A few months after his notorious suicide attempt, Japanese filmmaker Akira Kurosawa was regenerated by the notion of helming the first Russian/Japanese co-production. Co-scripted and directed by Kurosawa, Dersu Uzala is the story of an elderly guide and Goldi hunter (Maxim Munzuk), who, at the turn of the century, agrees to shepherd a Russian explorer (Yuri Solomin) and a troop of soldiers through the most treacherous passages of the Far East. The guide has been “one” with the land almost from birth, and is thus able to save his party from perishing. Four years in the making, Dersu Uzala won the 1976 Best Foreign Film Oscar and restored the flagging Akira Kurosawa to the top ranks of the Japanese film industry.
Tag Archives: Japan
Bloodbath at Pinky High Part 1 / Joshi Kosei Boryoku Kyoshitsu (2012) Toshiya Kominami, Asami, Action, Thriller, Erotic
High school girl, green was the leader of a female gang fight galore, of losing knowing since I was a kid, but it was unrelated to dominate the Academy as “Oniyakko-kai”. Led by Ranko, Oniyakko-kai had to mediation as a “toy” to the president and principal of a high school girl in the back. By attacked by a principal, helped HARUE that has ran for his life from the demon guy Association, green day is made to wind up have a one-on-one battle and Ranko
Koi yamabiko / Echo in the Mountains (1959) Masahiro Makino, Sumiko Hidaka, Yûnosuke Itô, Kunio Kaga, Drama
A man is brutally murdered and his famed shamisen (a three-stringed musical instrument) called the “Yamabiko” stolen. Prince Kogenta swears to avenge his father-in-law’s death and retrieve the family heirloom.
Love and Crime / Meiji · Taishô · Shôwa: Ryôki onna hanzai-shi (1969) Teruo Ishii, Sada Abe, Yukie Kagawa, Yoshi Katô, Crime, Drama
Discover 4 famous japanese murderers: Takahashi Oden, the last woman beheaded in Japan, Sada Abe, a crazy lover, Kunihiko Kodaira, a rapist-killer and finally, the Toyokaku case, a woman who did everything to own a hotel!
Still the Water / Futatsume no mado (2014) Naomi Kawase, Nijirô Murakami, Jun Yoshinaga, Miyuki Matsuda, Drama, Romance
On the subtropical Japanese island of Amami, traditions about nature remain eternal. During the full-moon night of traditional dances in August, 16-year-old Kaito discovers a dead body floating in the sea. His girlfriend Kyoko will attempt to help him understand this mysterious discovery. Together, Kaito and Kyoko will learn to become adults by experiencing the interwoven cycles of life, death and love.
Path of the Beast / Shoujo shofu: kemonomichi (1980) Tatsumi Kumashiro, Ayako Yoshimura, Minako Mizushima, Yûya Uchida, Drama, Erotic
Saki lives in a run-down hack with her mom who survives by pushing a food cart from dawn to dusk. Saki has dropped out of school, and when she’s not helping her mother selling noodles in the streets, she’s playing flesh-games with boyfriend Sotoo. In her spare time, the girl also entertains a truck driver named Ataru. She believes her promiscuity is a trait inherited from her mom. Determined to improve her lot in life (she doesn’t want to grow up like her mother), Saki decides to stop seeing the two guys. The sizzling Japanese Tatsumi Kumashiro’s erotic drama
Marusa no onna / A Taxing Woman (1987) Jûzô Itami, Nobuko Miyamoto, Tsutomu Yamazaki, Masahiko Tsugawa, Comedy, Crime
Ryoko Itakura is a government tax agent who has just landed a big promotion. Her first assignment is to catch wheeler-dealer Hideki Gondo. She has a tough job, since in Japan tax evasion is an art and Gondo is, in effect, Rembrandt. Her job is complicated by a growing sympathy for the rogue and by political pressure to lay off.
After a convenience store robbery, three unidentified men hold a group of people hostage in a hospital. Inspector Ishida and Captain Tohno handle the negotiations while one of their colleagues, Lt. Ando, tries to find out why the men decided to take the hospital hostage. Through flashbacks, relevant information is revealed to the audience. When the negotiations are finished, most things seem to be fine… until they lose track of the criminals. Then, the story unveils from a different perspective, its roots in feelings of love and vengeance.
MacArthur’s Children / Setouchi shonen yakyu dan (1984) Masahiro Shinoda, Takaya Yamauchi, Yoshiyuki Omori, Shiori Sakura, Comedy, Drama, War
In this drama at the end of World War II, the inhabitants of a small Japanese fishing village must come to terms with their nation’s defeat and the sudden occupation of General MacArthur and his troops.