Ichirô Arishima

  • Yôji Yamada – Natsukashii furaibo AKA The Lovable Tramp (1966)

    Saotome is a white-collar worker and he was neglected by his wife and children at home. He met Gen, a blue-collar worker and they became good friends.Read More »

  • Yôji Yamada – Fukeba tobuyona otokodaga AKA The Shy Deceiver (1968) (HD)

    Sabu and his gang members pick up the young girl, Hanako, at an Osaka train station. Sabu’s gang attempts to fool Hanako into starring in a pornographic movie, but Sabu feels badly for Hanako and decides to leave the gang with her. Sabu and Hanako both grew up without mothers and the similarity of their circumstances draws them close to each other.Read More »

  • Eizô Sugawa – Kimi mo shusse ga dekiru AKA You Can Succeed, Too (1964)

    Japan Society wrote:
    The closest Japanese cinema ever came to the full-blown Broadway style musical, with singing and dancing on the streets of Tokyo, music by avant-garde composer and jazzman Toshiro Mayuzumi, lyrics by renowned poet Shuntaro Tanikawa, and direction by one of Toho’s most prominent “new wave” directors, Eizo Sugawa. Popular jazz drummer and actor Frankie Sakai stars in this comic version of the “industrial competition” genre: two tourism companies compete for foreign clients in the run up to the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. Highlighting the coming internationalization of Japan, the film dramatizes the felt tensions between tradition and modernity, the pressures of the “economic animal” lifestyle, and the energy of high economic growth.Read More »

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