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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Gagaku :
The Court Music of Japan

University of Oklahoma Center for Music Television 1989 VHS color 57

Credits: Director: Eugene Enrico

Summary: Introduces the haunting sounds of the Japanese Court Orchestra and shows the magnificent costumes and masks of its stately dances. Introduces the instruments of Gagaku and the musicians who play them. Also featured is Suenobu Togi, Gagaku master at UCLA. Performances by the Imperial Court Orchestra in Tokyo illustrate the contrasting styles of Gagaku.

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*Gakumon to Jonetsu
(Visual Critical Biography)
Kinokuniya Shoten Video Hyoden Series

Kinokuniya Bookstore   VHS color  

Credits: Poruke, Inc.

Summary: Multivolume biographical documentary series of great Japanese thinkers. Vol. 1 Minakata Kumagusu; Vol. 2 Okakura Tenshin; Vol. 4 Ogata Koan; Vol. 6 Naito Konan; Vol. 9 Yanagita Kunio; Vol. 10 Niijima Jo; Vol. 11 Nitobe Inazo; Vol. 12 Yanagi Muneyoshi; Vol. 17 Orikuchi Shinobu. See individual volumes for details.

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*Gan
(The Mistress)

Kinema Kurabu 1953 VHS b&w 104

Credits: Director: Shir˘ Toyoda; Screenplay: Ogai Mori, Masashige Narusawa. Cast Includes: Hideko Takamine, Hiroshi Akutagawa, Jukichi Uno, Eijir˘ Tono, Choko Iida, Eizo Tanaka, Kumeko Urabe, Miki Odagiri, Kuniko Miyake.

Summary:In Japanese, no subtitles.

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*Gate of Flesh
(Nikutai no mon)

Home Vision Cinema 1964 VHS color 90

Credits: Director: Seijun Suzuki; Screenplay: Tajiro Tamura, Goro Tanada. Cast Includes: Tamiko Ishii, Satoko Kasai, Kayo Matsuo, Yumiko Nogawa, Jo Shishido, Misako Tominaga

Summary: Suzuki faithfully presents all the lurid details of Taijiro Tamura's enormously popular novel about black marketeers and prostitutes struggling to stay alive in the ruins of post-World War II Tokyo. The struggle takes on a nightmarish quality, however, as he contrasts bleakly realistic scenes of defeat and desolation with blatantly artificial sets, ultra-vivid colors, jolting widescreen close-ups and supercharged emotional and sexual passions. During the early days of the American Occupation, four prostitutes live and work in the basement of a bombed-out building, governing themselves with a strict code of conduct. Anyone who breaks the rules - particularly the rule forbidding sex without pay - is brutally tortured and banished. The women's solidarity begins to collapse when they shelter Suzuki favorite Jo Shishido, a wounded black market bandit each wants to claim for herself.

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Geisha, A
(Gion bayashi)

New Yorker Video 1953 VHS b&w 86

Credits: . Director: Kenji Mizoguchi. Cast Includes: Michiyo Kogure, Ayako Wakao, Chieko Naniwa.

Summary: Set in Kyoto's Gion district, this is a story of a beautiful young girl who decides to follow in her mother's footsteps and become a geisha. With no money of her own, the girl becomes the apprentice to her mother's best friend. The girl begins her training, but slowly discovers that for a geisha in the new Japan, beneath the image of traditional beauty lies the hard truth that a woman must sell herself to live. Reviews.

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*Ghost in the Shell
(Kokaku kidotai)

Manga Video 1995 VHS color 82

Credits: Director: Mamoru Oshii; Writers: Kazunori It˘, Masamune Shiro (Comic); Music: Kenji Kawai; Cinematography: Hisao Shirai, Art Director: Hiromasa Ogura; Special Effects: Mutsu Murakami; Visual Effects: Tetsuo Kaneko, Masao Shibata. Cast Includes: Atsuko Tanaka, Akio ďtsuka, Tamio Oki, Iemasa Kayumi, K˘ichi Yamadera, Tessh˘ Genda.

