982
Lino Brocka

When the domineering Señora Pina asks her favorite son to name his inheritance, she sparks a feud that boils over into all-out filial war.

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Being Natural

2018
Tadashi Nagayama

Carefree Takashi would rather play the bongo under the starlight... But a Tokyo family is determined to open a countryside café in his home.

Two Films by Masashi Yamamoto
Robinson's Garden & What's Up Connection

What's Up Connection

Metrograph
New York, NY
December 2, 2022 4:50 PM

Robinson's Garden

Metrograph
New York, NY
December 2, 2022 7:15 PM

Robinson's Garden

Metrograph
New York, NY
December 3, 2022 3:20 PM

Robinson's Garden

American Cinematheque (Los Feliz 3)
Los Angeles, CA
December 3, 2022 4:00 PM

What's Up Connection

Metrograph
New York, NY
December 3, 2022 5:45 PM

Robinson's Garden

Metrograph
New York, NY
December 4, 2022 12:40 PM

Robinson's Garden

Suns Cinema
Washington, DC
December 7, 2022 7:00 PM

Robinson's Garden

American Cinematheque (Los Feliz 3)
Los Angeles, CA
December 7, 2022 7:00 PM

What's Up Connection

Suns Cinema
Washington, DC
December 7, 2022 9:45 PM

Robinson's Garden

Suns Cinema
Washington, DC
December 9, 2022 7:00 PM

Robinson's Garden

American Cinematheque (Los Feliz 3)
Los Angeles, CA
December 11, 2022 4:00 PM

Robinson's Garden

Suns Cinema
Washington, DC
December 11, 2022 6:00 PM

What's Up Connection

Suns Cinema
Washington, DC
December 11, 2022 8:45 PM

Robinson's Garden

Suns Cinema
Washington, DC
December 15, 2022 9:35 PM

What's Up Connection

American Cinematheque (Los Feliz 3)
Los Angeles, CA
December 27, 2022 4:00 PM

Also coming to:

SPACE (Portland, ME)
Austin Film Society (Austin, TX)
Lumiere Cinema (Los Angeles, CA)
Northwest Film Forum (Seattle, WA)
Frida Cinema (Santa Ana, CA)

Book Screenings

Team

Contact

Inquiries: info@kani-releasing.com
Theatrical Bookings: theatrical@kani-releasing.com
Press: press@kani-releasing.com

Founded by Ariel Esteban Cayer & Pearl Chan
Logo Design: Leo Mak
Ident Theme: The Great Octopus
Distribution: OCN Distribution

New Releases

KANI009

Sell Out!

Yeo Joon Han

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KANI008

Viva Erotica

Lo Chi Leung, Derek Yee

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KANI007

What's Up Connection

Masashi Yamamoto

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KANI006

Robinson's Garden

Masashi Yamamoto

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Team

Contact

Inquiries: info@kani-releasing.com
Theatrical Bookings: theatrical@kani-releasing.com
Press: press@kani-releasing.com

Founded by Ariel Esteban Cayer & Pearl Chan
Logo Design: Leo Mak
Ident Theme: The Great Octopus
Distribution: OCN Distribution