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Movies: Japanese Cinema


An Autumn Afternoon = Sanma no aji

An Autumn Afternoon = Sanma no aji

PN1997 .O339 2000 DVD SMC
113 minutes; released 1962.
After living alone with his daughter for years, a widower must learn how to let her go, letting her be free to move on with her life, by arranging a marriage for her.
Directed by Yasujiro Ozu.
In Japanese with optional English subtitles.

The Bad Sleep Well = Warui yatsu hodo yoku nemuru

The Bad Sleep Well = Warui yatsu hodo yoku nemuru

PN1997 .W378 2006 DVD SMC
150 minutes; released 1960.
In this tale of corporate corruption in postwar Japan, a young executive hunts down his father's killer.
Directed by Akira Kurosawa.
In Japanese with optional English subtitles.

The Bodyguard = Yojimbo

The Bodyguard = Yojimbo

PN1997 .Y655 1999 DVD SMC
110 minutes; released 1961.
In this satire, two clans fighting for control of a small town encounter a wandering samurai-for-hire who turns the war between them to his own advantage.
Directed by Akira Kurosawa.
In Japanese with optional English subtitles.

Branded to Kill = Koroshi No Rakuin

Branded to Kill = Koroshi No Rakuin

PN1997 .K676 1999 DVD SMC
91 minutes; released 1967.
The No.3 ranked killer in the Tokyo underworld carries out three hits, but bungles a fourth. Then both the women in his life try to kill him. The next thing he knows, he is playing a cat-and-mouse game with the very dangerous No. 1 killer.
Directed by Suzuki Seijun.
In Japanese with optional English subtitles.

The Burmese harp = Biruma no tategoto

The Burmese harp = Biruma no tategoto

D743.23 .B57 2007 DVD SMC
115 minutes; released 1956.
An Imperial Japanese Army regiment surrenders to British forces in Burma at the close of World War II and finds harmony through song.
Directed by Kon Ichikawa.
In Japanese with optional English subtitles.

Crazed Fruit = Kurutta Kajitsu

Crazed Fruit = Kurutta Kajitsu

PN1997 .K878 2005 DVD SMC
86 minutes; released 1956.
Two brothers compete for the amorous favors of a young woman during a seaside summer of gambling, boating, and drinking. A portrayal of post-war sexual revolution among Japan's young and privileged.
Directed by Ko Nakahira.
In Japanese with optional English subtitles.

Demon Woman = Onibaba

Demon Woman = Onibaba

PN1997 .O653 2004 DVD SMC
103 minutes; released 1964.
In order to survive in feudal Japan, an impoverished mother and her daughter-in-law murder lost samurai and sell their belongings for grain.
Directed by Kaneto Shind.
In Japanese with optional English subtitles.

Dersu Uzala

Dersu Uzala

DK771 .U9 A82 2000 DVD SMC
140 minutes; released 1975.
An eccentric Mongolian frontiersman saves the members of a Russian surveying expedition by teaching them how to survive in the wilderness. Based on the novel by Vladimir Klavdievich Arsen'ev.
Directed by Akira Kurosawa.
In Russian with English subtitles.

Double Suicide = Sinjû Ten no Amijima

Dodes'ka-den

PL842 .A48 K5722 2009 DVD SMC
140 minutes; released in 1970.
Follows the daily lives of a group of people barely scraping by in a slum on the outskirts of Tokyo. As desperate as their circumstances may seem, each of them, including the homeless father and son who dream of a home; the young woman hiding from the abuse she receives from her uncle; and a young boy who dreams of being a trolley conductor, find reasons to carry on. Based on a novel "Kisetsu no nai machi" by Yamamoto Shūgorō.
Directed by Akira Kurosawa.
In Japanese with optional English subtitles

Double Suicide = Sinjû Ten no Amijima

Double Suicide = Sinjû Ten no Amijima

PL793.4 .S52 2000 DVD SMC
104 minutes; released 1969.
In this stylized dramatization of the puppet theater play, Jihei abandons business, family and self respect for a passionate love affair with a geisha whose freedom he cannot afford... Based on a novel by Chikamatsu Monzaemon.
Directed by Masahiro Shinoda.
In Japanese with optional English subtitles.

