Video Library

The following titles are available for viewing at the Instructional Media Library located in room 46 of the Powell Building. They can be contacted at (310) 825-0755. Titles with an asterisk (*) are kept at the Center office.

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*Actor's Revenge, An
(Yukinojo henge)

New Yorker Video 1963 VHS Color 110

Credits: Director: Kon Ichikawa; Screenplay: Natto Wada; Photography: Setsuo Kobayashi: Music: Yasushi Akutagawa: Based on an original story by Otokichi Mikami. Cast includes Kazuo Hasegawa, Fujiko Yamamoto, Ayako Wakao, Ganjiro Nakamura.

Summary: One of the most visually exciting films ever made, "An Actor's Revenge" tells the story of a female impersonator in a Kabuki troupe determined to wreak vengeance on the villains who caused his parents' miserable deaths. In Japanese with English subtitles. Reviews.

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*Against Coercion: Refusing to Stand For "Kimigayo"
(Kimigayo Fukiritsu)

Video Press 2006 DVD color 87

Credits: Directors: Matsubara Akira and Sasaki Yumi

Summary: Under Tokyo mayor Ishihara, the Tokyo government is now punishing teachers who don't stand up during the singing of national anthem "Kimigayo". Since last October 2003, 345 teachers have been punished and this video exposes their struggle against militarization. This video shows how this effort to re-introduce militarism in the schools is taking place. In Japanese, with English subtitles.

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Age of the Shoguns, The
(Volume 3 of the Japan Past and Present series)

Films for the Humanities 1989 VHS Color 53

Credits: Director: Jean Antoine; Advisers: Iwao Seiichi, Sakamoto Mitsuru, Wada Mitsuru; Camera: Baudoin Saeremans, Philippe Theaudiere; Music: Hirose Ryohei, James Madelon; Editor: Annie Chevallay, Elvire Lerner. Narrator: Robert Lancaster.

Summary: Japan was sealed off from the rest of the world for a period of over two-and-a-half centuries. During that period only a handful of Dutch and Chinese were allowed to live on Japanese soil and to trade with the Japanese - they were constantly watched and treated like pariahs. The history of Japan during this period is examined: the established classes of daimyo, samurai, farmer, and merchant; the political organizations of the shogunate; the growth of the merchant class and the development of kabuki; the delineation of Japanese sensibilities and the meaning of seppuku.

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Akira

Whole Toon Access 1989 VHS Color 124

Credits: Character Design, Original Story, and Director: Katsuhiro Otomo; Chief Animator: Takashi Nakamura

Summary : In the 21st century, thirty years after a devastating global nuclear war, mankind is again on the brink of total annihilation. In a world populated by rival motorcycle gangs, a powerful psychic force, known as "Akira," suddenly resurfaces in Neo-Tokyo, where it affects the life and sanity of a young biker, Tetsuo. Based on the graphic novel by Katsuhiro Otomo, directed by Otomo as well. English language version. Reviews.

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Akira Kurosawa's Dreams
(Yume)

Warner Home Video 1990 VHS Color 120

Credits: Director & Writer: Akira Kurosawa; Producers:Hisao Kurosawa & Mike Y. Inoue; Creative Consultant: Ishiro Honda; Photography: Takao Saito & Masaharu Ueda; Music: Shinichiro Ikebe; Art Directors: Yoshiro Muraki & Akira Sakuragi. Cast includes Akira Terao, Mitsuko Baisho, Toshie Negishi, Mieko Harada, and Martin Scorsese (as Van Gogh).

Summary : A visionary and deeply personal work by the legendary Japanese filmmaker Akira Kurosawa, consisting of eight episodes exploring the costs of war, the perils of nuclear power and humankind's need to harmonize with nature. Written and directed by Akira Kurosawa. In Japanese, with English subtitles. Reviews.

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Alligator Container Service, The

Mitsui OSK Lines, LTD 1978 Umatic color 30

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Summary : An overview of the Alligator Container Service of Mitsui OSK Lines, covering the growth of the container industry in general from 1968. Shows how the company has overcome time, volume, and space problems to create an efficient worldwide transport network.

