Tag Archives: Machiko Kyô

Bakurô ichidai / The Life of a Horse Trader (1951) Keigo Kimura, Toshirô Mifune, Machiko Kyô, Takashi Shimura, Drama

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This early gem starring the great Mifune Toshiba tells the tale of Katakana Yonetaro aka “The Shark,” a rough-and-tumble horse trader in Japan’s rugged northernmost territory of Hokkaddo.. always ready to drink, fight, gamble and chase women he falls victim to a crooked game with loaded dice. This little-known film captures the wild ways of early Japan after the fall of the shogunate when men had only their own strengths and skills to rely on. A brilliant yet tragic tale that can now be told.
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Ukikusa / Floating Weeds (1959) Yasujirô Ozu, Ganjirô Nakamura, Machiko Kyô, Haruko Sugimura, Drama

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A troupe of travelling players arrive at a small seaport in the south of Japan. Komajuro Arashi, the aging master of the troupe, goes to visit his old flame Oyoshi and their son Kiyoshi, even though Kiyoshi believes Komajuro is his uncle. The leading actress Sumiko is jealous and so, in order to humiliate the master, persuades the younger actress Kayo to seduce Kiyoshi.
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Kurotokage / Black Lizard (1962) Umetsugu Inoue, Machiko Kyô, Minoru Ôki, Junko Kanô, Crime, Drama, Musical

Black Lizard (1962)
Kurotokage (1962, aka Black Lizard) has its origins in a 1934 detective novel – originally published as a magazine serial – by Edogawa Rampo, the pen name of writer Taro Hirai. (“Edogawa Rampo” was meant to mimic the pronunciation of “Edgar Allan Poe,” a writer Hirai greatly admired.) The novel was one of a series that Rampo wrote about the exploits of detective Akechi Kogoro; in this one, he meets his match in a master jewel thief and femme fatale named Black Lizard, with whom he engages in a cat-and-mouse story as he falls under her charms.
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The Teahouse of the August Moon (1956) Daniel Mann, Marlon Brando, Glenn Ford, Machiko Kyô, Comedy, Drama

The Teahouse of the August Moon (1956)
This comedy-drama is partially a gentle satire on America’s drive to change the world in the post-war years. One year after World War II, Captain Fisby is sent to the village of Tobiki in Okinawa to teach the people democracy. The first step is to build a school – but the wily Okinawans know what they really want. They tell him about their culture and traditions – and persuade him to build something they really want instead: a teahouse. Fisby has a hard time breaking this news to his superiors.
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Akasen Chitai / Street of Shame (1956) Kenji Mizoguchi, Machiko Kyô, Aiko Mimasu, Ayako Wakao, Drama

Akasen Chitai (1956)
Five prostitutes work at Dreamland, in Tokyo’s Yoshiwara district. As the Diet considers a ban on prostitution, the women’s daily dramas play out. Each has dreams and motivations. Hanae is married, her husband unemployed; they have a young child. Yumeko, a widow, uses her earnings to raise and support her son, who’s now old enough to work and care for her. The aging Yorie has a man who wants to marry her. Yasumi saves money diligently to pay her debt and get out; she also has a suitor who wants to marry her, but she has other plans for him. Mickey seems the most devil-may-care, until her father comes from Kobe to bring her news of her family and ask her to come home.
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