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Kurobe no taiyo / The Sands of Kurobe (1968) Kei Kumai, Toshirô Mifune, Yûjirô Ishihara, Osamu Takizawa, Drama

Kurobe no taiyo AKA The Sands of Kurobe (1968)
Kitagawa is an engineer charged with construction of a gigantic tunnel through the Japan Alps for the transportation of equipment in the building of the massive Kurobe Dam. The tunnel crosses an earthquake fault and Kitagawa is beleaguered not only by cave-ins and flooding, but by strife between management and the workers’s union. Adding to Kitagawa’s stress is the knowledge that as his attention is pulled inexorably toward the tunnel construction, his youngest daughter is dying from leukemia.

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Shinjû: Ten no amijima / Double Suicide (1969) Masahiro Shinoda, Kichiemon Nakamura, Shima Iwashita, Shizue Kawarazaki, Drama

Shinju Ten no amijima AKA Double Suicide (1969)
Set in Osaka in the 18th century, the film centers on the doomed romance between Jihei (Kichiemon Nakamura), a down and out married paper merchant passionately in love with doe-eyed courtesan Koharu (Shima Iwashita), whom he cannot afford to buy out of servitude. Koharu herself has also fallen in love with Jihei; she even starts turning away other patrons to be with him. Their love is further imperiled by Tahei (Hosei Komatsu), a rich, obnoxious merchant who flaunts his ability to buy Koharu’s indenture. Suicide is the only way for the two to be together.

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Kokuhakuteki joyûron / Confessions Among Actresses (1971) Yoshishige Yoshida, Mariko Okada, Ruriko Asaoka, Ineko Arima, Drama

Kokuhakuteki joyuron (1971)
In this intricately layered Japanese film, the nature of actresses and what they gain from acting is explored. The lives of three actresses are laid bare, and scenes from their lives are woven in and out of interviews with each of them. Each of them has experienced a traumatic event which contributes to their particular enjoyment of becoming someone else in dramatic roles.

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Riarizumu no yado / Ramblers (2003) Nobuhiro Yamashita, Keishi Nagatsuka, Hiroshi Yamamoto, Machiko Ono, Comedy

Riarizumu no yado (2003)
Tsuboi and Kinoshita have just arrived at a desolate town. Both of them are amateur filmmakers. Tsuboi is a screenwriter and Kinoshita a director. They have come to this town because Funaki, an actor, has tempted them to come here, but he has yet to arrive. Tsuboi and Kinoshita start wandering around the town and happen to meet a young woman, Atsuko. The three of them go on a journey together and become friends. But one day, Atsuko disappears.

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