Tag Archives: Mitsuko Baishô

Azuma Morisaki – Ikiteru uchiga hana nanoyo shin-dara sore madeyo to sengen aka Nuclear Gypsies (1985)

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Barbara, a dancer / stripper, traveling, going home to Nagoya after a long absence. She lives above the bar Nami no ue, in an area whose inhabitants are mainly from Okinawa. Upon her return, Barbara faces problems beyond his reach, his brother and two friends took one of their teachers hostage to extort money to go on a school trip … Miyazato, the man who shares the life of Barbara is there, but not Aiko, her best friend, who had yet to wait. Miyazato, yakuza and laborer in a nuclear, Barbara learns that Aiko was forced into prostitution for the workers of the plant, and he helped him escape from this hell … Aiko has been distributed to Mihama [ 1 ] (central Japan). Without even thinking for a moment, Barbara decided to go see her friend. Read More »

Shôhei Imamura – Zegen (1987)

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This movie is black satire of Japanese imperial ambitions in the 20th century. In Meiji era Japan (1868-1910), the Japanese state sought to establish itself as an empire as a way to both catch up to and remain free from the West. These activities also lay the foundation for the disasters to come mid-century. This movie satirizes those efforts from a mid-1980s perspective, giving it an obvious subtext of being a commentary on the efforts of late 20th century Japanese businessmen abroad as well. The “hero” is a businessman who, realizing that the Japanese armed forces will likely soon be advancing across Asia, decides that they will require brothels wherever they go as well and so sets up shop in Southeast Asia. A very black comedy from one of Japan’s finest film satirists (cf. “Pigs and Battleships,” “The Pornographers”) best known abroad ca. 1999 for “The Eel” and “Black Rain” (the film based on the novel about Hiroshima, not the Michael Douglas flick). Read More »

Yôichi Sai – Tomo yo shizukani nemure AKA Let Him Rest in Peace (1985)

Tsuyoshi Shindo came to the town of Tamari to prove the innocence of his friend, Sakaguchi. Sakaguchi was accused of attacking the president of Shimoyama Kensetsu, a local construction company, with a knife. Shindo knew Sakaguchi was not capable of committing such a crime. During his investigation, Shindo discovered the town and its police force to be under the control of Shimoyama. That made Shindo a marked man, with Shimoyama’s henchmen attacking in an effort to force him to end his investigation and leave town. Read More »

Yôichi Sai – Tomo yo shizukani nemure AKA Let Him Rest in Peace (1985) (HD)

Tsuyoshi Shindo came to the town of Tamari to prove the innocence of his friend, Sakaguchi. Sakaguchi was accused of attacking the president of Shimoyama Kensetsu, a local construction company, with a knife. Shindo knew Sakaguchi was not capable of committing such a crime. During his investigation, Shindo discovered the town and its police force to be under the control of Shimoyama. That made Shindo a marked man, with Shimoyama’s henchmen attacking in an effort to force him to end his investigation and leave town. Read More »

Haruki Kadokawa – Aijou monogatari AKA Curtain Call (1984)

Miho Nakamichi, an orphan adopted by Haruko, dreams to star in a musical. One day, Haruko promised Miho that she could go on a journey to find her real father, “Daddy-Long-Legs”, who sends a bouquet of flowers every birthday, once she can wear a special pair of pointe shoes. The day finally arrives and Miho’s small adventure begins. Read More »