Nobuko Miyamoto

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A Taxing Woman (1987)

Ryoko Itakura is a government tax agent who has just landed a big promotion. Her first assignment is to catch wheeler-dealer Hideki Gondo. She has a tough job, since in Japan tax evasion is an art and Gondo is, in effect, Rembrandt.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Juzo Itami
CAST:  Nobuko Miyamoto  •  Tsutomu Yamazaki  •  Masahiko Tsugawa  •  Yasuo Daichi

Ryoko Itakura is a government tax agent who has just landed a big promotion. Her first assignment is to catch wheeler-dealer Hideki Gondo. She has a tough job, since in Japan tax evasion is an art and Gondo is, in effect, Rembrandt.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Juzo Itami
CAST:  Nobuko Miyamoto  •  Tsutomu Yamazaki  •  Masahiko Tsugawa  •  Yasuo Daichi

A Taxing Woman's Return (1988)

Ryoko Itakura returns as the government tax agent willing to tackle the toughest cases. This time she takes on a fanatical but lucrative religious cult run by a vile lecher.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Juzo Itami
CAST:  Nobuko Miyamoto  •  Masahiko Tsugawa  •  Tetsurō Tamba  •  Tôru Masuoka

Ryoko Itakura returns as the government tax agent willing to tackle the toughest cases. This time she takes on a fanatical but lucrative religious cult run by a vile lecher.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Juzo Itami
CAST:  Nobuko Miyamoto  •  Masahiko Tsugawa  •  Tetsurō Tamba  •  Tôru Masuoka

Tales of a Golden Geisha (1990)

The film stars two of Itami's regular actors, Nobuko Miyamoto as a geisha who brings luck to the men with whom she sleeps, and Masahiko Tsugawa as her unfaithful, sometimes partner. As well as showing her relationships with the man she loves and the men who employ ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Juzo Itami
CAST:  Nobuko Miyamoto  •  Masahiko Tsugawa  •  Hiroshi Ôkôchi  •  Ryūnosuke Kaneda

The film stars two of Itami's regular actors, Nobuko Miyamoto as a geisha who brings luck to the men with whom she sleeps, and Masahiko Tsugawa as her unfaithful, sometimes partner. As well as showing her relationships with the man she loves and the men who employ ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Juzo Itami
CAST:  Nobuko Miyamoto  •  Masahiko Tsugawa  •  Hiroshi Ôkôchi  •  Ryūnosuke Kaneda

The Last Dance (1993)

A successful Japanese movie director in his 60s becomes increasingly ill while working on his latest film. His family, friends, and doctor try to keep the secret of his terminal cancer from him, but it gradually becomes clear. Coming to terms with his own mortality ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Juzo Itami
CAST:  Rentaro Mikuni  •  Masahiko Tsugawa  •  Nobuko Miyamoto  •  Yoshiki Arizono

A successful Japanese movie director in his 60s becomes increasingly ill while working on his latest film. His family, friends, and doctor try to keep the secret of his terminal cancer from him, but it gradually becomes clear. Coming to terms with his own mortality ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Juzo Itami
CAST:  Rentaro Mikuni  •  Masahiko Tsugawa  •  Nobuko Miyamoto  •  Yoshiki Arizono

Tampopo (1985)

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A pair of truck drivers happen onto a decrepit roadside fast food stop selling ramen noodles. The widowed owner, Tampopo, begs them to help her turn her establishment into a paragon of the "art of noodle soup making".  (more)

DIRECTION:  Juzo Itami
CAST:  Tsutomu Yamazaki  •  Nobuko Miyamoto  •  Ken Watanabe  •  Koji Yakusho

A pair of truck drivers happen onto a decrepit roadside fast food stop selling ramen noodles. The widowed owner, Tampopo, begs them to help her turn her establishment into a paragon of the "art of noodle soup making".  (more)

DIRECTION:  Juzo Itami
CAST:  Tsutomu Yamazaki  •  Nobuko Miyamoto  •  Ken Watanabe  •  Koji Yakusho

The Funeral (1984)

At the beginning of the film the father-in-law of the protagonist dies unexpectedly of a heart attack. The remainder of the film is episodic, moving from one incident to another over the course of the three-day funeral, which is held (as is customary) in the home. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Juzo Itami
CAST:  Tsutomu Yamazaki  •  Nobuko Miyamoto  •  Kin Sugai  •  Hideji Ôtaki

At the beginning of the film the father-in-law of the protagonist dies unexpectedly of a heart attack. The remainder of the film is episodic, moving from one incident to another over the course of the three-day funeral, which is held (as is customary) in the home. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Juzo Itami
CAST:  Tsutomu Yamazaki  •  Nobuko Miyamoto  •  Kin Sugai  •  Hideji Ôtaki

Welcome Back, Mr. McDonald (1997)

A radio play is going to go on air at a Tokyo radio station. It is a weepy melodrama written by housewife Miyako, who is the winner of the competition run by the station. Suddenly, the hot-tempered lead actress Nokko decides she wants the name of her character to ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Koki Mitani
CAST:  Toshiaki Karasawa  •  Kyoka Suzuki  •  Keiko Toda  •  Masahiko Nishimura

