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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Sacred Land, The
(Faces of Japan - Program 7)

Intervoice 1986 VHS color 28

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

Summary: A look at the tradition of family farming in Japan through the story of one family - Rihei Murai, a farmer, and his son, Kiyoto, who works in the city and is uncertain whether to follow in his father's footsteps. Transcript available.

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Sam

University of California Extension Media Center 1973 16mm b&w 20

Credits: Margaret Lesser Bach

Summary: Explores the themes of culture and class through the portrayal of a Japanese-American whose public persona, as the stereotypical Japanese gardener, contrasts with his private life. He tells of his past, including his internment during World War II, and his wife describes being a victim of the atomic attack on Hiroshima.

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Samurai, The

Landmark Films 1988 VHS color 30

Credits: Christopher McCullough

Summary: Shows the making of one of the countless popular movies which re-create the Samurai and their era in Japan, and examines how the Samurai tradition lives on today in the business and industrial life of the nation.

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*Sanjaku Sagohei
(Sagohei the Three-Footer)

Kinema Kurabu 1943 VHS b&w 74

Credits: Hideko Takamine, Tamizo Ishida

Summary: In Japanese, no subtitles.

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Sanshiro Sugata
(Sugata Sanshiro)

Sony Video 1943 VHS b&w 82

Credits: Director: Akira Kurosawa; Screenplay: Akira Kurosawa; Producer: Keiji Matsuzaki; Cinematography: Akira Mimura; Music: Seiichi Suzuki. Cast Includes: Ryunosuke Tsukigata, Akitake K˘no, Sh˘ji Kiyokawa, Kunio Mita, Akira Nakamura, Sugisaku Aoyama, Kokuten Kodo, Ichir˘ Sugai, Susumu Fujita, Ranko Hanai, Yoshio Kosugi, Denjiro Okochi, Takashi Shimura, Yukiko Todoroki.

Summary: A handsome but innocent young man sets out to learn judo in a quest for philosophical knowledge, but events force him into a showdown with a great jujitsu master. Director Akira Kurosawa's first film. In Japanese, with English subtitles. Reviews.

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Sansho the Bailiff
(Sansho Dayu)

Sony Video 1954 VHS b&w 132

Credits: Director: Kenji Mizoguchi; Screenplay: Yahiro Fuji, Yoshikata Yoda; Producer: Masaichi Nagata; Music: Fumio Hayasaka, Tamekichi Mochizuki, Kanahichi Odera; Cinematography: Kazuo Miyagawa. Cast Includes: Kinuyo Tanaka, Yoshiaki Hanayagi, Ky˘ko Kagawa, Eitar˘ Shind˘, Akitake K˘no, Masao Shimizu, Ken Mitsuda, Kazukimi Okuni, Y˘ko Kosono, Noriko Tachibana, Ichir˘ Sugai, Teruko Omi, Masahiko Kato, Keiko Enami, Bontar˘ Akemi, Chieko Naniwa, Kikue Mori, Ryosuke Kagawa, Kanji Koshiba, Shinobu Araki, Reiko Kondo, Shozu Nambu, Ryonusuke Azuma, Saburo Date, Sumao Ishihara, Ichir˘ Amano, Yukio Horikita, Hachiro Okuni, Jun Fujikawa, Akiyoshi Kikuno, Soji Shibata, Akira Shimizu, Goro Nakanishi.

Summary: When a provincial governor is exiled, his children are sentenced to a nightmarish existence in a slave camp run by a cruel bailiff. A portrait of the stuggle between the best and worst of the human soul. In Japanese, with English subtitles. Reviews.

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* Search for Opportunity, The
(Program 14 of Japan: the Changing Tradition)

GPN 1978 VHS color 28

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

Summary: Describes the importance of education in the success of the Japanese. Begins with a discussion of kyoiku mama, or "education mom," with an introduction to the educational system and rounds of examinations one must pass in order to attend a university or obtain managerial or bureaucratic positions. Presents the employment situation for women and older persons in Japan. Includes discrimination in the work force in respect to minorities in Japan including Chinese, Koreans, and burakumin.

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Secrets of the Samurai

2003 VHS, color 25

Credits: A Discovery Channel production.

