Diary of a Mad Old Man is the journal of Utsugi, a seventy-seven-year-old man of refined tastes who is recovering from a stroke. Read More »
Tag Archives: Sô Yamamura
The Sand City in Manchuria AKA Sabaku o Wataru Taiyo (1960) Kiyoshi Saeki, Sô Yamamura, Ken Takakura, Koji Tsuruta
A young doctor must save townspeople from a threatening plague. Read More »
Till We Meet Again AKA Ashita kuru hito (1955) Yûzô Kawashima, Sô Yamamura, Yumeji Tsukioka, Tatsuya Mihashi
Sonejiro sacrifices all comfort to devote himself to research. Young housewife Yachiyo is disappointed with her husband Kappei Read More »
Women Are Born Twice AKA Onna wa nido umareru (1961) Yûzô Kawashima, Ayako Wakao, Sô Yamamura, Jun Fujimaki
Koen is a geisha who has intimate relationships with several men at once. Read More »
Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970) Richard Fleischer, Kinji Fukasaku, Martin Balsam, Sô Yamamura, Jason Robards
This dramatic retelling of the Pearl Harbor attack details everything in the days that led up to that tragic moment in American history. Read More »
In 1943, the Aleutian island of Kiska was fortified by a small contingent of Japanese soldiers. Read More »
Upon the death of the third Shogun, his heir is kidnapped by a ninja group. Read More »
The critical establishment was clearly not prepared to accept a woman’s prison film featuring former prostitutes recovering from venereal diseases, unwanted pregnancies, and estranged lovers. Read More »
Yama no oto / Sound of the Mountain (1954) Mikio Naruse, Setsuko Hara, Sô Yamamura, Ken Uehara, Drama
The businessman Ogata Shingo works with his son Shuichi, who is his secretary, and they live together in the suburb with their wives Yasuko and Kikuko respectively. Read More »
Kyoko, the daughter of a successful novelist, marries an aspiring writer. Read More »
Joyû Sumako no koi / The Love of Sumako the Actress (1947) Kenji Mizoguchi, Kinuyo Tanaka, Sô Yamamura, Kikue Môri, Drama
The stage director Shimamura, who is bringing western theatre to Japan, falls in love with the outspoken actress Sumako Matsui, and leaves his family to be with her, while trying to keep his Art Theatre solvent.
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Utsukushisa to kanashimi to / With Beauty And Sorrow (1965) Masahiro Shinoda, Kaoru Yachigusa, Mariko Kaga, Sô Yamamura, Drama, Romance
Long before the events of the movie Ôki, who was approaching middle age, had a relation to 16-year-old Otoko. She got pregnant, but the child was stillborn. Their relation stopped at the same time. Much later Ôki had become a famous writer, not least because of a novel about this love story. Otoko had become a famous painter. But she had never overcome the double early trauma and had become a Lesbian. Her favourite student and beloved one was the beautiful Keiko. 24 years after the early love Ôki goes from Tokyo to Kyoto to meet Otoko. The meeting is polite with secret emotional shadows. Keiko makes a plan. She intends to seduce Ôki, become pregnant, bear Ôki’s child and give it to Otoko. She hopes that Otoko may thereby get rid of her trauma. But she also wants to take her revenge on the man who had harmed her beloved. Secretly she gets acquainted with Ôki’s son, invites him to Kyoto and seduces him. Then she calls his parents and tells that he had promised to marry her.
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The day before Japan announces its defeat in WW2, a very ill Shusaku arrives in Okayama. He meets Shinko, an innkeeper, who inadvertently gives him the will to live as he spies her crying one day. As romance blossoms, the secret death wish he’d brought with him contends with true love for precedence in their relationship. Based on the book by Shinya Fujiwara.
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