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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Japan : 80,000,000 Mouths to Feed

Out of print 1953 16mm color 12

Credits: Encyclopedia Britannica Educational Corporation

Summary: Illustrates the ways in which the people of heavily-populated Japan utilize all possible land for farming. Shows farmers working in the rice fields - planting, fertilizing, harvesting, threshing and hauling the crop. Also shows the harvesting and processing of tea, as well as fishermen at work.

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*Japan: The Changing Tradition

GPN 1978 VHS color 28

Credits: Narrator: Gene Galusha; Host: Georgette Takushi; Producer/Director: Smokey Forester; Designer: George Brackett; Executive Producer: Ken Stein; Senior Advisor: Edwin O. Reischauer; Series Advisor: Jackson H. Bailey; Program Advisors: Marius B. Jansen, James Huffman, Tetsuo Najita, Solomon B. Levine, David Titus, David Plath, Hidetoshi Kato; Writer: Michael Berger; Film Editors: Alex Moscu, Stephen Frank, Marc Leif, Rod Nordberg, Art Ciocco; Associate Producer: Sharon Wheaton.

Summary: Japan: The Changing Tradition was produced with the active assistance of the Japan National Broadcasting Corporation (NHK) as well as other Japanese agencies and institutions. Its documentary style programs include sequences filmed on location in Japan, and selections from over 50 miles of film and videotape assembled from Japanese and American archives." Sixteen volumes. Program 1: The Cross and the Gun, Program 2: Revere the Emperor, Expel the Barbarian, Program 3: Rich Country, Strong Military, Program 4: The Meiji Transformation, Program 5: Men of Action, Program 6: The Road to Disaster, Program 7: The Rebirth of a Nation, Program 8: A Nation Among Equals, Program 9: Made in Japan, Program 10: The Fragile Economy, Program 11: Of the People, Program 12: Democracy, with a Difference, Program 13: Society and the Individual, Program 14: The Search for Opportunity, Program 15: The Japanese Style, Program 16: Three Families. Please refer to individual programs by title for summaries.

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*Japan: The Living Tradition

GPN 1976 VHS color 28
Credits: Producer: Robert J. Allen; Associate Producer: Joan Lewis; Executive Producer: Units 1& 2--Marshall Jamison; Director: Ken Rockefeller; Audio Tape Producer: Neal Wolff; Art Director: William Korbus; Researcher and Host: Georgette Takushi; Script Writers: Units 1& 2--Robert J. Allen, Unit 3--Tony Kahn, Unit 4--Honora Horan, Units 5 & 6--Oliver Statler. Resident Content Specialist: Jackson H. Bailey; Senior Course Advisor: Edwin O. Reischauer; Senior Content Advisors: John W. Hall, Solomon Levin, David Plath; Instructional Designers: Elizabeth Vallance, George Brackett.
Summary: Fourteen volumes. Program 1: The Japanese: Part I, Program 2: The Japanese: Part II, Program 3: Early Japan: Part I, Program 4: Early Japan: Part II, Program 5: The Feudal Experience: Part I, Program 6: The Feudal Experience: Part II, Program 7: The Visual Arts: Part I, Program 8: The Visual Arts: Part II, Program 9: Literature: Part I, Program 10: Literature: Part II, Program 11: The Performing Arts: Part I, Program 12: The Performing Arts: Part II, Program 13: Religious Experience: Part I, Program 14: The Religious Experience: Part II. Please refer to individual programs by title for summaries.

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Japan Past and Present

Films for the Humanities 1989 VHS Color 53 minutes each
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: A five-part series that explores Japan's history and civilization from the 7th century to the present. Volume 1: Buddha in the Land of the Kami (7th-12th centuries); Volume 2: The Coming of the Barbarians (1540-1650); Volume 3: The Age of the Shoguns (1600-1868); Volume 4:The Meiji Period (1868-1912); Volume 5: The Essence of Being Japanese. Please see individual volumes by title for summaries.