Summary: The martial achievements of the samurai, Japan's medieval warriors, were a blend of military innovation and personal commitment to self-mastery. This program reveals much of thescience behind the samurai arts of war. Sadatoshi Gassan, a traditional swordsmith whose family has made weapons for 800 years, demonstrates the revolutionary metallurgical method that still yields the strongest, sharpest blades possible. Masami Ozawa of the Tokyo National Museum shows the ingenious composite armor devised to thwart the katana, or samurai sword. Architectural historian William Coaldrake provides a tour of engineering features in Japan's most formidable castle of the feudal era.

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*Seiki no Gassho
(Aikoku koshin kyoku)

Kinema Kurabu 1938 VHS b&w 78

Credits: Osamu Fushimizu

Summary: In Japanese, no subtitles. 

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Senso Daughters

First Run / Icarus Films 1989 VHS color 54

Credits: Director: Noriko Sekiguchi

Summary:  During WWII, as many as 140,000 Japanese troops died in Papua New Guinea. Only 11,000 returned. Considered the "Forgotten War," neither the war nor its veterans received public recognition. Senso Daughters investigates another unacknowledged tragedy of that campaign: the army's mistreatment of New Guinean women and "comfort girls." Since women had no official military status except as nurses, 90,000 comfort girls were shipped to battlesites as "military commodities," without names or identities, without records to be traced by.

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Seven Samurai
(Shichinin no samurai)

Public Media Home Vision 1954 VHS b&w 208

Credits: Director: Akira Kurosawa; Screenplay: Shinobu Hashimoto, Akira Kurosawa, Hideo Oguni; Producers: Sojiro Motoki; Music: Fumio Hayasaka; Cinematography: Asakazu Nakai. Cast Includes: Takashi Shimura, Toshir˘ Mifune, Yoshio Inaba, Seiji Miyaguchi, Minoru Chiaki, Daisuke Kat˘, Isao Kimura, Kamatari Fujiwara, Kokuten Kodo, Bokuzen Hidari, Yoshio Kosugi, Yoshio Tsuchiya, Keiji Sakakida, Jiro Kumagai, Haruko Toyama, Tsuneo Katagiri, Yasuhisa Tsutsumi, Keiko Tsushima, Toranosuke Ogawa, Yu Akitsu, Noriko Sengoku, Gen Shimizu, Jun Tatara, Atsushi Watanabe, Sojin, Kichijiro Ueda, Shinpei Takagi, Akira Tani, Haruo Nakajima, Takashi Narita, Senkichi Omura, Shuno Takahara, Masanobu ďkubo, Shoichi Hirose, Tatsuya Nakadai, Junpei Natsuki, Sachio Sakai, Yukiko Shimazaki, Jun Tazaki, Eijir˘ Tono, Isao Yamagata.

Summary:  Action-adventure epic about a 16th century farm community led by a band of samurai warriors defending itself from a maurading army. Influenced a generation of motion picture directors, from Sam Peckinpah to Sergio Leone, and inspired an American remake, The Magnificent Seven. In Japanese, with English subtitles. Reissue, produced by Isaac Mizrahi, includes supplementary material, including an audio essay by Michael Jeck discussing the making of the film, its importance in Japanese film history, and the collaboration between Toshiro Mifune and Akira Kurosawa. In Japanese with English subtitles. Reviews.

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Shadow Warrior
(Kagemusha)

Fox Video 1980 VHS color 160

Credits: Director: Akira Kurosawa; Screenplay: Masato Ide, Akira Kurosawa. Producers: Francis Ford Coppola, Akira Kurosawa, George Lucas, Tomoyuki Tanaka; Music: Shinichir˘ Ikebe; Cinematography: Kazuo Miyagawa, Asakazu Nakai, Takao Sait˘, Masaharu Ueda, Shoji Ueda. Cast Includes: Tatsuya Nakadai, Tsutomu Yamazaki, Kenichi Hagiwara, Kota Yui, Shuji Otaki, Hideo Murota, Takayuki Shiho, Shuhei Sugimori, Noburo Shimizu, Koji Shimizu, Sen Yamamoto, Daisuke Ryu, Masayuki Yui, Yasuhito Yamanaka, Takashi Shimura.

