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Tadashi Imai – Bushidô zankoku monogatari AKA Cruel Tales Of Bushido [+Extras] (1963)

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Kinnosuke Nakamura plays seven roles in consecutive generations of Iikukuras: (Jirozaemon, Sajiemon, Kyutaro, Shuzo, Shingo, Osamu, Susumu), from medieval warrior Jirozaemon to modern day salary-man Susumu.

He is essentially playing his own descendants, each generation bound by a glorious ancestor’s oath of vassalage for himself & his family to a castle lord. Read More »

Sadao Nakajima – Nihon ansatsu hiroku AKA Memoirs of Japanese Assassins (1969)

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This anthology film consists of nine incidents in the late 19th and early 20th centuries when assassins changed the course of Japanese history. Among them are the Sakurada Gate Incident that occurred in 1860 (Assassination of Ii Naosuke) and the February 26th Incident of 1936, when a group of Japanese Army troops attempted a coup d’état. The vignettes are all played out in ultra-violent form by a large number of Japan’s major stars, including Wakayama Tomisaburo, Sugawara Bunta, Tsuruta Koji, Takakura Ken, Chiba Shinichi, and Kataoka Chiezo. Read More »

Tatsumi Kumashiro – Misuta, Misesu, Misu Ronri AKA Mister, Misses, Miss Lonely [+Extra] (1980)

Two men and a woman plan to steal 1,5 Billion Yen…(guernica) Read More »

Guru Dutt – Aar-Paar aka Across the Heart (1954)

Kalu (Guru Dutt), a taxi driver who was sentenced to prison for speeding, is released two months before his term for good behaviour. His old employer refuses to let him drive his taxi again. Wandering the streets, Kalu helps a young woman Nikki (Shyama) to fix her car. Kalu goes home but his brother-in-law will not have a convict in the house so he finds himself on the streets. Kalu visits a club to deliver a message for Captain on behalf of a former jail mate. He gets a job at Nikki’s father’s garage and love blossoms between Nikki and him. When her father finds out, he kicks Kalu out. Kalu asks Nikki to elope with him but she hesitates and by the time she decides to do so, he has already left. Read More »

Kaz Cai & Wang Jing & Anocha Suwichakornpong – Breakfast Lunch Dinner (2010) (DVD)

Helmed by three female filmmakers from China, Thailand and Singapore respectively, the stories of these three films, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, occurs at a specific mealtime.

In Breakfast, Mei travels by train from the north to visit her boyfriend who has settled down in the south. Breakfast explores the theme of finding one’s own bearings when in love.

Lunch starts off with two teenagers who skip school to have lunch and plans to watch a film. The two teenagers spend the afternoon talking about life and their dreams. Read More »

Takahisa Zeze – Raigyo (1997)

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Murder, sex, blood and designer erotism meet head-on in this
perverse tale of sexual alienation in nineties Japan.

Set amidst the desolate background of a warped and twisted Japan.
Raigyo takes its concept from a real life event in which a black
clad woman murders a man that she had just met by chance through
a phone sex club. Her chosen place for this execution, where he
will be stabbed to death, is called the “Love Hotel”. Read More »

Masao Adachi – Datai AKA Abortion (1966)

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A gynecologist attempts to rid the world of sexual problems by separating sex on the one hand and reproduction, which he feels should be left to artificial wombs. Read More »