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Japan vs. USA : The High-Tech Shootout

Films Incorporated 1982 Umatic color 50
Credits: NBC News
Summary: Analysis of competition in the semiconductor and precision tool markets. Explores Japan's successful penetration of this market, which has been aided by a coordinated policy of development, information gathering, a generous attitude towards information sharing among Japanese companies, and a major national commitment to design development and improvement. Examines the potential impact of this penetration on the future of the American economy.

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*The Japanese: Part I
(Program 1 of Japan: The Living Tradition series)

GPN 1976 VHS color 28

Credits: See entry for Japan: The Living Tradition.

Summary: Introduces the audience to the people of modern Japan by viewing the lifestyles of a suburban family, a blue-collar worker, and a farmer. Investigates how and where the modern Japanese live, what they think about and plan for, and what they do with their time. A summary of these three lifestyles and how they represent the Japanese people as a whole is offered by Dr. Edwin O. Reischauer at the end of the program.

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*The Japanese: Part II
(Program 2 of Japan: The Living Tradition series)

GPN 1976 VHS color 28

Credits: See entry for Japan: The Living Tradition.

Summary: Investigates how cultural and geographical isolation affected the historical development of the Japanese nation and people. Discusses Japan's "borrowing" of ideas, technology, culture, etc. from countries such as China and Korea throughout the seventh, eighth, and ninth centuries. Contemporary, industrialized Japan is also included with speculation regarding the future of Japan's foreign relations and dependence on other countries for trade and cultural interchange. Dr. Edwin O. Reischauer and Dr. Jackson Bailey discuss issues such as the Japanese feelings of being a separate and special people with the inability to communicate effectively across strong cultural and linguistic barriers.

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Japanese Family, The

Out of print 1950 16mm b&w 12

Credits: International Film Foundation

Summary: Shows life in the home of a Japanese silk weaver before World War II. Covers the family's everyday life and the celebration of the New Year.

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Japanese Family: The Life of the Businessman

C. Itoh and Company 1989 VHS color 35

Credits: Shin-ei, Inc.

Summary: A view of contemporary Japanese life through the story of three Japanese families. Covers the changing roles of husbands and wives, the effects of the competitive society on children, and the breakdown of the extended family.

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Japanese Print Making

Out of print 1953 16mm color 11

Credits: George Tahara

Summary: Filmed against the gold of an 18th century Japanese screen, Toshi Yoshida performs meticulously each exacting, traditional step in the creation of a color woodblock print. Shows a series of ancient Japanese print masterpieces as well as Yoshida's own works.

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* Japanese Style, The
(Program 15 of Japan: the Changing Tradition)

GPN 1978 VHS color 28

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

Summary: Presents the Japanese lifestyle as a blend of traditional styles and modern mass living. Includes the traditional values of self-discipline, diligence, the striving for excellence, careful attention to detail, harmonious social relations, mass communication and mass media, and the "Hankyu Tribe."

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Japanese Version, The

Center for New American Media 1991 VHS color 56

Credits: Louis Alvarez and Andrew Kolker

Summary: A study of how Western and especially American culture metamorphoses when it arrives in Japan. Examines uniquely Japanese institutions such as the love hotel, Japanese weddings, cherry blossom time, an obsession with cowboys, the combination of Japanese and English called Japlish, charm school, television commercials, Gaijin tarentos, and the ultimate game show, the Ultra Quiz.

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Jazz in Japan Written by Sidney D. Brown, Produced and Directed by Eugene Enrico

University of Oklahoma Center for Music Television,

2000 VHS 30

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*Kabuki
(copy 1)

Films for the Humanities and Sciences 1993 VHS color 36

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Summary: This program provides an introduction to the 400-year-old tradition of Kabuki, explaining its origins and purposes, its sources, and the meaning of symbolism. The program shows the rehearsal, preparation of costumes and wigs, and the performance of the Kabuki play, relates the make-up and music to the overall scheme, and explains the esthetic of Kabuki art.

