Tag Archives: Japan

Natsu jikan no otonatachi / Happy Go Lucky (1997) Tetsuya Nakashima, Hidaka Yoshitomo, Nagi Noriko, Maki Ishikawa, Drama

Natsu jikan no otonatachi (1997)
Takashi and four of his classmates, fourth-grade students, cannot succeed in doing a back pullover around a horizontal bar. Their gym teacher warns them: they have one week to succeed; if they resign now, then, tomorrow, facing life difficulties, they will always run away and become bums. Furthermore, all five must succeed, if one of them cannot do it, then all of them fail. Takashi is really worried and wonders if he won’t be always the looser who couldn’t succeed in the back pullover bar exercise.
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Mayonaka no Yaji-san Kita-san / Yaji and Kita: The Midnight Pilgrims (2005) Kankurô Kudô, Tomoya Nagase, Shichinosuke Nakamura, Sadao Abe, Comedy, Fantasy

Mayonaka no Yaji-san Kita-san (2005)
A re-imagining of the classic Japanese comedy “Yaji and Kita’s Travel Journey”, this is the story of two samurai in Edo period Japan who are in love. One is married, the other is a drug addict. They decide to go on a trip to Ise Sanctuary, where it is presumed everything will be made right. What happens once they get on the road is as wild and wacky as anything your likely to see.
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Iwashigumo / Summer Clouds (1958) Mikio Naruse, Chikage Awashima, Michiyo Aratama, Kumi Mizuno, Drama

Iwashigumo (1958)
A war widow with a young boy manages a farm with her bossy mother-in-law. When a reporter comes to interview her, the two begin an affair. He turns out to be married and won’t leave his wife. Her older brother tries to marry off his children and hang on to/ extend his farm through an advantageous marriage in the face of threatened land confiscation and the desire of his children to get comfortable urban jobs instead of the backbreaking work in the paddy fields under parental control.
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Fisshu sutôrî / Fish Story (2009) Yoshihiro Nakamura, Vincent Giry, Gaku Hamada, Atsushi Itô, Action, Comedy, Music

Fisshu sutori (2009)
In the year 2012 a comet approaches earth, threatening to end civilization when it impacts. On the streets of Japan, a single music store remains open, its proprietor insisting to his customers that the world is not coming to an end. He plays a forgotten song recorded by an obscure band 37 years ago, and insists that somehow, this song will save the world. A series of short stories spans the years from the recording of the song in 1975 to the modern day, and shows how–in roundabout fashion–the man in the music store is absolutely right.
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Higanbana / Equinox Flower (1958) Yasujirô Ozu, Shin Saburi, Kinuyo Tanaka, Ineko Arima, Comedy, Drama

Higanbana (1958)
A business man is often approached by friends for advice and help regarding marriage as well as family and romantic relationships. He is always very calmly and objectively able to give great insight and assistance to these particular situations. However, when it comes time for him to be objective regarding his oldest daughter, he finds it very difficult…
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