Summary: In a world caught in the grip of information overload, where artificial intelligence is more than the real thing and cyborg cops spend their lives surfing on an electronic sea of living data, only the Ghost - the indefinable element of human consciousness - exists to determine who is alive and who is purely a creation of the Net. Seamlessly merging traditional cel animation with the latest computer graphic imagery, "Ghost in the Shell" is a complex and violent cyberspace adventure from Masamune Shirow. Not rated. Contains violence, explicit language and nudity.
In Japanese with English subtitles. Reviews.

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Godzilla and Postwar Japan

UCTV 2005 DVD color 120

Credits: William Tsutsui

Summary: Lecture by William Tsutsui on Godzilla and Postwar Japan. Reviews.

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*Gonza the Spearman
(Yari no gonza)

Kino Video 1986 VHS color 126

Credits: Director: Masahiro Shinoda; Screenplay: Taeko Tomioka. Based on the play by Monzaemon Chikamatsu. Cast Includes: Hiromi G˘, Shohei Hino, Shima Iwashita, Misako Tanaka.

Summary: During the Tokugawa shogunate in the early 1700s, Japanese provincial lords were obliged to spend alternate years in Edo, the capital city. Wives and children were left behind - and this often resulted in tragedy. Such is the case in Masahiro Shinoda's naturalistic adaption of a noted 18th century bunraku (puppet theatre) play entitled "Yari No Gonza Kasane," translated as "Spearman Gonza's Illicit Love." This classic tale of love, honor and tragedy was written by well-known bunraku playwright Monzaemon Chikamatsu (1653-1725), often referred to as "the Shakespeare of Japan." The handsome, ambitious Gonza Sasano is one of the Matsue clan's most talented lancers. Although he is already engaged to the sister of one of his fellow retainers, Gonza agrees to wed the daughter of his lord to better his position. The fiancee's infuriated brother then plots against Gonza, seemingly catching him in an indiscretion with their master's wife. Unable to prove their innocence, Gonza and the lord's wife must flee. The rigid social morality and code of honor of old Japan is ultimately served in the film's bloody finale. In Japanese with English subtitles. Reviews.

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Good Wife of Tokyo, The

Women Make Movies 1992 VHS color 52

Credits: Director: Claire Hunt & Kim Longinotto

Summary: Kazuko Hohki goes back to Tokyo with her band, the "Frank Chickens," after living in England for 15 years. This wry and delightful film records her re-experiencing of Japan after a long absence, examining traditional attitudes to women and those of Kazuko's friends who are trying to live differently.

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Grave of the Fireflies
(Hotaru no haka)

Central Park Media 1992 VHS color 88

Credits: Director: Isao Takahata; Screenplay: Isao Takahata; Based on the novel by Akiyuki Nosaka. Cast Includes: Tsutomu Tatsumi, Ayano Shiraishi, Yoshiko Shinohara, Akemi Yamaguchi.

Summary: Orphaned and homeless from a fire-bomb attack on their city, 12-year-old Seita and his 4-year-old sister Setsuko set out to survive in the face of a society no longer able to help them. Based on an original story by Akiyuki Nosaka. In Japanese, with English subtitles. Animated cartoon. Reviews.

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*Gyo: I Iiei-zan sennichi kaiho

NHK 1990 VHS color 50

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Summary: In Japanese, with no subtitles.

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*Haha no Kyoku

Kinema Kurabu 1953 VHS b&w 91

Credits: Director: Satsuo Yamamoto

Summary: In Japanese, with no subtitles.

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Haiku: Short Poetry of Japan

1982 VHS 30

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Summary: Still a popular creative pastime in Japan, haiku has been described as a way of taking a moment out of time and holding it forever. This video demonstrates the grace and simplicity of haiku, as well as its striking sensual efficacy.

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Harakiri
(Seppuku)

Janus Films 1962 VHS b&w 134

Credits: Director: Masaki Kobayashi; Screenplay: Shinobu Hashimoto, Yasuhiko Takiguchi; Producer: Tatsuo Hosoya; Music: Toru Takemitsu; Cinematography: Yoshio Miyajima. Cast Includes: Shichisaburo Amatsu, Yoshio Aoki, Jo Azumi, Hisashi Igawa, Yoshio Inaba, Akira Ishihama, Shima Iwashita, Akiji Kobayashi, Rentaro Mikuni, Masao Mishima, Tatsuya Nakadai, Ichir˘ Nakaya, Kei Sato, Ryo Takeuchi, Tetsuro Tamba.

