Tag Archives: Japan

Jûichinin no samurai / Eleven Samurai (1967) Eiichi Kudô, Isao Natsuyagi, Kôtarô Satomi, Kôji Nanbara, Adventure, Drama, History

Ju-ichinin no Samurai (1967)
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.
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Meitô bijomaru / The Sword (1945) Kenji Mizoguchi, Shôtarô Hanayagi, Kan Ishii, Eijirô Yanagi, Drama

Meito Bijomaru (1945)
Kiyone Sakurai, an apprentice swordmaker makes a sword for his guardian, Kozaemon Onoda. Onoda breaks the sword while defending his lord which eventually leads to his death at the hands of Naito, when Naito demands to marry his daughter Sasae. Sasae vows to avenge her father’s death and pleads for Kiyone Sakurai to make a special sword for her. So Kiyone and his fellow swordmaker Kiyotsugu go to the master swordsmith Kiyohide Yamatomori to learn their craft and forge the sword.
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Onna ga kaidan wo agaru toki / When a Woman Ascends the Stairs (1960) Mikio Naruse, Hideko Takamine, Tatsuya Nakadai, Masayuki Mori, Drama

Onna ga kaidan wo agaru toki (1960)
This is the story of Mama, a.k.a. Keiko, a middle-aged bar hostess who must choose to either get married or buy a bar of her own. Her family hounds her for money, her customers for her attention, and she is continually in debt. The life of a bar hostess is examined as well as the way in which the system traps and sometimes kills those in it.
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Shinjuku kuroshakai: Chaina mafia sensô / Shinjuku Underworld: Chinese Mafia War (1995) Takashi Miike, Kippei Shîna, Tomorowo Taguchi, Takeshi Caesar, Crime, Drama, Mystery

Shinjuku kuroshakai Chaina mafia senso (1995)
The film is based around the interactions of a homosexual triad group with a police officer as well as opposing yakuza organizations. When the younger brother to a renegade police officer becomes the lawyer to the triad group, an argument between the two leads to the downfall of the organization.
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Joyû to shijin / The Actress and the Poet (1935) Mikio Naruse, Hiroshi Uruki, Sachiko Chiba, Kamatari Fujiwara, Comedy

Joyu to shijin (1935)
Ryuji Nagami’s script mandates a fairly straightforward comedy of nonconformism and antisocial behavior, and also tends to lean too hard on its comic contrivances. Most of the film is low-key and digressive, and Naruse does some nice, relaxed character work with the supporting players, a few of whom are suspended between comic relief and villainy….
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