Kô Nakahira

  • Kô Nakahira – Natsu no arashi AKA Summer Storm (1956)

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    Natsu no arashi (1956)
    Natsu no arashi (1956)

    Ryoko, a young teacher, grew up in a foster family. After the death of her foster father she returns to her origin family. Rejected by her religious mother and not being reintegrated in her surroundings, she feels abandoned by the world. One day her sister Taeko brings home her fiancé Keiji, with whom Ryoko had a deep love affair years ago. Once again they feel attracted to each other and accept they are doomed. Inspired by Luchino Visconti’s SENSO (1954), SUMMER STORM is one of four films NAKAHIRA made in 1956 about social conventions and the inevitable breakout.Read More »

  • Kô Nakahira – Suna no ue no shokubutsu-gun AKA Flora on the Sand (1964)

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    Suna no ue no shokubutsu gun (1964)
    Suna no ue no shokubutsu gun (1964)

    One evening, at the Marine Tower observatory, cosmetics salesman Ichiro Iki is drawn into conversation with an unfamiliar young lady Akiko. She invites Ichiro back to a hotel where they make love but part without even exchanging names. A week later, they have a second chance encounter at the observatory. This time, Ichiro is the one who pursues her. Back at the hotel, Akiko begs Ichiro to give her sister – Kyoko, a bar hostess – absolute hell. Akiko resents her sister for lecturing on chastity, while wantonly indulging in promiscuous activity. Ichiro takes an interest in Kyoko and sets out towards her bar…Read More »

  • Kô Nakahira – Chizu no nai machi AKA The Jungle Block (1960)

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    Chizu no nai machi (1960)
    Chizu no nai machi (1960)

    A young doctor falls into a despair of developments. He plans to revenge the disgrace inflicted upon his sister, whose engagement was broken as a result.

    One of the darkest Nakahira films, a tale of gentrification and sexual violence.Read More »

  • Kô Nakahira – Hikaru umi AKA Bright Sea (1963)

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    Autotranslated from Japanesse:
    Seven male students of the English literature department who have endured among 33 female students for four years of college life. After the graduation party, Nosaka visited Mieko’s house to deliver a bag of things left behind. Mieko broke up with Nosaka and she broke up with a bese without any promise. And the busy days passed by the members who went out to the society.Read More »

  • Kô Nakahira – Arabu no arashi AKA The Arab Storm (1961)

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    Autotranslated from Japanese:
    Shintaro Munekata, the grandson of the president of Dainippon Bussan, decided to go abroad to see the wider world according to his grandfather’s will. Shintaro meets Yuriko on his plane. After that, Shintaro is replaced by an Araya man in the lobby of Beirut Airport. A moment later, the Arayas were killed by someone else.Read More »

  • Kô Nakahira – Koroshita no wa dare da AKA Who Is the True Murderer? (1957)

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    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 – Aitsu to watashi AKA That Guy And I (1961)

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    Along with The Baby Carriage and A Slope in the Sun, He and I is one of a long list of youth films to be based on the novels of ISHISAKA Yojiro. A portrait of youth grappling with new forms of love and sexual ethics at the height of the ANPO struggle of 1960, the film was marketed as ISHIHARA Yujiro’s comeback picture after he injured himself in a skiing accident, and went on to break box office records in 1961. (quote from qianqian-san’s post)Read More »

  • Kô Nakahira – Mikkai AKA The Assignation (1959)

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    This well-paced, effective drama by director Ko Nakahira eloquently decries the foibles of adultery by looking at a worst possible scenario. Young Kikuko (Yoko Katsuragi) is married to an older university professor and because of the age difference as well as several other factors, she is bored with the marriage and falls for one of his students, Yuichiro (Seiji Miyaguchi). The two manage to sneak off for stolen moments together and on one of those occasions in the park, they both witness a murder. Shocked by what they saw, the student insists that they immediately go to the police to testify against the killer. But this is Japan, after all, and the adulterous wife knows that losing face by losing her marriage over her infidelity is much worse than the need to identify a killer. Unfortunately for him, the student never quite sees it her way.
    ~ Eleanor Mannikka, RoviRead More »

  • Kô Nakahira – Kurutta kajitsu AKA Crazed Fruit (1956)

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    Two brothers compete for the amorous favors of a young woman during a seaside summer of gambling, boating, and drinking, in this seminal Sun Tribe (taiyozoku) film from director Ko Nakahira. Adapted from the controversial novel by Shintaro Ishihara, and critically savaged for its lurid portrayal of the postwar sexual revolution among Japan’s young and privileged, Crazed Fruit is an anarchic outcry against tradition and the older generation.Read More »

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