In 1863, when Americans warships approach Japan, a enigmatic ronin becomes a important figure in a complex game of power between the Shogunate and the empire. Read More »
Tag Archives: Eiji Okada
Saburo and Keiko fall in love with each other but the tide of the war separates them. Read More »
The critical establishment was clearly not prepared to accept a woman’s prison film featuring former prostitutes recovering from venereal diseases, unwanted pregnancies, and estranged lovers. Read More »
Mujô / This Transient Life (1970) Akio Jissôji, Kotobuki Hananomoto, Akiji Kobayashi, Eiji Okada, Drama
Set around a remote Buddhist monastery, it features Masao, a young son of a rich merchant who doesn’t want to follow his father into business or go to college Read More »
“Hiroshima” is a feature film directed by Hideo Sekigawa and was independently produced outside of major studio system in 1953. Read More »
Hiroshima mon amour (1959) Alain Resnais, Emmanuelle Riva, Eiji Okada, Stella Dassas, Drama, Romance
A French woman and a Japanese man have an affair while she is in Japan making a film about peace and the impact of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, The man, an architect, lost his family in the bombing. Read More »
As her husband Eiichi becomes more entangled in his life as businessman, Naoko looks for ways to expand her own life even as her husband’s life shrinks in scope and intimacy. She finds new interests, new love, and a greater sense of her place in the world.
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Jun’ai Monogatari / The Story of Pure Love (1957) Tadashi Imai, Shinjirô Ehara, Hitomi Nakahara, Eiji Okada, Crime, Drama, Romance
Junai Monogatari AKA Story of Pure Love is about two poor youths, Mitsuko and Kando, rebelling against society in various ways, who are desperately trying to be together despite tortuous circumstances. The film depicts their lives as thieves, menial laborers who can get little pay, society outcasts, and of course, lovers. Junai Monogatari depicts, mostly, their struggles within the Japanese reformatory system and Mitsuko’s worsening sickness.
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