Summary:  An epic drama of feudal conflict in 16th century Japan. Shingen, a powerful warlord, is mortally wounded in battle and orders his followers to find a double to replace him, in order to keep his death a secret and thus avert an enemy attack. The "shadow warrior" chosen is a petty criminal who must transform himself into a great leader in order to command the allegience of 25,000 samurai warriors. In Japanese, with English subtitles. Reviews.

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*Shall We Dance?
(Shall We Dansu?)

Miramax Home Entertainment 1996 VHS color 119

Credits: Director: Masayuki Suo; Screenplay: Masayuki Suo. Cast Includes: Koji Yakusho, Tamiyo Kusakari, Naoto Takenaka, Eriko Watanabe, Yu Tokui, Hiromasa Taguchi, Reiko Kusamura, Hideko Hara, Shűichir˘ Moriyama, Masahiro Motoki, Misa Shimizu, Akira Emoto.

Summary:  Here's the irresistible comedy treat that has critics and audiences cheering all across America! A middle-aged workaholic's incredibly dull life takes a funny turn when he signs up for a ballroom dance class - just to meet the sexy dance teacher. But when he finally muscles up the nerve for lessons, he winds up with a different instructor and her colorfully eccentric class of beginners! And now he'll have to step lightly - and do some fancy footwork - if he expects to keep his new secret passion from his family and friends! You'll love every minute of this crowd-pleasing motion picture!
In Japanese, with English subtitles. Reviews.

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Shimon
(Fingerprint)

Visual Communications 1990 VHS color 27

Credits: Director: Kaz Takeuchi

Summary:  An in-depth study of racism in Japan, where a long history of civil and social oppression of the minority population prevents native-born Japanese of Korean ancestry and other minorities from obtaining citizenship and other fundamental rights. The Alien Registration Law, commonly called the fingerprint law, has become the unifying issue for Koreans and Japanese who seek reform of Japan's discriminatory policies.

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Shinjuku Boys

Women Make Films 1995 16mm/Video 53

Credits: Director: Kim Longinotto & Jano Williams

Summary:  From the makers of Dream Girls, Shinjuku Boys introduces three onnabes who work as hosts at the New Marilyn Club in Tokyo. Onnabes are women who live as men and have girlfriends, although they don't usually identify as lesbians. As the film follows them at home and on the job, all three talk frankly to the camera about their gender-bending lives, revealing their views about women, sex, transvestitism and lesbianism. Alternating with these illuminating interviews are fabulous sequences shot inside the Club, patronized almost exclusively by heterosexual women who have become disappointed with real men. This is a remarkable documentary about the complexity of female sexuality in Japan today. Winner of the Chicago Film Festival's Silver Hugo and the Houston Film Festival's Gold Award.

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Shinto : Festival Music

University of Oklahoma Center for Music Television 1994 VHS color 30

Credits: Eugene Enrico; David Smeal

Summary:  Explains the variety of musical tradition of the Shinto festival. Introduces the rituals and the use of instruments of Shinto and discusses the rich tradition of Japanese mythology. Filmed in Tokyo at the 1993 Sanja Matsuri in the Asakusa district and at the Sumiyoshi, Hachiman, and the Meiji shrines. The elaborate mime and dance is accompanied by the Hayashi Ensemble led by Taneo Wakayama.

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*Shinto: Nature, Gods, and Man in Japan

Japan Society in New York 1977 VHS color 50

Credits:  Peter Grilli, David Westphal

Summary:  Shinto: Nature, Gods, and Man in Japan, a film of extraordinary beauty, introduces the fundamental philosophical, ethical, and aesthetic beliefs of the Shinto tradition. It takes the viewer on a journey to the heart of Shinto, to Japan's most ancient ritual sites and most sacred shrines, to prehistoric ceremonies still performed today, to local festivals and seasonal celebrations.