Drunken Angel = Yoidore tenshi

Drunken Angel = Yoidore tenshi

PN1997 .Y6536 2007 DVD SMC
98 minutes; released 1948.
A yakuza mobster suffering from tuberculosis enters into an unusual relationship with an alcoholic doctor.
Directed by Akira Kurosawa.
In Japanese with optional English subtitles.

Early Summer = Bakushû

Early Summer = Bakushû

PN1997 .B358 2004 DVD SMC
125 minutes; released 1952.
The Mamiya family is seeking a husband for their daughter, Noriko, but she has ideas of her own.
Directed by Yasujiro Ozu.
In Japanese with optional English subtitles.

Empire of passion = Ai no borei

Empire of passion = Ai no borei

PN1997 .A365 2009 DVD SMC
105 minutes; released in 1978.
Part-time barmaid Seki is married to Gisaburo, seduced by Toyoji embarks on a desultory affair ending in murder of Gisaburo. Three years later, Gisaburo's ghost appears... This film was director Oshima's first venture into the kaidan (Japanese ghost story). Based on the book by Itoko Nakamura.
Directed by Oshima Nagisa.
In Japanese or English with optional English subtitles.

The Face of Another = Tanin no kao

The Face of Another = Tanin no kao

PL845 .B4 T322 2007 DVD SMC
86 minutes; released 1966.
A man disfigured in an industrial accident, who receives a face transplant created from a stranger, finds himself becoming increasingly isolated from those around him. Based on a novel by Abe Kobo.
Directed by Hiroshi Teshigahara.
In Japanese with optional English subtitles.

Fighting Elegy = Kenka erejii

Fighting Elegy = Kenka erejii

PL861 .U94 K462 2005 DVD SMC
86 minutes; released 1966.
Unable to seduce the daughter of the family he lives with, a young man channels his lust into savagery instead and gains a reputation as a violent thug. Based on the novel by Takashi Suzuki.
Directed by Seijun Suzuki.
In Japanese with optional English subtitles.

Fires on the Plain = Nobi

Fires on the Plain = Nobi

PL835 .O5 N622 2007 DVD SMC
104 minutes; released 1959.
In this Japanese anti-war film, acts of cannibalism bring home the terrifying brutality of war. Based on the novel by Shohei Ooka.
Directed by Kon Ichikawa.
In Japanese with optional English subtitles.

Gate of Flesh = Nikutai no mon

Gate of Flesh = Nikutai no mon

PL839 .A68 N422 2005 DVD SMC
90 minutes; released 1964.
In post-World War II Tokyo, a resilient band of prostitutes ekes out an existence. But when an ex-soldier stumbles into their midst, loyalties clash, with tragic results. Based on the novel by Taijiro Tamura.
Directed by Seijun Suzuki.
In Japanese with optional English subtitles.

Good Morning = Ohayo

Good Morning = Ohayo

PN1997 .O339 2000 DVD SMC
93 minutes; released 1959.
A comedy set in a Tokyo suburb in the late 1950s. Two young brothers take a mutual vow of silence to protest their parents' refusal to buy a TV set. Their father claims that television will create "a million idiots," while their mother is angered by the boys' neglect of schoolwork in favor of watching TV.
Directed by Yasujiro Ozu.
In Japanese with optional English subtitles.

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Harakiri = Seppuku

PN1997 .H373 2005 DVD SMC
133 minutes (2 discs); released 1962.
Now that 17th century Japan is at peace, many samurai, finding themselves superfluous, are committing ritual suicide. But when an old warrior visits a feudal lord to commit this act, he learns the fate of his son-in-law and plans revenge.
Directed by Masaki Kobayashi.
In Japanese with optional English subtitles.

