Saya (Yui Aragaki) is a young widow mother. Her husband Yutaro (Yo Oizumi) died in an accident. Yutaro abandoned his wealthy family to marry Saya. To protect her baby, she goes to the town of Sasara where her aunt lived. Her aunt passed her house down to Saya. Saya and her baby settles down there, but she has difficulties dealing with her situation. At this time, her dead husband Yutaro borrows other people’s bodies to help Saya, but Yutaro’s family tries to take her baby away.
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Nippon dorobô monogatari / Tale of Japanese Burglars (1965) Satsuo Yamamoto, Rentarô Mikuni, Yûnosuke Itô, Shin’ichi Chiba, Shinjirô Ehara, Drama
Hayashida Gisuke is illegal dentist during the day and a burglar by night. One night during the burglary he becomes a witness of derailment. Later some commies were found guilty in this incident, but he know it wasn’t they. He can save innocent people but for that he must confess his own crime.
After getting busted for goofing off at work, lovable morons Fujio (Tadanobu Asano) and Mitsuo (Sho Aikawa) are forced to murder their high-strung boss Ujimoto, whose abusive nature is threatening his wimpy employees’ well-being. Like everyone else in Tokyo with a body to stash, they take his rotting corpse to Black Fuji, a mountainous black mound of garbage the people of this sprawling city use to dispose of their undesirables. Though some use it to ditch unwanted household appliances and dirty magazines, most use it to hide the bodies the recently deceased.
Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970) Richard Fleischer, Kinji Fukasaku, Martin Balsam, Sô Yamamura, Jason Robards, Drama, War, Action, History
In 1941 the Japanese are at odds with the United States on a number of issues which they are attempting to resolve via their Washington embassy. In case this diplomacy fails, the military are hatching plans for a surprise early Sunday morning air attack on the U.S. base at Pearl Harbour. American intelligence is breaking the Japanese diplomatic messages but few high-ups are prepared to believe that an attack is likely, let alone where or how it might come.
Youth of the Beast / Yajû no seishun (1963) Seijun Suzuki, Jô Shishido, Misako Watanabe, Tamio Kawachi, Action, Crime, Mystery
Joe Shishido plays a tough guy with a secret agenda. His violent behavior comes to the attention of a yakuza boss who immediately recruits him. He soon tries to make a deal with a rival gang a starts a gang war. His real motivations are gradually revealed as we find out how this all ties in with the murder of a policeman shown at the beginning of the film.
Hello, My Dolly Girlfriend / Figyua na anata (2013) Takashi Ishii, Kokone Sasaki, Tasuku Emoto, Mitsu Dan, Drama, Fantasy, Pinku, Erotic
Kentaro is a lonely loser and geek. When he’s fired from his job, he also loses his dignity. At his lowest moment he goes out on the town to drink away his misery when he wanders into an abandoned building in the heart of the pleasure district. There he finds a pretty girl doll with skin so soft and warm to touch. Her skin is so lifelike that he can see the veins under the skin… but it is a doll without a heartbeat. In his muddled consciousness, the man sees the doll turn into a cyborg girl and save him from thugs. The doll becomes his guardian angel with a demonic twist as she fulfills his fantasies by becoming a cyborg girl, a swan-lake ballerina, and his girlfriend. This hallucinatory and erotic romance fulfills the man’s final erotic desires. Who is she really? And where will their romance lead them…?
Sukeban Boy / Oira sukeban (2006) Noboru Iguchi, Asami, Kaori, Demo Tanaka, Action, Pinku, Comedy, Erotic
A raucous teen boy with a feminine face is teased everywhere, so his odd biker father dresses him as a girl and sends him to an all-girl school. The lad introduces himself as Sukeban, and a classmate, Michiko, takes him to after-school activities. Lessons on humility turn violent when a masked hatchet-wielding woman turns up. Jealousy, syringes of hormones, bare breasts, a blood bath, and more figure in the resolution.
Travelers / Toraberâzu: Jigen keisatsu (2013) Koichi Sakamoto, Nao Nagasawa, Ayumi Kinoshita, Sanae Hitomi, Action, Adventure, Sci-fi
Dimension Police top agent Ai (Nao Nagasawa) travels to a parallel dimension to catch a criminal from a different world. When she is about to catch the criminal, her former partner Yui (Ayumi Kinoshita) appears. Yui is now a member of the terrorist organization “Dauto”. Haruka (Yuko Takayama), who possesses psychic powers, becomes the target of “Dauto”. In order to protect Haruka, Ai travels to a “fairy” world. There Ai meets Yui again.
Original Sin / Shinde mo ii (1992) Takashi Ishii, Shinobu Ohtake, Masatoshi Nagase, Hideo Murota, Drama, Thriller, Romance
Continuing his penchant for directing films in the characteristically Japanese genre he virtually created, director Takashi Ishii here presents yet another stylish rape/thriller. Nami is an attractive woman, and she loves her husband, who runs the real estate agency she works at. One day, during a rainstorm, a mysterious drifter stumbles into her and, following her on her way back to the office, asks for (and gets) a job from her husband, over her protests. Not long after that, Nami and the newcomer are trading amorous glances. When the drifter gets her alone in a model house, he rapes her on the floor. For some reason, this doesn’t offend Nami, and she encourages the socially backward man to take her to bed often. Eventually, the two of them decide to do away with her husband, despite the fact that Nami still loves him.
Lady Snowblood / Shurayukihime (1973) Toshiya Fujita, Meiko Kaji, Toshio Kurosawa, Masaaki Daimon, Action, Thriller, Drama
Yuki’s family is nearly wiped out before she is born due to the machinations of a band of criminals. These criminals kidnap and brutalize her mother but leave her alive. Later her mother ends up in prison with only revenge to keep her alive. She creates an instrument for this revenge by purposefully getting pregnant. Though she dies in childbirth, she makes sure that the child will be raised as an assassin to kill the criminals who destroyed her family. Young Yuki never knows the love of a family but only killing and revenge.