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Keizo Tsujiguchi believes his wife Natsue was having an extramarital affair when their child was kidnapped and killed. Read More »
Ayako is charged with murdering her much older academic husband while climbing a mountain. Read More »
While performing in a touring kabuki troupe, leading female impersonator Yukinojo comes across the three men who drove his parents to suicide twenty years earlier Read More »
The Temple of the Wild Geese (1962) Yûzô Kawashima, Ayako Wakao, Masao Mishima, Isao Kimura, Drama, Romance
Kawashima excelled in portraying latent psychological anxieties and their incursion to associations. Read More »
A greedy, materialistic family tries to cover-up that the embezzlement committed by the child when keeping their other strategies busy. Read More »
Seisakus Wife (1965) Yasuzô Masumura, Ayako Wakao, Takahiro Tamura, Nobuo Chiba, Drama, Romance, War
Japan at the beginning of the 20th century. Okane, a beautiful girl from a poor family, must serve as a mistress to a much older rich man. Read More »
Sonoko, a bored housewife entering middle age, met a young girl, Mitsuko, at a private school of art. Read More »
Koshoku ichidai otoko / A Lustful Man (1961) Yasuzô Masumura, Raizô Ichikawa, Ayako Wakao, Tamao Nakamura, Comedy, Drama
Fascinated with women from an early age, Yonosuke had his first sexual encounter at the age of seven. Read More »
Karakkaze yarô / Afraid to Die (1960) Yasuzô Masumura, Yukio Mishima, Ayako Wakao, Keizô Kawasaki, Crime, Drama
A group of yakuza is hired to break a strike and an antihero of his former law partners faces while trying to escape the clutches of a murderer to asthmatic salary.
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Nise daigakusei / A False Student (1960) Yasuzô Masumura, Ayako Wakao, Jerry Fujio, Jun Fujimaki, Comedy, Drama
Nise Daigakusei is an odd, straightforward youth drama by Yasuzo Masamura, set in a Japanese university which is home to a group of active, leftist students. Read More »
Aozora Musume / The Blue Sky Maiden (1957) Yasuzô Masumura, Ayako Wakao, Keizô Kawasaki, Kenji Sugawara, Comedy, Drama
Ayako Wakao plays good-natured Yuko, the illegitimate daughter of a well-off executive, raised in the country by relatives. Journeying to Tokyo she finds Father’s Western-style house to be a nest of vipers straight out of There’s Always Tomorrow, replete with Terrible Children, a housekeeper who sees all, and a dog named Cal with his own doghouse. But Yuko meets it all with aplomb; she’s interested in one thing only, finding her real, cast off mother.
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Diary of a Mad Old Man / Fûten Rôjin nikki (1962) Keigo Kimura, Sô Yamamura, Ayako Wakao, Keizô Kawasaki, Drama, Comedy
Diary of a Mad Old Man is the journal of Utsugi, a seventy-seven-year-old man of refined tastes who is recovering from a stroke. He discovers that, while his body is decaying, his libido still rages on – unwittingly sparked by the gentle, kindly attentions of his daughter-in-law Satsuko, a chic, flashy dancer with a shady past.
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A Woman’s Testament / Jokyo (1960) Kon Ichikawa, Yasuzô Masumura, Ayako Wakao, Hiroshi Kawaguchi, Jirô Tamiya, Drama, Romance
The first story concerns an attractive young woman who works in a Tokyo nightclub. Her plan for a solid financial future has a double whammy. She is investing in a company on the one hand, and on the other, taking action to snare the son of the company’s owner in matrimonial bliss. In the second story, a beautiful young woman is employed by an unscrupulous real estate agent to convince male clients to invest in worthless property. A scrub in the tub usually does the trick. The last story is about a widowed geisha who has no real financial worries and when she falls in love with a forger, she opts to wait for him after he is sent to prison, rather than follow societal or family dictates.
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Echizen take-ningyo / Bamboo Doll of Echizen (1963) Kôzaburô Yoshimura, Ayako Wakao, Junichiro Yamashita, Tamao Nakamura, Drama, Romance
Based on a novel by Tsutomu Mizukami, a celebrated writer whose fictions also furnished plots for directors from Tadashi Imai to Masahiro Shinoda, this haunting melodrama focuses on a young bamboo worker who takes his father’s prostitute as his wife. Though uncharacteristically cold for Yoshimura, the film makes stunning use of its stark black and white cinematography, and boasts an extraordinary lead performance from Ayako Wakao.
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