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A Story from Echigo (越後つついし親不知)
Farmers Gonsuke and Tomekichi are friends hailing from the poverty stricken village of Echigo. Every winter they travel to Kyoto to work as sake brewers. With a beautiful wife...
Blue Mountains (青い山脈)
Blue Mountains is a romantic drama set in a time when feudal values were still strong. High school teacher Shimazaki Yukiko, played by Hara Setsuko, attempts to introduce democracy...
Blue Mountains 2 (続･青い山脈)
Continuing from where Blue Mountains ends, Yukiko Shimazaki presents a passionate defence before the school board and townsfolk on the subject of young love. The heated debate reflects the...
Bushido: Samurai Saga (武士道残酷物語)
The Iikura family has a long history of misfortune. Having the strict code of bushido (the way of the warrior), salaryman Susumu Iikura reflects on the appalling treatment of...
Children of Hiroshima (原爆の子)
A young teacher, Takako Ishikawa, travels back to post-war Hiroshima to visit her parents’ graves. As she walks through the picturesque city, she is confronted by illness and desperation,...
This little known film by Kaneto Shindo is a beautifully shot black and white drama depicting the determination of a mother who survived the Hiroshima A-bomb. Tamiko is a...
In this visceral supernatural thriller, an impoverished mother and her daughter-in-law subsist in a medieval Japan ravaged by ceaseless war. They prey on wandering samurai, murdering them for their...
Yuki–Snow Fairy (ゆき)
A rare animated film by Tadashi Imai where a young heroine Yuki descends from heaven to banish evil in the mortal world. With the help of her orphan friends...