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Japan

Equinox Flower (Higanbana)(1958)

Director: Yasujiro Ozu. Cast: Shin Saburi, Kinuyo Tanaka, Ineko Arima, Keiji Sada, Teiji Takahashi, Miyuki Kuwano, Chishu Ryu, Chieko Naniwa, Fumio Watanabe, Nobuo Nakamura, Fujiko Yamamoto. In Ozu's first color film, a stubborn Japanese businessman, who disapproves of his daughter's fiance, must learn to embrace modern romance. 118 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database
See also:Ozu bibliography

Every-night Dreams (Kimi to wakarete) (1933)

Director: Mikio Naruse. Cast: Kurishima Sumiko, Saito Tatsuo, Kojima Teruko. A dockside bar hostess must contend with the return of her long-gone layabout husband. 65 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Evil Brain from Outer Space(1964)

Directors: Koreyoshi Akasaka, Teruo Ishii, and others. Cast: Ken Utsui, Sachihiro Ohsawa, Junko Ikeuchi, Minako Yamada, Shoji Nakayama, Kan Hayashi, Minoru Takada, Utako Mitsuya. From a Japanese television series complete with corny costume, super strength, and the ability to fly from planet to planet, Starman clobbers the bad guys with a frenzied fighting style that looks like a cross between martial arts and a berserk ballet.

Face of Another (Tanin no kao) (Japan, 1966)

Directed by Hiroshi Teshigahara. Cast: Tatsuya Nakadai, Machiko Kyo, Mikijiro Hira, Kyoko Kishida, Miki Irie, Eiji Okada, Minoru Chiaki, Hideo Kanze, Kunie Tanaka, Bibari Maeda, Etsuko Ichihara, Yoshie Minami. Okuyama, after being burned and disfigured in an industrial accident and estranged from his family and friends, agrees to his psychiatrist's radical experiment: a face transplant, created from the mold of a stranger. As Okuyama is thus further alienated from the world around him, he finds himself giving in to his darker temptations. 124 min.

Family Game (Kasoku gemu) (1983)

Director: Yoshimitsu Morita. Cast: Matsuda Yusaku, Itami Juzo, Saori Yuki. A film that pokes fun at contemporary Japanese ideals, portraying a middle-class family as it battles against the Japanese educational system. Shigeyuki Numata has been the underachieving, troubled teen slacker in his somewhat dysfunctional family, but he's about to get severely schooled when Yoshimoto, a hard-nosed tutor with his own unique brand of hands-on teaching, crashes into his life. 107 min.

Farm Song

Uses live action photography and cinema verite techniques to present a documentary on a family of rice farmers in rural, northeastern Japan over a one-year period. Explores how each member of the four-generation family comes to terms with his or her traditional role, with special emphasis on the role of the mother and daughter-in-law. 1978. 57 min.

Female Prisoner Scorpion: Jailhouse 41 (Joshuu 701-go: Sasori) (Japan, 1972)

Directed by Shunya Ito. Cast: Meiko Kaji, Fumio Watanabe, Kayoko Shiraishi. An innocent young woman in jail is systematically humiliated and tortured, and when she escapes, she goes on a violent rampage of revenge against the men who abused her. 90 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Fighting Elegy (aka Born Fighter) (Kenka erejii) (Japan, 1996)

Directed by Seijun Suzuki. Cast: Hidei Takahashi, Yusuke Kawazu, Takeshi Kato, Isao Tamagawa, Kayo Matsuo. High schooler Nanbu Kiroku yearns for the prim, Catholic Michiko, but her only desire is to reform Kiroku's sinful tendencies. Hormones raging, Kiroku channels his unsatisfied lust into the only outlet available: savage, crazed violence. Based on the novel by Takashi Suzuki. Special features: Original theatrical trailer; new and improved English subtitle translation ; a new essay by film critic Tony Rayns. 86 min.

Fires on the Plain (Nobi) (1959)

Director: Kon Ichikawa. Cast: Eiji Funakoshi, Osamu Takizawa, Mickey Curtis. In the most powerful of all Japanese anti-war films, acts of cannibalism bring home the terrifying brutality of war. Japanese troops are in retreat in the Philippines. Supplies run out and discipline crumbles. 105 min. ; Credits and other information from the Internet Movie DatabaseReviews and articles: Hauser, William B.

Fireworks (Hana-bi) (1997)

Director, Takeshi Kitano. In this gangster film combining cool violence and powerful emotions a hard-boiled ex-cop, haunted by a troubled past and pushed to the edge by the shooting of his partner, confronts his demons in a ruthless quest for justice and redemption. 103 min. ; Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database
Awards
Venice Film Festival - Golden Lion

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