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Japan

Gaea Girls

This documentary follows the physically grueling and mentally exhausting training regimen of several young 'Gaea Girls,' a group of Japanese women wrestlers, living in a country where women are usually regarded as docile and subservient. 2000. 106 min.
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Gate of Flesh (Nikutai no mon) (1964)

Director: Seijun Suzuki. Cast: Joe Shishido, Yumiko Nogawa, Satoko Kasai, Koji Wada, Tomiko Ishii, Kayo Matsuo, Misako Tominaga, Keisuke Noro, Chico Rolando. In the shady black markets and bombed-out hotels of post-World War II Tokyo, a tough band of prostitutes eke out a dog-eat-dog existence, maintaining tenuous friendships and a semblance of order in a world of chaos. But when a renegade ex-soldier stumbles into their midst, lusts and loyalties clash, with tragic results.

Gate of Hell (Jigokumon) (1953)

Director: Teinosuke Kinugasa. The story of a samurai who accidentally murders the woman he loves and becomes a monk to expiate his offense. Based on a real crime committed in Japan in 1159. 86 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database
Awards
Honorary Academy Award - Best Foreign Language Film
Cannes Film Festival - Grand Prize of the Festival
New York Film Critics Circle Awards - Best Foreign Language Film

Geisha

Documents the institution of Geisha in Japan, a secretive sorority in high demand by members of Japan's wealthy elite. Called "entertainers," by some and "prostitutes," by others, this documentary shows the daily lives of Geisha women and trainees (Maiko), including their costumes, makeup, living arrangements, and performance in dance and music. Includes interviews with Geishas, Maikos, and clients. c1999. 51 min.

Geisha (Die Dämmerung der Blumen)

Even today, the geisha epitomize the beauty of Japan's past. But theirs is a dying profession as the glare of Tokyo neon competes with the more mellow glow of Kyoto. Drawing on interviews with the world-renowned Mineko Iwasaki and other geisha and those who idolize them, this program places the geisha squarely in the context of contemporary Japan.

Giants & Toys (Kyojin to gangu) (1958)

Directed by Yasuzo Masumura. Cast: Hiroshi Kawaguchi, Hitomi Nozoe, Hideo Takamatsu, Michiko Ono, Yunosuke Ito, Kyu Sazanka. When three rival candy companies go to war for market supremacy, World Caramels enlists a lower-class girl with appallingly bad teeth to be their new spokesmodel. In a world of industrial spies, hostile takeovers and boardroom hysterics, the animal instincts of this overnight star prove to be the most cutthroat of all. 95 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Good Morning (Ohayo) (1959)

Directed by Ozu Yasujiro. A satiric comedy set in a 1950s residential suburb of Tokyo, about two young brothers who refuse to talk until their parents agree to buy them a television set. 93 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Great Yokai War (Yokai daisenso) (Japan, 2005)

Directed by Takashi Miike. Cast: Kamiki Ryu-nosuke, Kondo- Masaomi. A young boy with a troubled home life becomes "chosen," and he stumbles into the middle of a great spirit war, where he meets a group of friendly spirits who become his companions through his journey. Now he must fight to protect his friends and free the world of the spirits from oppression. 124 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Guard from Underground (Jigoku no keibiin) (1992)

Directed by Masaki Kobayashi. Cast: Kuno Makiko, Matsushige Yutaka, Hasegawa Hatsunori, Ogata Kanta, Osugi Ren. An evil security guard stalks the claustrophobic corridors of the Akebono Corporation, in the form of an inhuman security guard who preys on any unsuspecting salaryman that gets in his way. With the building locked off from the outside world, it's up to new girl Akiko and her fellow workers of Department 12 to survive long enough to escape the guard's brutal rampage. 81 min.

Hagemon King Bids Farewell to His Queen.

A presentation of a Japanese No play. In Japanese. 1980. 47 min.

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