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Japan

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. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

If Japan Can...Why Can't We?

Compares industrial productivity in the United States and Japan. 1980. 77 min.

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

Impressions of Japan

Newsreel footage of a three week visit to Nagano, Japan by the American author William Faulkner during his attendance at a seminar on American literature. Here Faulkner comments on his impressions of Japan and the Japanese culture and people. 1958? 13 min.

In the Name of the Emperor.

Presents Japanese war crimes and discusses the Nanking Massacre and comfort women who were forced into prostitution during World War II. 1996. 51 min.

In the Realm of Passion (Ai no borei) (L'empire de la passion) (1978)

Directed by Nagisa Oshima. 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. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

In the Realm of the Senses (Ai no corrida) (1976)

Directed by Nagisa Oshima. 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. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

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.

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. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Inside Japan, Inc. (Pacific Century; 6)

Examines the economic miracle of post-war Japan and the increasing tensions between Japan and the United States because of Japan's resolve to control its own economic destiny. 1992. 60 min. [preservation copy]
Full-text review from:ABC-CLIO Video Rating Guide for Libraries

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