Tag Archives: japanese

Rape Shot Momoes Lips (1979) Katsuhiko Fujii, Minako Mizushima, Yûko Asuka, Noriaki Abe, Crime, Erotic

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Toru, a down and out tabloid reporter is looking for his next “big” story. In order to get paid decent money in the supermarket rag business, you need to find controversy! The elusive “Momoe” is forbidden fruit, so he sets his sights on Miki Yoko, an up and coming young singing sensation. She’s young and beautiful and Toru thinks her record company is pumping her full of drugs. He will do anything to get a story, even assaulting her and tailing her everywhere she goes. One night, she is kidnapped right in front of him and, with his reporter instincts at work, Toru’s life spirals into a torrid world of sex, drugs, and corruption in the entertainment business. In his quest for a huge story, will he come out unscathed?

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Honey and Clover (2006) Masahiro Takada, Shô Sakurai, Yû Aoi, Yûsuke Iseya, Romance

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5 college age art students become close friends as they share common interests in the field of art. The newest member of their group is Hagu. She is the niece of an art professor at the university and is known as a child prodigy. Immediately two of her friends grow to like her, Takemoto and Morita. Morita is the type that lives life on the edge, is extremely confident and talented in art. When Morita gets to spend time alone with Hagu, he expresses his feelings to her by kissing her suddenly. His friend and neighbor in the dormitory is Takemoto. He is more withdrawn, not as talented in art, and, even though he is in love with Hagu, tries to act like a friend to her.

The other two friends are Mayama and Yamada. Yamada is in love with Mayama, but Mayama is in love with an older woman, who is also his boss at work.

As they all grow closer together, they must cope with the unpredictable nature of love, as well as find their own respective places in life.

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Hanadama (2014) Hisayasu Satô, Tomori Abe, Shun Asada, Kei Fujiwara, Horror

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A film by Hisayasu Satô. Transfer student Mizuki is bullied mercilessly by classmate Aya and others. Nevertheless, Mizuki is always able to maintain her calm composure. Kirie, who has a passive character and is also bullied, becomes interested in Mizuki and longs for her. The two become close. With a guy named Shibanai, they decide to stand up to their tormentors.

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Arakure / Untamed Woman (1957) Mikio Naruse, Hideko Takamine, Ken Uehara, Masayuki Mori, Drama

Arakure (Mikio Naruse, 1957)
Set in the Taish? period of Japan (dating from 1912 to 1926), Untamed follows the fiery Oshima (in a superbly eccentric performance by Takamine) as she passes from one suitor to another, a series of calamities befalling her along the way. Characteristic of Naruse’s work, urban and rural settings are juxtaposed: the moody Tokyo streets against a majestic mountain village. At each point, the various situations Oshima is caught in seem uncannily bound up with her surroundings. It’s worth noting that the film, while not widely known, is singled out for praise by critic Chris Fujiwara.

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Tsuki wa noborinu / The Moon Has Risen (1955) Kinuyo Tanaka, Chishû Ryû, Hisako Yamane, Yôko Sugi, Comedy, Drama, Romance

Tsuki wa noborinu (Kinuyo Tanaka, 1955)
Mokichi is the widowed father of three daughters, with whom he lives on the premises of a temple since the war. In the film all three daughters become involved in some sort of complicated relationships. The sisters and their attached Men are deliberately designed as allegorical figures on the changing social conditions. A wonderfully funny, sometimes droll comedy between Nara and Tokyo, Adagio and Allegro, Yesterday and Today – in search of a morning.

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Initiation of the Two-Sword Style / Nitôryû kaigen (1943) Daisuke Itô, Jun Fujikawa, Sannosuke Fujikawa, Kensaku Hara, Action

Initiation of the Two-Sword Style (1943)
From the deepest archives of Japanese film history comes this superbly restored edition of one of the epic adventures of Miyamoto Musashi, the greatest swordsman in all the land. Known primarily as the first to use both of his swords together, we learn here how he came to devise the Niten-ryu or Two Heavens As One style. Not only must he face the powerful martial art priests of Hongo-In Temple, Musashi crosses paths with Old Baiken, the deadly master of Chain & Sickle. For this classic work to have survived the destruction of Japanese samurai films during the occupation is nothing short of a miracle.

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