East Asian Cinema: China, Japan & Korea












Chinese Cinema/Chinese Filmmakers
Mainland China
Hong Kong
Taiwan

Japanese Cinema
Korean Cinema

South/Southeast Asia cinema videography
China, Korea, Japan documentary videography
South/Southeast Asia documentary videography

Bibliography of books and articles about East Asian cinema
Bibliography of books and articles about South/Southeast Asian cinema

Chinese Cinema/Chinese Filmmakers: Mainland China

1911 (Xinhai geming) (China/Hong Kong, 2011)
Directed by Jackie Chan, Li Zhang. Cast: Cheng Long, Zhao Wenxuan, Li Bingbing, Sun Chun, Chen Chong, Jiang Wu, Fang Zuming, Hu Ge, Ning Jing, Yu Shaoqun, Du Yuhang. A historical action war drama based on the founding of the Republic of China, when nationalist forces led by Sun Yat-sen overthrew the last ruling Qing Dynasty, which held unquestioned power and rule for 250 years. 99 min. DVD X7123
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2046 (China/Hong Kong, 2004)
Directed by Wong Kar Wai. Cast: Tony Leung Chiu Wai, Zhang Ziyi, Gong Li, Maggie Cheung, Faye Wong, Takuya Kimura, Chang Chen, Dong Jie, Carina Lau. A young man, who has tried to forget his lost love by meeting different young women, starts to write a novel about a young man falling in love with a machine-made woman on the 2046 train. The number 2046 is the room number where he met his lost love. 128 min. DVD 1287
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Aftershock (Tangshan dadizhen) (China, 2010)
Directed by Xiaogang Feng. Cast: Xu Fan, Zhang Jingchu, Li Chen, Zhang Zifeng, Zhang Jiajun, Lu Yi, Zhang Guoqiang, Wang Ziwen, Yang Lixin, Lu Zhong, Yong Mei, Liu Lili, Chen Daoming, Chen Jin. Follows a family who became victims in the 1976 Tangshan earthquake. The father, Fang Daqiang, was crushed dead while trying to rescue his twin children, Fang Deng and Fang Da, who were trapped in the house. Unable to save both kids, the mother, Li Yuanni, is forced to sacrifice Fang Deng for her feeble younger brother Fang Da, a decision that proved agonizing for the entire family. Though left behind as dead, the little girl miraculously survives, unbeknownst to her family. 135 min. DVD X6855
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Along the Sungari River (Songhua jiang shang) (China, 1947)
Directed by Shan Jin. Cast: Zhang Ruifang, Pu Ke, Wang Renlu, Zhou Diao. In Manchuria, a village inn by a river is a regular stop for carters, so it's not surprising that the daughter of the innkeeper has a carter for a sweetheart. But all sweetness and tranquility is shattered by the invasion of the brutal Japanese in 1931. Quinnian and Sunnu end up as slaves in a coal mine, but are soon heading up a workers' rebellion to overthrow their Japanese masters. 120 min. DVD 9433
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Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress: A Tailor Made Romance (Xiao cai feng) (France / China, 2002)
Directed by Sijie Dai. Cast: Xun Zhou, Kun Chen, Ye Liu, Shuangbao Wang, Zhijun Cong. At the height of Mao's Cultural Revolution, two teenage boys are among thousands exiled to the countryside for "re-education." The narrator and his best friend find themselves in a remote village where their only distractions are a violin and the beautiful daughter of the local tailor. But it is when they discover a hidden stash of Western classics in Chinese translation that their re-education takes its most surprising turn. 111 min. DVD 8098
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Bloom, Michelle. "Contemporary Franco-Chinese Cinema: Translation, Citation and Imitation in Dai Sijie's Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress and Tsai Ming-Liang's What Time is it There?" Quarterly Review of Film & Video, Oct-Dec2005, Vol. 22 Issue 4, p311-325, 15p UC users only
Chevaillier, Flore. "Commercialization and Cultural Misreading in Dai Sijie's Balzac et la Petite Tailleuse chinoise." Forum for Modern Language Studies, Jan2011, Vol. 47 Issue 1, p60-74, 15p UC users only
Deppman, Hsiu-Chuang "Dai Sijie Locating the Third Culture in Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress." In: Adapted for the screen: the cultural politics of modern Chinese fiction and film / Hsiu-Chuang Deppman. Honolulu, T.H. : University of Hawai'i Press, c2010. (Full-text available online [UC Berkeley users only])
Liu, Xinmin. "'Place' Construction: Innovative Reworking of Fiction in Recent Chinese Films." Journal of Contemporary China, vol. 17, no. 57, pp. 699-716, 2008 Nov UC users only
Silvester, Rosalind. "Genre and Image in Francophone Chinese Works." Contemporary French & Francophone Studies, Dec2006, Vol. 10 Issue 4, p367-375, 9p UC users only

Beginning of the Great Revival (The Founding of a Party) (China, 2011)
Directors, Sanping Han, Jianxin Huang. Cast: Liu Ye, Feng Yuanzheng, Chow Yun-Fat, Li Chen, Andy Lau, Chen Chang, Li Qin, Chen Kun, Chen Daoming, Zhao Benshan, Daniel Wu, Lee-Hom Wong, Zhou Xun, Angela Baby. A dramatic renactment chronicling the historical events between 1911 and 1921 that led to the founding of the Chinese Communist Party. 124 min. DVD X6892
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Beijing Bicycle (Shi qi sui de dan che) (China/Taiwan, 2001)
Directed by Xiaoshuai Wang. Just as Guai, a bicycle messenger, makes his final payment for the silver mountain bike loaned by his company, he finds it stolen. After endless searching, Guai discovers his bicycle is now in the hands of Jian who bought the bicycle with stolen money. Though Guai and Jian finally work out a deal, they find themselves on an unexpected journey of self-discovery. 113 min. DVD 1287
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Buscombe, E. "Beijing bicycle." Sight & Sound v. ns12 no. 7 (July 2002) p. 38-9UC users only
Donald, Stephanie Hemelryk. "Beijing Bicycle." Metro, Winter2002 Issue 133, p190, 3p UC users only
Kuoshu, Harry H. "Beijing Bicycle: Retrieving Wester Cinematic Counterparts." In: Metro movies: cinematic urbanism in post-Mao China. Carbondale [Ill.] : Southern Illinois University Press, 2011. (Full-text available online [UC Berkeley users only])
Lu, Jie. "Metropolarities: The Troubled Lot and Beijing Bicycle." Journal of Contemporary China, Nov2008, Vol. 17 Issue 57, p717-732, 16p; UC users only
Xu, Jian. "Representing rural migrants in the city: experimentalism in Wang Xiaoshuai's "So Close to Paradise" and "Beijing Bicycle." Screen v. 46 no. 4 (Winter 2005) p. 433-49 UC users only
Zhang, Yingjin "Space of Polylocality: Remapping the City: The Bicycle: Frustrated Desires in Beijing Bicycle." In: Cinema, space, and polylocality in a globalizing China / Yingjin Zhang. Honolulu : University of Hawaii Press, 2010. (Full-text available online [UC Berkeley users only]; Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1993.5.C4 Z5 2010)

The Big Road (Da lu) (China, 1935)
Directed by Sun Yu. Cast: Jin Yan, Chen Yanyan, Li Lili, Zheng Junli, Han Langen. Six friends decide to 'head north' and become involved in the construction of a highway crucial for the Chinese Army. A hymn to the solidarity necessary for China to move ahead (and defeat the enemy), [the film] shows its young protagonists only discovering who they are when they become part of collective action. 100 min. DVD 9432
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Blind Shaft (Mang jing)(2003)
Directed by Yang Li. Cast: Li Yixiang, Wang Shuangbao, Wang Baoqiang. In modern northwestern China, itinerant coal miners Tang and Song befriend fellow miners, murder them in staged "accidents", then pass their victims off as relatives in order to pocket their employer's hush money. The recruiting of Feng, a naive young farm boy, threatens to drive a wedge between the two killers. 89 min. DVD 9601
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Ban Wang. "Documentary as Haunting of the Real: The Logic of Capital in Blind Shaft." Asian Cinema, Spring/Summer2005, Vol. 16 Issue 1, p4-15, 12p
Garcia, Maria. "Blind Shaft." Film Journal International, Mar2004, Vol. 107 Issue 3, p38-39, 2p UC users only
McConaghy, Mark. "The Resistance of Non-resistance: On the (Im)possible Fragility of Ethics in Li Yang's Blind Shaft." East Asian Forum, 2010, Vol. 13 Issue 1, p70-87, 18p UC users only
Noble, Jonathan "Blind shaft : performing the 'underground' on and beyond the screen." In: Chinese films in focus II / edited by Chris Berry. Basingstoke, Hampshire [England] ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan ; London : [Published] on behalf of British Film Institute, 2008. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1993.5.C4 C463 2008)
Wang, Ban "Documentary as Haunting of the Real: The Logic of Capital in Blind Shaft." Asian Cinema, Spring/Summer2005, Vol. 16 Issue 1, p4-15, 12p.
Wang, Ban "Urban space in production and disappearance. Of humans and nature in documentary : the logic of capital in West of the tracks and Blind shaft." In: Chinese ecocinema : in the age of environmental challenge / edited by Sheldon Lu and Jiayan Mi. Hong Kong : Hong Kong University Press ; London : Eurospan [distributor], 2009. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1993.5.C4 C455 2009)

The Blue Kite (Lan Feng Cheng) (China, Hong Kong, 1993)
Directed by Tian Zhuangzhuang. Banned in China, this film is the most acclaimed and controversial to come out of the new Chinese cinema. Told from the perspective of a young boy, Tieh-tou, it traces the fate of a Beijing family and their neighbors through the political and social upheavals in 1950's and 60's China. 138 min. DVD 1791; vhs 999:1832
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Chinese Animation. Volume 1. (1960-1981)
Contents: Where is Mama (Te Wei, Qian Jiajun, 1960, 10 min.): Pioneering brush-painting animation of a school of tadpoles in search of "mama." Clever Duckling (Yu Zhenguang, 1960, 5 min.): Animation adapted from the folk art of folded paper. One Night in an Art Gallery (A Da, Lin Wenxiao, 1978, 15 min.): This controversial cel animation ostensibly made for children features a sub-text about the reign and fall of the "Gang of Four," the leaders responsible for the devastation of the cultural revolution. Three Monks (A Da, 1980, 20 min.): Offers a unique version of an ancient proverb about learning to live and work together for survival. Monkeys Fish the Moon (Zhou Keqin, 1981, 10 min.): Charming cut-paper animation about some very mischievous monkeys. Buffalo Boy and the Flute (Te Wei, Qian Jiajun, 1963, 20 min.): Brush-painted animation expressing the delicate relationship between man and nature. 90 min. total; all credits and titles in Chinese. 999:2829

Chinese Animation. Volume 2. (1983-1998)
Contents: Snipe-clam Grapple (Hu Jinqing, 1983, 7 min.): Delicate cut-paper animation drawn from a Chinese proberb. Wanderings of San Mao (A Da, 1984, 10 min.): Features the life of a small orphan boy trying to survive in a war torn world. 36 Characters (A Da, 1984, 12 min.): Authentic Chinese pictograms are used for the humans and animals in this ancient Chinese story. Selecting Beauty (Wang Shuchen, 1987, 8 min.): A cel animation feature showing the way in which royalty choose their wives. Mantis Stalks Cicada (Hu Jinqing, 1988, 4 min.): Created from observations of nature, a film impeccably animated with cut-paper and landscape painting. Fishdish (Fang Runnan, 1988, 4 min.): A painted fish appears to swim off its dish. Feeling from Mountain and Water (Te Wei, Yan Sanchun, Ma Kexuan, 1988, 20 min.): A brush-painting animation of the tender story of the bond between a master musician and his protege. Deer and Bull (Zou Qin, 1992, 10 min.): Using only strips of bamboo bent into the shapes of animals this puppet animation is a powerful metaphor for war. Cat and Rat (Hu Jinqing, 1992, 3 min.): Another exquisite cut-paper animation. Snow Fox (Hu Jinqing, 1998, 2 min.): This cut-paper animation is an appeal for the protection of wildlife. 999:2830

City of Life and Death (Nanjing! Nanjing!)(China | Hong Kong, 2009)
Directed by Chuan Lu. Cast: Liu Ye, Fan Wei, Nakaizumi Hideo, Gao Yuanyuan, Qin Lan, Jiang Yiyan, Kohata Ryu, Yao Di, Zhao Yisui, Miyamoto Yu-ko. On December 9, 1937, the Imperial Japanese Army laid siege to the Chinese capital of Nanking, beginning a reign of terror that killed as many as 300,000 civilians, an infamous tragedy now referred to as the Rape of Nanking. The first big-budget fiction film by the Chinese to deal with the seminal event in their modern history, City of Life and Death is a visceral, heartbreaking portrait of life during wartime, and an unforgettable masterpiece of contemporary world cinema. 135 min. DVD X6699
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Berry, Michael. "Scorched Earth." Film Comment, May/Jun2011, Vol. 47 Issue 3, p26-29, 4p UC users only
Brody, Richard. "City of Life and Death." New Yorker, 5/16/2011, Vol. 87 Issue 13, p28-30, 2p
Jifang, Zan "Nanjing Revisited." Beijing Review, 5/28/2009, Vol. 52 Issue 21, p16-19, 4p UC users only
Kraicer, Shelly. "A Matter of Life and Death." Cinema Scope, Winter2010, Issue 41, p12-15, 4p UC users only
Oppenheimer, Jean. "A Cultural Cataclysm." American Cinematographer, Jul2011, Vol. 92 Issue 7, p54-61, 8p UC users only
Tang Yuankai. "Searching for Truth." Beijing Review, 5/28/2009, Vol. 52 Issue 21, p20-21, 2p UC users only

Crossroads (Shizi jietou) (China, 1937)
Directed by Shen Xiling. Cast: Zhao Dan, Yang Bai, Ban Lu, Yin Ying, Meng Sha, Ming Yi. Follows four recent graduates: Zhao wants to be a writer but is stuck proofreading; Tang wants to be an artist but is hired to dress windows. Xu has given up hope, while Liu has "gone north" to fight the Japanese. Zhao lives in a crowded boardinghouse with an annoying female neighbor. Unbeknownst to each other, the two meet on a bus and a romance develops. 105 min.DVD 9414
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Crows and Sparrows (Wu ya yu que) (China, 1949)
Directed by Zheng Junli. In 1948, an order of eviction in a small Shanhai neighborhood was in the process ; the tanents had to find ways to live somewhere else until one day they found a mutual understanding to each other and decided to fight against the planned evicion. Portrays a dramatic struggle between tenants and landlords on the eve the Communist revolution. One of China's social commentary films of the 1940s, this film is considered to be a landmark work in pre-revolutionary Chinese cinema and an example of Chinese Neo-realism. 111 min. DVD X4365; vhs 999:3166
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Wang, Yiman "Crows and sparrows : allegory on a historical threshold." In: Chinese films in focus II / edited by Chris Berry. Basingstoke, Hampshire [England] ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan ; London : [Published] on behalf of British Film Institute, 2008. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1993.5.C4 C463 2008)

Dam Street (Hong yan) (France | China, 2005)
Directed by Yu Li. Cast: Liu Yi, Hung Xingrao, Li Kechun, Wang Yizhu. A teenage pregnancy leads to a lifetime of doubt and condemnation for a young Chinese woman struggling to find her place in a male-dominated society. Ten years after her pregnancy she happens to meet a ten year old boy whose youthful affection shows her that even beneath society's scorn the warmth of human emotion can still radiate. Based on the story by Fang Li and Li Yu. 93 min. DVD X3342
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Daybreak (Tianming ) (China, 1933)
Directed by Sun Yu. Cast: Lili Li, Zhanfei Gao, Congmei Yuan. Perhaps more than any other director working at that time, Sun Yu consistently sought to portray the working class affected by feudalism and imperialism. In Daybreak, Li plays a villager forced into prostitution in Shanghai, while her lover (Gao) joins the revolutionaries. After she helps him flee the authorities, she is sentenced to death by a firing squad, a scene of devastating impact. 115 min. DVD 9414
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Devils on the Doorstep (Gui zi lai le) (2000)
Director: Jiang Wen. Cast: Jiang Wen, Jiang Hongbo, Kagawa Teruyuki, Yuan Ding, Cong Zhijun. Banned in China, Jiang Wen's ravishingly photographed anti-war epic is set in 1945 in Japanese-occupied rural China where a peasant is forced to shelter two prisoners: one Japanese who wants to die, and his Chinese interpreter who wants to live. 139 min. DVD 3748
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Awards
Cannes Film Festival - Grand Prize

Reynaud, Berenice. "Devils on the Doorstep." Film Comment, Nov/Dec2002, Vol. 38 Issue 6, p75, 1pUC users only
Ward, Julian. "Filming the anti-Japanese war: the devils and buffoons of Jiang Wen's Guizi Laile." New Cinemas: Journal of Contemporary Film, 2004, Vol. 2 Issue 2, p107-117, 11p UC users only
Yu Tian. "From Red Sorghum To Devils On The Doorstep: Conceptual Evolution In Chinese Film Adaptations." Post Script; Summer2004, Vol. 23 Issue 3, p64-73, 10p UC users only

Dream of the Red Chamber (Hong lou meng) (China, 1944)
Directed by Bu Wancang. Cast: Zhou Xuan, Yuan Meiyun. One of the earliest filmed versions of the classic Chinese novel. In this Chinese costume epic, set during the 1700s, a prominent family loses its good fortune when one of the sons loses the jade chip that was embedded in his mouth. Their luck returns when the chip is found, but eventually he brings disgrace to the family when he marries against his father's will. 125 min. DVD 9423
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Drifters (Er di) (2003)
Directed by Wang Xiaoshuai. Cast: Duan Long, Shu Yan, Wang Zhilang, Zhao Yiwei, Tang Yang. A Chinese man feels pulled between his responsibilities in America where he has fathered a son, and China where he has fallen in love with an opera singer. 120 min. DVD 6319
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East Palace, West Palace (Dong gong xi gong) (China, 1997)
Directed by Yuan Zhang. Cast: Si Han, Hu Jun, Liu Yuxiao, Ma Wen, Lu Rong. This film focuses on a young gay Chinese writer, A-Lan who, being attracted to a young policeman, manages to have himself interrogated for a whole night. His life-story which he tells during the interrogation reflects the general repression of the Chinese society. The policeman's attitude shifts from the initial revulsion to fascination and finally, to attraction. 90 min. DVD 8948
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Electric Shadows (Meng ying tong nian) (2004)
Directed by Jiang Xiao. Cast: Xia Yu, Jiang Yihong, Jiang Shan, Niu Zhenhua. When a delivery man crashes into a girl, she asks him to feed the pets in her apartment, while she is in the hospital. There he finds her diary that exposes the story of a young girl's passion for the movies, which re-ignites his own longing for the days when the cinema enchanted China's masses. 95 min. DVD 5857
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Empress Wu Zetian (Wu Zetian) (China, 1939)
Directed by Fang Peilin. Cast: Hong Bai, Lanjun Gu, Zhizhi Hang. Empress Wu rose to power after the decline of the Tang Dynasty (690 to 705 A.D.) and ruled at a time when women were still bound by tradition and a patriarchal social structure. This film traces her entry into the Imperial Palace as a favored concubine, her rise to power and her dalliances with her lovers, the Zhang brothers, who later conspired to remove her from the throne. 95 min. DVD 9423
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The Emperor and the Assassin (Jing Ke ci Qin Wang) (France, Japan, China, 1999)
Directed by Chen Kaige. In this visually stunning epic Ying Zheng, the King of Qin, has one driving ambition: to unify China's seven kingdoms into one magnificent empire. Impressed by her lover's convictions, Lady Zhao helps Ying Zheng create an assassination plot that would justify the conquest of Qin's most powerful enemy, but when the mission explodes into a brutal holocaust, she is forced to question her loyalty. 161 min. DVD 857
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Porter, Deborah. "Character Assassination?: Empire Building and Cultural Pathology in Chen Kaige's The Emperor and the Assassin." Film & History , Fall2008, Vol. 38 Issue 2, p21-31, 11p UC users only
Zhiwei Xiao. "The Emperor and the Assassin." The American Historical Review. Washington: Apr 2001. Vol. 106, Iss. 2; p. 694 UC users only

The Emperor's Shadow (Chin sung) (China, Hong Kong, 1996)
Directed by Zhou Xiaowen. A drama about the rise of Chin Shih-huang, China's first emperor, and the love story between his court musician Kao Chien-li and Princess Li-yang. 123 min. DVD 429; VHS 999:2822
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Farewell My Concubine (Ba Wang Bie Ji) (China, Hong Kong, 1993)
Directed by Kaige Chen. Story that spans more than 50 years in the lives of two gay male actors at the Peking Opera and of the woman who comes between them. Also an absorbing drama of the period in Chinese history from the warlord era through the Cultural Revolution. Based on the novel by Li Pi-hua. 157 min. DVD 191
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Awards

British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards - Best Foreign-language Film
Golden Globe Awards - Best Foreign Language Film
National Board of Review, USA - Best Foreign Language Film
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards - Best Foreign Language Film
New York Film Critics Circle Awards - Best Foreign Language Film

Fish and Elephant (Jin nian xia tian) (China, 2001)
Directed by Yu Li. Cast: Xiao Qun works at the Beijing Zoo as an elephant keeper, while her lover, Xiao Ling runs a clothes stall in an indoor market. Their relationship comes under fire, however, with the arrival of Qun's divorced mother who, unaware that her daughter is gay, tries to set her up with a man. Further complicating matters is the appearance of Qun's ex-girlfriend, Junjun, now wanted by the police for killing her abusive father. 97 min. DVD 9862
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Frozen (Jidu hanleng) (China, 1996)
Directed by Wu Ming (Xiaoshuai Wang). Based on a true story according to the filmmaker, this film provides a rare look at the avant-garde art world of Beijing. A young performance artist decides to make his own suicide his last work of art. On the longest day of the year, he plans to melt a huge block of ice with his own body heat and die of hypothermia. His "Ice Burial" is a chilling expression of post Tiananmen Square ennui in China. 95 min. DVD 430; VHS 999:2810
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Goodbye Dragon Inn (Bu san) (Taiwan, 1989)
Director, Ming-liang Tsai. Cast: Kang-sheng Lee, Shiang-chyi Chen, Kiyonobu Mitamura, Shih Chun, Tien Mao, Chao-jung Chen, Kuei-Mei Yang. A Japanese tourist takes refuge from a rainstorm inside a run-down movie theater that is screening a martial arts classic, King Hu's 1966 "Dragon Inn." Even with the rain bucketing down outside, it doesn't pull much of an audience -- and some of those who have turned up are less interested in the movie than in the possibility of meeting a stranger in the dark. 83 min. DVD 7348
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The Horse Thief (Tao ma zei) (China, 1989)
Director, Tian Zhuangzhuang. Cast: Caixiangzengren, Dan Zhiji. The story of Norbu, a horse thief, who is thrown out of his tribe in an effort to purge it of evil. Norbu repents after the birth of his son, but he is forced to steal again after the birth of a second son. The story takes place in 1923 in Tibet. 88 min. DVD X4880; vhs 999:3202
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I Love Beijing (Xiari nuanyangyang) (China, 2000)
Directed by Ying Ning. Cast: Tao Hong, Yu Lei, Zuo Botao. This romantic drama follows the fortunes of a young Chinese cab driver who is depressed because of a recent divorce. He turns his personality around to become a ladies man, wooing a waitress, a librarian, and then a talk-show host. Lost in the dating wars, he longs to find the love of his life in the rapidly changing city of Beijing. 78 min. DVD X543
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Zhang, Yingjin "Space of Polylocality: Remapping the City: The Taxi: Compromised Agency in I Love Beijing." In: Cinema, space, and polylocality in a globalizing China / Yingjin Zhang. Honolulu : University of Hawaii Press, 2010. (Full-text available online [UC Berkeley users only]; Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1993.5.C4 Z5 2010)

Ju Dou (China / Japan, 1991)
Directed by Zhang Yi-Mou and Yang Feng-liang. The abused wife of a sadistic Chinese mill owner and his overworked nephew fall in love. Only murder could free the lovers from the mill owner's tyranny- or could it? 98 min. DVD 190
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Kung Fu Hustle (China / Hong Kong, 2004)
Directed by Stephen Chow. Cast: Stephen Chow, Wah Yuen, Qiu Yuen, Kwok Keun Chan, Siu Lung Leung, Dong Zhi Hua, Chiu Chi Ling, Xing Yu, Chi Chung Lam, Kai Man Tin. Sing, a hapless gangster, must overcome his inability to wield a knife and demonstrate his mettle in order to become a member of the notorious Axe Gang. He realizes he is the greatest kung fu master of them all, destined to protect the sacred streets. 99 min. DVD 4340
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Eagan, Daniel. "Fu the Hustle!" Film Journal International; May2005, Vol. 108 Issue 5, p16-17,
Srinivas, S.V. "Kung Fu Hustle : a note on the local." Inter-Asia Cultural Studies, Jun2005, Vol. 6 Issue 2, p289-295, 7p
Szeto, Kin-Yan. "The politics of historiography in Stephen Chow's Kung Fu Hustle." Jumpcut, No. 49, spring 2007

Lan Yu (China, Hong Kong, 2001)
Directed by Stanley Kwan. Chronicles the turbulent gay relationship between a closeted middle-aged businessman and a young college student amid the violent uprising of Tiananmen Square. 86 min. DVD 4316; or PAL format DVD 2791
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The Last Emperor (China / UK / France / Italy, 1987)
Directed by Bernardo Bertolucci. Cast: Cast: John Lone, Joan Chen, Peter O'Toole, Ying Ruocheng. The epic adventure and true story of Pu Yi (1906 ? 1967), the last Emperor of China, from his ascension to the throne as Emperor Xuan Tong, the 10th Emperor of the Qing Dynasty in 1908, to his rehabilitation and employment by the communists as a guide around his former palace in 1959. 86 min. DVD 213; vhs 999:259
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Awards

Academy Award - Best Picture; Best Director
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards - Best Film
César Awards, France - Best Foreign Film
Directors Guild of America, USA - Outstanding Directorial Achievement
Golden Globes, USA - Best Motion Picture - Drama; Best Director

Life on a String (Bian zou bian chang) (China, 1991)
Director, Chen Kaige. Cast: Liu Zhongyuan, Huang Lei, Xu Qing. Story of a saintly blind man who as a boy was promised the restoration of his sight if he devoted his life to music. He and a young blind disciple travel the countryside seeking enlightenment and inspiring people with their singing and banjo playing. 107 min. DVD 4946
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Lust, Caution (Se, jie) (USA / China / Taiwan / Hong Kong, 2007)
Directed by Ang Lee. Cast: Tony Leung Chiu Wai, Wei Tang, Joan Chen, Lee-Hom Wang, Chung Hua Tou. Set Japanese-occupied Shanghai, a young woman finds herself swept up in a radical plot to assassinate a ruthless and secretive intelligence agent. As she immerses herself in her role as a cosmopolitan seductress, she becomes entangled in a dangerous game of emotional intrigue, love and betrayal. Bonus feature: "Tiles of deception, lurid affections" featurette. 159 min. DVD 9937
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Awards
Venice Film Festival - Golden Lion

Zhang, Ailing. Lust, caution : the story, the screenplay, and the making of the film / story by Eileen Chang / screenplay by Wang Hui-Ling and James Schamus ; preface by Ang Lee.New York : Pantheon Books, c2007. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1997.2.S4 Z43 2007)

A Mongolian Tale (Ai zai cao yuan de tian kong) (1995)
Directed by Fei Xie. When Beiyinpalica returns to Inner Mongolia he makes a discovery which leaves him feeling betrayed by his fiance. He leaves Mongolia and his dreams of happiness with the woman he loves and becomes a famous troubadour, recounting in song his true love for the woman he abandoned while his search to find her again ensues. 103 min. 999:3647
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Myriad of Lights (Wan jia deng huo) (China, 1948)
Directed by Fu Shen. Cast: Lan Ma, Shangguan Yunzhu, Wu Yin. This tale of familial warfare and sacrifice takes place in hard-pressed Shanghai at the end of the 1940's. Hu Zhiqing can barely support his wife and children, and his situation is worsened by the unexpected arrival of his mother, brother and sister-in-law. When he is fired by his unscrupulous boss, the whole family becomes embroiled in one emotional/economic struggle after another. 110 min. DVD 9433
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Not One Less (Yi ge dou bu neng shao) (China, 1999)
Directed by Zhang Yimou. A young woman is ordered to a remote Chinese village to be a substitute teacher. Barely older than her students, the shy girl is charged with keeping the class intact for one month or she won't be paid. When one of her students disappears into the city to find work, the stubborn teacher is determined to follow the boy and bring him back to school. Once in the city, her simple peasant pleas fall on deaf ears, and only when the local television sympathizes does her search bear fruit. 106 min. DVD 696
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Awards
Venice Film Festival - Golden Lion

An Orphan on the Street (Wan jia deng huo) (China, 1949)
Directed by Fu Shen. Cast: Longji Wang, Lin Zhen, Guan Hongda, Du Lei. The misadventures of a street urchin based on a popular comic character named Three Hairs, because of the three thin stalks of hair sticking straight up. After a night on the streets, Three Hairs looks for work wherever he can get it; he polishes shoes, picks garbage and sells newspapers, but finally decides to give up. He puts a "for sale" sign on his back and goes looking for a buyer. 110 min. DVD 9434
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The Painted Veil (China / US, 2006)
Directed by John Curran. Cast: Naomi Watts, Edward Norton, Liev Schreiber, Toby Jones, Diana Rigg, Juliet Howland, Anthony Wong Chau-Sang, Maggie Steed, Lorraine Laurence, Johnny Lee, Li Feng. Set in the 1920s. A young English couple, Walter a middle class doctor and Kitty, an upper-class woman, get married for all the wrong reasons and relocate to Shanghai. Kitty falls in love with someone else. When Walter discovers her infidelity, in an act of vengeance, he accepts a job in a remote village in China that is being ravaged by a deadly epidemic. He takes his wife along and their journey brings meaning to their relationship and gives them purpose in one of the most remote and beautiful places on earth. 125 min. DVD X600
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Bemporad, Jules. "The Painted Veil" Journal of the American Academy of Psychoanalysis & Dynamic Psychiatry. Winter2007, Vol. 35 Issue 4, p677-679. 3p. UC users only
DeCroix, Rick. "The Painted Veil" Journal of Popular Film and Television, Fall 1991, Vol. 19, p143-144, 2p UC users only
Wheatley, Catherine. "The Painted Veil" Sight & Sound, May 2007, Vol. 17 Issue 5, p76-77, 2p UC users only

Princess Iron Fan (Tie shan gong zhu) (China, 1941)
Directed by Wan Guchan and Wan Laiming. Produced by the Wan brothers in the midst of World War II, this is the first feature length animated film produced in China. The film is also one of the earliest works to extensively use the rotoscoping animation process. Following the Monkey King, his master and friends on their journey to the West reach Fire Mountain. They are unable to pass because of the fire but learn that a special iron fan can quench the flames. However, the fan belongs to Princess Iron Fan and she will not willingly lend it to them. 73 min. DVD 9420
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Queen of Sports (Ti yu huang hou) (China, 1934)
Directed by Yu Sun. Cast: Li Lili, Zhang Yi, He, Feiguang, Langen Han. An athletic village girl comes to Shanghai, where she discovers the true nature of competition and love. The focus of the film is clearly on sport, including physical training, study and competition, though while at the school, she becomes rather fond of her coach, the brother of a classmate whom she knew in her childhood, as well as earning the jealousy of some catty classmates. The film advocates sport and physical health as important for the whole nation, and there is also implicit criticism of the effete manners of the upper-classes in the city. An interesting and entertaining example of an early sports film. 83 min. DVD 9432
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Raise the Red Lantern (Da Hong Deng Long Gao Gao Gua) (China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, 1991)
Directed by Zhang Yi-Mou. Set in 1920's China, 19-year-old Songlian has become Fourth Wife to the wealthy Chen. Yet she must share her husband with three existing wives. Each must wait until dusk for the arrival of a red lantern, which signifies with whom the master will sleep tonight. When Songlian discovers that the other wives cheat to win the red lantern, she decides to join the fight for Chen's attention. Based on the novel by Su Tong. 125 min. DVD X7273; DVD 1300; vhs 999:707
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Awards
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards - Best Foreign-language Film
National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA - Best Foreign-language Film
New York Film Critics Circle Awards - Best Foreign-language Film
Venice Film Festival - Silver Lion; Elvira Notari Prize

Red Cliff (Chi bi) (China, 2008)
Directed by John Woo. Cast: Tony Leung, Takeshi Kaneshiro, Zhang Fengyi, You Yong, Chang Chen. In 208 A.D., in the final days of the Han Dynasty, shrewd Prime Minister Cao Cao convinces the fickle Emperor Han that the only way to unite all of China is to declare war on the kingdoms of Xu in the west and East Wu in the south. Thus begins a military campaign of unprecedented scale, led by the Prime Minister, himself. Left with no other hope for survival, the kingdoms of Xu and East Wu form an unlikely alliance. Numerous battles of strength and wit ensue, both on land and on water, eventually culminating in the battle of Red Cliff. During the battle, two thousand ships are burned, and the course of Chinese history is changed forever. 148 min. DVD X3417
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Red Firecracker, Green Firecracker (Pao Da Shuang Deng) (China, Hong Kong, 1994)
Directed by He Ping. Set against the close of the Ching Dynasty at the turn of the century, this tale of forbidden love and loyalty ignites the screen with passion. With no male heirs to run their fireworks factory, the Chai family's beautiful daughter has been groomed for the role of master. Renounced of her femininity, she is clothed like a man and forbidden to marry, a role which she dutifully accepts until a rebellious young artist becomes employed at the factory. He unleashes in her an unbridled passion that challenges her loyalty to her ancestral heritage and threatens the tradition that has bound her. 117 min. vhs 999:2460
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Holden, Stephen. "Red Firecracker, Green Firecracker." (movie reviews) New York Times v144 (Fri, March 17, 1995):B6(N)pC19(L), col 6, 13 col in.
Rayns, Tony. "Red Firecracker, Green Firecracker." (movie reviews) (Paoda Shuang Deng). (movie reviews) Sight and Sound v5, n9 (Sept, 1995):59 (1 page).