The Hidden Fortress = Kakushi-toride no san-akunin

The Hidden Fortress = Kakushi-toride no san-akunin

PN1997 .K353 2001 DVD SMC
139 minutes; released 1958.
During a civil war in medieval Japan a deposed princess hides within a secret fortress guarded by a brave general, and waits for a chance to escape with her clan's fortune to safety in a neighboring province.
Directed by Akira Kurosawa.
In Japanese with optional English subtitles.

High and Low = Tengoku to jigoku

High and Low = Tengoku to jigoku

PS3515 .U585 K562 1998 DVD SMC
PS3515 .U585 K5622 2008 DVD SMC
143 minutes; released 1963.
When a rich businessman discovers his son has been kidnapped, he is more than willing to pay the huge randsom. Then he discovers the criminals kidnapped his chauffeur's son by mistake, and he faces a moral dilemma. Based on the novel by Evan Hunter.
Directed by Akira Kurosawa.
In Japanese with optional English subtitles.

Howl's Moving Castle

Howl's Moving Castle

PR6060 .0497 H6822 2006 DVD SMC
119 minutes; released 2005.
Animated feature in which a young girl has a spell put on her. She then sets off on a quest aboard a flying castle to break the spell.
Directed by Hayao Miyazaki.
In Japanese, English or French.

Human Condition = Ningen no joken

Human Condition = Ningen no joken

PL828 .O4 N522 2009 DVD SMC
573 minutes; released 1959-1961.
Tells of the journey of the well-intentioned yet naive Kaji from labor camp supervisor to Imperial Army soldier to Soviet POW. Constantly trying to rise above a corrupt system, Kaji time and again finds his morals an impediment rather than an advantage.
Based on the novel by Junpei Gomikawa.
Directed by Masaki Kobayashi.
In Japanese with optional English subtitles.

Human Condition I (No Greater Love) = Ningen no joken

Human Condition I (No Greater Love) = Ningen no joken

PL828 .O4 N52 1999 vd.1 DVD SMC
205 minutes; released 1959.
A pacifist civilian's humane treatment of mine workers and Allied prisoners of war angers the Japanese authorities during World War II. Based on the novel by Junpei Gomikawa.
Directed by Masaki Kobayashi.
In Japanese with optional English subtitles.

Human Condition II (The Road to Eternity) = Ningen no joken

Human Condition II (The Road to Eternity) = Ningen no joken

PL828 .O4 N52 1999 vd.2 DVD SMC
177 minutes; released 1959.
Tells the story of Kaji, who is sent to the front in the horrible final days of World War II as punishment for treating Chinese prisoners humanely. Based on the novel by Junpei Gomikawa.
Directed by Masaki Kobayashi.
In Japanese with optional English subtitles.

Human Condition III (A Soldier's Prayer) = Ningen no joken

Human Condition III (A Soldier's Prayer) = Ningen no joken

PL828 .O4 N52 1999 vd.3 DVD SMC
186 minutes; released 1961.
Tells the story of Kaji, who awakens to a world ravaged by war. Starved and pursued by guilt and fear, he escapes into Siberia. Based on the novel by Junpei Gomikawa.
Directed by Masaki Kobayashi.
In Japanese with optional English subtitles.

In the realm of the senses = Ai no corrida

In the realm of the senses = Ai no corrida

PN1997 .A366 2009 DVD SMC
102 minutes; released in 1976.
The story is based on the tabloid sensation of 1936, the fatal love affair of Sada Abe, a former geisha turned maid, and Kichizo Yoshida, the owner of the Tokyo ryotei (Japanese-style restaurant) at which she worked.
Directed by Nagisa Oshima.
In Japanese with optional English subtitles.

