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East Asian Cinema

Dogura Magura (1988)

Director: Toshio Matsumoto. A man is confined to a mental institution after trying to murder his fiancee. Two doctors relate his problem to an Asian philosophy that states that mental defects are transmitted from generation to generation. But is the whole thing merely a game concocted by the two physicians, who may even have driven themselves mad?. 109 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Dolls (Doruzu) (2002)

Director, Takeshi Kitano. Cast: Kanno Miho, Hidetoshi Nishijima, Tatsuya Mihashi, Kyoko Fukada. Three stories of undying love. Bound by a long red cord, a young couple wanders in search of something they have forgotten. An aging yakuza returns to the park where he used to meet his long-lost girlfriend. A disfigured pop star confronts the phenomenal devotion of her biggest fan. 113 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Doppelganger (Dopperugenga) (2003)

Director: Kiyoshi Kurosawa. Cast: Yakusho Ko-ji, Nagasaku Hiromi, Santamaria Yusuke. A meek scientist meets and eventually learns to deal with his double, who, though physically identical to him, is frighteningly opposite in nature. 107 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

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.

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

Dragon Inn (Long men ke zhan) (Taiwan, 1966)

Directed by King Hu. Cast: Shangguan Lingfeng, Shi Jun, Bai Ying. Epic takes place during the Ming dynasty. A power-hungry Eunuch employs the evil Eastern Chamber Sect in his quest to single-handedly rule China. However, a warrior named Chow is opposed to his corrupt ambitions and joins a group of warriors aiming to resist the Sect. The two forces eventually battle it out at the Dragon Inn, hosted by murderous bandit Jade. min. 999:2806 Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Dragon Inn (Xin Long men ke zhan) (Hong Kong, 1992)

Director, Raymond Lee; Hark Tsui (uncredited). Dragon Inn becomes the chaotic center of battle between the government's villainous eunuchs and a band of righteous heroes. Set in the great Northwestern deserts of China during the Ming dynasty, Dragon Inn gracefully blends precision swordplay with breathtaking cinematography. 103 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Dream of the Red Chamber (Hong lou meng) (China, 1944)

Directed by Bu Wancang. Cast: Zhou Xuan, Yuan Meiyun. One of the earliest filmed versions of the classic Chinese novel. In this Chinese costume epic, set during the 1700s, a prominent family loses its good fortune when one of the sons loses the jade chip that was embedded in his mouth. Their luck returns when the chip is found, but eventually he brings disgrace to the family when he marries against his father's will. 125 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

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

Drifters (Er di) (2003)

Directed by Wang Xiaoshuai. Cast: Duan Long, Shu Yan, Wang Zhilang, Zhao Yiwei, Tang Yang. A Chinese man feels pulled between his responsibilities in America where he has fathered a son, and China where he has fallen in love with an opera singer. 120 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

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