Edmund Rostand’s play Cyrano de Bergerac, transplanted to Japan. A poet-warrior with an oversized nose (matched only by his great heart) loves a lady. Read More »
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Japanese police detective Saburo Fujioka is suspected of corruption, demoted, and sent to the city of Kojin. Read More »
The legend of the birth of Shintoism. In Fourth Century Japan, the Emperor Keikoh’s son Ouso expects to succeed his father Read More »
Tatsuya Nakadai plays a samurai overcome with guilt over his unwitting part in a massacre of a small village. Read More »
A guy falls in love with the widow of a man he killed in a car collision. Finally she falls in love with him . Read More »
Yoru no nagare / Evening Stream (1960) Yûzô Kawashima, Mikio Naruse, Yôko Tsukasa, Isuzu Yamada, Akira Takarada, Drama
A woman and her daughter are in love with the same man, a chef at the restaurant that the mother manages. Read More »
Hikinige / Hit and Run (1966) Mikio Naruse, Hideko Takamine, Yôko Tsukasa, Eitarô Ozawa, Crime, Drama
A working-class woman becomes bent on revenge after her little boy is killed in a hit and run; she discovers that the man who took the rap was simply a corporate lackey covering up for his boss’s wife. Read More »
Meoto zenzai / Marital Relations (1955) Shirô Toyoda, Hisaya Morishige, Chikage Awashima, Yôko Tsukasa, Drama
Ryukichi, the young master of a cosmetic wholesale dealer, leaves his wife and child to live with Choko, a popular geisha, with whom he has fallen in love. Read More »
Akibiyori / Late Autumn (1960) Yasujirô Ozu, Setsuko Hara, Yôko Tsukasa, Mariko Okada, Comedy, Drama
Family and friends of the late Shuzo Miwa have gathered for his annual memorial service, this one marking the seventh anniversary of his passing. Three of his long time friends – married Shuzo Taguchi, married Soichi Mamiya, and widowed Seiichiro Hirayama – have long known and admitted to each other that they have always been attracted to his widow, Akiko Miwa, who they believe has gotten even more beautiful as she has matured. The three friends take it upon themselves to find a husband for the Miwa’s now twenty-four year old daughter, Ayako Miwa, who they believe as beautiful as her mother, and who, as a pure innocent, deserves a good husband. Their self-appointed task is despite them knowing that Ayako does not want them to do so. She doesn’t want to get married, at least not yet, as she struggles with her traditional sensibilities in post-war modern Japan. Her first priority as she sees it is to take care of her widowed mother, who would be alone if she were to get married.
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Rengô kantai shirei chôkan: Yamamoto Isoroku / Admiral Yamamoto (1968) Seiji Maruyama, Toshirô Mifune, Yûzô Kayama, Yôko Tsukasa, Drama, War
As Japan joins in a political pact with Nazi Germany and fascist Italy, Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto is appointed supreme commander of the Japanese fleet. With Japan headed inexorably toward war, Yamamoto, despite his misgivings, believes the only possible victory lies in destroying the American fleet by surprise at Pearl Harbor. The attack succeeds, but fails to sink the American carrier fleet. Thus Yamamoto must lead the Japanese navy into war with ever-diminishing likelihood of success.
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Onna no Za / A Woman’s Place (1962) Mikio Naruse, Hideko Takamine, Yôko Tsukasa, Yuriko Hoshi, Drama
The widow of the eldest son of a large family is financially dependent on her husband’s relatives.
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