Insect Woman = Nippon konchuki

Insect Woman = Nippon konchūki

PN1997 .N5666 2009 DVD SMC
123 minutes; released in 1963.
Portrays 45 years in the life of a woman and her struggles to survive. The story progresses from her life as a country girl to her years as a successful and ruthless madam in Tokyo and back again to her native village.
Directed by Shohei Imamura.
In Japanese with optional English subtitles.

Intentions of murder = Akai satsui

Intentions of murder = Akai satsui

PL850 .J53 A5322 2009 DVD SMC
153 minutes; released in 1964.
Sadako is a typical Imamura heroine: one who revels in the pleasures of food, labor, sex, and self-preservation. Carrying the burden of her status as a lowly, poor, prostitute-birthed commoner wife, Sadako is subjected to an escalating series of belittlement both at home and in society.
Directed by Shohei Imamura.
In Japanese with optional English subtitles.

Jigoku

Jigoku

PN1997 .J546 2006 DVD SMC
101 minutes; released 1960.
In this classic of Japanese horror, a young theology student is haunted by guilt and winds up in hell. The last third of the film offers a truly shocking vision of the underworld that is difficult to dispel from the mind.
Directed by Noubuo Nakagawa.
In Japanese with optional English subtitles.

Kaidan = Kwaidan

Kaidan = Kwaidan

PS1916 .K632 K562 2000 DVD SMC
161 minutes; released 1965.
Based on Japanese folk material, this movie consists of four stories of the supernatural in which terror thrives and demons lurk.
Directed by Masaki Kobayashi.
In Japanese with optional English subtitles.

Kill! = Kiru

Kill! = Kiru

PL842 .A48 T672 2005 DVD SMC
114 minutes; released 1968.
A pair of down-on-their-luck swordsmen arrive in a dusty, windblown town, where they become involved in a local clan dispute. One, a former farmer, dreams of being a samurai. The other, a former samurai, prefers living anonymously.
Directed by Kihachi Okamoto.
In Japanese with optional English subtitles.

Late Spring

Late Spring = Banshun

PL829 .I76 B3622 2006 DVD SMC
2 discs; 108 minutes. Released 1949.
A widower decieves his adult daughter into thinking that he will remarry so that she herself will find a husband. No mere precis will do this classic of Japanese cinema proper justice--Late Spring must be seen and above all felt.
Directed by Yasujiro Ozu.
In Japanese with English subtitles.

The Lower Depths = Donzoko

The Lower Depths = Donzoko

PG3462 .N232 2004 DVD SMC
125 minutes; released 1957.
A vulgar, comical thief takes up residence in a slum flophouse inhabited by many eccentric, destitute people. The cruel landlady and her sister both desire him, and fight each other over him. Set in Edo-period Japan.
Directed by Akira Kurosawa.
In Japanese with optional English subtitles.

Pigs and battleships = Buta to gunkan

Pigs and battleships = Buta to gunkan

PN1997 .B883 2009 DVD SMC
108 minutes; released in 1961.
Portrays postwar Japan through the power struggles between small-time gangsters in the port town of Yokosuka, where American soliders are based.
Directed by Shohei Imamura.
In Japanese with optional English subtitles.

Pitfall = Otoshiana

Pitfall = Otoshiana

PL845 .B4 O8622 2007 DVD SMC
97 minutes; released 1962.
When a miner leaves his employer and treks out with his young son to become a migrant worker, he finds himself moving from one eerie landscape to another, intermittently followed (and photographed) by an enigmatic man in a clean, white suit... Based on a novel by Abe Kobo.
Directed by Hiroshi Teshigahara.
In Japanese with optional English subtitles.

The Pornographers = Jinruigaku nyumon

The Pornographers = Jinruigaku nyumon

PL857 .O8 E762 2003 DVD SMC
127 minutes; released 1966.
A small time pornographic filmmaker in Osaka struggles to cope with the corrupt sexual mores in his family, the world outside, and in himself. Based on the novel Erogotoshitachi by Akiyuki Nozaka.
Directed by Shohei Imamura.
In Japanese with optional English subtitles.

