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Kokuhakuteki joyûron / Confessions Among Actresses (1971) Yoshishige Yoshida, Mariko Okada, Ruriko Asaoka, Ineko Arima, Drama

Kokuhakuteki joyuron (1971)
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.
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Riarizumu no yado / Ramblers (2003) Nobuhiro Yamashita, Keishi Nagatsuka, Hiroshi Yamamoto, Machiko Ono, Comedy

Riarizumu no yado (2003)
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.
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Gasu ningen dai 1 gô / The First Gas Human (1960) Ishirô Honda, Tatsuya Mihashi, Kaoru Yachigusa, Yoshio Tsuchiya, Sci-Fi, Thriller

Gasu ningen dai ichigo (1960)
A librarian is subject to a scientific experiment which goes wrong and transforms him into ‘The Human Vapour’. He uses his new ability to rob banks to fund the career of his girlfriend, a beautiful dancer. The Human Vapour is ruthless in his quest for money and kills anyone who stands in his way, especially police. He soon becomes Tokyo’s most wanted criminal. Can he be stopped before he kills again?
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Jûichinin no samurai / Eleven Samurai (1967) Eiichi Kudô, Isao Natsuyagi, Kôtarô Satomi, Kôji Nanbara, Adventure, Drama, History

Ju-ichinin no Samurai (1967)
The lord of the Oshi fief is killed by his trespassing neighbour, the cruel and despotic Nariatsu, son of the former Shogun. After an investigation, the Oshi clan is blamed for what happened and sentenced to be disbanded. Eleven of the best samurai of the clan refuse the sentence and are willing to give their life for justice.
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Meitô bijomaru / The Sword (1945) Kenji Mizoguchi, Shôtarô Hanayagi, Kan Ishii, Eijirô Yanagi, Drama

Meito Bijomaru (1945)
Kiyone Sakurai, an apprentice swordmaker makes a sword for his guardian, Kozaemon Onoda. Onoda breaks the sword while defending his lord which eventually leads to his death at the hands of Naito, when Naito demands to marry his daughter Sasae. Sasae vows to avenge her father’s death and pleads for Kiyone Sakurai to make a special sword for her. So Kiyone and his fellow swordmaker Kiyotsugu go to the master swordsmith Kiyohide Yamatomori to learn their craft and forge the sword.
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Onna ga kaidan wo agaru toki / When a Woman Ascends the Stairs (1960) Mikio Naruse, Hideko Takamine, Tatsuya Nakadai, Masayuki Mori, Drama

Onna ga kaidan wo agaru toki (1960)
This is the story of Mama, a.k.a. Keiko, a middle-aged bar hostess who must choose to either get married or buy a bar of her own. Her family hounds her for money, her customers for her attention, and she is continually in debt. The life of a bar hostess is examined as well as the way in which the system traps and sometimes kills those in it.
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Shinjuku kuroshakai: Chaina mafia sensô / Shinjuku Underworld: Chinese Mafia War (1995) Takashi Miike, Kippei Shîna, Tomorowo Taguchi, Takeshi Caesar, Crime, Drama, Mystery

Shinjuku kuroshakai Chaina mafia senso (1995)
The film is based around the interactions of a homosexual triad group with a police officer as well as opposing yakuza organizations. When the younger brother to a renegade police officer becomes the lawyer to the triad group, an argument between the two leads to the downfall of the organization.
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