Summary: The harsh code of the 17th century samurai is illustrated in the act of harakiri. In war the samurai thrives, in peacetime the samurai dies. An unemployed warrior is forced by a feudal lord to commit harakiri. His father-in-law returns to the scene of the suicide to strike out one last time against the abusive society that created such cruelty. Reviews.

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Hayashi; Nihon Buyo; Nagauta

UCLA Office of Instructional Development 1980 Umatic color 70

Credits: From the 1979 UCLA Asian Performing Arts Summer Institute.

Summary: Examples of Japanese arts in performance. Includes Hayashi: Music of Kabuki Bayashi; Nihon Buyo: Setsugekka ("Snow, Moon, Flower"); Ozatsuma Sanju (Samisen solo); and Renjishi ("Dance of the Two Lions").

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Heaven and Earth
(Ten to chi to)

Live Home Video 1991 VHS color 104

Credits: Director: Haruki Kadokawa; Screenplay: Haruki Kadokawa, Toshido Kamata, Chogoro Keynji, Isao Yoshiwara; Producer: Yutaka Okada; Music: Tetsuya Komuro; Cast Includes: Takaaki Enoki, Masahiko Tsugawa, Atsuko Asano, Hideo Murota, Stuart Whitman, Naomi Zaizen, and Tsunehiko Watase. Based on the novel by Chogoro Kaionji. Directed by Haruki Kadokawa.

Summary: In 16th century Japan, as the entire country erupts into feudal warfare, two warlords, one enlightened and the other a ruthless dictator, rise out of the turmoil and clash in a confrontation of epic proportions. Reviews.

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Hi-tech Composer
(Faces of Japan - Program 20)

Intervoice 1986 VHS color 28

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

Summary: A profile of Japanese electronic musician Isao Tomita, internationally renowned but still somewhat of an oddity in his native country. As he prepares to stage his "Sound Cloud" in Japan for the first time, he contends with logistics, personalities, and Japan's traditional reluctance to embrace the avant-garde. Transcript available.

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*Hidden Blade, The
(Kakushi ken oni no tsume)

Shochiku Co., Ltd. 2004 DVD color 132

Credits: Director: Yoji Yamada; Screenplay: Yoji Yamada and Yoshitaka Asama; Starring Masatoshi Nagase, Takako Matsu, Hidetaka Yoshioka, Tomoko Tabata, and Yukiyoshi Ozawa

Summary: Based on a short story by Shuhei Fujisawa, an honest, low-ranking samurai, Munezo Katagiri finds himself buffeted by the confusion of old and new in mid-19th century Japan. Japanese with English subtitles.

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Hidden Fortress
(Kakushi toride no san akunin)

Public Media Video 1958 VHS b&w 139

Credits: Director: Akira Kurosawa; Screenplay: Shinobu Hashimoto, Ryuzo Kikushima, Akira Kurosawa, Hideo Oguni; Producer: Masumi Fujimoto, Akira Kurosawa; Music: Masaru Sat˘; Cinematography: Kazuo Yamasaki, Ichio Yamazeki. Cast Includes: Minoru Chiaki, Susumu Fujita, Kamatari Fujiwara, Toshiko Higuchi, Toshir˘ Mifune, Eiko Miyoshi, Takashi Shimura, Kichijiro Ueda, Misa Uehara, Koji Mitsui, Tadao Nakamaru, Rinsaku Ogata, Shiten Ohashi, Ikio Sawamura.

Summary: A medieval adventure about a deposed princess forced into hiding and the brave general who must arrange her escape. Acknowledged by George Lucas as his inspiration for "Star Wars."In Japanese, with English subtitles. Reviews.

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Hirohito : Behind the Myth

Films Incorporated 1988 VHS color 64

Credits: Eastern Educational Network

Summary: Looks behind the carefully constructed image of the late Japanese Emperor Hirohito, long considered one of the world's most enigmatic leaders. Explores his traumatic childhood, his life as a young prince, and his transformation into remote "God-Emperor," reviled by the Allies during World War II.

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Hiroshima : A Document of the Atomic Bombing

Nippon Eiga, Japan 1970 16mm color 30

Credits: Nippon Eiga

Summary: Grim documentation of the 1945 atomic bombing of Hiroshima. Based on photographs and motion picture footage shot by Japanese cameramen during the hours, days and weeks following the bombing. Records the devastation and human misery caused by the bombing, and reveals that twenty-five years later survivors of the blast are suffering from atomic bomb disease.