A radio play is going to go on air at a Tokyo radio station. It is a weepy melodrama written by housewife Miyako, who is the winner of the competition run by the station. Suddenly, the hot-tempered lead actress Nokko decides she wants the name of her character to ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Koki Mitani
CAST:  Toshiaki Karasawa  •  Kyoka Suzuki  •  Keiko Toda  •  Masahiko Nishimura

Minbo: the Gentle Art of Japanese Extortion (1992)

A grand old Japanese hotel is trying to get a prestigious contract as the site of a summit meeting of important foreign officials. Unfortunately, this hotel is quite popular with the Yakuza (Japanese gangsters) and is a favorite target of theirs for extortion. They ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Juzo Itami
CAST:  Nobuko Miyamoto  •  Yasuo Daichi  •  Akira Takarada  •  Takehiro Murata

A grand old Japanese hotel is trying to get a prestigious contract as the site of a summit meeting of important foreign officials. Unfortunately, this hotel is quite popular with the Yakuza (Japanese gangsters) and is a favorite target of theirs for extortion. They ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Juzo Itami
CAST:  Nobuko Miyamoto  •  Yasuo Daichi  •  Akira Takarada  •  Takehiro Murata

A Quiet Life (1995)

Melodrama about the life of a mentally handicapped young man and his devoted sister after their famous novelist father and housewife mother go to Australia on a business trip.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Juzo Itami
CAST:  Masayuki Imai  •  Nobuko Miyamoto  •  Hinako Saeki  •  Atsuro Watabe

Melodrama about the life of a mentally handicapped young man and his devoted sister after their famous novelist father and housewife mother go to Australia on a business trip.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Juzo Itami
CAST:  Masayuki Imai  •  Nobuko Miyamoto  •  Hinako Saeki  •  Atsuro Watabe

Woman in Witness Protection (1997)

Biwako a star actress, is the sole witness to a grizzly murder. The cops persuade her to play the bait to catch the killers. Two veteran detectives are assigned to protect her at all times, and as the film progresses the guardians have no choice but to deal with ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Juzo Itami
CAST:  Nobuko Miyamoto  •  Masahiko Nishimura  •  Kazuya Takahashi  •  Masahiko Tsugawa

Biwako a star actress, is the sole witness to a grizzly murder. The cops persuade her to play the bait to catch the killers. Two veteran detectives are assigned to protect her at all times, and as the film progresses the guardians have no choice but to deal with ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Juzo Itami
CAST:  Nobuko Miyamoto  •  Masahiko Nishimura  •  Kazuya Takahashi  •  Masahiko Tsugawa

Tora-san's Shattered Romance (1971)

Torajiro becomes homesick during his travels after watching a television report about his hometown and meeting a young woman that reminds him of his sister Sakura. Meanwhile, a new tenant moves into Toraya restaurant.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Yoji Yamada
CAST:  Kiyoshi Atsumi  •  Chieko Baisho  •  Ayako Wakao  •  Gin Maeda

Torajiro becomes homesick during his travels after watching a television report about his hometown and meeting a young woman that reminds him of his sister Sakura. Meanwhile, a new tenant moves into Toraya restaurant.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Yoji Yamada
CAST:  Kiyoshi Atsumi  •  Chieko Baisho  •  Ayako Wakao  •  Gin Maeda

Deaths in Tokimeki (1984)

Deaths in Tokimeki tells the disturbing, compulsive story of a hit-man waiting to carry out a job: the assassination of the leader of a religious cult, masterminded by the leader's own deputy. But it is a story that is told in blocks, like the phrases in a child's ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Yoshimitsu Morita
CAST:  Kenji Sawada  •  Kanako Higuchi  •  Naoki Sugiura  •  Haruko Kato

Deaths in Tokimeki tells the disturbing, compulsive story of a hit-man waiting to carry out a job: the assassination of the leader of a religious cult, masterminded by the leader's own deputy. But it is a story that is told in blocks, like the phrases in a child's ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Yoshimitsu Morita
CAST:  Kenji Sawada  •  Kanako Higuchi  •  Naoki Sugiura  •  Haruko Kato

Four Seasons: Natsuko (1980)

Natsuko is a woman of 20 who feels entrapped in her long-running relationship with another man—she wants out of a "nowhere" life and into something better. To that end, she hooks up with a photographer and poses for him in the nude—if only to break away from her ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Yōichi Higashi
CAST:  Yoko Aki  •  Akiko Kana  •  Hitomi Kageyama  •  Setsuko Karasuma

Natsuko is a woman of 20 who feels entrapped in her long-running relationship with another man—she wants out of a "nowhere" life and into something better. To that end, she hooks up with a photographer and poses for him in the nude—if only to break away from her ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Yōichi Higashi
CAST:  Yoko Aki  •  Akiko Kana  •  Hitomi Kageyama  •  Setsuko Karasuma

Buddies (1989)

