Kō Nishimura (西村 晃, Nishimura Kō, 25 January 1923 – 29 April 1997) was a Japanese actor who appeared in supporting roles in such films as Akira Kurosawa's The Bad Sleep Well and Yojimbo, Kihachi Okamoto's Sword of Doom, Yoshitaro Nomura's Zero Focus, and Kon Ichikawa's The Burmese Harp (where he was credited as Akira Nishimura).Nishimura made his film debut in the Shin Saburi film Fusetsu Nijyunen in 1951. He won the Blue Ribbon Awards for best supporting actor in 1964 for Unholy Desire directed by Shohei Imamura. In 1982, he won the Best Actor award in the Mainichi Film Awards for his performances in Matagi.In Japan, Nishimura is well known for playing the role of the title character in the long-running television jidaigeki series Mito Kōmon from 1983 to 1992. He also portrayed the voice of the "Mamo/Howard Lockewood" in the original Japanese version of anime film The Mystery of Mamo in 1978.
Movies & TV shows
This remake of the classic film features the addition of Chiba Shinichi and Natsuyagi Isao as political intrigue reigns supreme. Tadanaga, the younger son of Shogun Hidetada has signed a dangerous pac...
A Japanese monk who studies Esoteric Buddhism in the far reaches of India, China and Tibet uses their combined influence to establish the Shingon school during the Heian period in early 9th Century AD...
Detective Muramatsu's wife, Fusae, is killed by a drug addict. After the criminal climbs to the roof of the house with a hostage, Muramatsu shoots him dead in order to rescue the hostage, but the publ...
The Claws of the Divine Beast
Chin Shun-shin is a Taiwanese-Japanese author. One of the elderly men in Yokohama died after a fight. A detective uncovered war crimes committed during Japan's invasion of China in WWII.
The story of the silk industry and the young girls who worked as silk spinners in the early 1900s in Japan. The silk mills were located in Okaya which lies just beyond the Nomugi Pass. The women and g...
Down with The Big Boss
In pre-war Japan, two members of a large yakuza syndicate initiate a turf war that embroils the highest levels of Tokyo's underworld.
The men who surround and torment the young protagonists (demanding teacher, owner of the company that rapes his own daughter, despotic and uncompromising father) are opposed to women as embodiment of ...
Lupin the Third: The Mystery of Mamo
In Transylvania, the notorious international thief, Lupin III, is hung and no one is more surprised than him, who was alive and well and nowhere near that area at that time. When Lupin gets a pebble f...
Japanese Godfather: Conclusion
The three-film saga comes to a conclusion as three leaders of the underworld battle it out to determine who will become Don of Japan.
The body of Sakai Hatsuko, a woman of 23 who has been slain with a knife, has been found in a forest. Some days later, Ueda Hiroshi, a 19-year-old shipyard worker, is arrested and charged with the mur...
Love and Faith
In the 16th century feudal Japan, Sen Rikyu was a ceremonial tea master. Hideyoshi was angered by Lord Ukon becoming a Christian because his daughter, the beautiful Lady Ogin, was in love with him. Ri...
Yakuza War: Japanese Godfather
The domestic needs of the leader's daughters need to be balanced with his violent tactics for the rough streets of 1960s Tokyo.
Love in the Mud
There is a love story between a girl and a boy. In Tokyo, Mami lives an ordinary life with her friends. Ladies hats are her biggest interest. Her father is the ambassador of Japan in Spain. One day wh...
Hokuriku Proxy War
Kinji Fukasaku shows battles between yakuza who value land over tradition in the setting of the Hokuriku region. Noboru Kawada will ignore his parents, brothers and tradition in order to survive.
Skyscraper Murder Case
Death stalks a towering hotel under construction in Tokyo and love brings the guilty parties to a justice of their own choice. The motives are control of the hotel, blackmail and jealousy. The princip...
A prosecutor is on the run after being accused of theft. The daughter of a rich man is helping him.
The novel of the same name is based on it.
Under the Blossoming Cherry Trees
A mountain man beheads his many wives to prove his love to an alluring woman he meets in an enchanted forest.