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*Always Welcome Never For Sale

UCLA Nikkei Student Union 2009 DVD Color  

Credits: UCLA Nikkei Student Union

Summary : Meet Dexter, a young business professional and vP of Blackstar Real Estate. His wit, drive and attitude make him a paradigm example of success and power. Having botched a previous real estate deal, Dexter's new business plan for redemption leads him to Little Tokyo's New Otani and Weller Court properties. However, his plans to close the deal are suddenly derailed when he runs into an old college friend, actor Jason Sato. Having just come off his blockbuster hit, Jason finds himself back in Little Tokyo trying to get away from the Hollywood fame, glamour and "big money." His focus shifts towards involvement in the community he grew up in, where he can get back to his roots. Wall Street meets Little Tokyo as business practice and community interests collide in a struggle between two perspectives.

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*Angel Dust
(Enjeru Dasuto)

New Yorker Video 1994 VHS color 116

Credits: Director: Sogo Ishii; Screenplay: Yorozu Ikuta & Sogo Ishii: Producers: Taro Maki, Kenzo Horikoshi & Eiji Izumi; Cinematography: Norimichi Kasamatsu; Editor: Hiroshi Masuo & Sogo Ishii; Music: Hiroyuki Nagashima; Cast includes Kaho Minami, Takeshi Wakamatsu, and Etsushi Toyokawa.

Summary: In this chic, futuristic noir set in the urban chaos of Tokyo, a mysterious killer strikes every Monday at 6pm. The victims are young women, all murdered with a lethal injection on the subway system. Setsuko, a police psychologist with near-telepathic powers, is assigned the case for her unconventional method of merging her mind with that of the killer's. Posing as a potential victim, she encounters a former lover and research partner, Rei, who now runs a mind-control clinic established to deprogram former cult members. While pledging his continuing love, Rei sets up a series of cruel mind-games preying on Setsuko's insecurities. Plunging in and out of consciousness, Setsuko's mental stability deteriorates, and her paranoia escalates as she begins to suspect Rei as the murderer. In Japanese with English subtitles. Letterboxed with enhanced subtitles. Reviews.

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Aroma of Enchantment, The

University of California Extension 1995 VHS Color 55

Credits: Center for Media and Independent Learning. Director: Chip Lord.

Summary: An exploration of the "idea of America" held by many Japanese -- an idea based in large part on American advertising images from the 1950's. The film interweaves historical material about Gen. MacArthur and the American occupation of Japan with reminiscenes by a variety of Japanese who connect their concept of "America" to the post-war occupation period, when images of America were powerfully influential in Japan. A film by Chip Lord.

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Autumn Afternoon, An
(Sanma no aji)

New Yorker Video 1962 VHS b&w 112

Credits: Directed Yasujiro Ozu; Screenplay: Kogo Noda and Yasujiro Ozu. Cast includes Chishu Ryu, Shima Iwashita, Shin-Ichiro Mikami, Mariko Okada and Keiji Sada.

Summary: Set against a background of a colorful and increasingly modernized Tokyo, tells the moving tale of a father giving up his only daughter to marriage. In Japanese, with English subtitles. Reviews.

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Bad Sleep Well, The
(Warui yatsu hodo yoku nemuru)

Facets Video 1960 VHS b&w 151

Credits: Director: Akira Kurosawa; Screenplay: Akira Kurosawa, Hideo Oguni, Eijiro Kusaka, Ryozo Kukushima and Shinobu Hashimoto; Based on the novel by Ed McBain. Cast includes Toshiro Mifune, Takeshi Kato, Misayuki Mori, Takashi Shimura, Ko Nishimura, Kamatari Fujiwara, Gen Shimizu, Kyoko Kagawa, Tatsuya Mihashi, Kyu Sazanka, Chishu Ryu, Seiji Miyaguchi, Nobuo Nakamura, Susumu Fujita, and Koji Mitsui.

Summary: As part of his plan for revenge, a man marries the daughter of the businessman he sees as responsible for his father's death. Moody thriller in the style of a 1940s American gangster film. Reviews.

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Ballad of Narayama
(Narayama bushiko)

Films Incorporated 1983 VHS color 129

Credits: Director: Shohei Imamura; Screenplay: Shinchiro Fukazawa & Shohei Imamura; Producer: Goro Kusakabe; Music: Shinichiro Ikebe; Cinematography: Masao Tochizawa. Cast Includes: Ken Ogata, Sumiko Sakamoto, Takejo Aki, Tonpei Hidari, Seiji Kurasaki, Kaoru Shimamori, Ryutaro Tatsumi, Junko Takada, Nijiko Kiyokawa, Mitsuko Baisho, Shoichi Ozawa, Mitsuaki Fukamizu, Norihei Miki, Akio Yokoyama, Sachie Shimamura.

