Shigeru Kōyama

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Diary of Early Winter Shower (1998)

Takanosuke Ushio and Tae Horikawa are unable to forget each other, even though they met and fell in love 20 years ago. They had promised each other that they would build a retreat in Shiguretei, but Ushio was hospitalized after a stroke a few days later, and when ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Shinichirô Sawai
CAST:  Sayuri Yoshinaga  •  Tetsuya Watari  •  Ryûzô Hayashi  •  Tomomi Satô

Takanosuke Ushio and Tae Horikawa are unable to forget each other, even though they met and fell in love 20 years ago. They had promised each other that they would build a retreat in Shiguretei, but Ushio was hospitalized after a stroke a few days later, and when ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Shinichirô Sawai
CAST:  Sayuri Yoshinaga  •  Tetsuya Watari  •  Ryûzô Hayashi  •  Tomomi Satô

Black Rain (1989)

Two New York cops get involved in a gang war between members of the Yakuza, the Japanese Mafia. They arrest one of their killers and are ordered to escort him back to Japan. However, in Japan he manages to escape, and as they try to track him down, they get deeper ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ridley Scott
CAST:  Michael Douglas  •  Andy García  •  Kate Capshaw  •  Shigeru Kōyama

Two New York cops get involved in a gang war between members of the Yakuza, the Japanese Mafia. They arrest one of their killers and are ordered to escort him back to Japan. However, in Japan he manages to escape, and as they try to track him down, they get deeper ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ridley Scott
CAST:  Michael Douglas  •  Andy García  •  Kate Capshaw  •  Shigeru Kōyama

Kill! (1968)

A pair of down-on-their-luck swordsmen arrive in a dusty, windblown town, where they become involved in a local clan dispute. One, previously a farmer, longs to become a noble samurai. The other, a former samurai haunted by his past, prefers living anonymously with ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kihachi Okamoto
CAST:  Tatsuya Nakadai  •  Etsushi Takahashi  •  Yuriko Hoshi  •  Tadao Nakamaru

A pair of down-on-their-luck swordsmen arrive in a dusty, windblown town, where they become involved in a local clan dispute. One, previously a farmer, longs to become a noble samurai. The other, a former samurai haunted by his past, prefers living anonymously with ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kihachi Okamoto
CAST:  Tatsuya Nakadai  •  Etsushi Takahashi  •  Yuriko Hoshi  •  Tadao Nakamaru

Kwaidan (1964)

Taking its title from an archaic Japanese word meaning "ghost story," this anthology adapts four folk tales. A penniless samurai marries for money with tragic results. A man stranded in a blizzard is saved by Yuki the Snow Maiden, but his rescue comes at a cost. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Masaki Kobayashi
CAST:  Michiyo Aratama  •  Misako Watanabe  •  Rentaro Mikuni  •  Kenjirō Ishiyama

Taking its title from an archaic Japanese word meaning "ghost story," this anthology adapts four folk tales. A penniless samurai marries for money with tragic results. A man stranded in a blizzard is saved by Yuki the Snow Maiden, but his rescue comes at a cost. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Masaki Kobayashi
CAST:  Michiyo Aratama  •  Misako Watanabe  •  Rentaro Mikuni  •  Kenjirō Ishiyama

Samurai Rebellion (1967)

Toshiro Mifune stars as Isaburo Sasahara, an aging swordsman living a quiet life until his clan lord orders that his son marry the lord's mistress, who has recently displeased the ruler. Reluctantly, father and son take in the woman, and, to the family’s surprise, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Masaki Kobayashi
CAST:  Toshirō Mifune  •  Yôko Tsukasa  •  Gō Katō  •  Tatsuyoshi Ehara

Toshiro Mifune stars as Isaburo Sasahara, an aging swordsman living a quiet life until his clan lord orders that his son marry the lord's mistress, who has recently displeased the ruler. Reluctantly, father and son take in the woman, and, to the family’s surprise, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Masaki Kobayashi
CAST:  Toshirō Mifune  •  Yôko Tsukasa  •  Gō Katō  •  Tatsuyoshi Ehara

The Man Who Stole the Sun (1979)

A high school science teacher is the butt of all his students' jokes, until their bus is hijacked on a school trip. But something more sinister lurks beneath the surface: he's building an atomic bomb in his apartment.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kazuhiko Hasegawa
CAST:  Bunta Sugawara  •  Kenji Sawada  •  Kimiko Ikegami  •  Kazuo Kitamura

A high school science teacher is the butt of all his students' jokes, until their bus is hijacked on a school trip. But something more sinister lurks beneath the surface: he's building an atomic bomb in his apartment.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kazuhiko Hasegawa
CAST:  Bunta Sugawara  •  Kenji Sawada  •  Kimiko Ikegami  •  Kazuo Kitamura

