Tag Archives: Japan

Tampopo (1985) Jûzô Itami, Ken Watanabe, Tsutomu Yamazaki, Nobuko Miyamoto, Comedy

Tampopo (1985)
In this humorous paean to the joys of food, the main story is about trucker Goro, who rides into town like a modern Shane to help Tampopo set up the perfect noodle soup restaurant. Woven into this main story are a number of smaller stories about the importance of food, ranging from a gangster who mixes hot sex with food, to an old woman who terrorizes a shopkeeper by compulsively squeezing his wares.
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Prisoner Maria: The Movie / Joshû shokeinin Maria: Gekijô-ban (1995) Shûji Kataoka, Noriko Aota, Tetsuo Kurata, Kôji Shimizu, Crime, Pinku, Romance, Erotic

Prisoner Maria The Movie (1995)
Convicted of killing the drug dealer who murdered her husband, Maria is blackmailed into serving as a covert assassin. She must do the government’s bidding if she is ever to regain her freedom, or her son. With each completed mission, her sentenced is further re- duced. Yet, with every job she feels further away from her goal of a peaceful life.
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Daibosatsu toge: Kanketsu-hen / Satan’s Sword 3 – The Final Chapter (1961) Kazuo Mori, Raizô Ichikawa, Tamao Nakamura, Katsuhiko Kobayashi, Action, Drama

Satan's Sword 3 - The Final Chapter (1961)
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.
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Shukujo wa nani o wasureta ka / What Did The Lady Forget? (1937) Yasujirô Ozu, Sumiko Kurishima, Tatsuo Saitô, Michiko Kuwano, Comedy, Drama

Shukujo wa nani o wasureta ka AKA What Did The Lady Forget (1937)
An affluent medical professor, Komiya, and his bossy wife, Tokio, are to look after Setsuko, their high-spirited niece from Osaka. Setsuko is a liberated woman who does what she wants, including smoking, even though she is a minor. On Saturday, the professor does not feel like going to his weekend golf game, but his wife packs him off anyway. So he leaves his bag at the apartment of his student Okada, and goes to a bar with a friend. Setsuko traces him there, and insists that he take her to a geisha house. When she gets rather tipsy, the professor calls Okada to take her home, while he sleeps at Okada’s. The wife becomes suspicious of Setsuko when she sees Okada bringing her home, and also of her husband when she discovers that he did not go golfing.
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Kimitachi ga ite boku ga ita / Here Because of You (1964) Ryuichi Takamori, Ushio Akashi, Shigeko Arai, Shin’ichi Chiba, Drama

Kimitachi ga ite boku ga ita AKA Here Because of You (1964)
An uplifting drama about the bond between a group of high school seniors and their kind-hearted teacher, Mr. Yabuki. Faced with the rigors of growing up in modern times, students often look to Mr. Yabuki for advice and guidance. But when Mr. Yabuki’s career is threatened as a result of a false accusation from the school’s PTA, the students band together to stand up for their beloved teacher and help him to save his good reputation and job.
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Hissatsu! Buraun-kan no kaibutsutachi / Sure Death! Brown, You Bounder! (1985) Joe Hirose, Makoto Fujita, Izumi Ayukawa, Masaki Kyômoto, Action, Drama

Hissatsu! Buraun-kan no kaibutsutachi AKA Sure Death! Brown, You Bounder! (1985)
Each member of a band of assassins has a cover. The leader, Mondo Nakamura, is an officer of the law who bumbles through his assignments. The court sends him to investigate a mansion where a 300-year-old cannon of mammoth size is hidden, at the ready to defend the shogunate. Various factions have learned of the cannon and also converge on the mansion, which is guarded by an odd group of people whose ancestors have been the cannon’s keepers. When an American gunrunner brings death to the innocent, Mondo and his comrades must spring into action. They face overwhelming odds, but there is honor in vengeance, even if they die in the fight.
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Kuroi jûnin no onna / Ten Women in Black (1961) Kon Ichikawa, Fujiko Yamamoto, Keiko Kishi, Tamao Nakamura, Drama

Ten Women in Black (1961)
Weary of their lot, ten women – all mistresses of the same philandering businessman – join forces to wreak revenge upon him. A comedy of reversed expectations, gleefully upending traditional onscreen representations of gender (the women here act and talk like men, while the men are weak, confused or ineffectual), it’s shot in an exaggerated noir-ish manner – complete with multiple flashbacks and highly stylised visuals – that serves highlight the artificiality of its conceit.
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Rokkun rouru mishin / Rock’n’Roll Mishin (2002) Isao Yukisada, Urara Awata, Hiroyuki Ikeuchi, Ryô Kase, Drama

Rokkun rouru mishin AKA Rock'n'Roll Mishin (2002)
Kenji (Kenji Mizuhashi) has a dull life. He is unmotivated at the office, and unable to break off a lukewarm relationship with his girlfriend. Then, he meets an old classmate from high school, Ryoichi ([Hiroyuki Ikeuchi]]). Ryoichi says he’s starting up a clothing brand with a group of friends. One day, Kenji visits their atelier, or workplace, and is fascinated by the sense of freedom that they share. As his relationship with them deepens, Kenji finds it harder and harder to accept the old world he comes from. One day, he punches his boss and quits his job. Now a proper member of Ryoichi’s team, it’s the start of a new and carefree life for him. However, it is short-lived. The clothes they make do not sell as well as they hoped for. Short on cash, energy, and ideas, the negative feedback loop forces each of them to start struggling in a search for alternative paths.
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Yukinojo Henge / An Actor’s Revenge (1959) Masahiro Makino, Hashizo Okawa, Chikage Awashima, Keiko Okawa, Drama

An Actor's Revenge (1959)
Nakamura Yukinojo gains popularity in Edo’s kabuki scene as a handsome onnagata (a male actor who plays female roles). But hidden behind the placid expression of his stage face is a deep grudge for the men responsible for dishonoring his parents’ names and leading them to suicide when he was still a child. When he discovers that the mastermind behind those crimes has come to see him act onstage, he begins in earnest to plot his revenge. With the help of a renowned Robin Hood-like thief named Yamitaro, he makes out his first target: the daughter of the man who orchestrated his parents’ demise.
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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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