Tag Archives: Masahiko Tsugawa

Yoshishige Yoshida – Amai yoru no hate AKA Bitter End of a Sweet Night (1961)

Plot: An ambitious department store worker endeavors to improve his station in life
by manipulating women to get what he wants – money that is. Read More »

Haruki Kadokawa – Ten to Chi to AKA Heaven and Earth (1990)

Warlords Kagetora and Takeda each wish to prevent the other from gaining hegemony in feudal Japan. The two samurai leaders pursue one another across the countryside, engaging in massive battles of cavalry and infantry. Younger and less brutal, Kagetora must find the strength to be as brutal as his opponent, but at what cost? Read More »

Kaneto Shindô – Bokuto kidan AKA The Strange Story of Oyuki (1992)


Noted filmmaker Kaneto Shindo directs this erotic drama adapted from the autobiographical book by renowned writer Nagai Kafu. Kafu, a noted rake and whoremonger, became one of Japan’s more celebrated literary figures by documenting fleeting pleasures and subtle human interactions as he frequented Ginza cafes and Yoshiwara brothels. For this film, Shindo captures the essence of Kafu’s work with an episodic structure detailing Kafu’s search for his feminine ideal. One day, Kafu (played by Masahiko Tsugawa), while walking along the rain-slicked streets of Tokyo’s red light district, happens upon Oyuki (Yuki Sumita), a geisha with a heart of gold. Strikingly beautiful, patrons flock to her in the house she shares with her madame (played by film legend Haruko Sugimura). Read More »