Tatsumi Kumashiro

Tatsumi Kumashiro – Yoi-machi-gusa AKA Evening Primrose (1974)

The Taisho era was a time of turbulence in Japan. From new marks of modernity to full-blown riots, a sense of revolution filled the air. The Dam Dam Group is a small anarchist organization lead by Daijiro, a silver tongued “Benshi”, a performer who provides narratives for silent films, playing multiple roles. In other words, he was a master at the art of deception, a handy talent when it came to ‘doing jobs’ for his group. His revolutionary ideals attracted many to his squadron, but among them was a young girl who was oblivious to his group’s activities. Her name was Shino. Read More »

Tatsumi Kumashiro – Kaburitsuki jinsei AKA A Thirsty Life (1968)

Based on the 1964 novel of the same name by Komimasa Tanaka, the film tell the story of a strip-teaser, and her daughter who wishes to join her mother’s profession. Read More »

Tatsumi Kumashiro – Kagi aka The Key (1974)

Synopsis
An elderly college professor wants to bring the joys of sex to his wife. He bribes his son in law to shag ger because it makes him jealous and he can perform better. He keeps a journal of his fantasies in a locked cupboard, hence the title, and hopes that his wife will find the key and read it. Read More »

Tatsumi Kumashiro – Kushi no hi AKA Love in a Small Room (1975)

Hirobe is a lonely man. After witnessing her girlfriend die with a terminal illness, he wanders through the city like a shadow. One day, he meets Masako and they begin an affair. Masako is in an unhappy marriage with Yazawa, who is also cheating on her with a younger lover. The tension builds up to an unforgiving, yet quiet climax… Read More »

Tatsumi Kumashiro – Onna jigoku: mori wa nureta aka Woods are wet (1973)

– Sachiko has just committed a crime. She is helped by a couple to whom she grants her confidence. Quickly this couple blackmails her and threatens to deliver her to the police. Sachiko has no other choice but to obey them. – 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 »

Tatsumi Kumashiro – Akasen tamanoi: Nukeraremasu AKA Street of Joy (1974)

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It’s the evening before the day all brothels must be shut-down, according to the new law, in 1958. At the Kofukuya’s (literally, the house that sells happiness), five prostitutes decide to celebrate the day. Erotism, drama, and comedy mix as each hour, and a different event passes, in which all the women’s stories come to the surface. (IMDb)

With humor and tenderness, this film explores the lives of four Japanese prostitutes in the time just before that lifestyle was outlawed in 1958. All four take some pride in their work, though one of them responds to aging with a suicide gesture. ~ Clarke Fountain, Rovi Read More »