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Japan

Castle of Sand (Suna no utsuwa) (1974)

Directed by Yoshitaro Nomura. Cast: Tanba Tetsuro-, Kato- Go-, Morita Kensaku, Shimada Yo-ko. Two detectives are assigned to investigate the murder of a 60-year-old policeman at the Tokyo Railway Station. The victim is well-liked and benevolent and there does not seem to be any motivation to the murder. A further investigation finally leads to the discovery of the hidden past of a young rising composer. Based on the novel by Matsumoto Seicho. 143 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Chichi ariki(1942)

Directed by Yasujiro Ozu. Cast: Ryu-Chishu, Sano Shu-ji, Tsuda Haruhiko, Saburi Shin, Sakamoto Takeshi, Mito Mitsuko, O-tsuka Masayoshi, Himori Shin'ichi. A widowed high school teacher finds that the more he tries to do what is best for his son's future, the more they are separated. Special feature: New interview with film scholars David Bordwell and Kristin Thompson. 87 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Crazed Fruit (Kurutta kajitsu) (1956)

Directed by Ko Nakahira. Cast: Masahiko Tsugawa, Yujiro Ishihara, Mie Kitahara. Two brothers compete for the amorous favors of a young woman during a seaside summer of gambling, boating, and drinking. A portrayal of post-war sexual revolution among Japan's young and privileged. 86 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Cruel Gun Story (Kenju zankoku monogatari)(1964)

Directed by Takumi Furukawa. Cast: Joe Shishido, Chieko Matsubara, Tamio Kawachi, Yuji Odaka, Minako Kazuki, Hiroshi Nihonyanagi, Hiroshi Kondo, Shobun Inoue, Saburo Hiromatsu, Junichi Yamanobe. Fresh out of jail, Togawa has no chance to go straight because he is immediately coerced by a wealthy mob boss into organizing a heist on an armored car carrying racetrack receipts. After assembling a ragtag bunch to carry out the robbery, Togawa learns that all is not what it seems. 87 min.

Cruel Story of Youth (Seishun zankoku monogatari) (1960)

Director: Nagisa Oshima. In this daring statement about the disillusionment that took hold in Japan following World War II, a teenage girl and her criminal boyfriend perform sexual shakedowns on well-to-do middle-aged men. 96 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Culture and Decision making: Comparative Perspectives on Japan.

A seminar focusing on understanding the Japanese culture, with emphasis on Japanese mythology, as the basis of modern business decision-making. Stanford University, 1991. :1-2

Dark Water (Honokurai mizu no soko kara)(2001)

Directed by Hideo Nakata. Cast: Kuroki Hitomi, Kanno Rio, Oguchi Mirei, Mizukawa Asami. Yoshimi Matsubara fights to gain legal custody of her five year-old daughter Ikuko while the two live together in a dark, sullen and musty apartment building. Already insecure and uncertain about her future with her daughter, Yoshimi is haunted by murky water dripping through the ceiling and walls, and by the almost taunting appearances of a small red bag that once belonged to a girl who had mysteriously disappeared two years prior.

Dead Girl Walking (Kaiki! Shinin shojo) (2004)

Directed by Koji Shiraishi. Cast: Ayaka Maeda, Katsumi Nagashio, Kansai Eto, Moe Karasawa. The unimaginable happens when Sayuri is pronounced "dead" by her doctor, but her body continues to function. Her wounds begin to fester and her body begins to rot. Her once loving family are now repulsed by her. She flees from them, but is snatched away by a strange man who runs a freak show, where she is forced to exhibit her putrefied body. Based on the horror comic strips of Hideshi Hino. 44 min.

Dead or Alive (Hanzaisha) (1999)

Directed by Takashi Miike. Cast: Riki Takeuchi, Sho Aikawa, Renji Ishibashi, Hitoshi Ozawa, Shingo Tsurumi. Without a home and feeling no obligation to Japanese society or Yakuza, Ryuichi and his small group decide to make their own place by trying to take over the Shinjuku underworld and the drug trade from Taiwan. As they plan an all-out-assault on the remaining Chinese and Japanese mafia kings, only Detective Jojima stands between them and complete domination. 105 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

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