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Japan

Fish is Our Life!

Focuses on the small businessmen-proprietors who work the 1,100 family-owned businesses at Tsukiji Market, Tokyo's largest wholesale fish market. With its many small wholesalers and its seven large auction houses, Tsukiji is a small city in itself, with its own unique culture, work hours, and traditions. The film captures the vitality and earthy humour of a variety of people who work in the market, and examines how they, like all Japanese, are increasingly affected by the global market economy and by changes in the larger Japanese culture. 1995? 28 min.

Flavor of Green Tea Over Rice (Ochazuke no aji) (1952)

Director: Yasujiro Ozu. This is the story of a modern Japanese married couple trying desperately to hold themselves together as husband and wife. But there is conflict between her busy lifestyle spent with friends and his desire for a simpler life. 146 min. ; Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Floating Clouds (Ukigumo) (1955)

Director: Mikio Naruse. Cast: Hideko Takamine, Masayuki Mori, Mariko Okada. Amour fou in Tokyo. Adapted from Fumiko Hayashi's best-selling novel, Naruse's masterpiece contrasts two characters: a strong woman who relentlessly pursues her desire while hoping her lover and society will understand what she has to do to survive, and her lover who craves a conventionally validated social identity. 118 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database
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Floating Weeds (Ukigusa) (1959)

Director: Yasujiro Ozu. An aged actor with a hidden past returns with his Kabuki theater company to a small Japanese town. There his secret is uncovered and his troupe disbands due to lack of funds, but the actor finds the strength to continue living. This is his remake of his 1934 silent feature, "A Story of Floating Weeds" (also on ). 128 min. ; Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database
Reviews and articles:
Lopate, Philip. "Floating Weeds." (Review) Cineaste v23, n3 (Summer, 1998):26 (4 pages).

Flunky Work Hard (Koshiben ganbare) (1931)

Director: Mikio Naruse. Cast: Yamaguchi Isamu, Naniwa Tomoko, Kato Seiichi, Akiyama Shizue, Sugawara Hideo, Seki Tokio. An atypical breezy comedy about a poor insurance salesman trying to provide for his family. 28 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Four Families.

Contents: [1] India and France.--[2] Japan and Canada. A comparison of child rearing practices in India, France, Japan, and Canada. Anthropologist Margaret Mead discusses how the upbringing of the child contributes to a distinctive national character. 1965. 59 min.

Franz Kafka's A Country Doctor (Kafuka Inaka Isha) & Other Fantastic Films by Koji Yamamura

Koji Yamamura is considered one of the greatest independent Japanese animators of this generation. Presented here is a collection of Yamamura's most remarkable works, including his masterpiece Franz Kafka's A Country Doctor, a nightmarish, virtuoso drawing-on-paper rendering of the famed short story. Contents: Kafuka Inaka Isha = Franz Kafke Ein Landarzt = [A country doctor (21 min. ; 2007) -- A Child's metaphysics = Kodomo no keijijogaku (5 min. ; 2007) -- The Old crocodile = [ Toshi wo totta wani] (13 min. ; 2005)-- Pieces = Omake (2 min. ; 2003) -- Mt. Head = Atama yama (10 min.

Freedom or Death. ( Riding the Tiger; 2.)

This program examines the period of Japanese rule in Indonesia. While the Japanese provided widespread fight a revolutionary war against the Dutch, the Japanese also created a widespread network of control and surveillance that still exists today. When the nationalist movement finally won independence from the Dutch, it was the Japanese trained army, not the poeple who ruled the nation. 1992. 55 min.

Funeral Parade of Roses. (Bara no soretsu) (1969)

Director: Toshio Matsumoto. Eddie and the transvestite Leda both have sexual designs on bar manager and drug dealer Gonda. Gonda fears Leda will expose him to the police if he does not give in to his advances. When Leda commits suicide, Eddie and Gonda are free to engage in their homosexual yearnings for each other. When Gonda discovers he is Eddie's father, he kills himself with a knife. A distraught Eddie uses the same knife to cut his own eyes.

Future Wave: Japan Design.

Discusses aesthetics and economics behind contemporary Japanese design. Film includes interviews with designers and corporate executives, with emphasis on the importance of corporate imagery in an overall markeging design. Also visits corporate design centers such a Sony, Sharp and Nissan and designers in fashion, furnishings and graphics. 1990. 57 min.

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