Tokyo. Mihoko and Toichi Nakagawa’s ten year marriage is crumbling out of inertia. Each knows the other isn’t happy, they themselves aren’t happy, but they don’t talk about their problems with each other, each festering in their unhappiness largely so that they will not show especially to their three boarders their problems. Mihiko in particular, old fashioned in her outlook, does not see divorce as an option, that move which would be a stigma she could not tolerate. Both are seemingly oblivious to the fact that others around them are facing similar if not worse situations, and that they themselves are largely the cause of their unhappiness. Things for their marriage get worse when Toichi starts to fall for his work colleague, widowed Fusako Sagara, who returns his affections.
Tag Archives: japanese
Mei is not hired by any company after her graduation from a University. Introduced by her best friend Sari, Mei applies to be a home private tutor far away from her home. Every day, Mei needs to take a crowded train to her student’s home, but is always being indecent assault by an unknown “Train Man”. Later, Mei even discovers that the guy who sexually assaults her is actually her student. What will happen to the relationship between the two? Besides, this is also a revenge for Sari…
A Lonely Cow Weeps at Dawn (2003) Daisuke Gotô, Hôryû Nakamura, Ryôko Asagi, Yumeka Sasaki, Drama, Romance, Erotic
A young widow, Noriko, lives with her senile father-in-law, Shukichi, on a farm. He believes his favorite cow, long gone, is still alive. Noriko pretends to be the cow and lets him milk her – a satisfying arrangement for them both.
Saihate nite / The Furthest End Awaits (2014) Hsiu-Chiung Chiang, Hiromi Nagasaku, Nozomi Sasaki, Hiyori Sakurada, Drama
Misaki returns to the hometown of his father, after he is reported to be dead. There she sets a coffee shop in the middle of the coast and a relationship with her neighbour Eriko and their children evolves.
Utsukushisa to kanashimi to / With Beauty And Sorrow (1965) Masahiro Shinoda, Kaoru Yachigusa, Mariko Kaga, Sô Yamamura, Drama, Romance
Long before the events of the movie Ôki, who was approaching middle age, had a relation to 16-year-old Otoko. She got pregnant, but the child was stillborn. Their relation stopped at the same time. Much later Ôki had become a famous writer, not least because of a novel about this love story. Otoko had become a famous painter. But she had never overcome the double early trauma and had become a Lesbian. Her favourite student and beloved one was the beautiful Keiko. 24 years after the early love Ôki goes from Tokyo to Kyoto to meet Otoko. The meeting is polite with secret emotional shadows. Keiko makes a plan. She intends to seduce Ôki, become pregnant, bear Ôki’s child and give it to Otoko. She hopes that Otoko may thereby get rid of her trauma. But she also wants to take her revenge on the man who had harmed her beloved. Secretly she gets acquainted with Ôki’s son, invites him to Kyoto and seduces him. Then she calls his parents and tells that he had promised to marry her.
Nankyoku ryôrinin / The Chef of South Polar (2009) Shûichi Okita, Masato Sakai, Kengo Kôra, Kosuke Toyohara, Comedy
Nishimura has a passion for cooking, but never would he have imagined the task before him now: He is unexpectedly assigned to a south polar mission to serve as head chef at the Dome Fuji station. Leaving wife and daughter behind for a year, he and the other crew members experience one existential crisis after another in the icy cold. And then they run out of Ramen!
Rajio no jikan / Welcome Back, Mr. McDonald (1997) Kôki Mitani, Toshiaki Karasawa, Kyôka Suzuki, Masahiko Nishimura, Comedy
A radio play is going to go on air at a Tokyo radio station. It is a weepy melodrama written by housewife Miyako, who is the winner of the competition run by the station. Suddenly, the hot-tempered lead actress Nokko decides she wants the name of her character to be Mary Jane and not Ritsuko. That leads to the chain of events which changes the play completely.
Hana to hebi / Flower and Snake (1974) Masaru Konuma, Naomi Tani, Nagatoshi Sakamoto, Hijiri Abe, Drama, Erotic
Shizuka is the aristocratic wife of the president of a large company. When she wants to divorce her domineering husband, he orders his employee Yoshi, the son of an adult toy store owner, to train his wife to become sexually submissive. Yoshi has been rendered impotent due to a childhood trauma resulting from his killing a black American soldier who had been having sexual relations with his mother. During the course of his training of the masochist Shizuka, Yoshi recovers from his affliction.
Eien no hito / Immortal Love (1961) Keisuke Kinoshita, Hideko Takamine, Keiji Sada, Tatsuya Nakadai, Drama
The year is 1932, and a woman, whose tenant-farmer fiancé is fighting in China, is raped by the landowner’s son (Nakadai), who has returned from the war with a crippling injury, and then forced into marriage with him. In four more chapters, presented over three decades, their children undertake their own searches for love, while the parents try to make each other as miserable as possible.
Seiji Iwahashi is released early from a 10-year prison sentence for killing the boss of a rival. He returns to find the two rival gangs finalizing a merger. When a pattern of corruption is revealed he can no longer sit back and let it continue.