The film focuses on residents who suffered Minamata disease in the nervous system or born deformed due to ingesting fish contaminated with large amounts of mercury released into the sea at a fertilizer plant owned by Chisso.
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Tanin no kao / The Face of Another (1966) Hiroshi Teshigahara, Tatsuya Nakadai, Mikijirô Hira, Kyôko Kishida, Drama, Sci-Fi
A businessman facially scarred in a laboratory fire receives psychotherapy from a psychiatrist, and obtains an amazingly lifelike mask from the doctor. Soon after being fitted for the mask, he seduces his wife and succeeds. But his wife claims she was aware all along who he was and believed that both were just masquerading together as most couples usually do in different ways. Strangely enough, his personality seemingly begins to change after he puts on the mask as if the mask has influenced his personality. His new identity does not enable him to reintegrate into society after all. A subplot is inserted in fragments. A good-natured young woman, the right side of whose face is disfigured, has been hurt by others’ inquisitive eyes and insults, and has been shunned by men. She asks her older brother, the only man who understands her pain and solitude, to make love to her, hiding from him the intent of killing herself after then.
Kyôkatsu koso waga jinsei / Blackmail Is My Life (1968) Kinji Fukasaku, Hiroki Matsukata, Tomomi Satô, Shinjirô Ehara, Comedy, Crime
Though he has come from a rough background on the streets, Muraki (Horoki Matsukata) quickly rises through the ranks by means of his well-honed blackmailing instincts. Desperate to keep rolling with his freewheeling lifestyle, Muraki sees his luck begin to crumble when he sets his sights on the business partners of a powerful gang boss.
Renowned cyber-punk director ISHII Sogo strays from his roots, entering the realm of the subconscious with Mirrored Mind, a composed, contemplative and also a very personal film. Guiding us along with an actress who suffers an identity crisis when all at once she finds herself spirited away from the bustle of Tokyo to a tropical paradise, director ISHII poses philosophical questions about the origins of our soul. A visually stunning ode to the need for a spiritual and tranquil life. Mirrored Mind is the feauture length version of the short by the same name, which was made as part of the Jeonju International Film Festival initiated Digital Short Films by Three Filmmakers 2004.
Yume no ginga / Labyrinth of Dreams (1997) Gakuryû Ishii, Rena Komine, Tadanobu Asano, Kotomi Kyôno, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Tomiko is a conductor in a rural bus driven by the handsome Niitaka. Tomiko had received a letter from her best friend Tsuyako, a conductor in another bus company, just after Tsuyako was killed in a bus accident. Tsuyako wrote that she felt that her fiance and driver, Niitaka, planned to kill her. Tomiko therefore plans to take revenge on Niitaka. However Tomiko falls in love with Niitaka, even though she also suspects him of being the Tokyo bus driver serial killer, who killed his female conductors after tiring of them.
Yoru no onnatachi / Women of the Night (1948) Kenji Mizoguchi, Kinuyo Tanaka, Sanae Takasugi, Tomie Tsunoda, Drama
Fusako Owada, a young woman in postwar Japan, is the mistress of a notorious drug dealer. Fusako’s tenuous grasp on meaningful life is shaken when she learns that her lover is having an affair with her sister.
Koruto wa ore no pasupoto / A Colt Is My Passport (1967) Takashi Nomura, Jô Shishido, Chitose Kobayashi, Jerry Fujio, Action, Crime, Drama
The melancholy, homely Kamimura is a hit man who takes a job to kill a mob boss who’s gotten greedy. The rival gang lord who hires Kamimura and his driver Shun pays them and sets them up in a hotel for a night while arranging safe passage on a ship. The son of the dead man comes to his rival and offers a partnership and cash in exchange for Kamimura’s death. The boss considers his choice: morals or money? A maid at the hotel tries to aid the escape of Kamimura and Shun. As the two gangs close in, Kamimura chooses honor. Will his stoicism be his shroud?
Sûpâ no onna / Supermarket Woman (1996) Jûzô Itami, Nobuko Miyamoto, Masahiko Tsugawa, Ryûnosuke Kaneda, Comedy
Goro’s supermarket is not doing well; the rival “Bargains Galore” threatens his business. A chance encounter with Hanako, an energetic woman he knew in grade school, results in big retail and life changes.