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Silk Road
(12 Volume Series)

Central Park Media 1990 VHS color 55 each

Credits:  NHK Series

Summary:  Journey thousands of miles from China to Rome, exploring the art, culture and history of Asia, on the fabled Silk Road linking Europe and China, traveled by Marco Polo. Twelve 55 minute video cassettes. 1) Silk Road 1: Glories of Ancient Chang-An 2) Silk Road 2: A Thousand Kilometers Beyond the Yellow River 3) Silk Road 3: The Art Gallery in the Desert 4) Silk Road 4: The Dark Castle 5) Silk Road 5: In Search of the Kingdom of Lou-Lan 6) Silk Road 6: Across the Taklamakan Desert 7) Silk Road 7: Khotan-Oasis of Silk and Jade 8) Silk Road 8: A Heat Wave Called Turfan 9) Silk Road 9: Through Tian Shan Mountains by Rail 10) Silk Road 10: Journey Into Music: South Through the Tian Shan Mountains 11) Silk Road 11: Where Horses Fly Like the Wind 12) Silk Road 12: Two Roads to the Pamirs.

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Silk Road 1: Glories of Ancient Chang-An

Central Park Media 1990 VHS color 55

Credits:  NHK Series

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Silk Road 2: A Thousand Kilometers Beyond the Yellow River

Central Park Media 1990 VHS color 55

Credits:  NHK Series

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Silk Road 3: The Art Gallery in the Desert

Central Park Media 1990 VHS color 55

Credits:  NHK Series

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Silk Road 4: The Dark Castle

Central Park Media 1990 VHS color 55

Credits:  NHK Series

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Silk Road 5: In Search of the Kingdom of Lou-Lan

Central Park Media 1990 VHS color 55

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Silk Road 6: Across the Taklamakan Desert

Central Park Media 1990 VHS color 55

Credits:  NHK Series

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Silk Road 7: Khotan-Oasis of Silk and Jade

Central Park Media 1990 VHS color 55

Credits:  NHK Series

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Silk Road 8: A Heat Wave Called Turfan

Central Park Media 1990 VHS color 55

Credits:  NHK Series

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Silk Road 9: Through Tian Shan Mountains by Rail

Central Park Media 1990 VHS color 55

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Silk Road 10: Journey Into Music: South Through the Tian Shan Mountains

Central Park Media 1990 VHS color 55

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Silk Road 11: Where Horses Fly Like the Wind

Central Park Media 1990 VHS color 55

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Silk Road 12: Two Roads to the Pamirs

Central Park Media 1990 VHS color 55

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Simple Good Time, A
(Journey into Japan)

Landmark Films 1988 VHS color 30

Credits:  Christopher McCullough

Summary:  Follows a group of Japanese factory workers on a weekend tour of the island of Kyushu.

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Small Business, A
(Faces of Japan - Program 10)

Intervoice  1986 VHS color 28

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

Summary:  A look at small business enterprises in Japan, the antithesis of the super-efficient giant corporations known around the world. At the mercy of even small fluctuations in the economy, these businesses struggle to survive in a highly competitive world. Transcript available.

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Snow Country
(Yukiguni)

Japan Society 1957 VHS b&w 134

Credits: Director: Shir˘ Toyoda; Screenplay: Toshio Yasumi. Cast Includes: Ryo Ikebe, Keiko Kishi, Akira Kubo, Hisaya Morishige, Chieko Naniwa, Maruo Tanaka, Kaoru Yachigusa.

Summary:  Adapted from Yasunari Kawabata's novel, the story of a love triangle between a Tokyo writer, a beautiful geisha, and her stepsister, set in a hot spring resort high in the snowy mountains. Study guide available. In Japanese, with English subtitles.

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* Society and the Individual
(Program 13 of Japan: the Changing Tradition)

GPN 1978 VHS color 28

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

Summary: Contrasts the traditional family unit with the modern family unit. Suggests that many modern Japanese find their chief group identity at their places of work with the modern business unit the chief successor to the traditional village and feudal domain as the focus of the group spirit.

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Spirits of the State: Japan's Yasukuni Shrine

Films for the Humanities and Sciences/td> 2005 DVD 28

Credits: Produced by John Nelson of USF.