Bayside Shakedown (1998)

Aoshima, a police detective working in the Bayside Precinct, is continually frustrated by the hierarchy and red tape that plague the system. His friend Muroi is climbing the ladder of the police bureaucracy. Muroi has made a pact with Aoshima that while Aoshima ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Katsuyuki Motohiro
CAST:  Yuji Oda  •  Eri Fukatsu  •  Toshirō Yanagiba  •  Miki Mizuno

Aoshima, a police detective working in the Bayside Precinct, is continually frustrated by the hierarchy and red tape that plague the system. His friend Muroi is climbing the ladder of the police bureaucracy. Muroi has made a pact with Aoshima that while Aoshima ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Katsuyuki Motohiro
CAST:  Yuji Oda  •  Eri Fukatsu  •  Toshirō Yanagiba  •  Miki Mizuno

I Am a Cat (1975)

Nakadai is an English teacher at a local school. He’s put-upon like the patron figure of dozens of films and televisions shows. Viewers who are especially fans of Nakadai will appreciate how the actor comically rants about here. His home life is almost disastrous, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kon Ichikawa
CAST:  Tatsuya Nakadai  •  Eiji Okada  •  Yoko Shimada  •  Tonpei Hidari

Nakadai is an English teacher at a local school. He’s put-upon like the patron figure of dozens of films and televisions shows. Viewers who are especially fans of Nakadai will appreciate how the actor comically rants about here. His home life is almost disastrous, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kon Ichikawa
CAST:  Tatsuya Nakadai  •  Eiji Okada  •  Yoko Shimada  •  Tonpei Hidari

The Unbroken (2009)

A drama based on the 1985 plane crash that caused 520 deaths, the worst aviation event in Japanese history.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Setsurô Wakamatsu
CAST:  Ken Watanabe  •  Kyoka Suzuki  •  Mitsuko Kusabue  •  Takashi Kashiwabara

A drama based on the 1985 plane crash that caused 520 deaths, the worst aviation event in Japanese history.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Setsurô Wakamatsu
CAST:  Ken Watanabe  •  Kyoka Suzuki  •  Mitsuko Kusabue  •  Takashi Kashiwabara

The Sea and Poison (1986)

Downed American fliers in WW II are vivisected by Japanese surgeons in medical experiments.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kei Kumai
CAST:  Eiji Okuda  •  Ken Watanabe  •  Takahiro Tamura  •  Kyōko Kishida

Downed American fliers in WW II are vivisected by Japanese surgeons in medical experiments.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kei Kumai
CAST:  Eiji Okuda  •  Ken Watanabe  •  Takahiro Tamura  •  Kyōko Kishida

Bloom in the Moonlight "The Story of Rentaro Taki" (1993)

A dying pianist composes one final song for his childhood friend.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Shinichirô Sawai
CAST:  Toru Kazama  •  Isako Washio  •  Ryo Amamiya  •  Miki Fujitani

A dying pianist composes one final song for his childhood friend.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Shinichirô Sawai
CAST:  Toru Kazama  •  Isako Washio  •  Ryo Amamiya  •  Miki Fujitani

The Creature Called Man (1970)

A top police-guard, charged with protecting a visiting politician and ruthless dictator, contends with an assassin set to kill the man.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kiyoshi Nishimura
CAST:  Yûzô Kayama  •  Jirō Tamiya  •  Mariko Kaga  •  Nobuo Nakamura

A top police-guard, charged with protecting a visiting politician and ruthless dictator, contends with an assassin set to kill the man.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kiyoshi Nishimura
CAST:  Yûzô Kayama  •  Jirō Tamiya  •  Mariko Kaga  •  Nobuo Nakamura

Good-bye Moscow (1968)

Ex-jazz pianist turned promoter finds he is successful, but empty. When an entrepreneur sends him to Moscow with a jazz combo, he falls in with the dissident youth of the city, and again finds life empty.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Hiromichi Horikawa
CAST:  Yûzô Kayama  •  Toshiko Morita  •  Yoko Nogiwa  •  Akimi Fuji

Ex-jazz pianist turned promoter finds he is successful, but empty. When an entrepreneur sends him to Moscow with a jazz combo, he falls in with the dissident youth of the city, and again finds life empty.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Hiromichi Horikawa
CAST:  Yûzô Kayama  •  Toshiko Morita  •  Yoko Nogiwa  •  Akimi Fuji

Noh Mask Murders (1991)

