Tag Archives: Shima Iwashita
Sanma no aji / An Autumn Afternoon (1962) Yasujirô Ozu, Chishû Ryû, Shima Iwashita, Keiji Sada, Drama
In the early 60’s in Tokyo, the widower Hirayama is a former captain from the Japanese navy that works as a manager of a factory and lives with his twenty-four year-old daughter Michiko and his son Kazuo in his house.
Seijo densetsu / No More God, No More Love (1985) Tôru Murakawa, Hiromi Gô, Shima Iwashita, Miyuki Ono, Crime, Drama, Romance
Kiri no shigosen / Meridian in the Mist (1996) Masanobu Deme, Shima Iwashita, Sayuri Yoshinaga, Tetsuya Chikushi, Drama
A story of friendship between two women, Yae and Kiyoko. Their friendship is tested when artist Yae, who suffers from fatal illness, develops special feelings towards her best friend Kiyoko’s boyfriend Kosuke.
Kage no kuruma / The Shadow Within (1970) Yoshitarô Nomura, Shima Iwashita, Gô Katô, Mayumi Ogawa, Drama
Harakiri / Seppuku (1962) Masaki Kobayashi, Tatsuya Nakadai, Akira Ishihama, Shima Iwashita, Action, Drama, History
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.
Youth in Fury / Dry Lake (1960) Masahiro Shinoda, Shin’ichirô Mikami, Shima Iwashita, Kayoko Honoo, Drama
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.
Shinjû: Ten no amijima / Double Suicide (1969) Masahiro Shinoda, Kichiemon Nakamura, Shima Iwashita, Shizue Kawarazaki, Drama
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.
Sharaku (1995) Masahiro Shinoda, Hiroyuki Sanada, Furankî Sakai, Shima Iwashita, Biography, Drama, History
A crippled kabuki player is taken into a strolling company of itinerant actors. An influential publisher notices his honest, bold drawings, and nurtures him despite persecution and betrayal. The film explores the eternal relationship between artist and producer, and describes the emanicipation of a man who refuses to let himself become the plaything of power and money.