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Japan

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.

Japanese Society, in Tokyo and in the Country.

English narration and subtitles. Presents the ups and downs in the daily lives of the Japanese. Introduces the lives of those in the older sections of Tokyo who still regard neighborly relations as important amid the abnormally high land and commodity prices of this densely populated i in new housing developments in regional communities, and people living in the countryside who are concerned about young people leaving the farms to go to the cities. Uses the story of a university student in Tokyo to illustrate modern Japanese society. 1989. 23 min.

Japanese Summer: Double Suicide (Muri shinju: Nihon no natsu) (1967)

Directed by Nagisa Oshima. 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 Oshima deemed the 'death-impulse' in Japanese youth culture. 99 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Japanese Technology: A Tradition of Craftsmanship.

Offers examples of Japan's traditional technologies and high-tech fields. Shows the way in which the development of Japanese technology has been influenced by the fastidious Japanese character, the sense of shame, the flexibility for adopting everything, the predilection for groups, and the uniform education level. Also presents the various characteristics of Japan's technology from the directions of both production technologies and technological development. 1989. 24 min.

Japanese Version.

Explores Japan's fascination with things American, pointing out that in borrowing from other cultures there emerges a distinct Japanese slant on such things as American baseball, the 1950's, weddings, and "love hotels". 1991. 56 min.

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. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

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. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

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. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

JVC Anthology of Japanese Classical Performing Arts. 1-2, Kyutei geino to shinji geino.

Contents: Pt. 1. Bugaku "Ryoo," Bugaku "Nasori." -- Pt.2. Kasuga Wakamiya Onmatsuri, Omoto saitengaku "Imayo," Kurozumikyo saitengaku kibigaku "Haru." Pt. 1-2

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