Tag Archives: Japan
Graveyard of Honor / Jingi no hakaba (1975) Kinji Fukasaku, Tetsuya Watari, Tatsuo Umemiya, Yumi Takigawa, Action, Crime
A look at the life of renegade yakuza, Rikio Ishikawa, particularly the years from 1946 to 1950 when his violent antics get him in trouble with his own clan, Kawada, and then with the clan of his protector, Kozaburo Imai. In these years, he can rely on Chieko, a young Tokyo courtesan who gives him shelter.
Seigo Yoshioka (Kenji Sakaguchi) is a teacher that became mute after a kendo accident. He feels lost after the accident and eventually decides to teach again on a small island where his mother was born. The children there on the island quickly name him “Kikansha Sensei” (Teacher Locomotive) after learning he is mute.
A widow who has single-handedly raised her autistic son loses her job and begins attending a technical college to gain new qualifications. She meets others looking for a new start in life, including a former salaryman with whom she begins a furtive romance…
Gakko II / A Class to Remember 2 (1996) Yôji Yamada, Toshiyuki Nishida, Hidetaka Yoshioka, Ayumi Hamasaki, Drama
Gakko / A Class to Remember (1993) Yôji Yamada, Toshiyuki Nishida, Eiko Shinya, Keiko Takeshita, Drama
Kuroi, a night school teacher, asks his student to each write an essay recalling their experience in his class. During class, a piece of tragic news arrives: Inoda, one of Kuroi’s students, has passed away. The class then shares their memories of Inoda.
A Chorus of Angels / Kita no kanaria-tachi (2012) Junji Sakamoto, Ayako Fujitani, Renji Ishibashi, Yôzaburô Itô, Mystery
20 years ago, an elementary school student falls on an island in the northern tip of Hokkaido. A teacher and 6 students makes contact through songs. What happened to the student who fell? The teacher returns 20 years later to meet with her former students.
Violent Virgin / Gewalt! Gewalt: shojo geba-geba (1969) Kôji Wakamatsu, Eri Ashikawa, Toshiyuki Tanigawa, Miki Hayashi, Crime, Horror, Erotic
Filmed entirely in a desolate field, Violent Virgin opens with two cars travelling along a dusty road. Three men and three women, apparently members of a gang, have a couple bound and blindfolded. After they reach their demonstration, they drag the man and woman, whose names we soon learn are Hoshi and Hanako, out of the cars and dump them on the ground. It seems that Hanako was the boss’s girl, but she eloped with Hoshi. Captured, it seems that they are going to be murdered, but not before they are humiliated by the other gang members.
In the story, an industrialist learns of a medical condition which will greatly shorten his life. He is on a trip to Europe at the time, and a glimpse of a Japanese woman in that setting causes him to fantasize about her as the personification of his impending death. As his dialogue with his imagined mortality continues, he actually meets the living woman who is the template for his fantasy, and together they tour rural churches. Gradually he comes to some kind of peace about the diagnosis. When he returns to Japan, he is met with a series of challenges which profoundly test the lessons he has learned.
Told from the viewpoint of the father Morio (Yutaka Mizutani), “A Boy Called H” follows a young boy named Hajime Senoh, nicknamed “H”. His father, Morio runs a tailor shop. With the onset of World War II, their family must endure difficult times. Nevertheless, H is filled with curiosity and a sense of justice.