Based on renowned Japanese writer Natsume Soseki’s same-titled short story collection Read More »
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Private detective Kindaichi investigates a series of murders in scenic rural Japan. Read More »
The plot of ”Lonely Heart” concerns a gunman who murders all the occupants of a bookstore. Read More »
Goichi Mizoguchi, an aspiring Buddhist monk who became involved in the temple that was owned by his father Read More »
This extraordinarily complex film is not only a send-up of every samurai film ever made Read More »
While performing in a touring kabuki troupe, leading female impersonator Yukinojo comes across the three men who drove his parents to suicide twenty years earlier Read More »
Samurai Koheita Mochizuki, who goes by the nickname Dora-Heita, meaning “alley cat” or “playboy” Read More »
A web of deceit, adultery and greed manifests in Kon Ichikawa’s remake of his own 1976 hit about a murder investigation that reveals years of hidden skeletons and a shocking family secret. Read More »
Being Two Isnt Easy (1962) Kon Ichikawa, Fujiko Yamamoto, Hiroo Suzuki, Eiji Funakoshi, Comedy, Drama
The trials, tribulations, and joys of raising a child. The film follows the everyday events of a family with one boy Read More »
Koto is a 1980 film directed by Kon Ichikawa starring Momoe Yamaguchi and Tomokazu Miura in an adaptation of Yasunari Kawabata’s story The Old Capital. Read More »
Kon Ichikawa’s rich adaptation of Natsume Soseki’s classic novel depicts a complex relationship between a student and an older man he calls “sensei.” Read More »
Set in 1926 when Japanese tradition was much stronger, this standard drama looks at the inner workings of a small family, especially the relationship between a sister and brother.
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Fires on the Plain / Nobi (1959) Kon Ichikawa, Eiji Funakoshi, Mantarô Ushio, Yoshihiro Hamaguchi, Drama, War
It is the Philipines, 1945. The Japanese Imperial Army has been reduced to a ragtag mob hiding in the jungles. Among them is Pvt. Tamura.
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Follows the fluctuating fortunes of three friends in feudal Japan who are ronin: masterless warriors, who wander from castle to castle, selling their services to whichever lord will fill their rice bowls. These are not the YOJIMBO Super Samurai but rather the rank and file, the spear-carriers. The irony is that even though they use the servants’ entrance, they still feel themselves bound by the samurai code of Bushido; and this tension leads to tragedy.
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