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Japan

Double Suicide (Japanese Summer: Double Suicide) (Shinju ten no amijima) (1969)

Director: Masahiro Shinoda. Jihei has an affair and falls in love with the geisha, Koharu. His attempts to pay the price for her freedom bankrupts the family business. The town calls for divorce, and Jihei stands to lose his wife, children, and home. 105 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie DatabaseReviews and articles: Cavanaugh, Carole. "Eroticism in two dimensions: Shinoda Masahiro's Double suicide (1969)." In: Japanese cinema : texts and contexts / edited by Alastair Phillips and Julian Stringer.

Doubles: Japan and America's Intercultural Children.

After World War II, despite orders forbidding it, fraternization between U.S. soldiers and Japanese women resulted in a number of children born in and out of wedlock. This film focuses on interview with American soldiers, Japanese women, and their biracial children thirty years after the Allies occupied Japan. Includes documentary footage of the allied occupation between 1945 and 1952. 1995. 59 min. .

Dr. Akagi (Kanzo sensei) (1998)

Directed by Imamura Shohei. Set on a small Japanese island near the end of World War II, this is the story of a doctor's obsession to retain his decency and stamp out a deadly disease. 117 min.Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Dream Girls

Each year thousands of Japanese girls apply to enter the highly disciplined school for the Takarazuka Revue, the incredibly successful musical theater company where women play both male and female roles. This documentary presents a compelling look at this company and phenomenon, and a study on the interplay of gender and sexual identity in Japan today. 1994. 50 min.

Dream Window: Reflections on the Japanese Garden.

Reveals the secrets of both classical and contemporary Japanese gardens and sheds light on the role of gardens in Japanese society today. 1992. 57 min.

Dreams (1990)

Director: Akira Kurosawa. Eight episodes shimmering with rich imagery and insight which explore the costs of war, the perils of nuclear power and especially mankind's need to harmonize with nature. 120 min. ; Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Drunken Angel (Yoidore tenshi) (1948)

Director: Akira Kurosawa. Cast: Takashi Shimura, Toshiro Mifune, Reizaburo Yamamoto, Michiyo Kogure, Chieko Nakakita, Noriko Sengoku, Shizuko Kasagi. Set in post-war Tokyo in 1945, a tuberculosis-infected criminal starts an unhealthy relationship with an alcoholic doctor. The patient needs to feel better so that he can retain his status as gang-leader after the ex-leader is released from prison, and the doctor needs to feel like he has a place in society and that life is worth living.

Early Spring (Soshun) (1956)

Director: Yasujiro Ozu. Cast: Chikage Awashima, Ryo Ikebe, Keiko Kishi, Teiji Takahashi, Chishu Ryu, So Yamamura, Haruko Sugimura, Takako Fujino, Masami Taura, Kumeko Urabe, Kuniko Miyake. A salaryman in postwar Tokyo has an illicit affair with an officemate in this moving portrait of a fragile marriage. 144 min. ; also Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database
See also:Ozu bibliography

Early Summer (Bakushu) (1951)

Director: Yasujiro Ozu. Details the conflicting senses of obligation and individualism faced by a young daughter as her family-arranged wedding approaches. 125 min. ; 999:260 Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database
See also:Ozu bibliography

Eat the Kimono.

Film about iconoclastic performance artist Hanayagi Genshu and her clashes with Japanese cultural conventions and traditions. 1989. 60 min.

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