Movies & TV shows
The ukiyo-e (woodblock print) artist Sharaku is an enigmatic puzzle in the world of Japanese art. Working at an age when such masters of the trade as Hokusai and Utamaro were at their zenith, Sharaku ...
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Tokyo Cinderella Story
Yukiko has lived in Tokyo for three years. She thinks the city will bring her happiness. Someday, this belief will come to fruition when she sees her brother. The son of a very rich businessman and a ...
Rhapsody in August
An elderly woman who lost her husband in the 1945 atomic bombing of Nagasaki is caring for her four granddaughters over the summer. Her brother wants her to visit before he dies.
Takeshi: Childhood Days
A story of childhood life during wartime Japan. Takeshi, the intelligent son of a fisherman, is the schoolyard bully. When his cousin comes to stay with his family to avoid bombing raids, Takeshi at f...
Shiro and Marilyn
Based on a true story. Shiro, a dog who lives in an inn on Akajima in Okinawa, swims to the opposite shore on Zamami to see his love, a dog named Marilyn. Shiro is portrayed by the real-life Shiro.
River of Fireflies
During the winter in Toyama in 1962, Tatsuo Mizushima is fretting about his feelings for his classmate Eiko Tsujisawa while agonizing about his upcoming high school examinations. When he was little, h...
There Goes Benio, the Smart Girl
Benio, a peppy tomboy, is surprised to learn that she has been secretly betrothed by her grandfather to a young officer named Shinobu Ijuin. Because of his family’s noble status, Benio must first unde...
A man was forced to sell his daughter to a brothel in the largest red-light district in Tokyo. The owners of the brothel want to make her a great new addition which will attract the richest of custome...
Gonza the Spearman
A time in which appearences are very important is when the tragic story of Gonza, a handsome ladies man, was set. To celebrate the birth of an heir to the lord of their clan, Bannojo and Gonza are com...
A widower admits to killing an old woman. The events leading up to her death have been shown before.
Whoever life had been cut short a few years earlier, Nakata resided using the painful memory of the death of his partner. Is it a crash or suicide? Conscience gives up on marriage and children in orde...
This Is Noriko
Fictionalized account of 20-year-old Noriko Tsuji, a real-life victim of a severe birth defect which afflicted 8,000 Japanese, children whose mothers took the sedative thalidomide during pregnancy. Ts...
'Manon Lescaut' is a classic French short novel.
The film depicts a carnivalesque atmosphere summed up by the cry "Ee ja nai ka" in Japan in 1867 and 1868 in the days leading to the Meiji Restoration. It looks at the effects of the political and soc...
Child of the Sun
A couple originally from Okinawa run an inexpensive restaurant in Kobe, with their grade-school daughter, Fuuchan. The movie depicts the warm interaction between her and adults that grew up with the r...
Vengeance Is Mine
The police are looking for Iwao Enokizu.
Sayoko is desperate to bear a child of her own, but her live-in boyfriend Shinsaku strenuously objects to the idea. One day, someone leaves behind a six-year-old child at their door, claiming that Shi...
Love Me Tenderly, Love Me Wildly
Yuichi prides himself on the fact that he is a family man but contrary to his conception of an ideal family life, at age 24, his wife has already run out on him. In utter confusion, he tries to reason...
Akira leaves for the Mt. Gassan foothills before winter's onset, visiting the local temple and interacting with the residents all while falling for fair Fumiko.
Panic in High School
The suicide of a high school student and its aftermath at his school is a parable about the inefficiency and anachronism of the Japanese educational system. When one of his classmates becomes frustrat...
The Gate of Youth
The story of Shinsuke and his stepmother ranged from infanthood to his mid-teens. The life of the characters is dominated by coal workers and the mines. Shinsuke's father died trying to rescue a group...
Invitation of Lust
Hirobe is a lonely man. After witnessing her girlfriend die with a terminal illness, he wanders through the city like a shadow. One day, he meets Masako and they begin an affair. Masako is in an unhap...
Light of Africa
Two semi-slackers with an ultra-intimate friendship work, slack and drink in a freezing Hokkaido town.
Red Paper Lantern
A young and newly-wed couple in Tokyo are living a hard life because of their unfamiliar relationships with their surroundings.
The life of shaman queen Himiko, who falls in love with her half-brother, is told in a freestyle.
An elderly woman spends nine months attempting to retrieve her husband's dead body, fighting government bureaucracy and indifference all along the way, based on a true story.
Long Journey into Love
A beautifully told story of a woman hardened by marriage to a man she doesn't love, after giving herself to another. She dedicates herself to her work, designing and creating plaited cords for kimono....
A Woman Called En
Set at the end of the feudal period. A woman spends most of her early life in prison, incarcerated by political opponents of her father. When she is released at the age of 44, the power struggles of h...
The Gentle Japanese
A survivor of the tragic mass suicides on Tokashiki Island in 1945 falls in love with a near-mute motorcycle engineer.
Follow the Girls
Comedy of an entertainment agent and strip-teasers.
Live Today, Die Tomorrow!
Michio Yamada, a recent school graduate, is sent to Tokyo to work as a fruit-packer in a department store as part of a government programme. He takes a gun from a house on an American base and uses it...
If You Were Young: Rage
If You Were Young: Rage highlights the other side of post-war Japanese prosperity, focusing on the throngs of young people who missed out on the boom. We follow a group of young men who can't seem to ...
The Girl I Abandoned
Tsutomu Yoshioka, a Tokyo office worker, is enaged to Mariko, the niece of his company's president. But Yoshioka has a crisis of consence when he remembers his former love Mitsu, a rural girl whom he ...