Summary: Shohei Imamura's version of the classic Japanese legend, the story of a loving son in an impoverished region who must follow the cruel custom of abandoning his mother to the mountain gods when she turns seventy. Multiple award winner, including the Grand Prize at the 1983 Cannes Film Festival. In Japanese, with English subtitles. Reviews.

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The Beauty of Haiku Poetry

2000 VHS color 17

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Summary: Haiku describes nature and seasons and appeals to the sense. This video delves into the history of the art form, its structural characteristics, and the interpretation of seasonal and cultural references.

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Behind the Camera
(Faces of Japan: Program 19)

Intervoice 1986 VHS color 28

Credits: Dick Briglia and Masanori Nakasone. Hosted by Dick Cavet.

Summary: A look at the Japanese movie industry through the eyes of assistant director Hajime Konaka, at work on a children's feature film featuring a canine superhero. Transcript available.

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Being Two Isn't Easy
(Watashi wa nisai)

Home Vision Cinema 1962 VHS color 88

Credits: Director: Kon Ichikawa; Screenplay: Michio Matsuda & Natto Wada. Cast Includes: Hiro Suzuki, Eiji Funakoshi, Fujiko Yamamoto, Kumeko Urabe, Misako Watanabe, Mantaro Ushio, Masako Kyozuka, Kyoko Kishida, Shiro Otsuji, Jun Hamamura, Akira Natsuki, Yoko Hozakura.

Summary: A life-affirming story, told alternately from the vantage point of a two-year old boy, Taro, and his fretting first-time parents. Taro's zealousness for life is shared by his grandmother, whose doting ways often come into conflict with her daughter-in-law's careful child-rearing rules. In Japanese, with English subtitles.

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Berlin in Tokyo: Senday Koreya, Brecht, Shakespeare

UCTV 2006 DVD color 120

Credits: Thomas Rimer

Summary: Lecture by Thomas Rimer on Senda Koreya. Reviews.

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Between Two Worlds: A Japanese Pilgrimage

UC Extension Center for Media and Independent Learning 1994 VHS color 30

Credits: Directors: Joanne Hershfield & Susan Caperna Lloyd

Summary: Two Westerners experience disappointment at modernization of Japan when they attempt Shikoku Pilgrimage. Examines the centuries-old tradition of pilgrimage in Japan, following the 1,000 mile route known as the "Pilgrimage to the 88 sacred places of Shikoku." Ponders the meaning and persistence of pilgrimage in a contemporary industrialized society.

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Beyond the Classroom
(Faces of Japan - Program l11)

Intervoice 1986 VHS color 28

Credits: Dick Briglia and Masanori Nakasone. Hosted by Dick Cavet.

Summary: A look at the highly respected profession of teaching in Japan, and the unique relations Japanese teachers develop with their students. Junior high school teacher Ryo Kikuchi watches all aspects of his students' lives - calling at home, observing family life, counseling emotional problems. Transcript available.

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Birth of a Tire : Passenger Radial Tires

Bridgestone Tire Corporation * Umatic color 26

Credits: Produced by the Bridgestone Tire Corporation

Summary: Reviews the history of automobile tire construction, from the first wood and iron tires to modern steel-belted radials. A visit to a Bridgestone tire factory shows the entire manufacturing process.

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Black Rain
(Kuroi Ame)

Fox Lorber Home Video 1988 VHS b&w 123

Credits: Director: Shohei Imamura; Screenplay: Masuji Ibuse, Shohei Imamura, Toshiro Ishido; Producer: Hisao Iino; Music: Toru Takemitsu; Cinematography: Takashi Kawamata. Cast includes: Yoshiko Tanaka, Kazuo Kitamura, Etsuko Ichihara, Shoichi Ozawa, Norihei Miki, Keisuke Ishida, Hisako Hara, Masato Yamada, Tamaki Sawa, Akiji Kobayashi, Kazuko Shirakawa, Kenjiro Ishimaru, Mayumi Tateichi, Taiji Tonoyama, Fujio Tsuneda, Toshie Kusunoki, et.al.

Summary: An unforgettable movie about humanity and survival after the 1945 atomic catastrophe that changed the world forever. Winner of 5 Japanese Academy Awards including Best Picture. English subtitles. Drama. Reviews.