When bribe money is funneled into a dam construction project, greed, lust, and even murder are on the ballot.
New Battles Without Honor and Humanity 2: Head of the Boss
The seventh in the shocking "Jingi Naki Tatakai" movie series, which exposes the true lives of the yakuza that is hidden by a mask of "jingi" The Owada and the Kyoei groups are fighting for territory ...
The Rapacious Jailbreaker
Convicted of murder, Masayuki Ueda is sent to Hiroshima Prison along with his accomplice. But for a man like him, breaking out of prison is easy.
Adaptation of the novel by Toyoko Yamasaki.
Hanzo the Razor: Who's Got the Gold?
Hanzo extracts a confession from a ghost using his assaulting methods, foils thieves, connects with Heisuke Takei a friend from his youth, offers protection to a forward-thinking physician Genan Sugin...
A young girl is being asked about a man with whom she was keeping company, as her grandmother plays a lament on a shamisen. Then the focus changes to a couple arriving from Tokyo - the woman returning...
The family of Yuki's is almost wiped out by the machinations of a band of criminals. Her mother was brutalized by the criminals. Her mother is in prison because of revenge. She wanted to make an instr...
Hanzo the Razor: The Snare
Hanzo Itami enforces the law despite the Edo treasury devaluing currency. He doesn't show enough respect to the person who wants him dead.
The Pirates of Buban
The people in the Philippines are living in extreme poverty. Some communities are under the control of cruel and armed pirates. In order to understand their position, Imamura will come to meet them.
Hanzo the Razor: Sword of Justice
The Razor is a police officer. His first adventure is investigating his superior officer's mistress, who he suspects of having ties with a criminal.
Zatoichi Goes to the Fire Festival
The blind leader taught Zatoichi how to fight.
Play It Cool
This Japanese melodrama chronicles the exploits of a geisha's beautiful daughter. The daughter is the geisha's pride and she spares nothing to insure that she has a bright future. But the hard-working...
Okatsu is the daughter of a swordsman. She is a master with a sword and her talents overshadow that of her brother and real child of the man who adopted her. It can cause trouble for the family if her...
One Two Punch
Two men succeed in opening a joint restaurant after hilarious troubles.
Lady with Seven Faces
A lovely female thief, and disguise artist, has a great passion for her next big job which she sets up with her right-hand man: She intends to steal 500 million yen of ill-gotten money from the safe a...
A guilt-haunted samurai warrior attempts to stop a massacre taking place.
Black Rose Mansion
A feverishly perverse 1969 film noir oddity starring female impersonator Akihiro Maruyama. When wealthy Kyohei hires singer "Black Rose" to perform in his exclusive men's club, he gets more than he ba...
Bad Reputation: The Notorious Men and Their Specialty
The "bad name" series consists of seventeen films starring Shintaro Katsu, produced between 1960 and 1974. A remake and a sequel starring Kji Matoba were released in 2001.
New Year Trip
A comedy about a good-natured train conductor Shinsaku helping his old friend Miwako find her missing brother.
Japanese sixties comedy featuring a cunning female jewel thief named Black Lizard who tries to kidnap Sanaye, a wealthy jeweler's beautiful daughter as part of a plot to steal the jeweler's expensive ...
The Living Skeleton
A ship is attacked by a group of thieves who kill a doctor and rape his wife. Her twin sister is kidnapped by the same pirates three years later.
Red Peony Gambler: Gambler's Obligation
A local boss of a silk farming town shows kindness to a gambler by letting her stay at his house. When a rival gang wants to take over the town's businesses, Oryu is obliged to protect his children an...
A man owes money. Osode can pay her brother's debts. Even though the debt was paid, he tried to steal Osode. The girl is protected from the gang by Zatoichi. Osode and Zatoichi are caught in a dilemma...
Snake Woman's Curse
An old man dies of heartbreak when a cruel landlord is about to repossess his land. The old man haunts the landlord from the grave. Since the man died in debt, his wife and daughter are indentured ser...