Summary: Tokyoĺs Yasukuni shrine honors and venerates the spirits of Japanese soldiers and officersŚincluding convicted and executed war criminals. This program explores the history of the Shinto shrine, the complexity of its functions, and the controversies generated when political leaders appear there. Interviews with visitors, an inside look at the shrineĺs adjacent museum of war memorabilia, and a discussion of what has become known as ôstate Shintoö create a context in which reverence for the enshrined may be understood. A rare view of Japanese nationalism and the political use of religious traditions, Spirits of the State offers valuable insight into the continuing and contested legacies of World War II. Available in the U.S., Canada, Asia, Australia

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Story of Noriko, The
(Faces of Japan - Program 1)

Intervoice 1986 VHS color 28

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

Summary: A look at the conflicts and struggles faced by Noriko Ohtsuka, a young Japanese woman who is attempting to forge a career for herself despite the forces of traditions unchanged for centuries. Transcript available.

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*Story of a Prostitute
(Shunpu den)

Home Vision Cinema 1965 VHS b&w 96

Credits: Director: Seijun Suzuki; Screenplay: Hajime Takaiwa; Music: Naozumi Yamamoto; Cinematography: Kazue Nagatsuka. Cast Includes: Sokoto Kasai, Tamio Kawachi, Yumiko Nogawa, Shoichi Ozawa, Isao Tamagawa.

Summary: Harumi, a heart-broken woman, volunteers to become a prostitute serving soldiers on the Manchurian front in World War II. One of seven Ĺcomfort women' expected to meet the needs of a garrison of 1,000 men, Harumi is commandeered as the sole property of brutal commander Narita (Isao Tamagawa) but falls in love with the sensitive Mikami (Tamio Kawachi), Narita's direct subordinate. When Mikami deserts his post one night to go to Harumi and Chinese soldiers capture the base, both pay a terrible price for their passion. In Japanese with English subtitles. Reviews.

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Stray Dog
(Nora inu)

Facets Video 1949 VHS b&w 122

Credits: Director: Akira Kurosawa; Screenplay: Ryuzo Kikushima, Akira Kurosawa. Cast Includes: Keiko Awaji, Minoru Chiaki, Ishir˘ Honda, Isao Kimura, Toshir˘ Mifune, Haruo Nakajima, Noriko Sengoku, Takashi Shimura, Hajime Taniguchi, Reisaburo Yamamoto.

Summary: A murder mystery set in Tokyo in the late 40's. A rookie Detective, Murakami, loses his gun only to discover that it has fallen into the hands of a killer. In Japanese with English subtitles.

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Struggle & Success: The African American in Japan

Struggle & Success Film Library 1993 VHS color 87

Credits: Regge Life

Summary: A look at African Americans living and working in Japan. Contrary to the negative perceptions of most Americans, many African Americans profess to find Japanese culture overall more tolerant that American culture, and offer an enthusiastic and passionate endorsement of their adopted home.

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Sun's Burial, The
(Taiyo no hakaba)

New Yorker Video 1960 VHS color 87

Credits: Director: Nagisa Oshima; Screenplay: Toshir˘ Ishido, Nagisa Oshima. Cast Includes: Junzaburo Ban, Kamatari Fujiwara, Jun Hamamura, Bokuzen Hidari, Kayoko Honoo, Kyu Ito, Yusuke Kawazu, Tanie Kitabayashi, Asao Koike, Hosei Komatsu, Ichir˘ Nagai, Koji Nakahara, Eitar˘ Ozawa, Isao Sasaki, Kei Sato, Gen Shimizu, Kunie Tanaka, Kunie Tominaga, Matsuhiro Toura, Masahiko Tsugawa, Fumio Watanabe.

Summary: Probes the underworld of Osaka's biggest slum, a hellhole where teenage gangs, prostitutes, and an exquisitely cruel femme-fatale vie for control of the area's most profitable business - an illegal blood-selling operation that preys on impoverished dock workers all to eager to trade blood for booze money. In Japanese, with English subtitles.

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Sword and the Chrysanthemum, The
(Japan, Part 2)

MPI Video 1987 VHS color 60

Credits: WTTW-TV, Chicago and Central Independent Television. Hosted by Jane Seymour.

Summary: Examines what the West sees as an essential paradox in Japanese society - the Samurai warrior, who combines an appreciation of beauty and high culture with fighting aggression. Shows how the warrior tradition permeates everday Japanese life today, from rock gardens to the violence of comic books and television programs.