Rickshaw Boy (Luo tuo Xiangzi) (1982)
Directed by Ling Zifeng. In the 1920s, a young hardworking peasant arrives in Beijing to become a rickshaw boy at a time when the city is torn by dueling warlords. The owner of the rickshaw company's daughter falls in love with the boy despite a ten year age difference and decides to marry him. Not long after their marriage she dies in labor and his world becomes empty and meaningless. He is a wreck of emotional suffering induced by an archaic society, at the mercy of his environment. 120 min. DVD 6566
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The Road Home (Wo de fu qin mu qin) (China, 1999)
Directed by Zhang Yimou. Cast: Zhang Ziyi, Sun Hongiei, Zheng Hao, Zhao Yulian. As a son helps his mother arrange for the burial of his father in the traditional Chinese custom of his mother's village, the beautiful and touching story of his parent's courtship unfolds. His father was from the city and came to his mother's village to become the schoolmaster. In the days of arranged marriages, the son discovers that his parent's marriage was the first marriage based on love. 89 min. DVD 4885
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Shanghai Dreams (Qing hong) (China, 2005)
Directed by Xiaoshuai Wang. Cast: Gao Yuanyuan, Li Bin, Yan Anlian, Tang Yang. In the mid-1960s the Chinese government, fearing conflict with the Soviet Union, called for strategically important factories to be moved inland to form a 'Third Line of Defense'. Answering their country's call, innumerable workers and their families left their homes in such large cities as Shanghai and Beijing and followed the factories to the barren terrain of western China. Set twenty years later, as the country begins to reform and open up to the rest of the world, Wang Xiaoshuai's moving film tells the poignant tale of one such displaced family and the conflict that arises when 19 year-old Qinghong finds love for the first time with a local boy, much to the disapproval of her father who dreams of returning his family to Shanghai. 115 min. DVD X4935
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Kemp, Philip. "Shanghai Dreams." Sight & Sound, September 2006, Vol. 16 Issue 9, p72-73, 2p UC users only
Letteri, Richard. "History, Silence and Homelessness in Contemporary Chinese Cinema: Wang Xiaoshuai's Shanghai Dreams." Asian Studies Review; Mar2010, Vol. 34 Issue 1, p3-18, 16pUC users only

Shen Nu Goddess (Goddess of Shanghai) (Silent, 1934)
Director, Yonggang Wu. Cast: Ruan Lingyu, Zhang Zhizhi, Li Keng, Tian Jian. A young woman can only support and educate her son by working as a prostitute in 1930s Shanghai. One of the rare films of famed Chinese star Ruan Lingyu. 74 min. DVD 5995
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Shower (Xi zao) (China, 1999)
Directed by Zhang Yang. Mistakenly believing his father has passed away, a bathhouse master's son returns home and soon discovers the magic of the family business and its importance to the community. 94 min. DVD 2798; or DVD 2788 (Multi-zone DVD)
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Snow Flower and the Secret Fan (China | USA, 1937)
Directed by Wayne Wang. Cast: Gianna Jun, Li Bing Bing, Vivian Wu, Jiang Wu, Russell Wong, Coco Chiang, Jingyun Hu, Archie Kao. Centuries ago, two 'sworn sisters' are isolated by their families, but stay connected through a secret language written in the folds of a white silk fan. Now in modern-day Shanghai, their descendents must draw inspiration from the past as they struggle to maintain their own eternal bond in the face of life's complications. What unfolds are two stories, generations apart, but everlasting in their universal notion of love, hope and friendship. Based on the book by Lisa See. 104 min. DVD X6732
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Song at Midnight (Ye ban ge sheng) (China, 1937)
Directed by Weibang Ma Xu. Cast: Hu Ping, Jin Shan, Gu Menghe, Shi Chao. "An exciting Chinese interpretation of 'The Phantom of the Opera'." Ten years after supposedly being killed in an opera house, Song Danping returns to relate his story - when he fell in love with the daughter of a rich feudal lord, he was beaten, disfigured with acid and left to die in the burning opera house by her father. He's been waiting in the rebuilt theatre for someone to take over his artistic mantle and he's chosen the opera troupe's new young star. 118 min. DVD 9415
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Song of China (Dian luan) (China, 1936)
Directed by Lo Ming-yu. A rare film produced in China in 1936 dealing with a cavalcade of families through three generations set during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The film deals with the universal problem of the generation gap and filial piety with great sensitivity. Features a native Chinese cast and authentic Chinese music. 65 min. 999:2034

A Spray of Plum Blossoms (Yi jian mei) (China, 1931)
Directed by Wancang Bu. Cast: Ruan Lingyu, Jin Yan, Gao Zhanfei, Lin Chuchu, Wang Cilong. "Adapted from Shakespeare's 'The two gentlemen of Verona,' this film is set in 1920s China. Hu Luting and Bai Lede are both graduates from the Shanghai Military Academy. Hu Zhuli (Hu's sister) and Bai are in love. Hu is set to Canton under General Shi's command. Shi Luohua, the general's daughter, falls in love with Hu. Later, Bai joins his friend in Canton and feels attracted by Miss Shi. From then on, the two young men become rivals." 100 min. DVD 9422
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Spring in a Small Town (Xiao cheng zhi chun) (China, 1948)
Directed by Fei Mu. Cast: Shi Yu, Wei Wei, Li, Wei, Zhang Hongmei, Cui Chaoming. A young woman married to a depressed man finds herself face to face with her first love, and the feelings she had for him. 90 min.DVD 9399
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The Spring River Flows East (Yi jiang chun shui xiang dong liu) (China, 1947)
Directed by Chusheng Cai and Junli Zheng. Cast: Bai Yang, Tao Jin, Wu Yin, Shu Xiuwen, Gao Zheng. This epic melodrama, recognized as China's equivalent to 'Gone with the wind', was considered the most significant Chinese film of the late 1940s. The film was released in two parts, 'Eight years of turmoil' and 'Before and after dawn', and tells the melodramatic story of a family during and after the War of Resistance Against Japan. A young woman married to a depressed man finds herself face to face with her first love, and the feelings she had for him. Disc 1. Part one, Eight war torn years [Eight years of turmoil] (90 min.) -- Disc 2. Part two, The dawn [Before and after dawn] (92 min.). DVD 9421
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Still Life (Sanxia haoren)(China | Hong Kong, 2006)
Directed by Jia Zhangke. Cast: Tao Zhao, Sanming Han. Great changes have come to the town of Fengjie due to the construction of the Three Gorges hydro project on the Yangtze River. In this unique hybrid of documentary and fiction, returning residents find that there are still things that need to be salvaged and ...that must be left behind. Such life changing choices face both Han Sanming, a miner traveling to Fengjie in search of his ex-wife of sixteen years, and Shen Hong, a nurse who has come to Fengjie to look for her husband whom she hasn't seen in two years. 108 min. DVD X4971
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Awards

Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards - Best Foreign Film
Venice Film Festival - Golden Lion

Stolen Life (Sheng si jie)(China, 2005)
Directed by Shaohong Li. Cast: Zhou Xun, Wu Jun, Cai Ming. When the withdrawn and reclusive Yan'ni starts college she believes she is embarking on a new life away from her family, and she is, but not the new beginning she anticipates. Once at school, she immediately meets and falls in love with a man named Muyu, at truck driver, and her life takes a different path of misguided love. 94 min.DVD 8348
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The Story of Qui Ju (Qiu Ju da guan si) (China, Hong Kong, 1992)
Directed by Yi-mou Zhang. A stoic peasant woman demands an apology when her husband is brutalized and humiliated by the village chief. But the chief is a proud man who refuses to apologize, sending her on a futile trek through the complicated Chinese court system. Based on the novel: "The Wan Family's Lawsuit / Chen Yuanbin. 100 min. DVD 5789; vhs 999:963
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National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA - Best Foreign Language Film
Venice Film Festival - Golden Lion

Street Angel (Ma lu tian shi) (China, 1937)
Directed by Yuan Muzhi. Cast: Zhao Dan, Wei Heling, Zhou Xuan. Upon arriving in Shanghai, two sisters are coerced into a corrupt environment in the poorest part of the city. A neighbor tries to help them escape from the dregs of society. This classic film was loosely based on Frank Borzage's silent classic 'Seventh heaven'. 91 min.DVD 9400
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Temptress Moon (Feng yue) (1996)
Directed by Chen Kaige. Cast: Leslie Cheung, Gong Li, Kevin Lin, He Saifei, David Wu. This is a captivating story of a beautiful young woman, her seductive lover and their struggle for power, passion and revenge. Highly provocative and filled with sensual imagery, it was banned in the director's own country. 127 min. DVD 2044
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Twin Sisters (Zi mei hua) (China, 1933)
Directed by Zheng Zhengqiu. Cast:Hu Die, Zheng Xiaoqiu, Xuan Jinglin. Twin girls separated at birth are reunited when the one raised in poverty becomes a servant in the household of her sister, now the pampered wife of a warlord general. 81 min.DVD 9400
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To Live (Huo zhe) (China, Hong Kong, 1994)
Directed by Zhang Yimou, Bin Wang, Xleochun Zhang. In a smoky gambling den in 1940's China, a drunken young man runs through his family's fortune, losing their ancestral home and all their possessions. This staggering loss proves to be their salvation, and the first step in an odyssey of survival that will take them through war and revolution love and loss, tragedy ... and triumph. 132 min. DVD 1680; vhs 999:2747
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Awards
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards - Best Foreign-language Film
Cannes Film Festival - Grand Prize

Together (He ni zai yi qi) (China, South Korea, 2002)
Directed by Chen Kaige. Cast: Liu Peiqi, Chen Hong, Wang Zhiwen, Chen Kaige, Tang Yun. When a shy small-town boy heads to Beijing for violin lessons, he discovers a new world filled with first loves, lasting friendships ... and a secret that will change his life forever. 119 min. DVD 4868
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Two Stage Sisters (Wu tai chieh mei) (China, 1965)
Directed by Wie Jin. Chronicles the fortunes of two actresses in pre-revolutionary China who become friends, however one woman falls into the lowlife, gangster world, while the other looks up to the heavens and revolutionary awareness dawns. The two end up in court as the corrupted Western-style "sister" has attacked the other. The expected justice prevails and the next scenes are of revolutionary China in 1950. This film was released just at the outbreak of the Cultural Revolution and was banned for its "bourgeois" content, but the ending of the film is such unadulterated propaganda that it is shocking that most of the people involved with the film were punished. 112 min. 999:2091
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Marchetti, Gina. "Two Stage Sisters: The Blossoming of a Revolutionary Aesthetic." In: Celluloid China : cinematic encounters with culture and society / Harry H. Kuoshu. pp: 32-51. Carbondale : Southern Illinois University Press, c2002. (Main Stack PN1995.K86 2002)

Two Stars in the Milky Way (Yin han shuang xing) (China, 1931)
Directed by Tomsie Sze. Cast: Violet Wong, Raymond King, Kao Chien Fei, Yeh Chuen Chuen, V.K. Chung. "Yan, a well-know actor, meets Li, a pretty singer who is to play with him in a film adaptation of an old Chinese play. The film is a success for both actors who soon become an ideal couple in real life, too. But Yan forgot to mention he was already married. A disillusioned Li abandons the film world and returns to the contryside to live with her father." 100 min. DVD 9422
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The Watch (Biao) (China, 1949)
Directed by Zuo Lin. Cast: Zhao Qiansun, Han Mingde. Tells the story of a homeless orphan and the valuable watch he stole and how the watch affects those who come in contact with it. 90 min. DVD 9434

Windhorse (USA, 1998)
Directed by Paul Wagner. Cast: Dadon, Jampa Kelsang, Richard Chang, Talie Silverman, Lu Yu, Nima Bhuti, Pema Choekyi, Gorkyap, Lodoe Gyaltsen, Thupten Sherap.Based on true events, focuses on the lives of two siblings and their cousin who as young children witnessed their Tibetan grandfather brutally murdered over his resistance of Chinese aggression. Eighteen years later, the memory of losing their grandfather has affected each of them differently. On the verge of pop-stardom, Dolkar has assimilated herself into Chinese culture while her disgusted brother Dorjee's hatred of the Chinese has turned him into an embittered vagrant. Their cousin Pema has become a Buddhist nun and now she too risks her life by defying Chinese rule. Language: Mandarin | Tibetan | English. 97 min. DVD X5774; vhs 999:3646
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A Woman, A Gun and a Noodle Shop (San qiang pai an jing qi) (China | Hong Kong, 2009)
Directed by Yimou Zhang. Cast: Sun Honglei, Xiaoshenyang, Yan Ni, Ni Dahong, Cheng Ye, Maomao, Zhao Benshan. When an older, abusive husband discovers his younger wife is having an affair, he devises a scheme to murder her which sets off a series of revengeful activities. Based on the motion picture "Blood simple". 115 min. DVD 2797
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Woman, Demon, Human (Jem gui qing) (China, 1987)
Directed by Shuqin Huang. Qui Yun is a famous "Kunqu" Chinese opera actress who specializes in male roles, and attains her greatest success as Zhong Kui in "Zhong Kui Marries Off His Sister." Her career successes do not bring her happiness in her personal life. More and more she comes to rely on the character of Zhong Kui to keep her going. 115 min. DVD 2797
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Women From the Lake of Scented Souls (Xian hun nu) (China, 1993)
Directed by Xie Fei. Xiang Ersao is the driving force behind her family's successful sesame oil mill. But despite her prosperity, Xiang is profoundly unhappy. As society dictates, she must endure the drunken and abusive behavior of her husband, to whom she was sold at the age of seven and married at thirteen. When her mentally ill son asks for a wife, Xiang perpetuates her own destiny by "buying" a poor, reluctant peasant girl, Huanhuan, for him. Will Xiang recognize the parallel between her own life and Huanhuan's before it is too late? 100 min. 999:1746
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Erwei, Li. "The women from the lake of scented souls." China Today, Aug93, Vol. 42 Issue 8, p27, 2p UC users only
Maslin, Janet. "Women From the Lake of Scented Souls." (movie reviews) New York Times v143 (Wed, Feb 16, 1994):B3(N), C20(L), col 1, 15 col in.

Women's Story (Nu jen ti ku shih) (China, 1988)
Directed by Peng Xiaolian. A poignant tale of three peasant Chinese women who flee their village to taste freedom in the big city and escape the sexist oppression of rural China. There they experience failure and success, finally starting new lives. When they eventually return to their village they find that while life there has not changed, they have. 96 min. 999:2828
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The World (Shijie) (China, 2004)
Directed by Jia Zhangke. Cast: Zhao Tao, Cheng Taisheng, Wang Hongwei, Huang Yiqun, Jiang Zhongwei, Ji Shuai. On the outskirts of Beijing is an amusement park called The World. The staff may be happy around the guests, but it's a different story behind the scenes. The park is seen through the eyes of the staff, along with romances, dreams, and loneliness. Special features: Video interview with film critic Jonathan Rosenbaum, original theatrical trailer, on-set photo gallery, including rare shots of director Jia Zhangke, character sketches and an essay on the real World Park, production notes by director Jia Zhangke. 139 min. DVD 5156; DVD X497
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Xiu Xiu: The Sent Down Girl (China, Hong Kong, USA, 1998)
Directed by Joan Chen. Between 1967 and 1976, nearly 8 million Chinese youths were "sent down" for specialized training to the remotest corners of the country. The young and beautiful Xiu Xiu dreamt of becoming a horse trainer in Tibet, far away from her busy city home. Her training begins in the isolated plains of Tibet but slowly Xiu Xiu discovers that she is unlikely to ever see her home again without a wealthy sponsor. Her world becomes a horrifying cage, where "patrons" promise her escape in exchange for her sexual compromise. 100 min. DVD 104; VHS 999:2417
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Yellow Earth (Huang tu ti) (China, 1984)
Directed by Chen Kaige. In this story set in 1939 the life of a young peasant girl in Northern Shaanxi province is changed forever by a Communist soldier sent out to collect folk songs for the use of revolutionary armies. Based on Ke Lan's Echo in the Deep Valley. 999:1082
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Chinese Cinema/Chinese Filmmakers: Hong Kong

As Tears Go By (Wangjiao kamen) (Hong Kong, 1988)
Directed by Wong Kar-Wai. Cast: Andy Lau, Maggie Cheung, Jacky Cheung. Stretched to breaking in a loyalty tug of war between Triad bosses and a loose cannon partner, a rising film star in the Hong Kong underworld finds himself saddled with his beautiful cousin. The fascination is his last chance to escape a violent past. 102 min. DVD 4858
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Ashes of Time (Dung che sai duk) (Hong Kong | China | Taiwan, 1988)
Directed by Wong Kar-Wai. Cast: Zhang Guorong, Lin Qingxia, Liang Chaowei, Liu Jialing, Liang Jiahui, Yang Caini, Zhang Xueyou, Zhang, Manyu. Ouyang Feng is a heartbroken and cynical man who spends his days alone in the desert. He connects expert swordsmen with those seeking revenge and willing to pay for it. As Ouyang narrates his tale, he interweaves the stories of his unusual clients, old friends and future foes. He begins to realize the mistakes of his own past, and how his fear of rejection may have led him to a life of exile. Based on the story by Jin Yong. Special features: Born from Ashes: the making of Ashes of time redux; Q & A with Wong Kar Wai, theatrical trailer. 94 min. DVD X4229
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Autumn Moon (Qiu yue) (Hong Kong, 1992)
Directed by Clara Law. Cast: Li Pui-Wai, Masatoshi Nagase, Choi Siu, Maki Kinchi. Set in contemporary Hong Kong, a young Japanese tourist is bargain-shopping and looking for food, sex, or preferably both. He meets a fifteen-year-old waif and the friendship that develops allows the young man's passion for food to be assuaged by the girl's grandmother, the wielder of a magic wok. But sex is a different matter than friendship - which is what this film is really about. 102 min. 999:3207
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Li, Dian. "Between Memory and Forgetting: Clara Law's Vision of the Transnational Self in Autumn Moon." Asian Cinema, Spring/Summer2004, Vol. 15 Issue 1, p57-72, 16p
Millard, Kathryn. "An Interview with Clara Law." Senses of Cinema, vol. 13, pp. (no pagination), 2001 Apr-May
Mitchell, Tony. "Migration, Memory and Hong Kong as a 'Space of Transit' in Clara Law's Autumn Moon." Cultural Studies Review, vol. 9, no. 1, pp. 139-58, 2003 May
Perks, Sarah. "Visible secrets: Hong Kong's women film-makers." Film International, 2009, Vol. 7 Issue 4, p48-56, 9p UCB users only
Yue, Audrey. "Migration-as-Transition: Pre-Post-1997 Hong Kong Culture in Clara Law's Autumn Moon." Intersections: Gender, History, and Culture in the Asian Context, vol. 4, pp. 34 paragraphs, 2000 Sept

The Battle Wizard (Tian long ba bu) (Hong Kong, 1977)
Directed by Hsueh Li Pao. Cast: Danny Lee, Tanny Tien Ni, Lin Chen-Chi. A brother who loves books and a sister who loves swords must face the yellow-robed warrior, the Red Python, a sinuous snake-charmer, and a silk-masked beauty, before they can bring peace to their battle-addled family. Based on the novel "The Demi-Gods and Semi-Devils" by Chin Yung. 73 min. DVD X1660
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A Better Tomorrow (Ying huang boon sik) (Hong Kong, 1986)
Directed by John Woo. The first in a trilogy of Chinese "Godfather" films, it portrays countless difficulties and setbacks experienced by a couple of counterfeit money smugglers who have decided to wash their hands of their past and choose a better life. In the first part, Sung Tzu-hao, one of the main protagonists is on his last "business" trip. 90 min. DVD 3377; vhs 999:1325
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The Big Boss (Tang shan da xiong) (2004)
Directed by Directed by Wei Lo. Cast: Bruce Lee, Maria Yi, James Tien, Nora Miao. Having made a vow never to fight again, a factory worker named Cheng (Lee) does his best to put up with an abusive boss. But when Cheng's beautiful cousin is kidnapped by company thugs, he is forced to take matters into his own hands--and fists--to save her. The first starring role of legendary martial arts star Bruce Lee. Dubbed into English; soundtracks also in Cantonese and Mandarin with traditional and simplied Chinese and English subtitles; Closed captioned. 100 min. DVD 6853
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Black Sun: The Nanking Massacre (Hei tai yang: Nan Jing da tu sha) (1995)
Directed by Tun Fei Mou.An uncompromising portrayal of the war crimes perpetrated by the Japanese Imperial Army upon the Chinese military and civilian population of Nanking during the occupation of the city. Black Sun is unflinching in its depiction of the barbaric cruelty with which the occupying army raped, pillaged and terrorized the defeated populace. Portrays the ordeals of a poor Chinese family as they try to survive the Japanese occupation of their city. Two young children, Jean and John, excape with their uncle after witnessing the gruesome murder of their mother and father by Japanese soldiers. While fleeing from the Japanese, they are separated and the children have to fend for themselves in the war torn city. The film embraces myriad genres -- drama, horror, documentary, exploitation, war and even propaganda. Special features: "Why we fight: the battle of China" 1944 propaganda film ; production and historical photos; T.F. Mou interviews; history of the Nanking Massacre; interactive map; trailers. 95 min. DVD 8751
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The Boy From Hell (Jigoku kozô) (2004)
Directed by Mari Asato. Cast: Mirai Yamamoto, Mitsuru Akaboshi, Kanji Tsuda. A mysterious old woman appears before Setsu, who has recently lost her only child in a tragic accident. She says she can bring Setsu's son, Daio back to life. After agreeing to this sinister proposal, Daio returns to his mother, but to Setsu's horror, he is half decomposed and inhuman. To make him human again, he needs fresh human organs. Setsu does everything she can to reincarnate her son, but Daio just turns into a different kind of monster. No one can stop him as he continues to feed his hunger, claiming victim after victim. Based on the horror comic strips of Hideshi Hino. 50 min. DVD 6796
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The Bride with White Hair (Bai fa mo nu zhuan) (Hong Kong, 1993)
Directed by Ronny Yu. Cast: Leslie Cheung, Brigitte Lin, Ching Hsia. The story of doomed lovers caught in the cross-fire of warring clans, each being a champion warrior on opposite sides of the strife. The film sets itself apart in its ability to combine over-the-top action sequences and rapturous love scenes. 92 min. DVD 843
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A Bullet in the Head (Diexie jietou) (Hong Kong, 1990)
Director, John Woo. Cast: Tony Leung, Jacky Cheung, Waise Lee, Simon Yam, Fennie Yeun, Yolinda Yan. This sprawling story centers around three childhood friends who, in their journey through wartorn Vietnam, encounter grueling emotional territory. Traveling through many levels of living hell, the three men must find their way through betrayal and greed in the midst of the war. 126 min. DVD 1456
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Centre Stage (Ruan Lingyu) (Hong Kong, 1992)
Directed by Stanley Kwan. Cast: Maggie Cheung, Tony Leung Ka-Fai, Liang Jiahui, Liu Jialing. Dramatized biography based on the life of the Chinese silent movie actress Ruan Ling-yu, of the 1930s. Tells the sad story of a young woman who is rescued from poverty to show business and is subsequently destroyed by it. 121 min. DVD 1776
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Stringer, Julian. "Centre Stage: reconstructing the bio-pic." Cineaction, 1997, Issue 42, p28-39, 12p UC users only

Chinese Box (France | Japan | USA, 1997)
Director, Wayne Wang. Cast: Jeremy Irons, Gong Li, Maggie Cheung, Michael Hui, Ruben Blades. Drama about a British journalist and a Hong Kong bartender with a jaded past, set against the backdrop of Hong Kong's return to Chinese rule. 99 min. DVD 4945
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The Chinese Connection (Fist of Fury) (Jing wu men ) (Hong Kong, 1972)
Directed by Lo Wei, featuring Bruce Lee. In this action-packed Bruce Lee classic Kung fu student Chen, upon learning of the murder of his revered kung fu instructor, travels to Shanghai searching for the gang responsible and ends up facing some of his most dangerous opponents. 107 min. DVD 1222; Uncut & restored version is DVD 1692 (102 min.)
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The Chinese Feast (Jin yu man tang) (Hong Kong, 1995)
Directd by Tsui Hark. Cast: Kenny Bee, Leslie Cheung, Anita Yuen. Kit is a gangster looking to start a new life as a chef in Canada, so he can be closer to his girlfriend. But in his struggle to learn the fine art of cuisine, he runs across a red-headed beauty who will change his plans, and soon finds himself off in search of the retired master who can teach him how to win in the ultimate cooking challenge. 110 min. DVD 1792
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A Chinese Ghost Story (Sinnui Yauman) (Hong Kong, 1987)
Directed by Siu-Tung Ching. Featuring Leslie Cheung, Joey Wang, Wu Ma. The story of Ning Tsai-chen, a Chinese scholar who befriends and falls in love with Nieh Hsiao-chien, a she-ghost captured and tyrannized by the Tree Ogre. 97 min. DVD 842; VHS 999:2418
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Cahill, Suzanne. "What to Fear and How to Protect Yourself Daoism and Hong Kong Horror Movies." Journal of Daoist Studies; 2011, Vol. 4, p202-218, 17p UC users only
Zou, John. A "Chinese Ghost Story: Ghostly Counsel and Innocent Man." In: Chinese films in focus : 25 new takes / edited by Chris Berry. London : BFI Publishing, 2003. (Chinese Stdy PN1993.5.C4.C463 2003; Main Stack PN1993.5.C4.C463 2003)

A Chinese Ghost Story II (Qian nu you hun II; Tao tao tao; Sinnui yauwan II; Qian nu you hun II) (Hong Kong, 1990)
Director, Siu-Tung Ching (Ching Siu-Tung); Hark Tsui. Cast: Zhang Guorong, Wang Zuxian, Zhang Xueyou, Li Jiaxin. Lin meets a young and witty Taoist, Chi Chau, and they become good friends. They run into some people who pretend to be ghosts. These people are actually trying to save the innocent Fu from imprisonment. Fu has two daughters Ching Fung and Yet Chi who both fall in love with Lin. Fu tries to ask the emperor's right-hand man, Liu Suen, for help but Liu turns out to be a goblin. Lin, Chi Chau and the two sisters all team up to fight against the evil force in order to help Fu. 103 min. DVD 8757
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Cahill, Suzanne. "What to Fear and How to Protect Yourself Daoism and Hong Kong Horror Movies." Journal of Daoist Studies; 2011, Vol. 4, p202-218, 17p UC users only
Zou, John. A "Chinese Ghost Story: Ghostly Counsel and Innocent Man." In: Chinese films in focus : 25 new takes / edited by Chris Berry. London : BFI Publishing, 2003. (Chinese Stdy PN1993.5.C4.C463 2003; Main Stack PN1993.5.C4.C463 2003)

A Chinese Ghost Story III (Qian nu you hun III; Tao tao tao; Sinnui yauwan III; Qian nu you hun III) (Hong Kong, 1991)
Director, Siu-Tung Ching (Ching Siu-Tung); Hark Tsui. Cast: Tony Leung, Joey Wang, Jacky Cheung, Nina Li.In the heart of a weird wood stands Orchid Temple, a haunted place that is the doom of men. Beautiful spirits lure travelers to their doom. When the lowly monk Fong ventures to the temple, intent on driving the ghosts away, he instead falls in love with the beautiful Lotus. This forbidden passion places the couple in danger from both the local ghostbusters, and the forest's hideous supernational beings. 106 min. DVD 4884
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Cahill, Suzanne. "What to Fear and How to Protect Yourself Daoism and Hong Kong Horror Movies." Journal of Daoist Studies; 2011, Vol. 4, p202-218, 17p UC users only
Zou, John. A "Chinese Ghost Story: Ghostly Counsel and Innocent Man." In: Chinese films in focus : 25 new takes / edited by Chris Berry. London : BFI Publishing, 2003. (Chinese Stdy PN1993.5.C4.C463 2003; Main Stack PN1993.5.C4.C463 2003)

Chop Socky: Cinema Hong Kong
Offers an in-depth look at Hong Kong's wu xia film legacy and its influence on global cinema, from its roots in Beijing Opera to Quentin Tarantino's tribute to Hong Kong martial arts action in Kill Bill, Vol. 2. All of the bases are covered, from Hong Kong cinema's first martial-arts hero, Wong Fei Hung, to the balletic choreography of Chang Che, including the "one-punch" impact of Bruce Lee and the evolution of kung-fu comedy as epitomized by Jackie Chan. The Hong Kong technique of editing-in-camera is demonstrated in a multi-screen sequence. Film clips provide samples of the genre's classic films. Interviews with: Jackie Chan, Sammo Hung, Jet Li, Ng Ho, John Woo, Lau Ka Fai, Cheng Pei Pei, Chor Yeuen, Sir Run Run Shaw, Tong Kay-Ming, David Chiang, Lau Ka Leung, Tsu Sung Hok, Sek Kin, Siu Sung, Wai Ying Hung. Written & directed by Ian Taylor. 2003. 55 min. DVD 3776

Chungking Express (Chung-ching sen lin) (Hong Kong, 1994)
Directed by Wong Kar-Wai. Two interwined romantic tales take place inside the Chung-ching high-rise shopping center in downtown Hong Kong: A policeman falls in love with a snack bar waitress while a house detective gets involved with a female drug dealer. 104 min. DVD 4167; vhs 999:1971
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City on Fire (Long hu feng yun) (Hong Kong, 1987)
Director, Ringo Lam. Cast: Chow Yun Fat, Sun Yeuh, Lee Sau Yin Danny. An undercover cop sent to infiltrate a notorious crime ring, Ko Chow must replace a fellow officer who was killed in a violent confrontation. But, as he earns the trust of the syndicate, he develops a tight friendship with one of the thieves. Then, when a planned heist turns into a bloody shoot-out with police, suspicions arise about who could be the informant. 100 min. DVD 840
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Come Drink With Me (Da zui xia) (1965)
Director, King Hu. Swordplay adventure in ancient China. Chang, a woman warrior, and Fan Ta-pei, a martial arts master, fight to release Chang's brother, who is being held hostage by bandits. DVD special features: Feature commentary with lead actress Cheng Pei-pei and Hong Kong cinema expert Bey Logan; The king and I: acclaimed director Tsui Hark remembers King Hu; Come speak with me: an exclusive interview with leading lady Cheng Pei-pei; A classic remembered: a retrospective with Hong Kong cinema expert Bey Logan; Return of the druken master: an exclusive interview with leading man Yueh Hua; trailer gallery. 95 min. DVD X3077; vhs 999:3273
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Comrades, Almost a Love Story (Tian mi mi) (Hong Kong, 1996)
Directed by Peter Chan. A young woman and a charming young man, who is engaged to a girl in his hometown, each come to Hong Kong to pursue success. At first perfect strangers, they grow emotionally close as they share trials and joys in their lonesome struggle in an unfamiliar world. Their individual dreams and ambitions, however, force them to eventually take separate paths in their lives. PAL format DVD. 116 min. DVD 2792
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Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (China, Hong Kong, Taiway, USA, 2000)
Directed by Ang Lee. Chow Yun Fat, Michelle Yeoh, Zhang Ziyi, Chang Chen, Lung Sihung, Cheng Pei Pei. Set in 19th-century China, two master warriors are faced with their greatest challenge when the treasured Green Destiny sword is stolen. A young aristocratic woman prepares for an arranged marriage, but soon reveals her superior fighting talents and her romantic past. As each warrior battles for justice, they come face-to-face with their worst enemy, and the enduring power of love. (DVD: Mandarin, English and French soundtracks with optional subtitles in English or French.) 120 min. DVD 766; vhs 999:3170
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Awards

Academy Award - Foreign Language Film
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards - Best Foreign-language Film
Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards - Best Foreign Language Film
Golden Globe Awards - Best Foreign Picture
National Board of Review, USA - Foreign Language Film
Directors' Guild of America: Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film

Curse of the Golden Flower (Man cheng jin dai huang jin jia) (Hong Kong / China, 2006)
Directed by Yimou Zhang. Cast: Jin Chen, Jay Chou, Yun-Fat Chow, Li Gong, Qin Junjie, Man Li, Ye Liu, Dahong Ni. Set in China in the later Tang Dynasty, 10th Century, this is a tale of a royal family divided against itself which builds to a climax as lines are crossed, trust is betrayed, and family blood is spilled in the quest for redemption and revenge. 114 min. DVD 8246
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The Day the Sun Turned Cold (Tien kuo ni tzu) (Hong Kong, 1994)
Directed by Yen Hao. A drama based on a true crime which occurred in China. A young welder comes to a police station and accuses his mother of killing his father ten years ago. The police finally reopen the case and slowly the truth about ugly family secrets is revealed. 99 min. 999:2584
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Days of Being Wild (A fei cheng chuan) (Hong Kong, 1990)
Directed by Wong Kar-Wai. A story about six young people living in Hong Kong in the 1960's interweaving love-hate relationships and passion. 90 min. DVD 3199; vhs 999:1975
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Devil Killer (2005?)
Directed by Robert Tai. Cast: Alexander Lo, Jackie Chiang. Set in China, tells the story of the battles between two rival gangs who have expertise in the most unique fighting skills, including Mo Chia boxing and iron kicking techniques. English language version. 88 min. DVD 6252

Dragon Inn (Xin Long men ke zhan) (Hong Kong, 1992)
Director, Raymond Lee; Hark Tsui (uncredited). Dragon Inn becomes the chaotic center of battle between the government's villainous eunuchs and a band of righteous heroes. Set in the great Northwestern deserts of China during the Ming dynasty, Dragon Inn gracefully blends precision swordplay with breathtaking cinematography. 103 min. DVD 1332
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Drunken Master (Jui kuen) (Hong Kong, 1978)
Directed by Yuen Woo Ping. Cast: Jackie Chan, Yuen Hsiao Tieng, Huang Cheng Li. Being the mischievous son of a martial arts school master, Wang Feihong fritters away his time fooling around and making troubles instead of learning Kung fu. Being sent to his uncle for disciplined kung fu training, Wang Feihong decides he must learn "Drunken Fist Kung Fu" after several escape attempts and being humiliated by a local assassin. Film is notable for the incredibly long fight scene at the end of the movie. 111 min. DVD X5664
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Duel of the Century (Liu Xiao Feng zhi jue zhan qian hou) (Hong Kong, 1981)
Director, Yuen Chor. Cast: Liu Yong, Yue Hua, Bai Biao. Liu Yung and Sun Chien team up to investigate the martial arts murders of a supposedly mortally wounded swordsman, only to find deception, death, double-dealings, imposters, and one deadly duel after another. 95 min. DVD X1661
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Durian, Durian (Liu lian piao piao) (Hong Kong, 2000)
Directed by Chen Guo. Cast: Qin Hailu, Mai Huifen. The film is divided into two parts, with the first half taking place in Hong Kong and the latter half another world away, in Mudanjiang near the North Korean border. The consistent thread is a young Mainland lady, Yan. The movie records her stay in Hong Kong where, on a three-month visa, she services as many as three dozen clients a day, and her post-Hong Kong existence back home where she uses her hard-earned cash to become a successful and respected entrepreneuse. PAL format DVD. 116 min. DVD 2867
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Cheung, Esther M.K. "Durian Durian : defamiliarization of the 'real'." In: Chinese films in focus II / edited by Chris Berry. Basingstoke, Hampshire [England] ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan ; London : [Published] on behalf of British Film Institute, 2008. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1993.5.C4 C463 2008)
The East is Red (Tung-fang Pu-pai feng yun tsai chi) (Hong Kong, 1992)
Directed by Siu-Tung Ching (Cheng Hsiao-tung) and Raymond Lee. I In this third segment of the Swordsman series Tung-fang Pu-pai returns and unleashes a destructive omnipotent force to battle those who have used His/Her name for power and evil. Vowing to destroy the impostors, Tung-fang seeks to gain back the love of Snow or destroy her as well. 108 min. DVD X4366; vhs 999:1972
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Enter the Dragon (Hong Kong, USA, 1973)
Director, Robert Clouse. Bruce Lee, John Saxon, Ahna Capri, Shih Kien, Bob Wall, Angela Mao Ying, Betty Chung, Geoffrey Weeks, Yang Sze, Peter Archer, Jim Kelly. Lee goes to the island of a warlord of crime, Han, who carries on his opium smuggling and prostitution activities under the disguise of a martial arts academy. Determined to avenge the death of his sister, Lee penetrates Han's stronghold and enters a brutal martial arts tournament Hans is staging -- a breathtaking visual feast of competitions fusing skills in karate, judo, tai kwan do, tai chi chuan and hapkido, staged by Lee himself. Bonus features: Feature length audio commetary by producer Paul Heller; three documentaries: "Blood and steel: making of Enter the dragon," " Bruce Lee: in his own words," and a 1973 behind-the-scenes featurette; Linda Lee Cadwell interview gallery and home movie footage: Backyard workout with Bruce. 102 min. DVD 9944; vhs 999:2229
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Ermo (Hong Kong, China, 1995)
Director, Chou Hsiao-wen (Xiaowen Zhou). Comedy about Ermo, a humble noodle-maker in a remote Chinese province who finds that money can't buy happiness - but it can get you very close. 95 min. 999:3454
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Ping Fu "Ermo : (tele)visualising urban/rural transformation." In: Chinese films in focus II / edited by Chris Berry. Basingstoke, Hampshire [England] ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan ; London : [Published] on behalf of British Film Institute, 2008. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1993.5.C4 C463 2008)
Ciecko, Anne T.; Lu, Sheldon H. "Televisuality, capital and the global village." Jump Cut, Dec 1998, Issue 42, p77-83, 7p
David Leiwei. "'What Will Become of Us If We Don't Stop?': Ermo's China and the End of Globalization." Comparative Literature. 53(4):442-61. 2001 Fall
Notar, Beth. "Blood money: woman's desire and consumption in "Ermo."" Asian Cinema, 2001, Vol. 12 Issue 2, p132-153, 22p

