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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. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

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. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

731: Two Versions of Hell

Version 1: The doorway to hell (15 min.) -- Version 2: War is hell (12 min.) Documentary about Unit 731, Japan's secret World War II biological and chemical weapons facility in the Chinese town of Harbin where biological weapons were developed during the Japanese Occupation. The film uses the same footage as seen from two points of view. The first half gives the perspective of the Chinese government and describes the horrors and atrocities that occurred during World War II at the facility.

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. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

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.

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. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database
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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. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

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 Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

A Tokyo Woman (Tokyo 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. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

A Treatise on Japanese Bawdy Songs (Nihon shunka-ko) (1967)

Director: Nagisa Oshima. 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. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

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