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Jun’ai Monogatari / The Story of Pure Love (1957) Tadashi Imai, Shinjirô Ehara, Hitomi Nakahara, Eiji Okada, Crime, Drama, Romance

Jun'ai Monogatari (1957)
Junai Monogatari AKA Story of Pure Love is about two poor youths, Mitsuko and Kando, rebelling against society in various ways, who are desperately trying to be together despite tortuous circumstances. The film depicts their lives as thieves, menial laborers who can get little pay, society outcasts, and of course, lovers. Junai Monogatari depicts, mostly, their struggles within the Japanese reformatory system and Mitsuko’s worsening sickness.

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Bakeneko: A Vengeful Spirit / Kaibyô nori no numa (1968) Yoshihiro Ishikawa, Ryôhei Uchida, Kôtarô Satomi, Kyoko Mikage, Horror

Bakeneko A Vengeful Spirit (1968)
Nabeshima Naoshige murders his lord, Takafusa Ryuzoji, seeking to gain power and steal his Lord’s wife. To avoid her fate, Lady Takafusa drowns herself along with her cat in a nearby marsh. A decade later, Naoshige’s efforts to steal another woman triggers a curse on him when she also commits suicide at the same marsh forcing him to suffer the consequences of his past actions. This a an awesome black and white samurai/ghost story with terrific fighting, and believable special effects. One of the better films in this genre, thoroughly entertaining!

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A bao a qu (2007) Naoki Katô, Toshiki Hirose, Junya Ishii, Aoba Kawai, Drama

A bao a qu (2007)
Hasegawa is writing a sequel to his previous novel, based on a true character who murdered 9 people on the street, with the premise that the killer had a brother. The main character in his new novel, Harumi, drops out of high school and leads a quiet life, unable to understand his brother. He is scared that the same blood runs in his veins but is also enraged by the fact that his brother’s life is consumed as material for novels by many writers. A novelist, Hasegawa faces limitations in making being able to make fiction as real and cruel as it is in reality.

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