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After defeat at the Siege of Osaka several survivors attempt to deliver a young prince to safety. Read More »
9th-graders Kazuo (boy) and Kazumi (girl) take a tumble at a temple in a small seacoast town in Japan. Read More »
Akemi and the man of her clan confront their opponents; Akemi delivers a sword thrust to kill the opponents’ leader Read More »
While testing the advance prototype of a revolutionary gas engine, the vehicle is involved in a mysterious accident killing its driver. Read More »
A reformed gangster helps a former yakuza member. Read More »
The Killing Machine (1975) Noribumi Suzuki, Shin’ichi Chiba, Yutaka Nakajima, Makoto Satô, Action, Drama
Sonny Chiba plays the character referred to as “Mr Soh”, who is based on the true life founder of Shorinji Kempo, Doshin So. Mr Soh has been acting as a secret agent in Manchuria during the Japanese occupation. Read More »
Dokuritsu gurentai / Desperate Outpost (1959) Kihachi Okamoto, Makoto Satô, Izumi Yukimura, Misa Uehara, Drama, War, Action
When Sergeant Okubo’s brother is murdered at a Japanese outpost in Northern China during the Second World War, Okubo poses as a war correspondent and seeks out his brother’s killer. Read More »
The Falcon Fighters / Rikugun hayabusa sentotai (1969) Mitsuo Murayama, Makoto Satô, Shiho Fujimura, Sei Hiraizumi, Drama, War
In the days leading up to the Second Sino-Japanese War of 1937, head flight instructor Kato Tateo of the Imperial Japanese Army-Air Corps trains new crop of volunteers from the Amry’s Infantry to become Japan’s next generation of fighter pilots. Flying early biplane’s, Kato will train both friend and future foe alike. But as war in China breaks out, Kato (played by Makoto Sato) will take his untested men flying antiquated planes into aerial combat against the Chinese Air Force who is now headed by Lt. Cho (played by Jun Fujimaki) who Kato had both earlier befriended and personally trained.
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Fort Graveyard / Chi to suna (1965) Kihachi Okamoto, Toshirô Mifune, Makoto Satô, Reiko Dan, Drama, War
Charged with insubordination for punching a superior, Sergeant Kosugi is shipped to China in the last desperate days of the Second World War. His commander, Captain Sakuma, is vicious and dictatorial. Sakuma places Kosugi in charge of training for combat what once was the military band. Kosugi must somehow prepare his inept soldiers for the rigors of combat.
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In 1983, photographer Gocho Shigeo met an early death at the young age of 36. The view we see reflected in Gocho’s photographic images has become more profound over time since his death and has struck a chord in people’s hearts. While focusing on Gocho’s collection of photographs Self and Others, the film also visits places associated with him, creating a collage with the manuscripts, letters, photographs and voice recordings remaining in an attempt to capture “one more gesture”—a theme pursued by Gocho through photographic expression. This film is neither a critical biography nor a monograph on the photographer. Rather, we are offered a new perception. As if mesmerized, the photographs Gocho left behind captivate us in their gaze.
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