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Japan

Brother (2000)

Directed by Takeshi Kitano. After his crime boss is murdered in a Tokyo gang war, a yakuza gangster is exiled to Los Angeles. He has a big bag of money and a really bad attitude and hooks up with his half-brother who is the leader of a small-time drug ring. Together, with a local street hustler, the brothers declare war on the other local drug traffickers. This ignites into the bloodiest, dirtiest, nastiest power struggle L.A. has ever seen. 113 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Bullet Ballet (1998)

Director: Shinya Tsukamoto. Cast: Shinya Tsukamoto, Kirina Mano, Tatsuya Nakamura, Takahiro Murase, Tomorowo Taguchi, Kyoka Suzuki.A man sees his life changed for ever when his fiancee shoots herself. Baffled, he wants by all means to obtain such a weapon of destruction and he finds himself caught in a violent group of young vicious punks. 87 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Bunraku

Presents the story of Bunraku, the Japanese puppet theater born in Osaka some 300 years ago, through two of its greatest masters, puppeteer Tamao Yoshida and chanter Sumitayu Takemoto. These two transform ancient tales of old Japan into vibrant human drama. Cameras go backstage to capture the immense preparations and grueling rehearsals for their rendition of the masterpiece Shinju Ten no Amijima. c2002. 53 min.

Bunraku. Buyo.

Shows a performance of Bunraku, the puppet theater of Japan and Buyo, the ancient Kabuki classical dance. In Japanese. 1980. 70 min.

Bunraku: Japan's Classic Puppet Theater.

Bunraku puppets are three-quarters life-sized, handled by black-clothed figures in plain view of the audience. This program features performances from two traditional Bunraku dramas and filmed scenes showing how the puppets are made and manipulated. 1973. 27 min.

Burmese Harp (Biruma no tategoto) (1956)

Director: Kon Ichikawa. Following the actions of a young Japanese officer separated from his battalion at the close of the Pacific War in Burma, the film shows one man's journey from the comforts of companionship in adversity to a solitary confrontation with, and the eventual grasp of, mass death in the name of patriotism. 116 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie DatabaseReviews and articles: Allyn, John. Kon Ichikawa : a guide to references and resources Boston, Mass. : G.K. Hall, 1985.

Butoh: Body on the Edge of Crisis.

Using contemporary footage of leading Butoh performers, this documentary presents the history of the development of butoh dance, interviews the creator of this Japanese modern dance form, Tatsumi Hijikata, and explores the cultural significance of the Butoh dance form in Japan. Narration in Japanese and English. 1990. 90 min.

Cafe Lumiere (Kohi jiko) (2003)

Director: Hou Hsiao-Hsien. In a residential Tokyo neighborhood, Yoko, a freelance writer, becomes pregnant and chooses, against tradition and her parents' wishes, to raise the baby alone. In her loneliness and confusion, Yoko befriends the owner of a second-hand bookstore, who silently falls in love with her as she contemplates the choice she has made. 104 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Campaign (Senkyo)

Can a candidate with no political experience and no charisma win an election if he is backed by the political giant Prime Minister Koizumi and his Liberal Democratic Party? This cinema-verite documentary closely follows a heated campaign in Kawasaki, Japan, revealing the inner-workings of the Japanese political machine. In the fall of 2005, 40-year-old, self-employed Kazuhiko "Yama-san" Yamauchi's peaceful, humdrum life was turned upside-down.

Carnival in the Night (Yami no kanibaru) (1982)

Director: Yamamoto Masashi. Cast: Ota Kumiko, Kuwabara Enkyo, Edo Akemi, Endo Michiro. Punk rocker Kumi leaves her son with her ex-husband and sets off on an unusual journey through Tokyo's underbelly, with each person she meets being stranger than the last, and each encounter more disturbing. 108 min.

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