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*Kabuki
(copy 2)

Films for the Humanities and Sciences 1993 VHS color 36

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Summary: This program provides an introduction to the 400-year-old tradition of Kabuki, explaining its origins and purposes, its sources, and the meaning of symbolism. The program shows the rehearsal, preparation of costumes and wigs, and the performance of the Kabuki play, relates the make-up and music to the overall scheme, and explains the esthetic of Kabuki art.

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Kabuki Dance: Musume Dojoji with Tamasaburo Bando

2003 DVD 70

Credits: Tamasaburo Bando; commentary by Paul Griffith.

Summary: Tamasaburo Bando, considered kabuki's greatest performer of female roles, acts in the classic dance story, Musume Dojoji. Bando demonstrates his powerful dance skills, drawing on his experiences performing in film and on stage with such renowned artists as Maurice Bejart, Mikhail Baryshnikov, and Yo-Yo Ma. The program includes commentary by Paul Griffith.

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Kaidan
(Ghost Story)
(Kwaidan)
(Weird Tales)

Public Media Home Vision 1964 VHS color 164

Credits: Director: Masaki Kobayashi; Screenplay: Y˘ko Mizuki. Cast Includes: Michiyo Aratama, Yoichi Hayashi, Keiko Kishi, Rentaro Mikuni, Tatsuya Nakadai, Ganemon Nakamura, Ganjiro Nakamura, Katsuo Nakamura, Noboru Nakaya, Mariko Okada, Kei Sato, Takashi Shimura, Tetsuro Tamba, Jun Tazaki, Misako Watanabe.

Summary: Literally meaning ghost story, Kwaidan consits of 4 supernatural tales. Throughout each tale, director Kobayashi's use of color creates subtile changes of mood and atmosphere that are both brilliant and bizarre. English subtitles. Reviews.

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*Kiru
(Kill)

Toho Video 1968 VHS B & W 115

Credits: Director: Kihachi Okamoto; Screenplay: Akira Murao, Kihachi Okamoto; Producer: Tomoyuki Tanaka; Music: Masaru Sat˘. Cast Includes: Eisei Amamoto, K˘ichi Hashimoto, Yuriko Hoshi, Akira Kubo, Shigeru K˘yama, Shigeru K˘yama, Tadao Nakamaru, Etsushi Takahashi, Nami Tamura, Eijir˘ Tono, Yoshio Tsuchiya.

Summary: Corrupt officials square off with idealistic young retainers, Tatsuya Nakadia as a dropout samurai pacifist plays it cool, and the ensuing mass fights, nonstop scheming, mountain seiges, last-minute rescues, and final showdown (a duel with darts in a closet-sized room) proceed at a machine-gun tempo. One tends to catch up with the plot about halfway through, but that's part of Okamoto's skillful combination of violence and hilarity amidst all the canage--the film begins and ends with Nakadai hungrily pursuing a chicken. Surprisingly, adapted from the same novel as Sanjuro. In Japanese with English subtitles.

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Komatsu Today

Komatsu Ltd. 1982 Umatic color 25

Credits: Komatsu Ltd.

Summary: Profiles Japanses company Komatsu, manufacturer of earthmoving machinery and construction equipment. Demonstrates the company's commitment to customer satisfaction, research and development, quality control and the latest in efficient manufacturing, visiting plants throughout Japan, as well as in Brazil, and Mexico. Shows Komatsu products at work around the world, from Thailand, to Saudi Arabia, to operations throughout North America.

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*Komonjo no Yomikata

Maruzen   VHS color 36

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Summary: Five volumes, 36 minutes each. In Japanese with no subtitles.

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*Kuninamari Dochugasa

Kinema Kurabu 1937 VHS b&w 62

Credits: Norihiko Nishina

Summary: In Japanese, no subtitles.

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*Kurama Tengu - Ogon Jigoku

Kinema Kurabu 1942 VHS b&w 91

Credits:  Daisuke Ito

Summary: In Japanese, no subtitles.

