A footballing law student tutors an undergraduate, developing into a romance that soon enough goes awry. Read More »
Tag Archives: Ken’ichi Hagiwara
Love Letter AKA Koibumi (1985) Tatsumi Kumashiro, Ken’ichi Hagiwara, Mitsuko Baishô, Keiko Takahashi
A spontaneous and youthfully careless painter and teacher Sh?ichi lives an ordinary family life Read More »
Upon the passing of the Sakanishi Clan’s boss, a fierce battle between his wife Hazuki and his disciple Terada breaks out. Read More »
Based on novel by Shintaro Ishihara, this is a human drama about the complex relationship of parent and child. Read More »
Three old gangsters pull off one last heist to raise much-needed cash for their various debts. Read More »
Four Days of Snow and Blood (1989) Hideo Gosha, Ken’ichi Hagiwara, Tomokazu Miura, Masahiro Motoki, Action, Drama, War
Based on the “2.26 Incident”, an attempted coup d’état in Japan 1936, launched by radical ultra-nationalist parts of the military. Read More »
During a long train ride heading north of Japan, a young man addresses an older woman in front of him. At first she doesn’t respond, but he finally gets her into a conversation when he offers her lunch. Thus begins Saito Koichi’s famous romantic thriller, Le Rendezvous. The woman turns out to be a murderer on parole, whist the man a runaway accused of assault and robbery. As it happens, the two soon fall in love. The woman asks the man to wait two years until she is released from jail. And he agress.
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Follows the fluctuating fortunes of three friends in feudal Japan who are ronin: masterless warriors, who wander from castle to castle, selling their services to whichever lord will fill their rice bowls. These are not the YOJIMBO Super Samurai but rather the rank and file, the spear-carriers. The irony is that even though they use the servants’ entrance, they still feel themselves bound by the samurai code of Bushido; and this tension leads to tragedy.
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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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