Tag Archives: Sadao Nakajima
Yakuza gurentai / Yakuza Hooligans (1966) Sadao Nakajima, Hiroki Matsukata, Shigeru Amachi, Kazuko Inano, Action
A bunch of young angry misfits and hoods who aren’t quite up to joining the yakuza, hatch and execute a variety of petty scams. The youngest, a high school student who has a way with women, is approached by a yakuza and asked to spy for them.
Domineering / Seiha (1982) Sadao Nakajima, Toshirô Mifune, Mariko Okada, Bunta Sugawara, Crime, Sci-fi
Jo no mai / Appassionata (1984) Sadao Nakajima, Mariko Okada, Yûko Natori, Morio Kazama, Kei Satô, Biography, Drama
This story is based on the novel “Jo No Mai” by Tomiko Miyao which is based on the life of painter Sh?en Uemura (1875–1949), the first woman to be awarded the Order of Culture. The title refers to the masterpiece bijinga (“picture of a beautiful woman”) that Uemura painted at the age of 61. The main character, Tsuya Shimamura, is born in Kyoto as the second daughter of a tea trader who dies before her birth. Tsuya, who loves painting more than anything and is hopeless at housework, attends art school and at age 15 receives the name Sh?sui (from the characters for “pine” and “green”) from her teacher. The crown prince of England purchases one of her works, propelling her to fame overnight. The novel portrays the remainder of her stormy life, during which she is impregnated by her teacher and raises a fatherless child; through it all she devotes herself to her painting, undaunted.