Cold Rice, Osan, Chan
Three stories are about independence, a man searching for his wife, and a poor craftsman trying to make money.
Miyamoto Musashi V: Musashi vs Kojiro
The fifth and final installment with the build up of the epic battle between Sasaki Kojiro and Miyamoto Musashi. With all the familiar characters making appearances: Otsu (Musashi's great love), Akemi...
A fight over a territory affects the lives of three men!
Yagyu Chronicles 9: Assassin's Sword
The Yagyu Family have been teaching the Shinkage style of fencing for generations. Now a new fencing school has opened in Edo, claiming to be the true Shinkage style. Yagyu Jubei faces his biggest cha...
Fighting Tatsu, the Rickshaw Man
Richshaw man Tatsu has wandered to Osaka from Tokyo. He has quarrels with Kimiyakko, a geisha, and throws her into the river. But later, he falls in love with her. Yasaburo, the oyabun of the Nishikaw...
The Great Duel
A cynical samurai is left as the sole survivor to fulfil a plot to assassinate the puppet of a villain intent on usurping the shogunate in the 17th century. A Shogunate Elder connives to rule Japan b...
Cruel Story of the Shogunate's Downfall
A headstrong young man seeks to join the Shinsengumi, but while his determination impresses his superiors, questions begin to arise as to his true identity and intentions.
Miyamoto Musashi: The Duel at Ichijo Temple
At the oddest and most coincidental moments, Musashi's potentially greatest opponent, Kojiro, jumps in and out of the story. Otsu succumbed to madness. Musashi is going to beat the functionaries of th...
The Ninja Hunt
The Shogunate has a plan to abolish the Gamo Clan and four ninja are hired to fight against it.
Bushido: The Cruel Code of the Samurai
Generations of his ancestors sacrificed themselves for the sake of their cruel lords, as he recounts his gruesome family history after his fiancée attempted suicide. The samurai, the military nobility...
One of the most violent gang battles in Japanese history takes place when Kanbe Nagakichi's turf is taken over by Ano-Toku, the father-in-law of his brother Kira. Forced by the situation to choose bet...
Tattoo of Love
Gambler Hantaro risks his life and reputation to save young Onaka from a shady lifestyle.
Sasuke and His Comedians
Osaka in the early 1600s, aftermath of the historical Battle of Sekigahara; a group of orphan children are wandering through the battlefield scavenging for armour when they encounter a young boy named...
The Thirteen Assassins
The Daimyo rapes a woman and murders her and her husband, but even when one of his own vassals commits suicide to bring attention to the crime, the matter is quickly hushed up. Because the Daimyo is t...
A House in the Quarter
With her family suffering from extreme poverty, Yuko is sold to a brothel in Kyoto. One of the brothel's top customers is assigned to serve her. While Takamatsu is in love with Yuko, she is also attra...
Miyamoto Musashi: Birth of Two Sword Style
In the third installment of Yoshikawa's novel Musashi, things continue from the 2nd film at the end of battle, where Miyamoto continues on a mission of learning; with the introduction of his arch-riva...
Castle of Owls
Movie adaptation of the 1959 ninja novel. With war against Korea looming on the horizon, Hideyoshi Toyotomi, the 'Taiko' becomes the target of an assassination attempt to be carried out by the Iga Cl...
A Revengeful Raid
In this tale of bravery and honor among the roving gamblers of old Japan, the heroic Jirocho, Boss of the Tokaido is called upon to help a young yakuza named Eijiro after he runs afoul of the new samu...
Gale of Tokai
Adventures of famous yakuza boss Jirocho and his disciples who settle in Kofu.
Miyamoto Musashi: Showdown at Hannyazaka Heights
The remake of Yoshikawa's novel continues with the second installment in which Takezo, soon to be Miyamoto Musashi, emerges from the Himeji Castle after three years of intense contemplation and philos...
The Mad Fox
A court fortune-teller loses his mind after a conspiracy leads to the death of his lover. Hope appears to be on the horizon after he becomes romantically involved with his dead lover’s twin sister, bu...
The Christian Revolt
Shiro Amakusa, a charismatic Christian rebel leader, helped the peasant Christians revolt against the shogunate in the year 1637.
The Phantom Goblin
An injured Edo official is rescued by a vassal who swears to sweep out the criminals from the town on his behalf.
A Carpenter and Children
A carpenter learns a lesson from five orphans and a woman. There is a winning combination of humor and drama. The friendship between the carpenter, the woman and the children is what makes this a mast...
The Warrior from Kishu
A story of young Yoshimune, the future Shogun.
In Search of Mother
Period piece about a young man who, because of his hard life alone in the world, has become a yakuza. When he hears that his mother may be living in Edo (Tokyo), he travels there, intent on finding he...
Golden Peacock Castle
A group of pirates led by the evil Gondaiyu and his wizard, Genkuro, capture the Golden Peacock Castle and massacre the peaceful clan that lives there. The few survivors that manage to escape plot the...
A young son of a master of the Kuwana clan gets disowned for his rebellious behavior. After he goes from the mountains to the ocean defeating the evil, he becomes a fine man.
Young lord Saburo Nobuyasu struggles to find comfort in life. His arranged marriage to Tokuhime, daughter of one-time family enemy Oda Nobunaga, provides little happiness. His manipulative mother adds...
The Man Who Challenged 8,000,000-Koku
A story of an orphan boy who wanted the love of parents so badly, another orphan sincerely pitied him to the point he gives his secret birthright as an illegitimate son to a Shogun as a "gift of hope"...