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Sword of Doom
(Dai-bosatsu toge)

Janus Films 1967 VHS b&w 120

Credits: Director:Kihachi Okamoto; Screenplay: Shinobu Hashimoto; Producer: Sanezumi Fujimoto, Masayuki Sato; Music: Masaru Sat˘; Cinematography: Hiroshi Murai. Cast Includes: Michiyo Aratama, Yuzo Kayama, Toshir˘ Mifune, Y˘ko Naito, Tatsuya Nakadai, Tadao Nakamaru, Ko Nishimura, Kei Sato, Eisei Amamoto.

Summary: A bloodthirsty samurai slices and chops his way from town to town, unfettered by any sense of honor. When the samurai comes to the town of a virtuous fencing teacher, the clash between the power of good against the forces of evil is waged to an ultraviolent climax. In Japanese with English subtitles. Reviews.

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*Tale of Genji, The

Films for the Humanities and Sciences 1993 VHS color 60

Credits:  Films for the Humanities and Sciences 

Summary: The Tale of Genji is one of world literature's earliest novels. Its author, Murasaki Shikibu, is surely the world's first woman novelist. This extraordinary beautiful program traces the plot through the panels of a series of illustrated handscrolls dating from the early 12th century. The program explains both Genji's adventures and the visual effects created by the paintings, decorated paper, and calligraphy of the scrolls, making accessible to Western audiences a formative work of Japanese culture and one of the milestones of world literature.

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Tampopo
(Dandelion)

Republic Pictures Home Video 1986 VHS color 114

Credits:  Director: Juzo Itami; Screenplay: Juzo Itami; Producer: Seigo Hosogoe, Juzo Itami, Yasushi Tamaoki; Music: Kunihiko Murai; Cinematography: Masaki Tamura. Cast Includes: Tsutomu Yamazaki, Nobuko Miyamoto, Koji Yakusho, Mario Abe, Yoriko Douguchi, Isao Hashizume, Mampei Ikeuchi, Toshimune Kato, Yoshi Kato, Fukumi Kuroda, Tsuguho Narita, Motoo Noguchi, Shuji Otaki, Yoshihei Saga, Kinzoh Sakura, Kuizo Sakura, Saburo Satoki, Setsuko Shino, Hitoshi Takagi, Choei Takahashi, Akio Tanaka, Masahiko Tsugawa, Ken Watanabe, Rikiya Yasuoka.

Summary: A satire about food, sex, American westerns and Japanese samurai films. Follows the life of a young widow who runs a small noodle restaurant in Tokyo, and yearns to make the perfect bowl of noodles. In Japanese, with English subtitles. Reviews.

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Taxing Woman, A
(Marusa no onna)

Fox/Lorber Home Video 1987 VHS color 127

Credits:  Director: Juzo Itami; Screenplay: Juzo Itami. Cast Includes: Masahiko Tsugawa, Shinsuke Ashida, Nobuko Miyamoto, Hideo Murota, Shuji Otaki, Tsutomu Yamazaki.

Summary: Ryoko, Tokyo's hardest working female tax inspector, meets her match in tax cheat extraordinaire Gondo, and the two embark on a madcap game of cat and mouse when she attempts to audit his highly lucrative chain of "love hotels." In Japanese, with English subtitles. Reviews.

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Taxing Woman Returns, A
(Marusa no onna II)

New Yorker Video 1988 VHS color 127

Credits:  Director: Juzo Itami; Screenplay: Juzo Itami. Cast Includes: Nobuko Miyamoto, Rentaro Mikuni, Masahiko Tsugawa, Tetsuro Tamba, Toru Masuoka, K˘ichi Ueda, Mansaku Fuwa, Takeya Nakamura, Kitaro.

Summary: Ryoko, Tokyo's hardest working female tax inspector, investigates a corrupt fundamentalist religious order led by the formidable Onizawa, who employs outrageious strongarm techniques to evict the tenants who stand in the way of a lucrative landgrab scheme. In Japanese, with English subtitles. Reviews.

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*Textured Lives: Stories from the Plantatations of Hawai'i

Japanese American National Museum 2010 DVD color 50

Credits: DVD Producer Akira Boch, Executive Producer John Esaki

Summary: A collection of stories that gives voice to the unknown tales and innumerable hardships of the early Japanese immigrants to Hawai'i.