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Kyocera Experiment, The

Coronet Films 1981 16mm color 30

Credits:  WGBH-TV, Boston

Summary: Theory "Z" comes alive in California as the American employees of San Diego's Kyocera Company adapt to the owner's thoroughly Japanese brand of management. Combines Japanese emphasis on the family of workers with American qualities of flexibility, willingness to innovate, and initiative.

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Kyogen - Boshibari ; Noh - Otomo

UCLA Office of Instructional Development 1980 Umatic color 45

Credits:  UCLA Office of Instructional Development

Summary: Examples of two Japanese theater pieces: a Kyogen drama, Boshibari ("Tied to a Pole"); and a Noh play, Otomo ("The Mask). From the 1979 UCLA Asian Performing Arts Summer Institute.

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Kyogen - Sambaso ; Kabuki Bayashi ; Naguata

UCLA Office of Instructional Development 1980 Umatic color 45

Credits:  UCLA Office of Instructional Development

Summary: Examples of Japanese music from theatrical performances. Includes Kyogen: Sambaso (a traditional prelude); Kabuki Bayashi music; and Naguata, a suite for samisen. From the 1979 UCLA Asian Performing Arts Summer Institute.

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Kyoto

Out of print 1979 Umatic color 45

Credits:  Olivetti Corporation and UCLA

Summary: Presents scenes of Japanese life in Kyoto: Zen Buddhist monks and their relationship to nature and beauty; a "Maiko" entertainer; the Katsura Imperial Villa with its history and architecture, and a city festival of floats.

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Land of the Disappearing Buddha, The

Ambrose Video Publishing 1978 Umatic color 52

Credits: British Broadcasting Corporation

Summary: Examines four of Japan's contemporary faiths: Zen, one of thirteen "schools" of Buddhism, bears a name purported to be the mispronunciation of a Sanskrit word for meditation; Shinto, the "way of the gods," is a special form of nature and spirit worship in perfect harmony with Zen; "Soka Gakai" (the society for the creation of values) considers Buddha outmoded but proclaims itself Buddhist; the "Pure Land" group of Amida Buddha centers around a simple legend which opens to the masses a faith formerly restricted to monks, scholars, and intellectuals. Summary focuses around the tea ceremony. Part 9 of the series, The Long Search.

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Last Homecoming, The
(Saigo no Kikyo)

Kinema Kurabu 1945 VHS b&w 67

Credits: Director: Yoshimura Ken and Tanaka Shigeo.

Summary: Based on a novel by Kikuchi Kan, tells the story of a group of six kamikaze pilots who spend their final days taking leave of their home town. One of the last movies to be released during World War II. In Japanese, no subtitles.

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Late Chrysanthemums (Bangiku)

World Artists Home Video 1954 VHS b&w 101

Credits: Director: Mikio Naruse; Screenplay: Fumiko Hayashi, Toshir˘ Ide, Sumie Tanaka; Producer: Sanezumi Fujimoto; Music: Ichir˘ Sait˘; Cinematography: Masao Tamai. Cast Includes: Haruko Sugimura, Sadako Sawamura, Chikako Hosokawa, Yűko Mochizuki, Ken Uehara, Hiroshi Koizumi, Ineko Arima, Bontar˘ Miake, Sonosuke Sawamura, Daisuke Kat˘.

Summary: A moving portrait of three geishas in their declining years. Based on three short stories by Fumiko Hayashi. In Japanese, with English subtitles.Reviews.

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Leaving the Shipyard
(Faces of Japan - Program 23)

Intervoice 1986 VHS color 28

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

Summary: Examines the decline of the Japanese shipbuilding industry, and efforts made by employers such as Oshima Shipbuilding Company to find other jobs for their workers in lieu of layoffs. Transcript available.

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Legacy of the Shogun, The (Japan, Part 3)

MPI Video 1987 VHS color 60
Credits:  WTTW-TV, Chicago and Central. Hosted by Jane Seymour.
Summary: Looks at the continuing effect of the 17th century Shogun philosophy of hard work, discipline and hierarchy on Japanese society, as seen in its law-abiding nature, rigid educational system and workplace structure. Reflects on the rapid acceleration of industry and technology as fueled by the Shogun philosophy.

