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Black rain

Directed by: Shohei Imamura.

Cast: Yoshiko Tanaka, Kazuo Kitamura, Etsuko Ichihara, Shoichi Ozawa.

This is an unforgettable movie about humanity and survival after the 1945 atomic catastrophe that changed the world forever. English subtitles in yellow. VHS .

 

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Dodesukaden

Directed by: Akira Kurosawa.

Cast: Zushi Yoshitaka, Sugai Kin, Tonomura Toshiyuki, Minami Shinsuke, Kusunoki Yåuko, Ban Junzaburåo.

A group of Tokyo slum dwellers overcome adversity while retaining their hopes and dreams. Japanese dialogue with English subtitles.VHS.

 

 

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L'empire de la passion / In the realm of passion

Directed by: Nagisa Oshima.

Cast: Kazuko Yoshiyuki, Tatsuya Fuji, Takahiro Tamura, Takuzo Kawatani.

Based on a true story by Itoko Nakamura, In the realm of passion tells of a pair of lovers and the ghost of a betrayed and murdered husband. Guilt over the affair brings the lovers to the scene of the crime, where the husband's ghost and their consciences finally get their revenge. Japanese with English subtitles. VHS.

 

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Equinox flower

Directed by: Yasujiro Ozu.

Cast: Shin Saburi, Kinuyo Tanaka, Ineko Arima, Niyuki Kuwano, Chishu Ryu.

In this comedy of reconciliation between parent and child, a successful Tokyo businessman is sympathetic and encouraging when his friends' children choose not to follow the traditional Japanese marriage arrangement. However, when his own daughter gets engaged without consulting him, he refuses to attend the wedding. In Japanese with English subtitles. VHS.

 

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The Funeral

Directed by: Juzo Itami.

Cast: Tsutomu Yamazaki, Nobuko Miyamoto.

An old man's unexpected death creates hilarious havoc with his family. The traditional three-day undertaking becomes a sly comedy of manners as the younger generation struggles with the complex rituals of the Buddhist ceremony. In Japanese with English subtitles. VHS.

 

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A Geisha

Directed by: Kenji Mizoguchi.

Cast: Michiyo Kogure, Ayako Wakao.

In Japanese with English subtitles. VHS.

 

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Hachigatsu no ky¯ohshikyoku / Rhapsody in August

Directed by: Akira Kurosawa.

Cast: Sachiko Murase, Hidetaka Yoshioka, Tomoko Ontakaro, Mitsunori Isaki, Hisashi Igawa, Toshie Negishi, Choichiro Kawarasaki, Narumi Kayashima, Richard Gere.

A visit from her grandchildren and the discovery of a half-American relative cause an elderly woman to relive her memories of the atomic bomb that fell on Nagasaki. In Japanese with English subtitles. VHS.

 

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The Hidden fortress

Directed by: Akira Kurosawa.

Cast: Toshiro Misfune, Misa Uehara, Minoru Chiaki, Kamatari Fujiwara, Susumu Fujita.

A princess must escape across enemy lines with the royal treasure, guarded only by a loyal general and two greedy peasants. Japanese dialogue with English subtitles. VHS.

 

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The Idiot

Directed by: Akira Kurosawa.

Cast: Toshiro Mifune, Masayuki Mori, Setsuko Hara, Yoshiko Kuga.

Dostoyevsky's tale of madness and jealousy set in postwar Japan. In Japanese with English subtitles. VHS.

 

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Ikiru / To live!

Directed by: Akira Kurosawa.

Discovering that he is in the terminal stages of cancer, a government clerk spends his last months in search of a meaning to life. After the pursuit of pleasure has failed, he finds self-fulfillment by forcing the building of a children's playground in the slums, then dies quietly. In Japanese with English subtitles.

 

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The lower depths

Directed by: Akira Kurosawa.

Cast: Toshiro Mifule, Isuza Yamada, Kyoko Kagawa.

An adaptation of the play Na dne by Maksim Gorky, reset in feudal Japan. Japanese dialogue with English subtitles. VHS format.

 

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One wonderful Sunday / Subarashiki nichiyobi

Directed by: Akira Kurosava.

Cast: Midori Ariyama, Chieko Nakakita, Isao Numasaki, Masao Shimizu, Ichiro Sugai.

A young factory worker and his fiancee spend their weekly holiday together. It is a Sunday in spring and they have just thirty-five yen, but together they overcome several near disasters. In Japanese with English subtitles. VHS.

 

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Sanma no aji / An autumn afternoon

Directed by: Yasujiro Ozu.

Cast: Chishu Ryu, Shima Iwashita, Shin-ichiro Mikami, Mariko Okada, Keiji Sada.

"This serenely beautiful film tell the timeless, moving tale of a father giving up his only daughter in marriage." In Japanese with English subtitles. VHS

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Seven Samurai

Directed by: Akira Kurosawa.

Cast: Toshiro Mifune, Takashi Shimura, Kamatari Fujimara, Seiji Mujagushi.

Story of a group of Japanese farmers who hire seven professional swordsmen, or samurai, to protect them from the yearly raids of bandits. In Japanese with English subtitles. VHS.

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Shall we dance?

Directed by: Masayuki Suo.

Cast: Koji Yakusho, Tamiyo Kusakari, Naoto Takenaka, Eriko Watanabe, Akira Emoto.

Comedy about a middle-aged businessman who secretly yearns to break out of the rigid conformity of his daily life by learning ballroom dancing. In Japanese with English subtitles. VHS.

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Tampopo / Dandelions

Directed by: Juzo Itami

Cast: Tsutomu Yamazaki, Nobuko Miyamoto, Koji Yakusho

"Tampopo" follows a young widow who runs a small noodle restaurant in Tokyo and Goro, a cowboy hat wearing truck driver, as they attempt to devise the perfect bowl of top ramen. In Japanese with English subtitles. DVD

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A Taxing woman returns

Directed by: Juzo Itami

Cast: Nobuko Miyamoto, Rentaro Mikuni, Toru Masuoka, Chrishu Ryu

A sequel to the 1987 film A taxing woman. A tenacious female tax inspector investigates a corrupt religious order in Japan. In Japanese with English subtitles. VHS for

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Tokyo monogatari / Tokyo story

Directed by: Yasujiro Ozu

Cast: Setsuko Hara, Chishu Ryu, Chieko Higashiyama, Haruko Sugimura, So Yamamura, Kuniko Miyake, Kyoko Kagawa, Eijiro Tono, Nobuo Nakamura, Shiro Osaka, Hisao Toake, Teruko Nagaoka

Tokyo Story follows an aging couple, Tomi and Sukichi, on their journey from their rural village to visit their two married children in bustling, post-war Tokyo. Their reception is disappointing: too busy to entertain them, their children send them off to a health spa. After Tomi falls ill she and Sukichi return home, while the children, grief-stricken, hasten to be with her. In Japanese with optional English subtitles. DVD

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Yume / Dreams

Directed by: Akira Kurosawa

Cast: Akira Terao, Mitsuko Baisho, Toshie Negishi, Mieko Harado, Mitsunori Isaki, Toshihiko Nakano, Yoshitaka Zushi, Hisashi Igawa, Chosuke Ikariya

Eight episodes exploring many aspects of humankind and man's need to harmonize with nature. Based on Akira Kurosawa's actual dreams. In Japanese with subtitles in English. DVD

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