The Eye (Jian Gui) (Hong Kong | Singapore, 2002)
Directed by Oxide and Danny Pang. In this Chinese horror film, a blind girl gets a cornea transplant after 18 years of blindness but the face she sees in the mirror is not her own and she begins to realize she is seeing ghosts. So she sets out of find the origins of her cornea and the history of the previous dead owner. 95 min. DVD 1777
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Knee, Adam. "The Pan-Asian Outlook of The Eye ." In: Horror to the extreme : changing boundaries in Asian cinema
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Fallen Angels (To lo tien shih) (Hong Kong, 1995)
Directed by Wang Chia-wei (Wong Kar-Wai). Set in the underworld of present day Hong Kong, this film intertwines two tales of love and isolation. First there's the unconsummated love affair between a contract killer and the ravishing female agent who books his assignments. When the killer decides that he must move on, he leaves her with only a coin for the jukebox and instructions to play a song, "Wang ji ta" ("Forget him"). In the second drama ex-convict Ho makes a living by re-opening shops that have closed for the night and intimidating customers into buying goods and services from him. After an awkward romance with a girl named Cherry, Ho finds himself all the more alone. 96 min. DVD 241; VHS 999:2526
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The Fate of Lee Khan (Ying chun ge zhi feng bo) (Hong Kong, Taiwan, 1973)
Director, King Hu. At the end of the Yuan dynasty, a group of Chinese gather at a bar for the task of overthrowing the dynasty. The story tells about the planning and execution of the uprising against their Mongolian oppressors and their eventual success. 105 min. 999:3274
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Fist of Fury (Jing wu men) (Hong Kong, 1972)
Directed by Lo Wei, featuring Bruce Lee. In this action-packed Bruce Lee classic Kung fu student Chen, upon learning of the murder of his revered kung fu instructor, travels to Shanghai searching for the gang responsible and ends up facing some of his most dangerous opponents. 107 min. DVD 1222; Uncut & restored version is DVD 1692 (102 min.)
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Fist of Fury (Jing wu men) (Hong Kong, 1995)
Directed by Shiu-Kee Lung, and inspired by Bruce Lee's "Fist of Fury" (DVD 1222 & DVD 1692). Featuring Donnie Yen. In Japanese-occupied Shanghai, Chen Jun joins the legendary Ching Wu Martial Arts Academy to refine his skills and to assist in the academy's underground resistance against the enemy. But when Chen's master is poisoned by the Japanese, Chen vows revenge on the murderer and seeks justice for his master's death. 120 min. DVD 1154
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Full Contact (Xia dao Gao Fei) (Hong Kong, 1991)
Director, Lin Lingdong. Cast: Chow Yun-fat, Simon Yam, Ann Bridgewater, Anthony Wong, Bonnie Fu. Betrayed by both his partner and his girl, and persecuted by a rival smuggling ring, a daredevil adventurer turns into a lonely gunman seeking bloody revenge from the suburbs of Bangkok to the streets of Hong Kong. 98 min. DVD 841
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Game of Death (Hong Kon / USA, 1978)
Directed by Robert Clouse. Cast: Bruce Lee, Gig Young, Dean Jagger, Colleen Camp, Hugh O'Brian, Chuck Norris. Billy Lo (Bruce Lee), is a young kung fu movie star with a flourishing career and a promising future. As the leader of a syndicate known for its exploitation of entertainers, Dr. Land jumps at the chance to capitalize on Billy's celebrated status and that of his singer-girlfriend. Refusing to sign with Land, Billy's martial arts mastery is put to the test when he is brutally harassed by Land's men in an attempt to change his mind. In a stunning showdown, Billy goes one-on-one with a villainous stream of deadly kung fu fighters in a final bid for his freedom. (Bruce Lee's last film work, he died during production of the film) 100 min. DVD 6855
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Game of Death II (Hong Kon / USA, 1981)
Directed by Robert Clouse. Cast:Bruce Lee, Tong Lung, Roy Chiao, Wong Ching Lei. In this dark tale of revenge, Bruce Lee "returns" as Billy Lo, whose best friend Chin Ku dies of a sudden illness. But suspicion of foul play arises when a gang tries to steal Ku's coffin at the funeral using a helicopter. When Lo's younger brother Bobby Lo hears about the incident, he leaves his Buddhist master to investigate the truth. His trail soon leads him to the Castle of Death, the last place Chin Ku was seen alive. There, he meets and befriends an unlikely ally--a cruel and merciless martial arts expert who is also the tower's master. But when the master dies under mysterious circumstance, Lo ends up dueling with someone far more terrifying. Created post-humously using Bruce Lee fight scenes originally filmed for Game of Death (1978) 96 min. DVD 6856
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General Stone (1976)
Directed by Yuen Siu Ling. Cast: Tan Tao Liang, Polly Shan Kwan. Tan is the son of the famous General Stone, who was killed in battle under mysterious circumstances. Tan is trained in hand and sword techniques, but his schooling is lifted to another level when his father and the spirits of fallen heroes inhabit the stone forms of warriors who teach him skills long thought extinct. Now Tan has a new found power to find the truth behind his father's death. English language version. 79 min. DVD 6254
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Happy Together (Cheun gwong tsa sit) (Hong Kong, Argentina, 1997)
Directed by Wong Kar-Wai. A film about a pair of Chinese gay lovers living out the waning days of their relationship as expatriates in Buenos Aires. Lusty tango bars, the salsa music of the La Boca sidewalks, and a hypnotic visit to the nearby Iguazu Falls gives further dimension to the tensions growing between the two men. 97 min. DVD 909; VHS 999:2159
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Hard Boiled (Lashou shentan) (Hong Kong, 1992)
Directed by John Woo. Featuring Chow Yun-Fat, Tony Leung, Teresa Mo, Philip Chan, Philip Kwok. In a ruthless world of gun-smugglers and mobsters Tequila, a die-hard cop, stops at nothing to see that justice is done. To avenge his partner's murder, Tequila joins forces with a rebel cop, and then the body count mounts to a hair raising climax. 126 min. DVD 1702
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Hero (Ying xiong) (Hong Kong, 2002)
Directed by Zhang Yimou. The Kingdom of Qin obsessed with conquering all of China had long been the target of assassins throughout the other six states. No matter how hard the King tried, it seemed impossible for him to defeat the three legendary assassins, Broken Sword, Flying Snow, and Sky. Suddenly, an enigmatic hero, Nameless, comes to the palace bearing the legendary weapons of the slain assassins to the King and tells his extraordinary tale sitting only ten paces from the King. 93 min. DVD 1848
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The Heroic Ones (Shi san tai bao) (Hong Kong, 1970)
Directed by Cheh Chang. Cast: David Chiang, Chin Han, Ti Lung, Lily Li, Nan Kung-Hsun. A Mogul king decides to take stealthy action to help overpower his greatest rivals. He chooses nine out thirteen of his loyal generals (who he treats as sons) to embark on the mission. However, jealously amongst them sparks a treacherous family feud that could lead to catastrophic consequences for all involved. 120 min. DVD X1659
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House of Flying Daggers (Shi mian mai fu) (Hong Kong, 2004)
Directed by Zhang Yimou. Cast: Takeshi Kaneshiro, Andy Lau, Zhang Ziyi, Song Dandan. During the reign of the Tang dynasty in China, a secret organization called "The House of the Flying Daggers" rises and opposes the government. Leo is a police officer who sends officer Jin to investigate a young dancer named Mei, claiming that she has ties to the "Flying Daggers" organization. Leo ends up arresting Mei, only to have Jin break her free in a plot to gain her trust and lead the police to the new leader of the secret organization. But things are far more complicated than they seem. 115 min. DVD 3718
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Awards

Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards - Best Foreign Language Film
National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA - Best Director

Beale, Lewis. "House of Flying Daggers." Film Journal International, Nov2004, Vol. 107 Issue 11, p100-100UC users only
Felperin, Leslie. "House of Flying Daggers." Sight & Sound, Jan2005, Vol. 15 Issue 1, p51-52
Levitin, Jacqueline. "Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, Hero, and House of the Flying Daggers: Interpreting Gender Thematics in the Contemporary Swordplay Film-A View from the West." Asian Cinema, vol. 17, no. 1, pp. 166-82, April 2006

In the Mood for Love (Hua yang nian hua) (France, Hong Kong, 2000)
Directed by Wong Kar-Wai. Cast: Maggie Cheung Man-yuk, Leung Tony Chiu Wai. A man and a woman move into neighboring Hong Kong apartments and form a bond when they both their spouses of extra-marital activities in this masterful evocation of romantic longing and fleeting moments in time. 98 min. DVD 1156
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Infernal Affairs (Mou gaan dou) (Hong Kong, 2002)
Directed by Wai Keung Lau and Siu Fai Mak. Cast: Tony Leung, Andy Lau, Anthony Wong, Eric Tsang. A story of a mole in the Hong Kong police department and an undercover cop. Their objectives are the same - to find out who is the mole, and who is the cop. 101 min. DVD 7613
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Leary, Charles. "Infernal Affairs: High Concept in Hong Kong." Senses of Cinema 26: (no pagination). 2003 May-June.
Wing-sang, Law. "Hong Kong undercover: an approach to 'collaborative colonialism'." Inter-Asia Cultural Studies, Dec2008, Vol. 9 Issue 4, p522-542, 21p
Wing-sang, Law. "The violence of time and memory undercover: Hong Kong's Infernal Affairs." Inter-Asia Cultural Studies, Sep2006, Vol. 7 Issue 3, p383-402, 20p UC users only

Infernal Affairs II (Mou gaan dou II) (Hong Kong, 2002)
Directed by Wai Keung Lau and Siu Fai Mak. Cast: Anthony Wong, Eric Tsang, Carina Lau, Francis Ng, Edison Chen, Shawn Yue, Hu Jun. In this prequel to Internal affairs (2002), Chan Wing Yan has just become an undercover cop in the triads while Lau Kin Ming joins the police force. Both the triads and the police find an enemy in a rival crime boss. 119 min. DVD 7614
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Infernal Affairs III (Mou gaan dou III, Chung gik miu gaan) (Hong Kong, 2003)
Directed by Wai Keung Lau and Siu Fai Mak. Cast: Tony Leung, Chiu-Wai, Andy Lau, Leoni Lai, Chen Daoming, Kelly Chen, Anthony Wong, Eric Tsang. In the third edition to the Internal Affairs series, the unit has their hands full again. The conclusion to the groundbreaking trilogy that inspired 'The Departed'. 118 min. DVD 7615
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[Jackie Chan's] Project A (Hong Kong, 1983)
Directed by Jackie Chan. Dragon Ma, a determined coast guard officer on patrol in late 19th century Hong Kong, battles with a ruthless syndicate in a seemingly never-ending struggle for control of the dangerous waters. 105 min. 999:3480
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The Killer (Die xue shuang xiong) (Hong Kong, 1989)
Directed by John Woo. Jeffrey is The Killer, hired by the mob for one last job. Lee is the relentless cop trying to stop the killer at any cost. The two enemies form a strange and powerful bond that blur the lines between good and evil. 110 min. DVD 1868; vhs 999:848
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Legend of Zu (Shu shan zheng zhuan) (Hong Kong, 2001)
Directed by Tsui Hark. Cast: Zheng Yijian, Zhang Bozhi, Gu Tianle, Hung Jinbao (Samo Hung), Zhang Ziyi. In this fantasy film immortals train for hundreds of years to perfect their martial arts. However, an evil force is threatening their existence on the mountains of Zu, and they must band together to fight back. 105 min. DVD 4893
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Love in a Fallen City (Qing cheng zhi lian) (Hong Kong, 1984)
Directed by Ann Hui. A love story set in Shanghai and Hong Kong in the wake of the Japanese invasion. PAL format DVD. 93 min. DVD 2790
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My Blueberry Nights (Hong Kong | China | France, 2007)
Directed by Wong Kar Wai. Cast: Norah Jones, Jude Law, David Strathairn, Rachel Weisz, Natalie Portman. Jeremy, a big-hearted owner of a small New York diner, tries to soothe Elizabeth's jilted heart with his blueberry pie. But only after going on a year-long cross-country odyssey does she realize love was right at her doorstep all along. 95 min. DVD X4252
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North & South Shaolin (1986)
Directed by Wong HIng. Cast: Casanova Wong. Warrior Two is one of the North Shaolin's top monks in the fighting chambers, but all of his training is not enough when he goes against the dreaded Vulture Master who picks him apart, and nearly kills him in their first encounter. Casanova then goes to South Shaolin where he learns the arts of close combat ... his next face off with the Vulture won't be the same. English language version. 90 min. DVD 6253
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Once Upon a Time in China: Wong Fei-hung (Hong Kong, 1991)
Director/producer, Tsui Hark. Featuring Jet Li, Yuan Biao, Rosamond Kwan, Kent Cheng, Jacky Cheung, Simon Yam. Set in 19th century China this is the story of young Huang Fei-Hung, the legendary Cantonese martial arts master and folk hero, who leading his misfit militia, is determined to stop the immoral slave trade that serves the California gold fields. When his aunt is kidnapped to be sold as a prostitute, Wong must battle his countrymen and the superior firepower of the slave traders, all for the very soul of traditional China. 134 min. DVD 831
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Once Upon a Time in China II: Wong Fei-hung II (Hong Kong, 1993)
Director, Tsui Hark. Featuring Jet Li, David Chiang, Rosamond Kwan, Yan Yee Kwan. Huang Fei-hung, the legendary Cantonese martial arts master and folk hero, joins forces with the brave revolutionary Sun Yat Sen when a terrorist group -- The White Lotus Clan -- initiates a campaign of violence against all foreigners in an attempt to preserve Chinese culture. 113 min. DVD 832
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Once Upon a Time in China III: Wong Fei-hung III (Kong Kong, 1993)
Director, Tsui Hark. Featuring Jet Li, Rosamund Kwan, Max Mok. The Empress has announced a Lion Dance martial arts contest. Wong Fei-Hung and his sidekick Chung arrive just in time. Along with his secret fiancee, Wong has to deal with a Russian diplomat and the brutal Club Foot, who has beaten up Wong's father. 111 min. DVD 833
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The Opium War (Ya pian zhan zheng) (Hong Kong, 1997)
Directed by Jin Xie. Cast: Bao Guo'an, Lin Liankun, Lang Xiong. A dramatization of the Chinese people's heroic resistance to British imperialism in the Opium War of 1840. VCD. 153 min. DVD 3672
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Painted Skin (Hua pi zhi yinyang fawang) (Hong Kong, China, 1992)
Director, King Hu. An evil warlord torments the wandering ghost of a beautiful woman so mercilessly that her only recourse is to disguise herself with the face paint of a concubine. Her plight attracts the attention of an honorable ghost-fighter determined to set her soul free. 95 min. DVD 1153
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Peking Opera Blues (Tao ma tan) (Hong Kong, 1986)
Director, Tsui Hark. Set against the elegant backdrop of Chinese opera in China's warlord period in 1913, the film focuses on three young women who become entangled with revolutionary guerillas. 102 min. DVD 868
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Red Sorghum (Hong gao liang) (China, 1987)
Directed by Zhang Yimou. Film begins as a lusty romantic comedy about a nervous young bride's arrival and ensuing seduction at a remote winery, and ends as a heroic drama of partisan resistance during the Japanese occupation. Based on the novel Red Sorghum and Sorghum Wine. by Yen Mo (PL2886.O1684 H8613 1993 Main Stack, Moffitt) 91 min. DVD X6329; vhs 999:1310
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The Reincarnation of Golden Lotus (Pan Jinlian zhi qian shi jin sheng) (Hong Kong, 1989)
Director, Clara Law. Parallel stories of ancient and modern China. In ancient China Golden Lotus is raped, married to a man she does not love, and when she finds love is beheadedfor it. In modern China Lotus is raped by the prefect of her school in Shanghai and sent to a work camp. Sheescapes to decadent Hong Kong by marrying a rich man. She finds herself drawn both to her husband's chauffeur and to a sadomasochistic relationship with adebauched designer. She dies in a fiery car wreck atthe end. A contemporary reworking of a 12th century Chinese novel. Multi-zone DVD. 92 min. DVD 2787
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Revenge of the Drunken Master (1984)
Directed by Godfrey Ho. Cast: Johnny Chan, Eagle Han, Bruce Cheung, Wang Sao. Fei Hong is a happy go lucky kung fu master who becomes a target of the Black Mask Ninja Gang. They set out to make sure Fei Hong and Sam the Seed never meddle in their schemes again. Big mistake! English language version. 81 min. DVD 6256
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Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles (Qian li zou dan qi) (Hong Kong / China, 2005)
Directed by Zhang Yimou. Cast: Ken Takakura, Kiichi Nakai, Shinobu Terajima, Li Jiamin, Qiu Lin, Jiang Wen, Ken Nakamoto, Yang Zhenbo. Voice: Kiichi Nakai. Takata is an aging Japanese fisherman who has been estranged from his son for many years. When the son is diagnosed with terminal cancer his daughter-in-law, Rie, summons him to the hospital. When his son refuses to see him, Rie gives him a videotape about the work his son was doing on a documentary film in a remote region of China's Yunnan province. Still troubled by the relationship, Takata decides to go to China and complete his son's work in part to develop an understanding of his son, and in part to do something for him. Once in China a series of obstacles and relationships bring him unexpectedly closer to both an understanding of himself and of his son. 45 min. DVD 9416
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Romance of the Western Chamber (Xixiang ji) (Hong Kong / China, 1927)
Directed by Minwei Li and Hou Yao. Cast: Cijiang Ge, Chichang Hu, Cho-cho Lam, Dandan Li, Yaoting Zhu. A young scholar going through a turbulent time in his life falls in love with the prime minister's daughter. When a group of robbers attack her mother declares that she will marry off her daughter to whoever saves them. 45 min. DVD 9416
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Rouge (Yan zhi kou) (Hong Kong, 1987)
Directed by Stanley Kwan. Having committed suicide some fifty years ago, the ghost of a famous courtesan returns to the world to seek her septuagenarian lover. Multi-zone DVD. 93 min. DVD 2789
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Rumble in the Bronx (Hung fan kui) (Hong Kong, Canada, 1996)
Directed by Stanley Tong. Cast: Jackie Chan, Anita Mui, Francoise Yip, Garvin Cross, Yueh Hua, Bill Tung. Keung, a Hong Kong cop, comes to New York to see his uncle get married. The uncle has recently sold his store to Elaine, who wants to sell it after she refuses to pay protection money to a biker gang. When Keung finds out about her situation, he does all he can to protect her. Meanwhile, a crippled Chinese boy is surprised to discover that someone has stashed stolen diamonds in his wheelchair. He and Keung become friends and work on solving this case. 91 min. DVD 368
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Seven Swords (Qi jian; Chat gim) (South Korea / Hong Kong / China, 2005)
Directed by Hark Tsui. Cast: Li Ming, Zhen Zidan, Yang Caini, Sun Honglei, Lu Yi, Jin Suyan. In northwest China, seven men with magic swords help the local martial artist group Tian Ti Hui prevent the slaughter of innocent villagers by an evil Manchurian warlord. 153 min. DVD 7487
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Shanghai Triad (Yao a yao, yao tao wai po chiao) (China, France, 1995)
Director, Zhang Yimou. Featuring Gong Li, Li Baotian, Li Xuejian, Sun Chun, Wang Xiaoxiao. The charms of an alluring prostitute are used as bait between feuding ganglords against a dramatic backdrop of 1930s Shanghai in this exotic and captivating thriller. Freely adapted from the novel "Gang Law" by Li Xiao. 109 min. DVD 546
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Awards
National Board of Review, USA - Best Foreign Language Film

Shaolin Iron Claws (Hawk's Fist) (1978)
Directed by Wong Fong. Cast: Lee I. Min, Wong Tao, Chang Yi. Lee I Min and Wong Tao are on a collision course with the White Haired Fox played by Chang Yi. Lee and Wong must team up and combine their skills to defeat the treacherous master of the talon styles. There is no mercy given or taken in this classic martial arts film. English language version. 85 min. DVD 6255
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Shaolin Temple (Shao Lin si) (1976)
Directed by Cheh Chang. Cast: Sheng Fu, Kuan-Chun Chi, Lung Ti, David Chiang, Philip Kwok. The Tang emperor is betrayed by one of his generals, who installs himself as emperor in the East Capital. The son of one of his slave workers escapes to the Shaolin Temple, learns kung fu, and sets out to kill the traitor, who killed his father. The monks have to help him, and in the process, they save the true emperor, who rewards them greatly. 84 min. DVD X555
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Snake in the Eagle's Shadow (Se ying diu sau) (Hong Kong, 1978)
Directed by Yuen Woo-Ping. Cast: Cheng Lung, Yuen Hsiao-Tien, Huang Cheng Li, Wang Chiang. At the end of the China Dynasty, the Eagle Claw Society has eliminated all styles of martial arts except for the Snake Fist style. The Grand Master of Eagle Claw is searching for and killing the remaining members of the Snake Fist school. Meanwhile the elderly Snake Fist Grand Master is in hiding, and busy teaching a young, overworked, bullied servant the Snake Fist style. 98 min. DVD X1149
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Song of the Exile (Ketu qiuhen) (Hong Kong / Taiwan, 1990)
Directed by Ann Hui. Graduating from a university in Britain, returns home to attend her sister's wedding but quickly finds herself at social and emotional odds with her seemingly imperious mother. The turbulent homecoming revives Heuyin's memories of the charged atmosphere of her childhood in Macao. Hueyin reluctantly agrees to accompany her mother on a visit to her once rich and prominent family in Japan. There, she begins to understand that she and her mother are very much alike, both having suffered similar feelings of loss and alienation throughout their adult live. 100 min. 999:1067
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Erens, Patricia Brett. "Crossing borders: time, memory, and the construction of identity in Song of exile." Cinema Journal v 39 no4 Summer 2000. p. 43-59 UC users only
Chua, Siew-Keng. "The politics of "home": Song of the exile." Jump Cut no42 1998. p. 90-3

Sons of Good Earth (Da di er nu) (Hong Kong, 1964)
Director King Hu. During the Sino-Japanese conflict, a married couple are individually arrested and lose contact with one another. Meanwhile villagers employ guerrilla tactics against their Japanese oppressors. In the film's bloody climax, the peasants stage a massive revolt and slaugher the invaders. After the war is over the couple are reunited. 70 min. 999:3275
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The Soong Sisters (Song jia huang chao) (Hong Kong, 1996)
Directed by Mabel Cheung. Cast: Zhang Manyu, Jiang Wen, Yang Ziqiong, Wu Junmei. At the end of Qing dynasty, the Soong sisters--Ai-ling, Ching-ling and May-ling became legends in their own time. One loved money, one loved power, and one loved her country. Their lives were interwoven into the turbulent history of modern China. Ching-ling married Dr. Sun who led the 1911 revolution and embarked on a long journey of vagrant life. 145 min. DVD 4869
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Swordsman (Hsiao ao chiang hu) (Hong Kong, Taiwan, 1990)
Directed by Siu-Tung Ching, King Hu, Ann Hui, Hark Tsui. Towards the end of the Ming dynasty, three major "tongs" come into conflict with a group of evil eunuchs, in a desperate search for a lost manuscript which may unveil the ultimate secrets of Kung fu. 90 min. DVD 4894; vhs 999:1974
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Three Extremes (Hong Kong / Japan / South Korea, 2004)
Cast: Box: Kyoko Hasegawa, Atsuro Watabe. Dumplings: Miriam Yeung, Bai Ling, Tony Ka-Fai Leung. Cut: Lee Byung-Hun, Lim Won-Hee, Gang Hye-Jung, Yum Jung-Ah. Presents a cross-cultural trilogy of odd and horrific film shorts by Asian directors. In Box, beautiful successful novelist Kyoko lives a solitary life. In Dumplings a woman experiments with anti-ageing dumplings containing a sinister secret ingredient. In Cut, a happy and successful film director encounters a stranger in his living room. Contents: Box: Kyoko Hasegawa, Atsuro Watabe. Dumplings: Miriam Yeung, Bai Ling, Tony Ka-Fai Leung. Cut: Lee Byung-Hun, Lim Won-Hee, Gang Hye-Jung, Yum Jung-Ah. 126 min. DVD X792
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Time and Tide (Seunlau ngaklau) (Hong Kong, Taiwan, 2000)
Directed by Hark Tsui. Cast: Nicholas Tse, Wu Bai, Joventino Cuoto Remotigue, Anthony Wong, Candy Lo, Cathy Chui. A restless, streetwise 21-year-old has had trouble gaining the trust of others all his life. Now he is forced to deal with the reality of impending fatherhood. Needing quick cash, he joins a bodyguard company. He makes friends with a once disillusioned mercenary determined to begin life in a new way, since he is also about to become a father. However, their companionship is brief and they both are uncontrollably forced toward opposite sides of a deadly showdown. 114 min. 999:1974
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Two Champions of Shaolin (Shao Lin yu Wu Dang) (Hong Kong, 1978)
Director, Cheh Chang. Cast: Lu Feng, Sun Chien, Wang Li, Kuo Chue, Lo Meng, Chiang Sheng, Candy Wen. Anti-Manchu Shaolin masters who represent the forces of good use their considerable skills to crush the devious Wutang warriors in a literal fight to the death. 102 min. X1662
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Way of the Dragon (Meng long guojiang) (1971)
Directed by Directed by Wei Lo. Cast: Bruce Lee, Chuck Norris, Nora Miao. In this high-kicking martial arts thriller, a young man (Bruce Lee) is called to Rome to help a family friend whose restaurant is being targeted by local gangsters. Used to getting their own way, these ruthless men make the mistake of underestimating the young man's ingenuity. When they are unable to get rid of him, they call in an international martial arts champion (Chuck Norris), creating the ultimate clash of kung fu masters in the ancient city's majestic coliseum. Dubbed into English; soundtracks also in Cantonese and Mandarin with traditional and simplied Chinese and English subtitles; Closed captioned. 99 min. DVD 6854
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We're Going to Eat You (Di yu wu men) (Hong Kong, 1980)
Directed by Hark Tsui. Cast: Han Guocai, Norman Chu, Eddy Ko, Melvin Wong, Feng Feng, Tony Liu, Siu- Ming To, Hon Gwok Choi, Din Long Lee, Cory Yuen. Agent 999 is on a mission in pursuit of a bandit called Rolex. On the route he goes to a remote island where local people are all merciless cannibals. 90 min. DVD 7506
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Platform (Zhantai) (Hong Kong / China / Japan / France, 2000)
Director, Jia Zhangke . Cast: Wang Hongwei, Zhao Tao, Liang Jingdong, Yang Tianyi. Set in China, this drama spans the turbulent 1980s by following four performers in the state-run Peasant Culture Group. Based in Fenyang, these "art workers" praise the late Chairman Mao with approved revolutionary classics. When an "open door" cultural policy is instituted, China begins to move toward Western-influenced consumer capitalism. 148 min. DVD X456
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Zu, Warriors from the Magic Mountain (Shu Shan) (Hong Kong, 1983)
Director, Tsui Hark. In ancient China, the forces of evil are about to take over the Earth. A young warrior must endure hardship to locate the mythical twin swords which are the only weapons powerful enough to defeat the monstrous demons and save the mortal world. 97 min. DVD 869
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Blue Gate Crossing (Lan se da men) (Taiwan | France, 2002)
Directed by Chih-yen Yee. Cast: Chen Bolin, Gui Lunmei, Liang Shuhui. This gentle comedy follows three high school kids discovering their sexuality. The romantic triangle unfolds as a young lesbian asks the high school swim team jock to help her approach the girl she loves. Unfortunately, the jock falls head over heels in love with the lesbian, thus setting a stage for this comedy of errors. 161 min. DVD X2658
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The Boys from Fengkuei (Fenggui lai de ren) (Taiwan, 1983)
Directed by Hou Hsiao-hsien. Ah-Ching and his friends have just finished school in their island fishing village, and now spend most of their time drinking and fighting. Three of them decide to go to the port city of Kaohsiung to look for work. They find an apartment through relatives, and Ah-Ching is attracted to the girlfriend of a neighbor. There they face the harsh realities of the big city. 110 min. DVD 1598
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Butterfly and Sword (Hsin liu hsing hu tieh chien) (Taiwan, Hong Kong, 1993)
Directed by Mai Tang-chieh. In this spectacular swordfighting tale the loyalist famous foursome parry and trust their way through a deliriously paced yarn as they attempt to keep the King's empire from being overthrown by a revolutionary group. 86 min. 999:2022
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Dragon Inn (Long men ke zhan) (Taiwan, 1966)
Directed by King Hu. Cast: Shangguan Lingfeng, Shi Jun, Bai Ying. Epic takes place during the Ming dynasty. A power-hungry Eunuch employs the evil Eastern Chamber Sect in his quest to single-handedly rule China. However, a warrior named Chow is opposed to his corrupt ambitions and joins a group of warriors aiming to resist the Sect. The two forces eventually battle it out at the Dragon Inn, hosted by murderous bandit Jade. DVD. 109 min. DVD 1598; also VHS 999:2806
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Dust in the Wind (Lien lien feng chen) (Taiwan, 1986)
Directed by Hou Hsiao-hsien. A story about a young couple from a village in the southern part of Taiwan. Filled with details of urban Taipei, and depicting the transition from rural to industrial life in contemporary Taiwan, this is also a poignant story of young love lost. A teenaged couple moves to the city to find work, but are separated when the boy is drafted and the girl marries another. 109 min. DVD 1598; also VHS 999:2806
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Eat Drink Man Woman (Yinshi nan nu) (Taiwan, USA, 1994)
Directed by Ang Lee. A retired master chef and widower is worried about the future of his three unmarried daughters who are skeptical about marriage. Yet he himself surprises them with his secret love affair with a young woman many years his junior. 124 min. DVD 1321; vhs 999:1494
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Awards
National Board of Review, USA - Best Foreign Language Film

Flowers of Shanghai (Hai shang hua) (Taiwan, 1998)
Director, Hou Hsiao-hsien. Cast: Tony Leung Chiu-wai, Michiko Hada, Lee Yu-ming, Carina Lau Ka-ling. Based on the 1894 novel by Han Ziyun this film is set in the elegant brothels of late nineteenth century Shanghai, a hermetic world with its own highly ritualized codes of behavior, where "flower girls," must win, and then hold, the affection of their wealthy callers. 113 min. DVD 1229; vhs 999:2537
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Wood, Robin. "Flowers of Shanghai." Cineaction, 2001, Issue 56, p11-19, 9p
Xu, Gang Gary "Flowers of Shanghai : visualising ellipses and (colonial) absence / Gang Gary Xu." In: Chinese films in focus II / edited by Chris Berry. Basingstoke, Hampshire [England] ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan ; London : [Published] on behalf of British Film Institute, 2008. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1993.5.C4 C463 2008)
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Ghosted (Ai-Mei)(Germany | Taiwan, 2009)
Directed by Monika Treut. Cast: Inga Busch, Huan-Ru Ke, Ting-Ting Hu, Jana Schulz, Jack Kao, Yi-Ching Lu. German artist Sophie is trying to come to terms with the unsolved murder of her Taiwanese lover Ai-Ling. After a run-in with the seductive Mei-Li, a journalist investigating Ai-Ling's death, Sophie flees back to Germany. But when Mei-Li turns up on her Hamburg doorstep, the mystery deepens. Bonus feature: Documentary film "Tigerwomen grow wings" / written and directed by Monika Treut (56 min., 2005) Tigerwomen grow wings: Against the backdrop of Taiwan's turbulent presidential elections in 2004, this documentary portrays three women of different generations: The 70-year-old opera singer Hsieh Yueh-hsia, internationally renowned writer Li Ang, and 23-year-old film director Chen Yin-jung. The film focuses on the changes taking place in the lives of women in Taiwan's youthful democracy. 89 min. DVD X3343
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Good Men, Good Women (Hao nan hao nu) (Taiwan, Japan, 1995)
Directed by Hou Hsiao-hsien. This film consists of three intermingling stories: a film within a film as well as the past and present as linked by an actress in present-day Taipei. The film in which she plays is about a couple who return to mainland China to participate in the anti-Japanese movement in the 1940s and are arrested as Communists when they return to Taiwan. Images of the film-in-progress contrast with images from the actress' own past, when she was a party girl involved with a gangster. 108 min. 9099:2535
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Ma, Jean Y. "Doubled lives, dissimulated history: Hou Hsiao-Hsien's Good Men, Good Women." (Critical Essay)." Post Script 22.3 (Summer 2003): 21(14). UC users only

HHH: Portrait de Hou Hsiao-Hsien
Taiwanese film director Hou Hsiao-Hsein examines questions of identity and "native land," as he returns to the places of his youth to talk to childhood friends and discuss his films. His work is inseparably linked with the recent history of Taiwan and the emergence of the Taiwanese "Nouvelle Vague," an intellectual movement that united Taiwanese writers, journalists and filmmakers at the end of the 1970s; a movement that only became possible with the end of censorship and the advent of free discussions, through film and literature, about Taiwan's society. 1998. 90 min. Video/C 9081

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The Hole (Dong) (Taiwan, 1998)
Directed by Ming-liang Tsai. Seven days into the 21st century the rain will not let up in Taiwan and a strange disease reaches epic proportions. Tenants of a run-down apartment refuse to leave. The plumber comes to fix a leak and leaves a gaping hole through which the tenant spies on his neighbor. 95 min. DVD 2799
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I Don't Want to Sleep Alone (Hei yan quan) (Malaysia / China / Taiwan / France / Austria, 2006)
Director, Tsai Ming-Liang. Cast: Lee Kang-sheng, Chen Shiang-chyi, Norman Atun, Pearlly Chua. Set in Malaysia this is the story of an erotic love triangle. A young drifter who is beaten by thugs is rescued by an immigrant worker who nurses him back to health. The drifter develops a crush on a waitress who lives upstairs and the three become lovers. 118 min. DVD X1938
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Bíró, Yvette "Tender is the Regard: I Don't Want to Sleep Alone and Still Life." Film Quarterly Jun 2008, Vol. 61, No. 4: 34–40. UC users only
Clarke, Roger. "The incomplete Tsai Ming-Liang." Sight & Sound; Dec2007, Vol. 17 Issue 12, p22-26, 3p UC users only
Koc, Aysegul. "Of Human Bonding." Cineaction; 2007, Issue 71, p48-51, 4p UC users only
Stephens, Chuck. " I Don't Want to Sleep Alone." Film Comment, May/Jun2007, Vol. 43 Issue 3, p70-71, 2p UC users only
Wood, Robin. "On and Around I Don't Want to Sleep Alone." Cineaction, 2008, Issue 75, p47-49, 3p UC users only

The Personals (Zheng hun qi shi) (Taiwan, 1998)
Directed by Chen Kuo-fu. An attractive and successful ophthalmologist quits her job and places a personal ad in the newspaper. She has a specific purpose in her ad - she is looking for marriage. After a series of blind dates with men who are either lonely, desperate, strange, perverted, or all of the above, what she really wants is her mysterious ex-lover to came back to her. 105 min. DVD 2800
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Puppetmaster (Hsi meng jen sheng) (Taiwan, 1993)
Directed by Hou Hsiao-hsien. Based on the highly dramatic autobiography of real life Taiwanese puppetmaster Li Tian-lu. The story covers the period of Japanese colonization from 1910 to World War II. Li's puppetry, like all Chinese culture, was banned by the Japanese, but during World War II, the Japanese used the traditional Chinese puppet theater for their war propaganda. Only after the war did street theatres start playing again. 142 min. DVD 940; VHS 999:2662
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Awards
Cannes Film Festival - Jury Prize

Pushing Hands (Tui shou) (Taiwan, 1991)
Directed by Ang Lee. Cast: Lang Xiong, Wang Lai, Wang Yetong, Deb Snyder. A tai-chi master and widower moves from Beijing to a New York suburb to live with his only son. With a daughter-in-law who has no use for him and an ever-changing society, problems quickly arise. He is forced to call upon his tai-chi teachings and it's "pushing hands" to give him the balance needed to survive in this poignant and comic tale. DVD X4874; vhs 999:1339
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Sheng-mei Ma. "Ang Lee's Domestic Tragicomedy: Immigrant Nostalgia, Exotic/Ethnic Tour, Global Market." Journal of Popular Culture, vol. 30 no. 1. 1996 Summer. pp: 191-201.

