Tag Archives: japanese
Flame Of Blood / Hono-o no Gotoku (1981) Tai Katô, Bunta Sugawara, Mitsuko Baishô, Tomisaburô Wakayama, Drama, Action
The story is set in Bakumatsu and revolves around the Bunta Sugawara character, a yakuza (of course but instead of a modern yakuza/gangster, he’s a gambler/bakuto). After he kills someone and gets wound, is saved by a blind woman (Mitsuko Baishô), who took care of him.
Flag in the Mist / Kiri no hata (1965) Yôji Yamada, Chieko Baishô, Osamu Takizawa, Michiyo Aratama, Crime, Drama
When her only relative, her elder brother is accused of robbing and murdering an old woman loan-shark, pretty, young Kiriko (Chieko Baisho) travels from her home in Kyushu to Tokyo to get Japan’s top lawyer to defend her brother.
Yakuza Taxi / 893 Taxi (1994) Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Susumu Terajima, Kouichi Ueda, Yoshiyuki Oomori, Comedy
Mizu de kakareta monogatari / A Story Written with Water (1965) Yoshishige Yoshida, Mariko Okada, Ruriko Asaoka, Isao Yamagata, Drama, Art-house
Shizuo discovers a mysterious letter about his fiancé Yumiko, which prompts him to explore his sexual psychology and memories. His childhood and adult life unfold simultaneously, and he feels increasingly obligated to choose between mother and fiancé. Whichever choice he makes, it seems one will rule out the other.
Kôrei / Seance (2000) Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Kôji Yakusho, Jun Fubuki, Tsuyoshi Kusanagi, Drama, Horror, Thriller
A psychic housewife and her husband become burdened with a kidnapped girl who escaped her assailant. Junko will not let her husband call the hospital or the police for purely selfish reasons. The girl dies while still in their house and her ghost begins to haunt not only Junko but also her husband, Sato (Koji Yakusho).
Kagerô-za / Heat-Haze Theatre (1981) Seijun Suzuki, Yûsaku Matsuda, Michiyo Ohkusu, Mariko Kaga, Fantasy, Romance, Thriller
Playwright Matsuzaki (Yusaku Matsuda) crosses paths with a beautiful woman on her way to the hospital who tells him a friend is dying. Frightened of a mysterious older woman who sells the fruit of the Chinese Lantern Plant – rumored to be distaff souls – she implores Matsuzaki to accompany her.
Chotto kawaii aian meiden / The Torture Club (2014) Kôta Yoshida, Reiko Hayama, Noriko Kijima, Yuki Mamiya, Comedy, Romance, Pinku, Erotic
Yuzuki (Noriko Kijima) is accepted into the school of her dreams, but it takes quite a different turn for her when she stumbles upon Aoi (Haruna Yoshizumi) masturbating in the shower by hitting herself. Her interest in the scene is reason enough that she is roped into one of the school’s clubs, at first against her will: the Torture Club.
Zigeunerweisen / Tsigoineruwaizen (1980) Seijun Suzuki, Yoshio Harada, Naoko Ôtani, Toshiya Fujita, Horror, Mystery
Graveyard of Honor / Jingi no hakaba (1975) Kinji Fukasaku, Tetsuya Watari, Tatsuo Umemiya, Yumi Takigawa, Action, Crime
A look at the life of renegade yakuza, Rikio Ishikawa, particularly the years from 1946 to 1950 when his violent antics get him in trouble with his own clan, Kawada, and then with the clan of his protector, Kozaburo Imai. In these years, he can rely on Chieko, a young Tokyo courtesan who gives him shelter.