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Black Lizard
(Kurotokage)

Cinevista, Inc. 1968 VHS color 86

Credits: Director: Kinji Fukasaku; Screenplay: Yukio Mishima, Masashige Narusawa, Edogawa Rampo; Producer: Akira Oda; Music: Isao Tomita; Cinematography: Hiroshi Dowaki. Cast Includes: Akihiro Miwa, Isao Kimura, Kikko Matsuoka, Junya Usami, Ko Nishimura, Toshiko Kobayashi, Sonosuke Oda, Kinji Hattori, Koichi Sato, Jun Kato, Ryuji Funakoshi, Mitsuko Takara, Tetsuro Tamba, Yukio Mishima.

Summary:The story of Japan's most mysterious female jewel thief and the detective who steals her heart. Featuring Yukio Mishima in a rare screen appearance. Subtitled in English. Reviews.

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Branded to Kill
(Koroshi no rakuin)

The Criterion Collection 1967 laser disk, b&w 91

Credits: Director: Seijun Suzuki; Screenplay: Takeo Kimura, Chusei Sone, Atsushi Yamatoya; Producer: Takiko Mizunoe; Music: Naozumi Yamamoto. Cast Includes: Mari Annu, Hiroshi Minami, Koji Nambara, Mariko Ogawa, Jo Shishido, Isao Tamagawa.

Summary: The wildly perverse story of "No.3 Killer" gunning for No.1, is Suzuki Seijun at his delirious best. From a cookie-cutter studio script, Suzuki delivered this brutal, hilarious, and visually inspired masterpiece - and was promptly fired. Criterion presents the American premiere in a pristine transfer from the original Nikkatsu-scope master. In Japanese with English subtitles. Reviews.

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Breaking the History of Silence; The Women's International War Crimes Tribunal on Japan's Military Sexual Slavery.

VAWW-NET Japan 2000 VHS (NTSC) Color 68

Credits: N/A

Summary: Survivors Finally speaking out, Prosecutors accusing Japan's highest-ranking officials of war crimes, Japanese veterans admitting to rape, expert witnesses revealing the structures of the sexual slavery systems, the joys of survivors and audience on hearing the judges pronounce Emperors Hirohito...

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Buddha in the Land of the Kami
(Vol. 1 of the Japan Past and Present series)

Films for the Humanities 1989 VHS Color 53

Credits: Director: Jean Antoine; Advisers: Iwao Seiichi, Sakamoto Mitsuru, Wada Mitsuru; Camera: Baudoin Saeremans, Philippe Theaudiere; Music: Hirose Ryohei, James Madelon; Editor: Annie Chevallay, Elvire Lerner. Narrator: Robert Lancaster.

Summary: The creation myth of Japan is covered and the origin and scope of the kami concept is explained. Kami are the supernatural, not quite godlike spirits who underlie the Japanese-ness of Japan. The arrival of Buddhism to Japan and how Buddhism and the kami were assimilated is discussed. The role Chinese culture, style, and writing in Japanese culture is discussed. The program demonstrates how the Japanese garden epitomizes the Japanese view of the relationship between man and nature, space, time, and reality.

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Bun-ka : A Brief Introduction to Japanese Culture

Out of print 1954 16mm color 11

Credits: Produced by the Serisawa Gallery.

Summary: An introduction to various elements of Japanese culture: dancing, a koto and flute duet, flower arranging, the tea ceremony and the Noh play.

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Burmese Harp, The
(Biruma no tategoto)

Public Media Home Vision 1956 VHS b&w 116

Credits: Director: Kon Ichikawa; Screenplay: Michio Takeyama, Natto Wada; Producer: Masayuki Takaki; Music: Akira Ifukube; Cinematography: Minoru Yokoyama. Cast Includes: Rentaro Mikuni, Sh˘ji Yasui, Jun Hamamura, Takeo Naito, Ko Nishimura, Hiroshi Tsuchikata, Sanpei Mine, Yoshiaki Kato, Sojiro Amano, Y˘ji Nagahama, Eiji Nakamura, Shojiro Ogasawara, Tomoko Tonai, Tatsuya Mihashi, Yunosuke Ito.

