Yûko Tanaka

  • Banmei Takahashi – Hibi (2005)

    2001-2010Banmei TakahashiDramaJapan

    Hibi tells about mother who does pottery and lives rather simple life, growing her children up. She does remarkable job in pottery, finding a new way to make natural pottery in her own tunnel kiln. Then, her son gets leukemia. And entire family has to fight hard to find a donor who has matching bone marrow. The movie is unique and beautiful story about life, but at the same time, very hard and realistic movie about leukemia. Little a bit eccentric character of Kiyoko, acted by Yuko Tanaka is fantastic as such characters haven’t yet seen in Japanese screen since eighties. Read More »

  • Haruhiko Mimura – Amagi goe AKA Amagi Pass (1983)

    1981-1990CrimeHaruhiko MimuraJapanMystery

    Based on novel by MATSUMOTO Seicho
    The year is 1926. Unhappy with his drunken father and the constant bickering, 15-year-old Takichi runs away from home to Mt. Amagi. During his lonely escapade, he meets interesting characters, including a beautiful prostitute named Hana. They stumble upon a drifter who is later found dead. Hana is implicated in the murder, but she is released for the lack of evidence. Thirty years later, they’ve gone on with their separate lives. Takichi hears of Hana’s whereabouts from a retired police investigator. He embarks on yet another journey to find her…Read More »

  • Seijun Suzuki – Kapone oi ni naku aka Capone Cries a Lot (1985)

    1981-1990ArthouseComedyJapanSeijun Suzuki

    Capone Cries a Lot (カポネ大いに泣く, Kapone ōi ni naku?, aka Capone’s Flood of Tears) is a 1985 Japanese comedy film directed by Seijun Suzuki. It stars Kenichi Hagiwara as a naniwa-bushi singer who travels with his wife to the United States in hopes of achieving fame and fortune.Read More »

  • Yôichi Higashi – Za reipu AKA The Rape (1982)

    1981-1990AsianDramaJapanYôichi Higashi

    Based on the book by Keiko Ochiai, “The Rape” details the struggles and determination of a young woman who is attacked and raped on her way home from her lover’s and shows how she comes to terms with the crime and the perpetrator in life and in court.

    Nominated – Award of the Japanese Academy (1983) – Best Actress Yûko TanakaRead More »

  • Yoshishige Yoshida – Arashi ga oka aka Wuthering Heights (1988)

    1981-1990ArthouseDramaJapanYoshishige Yoshida

    This erotic and violent story taken from Emily Bronte’s classic novel, and Georges Bataille’s analyzes, takes place in medieval Japan instead of 19th-century Yorkshire. Onimaru (Yasaku Matsuda) is an orphan boy taken in by a group of priests who worship the Mountain Of Fire and try to appease the gods of anger. He loves Kinu (Yuko Tanaka), the beautiful daughter of a local family. When she marries an heir to a rival family, his heart is broken. When she dies in childbirth, Onimaru loses what is left of his mind.Read More »

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