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Seven Samurai
One of the most thrilling movie epics of all time, SEVEN SAMURAI (Shichinin no samurai) tells the story of a sixteenth-century village whose desperate inhabitants hire the eponymous warriors to protect them from invading bandits. This three-hour ride from Akira…
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Rashomon
A riveting psychological thriller that investigates the nature of truth and the meaning of justice, Rashomon is widely considered one of the greatest films ever made. Four people give different accounts of a man's murder and the rape of his…
A Letter to Momo - Momo e no tegami
From the creators of Ghost in the Shell comes a wonderfully expressive and beautifully hand-drawn animated tale that combines bursts of whimsy and kinetic humor with deeply felt emotion and drama. The last time Momo saw her father they had…
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Ikiru
Considered by some to be Akira Kurosawa's greatest achievement, IKIRU presents the director at his most compassionate--affirming life through an exploration of a man's death. Takashi Shimura portrays Kanji Watanabe, an aging bureaucrat with stomach cancer forced to strip the…
Ugetsu
"Quite simply one of the greatest of filmmakers," said Jean-Luc Godard of Kenji Mizoguchi. And Ugetsu, a ghost story like no other, is surely the Japanese director's supreme achievement. Derived from stories by Akinari Ueda and Guy de Maupassant, this…
Patema Inverted - Sakasama no Patema
From visionary director Yasuhiro Yoshiura ( Time of Eve ) comes PATEMA INVERTED, a perspective-twisting sci-fi adventure about two kids separated by opposite gravities. Patema lives in an underground world of tunnels, the long-abandoned ruins of a giant industrial complex.…
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Yojimbo
The incomparable Toshiro Mifune stars in Akira Kurosawa's visually stunning and darkly comic Yojimbo. To rid a terror-stricken village of corruption, wily masterless samurai Sanjuro turns a range war between two evil clans to his own advantage. Remade twice, by…
In the Realm of the Senses
Still censored in its own country, IN THE REALM OF THE SENSES (Ai no corrida), by Japanese director Nagisa Oshima, remains one of the most controversial films of all time. A graphic portrayal of insatiable sexual desire, Oshima's film, set…
Welcome to the Space Show - Uchû shô e yôkoso
With an intergalactic cast of thousands, Koji Masunari's colorfully explosive debut feature sets a new high for visual spectacle and sheer inventiveness of character design - in what has to be one of the most gleefully surreal depictions of alien…
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Throne of Blood
A vivid, visceral Macbeth adaptation, Throne of Blood, directed by Akira Kurosawa, sets Shakespeare's definitive tale of ambition and duplicity in a ghostly, fog-enshrouded landscape in feudal Japan. As a hardened warrior who rises savagely to power, Toshiro Mifune gives…
Harmonium - Fuchi ni tatsu
With his highly perceptive attention to character, director Koji Fukada creates this explosive family drama. Intended as a companion piece to the black comedy HOSPITALITE, HARMONIUM returns to the domestic sphere as it captures the collapse of a seemingly ordinary…
Fireworks - Hana-bi
From visionary director Takeshi Kitano, comes the story of Nishi, a beleaguered Japanese police officer. His wife, Miyuki, is suffering from leukemia, and his partner, Horibe, is paralyzed after gangsters violently attacked him. Nishi is fed up, and wants to…
Uzumasa Limelight - Uzumasa raimuraito
Uzumasa, Japan's Hollywood, has produced many beloved jidaigeki period films, but would not be the same without the kirareyaku, actors who never see the limelight. This story of the end of their era is told with melancholy and soul. Winner…
Belladonna of Sadness - Kanashimi no Beradonna
After being banished from her village, a peasant woman makes a pact with the devil to gain magical ability. A classic-animated gem from Japan adapted from the novel, Belladonna by Jules Michelet, the story concerns a love affair taking place…
Floating Weeds
In 1959, Yasujiro Ozu remade his 1934 silent classic A Story of Floating Weeds in color with the celebrated cinematographer Kazuo Miyagawa (Rashomon, Ugetsu). Setting this later version in a seaside location, Ozu otherwise preserves the details of his elegantly…
Quill: The Life of A Guide Dog
The documentary-like story of a yellow Labrador Retriever guide dog for the blind named Quill. We follow Quill from the litter, his selection to become a guide, his life with a foster family until his first birthday, followed by highly…
Tokyo Drifter
In this jazzy gangster film, reformed killer Tetsu's attempt to go straight is thwarted when his former cohorts call him back to Tokyo to help battle a rival gang. Director Seijun Suzuki's onslaught of stylized violence and trippy colors is…
Wolf Guy - Urufu gai: Moero ôkami-otoko
One of the rarest and most sought-after cult films produced by Japan's Toei Studio, WOLF GUY is a bonkers mix of ultra-1970's style, horror, action and sci-fi. Shinichi "Sonny" Chiba ( Kill Bill, The Shogun's Samurai ) is a martial…
After The Storm - Umi yori mo mada fukaku
A struggling novelist, now working as a private detective under the pretense of doing research, attempts to reconcile with his aging mother, ex-wife and 11-year-old son. As a typhoon passes, they end up spending the night together in his mother's…
High and Low
Toshiro Mifune is unforgettable as Kingo Gondo, a wealthy industrialist whose family becomes the target of a cold-blooded kidnapper in HIGH AND LOW (Tengoku to jigoku), the highly influential domestic drama and police procedural from director Akira Kurosawa. Adapting Ed…