Yôen dokufu-den: Okatsu kyôjô tabi / Okatsu the Fugitive (1969) Nobuo Nakagawa, Junko Miyazono, Reiko Ônobuta, Tôru Abe, Drama

Yoen dokufuden Okatsu kyojo tabi (1969)
Okatsu: a “tomboy” who is good with a sword. Her father has found her a man to marry and actually she doesn’t seem too upset about the situation. At the same time, a bunch of farmers are being slaughtered by a corrupt group running a tobacco smuggling ring. They’re being investigated by a man who is documenting their crimes and when they find out about it, they torture him for information but get none. It’s not long before he and Okatsu’s mother wind up dead and she sets out for revenge.

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Back Street (1961) David Miller, Susan Hayward, John Gavin, Vera Miles, Drama

Back Street (1961)
Ambitious but thwarted, Rae Smith meets handsome Marine Paul Saxon, (of the Saxon department store chain), as he passes through Lincoln, Nebraska, on his way home from World War II. There’s a definite spark between them but circumstances intervene and he leaves town without her. Later she learns he’s married. Determined to make it as a fashion designer, Rae moves to New York and becomes a great success. One day she happens to meet Paul again and again there’s that spark but he’s still married so, as a form of escape, Rae moves to Rome to set up shop. Once again she meets Paul and finally they begin an actual affair since Paul’s shrewish, drunken wife, Liz, won’t give him a divorce. Time passes, the affair continues whenever time and place permit, but then, Paul’s young son finds out about Rae and Rae’s back-street world begins to crumble.

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Cold Summer of 1953 / Kholodnoe leto pyatdesyat tretego (1988) Aleksandr Proshkin, Valeriy Priyomykhov, Anatoliy Papanov, Viktor Stepanov, Action, Crime, Drama

Kholodnoe leto pyatdesyat tretego (1988)
In 1953, the year Stalin died, many prisoners (some political, but mostly common criminals) were released from the Soviet Gulags. This is the story of a remote settlement which was under attack by a bunch of these recently-released blood-thirsty thugs in the summer of 1953, and the townspeople, along with a two political prisoners, who try to stop them.

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Screaming Mimi (1958) Gerd Oswald, Anita Ekberg, Philip Carey, Gypsy Rose Lee, Drama, Film-Noir, Thriller

Screaming Mimi (1958)
Exotic dancer Virginia Wilson sees a man get shot moments after he tries to knife her in a shower, so she goes to Dr. Greenwood a psychiatrist for therapy. He falls in love with her and takes over her life, although she insists on continuing her career at the El Madhouse nightclub. The club’s tough owner is none other than Gypsy Rose Lee who plays ‘Gypsy’ and sings an incredibly bad song (“Put the Blame on Mame”) when Virginia is late one night. The traumatized Virginia is suspected of a series of murders. Each victim had purchased a contorted sculpture of a woman called the Screaming Mimi, which was created by her step-brother Charlie who was also responsible for shooting her attacker. It’s up to a handsome columnist Bill Sweeny to figure it all out.

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Hiroku kaibyô-den / The Haunted Castle (1969) Tokuzô Tanaka, Kôjirô Hongô, Naomi Kobayashi, Mitsuyo Kamei, Horror

Hiroku kaibyo-den (1969)
The film takes place during the rule of the eighth shogun Yoshimune, placing the film’s setting somewhere between 1716 and 1745, and focuses on a noble Lord Nabeshima Tango-no-kami (note the name). He rides out one day and sees a parasol on the distance. His friend, the blind Mataichirou, is having tea served by his sister Sayo. Nabeshima joins them and comments on her beauty.

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