Tag Archives: Yoshio Harada

Kazuo Kuroki – Utsukushii natsu kirishima AKA A Boy’s Summer in 1945 (2002)

Commencing well-respected Nippon director Kazuo Kuroki’s sixth decade behind the camera, “A Boy’s Summer in 1945” (literally “A Beautiful Summer in Kirishima”) is a lyric, novelistic drama set in the countryside in the last days before Japan’s surrender ending WWII. Striking a welcome retro note in its languid pacing and delicate handling of seriocomic ensemble threads, handsome production is a natural for fests. It might also prove a cornerstone for retrospectives or ancillary releases of works by a helmer (“Preparation of the Festival,” “Ronin-gai”) who’s long been appreciated at home but has won just limited attention abroad. Read More »

Yukihiro Sawada – Hangyaku no Melody AKA Melody of Rebellion (1970)

The disbandment of the Tanno clan left gang member Tetsu (Yoshio Harada) to stray from the crime family’s fold. He roamed the streets as a one man band, wearing a denim jacket and long hair with sunglasses to cover his piercing eyes. Befriending a like-minded lone wolf by the name of Gebasaku, Tetsu builds a coalition against higher forces. A graphic portrayal of irrepressible anger and a friendship worth dying for. Read More »

Naoto Yamakawa – Birî za kiddo no atarashii yoake AKA The New Morning of Billy the Kid (1986)

Billy the Kid waits tables in the Schlächtenhaus Saloon, last refuge of humanity from marauding, nihilistic gangs; co-workers include a samurai, Marx-Engels, an artist and the Tokyo telephone enquiries number made flesh. This bastion of global history and culture is duly invaded, clearing the decks for our spiritual and cultural rebirth… Read More »

Toshiya Fujita – Shinjuku outlaw: Buttobase AKA Shinjuku Outlaw: Step on the Gas! (1970)

Yūji, fresh out of prison on parole, is taken to a bar that Nao operates and there he meets his old love Emiko, now working as hostess, and accepts Nao’s appeal for help in finding drug thieves. After grilling one of the small hoodlums about who took the marijuana, Yūji and Nao find the looter is a mammoth underground organization. Meanwhile, a group of hoodlums are disgruntled over their failure to sell the drug through Nao. Read More »

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 »

Seijun Suzuki – Ana no kiba AKA The Fang in the Hole (1979)

A police detective tries to investigate the mystery of a victim who was shot in the head, but no bullet was found. From the Sunday Horror Series. Read More »

Toshiaki Toyoda – Nain souruzu AKA 9 Souls (2003)

Nine convicts escape from prison; most are convicted murders. They commandeer a van from a strip club. Their plan is to find a stash of counterfeit money that a deranged cell mate told them about, divide it, then part ways. They make it to the site where the money is supposed to be hidden, and then one by one, each seeks out the place he wants to be, a version of home, somewhere to connect. Will it end well for any of them? Read More »