Rebels of the Neon God (Qing shao nian nuo zha) (Taiwan, 1992)
Directed by Ming-liang Tsai. Cast: Chao-jung Chen, Chang-bin Jen, Kang-sheng Lee, Hsaio-Ling Lu, Tien Miao, Yu-Wen Wang. Set amidst the urban jungle of Taipei, is this stylish tale of teen angst and despair. Centering on four disaffected, disillusioned youth, the storyline shuttles between the deadpan, petty con games of two Taipei hoods, a young woman, and a cab driver's son who's being pressured to study by his parents. 106 min.DVD 9347
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The River (He liu) (Taiwan, 1997)
Directed by Ming-liang Tsai. Cast: Lee Kang-sheng, Miao Tien, Lu Hsiao-ling, Chen Shiang-chyi, Chang Long, Anne Hui, Chen Chao-jung. A troubled Twainese family living separate lives is driven on a quest to alleviate the son's pain after taking a dunk in the polluted Tansui River. They try virtually every intervention for his neck pain: Western medicine, a chiropractor, acupuncture, an herbal doctor, and a faith healer, Master Liu. Are the family's silent dynamics and his neck pain connected? 115 min. DVD 9354
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A Summer at Grandpa's (Dong dong de jia qi) (Taiwan, 1984)
Directed by Hou Hsiao-hsien.After their mother becomes hospitalized, two city children find themselves spending the summer in the country with their grandfather. 93 min. DVD 1598
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The Taiwan New Cinema
A documentary focusing on the two stages of motion pictures produced in Taiwan: beginnings and foundation building of the 1980s and the pluralistic creativity of the 1990s. Includes interviews with directors and film critics, extensive clips from films and commentary on the relationship between Taiwanese cinema and social development of the society. Commentary: Hou Hsiao-hsien, Tsai Ming-liang, Stan Lai, Ang Lee, Wang Toon, Peggy Chiao, Edmond K. Y. Wong, Lee Tain-dow, Hsu Hsiao-ming, Ho Ping , Wu Nien-Jen, Chen Yun-hou, Edward Yang, Chang Yi, Ko T-cheng.1998. 71 min. Video/C 9597

That Day on the Beach (Hai tan ti i tien) (Taiwan, 1983)
Directed by Edward Yang. Brought up in a strict and well-protected environment, Chia-li fought against a pre-arranged marriage, left home and married Te-wei. As Te-wei's career advances, they gradually grow apart and problems arise which Chia-li refuses to confront. In Mandarin with Chinese and English subtitles. 166 min. 999:1873
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Three Times (Zui hao de shi guang) (Taiwan/France, 2005)
Directed by Hou Hsiao-hsien. A rapturous and beautiful love story set in three different eras - a pool hall in 1966, a 1911 brothel, and present-day Taipei. The director brings to life the culture of each period as the tales unfold. 135 min. DVD 6514
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A Time to Live and a Time to Die (Tung nien Wang Shih) (Taiwan, 1985)
Directed by Hou Hsiao-hsien. The film depicts a family transplanted from mainland China to Taiwan in the early 1950s. The Father dies of illness and the elder sister marries. A-ha, the protagonist, struggles to deal with adolescence. 137 min. DVD 1598; VHS 999:1581
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Vive l'Amour (Ai qing wan sui) (Taiwan, 1994)
Directed by Tsai Ming-Liang. Cast: Yang Kui-mei, Lee Kang-sheng, Chen Chao-jung. Drama without dialog takes place in Taipei, Taiwan where a strange love triangle develops between a chic, seductive real estate agent, a street merchant and a shy, gay man who spies on the couple's trysts. 118 min. DVD 4886
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The Wayward Cloud (Tian bian yi duo yun) (France / Taiwan, 2005)
Director, Tsai Ming-Liang. Cast: Lee Kang-Sheng, Chen Shiang-Chyi, Lu Yi-Ching, Yang Kuei-Mei. Set against the backdrop of the city of Tapei, a jaded adult movie star daystreams in eleborate, erotic fantasies interweaving colorful musical numbers into a tale of sexual voyerurism. When sexual fantasies and realities collide, the line blurs, creating an outrageous tale of obsessions. 114 min. DVD X1937
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Wedding Banquet (Hsi yen) (Taiwan, USA, 1993)
Director, Ang Lee. Cast: Ah-Leh Gua, Sihung Lung, May Chin, Winston Chao, Mitchell Lichtenstein. A comedy about the relationship between a gay Asian american and his Taiwanese parents. In New York, the Taiwanese half of the gay couple hopes to end his parents' matchmaking by announcing that he's engaged. What he doesn't count on is that they'll fly in to meet the bride and plan the nuptials. 109 min. Video Disc 122; VHS 999:1495
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What Time Is It? (Ni na bian ji dian) (Taiwan, 2001)
Directed by Tsai Ming-Liang. Cast: Lee Kang-Sheng, Chen Shiang-Chyi, Lu Yi-Ching, Miao Tien, Cecilia Yip, Chen Chao-Jung, Tsai Guei, Jean-Pierre Leaud. Hxiao Kang sells watches on the streets of Taipei for a living. Shortly after his father's death, he meets a young woman who leaves for Paris the next day. He sells her his own watch which has two dials so she can keep time with both Paris and Taipei. His brief encounter with the young woman makes him run around setting all the watches in Taipei to Paris time. 116 min. DVD 1626
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Yi Yi: A One and a Two (Taiwan, Japan, 1999)
Directed by Edward Yang. This story follows the individual lives of the Jian family: NJ Jian, his wife Min-Min, and their two kids who share their Taipei apartment with Min-Min's elderly mother. Due to many circumstances, the entire family is forced to re-evaluate who they are and what their lives have become. 173 min. DVD 1170
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Awards
Cannes Film Festival - Best Director
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards - Best Foreign Language Film
National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA - Best Film
New York Film Critics Circle Awards - Best Foreign Language Film

Leiwei Li, David "Yi yi : reflections on reflexive modernity in Taiwan." In: Chinese films in focus II / edited by Chris Berry. Basingstoke, Hampshire [England] ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan ; London : [Published] on behalf of British Film Institute, 2008. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1993.5.C4 C463 2008)
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13 Assassins (Japan / UK, 2010)
Director, Takashi Miike. Cast: Koji Yakusho, Takayuki Yamada, Yusuke Iseya, Ikki Sawamura, Arata Furuta, Sousuke Takaoka, Seiji Rokkaku, Kazuki Namoka, Koen Kondo, Yuma Ishigaki, Masataka Kubota. Thirteen brave samurai must face overwhelming odds in an epic battle against a sadistic lord and his army of 200 to prevent him from plunging Japan into war. 126 min. DVD X6110
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2LDK (2003)
Director, Yukihiko Tsutsumi. Cast: Maho Nonami, Eiko Koike, Daisuke Kizaki. Two actresses who share an apartment in Tokyo are in fierce competition with each other. As they vie for the same film role and the same boyfriend, their petty squabbles escalate to all-out war as they resort to violence to settle their dispute. 70 min. DVD 9675
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Actor's Revenge (Yukinojo henge)(aka Revenge of a Kabuki Actor; The Revenge of Ukeno-Jo; The Revenge of Yuki-No-Jo) (1963)
Director, Kon Ichikawa. Cast: Kazuo Hasegawa, Fujiko Yamamoto, Ayako Wakao, Ganjiro Nakamura. While performing in a touring kabuki troop, leading female impersonator Yukinojo comes across the three men who drove his parents to suicide twenty years earlier, and plans his revenge on them. Based on the story by Mikami Otokichi. 113 min. DVD X3093; vhs 999:2025
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Allyn, John. Kon Ichikawa : a guide to references and resources Boston, Mass. : G.K. Hall, 1985. (Main (Gardner) Stacks; PFA: PN1998.A3 I332 1985)
Ehrlich, L. "Playing with form: Ichikawa's An actor's revenge and the "creative print"." In: Cinematic landscapes : observations on the visual arts and cinema of China and Japan / edited by Lin. Austin, Tex. : University of Texas Press, 1994. (Moffitt; Pacific Film Archive; East Asian Lib.: N72.M6 C55 1994 c.11
Kon Ichikawa / edited by James Quandt. Toronto : Cinematheque Ontario, c2001. (Main (Gardner) Stacks; PFA: PN1998.3.I332 K66 2001)
Mellen, Joan. "Kon Ichikawa." In: Voices from the Japanese cinema New York : Liveright, [1975] (Main; Moffitt; PFA: PN1998.A2 .M37 1975)

Afraid to Die (Karakkaze yaro) (1960)
Director, Masumura Yasuzo. Cast: Yukio Mishima, Ayako Wakao, Eiji Funakoshi, Takashi Shimura, Shigeru Koyama, Yoshie Mizutani, Keizo Kawasaki, Michiko Ono, Jun Negami, Reiasaburo Reizaburo Yamamoto. After finishing his prison sentence for killing a mob boss, Asahina reluctantly re-enters Japanese society where he tries to stay one step ahead of the mob. 97 min. DVD 6980
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After Life (1998)
Director, Kore-eda Hirokazu. In Kore-eda's thought-provoking vision, the newly deceased find themselves in a way station somewhere between Heaven and Earth. With the help of dedicated caseworkers, each soul is given three days to choose one cherished memory for their life that they will relive for eternity. As the film reveals, recognizing happiness and finding a life's worth of meaning in a single event is no simple task. 118 min. DVD 1341
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Akahige: Red Beard (1965)
Directed by Akira Kurosawa. Cast: Toshiro Mifune, Yuzo Kayama, Tsutomu Yamazaki. A vain young doctor fresh from study of the latest in Western medicine in Nagasaki is assigned to an impoverished clinic. At first rebellious against the seemingly autocratic ways of the clinic's head, he is won over by the wisdom and compassion of the dedicated director. 185 min. DVD 1260
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All About Lily Chou-Chou (Riri Shushu no subete)(Japan, 2001)
Directed by Shunji Iwai. Cast: Hayato Ichihara, Shugo Oshinari, Ayumi Ito, Takao Osawa, Miwako Ichikawa, Izumi Inamori, Yu Aoi. Yuichi is in the 8th grade and worships Lily Chou-Chou, a chanteuse whose music is lush and transcendent, the perfect tool to escape the pain and anxiety that fills his brutal life. At home, Yuichi rarely leaves his room, spending all his time in the chat room of Lily Chou-Chou's fan website. Little by litte, the reality of Yuichi's offline life becomes unbearable when he is ensnared in a nighmare of teenage prostitution, petty theft, and murder. 146 min. DVD 3846
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Hendrix, Grady. "From Nuclear Nightmare to Networked Nirvana: Futuristic Utopianism in Japanese SF Films of the 2000s." World Literature Today; May/Jun2010, Vol. 84 Issue 3, p55-57, 3p UC users only
McRoy, Jay. "Ijime and the Popular Imaginary: Iwai Shunji's All About Lily Chou-Chou." In: Nightmare Japan : contemporary Japanese horror cinema / Jay McRoy. Amsterdam ; New York, NY : Rodopi, 2008. (Full text available online [UC Berkeley users only]; Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.H6 M376 2008)
Ng, Jenna. "World of Grey: All About Lily Chou-Chou (2001)." Rouge, 13 (2009)

All Night Long Collection
Written and directed by Katsuya Matsumura. DVD 6845

All Night Long (Ooru naito rongu) (1994)
Cast: Eisuke Tsunoda, Yoji Ietomi, Ryosuke Suzuki, Hiromasa Taguchi. The first of three sequential psychological horror films from Japanese director Katsuya Matsumura. A dark and twisted film following three Japanese school mates. One day one of their girl friends is brutally tortured and raped by a gang. The three friends can't take it any more and embracing the shocking underworld of savagery, the three teenagers make a pact to find the perpetrators and exact revenge.
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All Night Long, Atrocity (Ooru naito rongu 2: Sanj) (1995)
Cast: Masashi Endo, Kanori Kadomatsu, Masahito Takahashi. The second of three sequential psychological horror films from Japanese director Katsuya Matsumura. In downtown Japan, a lonely computer nerd tries to maintain a peaceful existance while being stalked by a gang of deviant homosexuals who want to use him for their brutal S&M activities. 76 min.
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All Night Long, the Final Chapter (Ooru naito rongu 3: Saishuu-sh?) (1996)
Cast: Yujin Kitagawa, Kanori Kadomatsu, Tomoro Taguchi. The third of three sequential psychological horror films from Japanese director Katsuya Matsumura. A bellboy stalks a woman who frequents the hotel where he works. The boundaries he will cross are limitless, and the distance he will go to satiate his needs are beyond redemption. The conclusion to the series reiterates that human existence is meaningless and "human beings are garbage." 76 min.
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Ansatsu (1964)
Director: Masahiro Shinoda. Cast: Tetsuro Tamba, Shima Iwashita, Eiji Okada, Isao Kimura, Tamotsu Hayakawa, Eitaro Ozawa, Fujio Suga, Hideo Kidokoro, Gen Shimizu, Yoshindo Yamaji, Hiroshi Aoyama, Keiji Sada. 1853: "Four black ships" - the foreign steamboats of Commander Matthew Perry - anchored at Edo Bay, sparking civil unrest and the major political manoeuvering that saw the end of the Tokugawa Shogunate. At a time when assassination had become a disturbing political tool, the film follows Hachiro Kiyokawa, an ambitious, masterless samurai whose allegiances drift dangerously between the Shogunate and the Emperor, as he attempts to prevent the outbreak of civil war. Based on: Bakumatsu by Shiba Ryo-taro-. 104 min. DVD X1653
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Angel Dust (Enjeru dasuto) (1994)
Director: Sogo Ishii. Cast: Minami Kaho, Toyokawa Etsushi, Takizawa Ryoko. A beautiful Japanese investigator is assigned to a series of brutal murders against young women in the Tokyo subway. Fate reunites her with a former lover, a controversial psychiatrist expelled from his post who is now suspected of the murders. 116 min. DVD 9317
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Apart From You (Kimi to wakarete) (1933)
Director: Mikio Naruse. Cast: Yoshikawa Mitsuko, Isono Akio, Mizukubo Sumiko. An aging geisha is resented by her humiliated teenage son. 66 min. DVD X5617
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Atomic Rulers of the World (Japan, 1964)
Directors: Koreyoshi Akasaka, Teruo Ishii, and others. Cast: Nakayama, Kan Hayashi, Minoru Takada, Utako Mitsuya. A hero from the deepest reaches of space arrives on planet Earth to save mankind from atomic destruction in this feature film comprised of episodes of the popular Japanese sci-fi series Super Giant. As the citizens of the distant planet Emerald watch over Earth, they are shocked to discover that the rouge nation of Mirapolia has distributed atomic weapons all over the planet. Though the Mirapolians have vowed to destroy Earth if they cannot rule over it, the arrival of space savior Starman provides the frightened citizens of the endangered planet a ray of hope in what may be their darkest hour. In English ; dubbed from the original Japanese. 76 min. DVD 7732
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Autumn Afternoon (Sanma no aji) (1962)
Directed by Yasujiro Ozu. Cast: Ryu Chishu, Iwashita Shima, Sada Keiji, Okada Mariko, Yoshida Teruo. After living alone with his daughter for years, a widower must learn how to let her go, letting her be free to move on with her life, by arranging a marriage for her. Special features: Audio commentary featuring David Bordwell; excerpts from 1978 French television program, "Yasujiro Ozu and the taste of sake"; theatrical trailer ; new, restored high-definition digital transfer. 113 min. DVD DVD X369
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The Bad Sleep Well (Warui yatsu hodo yoku nemuru) (1960)
Directed by Akira Kurosawa. Akira Kurosawa, the acclaimed Japanese director, adopts the American gangster-film style to weave a fascinating tale of corporate greed. The story focuses on a grieving son, (Toshiro Mifune), who seeks revenge for his father's murder as he infiltrates the corrupt construction company that was responsible for his father's death. 152 min. DVD 2834; vhs 999:2283
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Maxfield, James. "The Moral Ambiguity of Kurosawa's Early Thrillers." Film Criticism v. 18 (Fall '93) p. 20-35.

The Ballad of Narayama (Narayama Bushiko) (1982)
Director: Shohei Imamura. A century ago, inhabitants from a remote mountian village lived in constant fear of starvation. Their lives were cruel, horrible, and at best, hopeless. To survive, a number of ruthless laws were passed. One of the most brutal-taking the elderly to the distant peak of Narayama to die. 129 min. DVD 9868
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Awards
Cannes Film Festival - Palme d'Or

The Battle of Okinawa (Gekido no showashi: Okinawa kessen)(1971)
Directed by Kinji Fukasaku. Cast: Keiju Kobayashi, Tetsuro Tamba, Tatsuya Nakadai, Yuzo Kayama, Mayumi Ozora, Wakako Sakai. This final stand against the Allied onslaught soon becomes the bloodiest battle of the Pacific Theater, taking the horrors of war to a level never before seen, as the desperate Japanese Army tries to demonstrate to the Americans what they should expect when they assault the Japanese mainland. 149 min.DVD 8765
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Battle Royale (Batoru rowaiaru) (2000)
Directed by Kinji Fukasaku. Cast: Takeshi Kitano, Tatsuya Fujiwara, Aki Maeda, Taro Yamamoto, Masanobu Ando. Sometime in the near future, near anarchy has broken out in Japan. The government responds by passing the Battle Royale Act, a piece of legislation mandating that a group of young people - and only young people - are forcibly marooned together on an island, and forced to kill each other until one survivor is left. If more than one is still alive after three days, every survivor will be killed. The film follows a class of 14-year-olds who believe they're on a school trip, when they are drugged. They wake up, in a derelict building on a deserted island; they're each given enough provisions for three days, a weapon, and the ultimatum. Based on a novel by Takami Koshun. Special features: TV spots, The making of Battle Royale, Battle Royale press conference, instructional video: birthday version, audition and rehearsal footage, special effects comparison featurette, Tokyo International Film Festival 2000, Battle Royale documentary, basketball scene rehearsals, behind-the-scenes featurette, filming on-set, original theatrical Trailer, director's Statement, filmographies. 122 min.DVD 86; VHS 999:73
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Bond, Jeff. "The Battle Over Battle Royale." Cinefantastique, Apr/May2003, Vol. 35 Issue 2, p5-7, 3p UC users only
Hendrix, Grady. "From Nuclear Nightmare to Networked Nirvana: Futuristic Utopianism in Japanese SF Films of the 2000s." World Literature Today; May/Jun2010, Vol. 84 Issue 3, p55-57, 3p UC users only

The Bird People in China (Chugoku no chojin) (1998)
Directed by Takashi Miike. Cast: Masahiro Motoki, Renji Ishibashi, Makoto 'Mako' Iwamatsu, Li Li Wang. Tokyo salaryman Wada ventures into deepest, darkest China to investigate a massive deposit of high-quality jade. Tailing him is Ujiie, a snarling yakuza hell-bent on getting Wada's company to repay its debts. Led by their unflappable guide, the trio stumbles upon a hill tribe, whose children are adorned with wings made from bamboo and paper. Their teacher, a blue-eyed woman named Yan, tells them that she is teaching them to fly. Wada quickly becomes obsessed with this curious local. After she tells him that she has a book on human-powered flight and that her grandfather was a downed British airman, he almost believes that she can teach her students to soar. Soon Wada feels purged from the evils of city life while Ujiie decides to dedicate his life to protecting the village. 18 min. DVD 5197
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Black Rain (Kuroi Ame) (1989)
Director: Shohei Imamura. Cast: Tanaka Yoshiko, Kitamura Kazuo, Ichihara Etsuko, Hara Hisako, Ishida Keisuke, Sawa Tamaki, Ozawa Shoichi. This is an unforgettable movie about humanity and survival after the 1945 atomic catastrophe that changed the world forever. Stunning photography vividly details the horror of ravaged HirÔshima, while its shocked survivors struggle with radiation sickness as they rebuild their shattered lives. 123 min. DVD X4866
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Black Sun (Aru kyouhaku) (Japan, 1964)
Directed by Koreyoshi Kurahara. Cast: Kawaji Tamio, Chico Roland, Chishiro Yu-ko, Nitta Sho-gen, Yamada Zenji, O-taki Hideji. A manic, oddball, anti-buddy story about a young, jazz-obsessed Japanese drifter and a black American GI on the lam in Tokyo. Based on the story, Kusatta ori-bu, by Tensei Kono. 95 min. DVD X6337
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Blue Spring (Aoi haru) (2001)
Director: Toshiaki Toyoda. Cast: Ryuhei Matsuda, Hirofumi Arai, Sousuke Takaoka, Yusuke Oshiba. In this bleak portrait of life at perhaps the worst high school in Japan, brutal Kujo is crowned the king of the school and his gang -- including his thuggish childhood pal Aoki -- rule the place with an iron fist. Based on a comic by Tayou Matsumoto. Special features: Commentary by Tom Mes; interview with director Toshiaki Toyoda; artwork; biographies & filmographies; scene selection. 83 min. DVD X4555
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Boiling Point (3-4x jugatsu) (1990)
Director, 'Beat' Takeshi Kitano. Two members of a Japanese junior baseball team get mixed up with the local yakuza. After their coach is severely injured by the gangsters, the two boys set off to Okinawa to purchase a gun in order to get revenge. While in Okinawa they get befriended by a psychotic yakuza outcast who is planning a revenge of his own. 98 min. DVD 1093; vhs 999:3200
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Brother (2000)
Directed by Takeshi Kitano. After his crime boss is murdered in a Tokyo gang war, a yakuza gangster is exiled to Los Angeles. He has a big bag of money and a really bad attitude and hooks up with his half-brother who is the leader of a small-time drug ring. Together, with a local street hustler, the brothers declare war on the other local drug traffickers. This ignites into the bloodiest, dirtiest, nastiest power struggle L.A. has ever seen. 113 min. DVD 1084
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Bullet Ballet (1998)
Director: Shinya Tsukamoto. Cast: Shinya Tsukamoto, Kirina Mano, Tatsuya Nakamura, Takahiro Murase, Tomorowo Taguchi, Kyoka Suzuki.A man sees his life changed for ever when his fiancee shoots herself. Baffled, he wants by all means to obtain such a weapon of destruction and he finds himself caught in a violent group of young vicious punks. 87 min. DVD X1478
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Burmese Harp (Biruma no tategoto) (1956)
Director: Kon Ichikawa. Following the actions of a young Japanese officer separated from his battalion at the close of the Pacific War in Burma, the film shows one man's journey from the comforts of companionship in adversity to a solitary confrontation with, and the eventual grasp of, mass death in the name of patriotism. 116 min. DVD 8429
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Allyn, John. Kon Ichikawa : a guide to references and resources Boston, Mass. : G.K. Hall, 1985. (Main (Gardner) Stacks; PFA: PN1998.A3 I332 1985)
Khiun, Liew Kai. "Self-inflicted pain: Japanese cinema on the Pacific War." New Cinemas: Journal of Contemporary Film, 2011, Vol. 8 Issue 3, p189-201, 13p UC users only
Kon Ichikawa / edited by James Quandt. Toronto : Cinematheque Ontario, c2001. (Main (Gardner) Stacks; PFA: PN1998.3.I332 K66 2001)
Mellen, Joan. "Kon Ichikawa." In: Voices from the Japanese cinema New York : Liveright, [1975] (Main; Moffitt; PFA: PN1998.A2 .M37 1975)

Cafe Lumière (Kohi jiko) (2003)
Director: Hou Hsiao-Hsien. In a residential Tokyo neighborhood, Yoko, a freelance writer, becomes pregnant and chooses, against tradition and her parents' wishes, to raise the baby alone. In her loneliness and confusion, Yoko befriends the owner of a second-hand bookstore, who silently falls in love with her as she contemplates the choice she has made. 104 min. DVD 4867
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Carnival in the Night (Yami no kanibaru) (1982)
Director: Yamamoto Masashi. Cast: Ota Kumiko, Kuwabara Enkyo, Edo Akemi, Endo Michiro. Punk rocker Kumi leaves her son with her ex-husband and sets off on an unusual journey through Tokyo's underbelly, with each person she meets being stranger than the last, and each encounter more disturbing. 108 min. DVD X246

Castle of Sand (Suna no utsuwa) (1974)
Directed by Yoshitaro Nomura. Cast: Tanba Tetsuro-, Kato- Go-, Morita Kensaku, Shimada Yo-ko. Two detectives are assigned to investigate the murder of a 60-year-old policeman at the Tokyo Railway Station. The victim is well-liked and benevolent and there does not seem to be any motivation to the murder. A further investigation finally leads to the discovery of the hidden past of a young rising composer. Based on the novel by Matsumoto Seicho. 143 min. DVD X2623
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Chichi ariki(1942)
Directed by Yasujiro Ozu. Cast: Ryu-Chishu, Sano Shu-ji, Tsuda Haruhiko, Saburi Shin, Sakamoto Takeshi, Mito Mitsuko, O-tsuka Masayoshi, Himori Shin'ichi. A widowed high school teacher finds that the more he tries to do what is best for his son's future, the more they are separated. Special feature: New interview with film scholars David Bordwell and Kristin Thompson. 87 min. DVD X3944
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The Clone Returns Home (Kurôn wa kokyô wo mezasu) (Japan, 2008)
Directed by Nakajima Kanji. Cast: Oikawa Mitsuhiro, Ishida Eri, Nagasaku Hiromi, Shimada Kyusaku, Shinagawa Toru. An astronaut dies on a mission, but he has a clone, which has been imprinted with his memories. Unfortunately, the upload malfunctions and the clone fixates on a tragic memory from the dead astronaut's youth, setting off a chain of events that will result in tragedy and a profound exploration of what it means to be human, and have a soul. 110 min. DVD X6138
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Crazed Fruit (Kurutta kajitsu) (1956)
Directed by Ko Nakahira. Cast: Masahiko Tsugawa, Yujiro Ishihara, Mie Kitahara. Two brothers compete for the amorous favors of a young woman during a seaside summer of gambling, boating, and drinking. A portrayal of post-war sexual revolution among Japan's young and privileged. 86 min. DVD 4085
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The Crucified Woman (Chikamatsu monogatari) (1954)
Directed by Kenji Mizoguchi. Cast: Kinuyo Tanaka, Yoshiko Kuga. Summary When the aging madam of a geisha house in Kyoto ends up pursuing the same man as her daughter, both women are forced to confront their attitudes toward each other and the family business. 84 min. DVD X1683
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Cruel Gun Story (Kenju zankoku monogatari)(1964)
Directed by Takumi Furukawa. Cast: Joe Shishido, Chieko Matsubara, Tamio Kawachi, Yuji Odaka, Minako Kazuki, Hiroshi Nihonyanagi, Hiroshi Kondo, Shobun Inoue, Saburo Hiromatsu, Junichi Yamanobe. Fresh out of jail, Togawa has no chance to go straight because he is immediately coerced by a wealthy mob boss into organizing a heist on an armored car carrying racetrack receipts. After assembling a ragtag bunch to carry out the robbery, Togawa learns that all is not what it seems. 87 min. DVD X1953
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Cruel Story of Youth (Seishun zankoku monogatari) (1960)
Director: Nagisa Ôshima. In this daring statement about the disillusionment that took hold in Japan following World War II, a teenage girl and her criminal boyfriend perform sexual shakedowns on well-to-do middle-aged men. 96 min. 999:2024
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The Cure (Kyua) (1997)
Directed by Kiyoshi Kurosawa. Cast: Koji Yakusho, Masato Hagiwara, Tsuyoshi Ujiki, Anna Nakagawa, Yoriko Douguchi, Yukijiro Hotaru. Set in and around a bleak, decaying Tokyo, a series of murders have been committed by ordinary people who claim to have had no control over their horrifying actions. Detective Kenichi Takabe puts his own sanity on the line as he tries to end the terror. 111 min. DVD 4257
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Dark Water (Honokurai mizu no soko kara)(2001)
Directed by Hideo Nakata. Cast: Kuroki Hitomi, Kanno Rio, Oguchi Mirei, Mizukawa Asami. Yoshimi Matsubara fights to gain legal custody of her five year-old daughter Ikuko while the two live together in a dark, sullen and musty apartment building. Already insecure and uncertain about her future with her daughter, Yoshimi is haunted by murky water dripping through the ceiling and walls, and by the almost taunting appearances of a small red bag that once belonged to a girl who had mysteriously disappeared two years prior. Though she desperately struggles to find the strength within herself for Ikuko's sake, her horror intensifies as she comes closer to discovering the connection between these events, and is completely unprepared for the truth that lies ahead. 100 min. DVD 6832
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Dead Girl Walking (Kaiki! Shinin shôjo) (2004)
Directed by Koji Shiraishi. Cast: Ayaka Maeda, Katsumi Nagashio, Kansai Eto, Moe Karasawa. The unimaginable happens when Sayuri is pronounced "dead" by her doctor, but her body continues to function. Her wounds begin to fester and her body begins to rot. Her once loving family are now repulsed by her. She flees from them, but is snatched away by a strange man who runs a freak show, where she is forced to exhibit her putrefied body. Based on the horror comic strips of Hideshi Hino. 44 min. DVD 6794
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Dead or Alive (Hanzaisha) (1999)
Directed by Takashi Miike. Cast: Riki Takeuchi, Sho Aikawa, Renji Ishibashi, Hitoshi Ozawa, Shingo Tsurumi. Without a home and feeling no obligation to Japanese society or Yakuza, Ryuichi and his small group decide to make their own place by trying to take over the Shinjuku underworld and the drug trade from Taiwan. As they plan an all-out-assault on the remaining Chinese and Japanese mafia kings, only Detective Jojima stands between them and complete domination. 105 min. DVD 8354
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Dead or Alive 2: Birds (Tôbôsha)) (2000)
Directed by Takashi Miike. Cast: Show Aikawa, Riki Takeuchi, Edison Chen, Kenichi Endo, Teah. Now reunited, Mizuki and Shuichi team up to pay off their spiritual debts while staying one trigger-pull ahead of the mobsters and killers who want them dead. 97 min. DVD 8355
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Death Train (Kyôfu ressha) (2004)
Directed by Kazuyuki Sakamoto. Cast: Aja, Narumi Konno, Saya Tuki. Three high school friends on a weekend trip experience a strange flash of light and loud sound while on a train to an amusement park. Everything seems normal at first, but then strange things start happening including being chased by strange men in black. Plagued by nightmarish sensations they flee only to find themselves at the amusement park. They are stuck between nightmare and reality, between the walls of two worlds that are closing in on them. But which world is real? Based on the horror comic strips of Hideshi Hino. 61 min. DVD 6801
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Dersu Uzala (Soviet Union | Japan, 1974)
Director: Akira Kurosawa. An enthralling tale of an eccentric Mongolian frontiersman who is taken on as a guide by a Soviet surveying crew. While the soldiers at first perceive Dersu as a naive and comical relic of an uncivilized age, he quickly proves himself otherwise with displays of ingenuity and bravery unmatched by any member of the inexperienced mapping team, on more than one occasion becoming their unlikely savior. Originally made as a motion picture in 1974 as a joint Soviet and Japanese production. 140 min. DVD 408; VHS 999:2040
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Awards
Academy Award - Foreign Language Film

Dr. Akagi (Kanzo sensei) (1998)
Directed by Imamura Shohei. Set on a small Japanese island near the end of World War II, this is the story of a doctor's obsession to retain his decency and stamp out a deadly disease. 117 min. DVD 1285

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DOA Final (2002)
Director: Takashi Miike. Cast: Show Aikawa, Riki Takeuchi, Richard Chen, Maria Chin. In Yokohama, AD 2346, a multiethnic melting pot is ruled by cruel Dictator Woo. Woo and his agenda are resisted by underworld rebels and enforced by super-cops. DVD. 88 min. DVD 8356
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Dodes Ka-den (Dodesukaden) (1970)
Director: Akira Kurosawa. Cast: Zushi Yoshitaka, Sugai Kin, Tonomura Toshiyuki, Minami Shinsuke, Kusunoki Yu-ko. Follows the daily lives of a group of people barely scraping by in a slum on the outskirts of Tokyo. As desperate as their circumstances may seem, each of them, including the homeless father and son who dream of a home; the young woman hiding from the abuse she receives from her uncle; and a young boy who dreams of being a trolley conductor, find reasons to carry on. Based on: Kisetsu no nai machi by Yamamoto Shu-goro-. Special DVD features: "Akira Kurosawa: it is wonderful to create:" a documentary about the making of the film, including interviews with director Akira Kurosawa, script supervisor Teruyo Nogami, actor Yoshitaka Zushi, and other memebers of the cast and crew (36 min.); theatrical trailer; booklet includes an essay by film historian, Stephen Prince and a new interview with Nogami. 140 min. X1481
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Desser, David "The Place of Dodeskaden." Post Script: Essays in Film and the Humanities, 2000 Fall, 20:1, 68-78.

Dogura Magura (1988)
Director: Toshio Matsumoto. A man is confined to a mental institution after trying to murder his fiancee. Two doctors relate his problem to an Asian philosophy that states that mental defects are transmitted from generation to generation. But is the whole thing merely a game concocted by the two physicians, who may even have driven themselves mad?. 109 min. DVD 3517
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Dolls (Doruzu) (2002)
Director, Takeshi Kitano. Cast: Kanno Miho, Hidetoshi Nishijima, Tatsuya Mihashi, Kyoko Fukada. Three stories of undying love. Bound by a long red cord, a young couple wanders in search of something they have forgotten. An aging yakuza returns to the park where he used to meet his long-lost girlfriend. A disfigured pop star confronts the phenomenal devotion of her biggest fan. 113 min. DVD 5994
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Doppelgänger (Dopperugengâ) (2003)
Director: Kiyoshi Kurosawa. Cast: Yakusho Ko-ji, Nagasaku Hiromi, Santamaria Yusuke. A meek scientist meets and eventually learns to deal with his double, who, though physically identical to him, is frighteningly opposite in nature. 107 min. DVD X1429
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Double Suicide (Japanese Summer: Double Suicide) (Shinju ten no amijima) (1969)
Director: Masahiro Shinoda. Jihei has an affair and falls in love with the geisha, Koharu. His attempts to pay the price for her freedom bankrupts the family business. The town calls for divorce, and Jihei stands to lose his wife, children, and home. 105 min. DVD 528
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Cavanaugh, Carole. "Eroticism in two dimensions: Shinoda Masahiro's Double suicide (1969)." In: Japanese cinema : texts and contexts / edited by Alastair Phillips and Julian Stringer. London ; New York : Routledge, 2007. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1993.5.J3 J27 2007)
Cornyetz, Nina. "Gazing Disinterestedly: Politicized Poetics in Double Suicide." differences: A Journal of Feminist Cultural Studies - Volume 12, Number 3, Fall 2001, pp. 101-127UC users only

Dreams (1990)
Director: Akira Kurosawa. Eight episodes shimmering with rich imagery and insight which explore the costs of war, the perils of nuclear power and especially mankind's need to harmonize with nature. 120 min. DVD 1696; vhs 999:1138
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Drunken Angel (Yoidore tenshi) (1948)
Director: Akira Kurosawa. Cast: Takashi Shimura, Toshiro Mifune, Reizaburo Yamamoto, Michiyo Kogure, Chieko Nakakita, Noriko Sengoku, Shizuko Kasagi. Set in post-war Tokyo in 1945, a tuberculosis-infected criminal starts an unhealthy relationship with an alcoholic doctor. The patient needs to feel better so that he can retain his status as gang-leader after the ex-leader is released from prison, and the doctor needs to feel like he has a place in society and that life is worth living. Special features: Commentary soundtrack by film scholar Donald Richie, a making-of documentary (31 min.), a short (25 min.) looking at the challenges from censors that Kurosawa faced in making Drunken angel, and a booklet featuring an essay by cultural historian Ian Buruma and excerpts from Kurasawa's autobiography. 98 min. DVD 8890
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Early Spring (Soshun) (1956)
Director: Yasujiro Ozu. Cast: Chikage Awashima, Ryo Ikebe, Keiko Kishi, Teiji Takahashi, Chishu Ryu, So Yamamura, Haruko Sugimura, Takako Fujino, Masami Taura, Kumeko Urabe, Kuniko Miyake. A salaryman in postwar Tokyo has an illicit affair with an officemate in this moving portrait of a fragile marriage. 144 min. DVD 8131; also DVD 3566
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Early Summer (Bakushu) (1951)
Director: Yasujiro Ozu. Details the conflicting senses of obligation and individualism faced by a young daughter as her family-arranged wedding approaches. 125 min. DVD 3565; DVD 3501; also VHS 999:260
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The Eel (Unagi) (1996)
Director, Shohei Imamura. Cast: Koji Yakusho, Misa Shimizu, Fujio Tokita, Mitsuko Baisho, Makoto Sato, Akira Emoto, Etsuko Ichihara. Finding his wife in bed with another man, Takuro Yamashita murders her, serves an eight year prison sentence, and then moves to a small town to begin life anew as a barber. His only solace has been through an eel he has kept as a pet since his days in prison, until he agrees to help a young woman with a troubled past by offering her a job as his assistant. 117 min. DVD X149; vhs 999:3164
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Awards
Cannes Film Festival - Palme d'Or

The Emperor's Naked Army Marches On (Yuki yukite shingun)
Directed by Kazuo Hara. In this absorbing documentary, Kenzo Okuzaki--a veteran of Japan's WWII New Guinea campaign--painstakingly tracks down the former military officers responsible for the mysterious deaths of several fellow soldiers. Director Kazuo Hara not only captures the zeal of Okuzaki's mission but also exposes the atrocities committed by the Japanese military against its soldiers, resulting in a controversial film of undeniable power. 1987. 122 min. DVD 7172

The End of Summer (Kohayagawa-ke no aki) (1962)
Director: Yasujiro Ozu. This bittersweet elegy for a vanishing world examines the difficulties faced by the Kohayagawa family as they struggle to adapt their traditional values to a rapidly changing post-war Japan. 103 min. DVD 6415
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Equinox Flower (Higanbana)(1958)
Director: Yasujiro Ozu. Cast: Shin Saburi, Kinuyo Tanaka, Ineko Arima, Keiji Sada, Teiji Takahashi, Miyuki Kuwano, Chishu Ryu, Chieko Naniwa, Fumio Watanabe, Nobuo Nakamura, Fujiko Yamamoto. In Ozu's first color film, a stubborn Japanese businessman, who disapproves of his daughter's fiance, must learn to embrace modern romance. 118 min. DVD 8130
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Every-night Dreams (Kimi to wakarete) (1933)
Director: Mikio Naruse. Cast: Kurishima Sumiko, Saito Tatsuo, Kojima Teruko. A dockside bar hostess must contend with the return of her long-gone layabout husband. 65 min. DVD X5617
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Evil Brain from Outer Space(1964)
Directors: Koreyoshi Akasaka, Teruo Ishii, and others. Cast: Ken Utsui, Sachihiro Ohsawa, Junko Ikeuchi, Minako Yamada, Shoji Nakayama, Kan Hayashi, Minoru Takada, Utako Mitsuya. From a Japanese television series complete with corny costume, super strength, and the ability to fly from planet to planet, Starman clobbers the bad guys with a frenzied fighting style that looks like a cross between martial arts and a berserk ballet. "The most brilliant mind in the universe" tries to conquer the earth with an army of mutants, monsters, mad doctors, and a "super germ" that turns into a white-faced-witch-like woman with killer-claws. Dubbed in English. 78 min. DVD 7740
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Face of Another (Tanin no kao) (Japan, 1966)
Directed by Hiroshi Teshigahara. Cast: Tatsuya Nakadai, Machiko Kyo, Mikijiro Hira, Kyoko Kishida, Miki Irie, Eiji Okada, Minoru Chiaki, Hideo Kanze, Kunie Tanaka, Bibari Maeda, Etsuko Ichihara, Yoshie Minami. Okuyama, after being burned and disfigured in an industrial accident and estranged from his family and friends, agrees to his psychiatrist's radical experiment: a face transplant, created from the mold of a stranger. As Okuyama is thus further alienated from the world around him, he finds himself giving in to his darker temptations. 124 min. DVD 9081
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Macnab, Geoffrey. "The Face of Another." Sight & Sound, Jul2005, Vol. 15 Issue 7, p86-86 UC users only
Sakaki, Atsuko. "Scratch the surface, film the face: obsession with the depth and seduction of the surface in Abe Ko-bo's The Face of Another." Japan Forum, Nov2005, Vol. 17 Issue 3, p369-388, 20p UC users only

Family Game (Kasoku gêmu) (1983)
Director: Yoshimitsu Morita. Cast: Matsuda Yusaku, Itami Juzo, Saori Yuki. A film that pokes fun at contemporary Japanese ideals, portraying a middle-class family as it battles against the Japanese educational system. Shigeyuki Numata has been the underachieving, troubled teen slacker in his somewhat dysfunctional family, but he's about to get severely schooled when Yoshimoto, a hard-nosed tutor with his own unique brand of hands-on teaching, crashes into his life. 107 min. DVD 8409; vhs 999:262
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Gerow, Aaron. "Playing with postmodernism: Morita Yoshimitsu's The family game (1983)." In: Japanese cinema : texts and contexts / edited by Alastair Phillips and Julian Stringer. London ; New York : Routledge, 2007. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1993.5.J3 J27 2007)
Knee, Adam. "The Family Game Is Up: Morita Revises Ozu." Post-Script 1991 Fall, 11:1, 40-47.
McDonald,-Keiko-I."Family, Education, and Postmodern Society: Yoshimitsu Morita's The Family Game." East-West Film Journal, 1989 Dec., 4:1, 53-68.