Ran = Jinruigaku nyumon

Ran = Jinruigaku nyumon

PR2819 .A23K8 2005 DVD SMC
160 minutes; released 1985.
Legendary director Akira Kurosawa reimagines Shakespeare's King Lear as a singular historical epic set in sixteenth-century Japan. Majestic in scope, the film is a profound examination of the folly of war and the crumbling of one family under the weight of betrayal, greed and the insatiable thirst for power.
Directed by Akira Kurosawa. In Japanese with optional English subtitles.

Rashomon

Rashomon

PN1997 .R37 2002 DVD SMC
88 minutes; released 1950.
Set in mediaeval Japan, this film probes the nature of justice and truth when four people give different accounts of a mans murder and the rape of his wife.
Directed by Akira Kurosawa.
In Japanese or English with optional English subtitles.

Red Beard = Akahige

Red Beard = Akahige

PL842 .A48 A632 2002 DVD SMC
185 minutes; released 1965.
Set in 19th century Japan, an arrogant young physician is forced to work at a non-profit health clinic under the supervision of a veteran doctor tending destitute people.
Directed by Akira Kurosawa.
In Japanese with optional English subtitles.

Rhapsody in August = Hachi-gatsu no kyshikyoku

Rhapsody in August = Hachi-gatsu no kyshikyoku

PN1997 .H225 2000 VHS SMC
107 minutes; released 1991.
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. Based on the novel by Kiyoko Murata.
Directed by Akira Kurosawa.
In Japanese with optional English subtitles.

Samurai Triology: Musashi Miyamoto

Samurai Triology: Musashi Miyamoto

DS872 .M53S26 2004 DVD pt.1-3 SMC
Three parts; released 1954.
Sweeping saga of the legendary seventeenth-century samurai Musashi Miyamoto. The trilogy follows Miyamoto's odyssey from unruly youth to enlightened warrior.
Directed by Hiroshi Inagaki.
In Japanese with optional English subtitles.

Samurai Rebellion = Ji-uchi: Hairy tsuma shimatsu

Samurai Rebellion = Ji-uchi: Hairy tsuma shimatsu

PL862 .A453 H352 2005 DVD SMC
121 minutes; released 1967.
An aging swordman takes a heroic stand against his overlord's injustice. Based on the novel by Yasuhiko Takiguchi.
Directed by Masaki Kobayashi.
In Japanese with English subtitles.

Samurai Spy = Ibun Sarutobi Sasuke

Samurai Spy = Ibun Sarutobi Sasuke

PL726.65 .N25 I282 2005 DVD SMC
100 minutes; released 1965.
A legendary samurai hunts a spy called Nojiri. Meanwhile, an entire spy network ferrets out information for clans supporting and opposing the shogunate. Based on the novel by Koji Nakada.
Directed by Masahiro Shinoda.
In Japanese with optional English subtitles.

Sanjuro = Tsubaki Sanjr

Sanjuro = Tsubaki Sanjr

PL842 .A48 H532 1999 DVD SMC
96 minutes; released 1962.
A lazy but cunning samurai helps a young man save his uncle from local corruption.
Directed by Akira Kurosawa.
In Japanese with optional English subtitles.

Seven Samurai = Shichinin no samurai

Seven Samurai = Shichinin no samurai

PN1997 .S484 1998 DVD SMC
207 minutes; released 1954.
Seven samurai warriors save a small village from annihilation at the hands of a group of bandits in 15th century Japan.
Directed by Akira Kurosawa.
In Japanese with optional English subtitles.

The Shadow Warrior = Kagemusha

The Shadow Warrior = Kagemusha

PN1997 .K344 2005 DVD SMC
180 minutes (2 discs); released 1980.
In this mediaeval epic, a powerful warlord dies and a poor thief attempts to impersonate him, while warring clans vie for control of Kyoto.
Directed by Akira Kurosawa.
In Japanese with optional English subtitles.

