While performing in a touring kabuki troupe, leading female impersonator Yukinojo comes across the three men who drove his parents to suicide twenty years earlier Read More »
Tag Archives: Fujiko Yamamoto
Being Two Isnt Easy (1962) Kon Ichikawa, Fujiko Yamamoto, Hiroo Suzuki, Eiji Funakoshi, Comedy, Drama
The trials, tribulations, and joys of raising a child. The film follows the everyday events of a family with one boy Read More »
Shin shikôtei / The Great Wall (1962) Shigeo Tanaka, Shintarô Katsu, Fujiko Yamamoto, Ken Utsui, Adventure
In 221 BC, Qin Shihuang conquered the rest of China. Qin’s great accomplishments and also his serious faults are showed in this film. Read More »
The Twilight Story / Bokutô kitan (1960) Shirô Toyoda, Fujiko Yamamoto, Hiroshi Akutagawa, Michiyo Aratama, Drama
A village girl goes to Tokyo and becomes a hooker to support her ailing mother. While there she meets an unmarried teacher (at least he says he’s unmarried) and falls in love. When she learns that he lied and is married to a woman whose child was fathered by another man, she is crushed. He returns to his wife. The woman becomes more distraught when she learns her uncle has misused the money she has sent. As the final straw, her mother dies, and the girl becomes sick.
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Kuroi jûnin no onna / Ten Women in Black (1961) Kon Ichikawa, Fujiko Yamamoto, Keiko Kishi, Tamao Nakamura, Drama
Weary of their lot, ten women – all mistresses of the same philandering businessman – join forces to wreak revenge upon him. A comedy of reversed expectations, gleefully upending traditional onscreen representations of gender (the women here act and talk like men, while the men are weak, confused or ineffectual), it’s shot in an exaggerated noir-ish manner – complete with multiple flashbacks and highly stylised visuals – that serves highlight the artificiality of its conceit.
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