The Bride from Hades
Hagiwara Shinzaburo met a beautiful courtesan named Otsuyu on the night of the Obon festival. He became enamored with her even though he didn't know she was a ghost.
Flower Cards Chivalry
An absolutely astonishing art house ninkyo yakuza film. Wandering gambler runs into a young swindler woman working with old man. They are both arrested by detective. A year later gambler is staying wi...
Atsumi Kiyoshi, famous for his role in Torasan, stars as Aoki Goichi, a veteran train conductor who dedicates himself in providing quality service to his passengers. With his many years of experience,...
The lord of the Oshi fief is killed by his trespassing neighbour, the cruel and despotic Nariatsu, son of the former Shogun. After an investigation, the Oshi clan is blamed for what happened and sente...
In World War II, students were trained to become Kamikaze pilots.
A Killer's Key
Raizô Ichikawa reprises his role as the restaurant-cook-turned-contract-killer in this sequel to Kazuo Mori's stylish 1967 thriller A Certain Killer.
Zatoichi the Outlaw
peasants were kidnapped and paid their debts to a rival gambling house.
Samurai Wolf II
A group of prisoners are being transported to their executions and one of them looks like his dead father. There are crooked gold miners, a beautiful girl who is crazy and a dojo master who is obsesse...
Rub Out the Past
A lone wolf tries to eliminate a drug-smuggling operation.
Rise Against the Sword
Abare Goemon is confronted by a samurai. He raises an army of farmers to fight them. Lord Asakura tries to recruit Goemon to fight in a conflict between him and another clan when he sees the success G...
The Sword of Doom
Ryunosuke, a gifted swordsman, has no moral code and kills without remorse during the final days of the Shogunate rule. It is a way of life that leads to madness.
Hanjiro, a one eyed vagrant arrives in Okinoshima to save the town from a violent Yakuza group with the help of six handicapped guys.
Subu is a pornographic film maker. He sees no reason for it to be messed with. He uses the money to support his landlady, and her family, because they are an aid to a repressed society. Haru shares he...
Lord Tokugawa Ieyasu
In turbulent 16th-century Japan, the leaders of a minor fief have their child taken from them as a political hostage. His mother and his clan endure years of tribulations until he can return.
The One-Eyed Ghost
Japanese horror film directed by Tsuneo Kobayashi.
Tale of Japanese Burglars
Gisuke Hayashida is an illegal dentist during the day and a burglar by night. One night during a burglary he witnesses a train derailment. Some communists are found guilty of causing the incident, but...
Wanting to be a personal physician to a wealthy family, Noboru Yasumoto is disappointed when his first post after medical school takes him to a small country clinic under the doctor Red Beard. Despite...
The Retreat from Kiska
The Aleutian island of Kiska was fortified in 1943 by a small group of Japanese soldiers. The Japanese Navy attempted one of the most daring and unlikely evacuates in military history when word came o...
Tale of Ninja Duty
Mumyo Tsunataro killed his betrayed fiance Orie and He flees to Utsunomiya. On his way he happens to saves Chisaka Hyobu's daughter Oyu (She is exactly like Orie) be attacked by ninja. Thus he stays C...
The Ghost of the Hunchback
A hunchbacked caretaker presides over a forlorn mansion inhabited by the ghosts of his previous masters. An unbelieving trio (a doctor, his assistant and his niece) fail to heed the caretaker's warnin...
Sleepy Eyes of Death 5: Sword of Fire
There are five films in the series. A corrupt chamberlain, a wily merchant, survivors of a pirate gang, and a missing treasure trove are all involved in a conspiracy when Kyoshiro saves the life of a ...
A fight over a territory affects the lives of three men!
The Scarlet Camellia
A young woman begins murdering all those responsible for her ailing father's condition. Because the girl is so outwardly sweet and innocent, the detective looking into the deaths does not suspect her....
The Spying Sorceress
Second part of the series where sex magic skills of female and Iga ninjas clash over enourmous treasure of the Toyotomi family, discovered in connection with the plot to overthrow the shogunate.
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.
An Impudent Man
Naomasa is the former lord of Okayama Castle and the head of the Iseda family. Naomasa was sent to Europe for his liberal lifestyle.