Summary: The Burmese Harp focuses on the obsessions that drive one Japanese soldier to remain in Burma, even as his unit tries desperately to steal into neutral territory. On a mission to convince renegade mountain fighters of Japan's official surrender, the company's harp-playing scout, Private Mizushima, is wounded, then saved by a Buddhist priest. In Japanese, with English subtitles. Reviews.

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Ceramic Art : Potters of Japan, Part 1

Out of print 1968 16mm color 16

Credits: Director(?): Richard Peeler

Summary: Pottery in Japan is a seven hundred-year-old art, and ranges from the most delicate tiny vases decorated with cobalt on porcelain to huge six hundred-pound water jars for pickling food, dyeing cloth or potting plants. Demonstrates the work of several master craftsmen.

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Ceramic Art : Potters of Japan, Part 2

Out of print 1968 16mm color 16

Credits: Director(?): Richard Peeler

Summary: Shows several master craftsmen at work, including the fourteenth generation of the family who has for 400 years made Japan's most famous tea ware. Explains unusual techniques, such as the ornamentation of pottery by laying on rice straw soaked in brine, which leaves characteristic streaks of color when burned off. Shows firing of the eleven-chamber climbing kiln, which takes five days.

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Challenge and Opportunity

Mitsui and Company, Ltd. 1982 Umatic color 25

Credits: Produced by Mitsui and Company, Ltd.

Summary: A profile of Mitsui and Company, a large general trading company based in Tokyo, with offices in eighty-eight nations. Illustrates the vast influence of Mitsui in several areas: the grain industry in the United States; an Australian iron ore project; the Houston off-shore chemical trade; a uranium mining concern in Canada; and aluminum manufacturing in South Carolina. Shows Mitsui's skill at creating opportunities in international development.

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Challenge to Opto-Electronics, The

Sanyo Electric Company 1983 Umatic color 19

Credits: Produced by Iwanami Productions, Ltd.

Summary: A look at Sanyo's pioneering work in the Japanese semiconductor industry, focusing on light emitting diodes (LEDs), liquid crystal displays (LCDs), and lasers. Shows the development and increasing use of optoelectronics in business, technology and home electronics.

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Chibi Maruko-chan (Volumes 1-15)

Pony Canyon Inc. 1999 DVD (can only be viewed with a Japanese DVD player) Varies

Credits: Original Comic Sakura Momoko, Producer Motohashi Koichi, Director Shibayama Tsutomu/ Suda Yumiko, Nihon Animation/ Fuji Terebi Productions.

Summary: All episodes from January of 1990 to September of 1992.

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Chikamatsu Monogatari

Facets 1954 VHS b&w 110

Credits: Director: Kenji Mizoguchi; Screenplay: Matsutar˘ Kawaguchi, Yoshikata Yoda, & Monzaemon Chikamatsu; Producer: Masaichi Nagata; Music: Fumio Hayasaka, Tamez˘ Mochizuki; Cinematography: Kazuo Miyagawa. Cast Includes: Kazuo Hasegawa, Ky˘ko Kagawa, Eitar˘ Shind˘, Eitar˘ Ozawa, Y˘ko Minamida, Haruo Tanaka, Chieko Naniwa, Ichir˘ Sugai, Tatsuya Ishiguro, Hiroshi Mizuno, Hisao Toake, Ikkei Tamaki, Kimiko Tachibana, Keiko Koyanagi, Sayako Nakagami, Kanae Kobayashi, Shir˘ Miura, Nobuko Tanei, Soji Shibata, Satoshi Mikami, Satoshi Shinohara, Tadashi Iwata, Ichir˘ Amano, Kaoichi Katsuragi.

Summary: In 17th century Japan, the illicit love between a merchant's wife and her servant leads to tragedy. Based on a story by Chikamatsu and derived from a Bunraku play. Cast includes Kazuo Hasegawa, Kyoko Kagawa, Eitaro Shindo, Sakae Ozawa. In Japanese, with English subtitles. Reviews.

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China Nights
(Shina no yoru)

Kinema Kurabu 1940 VHS b&w 89

Credits:Director: Osamu Fushimizu. Cast Includes: Kazuo Hasegawa

Summary: In the midst of Japan's intensifying invasion of China, this "national policy" film pairs actors Hasegawa Kazuo and Li Ko-ran (a Japanese national marketed as a Chinese actress by the Manchurian Motion Picture Association) in a historical drama set in Shanghai. Depicts a love affair between a Japanese naval officer and a Chinese war orphan cut short by his call to battle. Directed by Fushimizu Osamu. In Japanese, no subtitles.

