Koshizu (Fuji), a young geisha, tries to kill herself but is saved by cook Yukichi (Sugahara). Rival geisha Adakichi (Yumi), greedy trader Yasukawa (Abe) and wealthy businessman Asai (Soganoya) add up to dramatic turns.
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Kurobe no taiyo / The Sands of Kurobe (1968) Kei Kumai, Toshirô Mifune, Yûjirô Ishihara, Osamu Takizawa, Drama
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.
Matango / Attack of the Mushroom People (1963) Ishirô Honda, Akira Kubo, Kumi Mizuno, Hiroshi Koizumi, Drama, Horror, Mystery
Subarashiki nichiyôbi / One Wonderful Sunday (1947) Akira Kurosawa, Isao Numasaki, Chieko Nakakita, Atsushi Watanabe, Drama, Romance
Yuzo and his fiancée Masako spend their Sunday afternoon together, trying to have a good time on just thirty-five yen. They manage to have many small adventures, especially because Masako’s optimism and belief in dreams is able to lift Yuzo from his realistic despair.
Shinjû: Ten no amijima / Double Suicide (1969) Masahiro Shinoda, Kichiemon Nakamura, Shima Iwashita, Shizue Kawarazaki, Drama
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.
Kokuhakuteki joyûron / Confessions Among Actresses (1971) Yoshishige Yoshida, Mariko Okada, Ruriko Asaoka, Ineko Arima, Drama
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.
Goyôkin / Goyokin / Steel Edge of Revenge (1969) Hideo Gosha, Tatsuya Nakadai, Tetsurô Tanba, Yôko Tsukasa, Action, Adventure, Drama
Tatsuya Nakadai plays a samurai overcome with guilt over his unwitting part in a massacre of a small village. Now a ronin, he learns of a scheme by his old clan to repeat the same crime. determined to stop them, he endures great hardships in an attempt to atone for his earlier mistakes.
Watashi wa nisai / Being Two Isn’t Easy (1962) Kon Ichikawa, Fujiko Yamamoto, Hiroo Suzuki, Eiji Funakoshi, Comedy, Drama
The trials, tribulations, and joys of raising a child. The film follows the everyday events of a family with one boy, coming up to his second birthday, interspersed with occasional thoughts of the child. They initially live in an apartment building, and then move into the doting grandmother’s house.
Seishun no satsujin sha / The Youth Killer (1976) Kazuhiko Hasegawa, Yutaka Mizutani, Mieko Harada, Etsuko Ichihara, Drama
Riarizumu no yado / Ramblers (2003) Nobuhiro Yamashita, Keishi Nagatsuka, Hiroshi Yamamoto, Machiko Ono, Comedy
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.