The patriarch of a bickering family announces his retirement, stirring competition about who will succeed him as a leading practitioner of Noh theater, his granddaughter or grandson.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kon Ichikawa
CAST:  Takaaki Enoki  •  Takeshi Kusaka  •  Kôji Ishizaka  •  Naomi Zaizen

The patriarch of a bickering family announces his retirement, stirring competition about who will succeed him as a leading practitioner of Noh theater, his granddaughter or grandson.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kon Ichikawa
CAST:  Takaaki Enoki  •  Takeshi Kusaka  •  Kôji Ishizaka  •  Naomi Zaizen

Akitsu Springs (1962)

Yoshida’s first big-budget production and colour film is a haunting tale of unrequited love and postwar disillusion. The story of the fatal attraction between a spineless intellectual and a strong woman is conventional, but its enactment is radically new.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Yoshishige Yoshida
CAST:  Mariko Okada  •  Hiroyuki Nagato  •  Sō Yamamura  •  Jūkichi Uno

Yoshida’s first big-budget production and colour film is a haunting tale of unrequited love and postwar disillusion. The story of the fatal attraction between a spineless intellectual and a strong woman is conventional, but its enactment is radically new.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Yoshishige Yoshida
CAST:  Mariko Okada  •  Hiroyuki Nagato  •  Sō Yamamura  •  Jūkichi Uno

The Imperial Navy (1981)

A lavish retelling of the true story of the final voyage and ultimate destruction and sinking of the battleship Yamato, Japan's greatest flagship during the Second World War.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Shûe Matsubayashi
CAST:  Susumu Fujita  •  Toshiyuki Nagashima  •  Hiroshi Hasegawa  •  Kenichi Kaneda

A lavish retelling of the true story of the final voyage and ultimate destruction and sinking of the battleship Yamato, Japan's greatest flagship during the Second World War.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Shûe Matsubayashi
CAST:  Susumu Fujita  •  Toshiyuki Nagashima  •  Hiroshi Hasegawa  •  Kenichi Kaneda

Solar Eclipse (1975)

When bribe money from a rigged election funnels into a dam construction project, collusion, lust, greed and even murder are on the ballot.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Satsuo Yamamoto
CAST:  Tatsuya Nakadai  •  Jūkichi Uno  •  Rentaro Mikuni  •  Kō Nishimura

When bribe money from a rigged election funnels into a dam construction project, collusion, lust, greed and even murder are on the ballot.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Satsuo Yamamoto
CAST:  Tatsuya Nakadai  •  Jūkichi Uno  •  Rentaro Mikuni  •  Kō Nishimura

Yakuza Ladies Revisited 2 (1993)

Recently released from prison for a murder sentence, a yakuza boss's wife leaves Hong Kong for a fresh start, but a betrayal leads to her return.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kōsaku Yamashita
CAST:  Shima Iwashita  •  Rino Katase  •  Kinya Kitaoji  •  Masao Kusakari

Recently released from prison for a murder sentence, a yakuza boss's wife leaves Hong Kong for a fresh start, but a betrayal leads to her return.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kōsaku Yamashita
CAST:  Shima Iwashita  •  Rino Katase  •  Kinya Kitaoji  •  Masao Kusakari

Estate Inheritance (1990)

The unexpected death of Fujishima Motoharu, president of a medium-sized firm, triggers a fierce battle over his estate inheritance among family members.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Yasuo Furuhata
CAST:  Yoshiko Sakuma  •  Masumi Miyazaki  •  Makoto Nonomura  •  Toshinori Omi

The unexpected death of Fujishima Motoharu, president of a medium-sized firm, triggers a fierce battle over his estate inheritance among family members.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Yasuo Furuhata
CAST:  Yoshiko Sakuma  •  Masumi Miyazaki  •  Makoto Nonomura  •  Toshinori Omi

Sweet Revenge (1977)

Masao is falsely accused and jailed for the murder of a loanshark to whom he owed a lot of money. His sister Kiriko makes the long trip to Tokyo, specifically to accost Otsuka, Japan's top criminal defence lawyer, and plead with him to take her brother's case. They ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Katsumi Nishikawa
CAST:  Momoe Yamaguchi  •  Tomokazu Miura  •  Yûsuke Natsu  •  Shigeru Kōyama

Masao is falsely accused and jailed for the murder of a loanshark to whom he owed a lot of money. His sister Kiriko makes the long trip to Tokyo, specifically to accost Otsuka, Japan's top criminal defence lawyer, and plead with him to take her brother's case. They ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Katsumi Nishikawa
CAST:  Momoe Yamaguchi  •  Tomokazu Miura  •  Yûsuke Natsu  •  Shigeru Kōyama
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