Female Prisoner Scorpion: Jailhouse 41 (Joshuu 701-gô: Sasori) (Japan, 1972)
Directed by Shunya Ito. Cast: Meiko Kaji, Fumio Watanabe, Kayoko Shiraishi. An innocent young woman in jail is systematically humiliated and tortured, and when she escapes, she goes on a violent rampage of revenge against the men who abused her. 90 min. DVD X2486
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Fighting Elegy (aka Born Fighter) (Kenka erejii) (Japan, 1996)
Directed by Seijun Suzuki. Cast: Hidei Takahashi, Yusuke Kawazu, Takeshi Kato, Isao Tamagawa, Kayo Matsuo. High schooler Nanbu Kiroku yearns for the prim, Catholic Michiko, but her only desire is to reform Kiroku's sinful tendencies. Hormones raging, Kiroku channels his unsatisfied lust into the only outlet available: savage, crazed violence. Based on the novel by Takashi Suzuki. Special features: Original theatrical trailer; new and improved English subtitle translation ; a new essay by film critic Tony Rayns. 86 min. DVD X4065
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Fires on the Plain (Nobi) (1959)
Director: Kon Ichikawa. Cast: Eiji Funakoshi, Osamu Takizawa, Mickey Curtis. In the most powerful of all Japanese anti-war films, acts of cannibalism bring home the terrifying brutality of war. Japanese troops are in retreat in the Philippines. Supplies run out and discipline crumbles. 105 min. DVD 8423; vhs 999:1311
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Hauser, William B. "Fires on the Plain: The Human Cost of the Pacific War." In: Reframing Japanese Cinema: Authorship, Genre, History / edited by Arthur Nolletti, Jr. and David Desser. pp: 193-209. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, c1992. (Main Stack PN1993.5.J3.R44 1992; Moffitt PN1993.5.J3.R44 1992)
Khiun, Liew Kai. "Self-inflicted pain: Japanese cinema on the Pacific War." New Cinemas: Journal of Contemporary Film, 2011, Vol. 8 Issue 3, p189-201, 13p UC users only
Lofgren, Erik R. "Christianity Excised: Ichikawa Kon's Fires on the Plain." Japanese Studies, Dec2003, Vol. 23 Issue 3, p265-275, 11pUC users only

Fireworks (Hana-bi) (1997)
Director, Takeshi Kitano. In this gangster film combining cool violence and powerful emotions a hard-boiled ex-cop, haunted by a troubled past and pushed to the edge by the shooting of his partner, confronts his demons in a ruthless quest for justice and redemption. 103 min. DVD 1083; vhs 999:2693
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Awards
Venice Film Festival - Golden Lion

Flavor of Green Tea Over Rice (Ochazuke no aji) (1952)
Director: Yasujiro Ozu. This is the story of a modern Japanese married couple trying desperately to hold themselves together as husband and wife. But there is conflict between her busy lifestyle spent with friends and his desire for a simpler life. 146 min. DVD 3566; DVD 6509
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Floating Clouds (Ukigumo) (1955)
Director: Mikio Naruse. Cast: Hideko Takamine, Masayuki Mori, Mariko Okada. Amour fou in Tokyo. Adapted from Fumiko Hayashi's best-selling novel, Naruse's masterpiece contrasts two characters: a strong woman who relentlessly pursues her desire while hoping her lover and society will understand what she has to do to survive, and her lover who craves a conventionally validated social identity. 118 min. DVD X6244
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Callahan, Dan. "Notes on Naruse." Bright Lights Film Journal; May2006 Issue 52, p17-17, 1p, 10
Fox, Joan. "Profile: Hideko Takamine." Kinema. Spring 1994
Fujiwara, Chris. "Caught." Film Comment; Sep/Oct2005, Vol. 41 Issue 5, p56-64, 5p UC Berkeley users only
Russell, Catherine. The cinema of Naruse Mikio : women and Japanese modernity Durham : Duke University Press, 2008. ( Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1998.3.N37 R87 2008)

Floating Weeds (Ukigusa) (1959)
Director: Yasujiro Ozu. An aged actor with a hidden past returns with his Kabuki theater company to a small Japanese town. There his secret is uncovered and his troupe disbands due to lack of funds, but the actor finds the strength to continue living. This is his remake of his 1934 silent feature, "A Story of Floating Weeds" (also on DVD 2625). 128 min. DVD 2625; DVD 6416
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Lopate, Philip. "Floating Weeds." (Review) Cineaste v23, n3 (Summer, 1998):26 (4 pages).

Flunky Work Hard (Koshiben ganbare) (1931)
Director: Mikio Naruse. Cast: Yamaguchi Isamu, Naniwa Tomoko, Kato Seiichi, Akiyama Shizue, Sugawara Hideo, Seki Tokio. An atypical breezy comedy about a poor insurance salesman trying to provide for his family. 28 min. DVD X5616
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The Forty-Seven Ronin (Genroku Chushingura) (1941)
Director: Kenji Mizoguchi. This fact-based account, created to inspire patriotic spirit during WWII, is a cinematic exploration of heroism and self-sacrifice which provides a rare glimpse at the price heroes sometimes paid to preserve their honor. 225 min. DVD 193; VHS 999:1388 (2 parts)
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Franz Kafka's A Country Doctor (Kafuka Inaka Isha) & Other Fantastic Films by Koji Yamamura
Koji Yamamura is considered one of the greatest independent Japanese animators of this generation. Presented here is a collection of Yamamura's most remarkable works, including his masterpiece Franz Kafka's A Country Doctor, a nightmarish, virtuoso drawing-on-paper rendering of the famed short story. Contents: Kafuka Inaka Isha = Franz Kafke Ein Landarzt = [A country doctor (21 min. ; 2007) -- A Child's metaphysics = Kodomo no keijijogaku (5 min. ; 2007) -- The Old crocodile = [ Toshi wo totta wani] (13 min. ; 2005)-- Pieces = Omake (2 min. ; 2003) -- Mt. Head = Atama yama (10 min. ; 2002)-- Your choice! = Docchi ni suru? (10 min. ; 1999) -- Bavel's Book = [ Bavel no hon] (5 min ; 1996) -- Kids castle (5 min. ; 1995) -- Kipling Jr. (15 min. ; 1995) -- Karo to puyobuputo = [ Karo & piyoubupt series] (3 episodes, 4 min. each ; 1993) -- Enkinhou no hako : Hakase no sagashimono = Perspektivenbox : the researcher's search (4 min. ; 1989) -- Suisei = [ Aquatic] (5 min. ; 1987) -- Hyakka zukan = Japanese-English pictionary (4 min. ; 1989) Originally produced as a short motion pictures between 1987-2007. 124 min. DVD X5641
The Funeral (Ososhiki) (1985)
Director: Juzo Itami. An old man's unexpected death creates hilarious havoc with his family. The traditional three-day undertaking becomes a sly comedy of manners as the younger generation struggles with the complex rituals of the Buddhist ceremony. 124 min. DVD 1379; vhs 999:1057
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Serper, Zvika. "Eroticism in Itami's "The Funeral" and "Tampopo": Juxtaposition and Symbolism." Cinema Journal, Vol. 42, No. 3 (Spring, 2003), pp. 70-95 UC users only

Funeral Parade of Roses. (Bara no soretsu) (1969)
Director: Toshio Matsumoto. Eddie and the transvestite Leda both have sexual designs on bar manager and drug dealer Gonda. Gonda fears Leda will expose him to the police if he does not give in to his advances. When Leda commits suicide, Eddie and Gonda are free to engage in their homosexual yearnings for each other. When Gonda discovers he is Eddie's father, he kills himself with a knife. A distraught Eddie uses the same knife to cut his own eyes. Special DVD features on DVD 8460: Full length audio commentary by the director Toshio Matsumoto ; video interview wih director Toshio Matsumoto ; promotional material gallery and original Japanese trailer ; 40-page book with new essays by Jim O'Rourke and Roland Domenig. 107 min. DVD 8460; DVD 3515
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Gate of Flesh (Nikutai no mon) (1964)
Director: Seijun Suzuki. Cast: Joe Shishido, Yumiko Nogawa, Satoko Kasai, Koji Wada, Tomiko Ishii, Kayo Matsuo, Misako Tominaga, Keisuke Noro, Chico Rolando. In the shady black markets and bombed-out hotels of post-World War II Tokyo, a tough band of prostitutes eke out a dog-eat-dog existence, maintaining tenuous friendships and a semblance of order in a world of chaos. But when a renegade ex-soldier stumbles into their midst, lusts and loyalties clash, with tragic results. Special features : Exclusive new video interview with Director Seijun Suzuki and Production Designer Takeo Kimura, Stills gallery, Theatrical trailer, New and improved English translation, New essay by noted Asian-cinema critic Chuck Stephens. 90 min. DVD X4074
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Gate of Hell (Jigokumon) (1953)
Director: Teinosuke Kinugasa. The story of a samurai who accidentally murders the woman he loves and becomes a monk to expiate his offense. Based on a real crime committed in Japan in 1159. 86 min. vhs 999:1097
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Awards

Honorary Academy Award - Best Foreign Language Film
Cannes Film Festival - Grand Prize of the Festival
New York Film Critics Circle Awards - Best Foreign Language Film

A Geisha (Gion bayashi)(1953)
Directed by Kenji Mizoguchi. Cast: Kogure Michiyo, Wakao Ayako, Kawazu Seizaburo-, Shindo- Eitaro-. The story of the beautiful Eiko who decides to follow in her mother's footsteps and becomes a geisha. Eiko takes up traditional geisha training but discovers the truth that in the new Japan of the 1950s, art alone will not sustain a woman. Accompanied by a booklet includes archival imagery, articles by Robin Wood and Mark Le Fanu. Special features: Tony Rayns on Mizoguchi; original trailer; original teaser. 85 min. DVD X1687
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Giants & Toys (Kyojin to gangu) (1958)
Directed by Yasuzo Masumura. Cast: Hiroshi Kawaguchi, Hitomi Nozoe, Hideo Takamatsu, Michiko Ono, Yunosuke Ito, Kyu Sazanka. When three rival candy companies go to war for market supremacy, World Caramels enlists a lower-class girl with appallingly bad teeth to be their new spokesmodel. In a world of industrial spies, hostile takeovers and boardroom hysterics, the animal instincts of this overnight star prove to be the most cutthroat of all. 95 min. DVD 6982
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Good Morning (Ohayo) (1959)
Directed by Ozu Yasujiro. A satiric comedy set in a 1950s residential suburb of Tokyo, about two young brothers who refuse to talk until their parents agree to buy them a television set. 93 min. DVD 2759
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Great Yokai War (Yôkai daisensô) (Japan, 2005)
Directed by Takashi Miike. Cast: Kamiki Ryu-nosuke, Kondo- Masaomi. A young boy with a troubled home life becomes "chosen," and he stumbles into the middle of a great spirit war, where he meets a group of friendly spirits who become his companions through his journey. Now he must fight to protect his friends and free the world of the spirits from oppression. 124 min. DVD X6305
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Guard from Underground (Jigoku no keibiin) (1992)
Directed by Masaki Kobayashi. Cast: Kuno Makiko, Matsushige Yutaka, Hasegawa Hatsunori, Ogata Kanta, Osugi Ren. An evil security guard stalks the claustrophobic corridors of the Akebono Corporation, in the form of an inhuman security guard who preys on any unsuspecting salaryman that gets in his way. With the building locked off from the outside world, it's up to new girl Akiko and her fellow workers of Department 12 to survive long enough to escape the guard's brutal rampage. 81 min. DVD X1480
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Harakiri (Seppuku) (1962)
Directed by Masaki Kobayashi. Cast: Tatsuya Nakadai, Akira Ishihama, Shima Iwashita, Tetsuro Tamba, Rentaro Mikuni. Peace in 17th-century Japan causes the Shogunate's breakup of warrior clans, throwing thousands of samurai out of work and into poverty. An honorable end to such fate under the samurai code is ritual suicide, or hara-kiri. Tensions grow until an elder warrior strikes out one last time against the abusive society that crafted such cruelty. 133 min. DVD 4439
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Awards
Cannes Film Festival - Special Jury Prize

The Hidden Fortress (Kakushi toride no san akunin) (1958)
Directed by Akira Kurosawa. In this spirited adventure a loyal general and a princess must dodge enemy clans while smuggling a royal treasure out of hostile territory with two bumbling greedy peasants at their sides. 139 min. DVD 702
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High and Low (Tengoku to jigoku) (1963)
Director: Akira Kurosawa. A complex crime thriller in which a wealthy shoe manufacturer's chauffeur's son is kidnapped in mistake for his own, and he faces a moral dilemma. 143 min. DVD 2819; vhs 999:2284
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The Human Condition (Ningen no jôken)
Directed by Masaki Kobayashi. Cast: Tatsuya Nakadai, Michiyo Aratama. Tells of the journey of the well-intentioned yet naive Kaji from labor camp supervisor to Imperial Army soldier to Soviet POW. Constantly trying to rise above a corrupt system, Kaji time and again finds his morals an impediment rather than an advantage. 574 min. DVD X2045
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I Am Waiting (Ore wa matteru ze) (1957)
Director: Koreyoshi Kurahara. Cast: Yujiro Ishihara, Mie Kitahara, Isamu Kosugi, Kenjiro Uemura, Hideaki Nitani, Ken Hatano, Kojiro Kusanagi. A restaurant manager and ex-boxer get roped into the criminal underworld when the ex-boxer falls hard for a mysterious, young suicidal club hostess who is fleeing her gangster boss. 91 min. DVD X1950
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I Hate But Love (Nikui an-chikushô) (1962)
Directed by Koreyoshi Kurahara. Cast: Ishihara Yujiro, Asaoka Ruriko, Ashikawa Izumi, Koike Asao, Nagato Hiroyuki. A celebrity, dissatisfied with both his professional and personal lives, leaves Tokyo to deliver a much-needed Jeep to a remote village. 105 min. DVD X6334
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I Live In Fear (Ikimono no kiroku) (1955)
Director: Akira Kurosawa. Cast: Mifune Toshiro, Miyoshi Eiko, Shimura Takashi, Chiaki Minoru. An elderly and wealthy industrialist is driven to madness over fears of a nuclear attack. In a futile attempt to save his family he pressures them to leave Japan and move to the rain forest in Brazil where he believes they will be safe. His family, complacent and cynical, is outraged and moves to have him declared insane. 103 min. DVD 9127
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I Live In Fear (Ikimono no kiroku) (1955)
Director: Akira Kurosawa. Cast: Mifune Toshiro, Miyoshi Eiko, Shimura Takashi, Chiaki Minoru. An elderly and wealthy industrialist is driven to madness over fears of a nuclear attack. In a futile attempt to save his family he pressures them to leave Japan and move to the rain forest in Brazil where he believes they will be safe. His family, complacent and cynical, is outraged and moves to have him declared insane. 105 min. DVD 9127
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I Was Born, But-- (Shochiku) (1932)
Directed by Yasujiro Ozu. Cast: Hayami, Seichi Kato, Shoichi Kofujita. A young father's promotion brings his family to his boss's neighborhood in the suburbs. But it is less rewarding to his sons who are bullied by neighborhood ruffians including the boss's son and feel humiliated by their father's public submission to his boss. 89 min. DVD 9595; vhs 999:2954
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Ichi the Killer (Koroshiya 1) (2001)
Director: Takashi Miike. Cast: Tadanobu Asano, Nao Omori, Shinya Tsukamoto, Alien Sun. A killer working for the Yakuza hunts down a sadistic killer who is murdering his co-workers. A bizarre combination of comedy and graphic scenes of violence, torture and sex. 124 min. DVD X6051
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Ichiban utsukushiku (The Most Beautiful) (1944)
Director: Akira Kurosawa. Cast: Yoko Yaguchi, Takashi Shimura, Soji Kiyokawa, Ichiro Sugai, Takako Irie, Sayuri Tanima. Akira Kurosawa's patriotic World War II morale booster focuses on a volunteer corps of women working at an optics factory to produce lenses for binoculars and targeting scopes, and was shot on location at the Nippon Kogaku factory in Hiratsuka. 85 min. DVD X2443
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The Idiot (Hakuchi) (1951)
Director: Akira Kurosawa. Cast: Hara Setsuko, Mori Masayuki, Kuga Yoshiko, Mifune Toshiro Based on Dostoyevsky's fable of a holy fool, this story which takes place in Hokkaido in the winter is about a man who returns home after a stay in an asylum. He is being drawn toward Christianity, his antagonist is an anarchist. 166 min. DVD 9126
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Ikiru (To Live) (1952)
Director: Akira Kurosawa. Discovering that he is in the terminal stages of cancer, a government clerk spends his last months in search of a meaning to life. After an uncomprehending pursuit of pleasure has failed, he finds self-fulfillment by forcing through his former department the building of a children's playground in the slums and dies quietly. 143 min. DVD X2441; also DVD 2820; VHS 2579
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In the Realm of Passion (Ai no borei)(L'empire de la passion) (1978)
Directed by Nagisa Ôshima. Tells the story of a pair of lovers and the ghost of her betrayed and murdered husband. Guilt over the affair brings the lovers to the scene of the crime, where the husband's ghost and their consciences finally get revenge. 108 min. DVD 3716
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In the Realm of the Senses (Ai no corrida) (1976)
Directed by Nagisa Ôshima. Set in 1936 and based on one of Japan's most notorious scandals, this erotic masterpiece is the story of Sada Abe, an ex-prostitute who becomes involved in an obsessive love affair with the master of the household where she is employed as a servant. 104 min. DVD 910
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Infection (Kansen) (2004)
Directed by Masayuki Ochiai. Cast: Koichi Sato, Masanobu Takashima, Mari Hoshino, Michiko Hada, Kaho Minami, Shiro Sano. A patient in a hospital dies due to malpractice. In a panic, the doctors who are responsible stage a cover-up. Meanwhile, an ambulance leaves a patient in the emergency with a lethal infection. When the muscles and internal organs of the patient liquefy, Dr. Kiyoshi Akai convinces his two colleagues to examine and research the virus, leading the employees of the night shift to a tragic end. 98 min. DVD 6941
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An Inn in Tokyo (Tokyo no yado) (1935, silent)
Directed by Tadao Ikeda. Cast: Takeshi Sakamoto, Tokkan Kozo, Takayuki Suematsu. A poor man (Kihachi) struggles to care for his two sons as he roams industrialized Tokyo in search of work. The family encounters and befriends Otaka and her young daughter. When the daughter becomes seriously ill, Kihachi desperately attempts to help find money for the hospital bills. 77 min. vhs 999:3659
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Insect Woman (Nippon konchu-ki) (1963)
Directed by Shohei Imamura. Cast: Hidari Sachiko, Kishi Teruko, Sasaki Sumie, Nagato Hiroyuki, Harukawa Masumi. Portrays 45 years in the life of a woman and her struggles to survive. The story progresses from her life as a country girl to her years as a successful and ruthless madam in Tokyo and back again to her native village. Special features: Conversation between Imamura and Tadao Sato about the film ; interview with Tony Rayns ; booklet essay by Dennis Lim. 123 min. DVD X1630
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Intentions of Murder (Akai satsui) (1964)
Directed by Shohei Imamura. Cast: Harukawa Masumi, Nishimura Akira, Tsuyuguchi Shigeru, Kato- Yoshi, Kitamura Kazuo. Sadako is a typical Imamura heroine: one who revels in the pleasures of food, labor, sex, and self-preservation. Carrying the burden of her status as a lowly, poor, prostitute-birthed commoner wife, Sadako is subjected to an escalating series of belittlement both at home and in society. Special features: Conversation between Imamura and critic Tadao Sato ; interview with Tony Rayns ; booklet essay by James Quandt. 150 min. DVD X1632
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Intimidation (Aru kyouhaku) (1960)
Directed by Koreyoshi Kurahara. Cast: Kaneko Nobuo, Shiraki Mari, Nishimura Akira, Kusanagi Ko-jiro-, Yamada Zenji. This film noir concerns the intertwined fates of a desperate bank manager, blackmailed for book-cooking, and his resentful but timid underling, passed over for a promotion. 65 min. DVD X6336
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Japanese Girls at the Harbor (Minato no nihon musume) (1933)
Directed by Hiroshi Shimizu. Cast: Oikawa Michiko, Inoue Yukiko, Egawa Ureo, Sawa Ranko, Aizome Yumeko, Saito- Tatsuo. Set in the modernizing port town of Yokohama. Dora and Sunako are two best friends who become torn apart by jealousy and violent revenge. Tells of the humiliating downfall experienced by Sunako after jealousy drives her to commit a terrible crime. 71 min. DVD X6274

Atkinson, Michael. "Travels with Hiroshi Shimizu." Sight & Sound, May2009, Vol. 19 Issue 5, p89-90, 2p UC users only
Cook, Ryan. "Rules of the Road: The Traveling Films of Hiroshi Shimizu." Film Quarterly 64:3 (Spring 2011) p. 18-24 UC users only

Japanese Summer: Double Suicide (Muri shinjû: Nihon no natsu) (1967)
Directed by Nagisa Ôshima. Cast: Keiko Sakurai, Kei Sato, Masakazu Tamura, Rokko Toura, Taiji Tonoyama, Hosei Komatsu, Hideo Kanze, Yoshiyuki Fukuda. A sex-obsessed young woman, a suicidal man she meets on the street and a gun-crazy wannabe gangster are just three of the irrational, oddball anarchists trapped in an underground hideaway in this absurdist portrait of what Ôshima deemed the 'death-impulse' in Japanese youth culture. 99 min. DVD X3486
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Jigoku (Hell)(1960)
Director: Nobuo Nakagawa. Cast: Amachi Shigeru, Mitsuya Utako, Numata Yo-ichi. A university student haunted by a dark alter ego and surrounded by a web of deaths is sent on a tour of hell in which he and innumerable other people suffer a variety of gruesome torments. Special features: "Building inferno," a new documentary on director Nobuo Nakagawa and the making of the film ; theatrical trailer ; poster galleries ; new essay by Asian-cinema critic Chuck Stephens. 101 min. DVD X1472
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Ju-On (The Grudge) (2000)
Directed by Takashi Shimizu. Cast: Megumi Okina, Misaki Ito, Misa Uehara, Yui Ichikawa, Kunji Tsuda, Takako Fuji. Presents an eerie tale of a family who is brutally killed in their own home, leaving behind an evil spirit lurking in the shadows. When an unknowing homecare worker enters the spirit is awakened and a terrifying chain of events begin. 92 min. DVD 3159
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Junk Food (Janku fudo) (1997)
Directed by Masashi Yamamoto. Junk Food depicts the hitherto unseen world of aberrant sexuality and savage violence that emerges when the sun goes down and clean, orderly Tokyo exposes its sordid underbelly. 82 min. DVD 2765
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Kabei, our mother (Ka-be) (2008)
Director: Yôji Yamada. Cast: Yoshinaga Sayuri, Asano Tadanobu, Dan Rei, To-da Keiko, Shida Mirai, Sato Muku. After her husband is arrested on suspicion of being a Communist, a woman is suddenly in charge of taking care of her household and her two daughters, with the help of her husband's sister, during the early days of World War II. Based on the autobiographical story by Teruyo Nogami. 133 min. DVD X6287
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Kagemusha (1980)
Director: Akira Kurosawa. Set in 16th century Japan, the drama centers on the rise of a Japanese peasant who impersonates a nobleman in battle to become an unlikely leader of Samurai warriors. 160 min. DVD X2446; also DVD 3666
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Awards
Cannes Film Festival - Palme d'Or

Kagero-za (1981)
Directed by Seijun Suzuki. Cast: Yusaku Matsuda, Michiyo Okusu, Emiko Azuma, Eriko Kusuda, Mariko Kaga, Ryutaro Otomo, Yoshio Harada, Katsuo Nakamura. Playwright Matsuzaki finds himself so obsessed with a beautiful woman that he follows a trail of messages left by this enchantress across the country, only to realize that he is possibly being lured to his own demise. 139 min. DVD 5478
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[Kawamoto, Kihachiro] The Exquisite Short Films of Kihachiro Kawamoto
Presents seven of the best short films by stop-motion animator Kihachiro Kawamoto. Contents: Hanaori = The breaking of branches is forbidden (14 min., 1968, col.) -- Oni = The demon (8 min., 1972, col.) -- Farce anthropo-cynique = An anthropo-cynical farce (8 min., 1970, b&w) -- Tabi (zenchoban) = The trip (12 min, 1973, col.) -- Shijin no shogai = A poet's life (19 min., 1974, col.) -- Dojoji = Dojoji Temple (19 min., 1976, col.) -- Kataku = House of flames (19 min., 1979, col.). Breaking of branches is forbidden: A monk orders a young acolyte, who has a fondness for sake, to guard a cherry tree. Demon: Two brothers, living with their aged mother, go out into the forest to hunt. In the forest, a demon's arm attempts to overpower one of them. They cut off the arm and bring it home, only to find a more horrible fate at home. Farce anthropo-cynique: A dog race is interrupted by a ringmaster who mistreats the animals. The crowd becomes incensed and the ringmaster runs for his life. Trip: A young girl sets off on a surreal metaphysical voyage to the learn the pain and joy of life. Poet's life: A worker fired from a factory for demanding higher wages is plagued by ghastly nightmares. Based on a story by Kobo Abe. Dojoji Temple: On their way to worship at a Buddhist shrine, two monks stop over at the home of a young woman. Their hostess develops an all-consuming passion for the younger of the two, but he rejects her. When she finds that he has left, she follows him in the form of a serpent. House of flames: On his way to the capital, a Buddhist monk stops over in a hamlet to ask the villagers the way to an ancient monument known as the Seeker's Mound. Though they cannot help him, he comes upon it by chance and meets the ghost of a young woman who, five centuries before, was loved by two men, a poet and a warrior. When they shot a paradise duck in order to prove their worth, she was overcome by guilt and drowned herself. As a result her suitors concluded a suicide pact and ever since her soul has been in torment, enveloped in a house of flame. DVD 9801

Kikujiro (1999)
Directed by Takeshi Kitano. Lonely nine-year-old Masao leaves Tokyo in search of his mother, whom he has never met. He's accompanied on his journey across the Japanese countryside by the surly, middle-aged crook Kikujiro, who is none too happy being the chaperone. When Kikujiro gambles away all the travel money, the two must rely on their wits and the kindness of strangers. 116 min. DVD 1088
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Kiru (Kill!) (1968)
Directed by Kihachi Okamoto. Cast: Tatsuya Nakadai, Yuriko Hoshi, Etsushi Takahashi, Tadao Nakamaru, Akira Kubo, Shigeru Koyama, Eijiro Tono, Shin Kishida, Atsuo Nakamura. A pair of down-on-their-luck swordsmen arrive in a dusty, windblown town, where they become involved in a local clan dispute. One, a former farmer, dreams of being a samurai. The other, a former samurai, prefers living anonymously. 114 min. DVD 4580
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Kokoro (1955)
Director: Kon Ichikawa. Cast: Mori Masayuki, Aratama Michiyo, Mihashi Tatsuya. Kaji, a student, receives a letter from his best friend Nobuchi. The letter is actually a suicide note in which he tells of his love for the woman who is now Kaji's wife and how this situation has caused him to be caught between love and friendship. Based on the novel by So-seki Natsume. Includes a booklet with archival publicity stills, a newly written essay by Tony Rayns (curator and critic of East Asian cinemas), and an extended interview with Kon Ichikawa by Yuki Mori, inserted in container. 121 min. DVD X1684
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Kuroneko (Yabu no naka no kuroneko) (1968)
Director: Kaneto Shindô. Cast: Nakamura Kichiemon, Otowa Nobuko, Sato Kei, To-ra Rokko, Taichi Kiwako, Tonoyama Taiji, Kanze Hideo, Esumi, Eimei, O-ki Sho-ji, Kaji Kentaro. In medieval Japan, a woman and her daughter are raped and murdered by soldiers during a time of civil war. Afterwards, a series of samurai returning from the war through that area are found mysteriously dead with their throats torn out. The governor calls in a wild and fierce young hero, to quell what is evidently a ghost. He encounters the two beautiful women, in an eery, beautiful scene. After spiritual purification, he meets the demon in a thrilling fight. 164 min. DVD X6618 (2 tapes)
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Kwaidan (Kaidan) (1964)
Director: Masaki Kobayashi. Four terrifying tales (The black hair; The woman of the snow; Hoichi, the earless; In a cup of tea) of the supernatural filmed with exquisite visual sensitivity. The film is filled with graceful camera movements, dream-like settings, elaborately stylized action, unusual colors, and haunting sound effects and music. 164 min. DVD 357 (2 tapes)
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Awards
Cannes Film Festival - Special Jury Prize

Price, J. "Kwaidan" Sight & Sound v. 36 no. 4 (Autumn 1967) p. 202-3

The Lady of Musashino (Musashino fujin) (1951)
Director: Kenji Mizoguchi. Kinuyo Tanaka, Masayuki Mori, Yukiko Todoroki, Akihiko Katayama. Tells the story of Michiko, a disillusioned young woman trapped in a loveless marriage. She confides in her younger cousin, Tsutomo, and the two become close, but decide not to consummate their affair. He instead becomes involved with the flirtatious Tomiko, who is also conducting an affair with Michiko's husband. When Michiko finds that her husband has abandoned her, she decides to take fate into her own hands. 85 min. DVD 6418
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Lady Snowblood (Shurayukihime) (1973)
Director: Toshiya Fujita. Cast: Kaji Meiko, Kurosawa Toshio, Daimon Masaaki, Akaza Miyoko, Okada Eiji. Trained in the arts of death by the priest who adopts her, Yuki sets out to find the four villains who destroyed her family. 97 min. DVD 6418
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Late Autumn (Akibiyori)(1960)
Director: Yasujiro Ozu. A young girl named Ayako is living with her widowed mother and refuses offers of marriage because she does not want her mother to be alone. Friends of the mother's husband recognize this problem and advise her to remarry. Ayako is upset by this and leaves home. Mother and daughter are later reconciled and take a pleasant autumn together to work out their feelings. 128 min. DVD 3732
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Late Chrysanthemums (Bangiku) (1954)
Director: Mikio Naruse. Cast: Haruko Sugimura, Sadako Sawamura, Chikako Hosokawa, Yuko Mochizuki. A portrait of a retired geisha in her declining years, based on three short stories by Fumiko Hayashi. Kin has settled into a comfortable existence as a money-lender whose rates are substantial even to her close friends. When a former lover appears in town her hopes are raised but dashed again when she finds he is only seeking a loan. 97 min. DVD X6245
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Callahan, Dan. "Notes on Naruse." Bright Lights Film Journal; May2006 Issue 52, p17-17, 1p, 10
Fujiwara, Chris. "Caught." Film Comment; Sep/Oct2005, Vol. 41 Issue 5, p56-64, 5p UC Berkeley users only
Russell, Catherine. The cinema of Naruse Mikio : women and Japanese modernity Durham : Duke University Press, 2008. ( Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1998.3.N37 R87 2008)

Late Spring (Banshun) (1949)
Director: Yasujiro Ozu. In this tale of filial devotion and parental sacrifice, a widowed professor, knowing his daughter is too devoted to leave him, tricks her into believing he plans to remarry, forcing her to break away and find a life of her own. 108 min. DVD 3565
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Thompson, Kristin. "Late Spring and Ozu's unreasonable style." In: Breaking the glass armor: neoformalist film analysis / Kristin Thompson. pp: 317-52 Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, c1988. (UCB Main PN1995 .T46 1988; UCB Moffitt PN1995 .T46 1988)

Life of O-Haru (Saikaku ichidai onna) (1952)
Director: Kenji Mizoguchi. O-Haru is a beautiful courtesan in 17th century Japan who surrenders to her passion for a commoner. As punishment, she and her parents are banished into exile where O-Haru desperately attempts to escape her past. A compelling and powerful critique of feudal Japan as seen through the eyes of a woman, the film portrays the human dramas and historical settings with unflinching realism and atmospheric detail. 131 min. DVD 6417
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Mellen, Joan. "History through cinema: Mizoguchi Kenji's The life of O-Haru (1952)." In: Japanese cinema : texts and contexts / edited by Alastair Phillips and Julian Stringer. London ; New York : Routledge, 2007. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1993.5.J3 J27 2007)

Kenji Mizoguchi bibliography

Lizard Baby (Watashi no akachan) (2004)
Director, Yoshihiro Nakamura. Cast: Cast: Kurume Arisaka, Mansaku Ikeuchi, Matomu Onda. Horror screenwriter, Umeki, has writer's block. He goes with his pregnant wife, Akiko, to a check-up and is struck with an incredible idea - a horror story about a woman who gives birth to a reptile! Despite his wife's disgust, Umeki goes ahead with the screenplay, which the critics love. But the horrible prophecy fulfills itself, as his wife gives birth to a freak of nature. His baby is born half human, half lizard! The reptilian baby slithers on the floor, leaving a wet trail of slime behind it. To his horror, his wife, Akiko, holds it lovingly in her arms. His movie has become a mirror image of his own life as Umeki slips slowly into madness... Based on the horror comic strips of Hideshi Hino. 50 min. DVD 6795
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Love & Pop (1998)
Director, Hideaki Anno. A day-in-the-life drama about a quartet of "enjo kosai," Japanese schoolgirls who engage in "casual" prostitution so as to afford such things as designer clothes. 110 min. DVD 2772
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Lower Depths (Donzoko) (1957)
Director, Akira Kurosawa. Cast: Mifune Toshiro, Yamada Isuzu, Kagawa Kyoko, Nakamura Ganjiro, Minoru Chiaki. The story of a group of social outcasts living together in a filthy rooming house in Japan, some trying to escape, some attempting to adjust, and others hoping to maintain their illusions. Working with his most celebrated actor, Toshiro Mifune, Akira Kurosawa faithfully adapted Maxim Gorky's classic proletariat play, keeping the original's focus on the conflict between illusion and reality. Based on Maxim Gorky's play: Lower depths (Na dne). 125 min. DVD X2447; also DVD 2769; vhs 999:651
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Mr. Thank You (Arigatô-san) (1936)
Directed by Hiroshi Shimizu. Cast: Uehara Ken, Ishiyama Ryu-ji, Naka Hidenosuke, Kuwano Michiko, Tsukiji Mayumi, Futaba Kaoru. Follows the long and winding route of a sweet-natured bus driver. He is nicknamed Mr. Thank You for his constant exclamation to pedestrians who kindly step out of his way. His route travels from rural Izu to Tokyo. Along the way, romance, comedy and tragedy threatens his passengers. Based on the novel Arigato by Yasunari Kawabata. 71 min. DVD X6275
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Cook, Ryan. "Rules of the Road: The Traveling Films of Hiroshi Shimizu." Film Quarterly 64:3 (Spring 2011) p. 18-24 UC users only

Maborosi (Maboroshi no hikari) (1995)
Director: Koreeda Hirokazu. Haunted by the mysterious loss of her grandmother many years before, a young mother struggles to come to terms with her husband's apparent suicide. Yumiko remarries and with her young son moves to her new husband's home in a remote village on the wild, untamed Sea of Japan. There, with time, she finds love, understanding, happiness and a sense of peace. Based on an original story by Miyamoto Teru. 110 min. DVD 934; VHS 999:2692
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Desser, David. "The imagination of the transcendent: Kore-eda Hirokazu's Maborosi (1995)." In: Japanese cinema : texts and contexts / edited by Alastair Phillips and Julian Stringer. London ; New York : Routledge, 2007. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1993.5.J3 J27 2007)
McDonald, Keiko I. "The danger and allure of phantom light : Hirokazu Koreeda's Mabaroshi (1995)." In: Reading a Japanese film : cinema in context. Honolulu : University of Hawaii Press, c2006. (Main PN1993.5.J3 M365 2006)

Madadayo (1992)
Directed by Akira Kurosawa. Set in postwar Japan, the film follows the last two decades in the life of Hyakken Uchida, a free spirited writer and teacher, highlighted by his relationship with his students who venerate him in his old age. 134 min. DVD 622
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Maiku Hama Private Eye Trilogy

The Most Terrible Time in My Life (Waga jinsei saiaku no toki) (Japan / China / Taiwan, 1994)
Director:Kaizo Hayashi. Cast: Masatoshi Nagase, Jo Shishido, Yu Wei Yan, Caroline Lu, Wu Kao Hsiung, Haruko Wanibuchi, Noriko Sengoku, Kaho Minami. Detective Maiku Hama navigates the Yokohama underworld with super cool threads and two-fisted street smarts. But when he comes to the aid of a Taiwanese waiter at a local parlor, the unflappable Hama has no idea what he's in for. Though seemingly a luckless immigrant on the threshold of Yokohama's gutter, Hama's client holds the secret to a ferocious gangland revenge triangle that soon has bullets and fists flying. 92 min. DVD 8330
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Geller, Theresa L. "Transnational noir : style and substance in Hayashi Kaizo's The most terrible time in my life." In: East Asian cinemas : exploring transnational connections on film / edited by Leon Hunt and Leung Wing-Fai. London : New York : I.B. Tauris, 2008. (Main Stack PN1993.5.E19.E27 2008)

The Stairway to the Distant Past (Harukana jidai no kaidan o) (Japan, 1995)
Directed by Kaizo Hayashi. Cast: Masatoshi Nagase, Jo Shishido, Kiyotaka Nanbara, Haruko Wanibuchi, Shiro Sano, Eiji Okada, Tetta Sugimoto, Mika Ohmine, Shinya Tsukamoto, Keiji Matsuda. Broke, his vintage Nash convertible repossessed, private eye Mike Hama is reduced to combing the mean streets of the Yokohama waterfront on a borrowed bicycle. But when Lily, a beautiful stripper from out of Hama's past, returns to town, the fuse is lit on a criminal powder keg set to blow the lid off the Yokohama underworld. Hama's search for his long lost parents soon has him up to his neck in a simmering conspiracy pitting corrupt politicians, local Yakuza gangsters and the Taiwanese mafia against the mysterious 'Man in White.' 100 min. DVD 8332
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The Trap (Wana) (Japan 1997)
Directed by Kaizo Hayashi. Cast: Nagase Masatoshi, Natsukawa Yui, Yamaguchi Tomoko, Shishido Jo. In love for the first time, cases booked solidly for months and a brand new fax machine prodding his office into the nineties, down-on-his-luck private eye 'Maiku' Mike Hama has the world on a string at last. Or does he? When a hooded stranger appears in his office with the cryptic challenge "I want you to look for me," Hama is drawn into a string of bizarre serial murders that have Yokohama's police baffled and the city terrified. 100 min. DVD 8331
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The Makioka Sisters (Sasame-yuki) (1983)
Directed by Kon Ichikawa. Cast: Keiko Kishi, Yoshiko Sakuma, Sayuri Yoshinaga, Yuko Kotegawa, Juzo Itami. Revolving around the changing of the seasons, The Makioka Sisters follows the lives of four sisters who have taken on their family's kimono manufacturing business, over the course of a number of years leading up to the Pacific War. A graceful study of a family at a turning point in history, and a poignant evocation of changing times and fading customs. 140 min. DVD X6078
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Masseurs and a Woman (Anma to onna) (1938)
Directed by Hiroshi Shimizu. Cast: Takamine Mieko, Tokudaiji Shin, Himori Shin?ichi, Bakudan Kozo (Yokoyama Jun), Saburi Shin, Sakamoto Takeshi. A group of disparate people, including, a pair of blind masseurs, an enigmatic city woman, a lonely man and his ill-behaved nephew make a crisscrossing study of love and family while visiting a remote resort in the mountains. A timeless portrait of loneliness, the human need to connect all while getting caught up in all manner of quiet intrigue. 71 min. DVD X6276
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Cook, Ryan. "Rules of the Road: The Traveling Films of Hiroshi Shimizu." Film Quarterly 64:3 (Spring 2011) p. 18-24 UC users only