The Glamorous Ghost
Based on the novel by Naoki Prize-nominated author Taro Takeshita, a thriller full of black humor. A jealous husband murders his adulterous wife, then embarks on a crusade to extort all the wealthy ...
Warrior of the Wind
A suspenseful Ninja fantasy based on Shiba Ryotaro's novel, woven with the mysterious fate and romance of Shinzo and a beautiful Princess who find themselves at the center of an intrigue surrounding t...
Intentions of Murder
Sadako, cursed by generations before her and neglected by her common-law husband, falls prey to a brutal home intruder. But rather than become a victim, she forges a path to her own awakening.
11 Movies · 1 TV show
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 ...
The Maid Story
Nine maids serve the household of a writer and his wife. The couple treat their maids like daughters and marry them off to eligible men. So, they are forever looking for new maids. As the years go by ...
High and Low
An executive of a shoe company becomes a victim of extortion when his chauffeur's son is kidnapped and held for a large sum of money.
Life of a Flower
The story chronicles the life of Ii Naosuke.
Kyu-chan, Draw Your Sword
A laid-back man tries to become a member of the yakuza.
Pressure of Guilt
Bamboo Doll of Echizen
Based on a novel by Tsutomu Mizukami, this haunting melodrama focuses on a young bamboo worker who takes his father's prostitute as his wife.
The Thirteen Assassins
A sadistic Daimyo (feudal lord) rapes a woman and murders both 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 u...
Tale of Army Brutality
Director Jun'ya Satô's debut film focuses on the inhuman training of recruits, the brutal drill system that reigned in the Japanese army during World War II, where in the first two years of training, ...
An animated collaboration between Osamu Tezuka and Toei Animation.
Gang vs. Gang
The plot opens with the hero (Tsuruta) leaving prison, having served time through taking the blame for a fellow gang member’s crime. However, his former gang boss seems to have gone to seed, with peop...
There is a film about unrequited love and postwar disillusion. The story of the fatal attraction between a spineless intellectual and a strong woman has been told before.
A giant planetoid is discovered to be on a collision course with Earth. Even though it is small, its mass is large enough to destroy the Earth. The mission was destroyed after all the ships were drawn...
Chibusa o daku musume tachi
The Temple of Wild Geese
Satoko is a mistress by trade, or fate: when her master, the silkscreen artist of the Kohoan Temple in Kyoto, dies, she is given to the temple's lascivious head priest Kikuchi. She is drawn to a melan...
Ninja, a Band of Assassins
Oda Nobunaga wants to unify Japan. A young man is being manipulated by a ninja master into attempting to assassinate a warlord before he completes his task.
A story about the lives of four sisters and their mother who must come to terms with each of their decisions in life.
An investigation into a drug smuggler who is assassinated in front of an insurance building sets two detectives, Sumikawa and Akine, into a sprawling investigation through Tokyo's underworld.
Pigs and Battleships
Kinta and his lover Haruko, both involved with the yakuza, braved the post-occupation period with a goal to be together.
Snow in the South Seas
The Japanese soldiers in Manokwari are stuck in extremely difficult conditions, so they improvised a theater play to keep their spirits up.
A ronin, or samurai with no master, enters a small village in feudal Japan, where two rival businessmen are fighting for control of the local gambling trade. Taking the name Sanjuro Kuwabatake, the ro...
Refresher Course for Wives
One night, three wives, Matsuyo, Keiko and Mari, receive a mysterious telephone call. The voice tells them that she has their husbands with her and invites them to " P " Hotel to see for themselves. T...
A Man in Red
Takashi, who took the blame when his father shot a gangster, returns home after serving a four-year sentence, only to find it infested with yakuza running a dope ring. Battling gangsters all the way...
Tale of a Company Boss
Japanese comedy film.
Killers on Parade
Mod-sixties visuals and black humor mark this wild New Wave masterpiece about a vengeful contractor who hires a series of young killers to target a woman muckraker. Trouble brews when an amateur marks...
