Juzo Itami

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Jūzō Itami ( May 15, 1933 – December 20, 1997), was an actor and (later) a popular modern Japanese film director. Many critics came to regard him as Japan's greatest director since Akira Kurosawa. His 10 movies, all of which he wrote himself, are comic satires on elements of Japanese culture. Description above from the Wikipedia article Jūzō Itami, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.  

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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 Family Game (1983)

A sendup of the stereo-typical Japanese family: dad is a salaryman jerk, unable to relate to anyone; mom is a hopeless housewife; the older son is a moderate academic success; but the younger son is a rebellious goof-off for whom a tutor must be hired. The tutor, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Yoshimitsu Morita
CAST:  Juzo Itami  •  Saori Yuki  •  Ichirôta Miyakawa  •  Kazuko Shirakawa

A sendup of the stereo-typical Japanese family: dad is a salaryman jerk, unable to relate to anyone; mom is a hopeless housewife; the older son is a moderate academic success; but the younger son is a rebellious goof-off for whom a tutor must be hired. The tutor, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Yoshimitsu Morita
CAST:  Juzo Itami  •  Saori Yuki  •  Ichirôta Miyakawa  •  Kazuko Shirakawa

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

The Makioka Sisters (1983)

This sensuously beautiful film chronicles the activities of four sisters who gather in Kyoto every year to view the cherry blossoms. It paints a vivid portrait of the pre-war lifestyle of the wealthy Makioka family from Osaka, and draws a parallel between their ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kon Ichikawa
CAST:  Keiko Kishi  •  Yoshiko Sakuma  •  Sayuri Yoshinaga  •  Yūko Kotegawa

This sensuously beautiful film chronicles the activities of four sisters who gather in Kyoto every year to view the cherry blossoms. It paints a vivid portrait of the pre-war lifestyle of the wealthy Makioka family from Osaka, and draws a parallel between their ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kon Ichikawa
CAST:  Keiko Kishi  •  Yoshiko Sakuma  •  Sayuri Yoshinaga  •  Yūko Kotegawa

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

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

Grass Labyrinth (1979)

In this 40-minute avant-garde film based on a story by the surrealist writer Kyoka Izumi, director Shuji Terayama uses the pretext of a young man’s determination to recover the lyrics and music to a song he loved in his childhood in an exploration of widely variant ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Shūji Terayama
CAST:  Hiroshi Mikami  •  Takeshi Wakamatsu  •  Keiko Niitaka  •  Juzo Itami

In this 40-minute avant-garde film based on a story by the surrealist writer Kyoka Izumi, director Shuji Terayama uses the pretext of a young man’s determination to recover the lyrics and music to a song he loved in his childhood in an exploration of widely variant ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Shūji Terayama
CAST:  Hiroshi Mikami  •  Takeshi Wakamatsu  •  Keiko Niitaka  •  Juzo Itami

No More Easy Life (1979)

Mariko is living the life of a typical Japanese college student in the 70's, spending far more of her time balancing boyfriends and part-time jobs than on her schoolwork. She finds herself torn between a former boyfriend who's the tough, insensitive-but-sexy, type, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Yōichi Higashi
CAST:  Kaori Momoi  •  Eiji Okuda  •  Leo Morimoto  •  Juzo Itami

Mariko is living the life of a typical Japanese college student in the 70's, spending far more of her time balancing boyfriends and part-time jobs than on her schoolwork. She finds herself torn between a former boyfriend who's the tough, insensitive-but-sexy, type, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Yōichi Higashi
CAST:  Kaori Momoi  •  Eiji Okuda  •  Leo Morimoto  •  Juzo Itami

Choji Snack Bar (1983)

Eiji, also known as Choji, quits the shipyard to start Izakaya [Snack Bar] Choji with his wife Shigeko on the outskirts of Hakodate. Eiji once had a girlfriend by the name of Sayo, but she is supposed to be happily married to a pasture owner in the countryside. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Yasuo Furuhata
CAST:  Ken Takakura  •  Reiko Ôhara  •  Tokiko Katô  •  Kunie Tanaka

Eiji, also known as Choji, quits the shipyard to start Izakaya [Snack Bar] Choji with his wife Shigeko on the outskirts of Hakodate. Eiji once had a girlfriend by the name of Sayo, but she is supposed to be happily married to a pasture owner in the countryside. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Yasuo Furuhata
CAST:  Ken Takakura  •  Reiko Ôhara  •  Tokiko Katô  •  Kunie Tanaka

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

The Flame of Devotion (1964)

The tragic tale of Kiyono, a young woman from the mountain who fell in love with Takuji, a fisherman's son, and her devotion to him during a time of war.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Koreyoshi Kurahara
CAST:  Ruriko Asaoka  •  Izumi Ashikawa  •  Juzo Itami  •  Daizaburo Hirata

The tragic tale of Kiyono, a young woman from the mountain who fell in love with Takuji, a fisherman's son, and her devotion to him during a time of war.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Koreyoshi Kurahara
CAST:  Ruriko Asaoka  •  Izumi Ashikawa  •  Juzo Itami  •  Daizaburo Hirata

Rubber Band Pistol (1962)

A short film from Jûzô Itami.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Juzo Itami
CAST:  Akira Ichimura  •  Juzo Itami  •  Reiko Taka  •  Seigo Harada

A short film from Jûzô Itami.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Juzo Itami
CAST:  Akira Ichimura  •  Juzo Itami  •  Reiko Taka  •  Seigo Harada

Ten Black Women (1961)

Kaze is a philandering TV producer. His wife and nine of his mistresses conspire to kill him. However each woman would rather keep him alive, as long as she was the only woman in his life.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kon Ichikawa
CAST:  Fujiko Yamamoto  •  Keiko Kishi  •  Tamao Nakamura  •  Kyōko Kishida

Kaze is a philandering TV producer. His wife and nine of his mistresses conspire to kill him. However each woman would rather keep him alive, as long as she was the only woman in his life.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kon Ichikawa
CAST:  Fujiko Yamamoto  •  Keiko Kishi  •  Tamao Nakamura  •  Kyōko Kishida

Bumpkin Soup (1985)

A country girl visits a college in Tokyo in search of her high school band heartthrob. In the course of finding him, she runs into various odd inhabitants of the college campus--a constantly horny coed, a psychology professor in search of the theory of shame, and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kiyoshi Kurosawa
CAST:  Usagi Asô  •  Yoriko Douguchi  •  Juzo Itami  •  Kensô Katô

A country girl visits a college in Tokyo in search of her high school band heartthrob. In the course of finding him, she runs into various odd inhabitants of the college campus--a constantly horny coed, a psychology professor in search of the theory of shame, and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kiyoshi Kurosawa
CAST:  Usagi Asô  •  Yoriko Douguchi  •  Juzo Itami  •  Kensô Katô
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