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* Three Families
(Program 16 of Japan: the Changing Tradition)

GPN 1978 VHS color 28

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

Summary: Looks at contemporary Japanese life by following the daily routines of three different types of family--those of a farmer, a small independent businessman, and a middle-management worker in a small company.

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Throne of Blood
(Kumonosu-ju)

Media Home Entertainment 1957 VHS b&w 110

Credits: Director: Akira Kurosawa; Screenplay: Shinobu Hashimoto, Ryuzo Kikushima, Akira Kurosawa, Hideo Oguni; Producer: Akira Kurosawa, Sojiro Motoki; Music: Masaru Sat˘; Cinematography: Asakazu Nakai. Cast Includes: Toshir˘ Mifune, Isuzu Yamada, Minoru Chiaki, Takashi Shimura, Akira Kubo, Hiroshi Tachikawa, Chieko Naniwa, Takamaru Sasaki, Yoshio Tsuchiya, Isao Kimura.

Summary: Akira Kurosawa's acclaimed version of Shakespeare's "Macbeth," set in 16th century Japan. Interweaves the complexity and force of the original into the Japanese culture of the period, offering new insights within the timeless themes of greed and ambition. In Japanese, with English subtitles. Reviews.

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To Die, to Live : The Survivors of Hiroshima

Films Incorporated 1975 16mm color 60

Credits: British Broadcasting Corp.

Summary: Presents the thoughts and feelings of survivors of the 1945 atomic bombing of Hiroshima. Examines their guilt at being alive while their friends and families are dead, and the continuing effects of radiation exposure.

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Tokyo Drifter
(Tokyo nagaremono)

The Criterion Collection 1966 laser disk, color 83

Credits: Director: Seijun Suzuki; Screenplay: Yasunori Kawauchi. Cast Includes: Tsuyoshi Yoshida, Ryuji Kita, Hideaki Esumi, Eiji Go, Tamio Kawaji, Chieko Matsubara, Hideaki Nitani, Tetsuya Watari.

Summary: In this "free-jazz" ganster film, reformed killer "Phonex" Tetsu drifts around Japan, awaiting his own execution until he's called back to Tokyo to help battle a rival gang. In Japanese, with English subtitles. Reviews.

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Tokyo Olympiad: A Classic Documentary of the 1964 Olympics: Volume 1

Public Media Home Vision 1965 VHS color 85

Credits: Director: Kon Ichikawa; Writer: Natto Wada; Music: Toshiro Mayuzumi.

Summary: The Tokyo Olympiad's colorful pageantry and emotional intensity are captured by one of the world's finest directors. A celebration of Japan's post-war recovery and an artistic statement about athletic competition. Volume 1 features the opening ceremony, track and field, and gymnastics.In Japanese, with English subtitles.

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Tokyo Olympiad: A Classic Documentary of the 1964 Olympics: Volume 2

Public Media Home Vision 1965 VHS color 85

Credits: Director: Kon Ichikawa; Writer: Natto Wada; Music: Toshiro Mayuzumi.

Summary: The Tokyo Olympiad's colorful pageantry and emotional intensity are captured by one of the world's finest directors. A celebration of Japan's post-war recovery and an artistic statement about athletic competition. Volume 2 features swimming, soccer, the marathon, and closing ceremony. In Japanese, with English subtitles.

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*Tokyo Rhapsody

Kinema Kurabu 1936 VHS b&w 69

Credits: Director: Osamu Fushimizu

Summary: In Japanese, no subtitles.

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Tokyo Story
(Tokyo Monogatari)

New Yorker Video 1953 VHS b&w 139

Credits: Director: Yasujiro Ozu; Screenplay: K˘go Noda, Yasujiro Ozu. Cast Includes: Chishu Ryu, Chieko Higashiyama, Toru Abu, Junko Anan, Setsuko Hara, Ky˘ko Kagawa, Sachiko Mitani, Kuniko Miyake, Ky˘ko Mizuki, Mitsuhiro Mori, Zen Murase, Teruko Nagaoka, Nobuo Nakamura, Shir˘ Osaka, Mutsuko Sakura, Haruko Sugimura, Toyoko Takahashi, Hisao Toake, Yoshiko Togawa, Eijir˘ Tono, S˘ Yamamura.

