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 back home, Tomekichi is the source of envy amongst his colleagues, including his friend. Returning home to care for his...
  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 into her classroom but is met with strong opposition from her own students and co-workers. With few supporters, Yukiko faces...
  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 emergence of new values against the status quo in post-war Japan. A colossal box-office hit, Blue Mountains 2, came to...
  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 his lineage and the struggles of honour and identity. From the Tokugawa shogunate to 1960s Japan, this film shows the...
  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, but also finds signs of recovery and optimism in the survivors. This heartfelt and lyrical docu-drama is based on journals...
  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 divorced mother struggling to care for her eight-year-old son. When he is diagnosed with a brain tumour, Tamiko is forced...
  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 spoils to barter for meagre meals. When a deserter joins their gruesome trade, he threatens their tenuous alliance by seducing...
  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 and a mystical stallion, Yuki inspires the farmers to rise up against feudal warlords. Based on a novel by renowned...
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