Story of a Prostitute = Shunpuden

Story of a Prostitute = Shunpuden

PL839 .A68 S382 2005 DVD SMC
96 minutes; released 1965.
Volunteering as a "comfort woman" on the Manchurian front where she is expected to service hundreds of soliders, Harumi is commandeered by the brutal Lieutenant Narita but falls for the sensitive Mikami, Narita's direct subordinate.
Directed by Seijun Suzuki.
In Japanese with optional English subtitles.

A Story of Floating Weeds = Ukigusa monogatari

A Story of Floating Weeds = Ukigusa monogatari

PN1997 .U534 2004 DVD SMC
205 minutes (2 discs); released 1934.
Two versions of the story of an aging kabuki actor who returns to a small town with his troupe and reunities with his former lover and illegitimate son, a scenario that enrages his current mistress and results in heartbreak for all.
Directed by Yasujiro Ozu.
In Japanese with optional English subtitles.

Stray Dog = Nora inu

Stray Dog = Nora inu

PN1997 .N673 2004 DVD SMC
122 minutes; released 1949.
In the chaos of post WWII Tokyo, a young homicide detective has his pocket picked on a bus and loses his pistol. After fruitlessly searching for it, he accepts the help of an older and wiser detective who helps him.
Directed by Akira Kurosawa.
In Japanese with English subtitles.

Sword of Doom = Dai-bosatsu tge

Sword of Doom = Dai-bosatsu tge

PL834 .A594 D32 2005 DVD SMC
121 minutes; released 1966.
A samurai without compassion or scruples is pursued by the brother of the man he killed. Based on the novel by Kaizan Nakazato.
Directed by Kihachi Okamoto.
In Japanese with English subtitles.

Sword of the Beast = Kedamono no ken

Sword of the Beast = Kedamono no ken

PN1997 .K466 2005 DVD SMC
85 minutes; released 1965.
A low-level swordsman decides to live in the wild after being betrayed by his former comrades. When they pursue him, he seeks the help of a master swordsman.
Directed by Hideo Gosha.
In Japanese with optional English subtitles.

Throne of Blood = Kumonosu j

Throne of Blood = Kumonosu j

PR2823 .A23 K87 2003 DVD SMC
109 minutes; released 1957.
Set in feudal Japan, this adaptation of Shakespeare's Macbeth tells the story of a Samurai lord who kills his master and usurps his power in fulfillment of a witch's prophecy. In Japanese with optional English subtitles.
Directed by Akira Kurosawa.
In Japanese with optional English subtitles.

Tokyo Drifter = Tky nagaremono

Tokyo Drifter = Tky nagaremono

PN1997 .T659 1999 DVD SMC
83 minutes; released 1966.
A reformed killer drifts around Japan until hes called back to Tokyo to help fight a rival gang.
Directed by Seijun Suzuki.
In Japanese with English subtitles.

Tokyo Story = Tokyo Monogatari

Tokyo Story = Tokyo Monogatari

PN1997 .T659 2003 DVD SMC
136 minutes; released 1953.
An elderly couple journey to Tokyo to visit their children and are confronted by indifference, ingratitude and selfishness. When the parents are packed off to a resort by their impatient children, the film deepens into an unbearably moving meditation on mortality.
Directed by Yasujiro Ozu.
In Japanese with optional English subtitles.

To Live = Ikiru

To Live = Ikiru

PN1997 .I4 2004 DVD SMC
143 minutes; released 1952.
An aging bureaucrat learns that he is dying of cancer and wants to find some meaning in his life.
Directed by Akira Kurosawa.
In Japanese, with optional English subtitles.

Twenty-four Eyes = Nijushi no hitomi

Twenty-four Eyes = Nijushi no hitomi

PL839 .S8 N522 2008 DVD SMC
156 minutes; released 1954.
An elegant, emotional chronicle of a teacher's unwavering commitment to her students, her profession, and her sense of morality. Based on the novel by Sakae Tsuboi.
Directed by Keisuke Kinoshita.
In Japanese, with optional English subtitles.

