A demon-faced monster seeking revenge appears in the forms of a gigantic ox and a huge spider! The young Genji warrior protects the Fujiwara Clan and the beautiful lady in tragic love! A grand visual epic told with mesmerizing extravagance!
Tag Archives: Japan
Yatsuhaka-mura / Village of Eight Gravestones (1977) Yoshitarô Nomura, Ken’ichi Hagiwara, Mayumi Ogawa, Tsutomu Yamazaki, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
A Tokyo man witnesses the death by poisoning of his grandfather, and travels to his hometown of Yattsu Mura to find the killer. Centuries ago, the town was the site of a massacre, and is now the stalking ground of a mysterious serial killer…
Kôfuku / Lonely Heart (1981) Kon Ichikawa, Yutaka Mizutani, Toshiyuki Nagashima, Rie Nakahara, Drama
The plot of ”Lonely Heart” concerns a gunman who murders all the occupants of a bookstore. But this quickly becomes the story of the policemen who investigate the crime. One of them was engaged to one of the victims and must now go on with his life. Another, the man with the two children, is still pondering his wife’s defection.
Daisatsujin orochi / The Betrayal (1966) Tokuzô Tanaka, Raizô Ichikawa, Kaoru Yachigusa, Shiho Fujimura, Action, Drama
A naively honorable samurai (played by Raizo) comes to the bitter realization that his devotion to moral samurai principles makes him an oddity among his peers, and a very vulnerable oddity in consequence. He takes the blame for the misdeeds of others, with the understanding that he will be exiled for one year and restored to the clan’s good graces after the political situation dies down. As betrayal begins to heap upon betrayal, he realizes he’ll have to live out his life as a master-less ronin, if not hunted down and killed.
Drifting into Chaos (1989) Sachi Hamano, Kyoko Sawamura, Natsuki Yamamoto, Kan’ichi Hiraga, Horror, Erotic
Film loosely follows plot of Texas Chainsaw Massacre, with rape in addition to murders. Two girls find themselves in a secluded country place or something, get followed by two guys in a rapevan, get raped, then get raped some more. Then they are taken to a house, forced to dinner with a crazy family living there (perverted grandpa on a wheelchair included!), then your standard after dinner activities
Dai shitsuren / Broken Heart (1995) Kazuki Ohmori, Miho Kanno, Miki Mizuno, Miki Nakatani, Comedy, Romance
Shin abashiri bangaichi: Arashi yobu shiretoko-misaki / New Prison Walls of Abashiri: Stormy Cape (1971) Ken Takakura, Action
Narayama bushikô / The Ballad of Narayama (1983) Shôhei Imamura, Ken Ogata, Sumiko Sakamoto, Tonpei Hidari, Drama
In a poor 19th century rural Japanese village, everyone who reaches the age of 70 has to climb a nearby mountain to die. An old woman is getting close to the cut-off age, and we follow her last days with her family.
Yumechiyo nikki / Yumechiyo’s Diary (1985) Kirirô Urayama, Sayuri Yoshinaga, Kin’ya Kitaôji, Kirin Kiki, Drama
Yumechiyo Nikki is the story of a woman who is suffering from leukemia, the result of exposure to the atomic blast when she was still unborn. In the last three years of her life, she returns home, a small hot spring resort in the San-in Region and runs a geisha house inherited from her mother.