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Chinese, Korean and Japanese Dance

Asia Society 1965 16mm color 30

Credits : Produced by the New York City Board of Education.

Summary: Examines the origins, history, and development of Asian dance forms. Compares the techniques of performers in the various countries, and contrasts Asian forms of dance with their Western counterparts.

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Colonel Comes to Japan, The

Coronet Films 1981 16mm color 30

Credits: Produced by WGBH-TV, Boston

Summary: The proliferation of Japanese imports in the United States has given rise to a call for protective tariffs. All the commotion, however, has obscured the fact that American companies are beginning to carve out markets in Japan. Chronicles the Kentucky Fried Chicken entry into the Japanese fast food market, and the adaptations this American company made to be successful in a foreign market.

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Coming of the Barbarians, The
(Volume 2 of the Japan Past and Present series)

Films for the Humanities 1989 VHS Color 53

Credits: Director: Jean Antoine; Advisers: Iwao Seiichi, Sakamoto Mitsuru, Wada Mitsuru; Camera: Baudoin Saeremans, Philippe Theaudiere; Music: Hirose Ryohei, James Madelon; Editor: Annie Chevallay, Elvire Lerner. Narrator: Robert Lancaster.

Summary: In 1540, Portuguese navigators and Jesuit priests landed in a Japan of shoguns and samurai, where the arts of warfare had been refined to hitherto unknown heights of cruelty. Although Westernisms quickly became the rage in Japan, the Japanese soon recognized the long arm of colonialism. Christian priests and converts were persecuted and martyred and, in 1650, Japan shut tight its doors to the outside.

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Conspiracy in Kyoto

Out of print 1953 16mm color 21

Credits: Produced by Indiana University Audiovisual Center

Summary: Uses scenes from Japanese scrolls of the 12th, 13th, and 14th centuries to tell the story of an innocent man, unjustly accused of a capital crime, who wins his vindication. Employs authentic text and music.

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Cram school
(Faces of Japan - Program 6)

Intervoice 1986 VHS color 28

Credits:Dick Briglia and Masanori Nakasone. Hosted by Dick Cavett. 

Summary: A look at the Japanese institution of "Yobiko," or cram school where college-bound high school students prepare for rigorous entrance exams. Since Japanese high schools do not concentrate on college prep, cram school has become a necessary evil, and a rite of passage meant to lead eventually to financial success and social prestige. Transcript available.

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Creative Arts of Japan

Out of print 1950 16mm color 25

Credits : Orbit Films.

Summary : Introduces aspects of the arts of Japan, from a prehistoric terra cotta burial figure through the court paintings of the eighteenth century. Commentary is based partly on Japanese poetic and historic texts.

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*Cross and the Gun, The
(Program 1 of Japan: the Changing Tradition)

GPN 1978 VHS color 28

Credits: Please see entry for Japan: the Changing Tradition.

Summary: Presents the history of Japan as one of a constant process of spontaneous evolution and change. Discusses cultural and technological influences from the East and West and their impact on Japanese culture and society. Includes the influence of Chinese civilization, Portuguese weaponry, Jesuit missionaries, and later contact with the West in the mid-1800s.

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Cruel Story of Youth
(Seishun Zankoku Monogatari)

New Yorker Video 1960 VHS color 107

Credits: Director: Nagisa Oshima; Screenplay: Nagisa Oshima. Cast Includes: Yusuke Kawazu, Miyuki Kuwano, Yoshiko Kuga, Fumio Watanabe, Shinji Tanaka, Yosuke Hayashi, Shinjiro Matsuzaki, Toshiko Kobayashi, Jun Hamamura, Shinko Ujiie, Aki Morishima, Yuki Tominaga, Kei Sato, Asao Sano, Kan Nihonyanagi.

Summary: A daring and controversial statement about the disillusionment which took hold in Japan following World War II, through the story of a cruel and nihilistic teenage couple who perform sexual shakedowns on middle-aged men. Reviews.

[Cut!] The Rights of Japanese Film Directors*

Director's Guild of Japan 2008 DVD color 88

Credits: Directed by Shunya Ito; Featuring Koizumi Kyoko, Sano Shiro, Ishikawa Maki, Harada Yoshio, and the Members of the Director's Guild of Japan.

Summary: A film in commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the Director's Guild of Japan. Eng. subtitles.