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Hiroshima : The People's Legacy

Electronic Arts Intermix 1975 Umatic color 45

Credits: NHK, Japan Broadcasting Corporation, Inc.

Summary: A newspaper in Japan asked survivors of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki to send in paintings and drawings describing what they saw and how they felt about the bombings. Program examines what was submitted, and probes into the lives of several survivors. In Japanese, with English voice-over.

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Hiroshima-Nagasaki : August, 1945

Museum of Modern Art, New York 1969 16mm color 16

Credits: Center for Mass Communications, Columbia University

Summary: Footage shot by Japanese cameramen records the destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki by atomic bombs in August 1945. Includes footage previously withheld from public release by United States officials.

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*History of Manchuria

Ten Sharp 1994 VHS b&w 16

Credits: TenSharp Inc., Gosfilmofond of Russia, State Film Archive of Russia.

Summary: Thirty volumes. In Japanese, Chinese, and Russian with no English subtitles.

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*Horo-ki
(Lonely Lane)
(A Wanderer's Notebook)

Kinema Kurabu 1962 VHS b&w 124

Credits: Director: Mikio Naruse; Screenplay: Fumiko Hayashi, Toshir˘ Ide, Sumie Tanaka; Producer: Sanezumi Fujimoto, Mikio Naruse, Tadahiro Teramoto; Music: Yuji Koseki; Cinematography: Jun Yasumoto. Cast Includes: Hideko Takamine, Daisuke Kat˘, Mitsuko Kusabue, Noboru Nakaya, Akira Takarada, Kinuyo Tanaka, Y˘ko Tsukasa.

Summary: In Japanese, no subtitles.

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Human Condition, Part 1 : (Ningen no Joken I)

SVS Films 1958 VHS b&w 200

Credits: Director: Masaki Kobayashi; Screenplay: Masaki Kobayashi, Zenzo Matsuyama; Producer: Shigeru Wakatsuki; Music: Chuji Kinoshita; Cinematography: Yoshio Miyajima. Cast Includes: Michiyo Aratama, Tatsuya Nakadai, Ineko Arima, Chikage Awajima, Keiji Sada, S˘ Yamamura, Akira Ishihama, Koji Nambara, Seiji Miyaguchi, Toru Abe, Masao Mishima, Eitar˘ Ozawa, Koji Mitsui, Nobuo Nakamura, Shinji Nambara, Kyu Sazanka.

Summary: Epic chronicle of one man's struggle to remain human as he descends into the hypnotic, distorted reality of war. During World War II, Kaji is sent to administer a mining camp in occupied Manchuria, where production is at a standstill. When Kaji offers his life to stop the massacre of Chinese prisoners, the barbaric military police, the Kempeitei, turn on him, beginning a cycle of chaos. Based on the six-volume novel by Junpei Gomikawa. In Japanese, with English subtitles.

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Human Condition, Part 2 : (Ningen no Joken II)

SVS Films 1959 VHS b&w 180

Credits: Director: Masaki Kobayashi; Screenplay: Masaki Kobayashi, Zenzo Matsuyama; Producer: Masaki Kobayashi, Shigeru Wakatsuki; Music: Chuji Kinoshita; Cinematography: Yoshio Miyajima. Cast Includes: Michiyo Aratama, Kaneko Iwasaki, Kokinji Katsura, Yusuke Kawazu, Hideo Kidokoro, Hideo Kisho, Michio Minama, Taketoshi Nait˘, Tatsuya Nakadai, Keiji Sada, Kei Sato, Kunie Tanaka, Jun Tatara.

Summary: Epic chronicle of one man's struggle to remain human as he descends into the hypnotic, distorted reality of war. Kaji, mining camp administrator in occupied Manchuria, is tortured by the military police for having treated his Chinese prisoners humanely. Forced into military service, he is ordered to the front lines, where his only goal is to survive and see his wife again. Based on the six-volume novel by Junpei Gomikawa. In Japanese, with English subtitles.

