Reiko, a prize-winning writer, moves to a quiet isolated house to finish up her new novel. Read More »
Tag Archives: Etsushi Toyokawa
Teacher and Three Children AKA Ishiuchi jinjô kôtô shôgakkô: Hana wa chiredomo (2008) Kaneto Shindô, Akira Emoto, Etsushi Toyokawa, Naomasa Musaka
The 95-year-old director shot the film in his hometown of Ishiuchi, Hiroshima. The story is based on a teacher he had when he was a child. Read More »
Yawarakai seikatsu AKA It’s Only Talk (2005) Ryuichi Hiroki, Shinobu Terajima, Etsushi Toyokawa, Akira Emoto
Yuko is 35 years old, single, out of work, and on medication from her psychiatrist to combat her manic depression. Read More »
Every Monday at 6 pm a young woman is murdered in the subway. The psychiatrist Setsuko Suma is called in to assist the police. Read More »
Hasami otoko / The Man Behind The Scissors (2005) Toshiharu Ikeda, Etsushi Toyokawa, Kumiko Asô, Hiroshi Abe, Crime, Thriller
Toshiharu Ikeda makes a return to extreme genre fare with this taut police procedural about serial murder suspects who possess convincing alibis.
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Kao / Face (2000) Junji Sakamoto, Naomi Fujiyama, Etsushi Toyokawa, Michiyo Ohkusu, Comedy, Drama, Crime
The story of a socially awkward seamstress and her unexpected, darkly humorous journey, FACE brought international attention to its innovative director, Junji Sakamoto, and to Naomi Fujiyama, a Japanese stage actress making her searing film debut. Fujiyama plays Masako, whose unhappy life is turned upside down by a series of tragic occurrences in her family. She becomes a fugitive, but her odyssey through the Japanese countryside–marked by unexpected twists and fascinating characters–proves strangely liberating.
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Yatsuhaka-mura / Village of the Eight Tombs (1996) Kon Ichikawa, Etsushi Toyokawa, Yûko Asano, Yu Ji Chin Ye, Mystery
400 hundred years ago the inhabitants of the village of Yatsuhaka murdered 8 samurai rebels, whom they were actually helping to hide away, afraid of what the Shogunate would do to them. Before dying one the samurai puts a curse on the village. Strange things start to happen so the villagers decided to erect 8 graves for the murdered samurai to appease their anger. Then four hundred years later the head of Tajimi family and head of the village goes mad and starts killing almost everyone in the village. 25 years later his eldest son is poisoned. Kindaichi Yousuke detective is hired by the family’s lawyer as everyone in the village believes is the curse of the samurai again.
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