Masterpieces of Japanese Silent Cinema[DVD-ROM; computer files]
A searchable database of Japanese silent films imbued with the essence of the Japanese people of those days -- their emotions, mannerisms and expressions, offering an insight into the atmosphere of the times. Includes over 12,000 titles, including story synopses, commentaries and still photos from 1,000 films, profiles of 560 staff and cast members, and clips of famous scenes from 45 silent films presented by benshi narrators. Compu/D 515

Meshi (1951)
Directed by Mikio Naruse. Cast: Uehara Ken, Hara Setsuko, Shimazaki Yukiko, Sugi Yoko, Kazami Akiko, Sugimura Haruko. A young married woman is disturbed by the increasing emotional distance between herself and her husband. Michiyo moved to Osaka two years ago, when her husband Hatsunosuke who works at a stock brokerage was transfered. Now she washs, cooks and cleans 365 days a year. All the dreams and hopes she had when they got married five years ago seems to be gone. Accompanied by a Book (183 p.) containing essays by Catherine Russell ("Naruse Mikio", "The salaryman's wife", "Naruse as modernist" & "House of women"), Audie Bock ("The art of the sidelong glance : the cinema of Naruse Mikio), and Phillip Lopate ("A taste for Naruse"). Special features: optional audio commentary by Kent Jones and Phillip Lopate; "Notes on 'Repast'" featurette (with Jones & Lopate ; 2006, 14 min.). 97 min. DVD X279
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Callahan, Dan. "Notes on Naruse." Bright Lights Film Journal; May2006 Issue 52, p17-17, 1p, 10
Fujiwara, Chris. "Caught." Film Comment; Sep/Oct2005, Vol. 41 Issue 5, p56-64, 5p UC Berkeley users only
Russell, Catherine. The cinema of Naruse Mikio : women and Japanese modernity Durham : Duke University Press, 2008. ( Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1998.3.N37 R87 2008)

Miss Oyu (Oyû-sama)(1951)
Director: Kenji Mizoguchi. Cast: Tanaka Kinuyo, Otowa Nobuko, Hori Yu-ji. A tragic story which reflects the social life and customs of Japanese society, the story revolves around two sisters and their ill-fated relationship with the same man. Based on "Ashikari" by Tanizaki Junichiro. Special features: A short "Tony Ryans on Oyu-sama." 94 min. DVD X1685
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Moon Child (Japan, 2003)
Directed by Takahisa Zeze. Cast: Hyde, Gackt, Wang Leehom, Zeny Kwok, Taro Yamomoto, Anne Suzuki. Part futuristic science fiction and part John Woo style gunplay, Mood Child is a gothic vampire horror film from Japan. Director Takahisa Zeze brings a deliciously stylized vision to this tale of doomed friends whose gangster lifestyle becomes corrupted. 119 min. DVD 9674
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Mother (Okaasan) (1952)
Director: Mikio Naruse. A Japanese working class mother struggles to resurrect her family from postwar ruins. 98 min. 999:261
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Callahan, Dan. "Notes on Naruse." Bright Lights Film Journal; May2006 Issue 52, p17-17, 1p, 10
Davis, Darrell William. "Ozu's Mother." In: Ozu's Tokyo Story. Edited by David Desser. pp: 76-100. Cambridge, U.K.; New York, N.Y., U.S.A.: Cambridge University Press, 1997. Cambridge film handbooks series (Main Stack PN1997.T5953.O92 1997)
Fujiwara, Chris. "Caught." Film Comment; Sep/Oct2005, Vol. 41 Issue 5, p56-64, 5p UC Berkeley users only
Russell, Catherine. The cinema of Naruse Mikio : women and Japanese modernity Durham : Duke University Press, 2008. ( Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1998.3.N37 R87 2008)

Nagareru (Flowing) (1956)
Directed by Mikio Naruse. Cast: Tanaka Kinuyo, Yamada Isuzu, Takamine Hideko, Okada Mariko, Sugimura Haruko, Kurishima Sumiko. The employees of a geisha house struggle with their diminishing status in Japanese society. Otsuta is running a geisha house Tsuta in Tokyo. Her daughter Katsuyo doesn't see any future in her mothers trade in the late days of Geisha. But Otsuta will not give up. This film portraits the day time life of a geisha when not entertaining customers. . Accompanied by a Book (183 p.) containing essays by Catherine Russell ("Naruse Mikio", "The salaryman's wife", "Naruse as modernist" & "House of women"), Audie Bock ("The art of the sidelong glance : the cinema of Naruse Mikio), and Phillip Lopate ("A taste for Naruse"). Special features: Optional audio commentary by Kent Jones and Phillip Lopate. 117 min. DVD X281
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Callahan, Dan. "Notes on Naruse." Bright Lights Film Journal; May2006 Issue 52, p17-17, 1p, 10
Fox, Joan. "Profile: Hideko Takamine." Kinema. Spring 1994
Fujiwara, Chris. "Caught." Film Comment; Sep/Oct2005, Vol. 41 Issue 5, p56-64, 5p UC Berkeley users only
Russell, Catherine. The cinema of Naruse Mikio : women and Japanese modernity Durham : Duke University Press, 2008. ( Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1998.3.N37 R87 2008)

Nagisa Ôshima's 100 Years of Japanese Cinema
The forces and themes that have shaped Japan's motion pictures are presented entirely through film clips and stills with narration. 1997. 52 min. Video/C MM440

9 Souls (Nain souruzu)(2003)
Directed by Toshiaki Toyoda. Cast: Satsuei, Fujisawa Jun'ichi ; henshu, Kusakabe Mototaka ; ongaku, DIP. A bomber, a patricide, a mad biker and a pornographer break free from jail together with various other forms of social detritus. 120 min. DVD X1479
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No Blood Relation (aka The Stepchild) (Nasanu naka) (1932)
Director: Mikio Naruse. Cast: Nara Shinyo, Tsukuba Yukiko, Kojima Hisako, Katsuragi Fumiko, Oka Joji, Okada Yoshiko. A maternal-instinct melodrama about an actress desperate to reclaim the daughter she left behind. 79 min. DVD X5616
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No Regrets for My Youth (Waga seishun ni kuinashi)(1946)
Directed by Akira Kurosawa. Cast: Hara Setsuko, Fujita Susumu, Okochi Denjiro, Sugimura Haruko. A story of feminist self-discovery set in pre-war Japan. A woman breaks with cultural conventions by striking out on her own and being self-sufficient. 110 min. DVD 9123
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Occult Detective Club: the Doll Cemetery (2004)
Directed by Kiyoshi Yamamoto. Cast: Sayaka Hosaka, Kazunori Tani, Hitomi Miwa. Out of curiosity, Nanami and Daisuke decide to join their high school's Occult Research Club. They are currently investigating a "curse" surrounding a student who committed suicide last year. An old doll found in the back of her closet may hold a clue. Daisuke is freaked out, while Nanami is intrigued, until she is possessed by the same spirit of the "doll." As a result, the group decides to investigate a criptic spot called "The doll cemetery," a wretched graveyard with piles of discarded mannequins and stuffed animals. Sensing intruders, the "dead" dolls suddenly come to life, and Nanami and the group must desperately fight off ghoulish toy clowns and zombie dolls. But what awaits them is far worse.... Based on the horror comic strips of Hideshi Hino. 54 min. DVD 6800

Odd Obsession (Kagi) (1960)
Directed by Kon Ichikawa. A blend of comic satire and drama, the film follows an elderly man's attempts to satisfy his younger wife. When "potency" injections fail, Mr. Kenmochi incites his own jealousy by orchestrating an affair between his wife and his doctor, who happens to be his daughter's fiance. 96 min. 999:3512
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Awards
Cannes Film Festival - Special Jury Prize

Allyn, John. Kon Ichikawa : a guide to references and resources Boston, Mass. : G.K. Hall, 1985. (Main (Gardner) Stacks; PFA: PN1998.A3 I332 1985)
Kon Ichikawa / edited by James Quandt. Toronto : Cinematheque Ontario, c2001. (Main (Gardner) Stacks; PFA: PN1998.3.I332 K66 2001)
Mellen, Joan. "Kon Ichikawa." In: Voices from the Japanese cinema New York : Liveright, [1975] (Main; Moffitt; PFA: PN1998.A2 .M37 1975)
Young, Colin. "Odd Obsession." Film Quarterly, Vol. 15, No. 2 (Winter, 1961-1962), pp. 53-54UC users only

Ôdishon (Audition) (1999)
Director Takashi Miike. Cast: Ryo Ishibashi, Eihi Shiina, Tetsu Sawaki, Miyuki Matsuda, Renji Ishibashi, Jun Kunimura. A widower takes an offer to screen girls at a special audition for a phony film, arranged for him by a friend to find him a new wife. The one he fancies is not who she appears to be after all and the widower becomes drawn into her sadistic and vengeful world. 115 min. DVD 3135
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Okuribito (Departures)(2008)
Directed by Yôjirô Takita. Cast: Motoki Masahiro, Hirosue Ryoko, Yo Kimiko, Sugimoto Tetta, Minegishi To-ru, Yoshiyuki Kazuko, Sasano Takashi, Yamazaki Tsutomu. Daigo Kobayashi is a devoted cellist in an orchestra that has just been dissolved and finds himself without a job. He decides to move back to his old hometown with his wife to look for work and start over. He answers a classified ad entitled 'Departures' thinking it is an advertisement for a travel agency. He discovers that the job is actually for a funeral professional who prepares deceased bodies for burial and entry into the next life. While his wife and others despise the job, Daigo takes a certain pride in his work and begins to perfect the art, acting as a gentle gatekeeper between the departed and the family of the departed. 131 min. DVD X3758
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The Only Son (Hitori musuko)(1936)
Directed by Ozu Yasujiro. Cast: Iida Cho-ko, Himori Shinichi, Hayama Masao. The story examines the motherly love of a peasant woman who gives up everything so that her son can receive education in Tokyo. Ten years later, the mother pays her son a visit in Tokyo, believing that he has become a successful young man. However, upon arrival, she is bitterly disappointed to find out that her son is working as a night-school teacher and living in poverty with his family. Special features: Video interviews with film scholars Tadao Sato, David Bordwell, and Kristin Thompson; new and improved English subtitle translations. Booklet features an essay by critic and historian Tony Rayns, an appreciation of actor Chishu Ryu by Japanese film scholar Donald Richie, and comments by Ryu on director Yasujiro Ozu. 83 min. DVD X3943
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One Missed Call (Chakushin ari)(2003)
Directed by Takashi Miike. Cast: Kou Shibasaki, Shinichi Tsutsumi, Kazue Fukiishi, Renji Ishibashi, Yutaka Matsushige, Goro Kishitani. Teens mysteriously start receiving voicemail messages from their future selves, in the form of the sound of them reacting to their own violent deaths. Special features: Trailers; making-of documentary; cast & crew interviews; alternate ending; TV spots; exclusive interview with the director, screenings, A day with the Mizunuma family; TV show special. 109 min. DVD X606
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One Missed Call 3 (Chakushin ari final) (Japan, 2006)
Directed by Manabu Asou. Cast: Maki Horikita, Meisa Kuroki, Itsuji Itao, Jang Gun Suk. On a field trip to Korea, Asuka gets revenge on the classmates that have bullied her by sending a disturbing photo with a message that instructs her classmates to forward the message to save their own lives. Little do they know the truth is quite the opposite. Based on the book by Yaushi Akimoto. Bonus features: Documentaries 1 & 2, "One missed call final : love story", making of, mini program. 87 min. DVD X615
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One Wonderful Sunday (Subarashiki nichiyobi)(1947)
Directed by Akira Kurosawa. Cast: Numasaki Isao, Nakakita Chieko, Watanabe Atsushi, Nakamura Zeko, Sugai Ichiro, Nriyama Midori. A young factory worker and his fiancee spend their weekly holiday together. It is a Sunday in spring and they have just thirty-five yen, but together they overcome several near disasters. 109 min. DVD 9124
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Hutchinson, Rachael. "Kurosawa Akira's One Wonderful Sunday: censorship, context and 'counter-discursive' film. " Japan Forum. Nov2007, Vol. 19 Issue 3, p369-389. 21p UC users only

Onibaba (Demon Woman) (1964)
Director: Kaneto Shindô. Cast: Nobuko Otowa, Jitsuko Yoshimura, Kei Sato, Jukichi Uno, Taiji Tonoyama, Sensho Matsumoto, Kentaro Kaji, Hosui Araya. An impoverished mother and her daughter-in-law eke out a lonely, desperate existence. In order to survive in feudal Japan, they are forced to murder worn-out samurai and sell their belongings for grain, then dump their corpses down a deep, dark hole. Special features: New video interview with writer/director Kaneto Shindo ; rare footage provided by actor Kei Sato, shot on location during the filing of Onibaba ; original trailer ; stills gallery featuring production sketches and promotional art ; essay by Chuck Stephens ; filmmakers statement from Kaneto Shindo ; rare English translation of the original Buddhist fable that inspired the film. 103 min. DVD 6943
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Kapur, Jyotsna. "The Return of History as Horror: Onibaba and the Atomic Bomb." In: Horror international Edited by Steven Jay Schneider and Tony Williams. Detroit : Wayne State University Press, c2005. (Main Stack PN1995.9.H6.H73 2005)
Lowenstein,Adam. "Unmasking Hiroshima: Demons, Human Beings, and Shindo Kateo's Onibaba." In: Shocking representation : historical trauma, national cinema, and the modern horror film / Adam Lowenstein. New York : Columbia University Press, c2005. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.H6 L69 2005)
Serper, Zvika. "Shindo Kaneto's Films Kuroneko and Onibaba: Traditional and Innovative Manifestations of Demonic Embodiments." Japan Forum, vol. 17, no. 2, pp. 231-56, Summer 2005 UC users only

Ornamental Hairpin (Kanzashi ) (1941)
Directed by Hiroshi Shimizu. Cast: Tanaka Kinuyo, Kawasaki Hiroko, Saito- Tatsuo, Ryu- Chishu-, Himori Shin?ichi, Mimura Hideko, Kawara Kanji, Yokoyama Jun. Two bruised souls enact a tender, hesitant romance in a wartime love story. A soldier is forced to prolong his stay at a rural spa when he accidentally cuts his foot on a hairpin. Soon enough he tracks down its lovely owner and finds himself smitten. Based on the novel "Yottsu no yubune" by Masuji Ibuse. 70 min. DVD X6277
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Cook, Ryan. "Rules of the Road: The Traveling Films of Hiroshi Shimizu." Film Quarterly 64:3 (Spring 2011) p. 18-24 UC users only

Osaka Elegy (Naniwa erejî) (1936)
Director: Kenji Mizoguchi. A candid and revealing look at discrimination against women in 1930's Osaka, Japan. Tells the story of a young telephone operator who consents to become her boss' mistress in order to support her family. To save her embezzler father from jail and pay for her brother's education she sacrifices her body, but not her honor. 71 min. DVD X525; vhs 999:1389
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A Page of Madness (Kurutta ippeiji) (1927)
Directed by Teinosuke Kinugasa. Cast: Ayako Iijima, Masuo Inoue, Yoshie Nakagawa, Hiroshi Nemoto. An eldery man works at odd jobs in the lunatic asylum in hopes of freeing his wife who is confined after having attempted to drown her baby son in a fit of madness many years ago. NOTE: This DVD is silent and without intertitles. 59 min. DVD X5063
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Gerow, Aaron Andrew A page of madness : cinema and modernity in 1920s Japan Ann Arbor : Center for Japanese Studies, the University of Michigan, 2008. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1997.K895 G47 2008)
Goldberg, Ruth. "Demons in the family : tracking the Japanese "uncanny mother film" from A page of madness to Ringu." In: In: Planks of Reason: Essays on the Horror Film / edited by Barry Keith Grant. pp: 307-320. Metuchen, N.J.: Scarecrow Press, 1984. (Main Stack; Moffitt PN1995.9.H6.P56 1984)
Komatsu, Hirosh. "The Foundation of Modernism: Japanese Cinema in the Year 1927." Film History; 2005, Vol. 17 Issue 2/3, p363-375, 13p UC users only
Petric, Vlada. "Page of Madness: Neglected Masterpiece of the Silent Cinema." Film Criticism, Fall83, Vol. 8 Issue 1, p86-107, 22p UC users only
Pale Flower (Kawaita hana) (1964)
Directed by Masahiro Shinoda. Cast: Ikebe Ryo, Kaga Mariko, Fujiki Takashi, Sugiura Naoki, Miyaguchi Seiji, Tono Eijiro, Hara Chisako, Mikami Shinichiro, Nakahara Koji, Sasaki Isao. In this cool, seductive jewel of the Japanese New Wave, a yakuza, fresh out of prison, becomes entangled with a beautiful yet enigmatic gambling addict. What at first seems a redemptive relationship ends up leading him further down the criminal path. Based on the short novel by Shintaro Ishihara. 96 min. DVD X6175
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Passing Fancy (Dekigokoro) (1933)
Directed by Yasujiro Ozu. Cast: Takeshi Sakamoto, Nobuko Fushimi, Den Ohinata, Choko Iida, Tomio Aoki, Reiko Tanki. Examines the relationship between an illiterate brewery worker and his educated son, Kihachi, whose impulses land him in trouble with those around him. The story focuses on his unrequited interest in a younger woman and the effect this infatuation has on both father and son. An early example of Ozu's masterful chronicling of the evolution of family ties and the minuatiae of family life. 100 min. DVD 9596
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Peep "TV" Show (2003)
Directed by Yutaka Tsuchiya. Cast: Takayuki Hasegawa, Shiori Gechov. Two mixed up misfits have a meeting of the minds when they run into each other on a Tokyo street. Shooting video of unsuspecting people which they broadcast over the Internet, together the jaded couple takes the concept of reality TV to a new, hideous level in a post 9-11 world of surveillance and paranoia. Blending factual images and fiction, the film offers compelling insight into a media-driven society and how it rules lives with images of fear, terror and torture. 98 min. DVD 5154
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Pigs and battleships (Buta to gunkan)(1961)
Directed by Shohei Imamura. Cast: Nagato Hiroyuki, Yoshimura Jitsuko, Minamida Yo-ko, Portrays postwar Japan through the power struggles between small-time gangsters in the port town of Yokosuka, where there are American soliders based. Special features: Episode of the French TV series Cinéma de notre temps, "Imamura : the freethinker" (1995) ; interview with Tony Rayns ; essay by Audie Bock (in booklet). 108 min. DVD X1631
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Pitfall (Otoshiana)(Japan, 1962)
Directed by Hiroshi Teshigahara. Cast: Hisashi Igawa, Kunie Tanaka, Hideo Kanze, Kazuo Miyahara, Sumie Sasaki, Kanichi Omiya, Kei Sato, Sen Yano, Ton Shimada, Shigeru Matsuo, Kikuo Kaneuchi. When a miner leaves his employer and treks out with his young son to become a migrant worker, he finds himself moving from one eerie landscape to another, intermittently followed (and photographed) by an enigmatic man in a clean, white suit, and eventually coming face-to-face with his inescapable destiny. 97 min. DVD DVD 9080
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The Pornographers (Jinruigaku nyumon) (1966)
Director: Shohei Imamura. Ogata, a small time porno filmmaker in Osaka, struggles to cope with the corrupted sexual mores in his family, the world outside, and himself. For this presentation of the seedier and offbeat side of Japanese life usually not found on the screen, Imamura was severely attacked by the media for his nonchalant treatment of incest but he rejected the criticism on the grounds that black comedy is required to break taboos. Based on the novel Erogotoshitachi by Akiyuki Nozaka. 128 min. DVD X4318; vhs 999:2137
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Pleasures of the Flesh (Etsuraku)(1965)
Directed by Nagisa Ôshima. Cast: Katsuo Nakamura, Mariko Kaga, Yumiko Nogawa, Masako Yagi, Toshiko Higuchi, Hiroko Shimizu, Shoichi Ozawa, Kei Sato, Rokko Toura. A corrupt businessman blackmails the lovelorn reprobate Atsushi into watching over his suitcase full of embezzled cash while he serves a jail sentence. Rather than wait for the man to retrieve his money, however, Atsushi decides to spend it all in one libidinous rush, fully expecting to be tracked down and killed. From a novel by Futaro Yamada. 91 min. DVD X3483
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Pulse (Kairo)(2001)
Directed by Kiyoshi Kurosawa. Cast: Kato Haruhiko, Aso Kumiko, Koyuki, Arisaka Kurume, Matsuo Masatoshi. A group of young friends is rocked by the sudden suicide of one of their own. When his ghostly image appears on their computer screens, something far more horrifying is unleashed. The terror mounts as more deaths and disappearances occur. 119 min. DVD X921
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Jones, Steve. "The Technologies of Isolation: Apocalypse and Self in Kurosawa Kiyoshi's Kairo." Japanese Studies, Sep2010, Vol. 30 Issue 2, p185-198, 14p UC users only
McRoy, Jay. "Spiraling into Apocalypse: Sono Shion's Suicide Circle, Higuchinsky's Uzumaki, and Kurosawa Kiyoshi's Pulse." In: Nightmare Japan : contemporary Japanese horror cinema / Jay McRoy. Amsterdam ; New York, NY : Rodopi, 2008. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.H6 M376 2008)
Wetmore Jr., Kevin J. "Technoghosts and Culture Shocks: Sociocultural Shifts in American Remakes of J-Horror." Post Script, WinterSpring2009, Vol. 28 Issue 2, p72-81, 10p UC users only

The Quiet Duel (Shizukanaru ketto)(1949)
Directed by Akira Kurosawa. Cast: Toshiro Mifune, Takashi Shimura, Noriko Sengoku, Miki Sanjo. During a life-saving operation, army surgeon Fujisaki contaminates himself with syphilis, a disease virtually incurable in 1940s Japan. After the war, he returns to work at the hospital maintained by his obstetrician father, but agonizes over the disease that threatens to destroy his impending marriage, while simultaneously trying to save other patients' lives -- including the man from whom he contracted the disease. Special features: Interviews with cinematographer Setsuo Kobayashi, actress Miki Sanjo and composer Akira Ifukube; original Japanese theatrical trailer; news reel footage from the set of the film; photo gallery; liner notes by film critic Stuart Galbraith. 95 min. DVD 6993
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Rampo (1994)
Directed by Kazuyoshi Okuyama. In the process of trying to solve a murder that mimics the plot of his latest book, a mystery author is drawn into a strange and surreal world where his fictional story begins to merge with the world of reality. 101 min. DVD 2362
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Ran (1986)
Director: Akira Kurosawa. In 16th century Japan, an aging ruler attempts to divide his kingdom among his three sons, who turn against each other and betray their father, triggering events that ultimately shatter the kingdom, destroy the family, and drive their father insane. Based on Shakespeare's King Lear. 160 min. DVD 4741; DVD 20; vhs 999:174
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Awards

British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards - Best Foreign-language Film
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards - Best Foreign Film
National Board of Review, USA - Best Foreign Language Film; Best Director
National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA - Best Film
New York Film Critics Circle Awards - Best Foreign Language Film

Kurosawa, Akira. Ran / illustrations by Akira Kurosawa ; screenplay by Akira Kurosawa, Hideo Oguni, Ide Masato ; translated by Tadashi Shishido. Boston : Shambhala, 1986. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1997 .R23513 1986)

Rashômon (1950)
Director: Akira Kurosawa. In medieval Japan, four people have different versions of a violent incident when a bandit attacks a nobleman in the forest. 83 min. DVD 1143; VHS 999:50
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Awards

Honorary Academy Award - Foreign Language Picture
National Board of Review, USA - Best Foreign Film; Best Director
Venice Film Festival - Golden Lion

The Ravaged House: Zoroku's Disease (2004)
Directed by Kazuyoshi Kumakiri. Cast: Marie Kawaguchi, Satoshi Morishita. Without warning, one day a kind young man is ravaged by a bizarre disease that blisters his skin and deforms his body. Fearful that the villagers will see his grotesque transformation, his parents lock him up in the house. But the village chief's son sees him and soon, he is ostracized by his community and his sister is viciously assaulted. Unable to watch his suffering any futher his parents reluctantly decide to end his misery themselves. He and his sister escape from the confines of the house...but to what end? Based on the horror comic strips of Hideshi Hino. 63 min. DVD 6799

Record of a Tenement Gentleman (Nagaya shinshiroku) (1947)
Director: Yasujiro Ozu. An irresistible and touching tale of a young boy abandoned to poverty by his father, and the subsequent relationship that he has with Tane, a local widow who is begrudgingly given the task of looking after the boy. 71 min. DVD 6509
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The Red Angel (Akai tenshi) (1966)
Director, Masumura Yasuzo. Cast: Ayako Wakao, Shinsuke Ashida, Yusuke Kawazu, Jotaro Senba, Ranko Akagi. A fresh young army nurse on the front finds herself the nighttime prey of hungry soldiers and awash in a sea of blood and torn bodies. Despite the hell around her she struggles to maintain her strength and compassion, but her attempts at salvation, with an amputee soldier and a morphine-addicted surgeon, could lead to her own sexual and spiritual martyrdom. 95 min. DVD 6981
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Retribution (Sakebi) (2006)
Director, Kiyoshi Kurosawa. Cast: Koji Yakusho, Manami Konishi, Tsuyoshi Ihara, Joe Odagiri, Ryo Kase, Riona Hazuki. Detective Yoshioka is investigating the drowning death of a young woman who is wearing a red dress. Face down in a muddy puddle, her stomach is found to be full of sea water. Clues begin to point to the detective as the killer, since his fingerprints and personal items are located at the murder scene. As more bodies turn up that have been killed in the same way, even the detective begins to wonder whether he himself may be the very murderer that he is pursuing. 104 min. DVD X1964
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Rhapsody in August (Hachigatsu no kyoshikyoku) (1991)
Director: Akira Kurosawa. A visit from her grandchildren and the discovery of a half-American relative causes an elderly woman to relive her memories of the atomic bomb that fell on Nagasaki. Based on the novel Nabe no naka by Kiyoko Murata. 100 min. DVD 2818; 999:2963
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Ringu (Ring) (Japan, 1998)
Directed by Hideo Nakata. A mysterious video has been linked to a number of deaths, and when inquisitive journalist Reiko finds the tape and views it herself, she sets in motion a chain of events that puts her own life in danger. 96 min. DVD 2852
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Rusty Knife (Sabita naifu) (1958)
Director: Toshio Masuda. Cast: Yujiro Ishihara, Mie Kitahara, Shoji Yasui, Mari Shiraki, Joe Shishido, Akira Kobayashi, Masao Shimizu, Naoki Sugiura, Toshio Takahara. Best friends, who are former criminals and trying to go straight, are outed as witnesses to a murder committed by a local Yakuza boss. The police try to convince them to come forward. The gangsters try to pay them off, with the threat of death looming. 90 min. DVD X1951
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Samurai Trilogy
Director, Hiroshi Inagaki. Cast: Toshiro Mifune, Rentaro Mikuni, Kuroemon Onoe, Koji Tsuruta, Mariko Okado, Kaoru Yachigusa, Michiko Saga. A sweeping saga of the legendary seventeenth-century samurai, Musashi Miyamoto, set against the turmoil of a devastating civil war.

Samurai I: Musashi Miyamoto (1954) follows the formative years of Musashi as he goes off to a civil war in search of glory but finds defeat instead. He returns to his village a crazed outlaw, but is redeemed by the love of a girl and a Buddhist priest. 93 min. DVD 2731
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Awards
Academy Award - Honorary Award

Samurai II: Duel at Ichijoji Temple (1955) Musashi is set upon by eighty samurai disciples - orchestrated by the villanous Kojiro. 104 min. DVD 2731
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Samurai III: Duel at Ganryu Island (1956) Musashi must decide between the love of two women as he prepares to battle with Kojiro in a climatic final confrontation. 115 min. DVD 2731
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Awards
Honorary Academy Award - Foreign Language Film

Samurai Rebellion (Joiuchi) (1967)
Directed by Masaki Kobayashi. Cast: Toshiro Mifune, Yoko Tsukasa, Go Kato, Shigeru Koyama, Masao Mishima, Isao Yamagata. A clan lord orders an aging swordsman to have his son marry the lord's mistress, but reverses his decision after the young couple falls in love. 121 min. DVD 4577
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Samurai Spy (Ibun sarutobi sasuke) (1965)
Directed by Masahiro Shinoda. Cast: Eiji Okada, Koji Takahashi, Tetsuro Tamba, Matsuhiro Toura, Rokko Toura, Misako Watanabe, Jitsuko Yoshimura. Spy networks gather information for the clans supporting and opposing the shogunate. Filled with clan intrigue, ninja spies, and multiple double crosses, the film marks a bold stylistic departure from swordplay film convention. 100 min. DVD 4579
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Sanjûrô (Tsubaki Sanjûrô) (1962)
Director: Akira Kurosawa. A samurai turns up in a town where nine young men are plotting to overthrow a corrupt regime. In this comic parody of a samuri film, our hero takes charge of the inept group, pretends to join the bad guys, and finally restores law and order. 94 min. DVD 185
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Sanshiro Sugata (Judo Saga)(1943)
Directed by: Akira Kurosawa. Cast: Denjiro Ookouchi, Susumu Fujita, Yukiko Todoroki, Ranko Hanai, Ryunosuke Tsukigata. Akira Kurosawa's dazzling debut as a director is about the rivalry between judo and jujitsu, and it concerns the moral education and enlightenment of a young man who wishes to learn jodo as a path to philosophical knowledge, rather than a mere set of self-defense techniques. Based on the novel by Tsuneo Tomita. "This film has been modified (without consulting the director) from the original version of Akira Kurosawa's debut film which opened in 1943. 1,845 feet of footage was cut in 1944, to comply with the government's wartime entertainment policies. As much as we'd like to show the original version, we are not able to locate the cut footage. Yet we strongly believe this modified version is worthy of rerelease. April 1952, Toho Company, Ltd." 79 min. DVD X2444
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Sansho the Bailiff (Sanshô dayû) (1954)
Director: Kenji Mizoguchi. In this legendary tale set in the 11th century Japan, a kindly governor is exiled, his wife forced into prostitution, and his son and daughter sold into slavery to the tyrannical baliff Sansho. Ten years later, the son escapes, rises to power and searches for his mother. Special DVD features: Audio commentary by Japanese literature professor Jeffrey Angles; new video interviews with critic Tadao Sato, assistant director Tokugo Tanaka, and legendary actress Kyoko Kagawa on the making of the film and its lasting importance; a book featuring a new essay by scholar Mark Le Fanu; the story on which the film was based, Mori Ogai's "Sansho dayu," from 1915, in an acclaimed translation by J. Thomas Rimer; a written form of an oral variation of the same tale, dating back to the fifteenth century, in a rare English translation. DVD 1687: Accompanied by a booklet including archival imagery, articles by Robin Wood and Mark Le Fanu, and a full reprint of an acclaimed translation or Mori Ögai's original 1915 story on which Sansho- Dayu- is based. Special features: Featurette: Tony Rayns on Sansho- dayu-; featurette: Tony Rayns on Mizoguchi, Sansho- dayu-; original trailer; original teaser. 125 min.DVD 8117; also DVD X1687
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Séance (Kôrei) (2000)
Director: Kiyoshi Kurosawa. Cast: Koji Yakusho, Jun Fubuki, Tsuyoshi Kusanagi, Kitarou, Ittoku Kishibe. A young girl escapes her kidnappers and hides in Koji's, a sound effects engineer, equipment case while he is recording sounds in the woods with his psychic wife. The stage is set to promote her psychic abilities, but the hoax goes terrifyingly wrong. 97 min. DVD X1489
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Seven Samurai (Shichinin no samurai) (1954)
Director: Akira Kurosawa. In 16th century Japan, a small farming village has been continually victimized by bandits who take their crops and their women. The villagers, desperate to end the terror, hire seven samurai to help defend the village. Special features on DVD 8410: Disc 1: Two audio commentaries --one by film scholars David Desser, Joan Mellen, Stephen Prince, Tony Rayns, and Donald Richie, and one by Japanese-film expert Michael Jeck; theatrical trailers and teaser; gallery of rare posters and behind-the-scenes and production stills ; Disc 2: A 50-minute documentary on the making of 'Seven samurai', created as part of the "Toho masterworks" series "Akira Kurosawa : it is wonderful to create" ; Disc 3: "My life in cinema", a two-hour video conversation between Akira Kurosawa and Nagisa Ôshima from 1993, produced by the Directors Guild of Japan; "'Seven samurai': origins and influences", a new documentary looking at the samurai traditions and films that impacted Kurosawa's masterpiece. Booklet features essays by Kenneth Turan, Peter Cowie, Philip Kemp, Peggy Chiao, Alain Silver, and Stuart Galbraith IV; tributes from Arthur Penn and Signey Lumet; and a reminiscence by Toshiro Mifune. 197 min. DVD 8410 (Criterion); DVD 19
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Shall We Dance? (Shall we dansu?) (Japan. 1996)
Directed by Masayuki Suo. Cast: Koji Yakusho, Tamiyo Kusakari, Naoto Takenaka, Eriko Watanabe. A middle-aged Japanese businessman's dull life takes an interesting turn when he signs up for a ballroom dance class just to meet the beautiful dance instructor. But he becomes ashamed to tell his family his secret. Meanwhile, his wife feels the changes in the behavior of her happier husband, and hires a private eye to investigate whether Shohei is having an affair. DVD 7285
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Awards
Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards - Best Foreign Language Film
National Board of Review, USA - Best Foreign Language Film

Shubun (Shubun Sukyandaru; Scandal)(1950)
Directed by Akira Kurosawa. Cast: Mifune Toshiro, Yamaguchi Yoshiko, Shimura Takashi, Katsuragi Yoko. Portrayal of a sensitive young artist who is dragged through the mud by a tabloid entertainment magazine after an innocent encounter with a pop singer and decides to sue. 109 min. DVD 9125
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Shura (1971)
Director: Toshio Matsumoto. A stark, desperate tale of vengeance, Shura examines the plight of Gengobe -- a Ronin (Samurai without Master) -- and his quest to right the wrongs done unto him. Based on the play by Nanboku Tsuruya. 134 min. DVD 3516
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Sinner in Paradise (Kaette kita yopparai) (1968)
Directed by Nagisa Ôshima. Cast: Kazuhiko Kato, Norihiko Hashida, Osamu Kitayama, Kei Sato, Mako Midori, Fumio Watanabe In this commentary on Japan's treatment of Korean immigrants, a trio of bumbling young men frolic at the beach. While they swim, their clothes are stolen and replaced with new outfits. Wearing their new clothes, they are mistaken for undocumented Koreans and end up on the run from comically outraged authorities. 80 min. DVD X3487
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Sisters of the Gion (Gion no shimai) (1936)
Director: Kenji Mizoguchi. Filled with compositions as exquisite as they are realistic, this story of two geisha sisters illuminates the plight of women in Japan. The elder sister, Umekicki, is conservative, traditional, and dependent on her patrons. Omocha, the modern younger sister, exploits her customers as much as she can. In the end the story makes it clear that the sisters' attitudes have no real impact on their circumstances as both women remain trapped in a cruel existence. 66 min. DVD X526; vhs 999:2445
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Sleepy Eyes of Death
From the novel by Shibata Renzaburo. DVD X2173