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Life of Oharu
(Saikaku ichidai onna)

Video Yesterday 1952 VHS b&w 136
Credits:  Director: Kenji Mizoguch; Screenplay: Kenji Mizoguchi, Yoshikata Yoda; Producer: Hideo Koi, Kenji Mizoguchi; Music: Ichir˘ Sait˘; Cinematography: Yoshimi Hirano, Yoshimi Kono. Cast Includes: Kinuyo Tanaka, Toshir˘ Mifune, Masao Shimizu, Ichir˘ Sugai, Tsukie Matsura, Kiyoko Tsuji, Toshiaki Konoe, Hisako Yamane, Yuriko Hamada, Ky˘ko Kusajima, Noriko Sengoku, Haruyo Ichikawa, Eitar˘ Shind˘, Sadako Sawamura, Hiroshi Oizumi, Masao Mishima, Eijir˘ Yanagi, Jukichi Uno, Chieko Higashiyama, Tozen Hidari, Takashi Shimura, Benkei Shiganoya.  
Summary: The beautiful daughter of an Imperial Court samurai is exiled and her family shattered because of her love for a man of lesser status. In Japanese, with English subtitles. Reviews.

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*Literature: Part I
(Program 9 of Japan: The Living Tradition series)

GPN 1976 VHS color 28

Credits: See entry for Japan: The Living Tradition.

Summary: Mainly focuses on the traditional literary forms of Japan including examples of love songs from the oldest Japanese book Kojiki, the Manyoshu, haiku and tanka, and the works of Hitomaro, Lady Kasa, Lady Otomo, Basho, and Lady Murasaki Shikibu. Also includes The Tale of the Heike and its adaptation as a No drama, Atsumori, by the great No dramatist, Zeami.

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*Literature: Part II
(Program 10 of Japan: The Living Tradition series)

GPN 1976 VHS color 28

Credits: See entry for Japan: The Living Tradition.

Summary: Traces the history of Japanese literature beginning with the isolation period and ending with the late 20th century. Artists discussed include Saikaku, Natsume Soseki, Tanizaki Junichiro, Kawabata Yasunari, Mishima Yukio, Oe Kenzaburo, and Abe Kobo.

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*Lone Wolf and Club: Baby Cart at the River Styx
(Kozure Okami: Sanzu no kawa no ubaguruma)
(Sword of Vengeance Part II)

Samurai Cinema 1972 VHS color 81

Credits: Director: Kenji Misumi; Screenplay: Kazuo Koike, Goseki Kojima; Producer: Shintar˘ Katsu, Hisaharu Matsubara; Music: Hideaki Sakurai; Cinematography: Chishi Makiura. Cast Includes: Tomisaburo Wakayama, Akihiro Tomikawa, Kayo Matsuo, Akiji Kobayashi, Minoru Ohki, Shin Kishida, Kooji Kobayashi, Katsuhei Matsumoto, Izumi Ayukawa, Michie Azuma, Kanji Ehata, Seishir˘ Hara, Tadashi Hiraizumi, Sh˘ji Ikeda, Reiko Kasahara, Takuya Kitano, Ima Masaki, Yashiro Minakami, Maki Mizuhara, Shintar˘ Nanj˘, Hinode Nishikawa, Yuriko Nishima, Shogen Nitta, Toru Sakaguchi, Yukari Wakayama, Ichir˘ Yamamoto, Etsujiro Yamaoka.

Summary: The Yagyu clan has murdered Ogami Itto's wife, and had him stripped of his position of Official Shogunate Second. Now he and his son wander as assassins with desire for revenge against the Yagyu. In Japanese with English subtitles. Reviews.

