Fusako Owada, a young woman in postwar Japan, is the mistress of a notorious drug dealer. Fusako’s tenuous grasp on meaningful life is shaken when she learns that her lover is having an affair with her sister.
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Koruto wa ore no pasupoto / A Colt Is My Passport (1967) Takashi Nomura, Jô Shishido, Chitose Kobayashi, Jerry Fujio, Action, Crime, Drama
The melancholy, homely Kamimura is a hit man who takes a job to kill a mob boss who’s gotten greedy. The rival gang lord who hires Kamimura and his driver Shun pays them and sets them up in a hotel for a night while arranging safe passage on a ship. The son of the dead man comes to his rival and offers a partnership and cash in exchange for Kamimura’s death. The boss considers his choice: morals or money? A maid at the hotel tries to aid the escape of Kamimura and Shun. As the two gangs close in, Kamimura chooses honor. Will his stoicism be his shroud?
Sûpâ no onna / Supermarket Woman (1996) Jûzô Itami, Nobuko Miyamoto, Masahiko Tsugawa, Ryûnosuke Kaneda, Comedy
Goro’s supermarket is not doing well; the rival “Bargains Galore” threatens his business. A chance encounter with Hanako, an energetic woman he knew in grade school, results in big retail and life changes.
Waga koi wa moenu / Flame of My Love (1949) Kenji Mizoguchi, Kinuyo Tanaka, Mitsuko Mito, Kuniko Miyake, Drama, Romance
A woman’s struggle for equality in Japan in the 1880s. Eiko Hirayama leaves Okayama for Tokyo, where she helps the fledgling Liberal Party and falls in love with its leader Kentaro Omoi, just as the party is being disbanded by the government. Eiko and Omoi are jailed because of a fire at a factory instigated by Chiyo, a servant girl from Eiko’s home in Okayama, who was sold to slavery. A few years later the 1889 constitution is proclaimed, Eiko, Omoi, and Chiyo are pardoned, and the Liberal Party is reinaugurated. However Omoi does not campaign for women’s rights.
Nianchan / My Second Brother (1960) Shôhei Imamura, Hiroyuki Nagato, Kayo Matsuo, Takeshi Okimura, Drama
Being a faithful ‘company man’, Yoshikawa moves steadily ahead within the Toho corporation. But Kaji, his old friend, makes his way through the dark side of the social world, working for a power broker who is plotting to take over Toho. Yoshikawa is given an order to investigate the company’s information leakage that is seriously devaluing its stock price. In the course of the investigation, he happens to reunite with Kaji, and notices that his beloved Akiko, the only daughter of Toho’s president, as well as a major share holder of the company, is in love with Kaji. For Yoshikawa, who is counting on a marriage with her that would secure his career and wealth, Kaji turns out to be an obstacle on his future path.
Kuro no tesuto kaa / The Black Test Car (1962) Jirô Tamiya, Junko Kanô, Eiji Funakoshi, Yasuzô Masumura, Action, Crime, Drama
Ohara Shôsuke-san / Mr. Shosuke Ohara (1949) Hiroshi Shimizu, Koume Akasaka, Akiko Kazami, Denjirô Ôkôchi, Drama
Saheita, the final heir of a once rich and respectable family, can’t refuse the many villagers that come to him for favours and money, even though he is on the brink of bankruptcy. Around town he is better known by his nickname Mr. Shosuke Ohara.
Bôizu on za ran / Boys on the Run (2010) Daisuke Miura, Kazunobu Mineta, Mei Kurokawa, Ryûhei Matsuda, Comedy, Drama
Toshiyuki Tanishi (Mr Tanishi) is a 29-year-old chronic masturbator and toy vending machine salesman – he is socially awkward and down on his luck. Things change when he meets Chiharu a pretty woman who might actually be into him. Unfortunately, he has competition for Chiharu’s affection from handsome, rival vending salesman Aoyama.
Valley of Flowers (2006) Pan Nalin, Milind Soman, Mylène Jampanoï, Naseeruddin Shah, Adventure, Drama, Romance
Along the highest mountain passes of the Himalayas, tough, intrepid Jalan (Milind Soman) and his gang earn their living by stealing from unsuspecting travelers. Abiding by their own, unique codes of honor and dividing the spoils equally, all is routine until the arrival of the mystifying, beautiful Ushna (Mylene Jampanoi). Appearing mysteriously after the raid of a pilgrim caravan, Ushna adheres to Jalan, claiming to have seen him in her dreams, and refusing to leave his side. Sensing the unease of the rest of the men, Ushna offers to help them in their endeavors, under condition that they not ask why or how she is able to guide them to success. In the time that follows, Ushna leads the gang to tremendous exploits, gaining the respect of the men, and the admiration of Jalan, who begins to fall passionately in love with this mysterious woman. As their success increases, seemingly unstoppable, so the love between Jalan and Ushna mounts in intensity, until they seem to have entered a …