Tag Archives: Japan

Yakusoku / The Rendezvous (1972) Kôichi Saitô, Keiko Kishi, Ken’ichi Hagiwara, Yoshie Minami, Drama

Yakusoku AKA The Rendezvous (1972)
During a long train ride heading north of Japan, a young man addresses an older woman in front of him. At first she doesn’t respond, but he finally gets her into a conversation when he offers her lunch. Thus begins Saito Koichi’s famous romantic thriller, Le Rendezvous. The woman turns out to be a murderer on parole, whist the man a runaway accused of assault and robbery. As it happens, the two soon fall in love. The woman asks the man to wait two years until she is released from jail. And he agress.

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Rape Shot Momoes Lips (1979) Katsuhiko Fujii, Minako Mizushima, Yûko Asuka, Noriaki Abe, Crime, Erotic

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Toru, a down and out tabloid reporter is looking for his next “big” story. In order to get paid decent money in the supermarket rag business, you need to find controversy! The elusive “Momoe” is forbidden fruit, so he sets his sights on Miki Yoko, an up and coming young singing sensation. She’s young and beautiful and Toru thinks her record company is pumping her full of drugs. He will do anything to get a story, even assaulting her and tailing her everywhere she goes. One night, she is kidnapped right in front of him and, with his reporter instincts at work, Toru’s life spirals into a torrid world of sex, drugs, and corruption in the entertainment business. In his quest for a huge story, will he come out unscathed?

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Honey and Clover (2006) Masahiro Takada, Shô Sakurai, Yû Aoi, Yûsuke Iseya, Romance

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5 college age art students become close friends as they share common interests in the field of art. The newest member of their group is Hagu. She is the niece of an art professor at the university and is known as a child prodigy. Immediately two of her friends grow to like her, Takemoto and Morita. Morita is the type that lives life on the edge, is extremely confident and talented in art. When Morita gets to spend time alone with Hagu, he expresses his feelings to her by kissing her suddenly. His friend and neighbor in the dormitory is Takemoto. He is more withdrawn, not as talented in art, and, even though he is in love with Hagu, tries to act like a friend to her.

The other two friends are Mayama and Yamada. Yamada is in love with Mayama, but Mayama is in love with an older woman, who is also his boss at work.

As they all grow closer together, they must cope with the unpredictable nature of love, as well as find their own respective places in life.

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El regalo de la Pachamama / The Gift of Pachamama (2008) Toshifumi Matsushita, Christian Huaygua, Luis Mamani, Faniy Mosques, Drama

El regalo de la Pachamama (Toshifumi Matsushita, 2008)
Kunturi is a 13-year old boy living a traditional life with his family near Uyuni, a salt lake. They cut bricks of salt by hand, which they use to exchange for other products of the the Andes. One spring, his father takes him on his first caravan. That travel will teach him who he is as a young boy and a Quechua. By the end, he discovers what his grandfather means by “the gift of Pachamama”.

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