Tag Archives: Japan

The Clone Returns Home / Kurôn wa kokyô wo mezasu (2008) Kanji Nakajima, Mitsuhiro Oikawa, Eri Ishida, Hiromi Nagasaku, Drama, Sci-Fi

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The Clone Returns Home is a compelling meditation on the paradox of life and death, and the meaning of love and family. Set in an imaginary – yet utterly imaginable – future, this quietly provocative film skillfully transposes complex emotional drama into the realm of science fiction by exploring the influence of technology on human memory and experience. Filled with stunning imagery and haunting stillness, The Clone Returns Home deftly combines subtly nuanced sci-fi with a uniquely Japanese perspective on the universal themes of family, life, love, and death.

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Violent Cop / Sono otoko, kyôbô ni tsuki (1989) Takeshi Kitano, Maiko Kawakami, Makoto Ashikawa, Action, Crime, Drama

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Detective Azuma is a Dirty-Harry style rogue cop who often uses violence and unethical methods to get results. While investigating a series of drug-related homicides, Azuma discovers that his friend and colleague, Iwaki, is supplying drugs from within the police force. After Iwaki is murdered and Azuma’s sister is kidnapped, he breaks all the rules to dish out his particular form of justice.

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Shinobi no mono / Ninja, a Band of Assassins (1962) Satsuo Yamamoto, Raizô Ichikawa, Shiho Fujimura, Yûnosuke Itô, Action, Drama

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Ishikawa Goemon (Ichikawa Raizo), a talented young ninja, becomes ensnared in a twisted scheme to assassinate Oda Nobunaga, an evil warlord bent on ruling feudal Japan with an iron fist. Deceit, treachery, and entire gangs of enemy ninja lurk around every corner as Goemon travels the countryside to complete his task, win back his honor, and save his skin!

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The Black Book / Kuroi gashû: Aru sarariman no shôgen (1960) Hiromichi Horikawa, Keiju Kobayashi, Chisako Hara, Tatsuyoshi Ehara, Crime, Drama

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A forty-year-old office worker, Ishino get good income, nice family and a love affair with girl co-worker. His life is mostly perfect. One day, way home after affair, Ishino run across his neighbor, Sugiyama. They had known each other but not so close . Ishino hadn’t worry that his affair has catch. A few days later, police told Ishino that Sugiyama was arrested on charge of murder and claiming he had met Ishino in that day. If Ishino proved the Sugiyama’s alibi, Ishino’s life will be destroyed. If he give false evidence, Sugiyama will be hanged…

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Sanada fûunroku / Sasuke and His Comedians (1963) Tai Katô, Kinnosuke Nakamura, Misako Watanabe, Wataru Ômae, Comedy, Fantasy, History

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Osaka in the early 1600s, aftermath of the historical Battle of Sekigahara; a group of orphan children are wandering through the battlefield scavenging for armour when they encounter a young boy named Sasuke with magical powers he says came from a meteor that crashed onto the Earth…Outrageous but emotionally affective, the film represents the youth culture whose causes it proclaims, taking the historical facts of the Osaka siege and the long-standing legend of the Sanada clan…

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