Based on a celebrated book by Kuniko Mukoda, this film directed by Yasuo Furuhata tells of a close friendship undone by love....  (more)

DIRECTION:  Yasuo Furuhata
CAST:  Ken Takakura  •  Eiji Bandô  •  Sumiko Fuji  •  Yasuko Tomita

Based on a celebrated book by Kuniko Mukoda, this film directed by Yasuo Furuhata tells of a close friendship undone by love....  (more)

DIRECTION:  Yasuo Furuhata
CAST:  Ken Takakura  •  Eiji Bandô  •  Sumiko Fuji  •  Yasuko Tomita

Sweet Home (1989)

A TV production crew are making a documentary about the infamous painter Mamiya Ichiro. When they start filming at his old home, they come under attack from the ghost of the painter's wife.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kiyoshi Kurosawa
CAST:  Nobuko Miyamoto  •  Shingo Yamashiro  •  Tsutomu Yamazaki  •  Fukumi Kuroda

A TV production crew are making a documentary about the infamous painter Mamiya Ichiro. When they start filming at his old home, they come under attack from the ghost of the painter's wife.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kiyoshi Kurosawa
CAST:  Nobuko Miyamoto  •  Shingo Yamashiro  •  Tsutomu Yamazaki  •  Fukumi Kuroda

Hankyu Railways - A 15-Minute Miracle (2011)

"Hankyu Densha" follows the lives of various people who commute on Hankyu Railway's Imazu Line - connecting the cities of Nishinomiya and Takarazuka in Hyogo prefecture. One of the commuters is Shoko (Miki Nakatani), an office worker in her 30s who lost her ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Yoshishige Miyake
CAST:  Erika Toda  •  Miki Nakatani  •  Nobuko Miyamoto  •  Kaho Minami

"Hankyu Densha" follows the lives of various people who commute on Hankyu Railway's Imazu Line - connecting the cities of Nishinomiya and Takarazuka in Hyogo prefecture. One of the commuters is Shoko (Miki Nakatani), an office worker in her 30s who lost her ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Yoshishige Miyake
CAST:  Erika Toda  •  Miki Nakatani  •  Nobuko Miyamoto  •  Kaho Minami

Scrap Collectors (1968)

Based on a story by Akiyuki Nosaka.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tomotaka Tasaka
CAST:  Kiyoshi Atsumi  •  Shoichi Ozawa  •  Shigeru Tsuyuguchi  •  Etsuko Nami

Based on a story by Akiyuki Nosaka.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tomotaka Tasaka
CAST:  Kiyoshi Atsumi  •  Shoichi Ozawa  •  Shigeru Tsuyuguchi  •  Etsuko Nami

Isoroku Yamamoto, the Commander-in-Chief of the Combined Fleet (2011)

Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto (1884-1943) was the Japanese Naval commander who was given the order to attack Pearl Harbour, an order he was duty bound to obey which went against his own personal beliefs. While this infamous attack is a low point in Japanese and US ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Izuru Narushima
CAST:  Koji Yakusho  •  Hiroshi Abe  •  Akira Emoto  •  Hiroshi Tamaki

Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto (1884-1943) was the Japanese Naval commander who was given the order to attack Pearl Harbour, an order he was duty bound to obey which went against his own personal beliefs. While this infamous attack is a low point in Japanese and US ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Izuru Narushima
CAST:  Koji Yakusho  •  Hiroshi Abe  •  Akira Emoto  •  Hiroshi Tamaki

The Tale of the Princess Kaguya (2013)

Found inside a shining stalk of bamboo by an old bamboo cutter and his wife, a tiny girl grows rapidly into an exquisite young lady. The mysterious young princess enthralls all who encounter her - but ultimately she must confront her fate, the punishment for her crime.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Isao Takahata
CAST:  Aki Asakura  •  Kengo Kora  •  Nobuko Miyamoto  •  Atsuko Takahata

Found inside a shining stalk of bamboo by an old bamboo cutter and his wife, a tiny girl grows rapidly into an exquisite young lady. The mysterious young princess enthralls all who encounter her - but ultimately she must confront her fate, the punishment for her crime.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Isao Takahata
CAST:  Aki Asakura  •  Kengo Kora  •  Nobuko Miyamoto  •  Atsuko Takahata

Fancy Dance (1989)

Yohei, a punk rocker, becomes a Buddhist monk in order to inherit a mountain temple. Though initially rebelling against the tough monastic discipline, he learns to adjust. Then his girlfriend shows up, enticing him to return to his rock 'n' roll roots.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Masayuki Suo
CAST:  Masahiro Motoki  •  Honami Suzuki  •  Ken Osawa  •  Hiromasa Taguchi

Yohei, a punk rocker, becomes a Buddhist monk in order to inherit a mountain temple. Though initially rebelling against the tough monastic discipline, he learns to adjust. Then his girlfriend shows up, enticing him to return to his rock 'n' roll roots.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Masayuki Suo
CAST:  Masahiro Motoki  •  Honami Suzuki  •  Ken Osawa  •  Hiromasa Taguchi
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