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*Lone Wolf and Club: Baby Cart to Hades
(Kozure Okami: Shinikaze ni mukau ubaguruma)
(Sword of Vengeance Part III)

Samurai Cinema 1972 VHS color 89

Credits: Director: Kenji Misumi; Screenplay: Kazuo Koike, Goseki Kojima; Producer: Shintar˘ Katsu, Hisaharu Matsubara; Music: Hiroshi Kamayatsu; Cinematography: Chishi Makiura. Cast Includes: Tomisaburo Wakayama, Akihiro Tomikawa, Go Kato, Yuko Hamada, Isao Yamagata, Michitaro Mizushima, Ichir˘ Nakatani, Katsutoshi Akiyama, Naoki Ando, Kiroko Arakawa, Takako Ashizawa, Daisuke Awachia, Katsuyoshi Baba, Saburo Date, Jun Hamamura, Yukio Horikita, Shingo Ibuki, Tadashi Iwata, Sayoko Kato, Mayoko Kikuno, Daigo Kusano, Hiroshi Nawa, Kazuma Otabe, Masaru Shiga, Daisuke Shiraha, Fumio Terauchi, Sakai Umezu, Toshiya Wazaki, Toru Yamaguchi, Hatsuo Yamatani.

Summary: Ogami Itto rescues a girl who has killed a pimp in self defense. For his actions, he is captured and beaten to within an inch of his life by Yakuza. Ogami is then hired by the Kakegawa clan to kill the governor. The governor offers to hire Ogami, but realizes he is Ogami's target. In Japanese with English subtitles.

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Lone Wolf and Club: Sword of Vengeance
(Kozure Okami: Kowokashi udekashi tsukamatsuru)
(Sword of Vengeance I)

Samurai Cinema 1972 VHS color 89

Credits: Director: Kenji Misumi; Screenplay: Kazuo Koike, Goseki Kojima; Producer: Shintar˘ Katsu, Hisaharu Matsubara; Music: Hideaki Sakurai; Cinematography: Chishi Makiura. Cast Includes: Tomisaburo Wakayama, Akihiro Tomikawa, Tomoko Mayama, Yunosuke Ito, Fumio Watanabe, Shigeru Tsuyuguchi, Tomoo Uchida, Taketoshi Nait˘,Yutaka Nakamura, Saburo Date, Yoshiko Fujita, Kooji Fujiyama, Ryutaro Gomi, Hisao Hamita, Hiroshi Hasegawa, Yukio Horikita, Tadashi Iwata, Reiko Kasahara, Yoshi Katoo, Teruo Matsuyama, Tokio Oki, Michimaro Otabe, Koichi Sato, Jun Takigawa, Yűsaku Terajima, Toshiya Wazaki.

Summary: Falsely accused of treason, Ogami was given the choice between a red ball or a sword. To choose the ball meant to join his mother in the Void, to choose the sword meant to join his father, a Ronin, in a blood soaked journey that must end in revenge and death. In Japanese with English subtitles. Reviews.

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Lower Depths, The
(Donzoko)

Balzac Video 1957 VHS b&w 125

Credits: Director: Akira Kurosawa; Screenplay: Akira Kurosawa, Hideo Oguni; Producer: Akira Kurosawa, Sojiro Motoki; Music: Masaru Sat˘; Cinematography: Kazuo Yamasaki. Cast Includes: Koji Mitsui, Eiko Miyoshi, Ganjiro Nakamura, Akemi Negishi, Haruo Tanaka, Eijir˘ Tono, Kichijiro Ueda, Atsushi Watanabe, Isuzu Yamada, Minoru Chiaki, Yu Fujiki, Kamatari Fujiwara, Bokuzen Hidari, Ky˘ko Kagawa, Nijiko Kiyokawa, Toshir˘ Mifune.

Summary: A motley group of destitute people, all hopeless losers, dwell together in an old lodging house, helping each other pass the time while occasionally taking advantage of one another. The arrival of a pilgrim provides a temporary illusion of hope, then tragedy and finally resignation. In Japanese, with English subtitles. Reviews.