Japanese films 日本映画

The following Japanese films have been featured in my posts and/or Tweets:

Director: Akira Kurosawa 黒澤 明

  • One Wonderful Sunday 素晴らしき日曜日 (1947)
  • Drunken Angel 酔いどれ天使 (1948)
  • Stray Dog 野良犬 (1949)
  • Rashomon 羅生門 (1950)
  • Ikiru 生きる (1952) (Twitter)
  • Seven Samurai 七人の侍 (1954)
  • The Bad Sleep Well 悪い奴ほどよく眠る (1960)
  • Yojimbo 用心棒 (1961)
  • High and Low 天国と地獄 (1963)
  • Ran 乱 (1985)

Director: Keisuke Kinoshita 木下 惠介

Director: Nagisa Oshima 大島 渚

Director: Yasujiro Ozu (general observation about his films)

Director: Mikio Naruse 成瀬 巳喜男

Director: Koreyoshi Kurahara 蔵原惟繕

Director: Seijun Suzuki 鈴木 清順

Director: Shohei Imamura 今村 昌平

Director: Masahiro Shinoda 篠田正浩

Director: Kenji Mizoguchi 溝口 健二

  • The 47 Ronin 元禄 忠臣蔵 Genroku Chushingura (The Loyal 47 Ronin) (1941-1942)
  • Street of Shame 赤線地帯 Akasen chitai (1956)

Director: Masaki Kobayashi 小林正樹

  • Black River 黒い河(1956)
  • The Inheritance からみ合い (1962)
  • Samurai Rebellion 上意討ち 拝領妻始末 (1967)

Director: Hiroshi Teshigahara 勅使河原 宏

  • Pitfall おとし穴 “Otoshiana” (1962)
  • Woman in the Dunes or Woman of the Dunes 砂の女 “Suna no Onna” (1964)
  • The Face of Another 他人の顔 “Tanin no kao” (1966)

Director: Kon Ichikawa 市川崑

The “Outlaw” series:

  • 1st: Outlaw: Gangster VIP 「無頼」より 大幹部 “Burai yori daikanbu” (1968)
  • 2nd: “Outlaw” Gangster VIP 2 大幹部 無頼 ” “Daikanbu burai” (1968)
  • 3rd: “Outlaw” Heartless 大幹部 無頼非情 “Daikanbu burai hijo” (1968)
  • 4th: “Outlaw” Goro the Assassin 無頼 人斬り五郎 “Burai hitokiri Goro” (1968)
  • 5th: “Outlaw” Black Dagger 無頼 黒ヒ首  “Burai kuro hi kubi” (1968)
  • 6th: “Outlaw” KILL! 無頼 殺せ “Burai korose” (1969)

Films based on works by writer Seicho Matsumoto 松本清張:

  • Stakeout 張込み Harikomi (1958)
  • Zero Focus ゼロの焦点 Zero no shoten (1961)
  • Pro Bono 霧の旗 Kiri no Hata (1965)
  • The Shadow Within 影の車 Kage no kuruma (1970)
  • Castle of Sand 砂の器 Suna no utsuwa (1974) – based on “Inspector Imanishi Investigates” (Tweets about the book)

Films based on works by writer Shintaro Ishihara:

  • Season of the Sun 太陽の季節 (1956) – the first “sun tribe” film
  • Crazed Fruit 狂った果実 (1956) (aka “Juvenile Jungle”)
  • The Perfect Game 完全な遊戯 (1958) – a portrait of intense depravity
  • The Petrified Forest 化石の森 “Kaseki no mori” (1973)

Movies with actor Yujiro Ishihara:

Movies with actor Jo Shishido:

  • Rusty Knife (1958)
  • Detective Bureau 2-3: Go to Hell Bastards! 探偵事務所23 銭と女に弱い男 Tantei jimusho 23: Kutabare akutōdomo (1963)
  • Youth of the Beast 野獣の青春 Yaju no seishun (1963)
  • Cruel Gun Story (1964)
  • Gate of Flesh 肉体の門 Nikutai no mon (1964)
  • A Colt is my Passport 拳銃は俺のパスポート “Koruto wa Ore no Pasupōto” (1967)
  • Branded to Kill 殺しの烙印 Koroshi no rakuin (1967)
  • Battles Without Honor and Humanity: Final Episode 仁義なき戦い 完結篇 Jingi naki tatakai: Chojo sakusen (1974)

Sun Tribe (Taiyozoku) films 太陽族映画:

Source 1: “There are only five Sun-tribe films proper”: Season of the Sun, Backlight, Crazed Fruit, Summer in Eclipse, Punishment Room.” Source 2: mentions that there were six works, which would include Summer Storm.

  • Season of the Sun 太陽の季節 (1956)
  • Punishment Room 処刑の部屋 (1956)
  • Crazed Fruit 狂った果実 (1956) (aka “Juvenile Jungle”)
  • Backlight 逆光線 (1956)
  • Summer in Eclipse 日蝕の夏 (1956)
  • Summer Storm 夏の嵐 (1956) (Natsu no arashi) (source 1, source 2)

Similar in theme and tone, and are sometimes described as ‘Sun Tribe’ film:

  • Everything goes wrong すべてが狂ってる (1960) (aka “The Madness of Youth”)
  • The Warped Ones 狂熱の季節 (1960)
  • Black Sun 黒い太陽 “Kuroi taiyō” (1964)

Not ‘Sun Tribe’, but included in the chronology of Sun Tribe films:

  • Rose on His Arm 太陽とバラ (1956) (source)
  • Sound of Youth 青春の音 (1956) (source)
  • Tears 涙 1956 (source)

Other:

Newer films:

Topics, settings, genres, etc:

Films about rakugo

Tokyo neighborhoods in Japanese film:

Resources:

Japanese television:

  • Detective Story 探偵物語 Tantei Monogatari (1979-1980)
  • Tokyo Love Story 東京ラブストーリー (1991)
  • Tatami Galaxy 四畳半神話大系 Yojōhan Shinwa Taikei (2010)
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