Tokyo in the late 1950s. Eikichi, a car salesman, is baffled by the new business practices born with the Americanization of society. Near the ruins, he is approached by one of his younger competitors, false charity, who asked him to partner with him to mount insurance fraud. Eikichi will not resist the temptation of easy money …Read More »
Kô Nakahira – Koroshita no wa dare da AKA Who Is the True Murderer? (1957)1951-1960AsianDramaJapanKô Nakahira
Junji Sakamoto – Dotsuitarunen AKA Knockout (1989)1981-1990AsianDramaJapanJunji Sakamoto
A Japanese boxer stages a dramatic and dangerous comeback after suffering brain damage in the ring.
Ranks No. 82 in Kinema Jumpo’s Top 100 Japanese Films of All Time Poll in 1999.Read More »
Kôji Wakamatsu – Hadaka no kage AKA Naked Shadow (1964)Drama1961-1970AsianJapanKoji Wakamatsu
A drama depicting a girl’s suffering from prenatal radiation damage caused by the atomic bombings. Wakamatsu thematizes all his anger towards war and the atomic bomb, but despite aiming to address societal issues, the film was bashed by the PTA due to a scene of high school girls bathing.Read More »
Ki-young Kim – Babo sanyang AKA Hunting of Fools (1984)1981-1990AsianDramaKim Ki-youngSouth Korea
Two petty thieves wind up as errand boys for a prostitute they were hired to kidnap. However, having them around proves to be bad for business and she is kicked out of the brothel by her den mother. They take to the streets and must get by the best they can…Read More »
Kon Ichikawa – Ano Te Kono Te aka This Way, That Way (1952)1951-1960AsianComedyJapanKon Ichikawa
An intellectual couple in a staid and tedious marriage are surprised when the wife’s niece, who has run away from home, turns up unexpectedly to stay with them. Their mundane lives are sent into disarray by the emotional and energetic Ako.Read More »
Sun-Woo Jang & Wan Sunwoo – Seoul Hwangje aka Seoul Jesus (1986)1981-1990AsianDramaSouth KoreaSun-Woo JangWan Sunwoo
Escaping from the sanatorium for the insane, a man who calls himself Jesus goes to Seoul. He is indulged in the illusion that he should save Seoul from the judgement of fire by finding a woman. He looks for an angel but nobody cares about him, and only a child selling the chewing gum follows him whose wish is to have mother. Finally, he finds a beautiful woman and gains her love through incessant persuasion. Seoul becomes a blessed land and, though Jesus is dragged to the hospital again, the woman becomes the child’s mother, and thus, Jesus promise for the child comes true.Read More »
Noboru Nakamura – Waga ya wa tanoshi AKA Home Sweet Home (1951)Noboru Nakamura1951-1960AsianClassicsJapan
There’s no place like home:even with four children,the Uemura family is able to live
a modest but happy life in their cramped, rented flat. The parents support the two elder daughters’ artistic ambitions to the best of their ability, using all the means at their disposal to make it possible for Tomoko to paint and Nobuko to sing in a choir.
There is much rejoicing when the father is honoured for 25 years of service at his
company and awarded a cash prize to boot. Yet the family must make the painful discovery that joy and sorrow are often not far apart: not only does recognition as a painter continue to elude Tomoko, the Uemuras also learn that they will have to leave their home.
One of Tomoko’s paintings finally restores their lost happiness.Read More »
Kôji Wakamatsu – Tobu wa tengoku, moguru ga jigoku AKA Fly to heaven, or go to hell (1999)1991-2000AsianDramaJapanKoji Wakamatsu
A bus full of cult members gets stuck in snow. The cult has to stay in a mountain hotel. Strange things start to happen… This film was only released on VHS in Japan.
The music was composed by J. A. Seazer. And the screenplay was done by Izuru Deguchi and Ei Takatori (1952-2018). And some of the members from Gessyokukageki (月蝕歌劇団) founded by Ei Takatori also performed in this film.Read More »
Makoto Shinozaki – Wasurerarenu hitobito AKA Not Forgotten (2000)1991-2000AsianDramaJapanMakoto Shinozaki
The central characters are elderly men, former soldiers in the Pacific War, one of whom is still haunted by guilt for abandoning a wounded colleague to die. When the ‘religious’ cult Utopia turns up and starts swindling old people out of their savings and homes, the veterans are goaded into action one last time.Read More »