Tag Archives: Shima Iwashita

Harakiri / Seppuku (1962) Masaki Kobayashi, Tatsuya Nakadai, Akira Ishihama, Shima Iwashita, Action, Drama, History

Harakiri (1962)
Following the collapse of his clan, an unemployed samurai (Tatsuya Nakadai) arrives at the manor of Lord Iyi, begging to be allowed to commit ritual suicide on the property. Iyi’s clansmen, believing the desperate ronin is merely angling for a new position, try to force his hand and get him to eviscerate himself – but they have underestimated his beliefs and his personal brand of honor. Winner of the Cannes Film Festival’s Special Jury Prize, Harakiri, directed by Masaki Kobayashi is a fierce evocation of individual agency in the face of a corrupt and hypocritical system.

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Youth in Fury / Dry Lake (1960) Masahiro Shinoda, Shin’ichirô Mikami, Shima Iwashita, Kayoko Honoo, Drama

Youth in Fury
A reckless student contemplates terrorism in a prescient film that confirmed Shinoda as a fearless member of Shochiku’s iconoclastic New Wave. At the height of student protests, Shimojo (Shinichiro Mikami) takes his aggressions to another level, beset by seemingly insoluble feelings of alienation. Written by the controversial Shuji Terayama (Throw Away Your Books, Rally in the Streets), Dry Lake was also the first Shinoda film to feature music by frequent collaborator Toru Takemitsu, who was not yet well-known.

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Shinjû: Ten no amijima / Double Suicide (1969) Masahiro Shinoda, Kichiemon Nakamura, Shima Iwashita, Shizue Kawarazaki, Drama

Shinju Ten no amijima AKA Double Suicide (1969)
Set in Osaka in the 18th century, the film centers on the doomed romance between Jihei (Kichiemon Nakamura), a down and out married paper merchant passionately in love with doe-eyed courtesan Koharu (Shima Iwashita), whom he cannot afford to buy out of servitude. Koharu herself has also fallen in love with Jihei; she even starts turning away other patrons to be with him. Their love is further imperiled by Tahei (Hosei Komatsu), a rich, obnoxious merchant who flaunts his ability to buy Koharu’s indenture. Suicide is the only way for the two to be together.

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