The film takes place during the rule of the eighth shogun Yoshimune, placing the film’s setting somewhere between 1716 and 1745, and focuses on a noble Lord Nabeshima Tango-no-kami (note the name). He rides out one day and sees a parasol on the distance. His friend, the blind Mataichirou, is having tea served by his sister Sayo. Nabeshima joins them and comments on her beauty.
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Kaze no naka no kodomo / Children in the Wind (1937) Hiroshi Shimizu, Reikichi Kawamura, Mitsuko Yoshikawa, Masao Hayama, Drama
Andrzej Wajda’s Japanese-language film based on the last chapter of Dostoevsky’s Idiot, in which Prince Myshkin and Rogozhin return to the past in a conversation over the dead body of Nastassya Filippovna. Bando Tamasaburo, regarded as one of the most outstanding female impersonators in Japanese theater, plays the dual role of Myshkin and Nastassya.
Kakushi ken oni no tsume / The Hidden Blade (2004) Yôji Yamada, Masatoshi Nagase, Takako Matsu, Hidetaka Yoshioka, Drama, Romance
During the time of change of the mid-19th Century, Yaichiro is bid farewell by his fellow samurai friends Munezo and Samon as he leaves their clan’s fiefdom on the northwest coast of Japan (Unasaka) to take an important position within the shogunate in far away Edo. Munezo has lived modestly with his mother and sister Shino after his father was forced into suicide after the failure of a bridge project. Kie, a farm girl serves them as a maid in their house. As time passes, Munezo’s sister marries Samon, his mother dies, Kie is married into a merchant family, and he is required to learn western methods of warfare such as the use of artillery and firearms from an official sent from Edo. Learning that Kie is ill due to abuse, he rescues her from her husband’s family. Although sharing mutual affection and respect, a marriage between Munezo and Kie is still impossible due to different castes, and when he, now a bachelor, is criticized for her serving in his house, Munezo sends her back to …
Onna no Za / A Woman’s Place (1962) Mikio Naruse, Hideko Takamine, Yôko Tsukasa, Yuriko Hoshi, Drama
Juhyô no yoromeki / Affair in the Snow (1968) Yoshishige Yoshida, Mariko Okada, Isao Kimura, Yukio Ninagawa, Drama, Romance
Bakumatsu taiyôden / The Sun Legend of the End of the Tokugawa Era (1957) Yûzô Kawashima, Furankî Sakai, Sachiko Hidari, Yôko Minamida, Comedy
Set in the last few years of the shogun’s rule, this period/ensemble movie depicts the lives of the young and the restless at a whorehouse. The protagonist is Saheiji, a resourceful, witty free spirit. It’s 1862, 6 years before the Shogun turned his political power over to the Emperor. Penniless Saheiji splashes out at a famous Shinagawa whorehouse. He’s forced to stay on at the whorehouse to repay his debt. At first Saheiji is regarded as an unwelcome guest who never leaves but it turns out he is not just a poor grifter. None of the whorehouse’s guests, hosts, servants and attending ladies are innocent but they are pragmatic schemers. Saheiji soon endears himself to them all and solves many whorehouse disputes with his wit.
Jûichinin no samurai / Eleven Samurai (1967) Eiichi Kudô, Isao Natsuyagi, Kôtarô Satomi, Kôji Nanbara, Adventure, Drama, History
The lord of the Oshi fief is killed by his trespassing neighbour, the cruel and despotic Nariatsu, son of the former Shogun. After an investigation, the Oshi clan is blamed for what happened and sentenced to be disbanded. Eleven of the best samurai of the clan refuse the sentence and are willing to give their life for justice.
Chiyari Fuji / A Bloody Spear on Mount Fuji (1955) Tomu Uchida, Chiezo Kataoka, Ryûnosuke Tsukigata, Chizuru Kitagawa, Adventure, Drama
Joyû Sumako no koi / The Love of Sumako the Actress (1947) Kenji Mizoguchi, Kinuyo Tanaka, Sô Yamamura, Kikue Môri, Drama
The stage director Shimamura, who is bringing western theatre to Japan, falls in love with the outspoken actress Sumako Matsui, and leaves his family to be with her, while trying to keep his Art Theatre solvent.