The Chinese Jade (Nemuri Kyoshiro 1: Sappocho)(1963)
Director, Tanaka Tokuzo. Cast: Ichikasa Raizo, Nakamura Tamao, Joo Kenzaburo, Kobayashi Katsuhiko, Takami Kuniichi, Ogimachi Keiko. Nemuri Kyoshiro, a youthful and cynical ronin with unparalleled skill, is approached by both sides in a game of corruption, ambition, and double crosses. The leader of the Kaga clan, who thinks he has killed his smuggling partner, fears that the shogunate will discover his illegal activities. But his partner is not dead, and, assisted by a master of Shorenji boxing, is looking for revenge and for his loot. The Kaga leader sends the beautiful Chisa to enlist Nemuri's aid. The unexpected happens: the hard-bitten Nemuri falls in love. Can he protect her, topple the criminals, and avoid the boxer's deadly skill? 82 min.
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Sword of adventure (Nemuri Kyoshiro 2: Shôbu)(1964)
Director, Misumi Kenji. Cast: Ichikasa Raizo, Fujimura Shiho, Takada Miwa, Kubo Naoko, Katoo Yoshi. Kyoshiro tries to protect the Finance Commissioner of the Shogunate from the wrath of the Shogun's daughter, who sends a flurry of assassins to be rid of him. 83 min.
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Full Circle Killing (Nemuri Kyoshiro 3: Engetsugiri)(1964)
Director, Yasuda Kimiyoshi. Cast: Ichikawa Raizo-, Hamada Yu-ko, Azuma Kyo-ko, Marui Taro-. A series of mysterious slayings in a peasant village attracts Nemuri Kyoshiro's attention and brings him into conflict with Takayuki, one of the Shogun's many bastard children. When Takayuki decides he must possess Kyoshiro's spectacular blade, Kyoshiro finds himself entangled in a web of deception, treachery and death. 86 min.
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Sword of Seduction (Nemuri Kyoshiro 4: Joyoken)(1964)
Director, Ikehiro Kazuo. Cast: Ichikasa Raizo, Fujimura Shiho, Kubo Naoko, Kobayashi Katsuhiko ; Harukawa Masumi. The murderous machinations of a mad princess and the enticing prospect of learning the dark secret of his own birth conspire to ensnare Kyoshiro in a tangled web of deceit and treachery. 84 min.
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Sonatine (Japan, 1993)
Directed by Takeshi Kitano. Cast: Takeshi Kitano, Aya Kokumai, Tetsu Watanabe, Masanobu Katsumura, Susumu Terashima, Ren Ohsugi, Tonbo Zushi. Murakawa, an established and ruthless Yakuza, sent outside his usual turf to intervene in a gang war on the tropical island of Okinawa. Things go badly wrong and he and his gang get caught in the crossfire. Forced to retreat to a seaside hideaway, they kill time and fool around on the beach, but then their enemies start picking them off one by one. 94 min. DVD X4804; DVD X6671; vhs 999:3266
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Sounds From the Mountain (Yama no oto) (1954)
Directed by Mikio Naruse. Cast: Hara Setsuko, Yamamura So, Uehara Ken, Sugi Yoko, Nagaoka Teruko, Tanami Yatsuko. Tells the story of a young married woman who satisfies her need for emotional intimacy by developing a close friendship with her father-in-law. A moving account of the complex relationship that develops between an older man and a younger woman. Adapted from a novel by Yasunari Kawabata, the first Japanese author to be awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. Accompanied by a Book (183 p.) containing essays by Catherine Russell ("Naruse Mikio", "The salaryman's wife", "Naruse as modernist" & "House of women"), Audie Bock ("The art of the sidelong glance : the cinema of Naruse Mikio), and Phillip Lopate ("A taste for Naruse"). Special features: Optional audio commentary by Kent Jones and Phillip Lopate. 95 min. DVD X280
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Callahan, Dan. "Notes on Naruse." Bright Lights Film Journal; May2006 Issue 52, p17-17, 1p, 10
Fujiwara, Chris. "Caught." Film Comment; Sep/Oct2005, Vol. 41 Issue 5, p56-64, 5p UC Berkeley users only
Russell, Catherine. The cinema of Naruse Mikio : women and Japanese modernity Durham : Duke University Press, 2008. ( Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1998.3.N37 R87 2008)

A Story from Chikamatsu (Chikamatsu monogatari) (1964)
Directed by Kenji Mizoguchi. Cast: Kazuo Hasegawa, Kyo-ko Kagawa. In 17th century Kyoto, Osan is married to Ishun, a wealthy miserly scroll-maker. When Osan is falsely accused of having an affair with the best worker, Mohei, the pair flee the city and declare their love for each other. Ishun orders his men to find them, and separate them to avoid public humiliation. 102 min. DVD X1683
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Story of a Prostitute (Shunpuden) (1964)
Directed by Seijun Suzuki. Cast: Tamio Kawachi, Yumiko Nogawa, Isao Tamagawa, Shoichi Ozawa, Tomiko Ishikawa, Kazuko Imai, Megumi Wakaba, Kayo Matsuo, Kentaro Kaji. Volunteering as a "comfort woman" on the Manchurian front where she is expected to service hundreds of soliders, Harumi is commandeered by the brutal Lieutenant Narita but falls for the sensitive Mikami, Narita's direct subordinate. 96 min. DVD 4440
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A Story of Floating Weeds (Silent, 1934)
Directed by Yasujiro Ozu. A troupe of travelling players visiting a remote town where the ex-mistress of the leading actor lives. She has a son by the leading actor, but hasn't told her child the identity of his father. This is the original 1934, black & white, silent film, which was remade in 1959 in color as "Floating Weeds". 86 min. Both versions are on DVD 2625
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The Story of the Last Chrysanthemum (Zangiku monogatari) (1939)
Director: Kenji Mizoguchi. When Kikunosuke, a mediocre actor from a famous Kabuki family, falls in love with a maid, he is cast out. The faithful Otoku supports her husband as he struggles to perfect his art. In the end, she is quite ill, yet willing to leave her husband so that he may take his rightful place at the head of the Kabuki community. 115 min. 999:2033
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Stray Cat Rock: Sex Hunter (Nora-neko rokku: Sekkusu hanta) (1970)
Director: Yasuharu Hasebe. Set in Tokyo during the late 1940's, the film captures the chaos and humiliation that existed in Japan immediately after World War II. When detective Murakami loses his revolver, he must descend into Tokyo's underworld and face the killer who has taken it. 85 min. DVD X571
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The Stray Dog (Nora inu) (1949)
Director: Akira Kurosawa. Set in Tokyo during the late 1940's, the film captures the chaos and humiliation that existed in Japan immediately after World War II. When detective Murakami loses his revolver, he must descend into Tokyo's underworld and face the killer who has taken it. 122 min. DVD 2732; vhs 999:2243
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Street of Love and Hope (Ai to kibo machi) (1959)
Directed by Nagisa Ôshima. Cast: Hiroshi Fujioka, Yuki Mochizuki, Fumio Watanabe, Kakuko Chino. A poor boy becomes friends with a rich girl. He has a pigeon which he sells, but since it is a homing pigeon, he can sell it over and over again. The bird becomes the symbol of his friendship for the girl as well, but in the end she has her brother shoot and kill it. Non-US format DVD. 62 min. DVD 3417
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Street of Shame (Akasen chitai)(1956)
Director, Kenji Mizoguchi. Cast: Machiko Kyo, Ayako Wakao, Yasuko Kawakami. In a brothel in Tokyo's red-light district, a group of working women, their profession on the verge of being outlawed, deal with life's disappointments, large and small. This beautiful, humane film was Mizoguchi's last. 85 min. DVD X528; also DVD X1681
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McDonald, Keiko. "Thematic Conflict and Mode of Representation in Mizoguchi's Street of Shame." In: Holding the vision : essays on film : proceedings of the First Annual Film Conference of Kent State University, April 21, 1983 [Kent, Ohio] : International Film Society, Kent State University, c1983. (MAIN: PN1995 .F4577 1983; Storage Info: C 2 843 031)

Street Without End (Kagirinaki hodou) (1934)
Directed by Mikio Naruse. Cast: Shinobu Setsuko, Isono Aiko, Yamanouchi Hikaru, Wakaba Nobuko, Katsuraki Fumiko. Based on a novel by Komatsu Kitamura. An absorbing character and class study about a carefree waitress who, after a series of dramatic events, ends up in a stifling marriage. 88 min. DVD X5618
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Suicide Club (Jisatsu sakuru) (2002)
Director: Sion Sono. Cast: Ryo Ishibashi, Masatoshi Nagase, Yoko Kamon, Kimiko Yo, Hideo Sako, Akaji Maro, Rolly. A wave of suicides begins with the enigmatic mass suicide of 54 high school girls jumping in front of a subway train. When a detective receives a phone call tip that there is a website tracking the suicides before they happen, he sets out to solve the mystery. 94 min. DVD 9676
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Sword of Doom (Dai-bosatsu tôge) (1967)
Director: Kihachi Okamoto. A samurai assassin driven by impulse, lusts for revenge. His teacher and mentor prepares the young samurai for the harrowing life and death clashes required to defend his honor. 120 min. DVD 3838
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Sword of the Beast (Kedamono no ken) (1965)
Directed by Hideo Gosha. Cast: Mikijiro Hira, Go Kato, Eijiro Tono, Kunie Tanaka, Toshie Kimura, Yoko Mihira, Takeshi Kato, Shigeru Amachi, Kantaro Suga. A low-level swordsman decides to live in the wild countryside after being betrayed by his former comrades. 85 min. DVD 4578
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Taboo (Gohatto) (1999)
Director, Nagisa Ôshima. Cast: Beat Takeshi, Ryuhei Matsuda, Shinji Takeda, Tadanobu Asano, Yoichi Sai. Set in Kyoto in the spring of 1865 ... Those hoping to be chosen as new samurai recruits must face off against the best man in the militia, Soji Okita... only two are chosen: Hyozo Tashiro, a low-level samurai from the Kurume clan, and Sozaburo Kano, a bewitching young man to whom Tashiro is immediately attracted. 100 min. DVD 2221
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Take Aim at the Police Van (Sono gososha o nerae)(1960)
Directed by Seijun Suzuki. Cast: Michitaro Mizushima, Mari Shiraki, Misako Watanabe, Shinsuke Ashida, Shoichi Ozawa, Ryohei Uchida, Toru Abe, Tatsuo Matsushita, Saburo Hiromatsu, Reiko Arai, Toyo Fukuda, Kotoe Hatsui, Hiroshi Osa, Akira Hisamatsu. A prison truck is attacked and a convict inside is murdered. Daijiro, the penitentiary guard on duty, is accused of negligence and suspended. Now, he will dole out his own brand of justice when he goes in search of the criminals who put his job, not to mention the lives of those he is guarding, on the line. 79 min. DVD X1952
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Tales of Terror from Tokyo and All Over Japan. Volume One
A collection of 5-minute short films of the supernatural. Contents: Elevator / directed by Takashi Shimizu -- Enlightenment / directed by Takashi Shimizu -- Waiting time / directed by Takashi Shimizu -- Visitor / directed by Keisuke Toyoshima -- Covering the 100 tales / directed by Ichiro Nakayama -- Examination room #3 (part 1) / directed by Akio Yoshida -- Examination room #3 (part 2) / directed by Akio Yoshida -- Cassette tape / directed by Shiro Sano -- Drop of blood / directed by Eiji Arakawa -- Backward suit / directed by Ryuta Miyake -- Kengo Nishioka / directed by Morio Tsuruta -- School excursion / directed by Ryuta Miyake -- Spilt water / Norio Tsuruta -- Forgotten item / directed by Ryo Nanba -- Video / directed by Hirokatsu Kihara. DVD X3470

Tales of Terror from Tokyo and All Over Japan. Volume Two
A collection of 5-minute short films of the supernatural. Contents: Stones / directed by Keisuke Toyoshima -- The lover / directed by Norio Tsuruta -- Off the shelf / directed by Akio Yoshida -- The train / directed by Ryuta Miyake -- My sister's room / directed by Keisuke Toyoshima -- Please, don't / directed by Yudai Yamagudhi -- No more, please / directed by Yudai Yamagudhi -- Come, if you dare! / directed by Yudai Yamagudhi -- Take a good care of him / directed by Kei Horie -- Fox and a bath / directed by Hirohisa Sasaki -- An interrogation / directed by Kei Horie -- Family crest / directed by Hirohisa Sasaki -- Getting closer / directed by Hirohisa Sasaki -- Don't ever open it / directed by Kei Horie -- The garden / directed by Yo Takahashi -- A motel / directed by Takafumi Ota -- Let's play / directed by Toru Moriyama -- Handprints / directed by Takafumi Ota. DVD X3471

Tales of Terror from Tokyo and All Over Japan. Volume Three, Part 1
A collection of 5-minute short films of the supernatural. Contents: The red eyes / director, Kosuke Suzuki -- Tell me / director, Keisuke Toyoshima -- Another one / director, Keisuke Toyoshima -- The men in black / director, Keisuke Toyoshima -- My wife's coming / director, Noboru Iguchi -- The bloodied armor / director, Hirohisa Sasaki -- Overtime / director, Toshikazu Hirano -- Overtime 2 / director, Toshikazu Hirano -- Red tricycle / director, Ryuta Miyake -- Shadows stirring by their feet / director, Noburu Iguchi -- Ghost house / director, Hirohisa Sasaki -- The breath of Mononoko / director, Ryuta Miyake -- The bride / director, Hirohisa Sasaki. DVD X3472

Tales of Terror from Tokyo and All Over Japan. Volume Three, Part 2
A collection of 5-minute short films of the supernatural. Contents: Only two of us / director, Mari Yasusato -- A woman next door / director, Kenji Murakami -- Three people are coming / director, Akio Yoshida -- A snapshot / director, Kenji Murakami -- Blue raincoat / director, Akio Yoshida -- Unbroadcast footage / director, Yusuke Inoue -- He's home / director, Kenji Murakami -- Visitor / director, Keisuke Toyoshima -- Sleepy head / director, Akio Yoshida -- Second round / director, Wataru Furuta -- Copy machine / director, Masaya Kakehi -- Greetings / director, Masaya Kakehi -- Animal odour / director, Mari Yasusato -- The last train / director, Wataru Furuta -- Noose snap / director, Keisuke Toyoshima -- Mai's voice / director, Hirono Yamada -- The ghost of Ohatsutenjin / director, Akio Yoshida -- The promise / director, Keisuke Toyoshima -- Hair pins / director, Akio Yoshida -- The music box / director, Keisuke Toyoshima . DVD X3473
Tampopo (1987)
Director: Juzo Itami. Cast: Tsutomu Yamazaki, Nobuko Miyamoto, Koji Yakusho. Yamazaki Tsutomu, Miyamoto Nobuko, Yaskusho Ko-ji, Watanabe Ken, Yasuoka Rikiya, O-taki Hideji, Tsugawa Masahiko, O-tomo Ryu-taro, Okada Mariko. Tampopo follows the life of a young widow who runs a small noodle restaurant in Tokyo and her quest for the perfect bowl of ramen. Helping her to attain top ramen status is Goro, the truck driver who at first criticizes Tampopo's cooking ability and then helps her to master it. 114 min. DVD X7256; DVD X2679; vhs 999:797
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Ashkenazi, Michael. "Food, Play, Business and the Image of Japan in Juzo's Tampopo." In: Reel food : essays on food and film / edited by Anne L. Bower. New York : Routledge, 2004. (Main Stack PN1995.9.F65.R44 2004)
Ehrlich, Linda. "Community and connection: Itami Ju-zo-'s Tampopo (1985)." In: Japanese cinema : texts and contexts / edited by Alastair Phillips and Julian Stringer. London ; New York : Routledge, 2007. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1993.5.J3 J27 2007)
Iles, Timothy. "The Lazy Gaze: The Aesthetics of Consumerism in Itami Juzo Tampopo." Asian Cinema, vol. 15, no. 1, pp. 225-33, Spring 2004.
Pauline Kael. "Tampopo." The New Yorker v63.(June 1, 1987): pp101(2).
Serper, Zvika. "Eroticism in Itami's "The Funeral" and "Tampopo": Juxtaposition and Symbolism." Cinema Journal, Vol. 42, No. 3 (Spring, 2003), pp. 70-95 UC users only

Tetsuo, The Iron Man (1988)
Written,edited and directed by Shinya Tsukamoto. Fueled by cyberpunk sensuality and wrought iron perversion, the film begins with a bizarre merging of flesh and metal and accelerates into a hyper-hallucinatory state where springs, wires, and solder erupt fountain-like from a man's body. As the "Iron man" mutates uncontrollably into a walking, clanking man-machine, terrorized by his new body parts, sex becomes dehumanized and mechanical. 67 min. DVD 821
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They Who Step on the Tiger's Tail (Men Who Tread on the the Tiger's Tail) (Tora no o wo fumu otokotachi) (1945)
Director: Akira Kurosawa. A 12th century Japanese story of a famous general and his six followers. Derives from Noh and Kabuki plays depicting a famous twelfth-century incident in which the lord Yoshitsune and a small group of samurai cross enemy territory disguised as monks and must persuade border guards to let them through. 60 min. DVD X2442
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Thirst for Love (Nikui an-chikushô) (1962)
Directed by Koreyoshi Kurahara. Cast: Asaoka Ruriko, Yamanouchi Akira, Nakamura Nobuo, Ishidate Tetsuo. A tense psychological drama about a young woman who is widowed after marrying into a wealthy family and becomes sexually involved with her father-in-law, while harboring a destructive obsession with the family gardener. Based on the novel by Yukio Mishima. 99 min. DVD X6335
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Three Extremes (Hong Kong / Japan / South Korea, 2004)
Cast: Box: Kyoko Hasegawa, Atsuro Watabe. Dumplings: Miriam Yeung, Bai Ling, Tony Ka-Fai Leung. Cut: Lee Byung-Hun, Lim Won-Hee, Gang Hye-Jung, Yum Jung-Ah. Presents a cross-cultural trilogy of odd and horrific film shorts by Asian directors. In Box, beautiful successful novelist Kyoko lives a solitary life. In Dumplings a woman experiments with anti-ageing dumplings containing a sinister secret ingredient. In Cut, a happy and successful film director encounters a stranger in his living room. Contents: Box: Kyoko Hasegawa, Atsuro Watabe. Dumplings: Miriam Yeung, Bai Ling, Tony Ka-Fai Leung. Cut: Lee Byung-Hun, Lim Won-Hee, Gang Hye-Jung, Yum Jung-Ah. 126 min. DVD X792
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Three Outlaw Samurai (Sanbiki no samurai) (1964)
Director: Hideo Gosha. Cast: Isamu Nagato, Mikijiro Hira, Tetsuro Tanba. An offshoot of a Japanese television series of the same name, "Three outlaw samurai" is a classic in its own right. A wandering, seen-it-all ronin becomes entangled in the dangerous business of two other samurai hired to execute a band of peasants who have kidnapped the daughter of a corrupt magistrate. With remarkable storytelling economy and thrilling action scenes, it's an expertly mounted tale of revenge and loyalty. 93 min. DVD X7058
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Throne of Blood (Kumonosu jô) (1957)
Director: Akira Kurosawa. Adaptation of Shakespeare's Macbeth, set in feudal Japan. Tells the story of a Samurai lord who kills his master and usurps his power in fulfillment of a witch's prophecy. 105 min. DVD 1752; vhs 999:37
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Tokyo Chorus (Tokyo no kôrasu) (1931)
Director: Yasujiro Ozu. Cast: Tokihiko Okada, Emiko Yakumo, Hideo Sugawara, Hideoko Takamine, Tatsuo Saito, Choko Ida, Takeshi Sakamoto, Reiko Tani. An insurance salesman, Shinji Okajima's colleague was fired for no apparent reason, so he protested against his company's president on behalf of his colleague. Then, Shinji also gets fired and starts working for his old school teacher's restaurant. 90 min. DVD 9594
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Fox, Joan. "Profile: Hideko Takamine." Kinema. Spring 1994

Tokyo Drifter (Tokyo nagaremono) (1966)
Director: Seijun Suzuki. Tetsu, a gangster who honors the old code long after it has been abandoned by the mob is called back to Tokyo to help in the struggle between his old employers, the Kurata gang and the rival Otsuka gang. Then he is on the run in a mad chase across Japan, pursued by rival mobsters and his own bosses, in this frenzied, visually daring, breathless action film which represents the best of Suzuki's inventive films. 83 min. DVD 5859; vhs 999:2426
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Tokyo-ga (1985)
Directed by Wim Wenders. A film diary of filmmaker Wim Wenders' journey to Tokyo to discover the city he came to know through the films of Yasujiro Ozu, one of Japan's greatest and most prolific filmmakers. This perceptive critique of the Ozu career presents a fascinating portrait of different cultures defining themselves through filmmaking and film images. 141 min. DVD 5882
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Tokyo Sonata (2008)
Directed by Kiyoshi Kurosawa. Cast: Teruyuki Kagawa, Koko Koizumi, Koji Yakusho, Yu Koyanagi, Kai Inowaki. Summary Story of a family in Tokyo that live together but have grown apart and keep their separate lives a secret from each other. Disc 1. Film -- Disc 2. Extras (100 min.): Making-of documentary; "Q & A"; Premiere, Tokyo, September 2008 [presentation]; DVD discussion; UK trailer. 119 min. DVD X1680
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Tokyo Story (Tôkyô monogatari) (1953)
Director, Yasujiro Ozu. A deceptively simple tale of an elderly couple who journey to Tokyo, where they are received less than enthusiastically by their grown-up children; then generational conflicts are stilled--momentarily--by death. 134 min. DVD 2050; vhs 999:409
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Ozu, Yasujiro. Tokyo story : the Ozu/Noda screenplay / by Yasujiro Ozu and Kogo Noda ; translated by Donald Richie Berkeley, Calif. : Stone Bridge Press, c2003. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1997 .T59513 2003)

Tokyo Twilight (Tôkyô boshoku) (1957)
Director: Yasujiro Ozu. Two sisters live with their father. The elder sister has run away from her husband and returned with her child, while the younger sister is embroiled in an affair and has become pregnant. Both are astonished when their mother, long thought dead, turns up alive. They are even more stunned when they learn what their mother's life has been. 140 min. DVD 3567
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A Tokyo Woman (Tôkyô no onna) (1933)
Directed by Ozu Yasujiro. In order to earn money to put her younger brother, Ryoichi, through school Chikako works as a typist by day and moonlights in a seedy bar at night. Unfortunately Ryoichi commits suicide when he learns that his sister earned much of the money as a prostitute. 45 min. 999:3689
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Tomie (1998)
Directed by Ataru Oikawa. Following some trauma in her past that has since been repressed, a young woman is trying to recover her memories with the help of a psychiatrist. During her hypnosis sessions, she repeats the name "Tomie" but is unable to recall where she knows it from. Meanwhile, a police detective is investigating a string of brutal murders, where he also runs across the name "Tomie." How are two connected? 95 min. PAL format DVD. DVD 2850
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A Treatise on Japanese Bawdy Songs (Nihon shunka-kô) (1967)
Director: Nagisa Ôshima. Cast: Ichiro Araki, Juzo Itami, Koji Iwabuchi, Akiko Koyama, Kazuko Tajima. When four sexually-hungry high school boys preparing for university entrance exams meet up with their drunk teacher, they are sent down a less-than-academic path. 103 min. DVD X3485
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Tsigoineruwaizen (Zigeunerweisen)(1980)
Director: Seijun Suzuki. Cast: Yoshio Harada, Naoko Otani, Toshiya Fujita, Michiyo Okusa, Akaji Maro. The story of the relationship between a Japanese professor and Nakasago, a former friend he runs into while on vacation. Nakasago has been charged with murder and as the two former friends become more involved, the professor gets a glimpse of Nakasago's odd life. 148 min. DVD 5477
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Dinitto, Rachel. "Translating Prewar Culture into Film: The Double Vision of Suzuki Seijun's Ziegeunerweisen." Journal of Japanese Studies, Winter2004, Vol. 30 Issue 1, p35-63, 29p UC users only

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Twenty-Four Eyes (Nijushi no hitomi)(1954)
Director: Keisuke Kinoshita. Cast: Takamine Hideko, Tsukioka Yumeji, Kobayashi Toshiko, Igawa Kuniko, Tamura Takahiro, Ryu- Chishu-, Natsukawa Shizue, Urabe Kumeko, Kiyokawa Nijiko, Naniwa Chieko, Akashi Ushio, Amamoto Eisei, Takahara Toshio. An elegant, emotional chronicle of a teacher's unwavering commitment to her students, her profession, and her sense of morality; a simultaneously sober and sentimental look at the epic themes of aging, war, and death. Based on the novel Gensaku Tsuboi Sakae by Sakae Tsuboi. Special features: new video interview with Japanese cinema historian and critic Tadao Sato about the film and its director; theatrical teasers; a booklet featuring a new essay by film scholar Audie Bock and an excerpt from a 1955 interview with Kinoshita. 156 min. DVD X1471
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Twilight Samurai (Yôkai daisensô) (Japan, 2002)
Directed by Yôji Yamada. Cast: Sanada Hiroyuki, Miyazawa Rie, Tanaka Min, Kobayashi Nenji, Osugi Ren, Fukikoshi Mitsuru. Set during the Bakumatsu period (mid 19th century) a low-ranking samurai is forced to choose service over love. Based upon stories by Fujisawa Shuhei. 129 min. DVD X6306
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Ugetsu(1953)
Director: Kenji Mizoguchi. Two peasants in war-torn 16th-century Japan abandon their families to seek their fortunes. In attaining his goal, each man destroys his own life. Based on the stories of Akinari Ueda. Based on "Ugetsu monogatari" by Akinari Ueda. Special features: A short "Tony Ryans on Ugetsu monogatari"; original Japanese and Spanish trailers. 96 min. DVD 4643; also X1685; vhs 999:558
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Underworld Beauty (Ankokugai no bijo) (1958)
Directed by Seijun Suzuki. The moment he is released from prison, the honorable gangster Miyamoto recovers the stolen diamonds he had stashed before getting pinched. When he returns to his old haunt to make good by a friend who took a bullet for him, he is diverted by the greedy boss Oyane and his insatiable taste for Miyamoto's precious stones. 87 min. DVD 2363
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Rosenbaum, Jonathan. "Bullet Ballet: Seijun Suzuki." In: Exile cinema : filmmakers at work beyond Hollywood / Michael Atkinson, editor. Albany : State University of New York Press, c2008. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1993.5.D44 E97 2008)

United Red Army (Jitsuroku Rengo Sekigun: Asama sanso e no)(2007)
Director: Kôji Wakamatsu. Cast: Sakai Maki, Arata, Namiki Akie. Interspersed with archival footage relating the origins of the political unrest of the 1960, the film introduces the young men and women who will ultimately go on to become militant activists seeking to overthrow the established world order. As two of the most radical student groups come together to form the United Red Army (URA) and head into the mountains to conduct a training camp, ideology devolves into despotism, and the URA's leaders begin to persecute their own followers. 190 min. DVD X7124
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Uzumaki (Spiral) (2000)
Director: Higuchinsky. Cast: Eriko Hatsune, Fan Fhi, Hinako Saeki, Eun-Kyung Shin, Keiko Takahashi. In a small town in Japan, Kirie comes upon her boyfriend's father silently videotaping a snail. He seems unaware of her presence and she thinks no more of it. Later, the mans obsession with spirals becomes more and more bizarre, ending in his suicide in a washing machine which turn his body into a spiral. Soon other inhabitants become possesed with different forms of spirals, one student seems to be mutating into a snail, another's hair becomes strangely medusa-like. The entire town becomes possesed. Based on the graphic novel, Uzumaki, by Ito Junji. 90 min. DVD X6056
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Vengeance Is Mine (Fukushû suruwa wareniari) (1979)
Director: Shohei Imamura. Cast: Ken Ogata, Rentaro Mikuni, Chocho Mikayo, Mayumi Ogawa, Mitsuko Baisho. Tells the story of a murderer and rapist who eludes a nationwide dragnet while brazenly traveling throughout Japan committing crimes. Based on police records and the nonfiction work by author Ryuzo Saki on the actual case. Special features: Full-length audio commentary by noted Asian film historian, critic, and filmmaker Tony Rayns ; Video introduction by Alex Cox ; 36-page booklet with a new essay by Jasper Sharp ; an essay by Dr. Alastair Phillips ; a reprint of the original Japanese film programme, rare Shochiku production stills, and a piece about the film by Shohei Imamura. 140 min. DVD 8459
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Village of Dreams (Eno nakano bokuno mura) (1996)
Director: Isaka Satoski. A nostalgic tale of identical twin boys' daily life in a small village of Japan in 1940's. Based on the account of popular children's book artist, Seizo Tajima, and his twin brother, Yukihiko Tajima, who is also an artist. Based on the autobiographical essay by Seizo Tajima. 112 min. 999:2694
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Violence at Noon (Hakuchû no tôrima) (1966)
Directed by Nagisa Ôshima. Cast: Saeda Kawaguchi, Akiko Koyama, Kei Sato, Mutsuhiro Tou, Fumio Watanabe, Taiji Tonoyama. Story of a brutal sex murderer, his protective wife, and a woman he has previously raped, all of whom live in a rural commune with a group of Tokyo intellectuals. From a story by Taijun Takeda. 109 min. DVD X3484; vhs 999:3705
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Violent Cop (Sono otoko kyobo ni tsuki) (1989)
Director, Takeshi Kitano. Detective Azuma is a Dirty-Harry style rogue cop who often uses violence and unethical methods to get results. While investigating a series of drug-related homicides, Azuma discovers that his friend and colleague Iwaki is supplying drugs from within the police force. After Iwaki is murdered and Azuma's sister is kidnapped, he breaks all the rules to dish out his particular form of justice. 98 min. DVD 1082; vhs 999:3199
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Visitor Q (Bijitâ Q) (2001)
Director, Miike Takashi. Cast: Endo Kenichi, Uchida Shungiku, Watanabe Kazushi, Nakahara Sho-ko, Suzuki Ikko , Fujiko, Muto Jun. A father, who is a failed former television reporter tries to mount a documentary about violence and sex among youths. He proceeds to have sex with his daughter who is now a prostitute and films his son being humiliated and hit by classmates. "Q", a perfect stranger somehow gets involved and enters the bizzare family who's son beats his mom, who in turn is also a prostitute and a heroin addict... 84 min. DVD X4663
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Vital (2004)
Director, Shinya Tsukamoto. Cast: Tadanobu Asano, Nami Tsukamoto, Kiki, Jun Kunimura, Ittoku Kishibe. After losing his memory due to a car accident, Hiroshi Takagi tries to pick his life back up and enrolls in medical school. There, his memory becomes jarred by a female cadaver; he begins to have visions of a life with this woman, and unlocks the dark memories of his forgotten past. 86 min. DVD 5438
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The Warped Ones (Kyonetsu no kisetsu) (1960)
Directed by Koreyoshi Kurahara. Cast: Kawaji Tamio, Go Eiji, Nagato Hiroyuki. A juvenile delinquent gets out of the pen and immediately embarks on an angry rampage, most of it directed at the girlfriend of the journalist who helped send him up. 75 min. DVD X6333
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When a Woman ascends the Stairs (Onna ga kaidan o agaru toki) (1960)
Directed by Mikio Naruse. Cast: Hideko Takamine, Masayuki Mori, Reiko Dan. A young widow with family obligations, Keiko is the madam of an upstairs bar in the exclusive Ginza district of Tokyo in 1960. As she approaches 30, she realizes that her life is at a crossroads: she must either go into business and open her own bar or marry. 111 min. DVD 7596
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Callahan, Dan. "Notes on Naruse." Bright Lights Film Journal; May2006 Issue 52, p17-17, 1p, 10
Fox, Joan. "Profile: Hideko Takamine." Kinema. Spring 1994
Fujiwara, Chris. "Caught." Film Comment; Sep/Oct2005, Vol. 41 Issue 5, p56-64, 5p UC Berkeley users only
Mellen, Joan. "Late Ozu, Late Naruse." Film Quarterly; Summer2008, Vol. 61 Issue 4, p24-32, 9p UC Berkeley users only
Russell, Catherine. The cinema of Naruse Mikio : women and Japanese modernity Durham : Duke University Press, 2008. ( Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1998.3.N37 R87 2008)

Who's Camus Anyway? (Kamyu nante shiranai) (2005)
Directed by Mitsuo Yangimachi. Cast: Shuji Kashiwabara ; Hinano Yoshikawa, Ai Maeda, Hideo Nakaizumi, Hirotaro Honda. Who is Camus, anyway? This drama, unfolded around the filming activities on the campus of a university in Tokyo, presents the personal lives and loves of the modern youth of Japan. 115 min. DVD 6347
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Wild Youth (aka The Brute) (Yaju no seishun ) (2005)
Directed by Seijun Suzuki. Cast: Jo Shishido, Misako Watanabe, Tamio Kawaji, Ichiro Kijima ... [et al.]. A mysterious drifter pits rival yakuza gangs against each other to avenge the murder of a friend. Based on the novel, Hitogari, by Haruhiko Oyabu. Special features: video interview with director Seijun Suzuki and actor Joe Shishido, made by Nikkatsu in 2001 ; original theatrical trailer. 92 min. DVD X2582
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Woman in the Dunes (Suna no Onno) (1964)
Director: Hiroshi Teshigahara. An entomologist is tricked by villagers into spending the night in a shack in a sandpit with a widow whose task is endlessly to haul away sand. He finds he cannot escape and gradually develops an intense bond with his companion and resigns himself to a lifetime of hypnotic routine. 127 min. DVD 184
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Cannes Film Festival - Special Jury Prize

Women of the Night (oru no onnatachi)(1948)
Director, Kenji Mizoguchi. Cast: Kinuyo Tanaka, Sanae Takasugi, Tomie Tsunoda, Mitsuo Nagata. Filmed on location in Osaka, Women of the night concerns two sisters, Fusako, a war widow, and Natsuko, in an affair with a narcotics smuggler, who, along with their younger friend Kumiko, descend into prostitution and moral chaos amid the postwar devastation surrounding them. Based on the novel Joseimatsuri by Eijiro Hisaita. 74 min. DVD X527
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The World Sinks Except Japan (Nihon igai zenbu chinbotsu) (Japan, 2006)
Directed by Minoru Kawasaki. Cast: Kohashi Kenji, Kashiwabara Shu-ji, Matsuo Masatoshi. The year is 2011. Thanks to global warming and shifting tectonic plates, planet Earth's landmass has just gotten a massive overhaul. Japan is the only country on the planet that has managed to avoid being devastated by the unprecedented natural disaster, and it isn't long before refugees from every affected nation are attempting to integrate themselves into Japanese society. Meanwhile geologists discover that there's more seismic activity on the horizon, and the worst may be yet to come. Based on the novel by Tsutsui Yasutaka and Komatsu Sakyo 98 min. DVD X705
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Langer, Jessica. "Three versions of Komatsu Sayko-'s Nihon chinbotsu (Japan Sinks)." Science Fiction Film and Television, Volume 2, Issue 1, Spring 2009, pp. 45-57 UC users only