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Human Condition, Part 3 : (Ningen no Joken III)

SVS Films 1961 VHS b&w 190

Credits: Director: Masaki Kobayashi; Screenplay: Masaki Kobayashi, Zenzo Matsuyama, Koichi Inagaki; Producer: Masaki Kobayashi, Shigeru Wakatsuki; Music: Chuji Kinoshita; Cinematography: Yoshio Miyajima. Cast Includes: Tatsuya Nakadai, Michiyo Aratama, Yusuke Kawazu, Tamao Nakamura, Chishu Ryu, Taketoshi Nait˘, Reiko Hitomi, Ky˘ko Kishida, Nobuo Kaneko, Fujio Suga, Keijiro Morozumi, Hideko Takamine.

Summary: Epic chronicle of one man's struggle to remain human as he descends into the hypnotic, distorted reality of war. Kaji, mining camp administrator turned soldier, is forced into a netherworld of barbaric survival following a Russian tank attack on the Manchurian front lines. Surrendering to avoid needless slaughter, Kaji endures a forced march to Siberia and betrayal by a collaborator to escape into the Siberian wilderness and the end of his desperate journey through the nightmare of war. Based on the six-volume novel by Junpei Gomikawa. In Japanese, with English subtitles.

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Idiot, The
(Hakuchi)

New Yorker Video 1951 VHS b&w 166

Credits: Director: Akira Kurosawa; Screenplay: Eijir˘ Hisaita, Akira Kurosawa; Producer: Takashi Koide; Music: Fumio Hayasaka; Cinematography: Toshio Ubukata. Cast Includes: Eijir˘ Yanagi, Minoru Chiaki, Chieko Higashiyama, Mitsuyo Akashi, Chiyoko Fumiya, Setsuko Hara, Bokuzen Hidari, Daisuke Inoue, Kokuten Kodo, Yoshiko Kuga, Toshir˘ Mifune, Eiko Miyoshi, Masayuki Mori, Noriko Sengoku, Takashi Shimura.

Summary: Akira Kurosawa transposes Dostoyevsky's story of the holy fool Prince Myshkin to post-war Japan, setting it among raging blizzards and claustrophobic interiors to create an expressionistic vision of passion and a plea for simplicity and goodness. In Japanese, with English subtitles. Reviews.

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Ikiru
(Doomed)
(Living)
(To Live)

Media Home Entertainment 1952 VHS b&w 134

Credits: Director: Akira Kurosawa; Screenplay: Shinobu Hashimoto, Akira Kurosawa, Hideo Oguni; Producer: Sojiro Motoki; Music: Fumio Hayasaka; Cinematography: Asakazu Nakai. Cast Includes: Takashi Shimura, Nobuo Kaneko, Ky˘ko Seki, Makoto Kobori, Kumeko Urabe, Yoshie Minami, Miki Odagiri, Kamatari Fujiwara, Minosuke Yamada, Haruo Tanaka, Bokuzen Hidari, Shinichi Himori, Minoru Chiaki, Nobuo Nakamura, Kusuo Abe, Masao Shimizu, Isao Kimura, Atsushi Watanabe, Yunosuke Ito, Yatsuko Tanami, Fuyuki Murakami, Seiji Miyaguchi, Daisuke Kat˘, Kin Sugai, Eiko Miyoshi, Fumiko Honma, Ichir˘ Chiba, Toranosuke Ogawa, Akira Tani.

Summary: The powerful story of a dying man's triumph. Told he only has a short time to live, a bureaucrat at first reacts with a drunken spree, then realizes that only through unselfishness can he redeem his otherwise wasted life. With ferocious determination, he cuts all red tape to transform a swamp into a children's park. In Japanese, with English subtitles. Reviews.

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In the Name of the Emperor: The Rape of Nanjing

Filmaker Library 1995
VHS Color 52

Credits: Director: Christine Choy, Nancy Tong; Screenplay: Nanette Burstein, Nancy Tong; Producer: Nancy Tong; Music: Tan Dun; Cinematography: Christine Choy. Cast Includes: Robin Brentano, Ted Hannon, Matthew Myers, Lamar Sanders, Sam Schacht, Shiro Azuma, Richard Chu, Tillman Durdin, Akira Fujiwara, Katsuichi, Honda, Saburo Ienaga, Toshio Morimatsu, Shigeto Nagano, Hakudo Nagatomi, Rumiko Nishino, Yasuaki Onuma, Shindo Song, Fuichiro Ueha, Shoichi Watanabe, Ying Wong, Yutaka Yoshida, Yoshiaki Yoshimi.