Summary: A deceptively simple tale of an elderly couple who journey to Tokyo, where they are received less than enthusiastically by their grown-up children, until generational conflicts are momentarily stilled by death. In Japanese, with English subtitles. Reviews.

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Tokyo Trial, The : International Military Tribunal for the Far East
(3 Volumes)

Films for the Humanities and Sciences 1988 VHS b&w 279

Credits: Director: Masaki Kobayashi; Writers: Shun Inagaki, Kiyoshi Ogasawara, Ryu Yasutake.

Summary: An exhaustive history of Japan from the 1894 Sino-Japanese War through the International Military Tribunal for the Far East, which followed World War II. Extensive archival footage offers a detailed look at 20th century Japan, placing its affairs into the contest of other world events.

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Tora-san Goes to Vienna
(Otoko wa tsurai yo: Torajiro kokoro no tabiji)

Kino International Films 1990 VHS color 109

Credits: Director: Yoji Yamada; Screenplay: Yoshitaka Asama, Yoji Yamada. Cast Includes: Kiyoshi Atsumi, Chieko Baisho, Keiko Takeshita, Keiko Awaji, Akira Emoto, Gin Maeda, Masami Shimojoe, Chieko Misaki, Hidetaka Yoshioka, Hisao Dazai, Chishu Ryu.

Summary: The fifty-first chapter in the world's longest running film series finds the beloved tramp, Tora-san, accompanying a suicidal businessman on a vacation to Vienna.

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*Traffic Jam
(Jutai)

Water Bearer Films 1991 VHS color 108

Credits: Director: Mitsuo Kurotsuchi; Screenplay: Mitsuo Kurotsuchi, Mineyo Sato. Cast Includes: Kenichi Hagiwara, Hitomi Kuroki, Junko Takarada, Shingo Yuzawa, Emiko Azuma, Katsuo Nakamura, Eiji Okada.

Summary: On the New Year's holiday, a classic modern "salaried man" decides to take his family to visit his parents on an island about 300 miles away from Tokyo. To save on expenses, they travel by car. The normally eight hour trip goes awry when they become trapped in Japan's famous gridlock. The return to the island home becomes a modern day "Odyssey," Japanese style. Through a series of misadventures, they finally arrive but with only hours to spare before having to head home and face the "Traffic Jam" once again! In Japanese with English subtitles.

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*Tsuchi

Kinema Kurabu 1935 VHS b&w 88

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Summary: In Japanese, no subtitles.

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Ugetsu
(Ugetsu monogatari)

Embassy Home Video 1953 VHS b&w 96

Credits: Director: Kenji Mizoguchi; Screenplay: Matsutar˘ Kawaguchi, Yoshikata Yoda; Producer; Masaichi Nagata; Music: Fumio Hayasaka, Tamekichi Mochizuki, Ichir˘ Sait˘; Cinematography: Kazuo Miyagawa. Cast Includes: Masayuki Mori, Machiko Ky˘, Kinuyo Tanaka, Eitar˘ Ozawa, Ikio Sawamura, Mitsuko Mito, Kikue Mori, Ryosuke Kagawa, Eigore Onoe, Saburo Date, Sugisaku Aoyama, Reiko Kondo, Shozo Nanbu, Kozabuno Ramon, Ichir˘ Amano, Kichijiro Ueda, Teruko Omi, Keiko Koyanagi, Mitsusabur˘ Ramon, Kichijiro Tsuchida, Sugisaka Koyama.

Summary: Complex fable of the dangers of vanity and ambition, set during the civil wars of 16th century Japan. Two peasants abandon their families to seek their fortunes in the spoils of war. In attaining his goal, each man destroys his own life. In Japanese, with English subtitles. Reviews.

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Uncertain Harvest, An
(Faces of Japan - Program 21)

Intervoice 1986 VHS color 28

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

Summary: Looks at the uncertain future faced by rice farmers such as Masatoshi Sato of northern Japan's Akita prefecture. Despite generations of family farming, falling rice prices and rising expenses are forcing the traditional farmer to consider other options, notably to work away from home for the months that he is not absolutely needed on the farm. Transcript available.

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*Utau Yaji Kita

Kinema Kurabu 1937 VHS b&w 58

Credits: Takashi Okada, Osamu Fushimizu

Summary: In Japanese, no subtitles.