Yojimbo (1961)
Director: Akira Kurosawa. Two warring clans vying for power bid for the services of a wandering samurai-for-hire. He becomes embroiled in the dispute and orchestrates the town's self-destruction. A humorous parody of a classic western. 110 min. DVD 79
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Yokihi (1991)
Director, Kenji Mizoguchi. Cast: Machiko Kyo, Masayuki Mori, So Yamamura, Eitaro Shindo, Sakae Ozawa. Set in 8th century China, tells the story of the last T'ang emperor and the servant girl he falls in love with and makes his princess. Special features: Featurette "Tony Rayns on Yokihi," original Japanese teaser. 92 min. DVD X1681
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Yu-koku (Patriotism, or the Rite of Love and Death (1991)
Directed and written by Yukio Mishima. Cast: Yukio Mishima, Yoshiko Tsuruoka. "Patriotism" uses Noh staging to tell the story of Lieutenant Takeyama and his new bride, Reiko. A planned coup d'état has failed, and Takeyama will be required to participate in the execution of his friends. He therefore resolves to commit seppuku--ritual suicide--accompanied by his wife. Elegant, expressionistic and wordless, accompanied by selections from Wagner's "Tristan und Isolde," Mishima emphasizes the erotic and romantic ties between husband and wife, the physical relationship between sex and death, the ability of duty and honor to give meaning to action, and the ability of action to grant power to ideas. Based on the short story "Patriotism" by Yukio Mishima. Special features: Two days with Yukio Mishima [featurette] (50 min.); Mishima on Mishima : The end of WWII [featurette] (5 min.); Mishima on Mishima : Death [featurette] (5 min.); Mishima on Mishima : Writing [audio only featurette] (49 min.); booklet includes the essays "The Word Made Flesh" by Tony Rayns, "On Patriotism (The Rite of Love and Death)" by Yukio Mishima, and "Patriotism" original story by Yukio Mishima. 27 min. DVD X4071
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Yumeji (1991)
Director, Seijun Suzuki. Cast: Kenji Sawada, Tomoko Mariya, Masumi Miyazaki, Tamasaburo Bando. A sensual, absurdist ghost story spun around the character and work of real-life painter and poet Yumeji Takehisa (1884-1934), seen as a chronic philanderer and dreamer. 128 min. DVD 5479
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Zatôichi (The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi)(2003)
Directed by Takeshi Kitano. Cast: 'Beat' Takeshi Kitano, Tadanobu Asano, Michiyo Ookusu, Gadarukanaru Taka, Daigorô Tachibana. A blind, master swordsman wanders into a town controlled by sinister gangs and becomes involved with two geishas who seek to avenge their parents' murders. Zatoichi based on the novels of Kan Shimozawa. 116 min DVD X6671
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atôichi
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Zatoichi Meets Yojimbo (Zatôichi to Yôjinbô)(1965)
Directed by Okamoto Kihachi. Cast: Katsu Shintaro, Wakao Ayako, Takisawa Osamu, Mifune Toshiro. Two of Japan's legendary actors star in this classic tale of greed and misfortune. Zatoichi the Blind Masseur revisits a village he has fond memories of, only to find it has fallen prey to Boss Masagoro, the son of a merchant rumored to have stolen gold from the shogunate. 116 min. DVD X6516
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Zatoichi the Outlaw (Zatôichi rôyaburi)(1967)
Directed by Satsuo Yamamoto Cast: Katsu Shintaro, Mikuni Rentaro, Nishimura Akira, Hamada Yuko. When a local gambling house kidnaps some peasants because they failed to pay their debts, a rival gambling house pays their debts and sets them free. But it's really all just a plot to enlist Ichi's aid in eliminating the competition. Once that's been attended to, the master of the surviving house of chance grabs more and more power -- and more cash from the hapless farmers. Even a blind man can see that justice must be done! 95 min. DVD X6517
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Zatoichi and the Festival of Fire (Zatôichi abare-himatsuri)(1970)
Directed by Kenji Misumi Cast: Katsu Shintaro, Ohara Reiko, Pita, Yoshiyuki Kazuko, Nishimura Akira, Kaneda Ryu-nosuke, Tanaka Kuniei, Mori Masayuki. Nakadai Tatsuya. In a town where women are bought and sold, Zatoichi stumbles upon a secret organization headed by Yamikubo, the Dark Imperial Lord. The 'Boss of Bosses,' blind like Zatoichi, takes an interest in the masseur, guiding him on the path of destiny and the duty of the sightless. However, a chance encounter with two beautiful women might be the end of Zatoichi, as both a jealous husband and the town Yakuza want his head! 96 min. DVD X6518
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Zatoichi Meets the One-armed Swordsman (Shin Zatô Ichi: Yabure! Tôjin-ken )(1971)
Directed by Kimiyoshi Yasuda. Cast: Katsu Shintaro, Hama Yuko, Nanbara Koji, Terada Michie, Abe Toru , Sasaki Takamaru, Hanazawa Tokue, Wang Yu. On the outskirts of the town of Furukawa, blind masseur and master blade-slinger Zatoichi encounter one-armed Chinese martial artist Wang Kang and a young boy. Discovering that the pair are on the run from the corrupt local Samurai, murderers of the boy's parents, Zatoichi agrees to guide them to a nearby temple. Zatoichi becomes entangled in a struggle to save not only these two, but also the lives of the people they come across. When the situation worsens, Zatoichi may discover that his greatest enemy is not the men sent to kill the party, but Wang Kang and a lack of a common language between the two of them. As the crisis escalates, the two master swordsmen will find themselves alone in a confrontation where only one will walk away alive! 94 min. DVD X6522
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Zatoichi at Large (Zatôichi goyô-tabi)(1972)
Directed by Kazuo Mori. Cast: Katsu Shintaro, Morishige Hisaya, Takahashi Etsushi, Otani Naoko, Mikuni Rentaro. After delivering the baby of a dying woman and fulfilling her last wish to take her infant to the town of Shiobara, Zatoichi finds the father missing and must leave the child with his aunt, Oya-e. Immediately taking a liking to the young woman, he resolves to help her when her inn is turned into a brothel by Tetsugoro, the local yakuza boss. Things take a turn for the worse when Zatoichi fights to have the performers at the upcoming festival perform without a yakuza tax. Enraged by his audacity, Tetsugoro puts a price on the blind man's head. Meanwhile, the baby's father, Sataro, returns home, and a misunderstanding results in him blaming the masseur for his wife's death. 88 min. DVD X6519
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Zatoichi in Desperation (Shin Zatôichi monogatari: Oreta tsue)(1972)
Directed by Shintarô Katsu. Cast: Katsu Shintaro, Taichi Kiwako, Yoshizawa Kyoko, Takagi Joji, Koike Asao. After a fatal encounter with an elderly woman on a decrepit rope bridge, Zatoichi seeks out her daughter, to make restitution for his role in her death. He finds that the daughter, Nishikigi, is the most popular prostitute in the local brothel. Vowing to save Nishikigi from this life of sin, he sets out to earn the money to redeem her. But the blind swordsman goes too far when he hustles the local yakuza gang for the money. Now, trouble comes from all sides as the local boss, a master swordsman and the prostitute's lover, all want a piece of Zatoichi. Worst of all, Nishikigi just can't seem to turn her back on her life of sin! All these lead to the most shocking of ends of Zatoichi, one which will leave him forever changed! 92 min. DVD X6520
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Zatoichi's Conspiracy (Shin Zatôichi monogatari: Kasama no chimatsuri)(1973)
Directed by Kimiyoshi Yasuda. Cast: Katsu Shintaro, Toake Yukiyo, Shimura Takashi, Sato- Kei, Tsuchiya Yoshio, Okada Eiji. The flip of a coin leads the blind masseur and master swordsman Zatoichi to his hometown, a place he has not visited in over two decades. Despite his extended hiatus, he finds that several people remember him from his hellcat youth, including a 'sister' that he never knew he had and the village's local government Superintendant. But things never stay quiet for the masseur for very long. An old face from Ichi's childhood, Shinbei, has hatched a nefarious plot to rob the town of their valuable community quarry. The masseur is caught in the unenviable position of mediating the conflict between his former pal and the home of his youth, with neither side willing to budge. 92 min. DVD X6521
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Zegen (1998)
Director, Imamura Shohei. Cast: Baisho Chieko, Ogata Ken. A dramatization of the life of Muraoka Iheiji who was active as a pimp in Southeast Asia from approximately 1910 through the early 1930's. He got his start by rescuing women from pirates in Hong Kong and gradually branched out to own 4 houses of prostitution at the peak of his career. 128 min. 999:3245
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Zero Focus (Zero no shôten) (1961)
Director, Yoshitaro Nomura. Cast: Yoshiko Kuga, Hizuru Takachiho, Ineko Arima, Nambara Koji, Ko Nishimura. When the husband of a young newlywed disappears on what was supposed to be only a brief business trip, the mournful bride embarks on an ominous search. As she slowly makes her way through the snowy countryside in search of her missing husband, the revelation that he may have been leading a double life sets off a chain of events that finds her fate growing increasingly grim. From a novel by Seicho Matsumoto. 95 min. DVD X2521
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Art Museum by the Zoo (Misulgwan yop tongmurwon) (1998)
Directed by Jeong-hyang Lee. Chol-su decided to spend his vacation with his girlfriend at her home, but instead found Chun-hui living there. They fell in love as they spent time together despite their different attitudes about love. 109 min. DVD 1503
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Attack the Gas Station (Chuyuso supkyok sakon) (1999)
Director Sang-Jin Kim. A quartet of disaffected Korean youths have robbed a Seoul gas station. Suddenly, while hanging out in a Chinese noodle shop, they decide to take the gas station over. Wacky antics ensue as they kidnap customers that complain about the service and stage fist-fights between street gang members and gas station employees, all of which reflect their own gripes against society. 110 min. DVD 1482
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Barking Dogs Never Bite (Puhran dah suh uigeh) (2000)
Directed by Joon-ho Bong. A college professor is being led to the end of his tether by the constant barking of a dog somewhere in his apartment complex. In a fit of rage, he kills the dog in a nearby flat only to discover another dog is still barking. Soon, one dog after another is disappearing and the manager of the apartment building keeps getting more and more complaints about pets who've gone missing, and becomes increasingly determined to find the culprit. 106 min. DVD 1501
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Bichunmoo (2000)
Directed by Young-jun Kim. Set in 14th century China when the country is under Mongolian rule, the star-crossed lovers, Jinha and Sullie who is the illegitimate daughter of a Mongolian commander, are caught in the middle. Jinha learns his family secret martial arts and then sets out to be with the one he loves. 96 min. DVD 1507
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Bungee Jumping of Their Own (Bonji jompu rul hada) (2001)
Directed by Dai-Seung Kim. Two university students fall in love in 1983 but on the night the man must leave for the military, the woman disappears and they never see each other again. Seventeen years later the man is now a high school teacher, and one of his male students bears an uncanny resemblance to his old girlfriend. 101 min. DVD 1496
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Chunhyang (2000)
Directed by Sang-hyun Im. Set in 18th century Korea. Mongryong, the son of a governor, falls in love with Chunhyang, the daughter of a proud former courtesan, and they secretly marry out of fear of reprisal. Trouble results when Mongryong is ordered to Seoul to finish his education, and a new, vindictive governor pursues Chunhyang and then imprisons her when she refuses his advances. 120 min. DVD 1506
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Cinema on the Road
Focuses chiefly on the little known recently emerging South Korean film industry.. 1997. 52 min. Video/C MM440

Die Bad (Chukona hogun nappugona) (2000)
Directed by Seung-wan Ryoo. A four-part film that examines the same characters from mutiple angles. The "Rumble," sees two kids coming to blows with a thug in a pool hall. "Nightmare," examines the hellish life of an ex-con who is tortured by memories of a man he accidentally killed. "Modern man," cross-cuts between a fight involving a gangster and a cop and the two men's thoughts regarding life and social behavior. Finally, "Die bad," brings all of the shorts' characters together to meet their respective fates. 95 min. DVD 1491
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Failan (Pailan) (2001)
Directed by Hae-sung Song. Failan emigrates to Korea seeking her relatives, but finds they have moved to Canada. Desperate to remain in Korea, she accepts an arranged marriage through a match-making agency. Her husband, whom she has never met, is an old gangster who has no respect from his peers. Things take a turn when he is asked by his boss to take the fall for a murder in exchange for some money. The only hope in his worthless life is the wife he has never met. 115 min. DVD 1504
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Flower Island (Kkotsom) (2001)
Directed by Ilgon Song. Opens with 17-year-old Hye-Na giving birth in a public restroom and abandoning the child. She then sets out on a journey and along the way meets Ok-Nam, a misguided mother who prostituted herself and was kicked out of the house. Later, the two women save another woman Yoo-jin from suicide. Each suffering from her own pain, the trio decides to find the mythical flower island, which reportedly heals all wounds. 115 min. DVD 1495
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The Ginko Bed (Ge shi qin yuan) (1996)
Directed by Je-gyu Kang. A college art lecturer re-experiences the mysterious love of his prior life when he comes across an antique gingko bed. He is the reincarnated soul of a court musician to a princess, but their love ended in tragedy as a jealous general killed him and the princess committed suicide. For a thousand years their love has been destined to suffer... 88 min. DVD 1492
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The Great Chef (aka Peking Restaurant) (Bukkyeong banjeom) (South Korea, 1999)
Directed by Kim Ui Seok. Cast: Shin Gu, Myung Se Bin, Jeong Woong In. Han-kook Yang is the son of a Korean restaurant entrepreneur. When the once-popular Peking Restaurant is forced to close it's doors, Yang rounds up the former employees, restores the restaurant to it's original glory, and sets about making it's signature spicy sauce noodle dish the talk of the town. 95 min. DVD X3478
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Green Fish (Chorok mulgogi) (1997)
Directed by Chang-dong Lee. In this South Korean crime drama, Makdong is discharged from the army to find changes in his rural hometown village. Aboard a train, he meets nightclub singer Miae, girlfriend of a Seoul gang leader. Makdong joins the gang, but his increasing interest in Miae puts him in conflict with the boss. 114 min. DVD 1500
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Happy End (Haepi endu) (1999)
Directed by Ji Woo Chung. One of the most controversial Korean films ever made, this film centers around an ordinary man who was dealt a hard blow with the loss of his job. As a result, his career-minded wife finds happiness with the man who used to be her first love. When the husband plots to end her affair it leads to an unexpected, shocking end. 100 min. DVD 1505
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Hayan chonjaeng (White Badge) (1994)
Directed by Ji-Yeong Jeong. Pulp fiction writer Han Kiju has never recovered from his youthful experience as a volunteer infantryman who fought alongside American troops in Vietnam. The burden of guilt and alienation have a deep effect on his career and marriage. Then a meeting with a soldier from his past forces Han to confront his demons and the most painful events of his life. 122 min. DVD 1513
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Housemaid (Hanyo) (1960)
Directed by Ki-young Kim. Cast: Kim Chin-gyu, Chu Chung-nyo, Yi Un-sim, Om Aeng-nan. A married man is popular with the girls at the textile manufacturing plant where he occasionally teaches music. He and his wife hire one of the factory girls to work for them as a maid. The maid is madly in love with the man and jealous of his wife. Manipulations and madness follow as the two women engage in a deadly power struggle . The stark black-and-white photography, haunting sound effects and Kim's expressionist set designs amplify the lurid plot twists. 111 min. DVD X6154
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The Housemaid (Hanyo) (2010)
Directed by Sang-soo Im. Cast: Jeon Do-yeon, Lee Jung-Jae, Youn Yuh-Jung, Seo Woo. Housemaid Eun-yi attracts the amorous attentions of Hoon, the master of the house, and he begins an affair with her. Igniting the jealousy of an older maid who knows many family secrets, Eun-yi quickly finds herself in the center of a familial power struggle. 107 min. DVD X6150
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Interview (2000)
Directed by Daniel H. Byun. Eun-Sook, a struggling young filmmaker, is interviewing actors for an upcoming project when he is struck by the beauty of Yeong-heui, a hairdresser who tagged along with a friend auditioning for a role. Before Eun-Sook, gets his project off the ground he discovers that the woman used an assumed name for the impromptu audition and now she has disappeared. Twelve months later he discovers her in France, where he learns the truth about her past. 123 min. DVD 1481
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JSA: Joint Security Area (Gongdong gyeongbi guyeok JSA) (2000)
Directed by Chan-wook Park. Two soldiers, one North Korean and one South Korean, are shot along the 38th Parallel. As tensions rise between North and South, a Neutral Nations Supervisory Commission is called in to investigate the shootings. 110 min. DVD 4490
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Kangwon-do ui him (The Power of Kang-won Province) (1998)
Directed by Sang-soo Hong. Sangwon, a married professor, had an affair with Chisuk, his student. Sangwon and Chisok decide to end their relationship in order to preserve Sangwon's family life. Then both leave to Kangwon-do province without knowing about each other's arrival. 108 min. DVD 1516
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Lady Vengeance (Chinjeolhan geumjassi) (2005)
Directed by Chan-wook Park. Cast: Lee Young-ae, Choi Min-shik, Oh Gwang-rok, Oh Dal-soo. After being wrongfully convicted of a crime, a young woman is imprisoned for 13 years and forced to give up her daughter. Upon her release, she sets in motion an elaborate plan of retribution. Special features with DVD X3952: Disc 2. Ch?injo(rhan Ku(mja ssi = Lady Vengeance (fade-to-white version) -- Disc 3. Special features. 112 min. DVD X3952; DVD 7591
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Memories of Murder (Salinui chueok) (2003)
Directed by Joon-ho Bong. Cast: Song Kang-ho, Kim Sang-gyong. Based on a true story, the film takes place in a small village in Korea where an intense police investigation follows a series of brutal rapes and murders. The investigation is complicated by the very different approaches of two detectives, one pressuring suspects rounded up on hunches, and the other, meticulously going through the paperwork. Based on the play Nal poro wayo by Kim Kwang-nim. 132 min. DVD X5414
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Mother (Madeo) (2009)
Directed by Joon-ho Bong. Cast: Hye-ja Kim, Bin Won, Goo Jin, Yoon Jae-Moon, Mi-sun Jun. A peaceful community is rocked by the horrific discovery of a murdered schoolgirl dangling over the ledge of a building. Local detectives, anxious to finger someone for the crime, unjustly convict a mentally challenged man. But in the mind of his fiercely protective mother, this case is far from closed. Fed up with incompetent officials, she conducts her own investigation into the killer's true identity. To clear her son's name, she's willing to do whatever it takes. 129 min. DVD X5219
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My Sassy Girl (Yopkijogin kunyo) (2001)
Directed by Jae-young Kwak. This highest-grossing romantic comedy in the history of Korean film begins when a ne'er-do-well college student meets a very drunk girl on the subway. When he takes her to a hotel room to sleep it off, a series of mishaps brings the police while he is in the shower, and thus begins a wild roller coaster relationship as she puts him through a battery of often humiliating tests to prove his love. 137 min. DVD 1490
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Natural City (South Korea, 2003)
Directed by Byung-chun Min. Cast: Ji Tae Yoo, Rin Seo, Jae Eun Lee, Chan Yoon. In the year 2080 in Seoul, agent R is a policeofficer who falls in love with a cyborg whose lifetime is almost up and begins to search for a way to give her a human life. 113 min. DVD 7516
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No. 3 (Nombo sam) (1997)
Directed by Neung-han Song. The No. 3 man in an urban gang aspires to become No. 1 top man in his group of third-rate hooligans. An action comedy of power struggles among society's losers and wannabes, including No. 3's wife, a would-be famous poet and his foul-mouthed rival. 106 min. DVD 1502
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Norang mori 2: tal i toego sipotso (Yellow Hair 2: I Wanted to be a Moon) (2001)
Directed by Yu-min Kim. This film is a semi-biographical account of model Ha Ri-su's life. She is Korea's first high profile transgender. Here she plays Jae, a transgendered woman in search of true love but facing overwhelming obstacles. The other woman, Wy, is more concerned with money than love. 109 min. DVD 1511
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Nowhere to Hide (Injong sajong polgot opta) (1999)
Directed by Myung-se Lee. A chase film interlaced with a grand loopy humor about Korean police engaged in a deadly pursuit, trying to catch a master of disguise. 112 min. DVD 1484
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Nunmul (Tears) (2001)
Directed by Sang-soo Im. When Han and his friends sneak into a bar one night, Han ends up helping a girl named Sa-ri sneak out when things get out of hand. Sa-ri is more hard-edged and independent than Han; while he lives at home with his mother, she has been abandoned by her family and works at a "hostess club." Despite their differences, a tentative romance begins to blossom. 105 min. DVD 1510
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Oasis (Korea, 2002)
Directed by Lee Chang-dong. A mentally handicapped young man is haunted by a crime that landed him in prison, a hit-and-run accident that resulted in the death of an old man. After his release from prison he goes to visit the victim's family, and meets Gong-ju, the man's daughter, who has cerebral palsy. The two begin an unlikely love affair that exposes the callousness and uncomfortable secrets of both of their families. 133 min. DVD 2123
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Oldboy (Oldeuboi) (2003)
Director, Chanwook Park. Cast: Minsik Choi, Ji Tae Yu, Hyejung Gang. After being kidnapped and imprisoned in a strange "private prison" for 15 years, Daesu, once an ordinary Seoul businessman, is released and sets out to find his abductors. Seeking vengeance on all those involved, he soon finds that his enemy's tortures are just beginning. Special features with DVD X3951: Disc 2 & 3: The autobiography of Oldboy. 120 min. DVD X3951; also DVD
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Awards
Cannes Film Festival - Grand Prize

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Kim, Kyung Hyun. "'Tell the Kitchen That There's Too Much Buchu in the Dumpling': Reading Park Chan-wook's 'Unknowable' Oldboy." In: Horror to the extreme : changing boundaries in Asian cinema / edited by Jinhee Choi and Mitsuyo Wada Hong Kong : Hong Kong University Press ; London : Eurospan [distributor], c2009. (Moffitt Reserves PN1995.9.H6 H757 2009)
Spencer, Liese. "Revenger's Tragedy." Sight and Sound, vol. 14, no. 10, pp. 18-20, 2004 Oct UCB users onlyTompkins, Joseph; Wilson, Julie A. "The Political Unconscious of Park Chan-wook: The Logic of Revenge and the Structures of Global Capitalism." Post Script: Essays in Film and the Humanities, vol. 27, no. 3, pp. 69-81, 2008 Summer UCB users only

One Fine Spring Day (Bomnareun Ganda: Chun shi) (2001)
Directed by Jin-ho Hur. Sound engineer Sang Woo meets local DJ Eun Soo on a recording trip in quest of nature's voice. They succeed in capturing various sensual sounds as well as a tenderness for each other. Their love flourishes as spring comes along, but Sang Woo's ever intensifying passion often reminds Eun Soo of her tragic past. She knows only too well how love can vanish like a sound. 115 min. DVD 1508
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Palwol ui Christmas (Christmas in August) (1998)
Directed by Jin-ho Hur. Jung-won, a photographer who runs a small studio in Seoul, meets a young woman when she enters his establishment with a request for photos. They make an unlikely twosome, but even so they go on a date to an amusement park. Over time, a friendship develops, but Jung-won has an unspecified terminal illness, a fact which is known only to his immediate family. 97 min. DVD 1515
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Panchik Wang (The Foul King) (2000)
Director, Ji Woon Kim. In this Korean comedy office grunt Im Dae-ho, nagged by his father and secretly in love with a female colleague, finds solace in wrestling and the so-called "foul kings," or championship wrestlers who will do anything to win a match. He decides to try his luck with the sport, and after becoming the accidental victor of his first fight, he prepares for a tag match against reigning champion Yubiho who wants an easy win to further his career in Japan. 112 min. DVD 1480
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Peppermint Candy (Pakha satang) (2000)
Directed by Chang-dong Lee. Presented in flashbacks, tells the story of Yeong-ho who was ruined by bad stock deals, terrorized by loan sharks and dumped by his adulterous wife. He is a typical victim of the Asian financial meltdown. Yeong-ho pays his dying ex-girlfriend a visit at the hospital and, though she is unconscious, leaves her the same peppermint candy that she used to send him. 127 min. DVD 1488
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Alejandro Perez Eyzell, Jose. "Peppermint Candy: redefining Korean masculinity." The Film Journal, Issue 2 July 2002 UCB users only
Brooke, Michael. "Peppermint Candy." Sight & Sound, May2010, Vol. 20 Issue 5, p96-97, 2p UCB users only
Choe, Steve. "Catastrophe And Finitude in Lee Chang Dong's Peppermint Candy: Temporality, Narrative, and Korean History." Post Script, Summer2008, Vol. 27 Issue 3, p132-144, 13p UCB users only
Chung, Hye Seung; Diffrient, David Scott. "Forgetting to Remember, Remembering to Forget: The Politics of Memory and Modernity in the Fractured Films of Lee Chang-dong and Hong Sang-soo." In: Seoul searching : culture and identity in contemporary Korean cinema / Frances Gateward, editor. Albany : State University of New York Press, c2007. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1993.5.K6 S45 2007)
Kim, Soyoung. "Do Not Include Me in Your "Us": Peppermint Candy and the Politics of Difference." Korea Journal, Spring2006, Vol. 46 Issue 1, p60-83, 24p
Kim, Soyoung. "Gendered trauma in Korean cinema: Peppermint Candy and My Own Breathing." New Cinemas: Journal of Contemporary Film, 2011, Vol. 8 Issue 3, p179-187, 9p UCB users only
McGowan, Todd. "Affirmation of the Lost Object: Peppermint Candy and the End of Progress." Symploke-: A Journal for the Intermingling of Literary, Cultural and Theoretical Scholarship, vol. 15, no. 1-2, pp. 170-189, 2007 UCB users only
Soyoung, Kim. "Gendered trauma in Korean cinema: Peppermint Candy and My Own Breathing." New Cinemas: Journal of Contemporary Film, 2011, Vol. 8 Issue 3, p179-187, 9p UCB users only

Phone (South Korea, 2002)
Directed by Byeong-ki Ahn. Cast: Ha Chi-won, Kim Yu-mi, Choe U-je. A young journalist starts receiving troubling messages on her cell phone after she writes a series of articles about pedophilia. Then when a the young daughter of her friend answers the phone by accident, the girl seems to become possessed by a malicious spirit. 100 min. DVD X5404
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Conrich, Ian. "Gothic Bodies and the Return of the Repressed: The Korean Horror Films of Ahn Byeong-ki." Gothic Studies, May2010, Vol. 12 Issue 1, p106-115, 10p UC users only

The Recipe (South Korea, 2010)
Directed by Anna Lee. Cast: Seung-Ryong Ryu, Yu-Won Lee. Mass murderer Kim Hyun-Soo incarcerated on death row wants to taste doenjang jjigae, a spicy Korean bean paste stew, before he dies. News reporter Choi Yu-Jin hears of the inmate and researches his story for an upcoming news report. Choi Yu-Jin then comes across a mysterious woman named Jang Hye-Jin who makes doenjang jjigae that brings tears of joy to those who taste her recipe. As Choi Yu-Jin delves further, he learns of Jang Hye-Jin's heartbreaking relationship with Kim Hyun-Soo. 107 min. DVD X6847
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Reptilian (1999)
Directed by Hyunh-rae Shim. When a never-before-discovered dinosaur is unearthed, strange things begin to occur. Buried for millions of years, its resurrection is unleashed upon the Earth and General Murdock must stop the destructive beast before the president attacks it with nuclear weapons. 100 min. DVD 1517
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Ring (The Ring Virus) (1999)
Directed by Dong-Bin Kim. A news reporter, Hong Seon-joo is shocked at her nephew's death and even more so when it is discovered that his other three friends who traveled with him all died of heart attacks at the same time. She discovers a strange video that kills the viewer exactly one week after viewing. She is warned not to watch it, but can't resist .... Based on the novel of the same title by Suzuki Ko-ji. 110 min. DVD 2851; also DVD 1489
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Secret Sunshine (Milyang) (2007)
Directed by Dong-Bin Kim. Cast: Cho To-yon, Song Kang-ho. An effortless mix of light and uncompromising darkness, Secret Sunshine is the story of a widowed piano teacher who moves with her young son from Seoul to her late husband's provincial hometown for a fresh start. Based on the novel by Yi Chong-jun. 142 min. DVD X6395
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Saenghwal ui palgyon (The Turning Gate) (2002)
Directed by Sang-soo Hong. This low key, insightful drama quietly observes a callow young man in his search for love. Utterly ill-equipped for the challenge, he bounces from one encounter to another, hoping that he'll find the connection that's been missing in his life, but instead, he causes pain wherever he goes in his self-absorbed quest. 116 min. DVD 1514
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Secret Tears (Pimil) (2000)
Directed by Ki-Hyung Pak. A man becomes involved in some extra-sensory experiences after hitting a woman while driving drunk and bringing her home. She has amnesia and cannot speak, but that doesn't prevent her from communicating with him in other ways. 106 min. DVD 1486
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Seven Swords (Qi jian; Chat gim) (South Korea / Hong Kong / China, 2005)
Directed by Hark Tsui. Cast: Li Ming, Zhen Zidan, Yang Caini, Sun Honglei, Lu Yi, Jin Suyan. In northwest China, seven men with magic swords help the local martial artist group Tian Ti Hui prevent the slaughter of innocent villagers by an evil Manchurian warlord. 153 min. DVD 7487
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Shiri (1999)
Directed by Kang Jegyu. A phantom sniper is methodically assassinating key figures in a South Korean intelligence investigation. Special agent Ryu and his partner Lee suspect North Korea's most lethal female operative, Hee, as being responsible. When a security breach prompts the theft of a high-tech liquid explosive, CTX, from the South Korean authorities, Ryu and Lee are certain there's a mole within their ranks. 125 min. DVD 1338; DVD 1493 (more special features)
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Silche sanghwang (Real Fiction) (2000)
Directed by Ki-duk Kim. A portrait artist, frustrated with his life and having a terrible day, finally snaps. Flying into a murderous rage, he begins running loose through the city, leaving dead bodies in his wake. Director Kim Ki-dok shot this film in "real time," during less than four hours in one afternoon, using an armada of 20 cameras set up in different locations. 95 min. DVD 1512
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A Single Spark (Arumdaun chongnyon Chon Tae-il) (1995)
Directed by Kwang-su Park. Biography of Chon Tae-il who was actively involved in the labor movement and set himself on fire in despair at the indifference of employers and the government. 96 min. 999:3471
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Som (The Isle) (2000)
Directed by Ki-duk Kim. An isolated girl lives by selling food to the fishermen during the daytime and her body at night. One day, she rescues ex-cop Hee-jin who wants to commit suicide. Soon, an intense relationship builds between the two in which the jealous Hee-jin starts to brutally dispatch any competition for her affections. 100 min. DVD 1509
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Sopyonje (1993)
Directed by Kwon-taek Im. The specifically Korean tradition that is reclaimed in Sopyonje is the type of folk-song known as p?ansori, described as a musical sublimation of southwest Korea's collective grief and suffering - in other words, a kind of blues. The film's three central characters are itinerant p?ansori singers in the 1950s, a time when many aspects of Korean culture came under siege from Japanese and western influences. A man named Dong-ho is roaming the rural hinterlands, ostensibly to find rare herbal medicines for his sick son back in Seoul, but actually in search of Song-hwa, the woman he grew up with. Orphans, they were both apprenticed to the p?ansori master Yu-bong who pressured them to sacrifice everything for the art. Dong-ho rebelled and ran away, but Song-hwa stayed, lost her sight, and outlived Yu-bong. Rumor has it that she is still travelling and still singing p?ansori... 113 min. DVD 6516
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Sorum (South Korea, 2001)
Directed by Yoon Jong-chan. Cast: Kim Myong-min, Chang Chin-yong, Ki Chu-bong, Cho An, Kim Ki-hyon. Looking for a fresh start, a young taxi driver moves into apartment #504 of a crumbling tenement. He soon discovers the previous tenant died mysteriously, and everyone on the floor is somehow connected to the dead man. After befriending the troubled neighbor living a few doors down, he stumbles into an affair that sends them both down a dark path. But there's something else odd about the atmosphere in the run-down building. Does a ghost haunt those living here, or does true evil exist in those left alive? 112 min. DVD X6071
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The Soul Guardians (Tui mo lu) (1998)
Directed by Kwang-chun Park. Seung-heui is a beautiful female auto mechanic who was born in the midst of a mass suicide by a cult of Satanists -- which might explain why she often has bad dreams. Further enlightenment about her sleep difficulty is provided by Father Park and Jun-hu whose research into spiritual and paranormal matters has led them to believe Satan himself wants Seung-heui to be the mother of his child. A fast-paced supernatural thriller, loaded with special effects. 97 min. DVD 1494
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Spring in my Hometown (Arumdaun sijol) (1998)
Directed by Kwangmo Lee. A heart-warming story examining the turbulent period of the Korean War through the eyes of a little boy who lives in a backwater village. Set in the early 1950s when the US military presence was predominant in Korea, the film depicts the life of an older generation from a child's perspective. Two children peep through the hole in the fence of an abandoned mill and chance upon the scene of one child's mother having sex with an American soldier and now their world can never be the same. 120 min. DVD 1487
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Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance (Boksuneun naui geot)(2002)
Directed by Chan-wook Park. Cast: Song Kang-Ho, Shin Ha-Kyun, Bae Doo-Na. A deaf-mute needs to raise money for a kidney transplant for his sister's life-saving operation. He kidnaps an wealthy businessman's daughter, but a tragic accident sets both him and the child's father on fateful paths of vengeance. Special features: Interview with Park Chan-Wook, production featurettes, cast and crew interviews, teasers and trailers. 129 min. DVD X3950
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Take Care of My Cat (Goyangileul butaghae) (2001)
Directed by Jae-eun Jeong. Cast: Doo-na Bae, Yo-won Lee, Ji-young Ok, Eun-shil Lee, Eun-joo Lee, Tae-kyung Oh. This film tenderly and unsentimentally charts the paths of four modern South Korean women as they navigate the hazards of young adulthood. 112 min. DVD 4411
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A Tale of Two Sisters (Janghwa, Hongryeon) (South Korea, 2003)
Directed by Ji-woon Kim. Cast: Yeom Jeong-A, Im Soo-Jung, Moon Geun-Young, Kim Kab-Su. Something strange is happening when Su-mi and her younger sister, Su-yeon, come home to their father's large but dark and somewhat foreboding house after a stay in the hospital. Their dad is taciturn and burdened, and their stepmother, Eun-joo, greets them with forced enthusiasm and more than a little sense of irritation. But that's nothing compared to what happens when bedtime rolls around. Special features: Commentary with director, cinematographer and lighting director ; Commentary with director and stars ; Original promotional footage ; Hidden feature: a letter from Su-yeon. 115 min. DVD X1966
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Choi, Jinhee. "A Cinema of Girlhood: Sonyeo Sensibility and the Decorative Impulse in the Korean Horror Cinema." In: Horror to the extreme : changing boundaries in Asian cinema / edited by Jinhee Choi and Mitsuyo Wada Hong Kong : Hong Kong University Press ; London : Eurospan [distributor], c2009. (Moffitt Reserves PN1995.9.H6 H757 2009)
Hoskin, Dave. "Roses and Lotuses: A Tale of Two Sisters." Metro Quarterly. Winter2005, Issue 145, p88-92, 5p UC users only
Seet, K. K. "Mothers and Daughters: Abjection and the Monstrous-Feminine in Japan's Dark Water and South Korea's A Tale of Two Sisters." Camera Obscura, vol. 24, no. 71 [2], pp. 139-159, 2009 UCB users only

Tell Me Something (Telmi ssomding) (1999)
Directed by Yoon-Hyun Chang. In consecutive murders occuring in Seoul, the dismembered bodies of the victims are found with arms and heads separated. When detective Cho starts investigating he is confronted with horrible and shocking scenes. 116 min. DVD 1485
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Thirst (Bakjwi) (South Korea | USA , 2009)
Director: Chan-wook Park. Cast: Song Kang-ho, Kim Ok-vin, Kim Hae-sook, Shin Ha-kyun. Sang-hyun is a priest working for a hospital. He selflessly volunteers for a secret vaccine development project intended to eradicate a deadly virus. However, the virus eventually takes over the priest. He nearly dies, but makes a miraculous recovery after receiving an accidental transfusion of vampire blood. He quickly realizes his sole reason for living involves taking the pleasures of the flesh. He struggles to control his insatiable thirst for blood until a love affair unleashes his darkest desires in deadly new ways. Inspired by Émile Zola's Thérèse Raquin. 134 min. DVD X2538
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Awards
Cannes Film Festival - Jury Prize

Wilson, Flannery. "Grand Guignol and littérature putride in contemporary Korean horror cinema: Park Chan-wook's cinematic translation of Zola's Thérèse Raquin." Journal of Japanese & Korean Cinema, 2012, Vol. 3 Issue 2, p139-155, 17p UC users only

Three Extremes (Hong Kong / Japan / South Korea, 2004)
Cast: Box: Kyoko Hasegawa, Atsuro Watabe. Dumplings: Miriam Yeung, Bai Ling, Tony Ka-Fai Leung. Cut: Lee Byung-Hun, Lim Won-Hee, Gang Hye-Jung, Yum Jung-Ah. Presents a cross-cultural trilogy of odd and horrific film shorts by Asian directors. In Box, beautiful successful novelist Kyoko lives a solitary life. In Dumplings a woman experiments with anti-ageing dumplings containing a sinister secret ingredient. In Cut, a happy and successful film director encounters a stranger in his living room. Contents: Box: Kyoko Hasegawa, Atsuro Watabe. Dumplings: Miriam Yeung, Bai Ling, Tony Ka-Fai Leung. Cut: Lee Byung-Hun, Lim Won-Hee, Gang Hye-Jung, Yum Jung-Ah. 126 min. DVD X792
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301/302 (1995)
Directed by Chul-Soo Park. Featuring Eun-jin Bang and Sin-Hye Hwang. "Two women are neighbors in an apartment building: one is an obsessive professional cook (in room 301), the other an anorexic writer (room 302). A young policeman is investigating the disappearance of the woman from room 302. Through flashbacks, we learn the nature of the two women's relationship: the cook tries to cure her neighbor by preparing fabulous meals for her every night - only to have them left untouched." 100 min. DVD X400; vhs 999:3462
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Virgin Stripped Bare by her Bachelors (O! sujong) (2000)
Directed by Sang-soo Hong. Tells the story of a relationship filled with pitfalls between a pleasant female video producer and a gallery owner as they become embroiled in their self-spun web of illusions. A bitter-sweet serenade to modern courtship. 126 min. DVD 1483
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Whispering Corridors (Yeogo goedam) (1998)
Director, Ki-hyeong Park. Cast: Lee Mi-Yeon, Kim Kyu-Ree, Choi Se-Yeon. When a former alumni of an all girls school returns as a teacher but is soon found dead, ghosts of past murders at the school haunt the student body. 105 min. DVD 8758
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Choi, Jinhee. "A Cinema of Girlhood: Sonyeo Sensibility and the Decorative Impulse in the Korean Horror Cinema." In: Horror to the extreme : changing boundaries in Asian cinema / edited by Jinhee Choi and Mitsuyo Wada Hong Kong : Hong Kong University Press ; London : Eurospan [distributor], c2009. (Moffitt Reserves PN1995.9.H6 H757 2009)
So-Young, Kim; Kim So-Young; Berry, Chris. "'Suri suri masuri': the magic of the Korean horror film: a conversation." Postcolonial Studies; Apr2000, Vol. 3 Issue 1 UCB users only

Whispering Corridors 2: Memento Mori (Yogo koedam: tubontchae iyagi) (1999)
Directed by Tae-Yong Kim and Kyu-Dong Min. A high school student, Min-ah, finds a diary belonging to two of her fellow students that can cause hallucinations. After one of them commits suicide, Min-ah feels as if she is possessed by the dead girl. 99 min. DVD 1499
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Choi, Jinhee. "A Cinema of Girlhood: Sonyeo Sensibility and the Decorative Impulse in the Korean Horror Cinema." In: Horror to the extreme : changing boundaries in Asian cinema / edited by Jinhee Choi and Mitsuyo Wada Hong Kong : Hong Kong University Press ; London : Eurospan [distributor], c2009. (Moffitt Reserves PN1995.9.H6 H757 2009)
So-Young, Kim; Kim So-Young; Berry, Chris. "'Suri suri masuri': the magic of the Korean horror film: a conversation." Postcolonial Studies; Apr2000, Vol. 3 Issue 1 UCB users only

Whispering Corridors 3: Wishing Stairs (Yeogo goedam 3: Yeowoo gyedan) (2003)
Director, Yoon Jae-Yeon.. Cast: Song Ji-Hyo, Park Han-Byeol, Jo An. A staircase leading to the dormitory of a boarding school usually has 28 stairs, but if you count each step aloud a 29th will appear. When someone steps on the mysterious extra stair, the horror begins. Special features: "Making of" featurette; director's sketchbook and notes; original theatrical promotional materials; photo gallery; Tartan Asia Extreme new releases. 97 min. DVD X1965
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Choi, Jinhee. "A Cinema of Girlhood: Sonyeo Sensibility and the Decorative Impulse in the Korean Horror Cinema." In: Horror to the extreme : changing boundaries in Asian cinema / edited by Jinhee Choi and Mitsuyo Wada Hong Kong : Hong Kong University Press ; London : Eurospan [distributor], c2009. (Moffitt Reserves PN1995.9.H6 H757 2009)
So-Young, Kim; Kim So-Young; Berry, Chris. "'Suri suri masuri': the magic of the Korean horror film: a conversation." Postcolonial Studies; Apr2000, Vol. 3 Issue 1 UCB users only

Why Has Bodhi-Dharma Left for the East? (Dharmaga tongjoguro kan kkadalgun) (1989)
Director, Young-kyun Bae. Cast: Sin Won Sop, Hwang Hae Jin, Lee Pan-Yong. In a remote mountain monastery above a bustling city lives Hyegok, an old Zen master, his conflicted young apprentice Kibong, and Haejin, an orphaned boy studying to be a monk. The old master, nearing his end, wishes to make the ceremony of his death his final lesson to his apprentice, who is struggling to come to terms with the worldly life he left behind. Meanwhile the young boy has his own awakening to mortality as he attempts to nurse a bird he thoughtlessly injured with a stone. 135 min. DVD X4951; vhs 999:1438
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