Summary: On December 13, 1937, Japanese Imperial troops marched into Nanjing, China. In just six weeks they murdered 300,000 civilians, and systematically raped and killed thousands of women. To this day the Japanese government denies the 'Rape of Nanjing" ever happened. The Nanjing Massacre was the impetus for the Japanese system of "comfort stations" or military brothels in occupied territories. The documentary features an interview with a Korean "comfort woman" who speaks openly about her sexual servitude. Using rare footage of the Japanese occupation, including newly discovered film footage of the massacre; diary entries from Americans who were there; and eye witness accounts of surviving Japanese soldiers the Japanese occupation of Nanjing is not allowed to be forgotten in history.

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In the Realm of the Senses
(Ai no corrida)

Fox/Lorber Home Video 1976 VHS Color 104

Credits: Director: Nagisa Oshima; Screenplay: Nagisa Oshima; Producer: Anatole Dauman, Koji Wakamatsu; Music: Minoru Miki; Cinematography: Hideo Itoh. Cast Includes: Tatsuya Fuji, Eiko Matsuda, Aoi Nakajima, Yasuko Matsui, Meika Seri, Kanae Kobyashi, Taiji Tonoyama, Ky˘ji Kokonoe, Naomi Shiraishi, Shinkichi Noda, Komikichi Hori, Kikuhei Matsunoya, Akiko Koyama, Yuriko Azuma, Rei Minami, Machiko Aoki, Mariko Abe, Ky˘ko Okada, Kiyomi Yasuda, Hiroko Fuji, T˘mi Mitsuboshi, Kimiko Ishii, Katsue Tamiyama, Hitomi Fukuhara.

Summary: Based on one of Japan's most notorious scandals, the story of an ex-prostitute who becomes involved in an obsessive love affair with the master of the household where she is employed as a servant. What starts as a casual diversion escalates into a passion which knows no bounds. Includes graphic sexual scenes. In Japanese, with English subtitles. Reviews.

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Insect Woman, The
(Nippon Konchuki)

Connoisseur Video 1963 VHS b&w 123

Credits: Director: Shohei Imamura; Screenplay: Keiji Hasebe, Shohei Imamura. Cast Includes: Emiko Aizawa, Masumi Harukawa, Sachiko Hidari, Emiko Higashi, Daizaburo Hirata, Seizabur˘ Kawazu, Teruko Kishi, Tanie Kitabayashi, Kazuo Kitamura, Asao Koike, Shoichi Kuwayama, Hiroyuki Nagato, Shoichi Ozawa, Sumie Sasaki, Taiji Tonoyama, Shigeru Tsuyuguchi, Jitsuko Yoshimura.

Summary: An account of 45 years of hard life of a woman who grafts with the industry of an ant to survive. English subtitles. Reviews.

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Island Doctor
(Faces of Japan - Program 15)

Intervoice 1986 VHS color 28

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

Summary: A look at Japanese medical care through the eyes of Koichi Hara, the only doctor on Ogawa, a tiny island off the southwest coast of Japan. His medical school education paid for by the government, Koichi has committed the next nine years to his solitary practice, where he is on call twenty-four hours a day. Transcript available.

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*International Research Center for Japanese Studies Overview

National Institutes of the Humanities 2009 DVD color 19

Credits: Made by Total Vision Kansai for the International Research Center for Japanese Studies

Summary: Promotional overview of the International Research Center for Japanese Studies: "Aiming to conduct comprehensive international and interdisciplinary research."

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Iwo Jima : Eight Square Miles of Hell

Ambrose Video Publishing 1980 Umatic color 30

Credits: Time-Life Films.

Summary: Lloyd Bridges narrates the story of the battle of Iwo Jima, focusing on three soldiers who managed to survive this hard-fought campaign. Illustrated with extensive archival footage and the voices of veterans telling their own stories.

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Izutsu

2000 VHS color 40

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Summary: This program features an abbreviated version of Motokiyo Zeami's classic Noh play, izutsu. Featuring both subtitles and narration in English, the video brings to life the 600-year-old tale. In Japanese with subtitles.