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Japan

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. ; Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

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. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

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. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

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. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

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.

All Night Long Collection

Written and directed by Katsuya Matsumura. 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.

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. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Angel Dust (Enjeru dasuto) (Japan, 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. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

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.

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. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

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