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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.

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. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Iyomande: The Ainu Bear Festival

Documents the most important ceremony of the Ainu people of northern Japan. Also shows aspects of Ainu daily life in the 1930s: houses, boats, ornate swords, religious artifacts, and the elaborately tattooed mouths of the older women. A rare anthropological record, with authentic music. 1990. 26 min.

Japan and the Atomic Bomb.

Dr. Abram Sachar lectures on Japan's role in World War II, and about the decisions leading to the dropping of the atom bomb on Hiroshima. A discussion of post-war world nuclear policy is also provided. 1970. 29 min.

Japan Dreaming.

Discusses how the Japanese are looking at city planning in the future, including underground cities, tower cities, intelligent buildings, technopolis towns and the house of the future. Includes a look at trains which levitate above the track, microbes which eat toxic waste and computerized buildings which switch. 1991. 52 min.
Full-text review from:ABC-CLIO Video Rating Guide for Libraries
web web sites:Japan Dreaming website (First Run/Icarus Films)

Japan Past and Present.

An introduction to the complexities, disparities, dichotomies, and beauties of Japan and the Japanese, then and now. 53 min. ea. Buddha in the Land of the Kami: (7th - 12th Centuries). Begins with the creation myth of Japan and explains the origin and scope of the Kami concept; explains the arrival of Buddhism and how Buddhism and the Kami were assimilated; discusses the role of Chinese culture, style, and writing in Japanese culture; and demonstrates how the Japanese garden epitomizes the Japanese view of the relationship between man and nature, space, time, and reality. 1989.

Japan They Don't Talk About.

Contrasts our popular perception of Japanese manufacturing as a high-tech paradise with more sobering facts about how workers cope with incredibly long workdays, cramped and excruciatingly expensive housing, and other problems. 1986. 52 min.


An investigation of contemporary Japanese society, with emphasis on cultural changes precipitated by postwar industrialization. 1988. 234 min. total :1-4

Japan: Tarnished Miracle.

Describes the rise and fall of the Japanese economic miracle which has triggered a financial crisis which has global ramifications. Through interviews with a cross-section of Japanese, examines factors that will shape Japan's future: a changing work ethic; a rapidly aging population; the changing role of women in the workforce and shifting loyalties since firms can no longer guarantee lifetime job security. 1998. 19 min.