One week into newlywed Teiko Uhara's marriage, her husband, Kenichi, leaves on a short business trip and never returns. Teiko travels across Japan to search for him, and along the way discovers some s...
Late romance by acclaimed filmmaker Kinugasa Teinosuke.
Tale of a Company Boss 3
A story about the nature of office workers today.
The intertwined fates of a desperate bank manager blackmailed for book-cooking and his resentful but timid underling passed over for a promotion is the subject of an ingeniously plotted, pocket-size n...
The Angry Sea
A semi-documentary story about the vicissitudes in the life of an elderly fisherman.
Ryuji, the Gun Slinger
When Ryuji - the Gun Slinger, a drug addict leaves hospital to which he was taken after a gunfight by a notorious killer named Gin of Colt, he is employed as a bodyguard by Yo Sangen, chief of a narco...
The Sleeping Beast Within
When a middle aged salaryman learns that he is being used by drug traffickers, he fires back at the bosses with destructive consequences.
Wait for Tomorrow
Kohei Misugi works in a vegetable market, but his ambition is to be a photographer. He is given his first opportunity to demonstrate his talent by the Sakura Film Company which offers him an assignmen...
The Lost Alibi
A drama about a married salaryman whose affair with one of his co-workers is compromised when, returning from a secret meeting with his lover, he runs into a neighbor who is later accused of murder. T...
The Bad Sleep Well
In this adaptation of "Hamlet," an illegitimate son climbs to a high position within a Japanese corporation and married the daughter of a company vice president. At the reception, the wedding cake is ...
The Song of the Cart
A lifetime story of a woman who stubbornly lives in a poor mountain village in post-war Japan.
Farewell to Southern Tosa
Story of an ex-con trying to go straight, but of course the old ways die hard.
My Second Brother
Four orphans living in an impoverished mining town are the subject of the film. An adaptation of a best-selling book based on the diary of a ten-year-old girl, it was one of the first films to deal wi...
Nishi Ginza Station
There is a comedy about the extramarital affair of a drugstore owner. Frank Nagai is the star of the film.
At about the same time as lwami, president of a Tokyo company is murdered by an unknown assailant, it happens that an urgent call has been received from an airline company's office on remote Hachijo I...
The Girl from Osaka
Japanese comedy film.
A group of five, four men and one woman gather in the basement of a butcher shop to dig up a cache of morphine buried during the war. A grimly humorous tale of twisted relationships as one by one each...
The Seasons of Love
A family is slowly falling apart: the father is absent from the start, the mother a kept woman thanks to her children, the son is being cheated on by his wife, one daughter is forced to marry an older...
A troupe of travelling actors who alternate highlights of kabuki theatre with strip shows are the subject of a ribald tale.
Who's The Real Killer
Harsh film about a car dealer who gets into financial trouble.
Nikutai no hankō
The Flesh Is Weak
A woman who grew up in a prestigious household, begins to have an affair outside the marriage.
The Eagle and the Hawk
In a warehouse area at night, a drunk chief engineer is stabbed to death by someone who whistles. After the break of dawn, two seamen join the crew of a rusty cargo ship Kaiyo Maru. One is a troublema...
A scrap iron carrier arrived at Tokyo bay. The ship swarmed with the stevedores, the souvenir seller and the hookers. The crews of ship were oppressed by arrogant captain and his officers. The crews c...
A Sun-Tribe Myth from the Bakumatsu Era
Saheji gets stuck at a high-class brothel when he can't pay the bill. He makes the best of his situation by performing various tasks amidst the tumult of the end of the shogunate, but always by making...
The Temptress and the Monk
Nominated for Golden Berlin Bear.
Japanese drama film.
Excursion to Treasure Isle
The story is a dramatization of the Japanese folklore legend of Momotaro, the Peach Boy, who with his trusted companions of dog, monkey and pheasant fought against evil in olden times.
A botanist woos the secretary of an industrialist whose company threatens the local water supply.
The Burmese Harp
In the War's closing days, when a conscience-driven Japanese soldier fails to get his countrymen to surrender to overwhelming force, he adopts the lifestyle of a Buddhist monk.
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