Ugetsu

Ugetsu

PL794.8 .U352 2005 DVD SMC
97 minutes; released 1953.
In sixteenth century Japan a village potter and his brother-in-law set out for the city to seek their fortunes in the spoils of war. Their neglected wives suffer the bitter consequences of their husbands' ambition as one is murdered by soldiers and the other is raped and becomes a prostitute.
Directed by Kenji Mizoguchi.
In Japanese with optional English subtitles.

Vengeance is Mine = Fukushusuru wa ware ni ari

Vengeance is Mine = Fukushusuru wa ware ni ari

PL861 .A52 F8522 2007 DVD SMC
140 minutes; released 1979.
A true crime story about Iwao Enokizu, self-styled "King of criminals". Based on the novel by Saki Ryuzo.
Directed by Shohei Imamura.
In Japanese with optional English subtitles.

Women in the Dunes = Suna no onna

Women in the Dunes = Suna no onna

PL845 .B4 S822 2007 DVD SMC
86 minutes; released 1966.
An amateur entomologist leaves Tokyo to study an unclassified species of beetle that resides in a remote, vast desert. When he misses his bus back to civilization, he is persuaded to spend the night in the home of a young widow who lives in a hut at the bottom of a sand dune. Based on a novel by Abe Kobo.
Directed by Hiroshi Teshigahara.
In Japanese with optional English subtitles.

Also of Interest

Hiroshima, My Love = Hiroshima, Mon Amour

Hiroshima, My Love = Hiroshima, Mon Amour

PN1997 .H53 2003 DVD SMC
86 minutes; released 1959.
During the filming of an anti-war film in Japan, a French actress falls in love with a Japanese architect. They share their memories of a war experienced at opposite sides of the world.
Directed by Alain Resnais.
In French with English subtitles.

Kenji Mizoguchi: the life of a film director.

Kenji Mizoguchi: the life of a film director.

PL794.8 .U352 2005 DVD v.2 SMC
150 minutes; released 1975.
An extraordinaty look into the director's thirty-year career.
Directed by Kaneto Shindo.
In Japanese with optional English subtitles.

Mishima: a Life in Four Chapters.

Mishima: a Life in Four Chapters.

PL833 .I7 Z7622 2008 DVD SMC
120 minutes; released 1985.
A look at acclaimed Japanese author and playwright Yukio Mishima, the impossible harmony he created between self, art, and society, and his famously committed public seppuku (ritual suicide).
Directed by Paul Schrader.
In Japanese with optional English subtitles.

Sugihara: Conspiracy of Kindness

Sugihara: Conspiracy of Kindness

D804.66 .S84 S85 2005 DVD SMC
82 minutes; released 2000.
During the Second World War, the Japanese Consul to Lithuania, Chiune Sugihara, defied Tokyo authorities by assisting roughly 40,000 Jews to escape Nazi persecution. Using home movies, photos, papers and interviews with Sugihara survivors, this documentary tells the story of this little-known Japanese diplomat.
Directed by Robert Kirk
In English.

Supplements to Three Films by Hiroshi Teshigahara

Supplements to Three Films by Hiroshi Teshigahara

PN1998.3 .T47 S866 2007 DVD SMC
143 minutes; released 1953-1965.
This disc consists of a new documentary, Teshigahara and Abe, along with four short films from Teshigahara's early career: Hokusai (1953), Ikebana (1956), Tokyo 1958 (1958), and Ako (1965).
Directed by Hiroshi Teshigahara.
In Japanese with optional English subtitles.

Tokyo Olympiad

Tokyo Olympiad

GV721.5 .T659 2002 DVD SMC
170 minutes; released 1965.
An epic study of athletes struggling to excel against their own bodies and against each other.
Directed by Kon Ichikawa.
In Japanese with optional English subtitles.