Tag Archives: Japan

Daibosatsu toge: Ryujin no maki / Satan’s Sword 2: The Dragon God (1960) Kenji Misumi, Raizô Ichikawa, Kôjirô Hongô, Tamao Nakamura, Drama, Action

Satan's Sword 2 The Dragon God (1960)
The Dai-bosatsu toge trilogy is based on Kaizan Nakazatos unfinished long series of novels (41 books, written from 1913 to 1941). Set in the last period of the Tokugawa Shogunate, Daibosatsu Toge tells the story of Tsuke Ryunosuke, a nihilistic swordmaster who doesnt hesitate to kill anyone, bad or good. Despite the authors explicit refusal, the series were later made into plays and movies several times.

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Daibosatsu tôge / Satan’s Sword (1960) Kenji Misumi, Raizô Ichikawa, Kôjirô Hongô, Tamao Nakamura, Action

Satan's Sword (1960)
The Dai-bosatsu toge trilogy is based on Kaizan Nakazatos unfinished long series of novels (41 books, written from 1913 to 1941). Set in the last period of the Tokugawa Shogunate, Daibosatsu Toge tells the story of Tsuke Ryunosuke, a nihilistic swordmaster who doesnt hesitate to kill anyone, bad or good. Despite the authors explicit refusal, the series were later made into plays and movies several times.

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Zhantai / Platform (2000) Zhangke Jia, Hongwei Wang, Tao Zhao, Jing Dong Liang, Drama, History

Zhantai AKA Platform (2000)
Set in Fenyang, Shanxi Province, the film focuses on a group of amateur theatre troupe performers whose fate mirrors that of the general population in China as massive socio-economic changes sweep across the mainland. The film commences in 1979 with the troupe performing numbers idolizing Mao Zedong, ending in the ’80s when the shows reflect the strong Western influences pervading China, covering a decade in which China saw tremendous changes.

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Fatal Beauty (1987) Tom Holland, Whoopi Goldberg, Sam Elliott, Rubén Blades, Action, Comedy, Crime

Fatal Beauty (1987)
Rita Rizzoli is a narcotics police officer with a plethora of disguises. When a drug shipment is hijacked, the thieves don’t know that the drug is unusually pure and packs of “Fatal Beauty” begin turning up next to too many dead bodies. Mike Marshak works for the original owner of the drugs and tries to tell himself that since he does not handle the drugs, he is “clean”. Mike becomes Rita’s constant companion as the drug hijackers (who are nearly psychotic and very well armed) are hunted, while more and more bodies continue to turn up.

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Fuunji Oda Nobunaga / The Lucky Adventurer Oda Nobunaga (1959) Toshikazu Kôno, Katsuo Nakamura, Kinnosuke Nakamura, Eitarô Shindô, Drama, History

Fuunji Oda Nobunaga AKA The Lucky Adventurer Oda Nobunaga (1959)
Oda Nobunaga (1534–1582) was a major daimyo during the Warring State period of Japanese history. He was the second son of Oda Nobuhide, a deputy military governor with land holdings in Owari province. Nobunaga lived a life of continuous military conquest, eventually conquering a third of Japanese daimyo before his death in 1582. Telling the story of his rise to prominence as he leads an army of 4,000 men against the 40,000 troops of Lord Imagawa Yoshimoto to prevent the arrogant daimyo from crushing the Oda clan and taking control of the entire nation. From a newly restored anamorpic widescreen print, this is the ultimate warlord movie.

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The Challenge (1982) John Frankenheimer, Scott Glenn, Toshirô Mifune, Donna Kei Benz, Action, Drama

The Challenge (1982)
Rick, a down-and-out American boxer, is hired to transport a sword to Japan, unaware that the whole thing is a set up in a bitter blood-feud between two brothers, one who follows the traditional path of the samurai and the other a businessman. At the behest of the businessman, Rick undertakes samurai training from the other brother, but joins his cause. He also becomes romantically involved with the samurai’s daughter.

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