Outside of a small village in Japan, a mysterious pond is inhabited by mythic creatures. Their story is of revenge, tragedy, and the power of real love. Read More »
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Play it, Boogie-Woogie AKA Slow na boogie ni shitekure (1981) Toshiya Fujita, Atsuko Asano, Masato Furuoya, Tsutomu Yamazaki
A young cat burglar begins a love triangle with a reckless older man and her on-again-off-again bonehead biker boyfriend. Read More »
In a charity hospital, a hard-bitten but honorable older doctor, Dr. Niide Read More »
A Woman’s Life AKA Onna no rekishi (1963) Mikio Naruse, Hideko Takamine, Akira Takarada, Tsutomu Yamazaki
Nobuko (Hideko Takamine) is a gentle Japanese woman who endures several ordeals during her adult life in this somber, sentimental drama. Read More »
Hiroshi, who has never known his father, is a graduate from a prestigious university Read More »
Story of 20-year-old college student is involved in middle-aged lecturer to Kakemochi the prep of several for liquor and women, eventually greet goodbye. Read More »
During the Second World War, Takeichi Matsuo had participated in hiding a huge cache of gold in the Phillippine mountains. Read More »
A surreal, isolated village sees its inhabitants gradually leave behind their mutual traditions Read More »
The story of Sanshiro Sugata, a young man who wants to learn the new art of judo. Read More »
Kitsutsuki to ame / The Woodsman and the Rain (2011) Shûichi Okita, Kôji Yakusho, Shun Oguri, Tsutomu Yamazaki, Comedy
Rookie movie director Koichi and his crew travels to the mountain village of Yamamura to film his next movie. Read More »
Yatsuhaka-mura / Village of Eight Gravestones (1977) Yoshitarô Nomura, Ken’ichi Hagiwara, Mayumi Ogawa, Tsutomu Yamazaki, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
A Tokyo man witnesses the death by poisoning of his grandfather, and travels to his hometown of Yattsu Mura to find the killer. Centuries ago, the town was the site of a massacre, and is now the stalking ground of a mysterious serial killer…
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At the beginning of the film the father-in-law of the protagonist dies unexpectedly of a heart attack. The remainder of the film is episodic, moving from one incident to another over the course of the three-day funeral, which is held (as is customary) in the home. These incidents contrast old ways and new ways, young and old, ritual ceremony and true feelings, often comically, but sometimes with real poignancy.
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In this humorous paean to the joys of food, the main story is about trucker Goro, who rides into town like a modern Shane to help Tampopo set up the perfect noodle soup restaurant. Woven into this main story are a number of smaller stories about the importance of food, ranging from a gangster who mixes hot sex with food, to an old woman who terrorizes a shopkeeper by compulsively squeezing his wares.
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Marusa no onna / A Taxing Woman (1987) Jûzô Itami, Nobuko Miyamoto, Tsutomu Yamazaki, Masahiko Tsugawa, Comedy, Crime
Ryoko Itakura is a government tax agent who has just landed a big promotion. Her first assignment is to catch wheeler-dealer Hideki Gondo. She has a tough job, since in Japan tax evasion is an art and Gondo is, in effect, Rembrandt. Her job is complicated by a growing sympathy for the rogue and by political pressure to lay off.
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