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A SPECTACULAR SHOWDOWN
(Ketto Suikoden Dotou no Taiketsu)

One of the great stories from Japan's rich history comes to life in this true tale of the bloody showdown between two rival yakuza gangs in the 1830's. The battle between Boss Sukegoro of Iioka and Boss Shigezo of Sasagawa has been portrayed many times, most notably in the first Zatoichi film, where the blind man befriends the tubercular ronin Hirate Miki, before cutting him down in one of the great duels in cinema history. This version stays much closer to the true story and and one of the most exciting finales in Japanese film, the real story behind this epic struggle comes to life.

Cast: ICHIKAWA Utaemon, NAKAMURA Kinnosuke, MISORA Hibari, OKAWA Hashizo, SATOMI Kotaro, WAKAYAMA Tomisaburo,
AZUMA Chiyonosuke, OTOMO Ryutaro, TSUKIGATA Ryunosuke, OKAWA Keiko, OKOCHI Denjiro, SAKAI Shunji, SUSUKIDA Kenji, YAMAGATA Isao, HASEGAWA Yumiko, HANAYAGI Kogiku

Directed by: SASAKI Yasushi


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A YOUNG RABBLE 2
(Iroha Wakashu Hanakago Touge)



This delightful movie is a virtual extravaganza of song, dance, and swordplay. Featuring the most popular of all Japanese film stars, Misora Hibari, reprising her role as Oyuki, the daughter of Tatsugoro of the Shibahamamatsu-cho Megumi Firefighting squad. Although a woman, she flaunts her chivalrous spirit causing anger among the more conservative of her contemporaries, leading to intense confrontations and the crossing of swords in anger. A terrific example of Toei Film entertainment for young and old.

Cast: MISORA Hibari, SATOMI Kotaro, OKOCHI Denjiro,
KISHIDA Kazuo, MIZUNO Hiroshi

Directed by: KONO Hisaichi

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BLOODED SPEAR
(Chiyari Muso)



In 1701, the ruling shogun Tokugawa Tsunayoshi placed Asano Takumi-no-kami Naganori, the lord of Ako, in charge of a reception of envoys from the Imperial Court in Kyoto. He also appointed the protocol official Kira Kozuke-no-suke Yoshinaka to instruct Asano in the ceremonies. On the day of the reception, at Edo Castle, Asano drew his short sword and attempted to kill Kira after he had insulted Asano. For this, he was sentenced to commit seppuku, but Kira went without punishment. The Shogunate confiscated Asano's lands and dismissed the samurai who had served him, making them ronin. Movie synopsis: While waiting for an opportunity for revenge on his late master's death, Ako soldier Sugino meets a skilled spear fighter Tawaraboshi Genban who trains him on mastering the art of spear fighting. Another great Chushingura movie version, and with an amazing all-star cast, a must see!

Starring: KATAOKA Chiezo
OKAWA Hashizo, WAKAYAMA Tomisaburo,
HASEGAWA Yumiko, OKOCHI Denjiro,
YAMAGATA Isao, SUSUKIDA Kenji

Director: SASAKI Yasushi

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CASE OF UMON: WOMAN OF THE MAGIC LANTERN
(Umon Torimonocho Maboroshi Toro no Onna)


One of the most entertaining and popular series is back with this colorful story of the ongoing rivalry between Japan's most famous detective, Kondo Umon and his arch-enemy Murakami Keishiro of the South Magistrate's office. Only one of them can get a highly sought after promotion and as they vie for the superior position. Meanwhile the mysterious murder of a ronin named Bizen Yaichiro that was committed in the Fukazawa district will lead to an exciting and thrilling conclusion.

Cast: OTOMO Ryutaro
SATOMI Kotaro, OKA Satomi, SHINDO Eitaro, SAKURAMACHI Hiroko, SAKAI Shunji


Directed by: KUDO Eiichi

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CASE OF YOUNG LORD
1 & 2
(Wakasama Zamurai Torimonocho: Jigoku no Sarayashiki / Beranmee Katsujingeki)



PART 1: As a result of illness and unemployment, Yamaoka Tatewaki, a "Hatamoto" (or direct vassal of the Shogun), pawned his family heirloom, a valuable Gosu plate for 100 ryo. When, of all occasions, Yokogawa Dewa came to visit and asked to see the Gosu plate on May 5th, Boy's Festival. Yamaoka then sent his steward to borrow the plate back, but the pawnbroker coldheartedly refused. He died soon thereafter of an unknown cause. Soon after that, two warehouses were broken into, but nothing was taken. When Detective Shokichi seeks the help of Young lord samurai, in solving these mysterious crimes that plague the town he takes the case and immediately surmises that the thief was looking for something special. Could the answer be hidden in the coffin of a deceased merchant who had his most valuable things buried with him. The tension mounts and the mystery deepens. Can Young lord solve the case?

PART 2: After getting permission to dig up the pawnbroker's grave, Young lord samurai was surprised to find the body was missing, as was the Gosu plate. He had a suspect in mind, and was able to use him to learn of the pawnbroker's hideout and try to piece together the parts of the puzzle. A superb and exciting conclusion to a very clever mystery story set during the Golden Age of Japan. With no easy questions and his life hanging in the balance, can Young lord solve the mystery and regain the valuable plate?


Starring: OKAWA Hashizo HOSHI Michiko, HASEGAWA Yumiko

Directed by: FUKADA Kinnosukeko

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CASE OF YOUNG LORD 3
(Wakasama Zamurai Torimonocho Mano Shibijin Yashiki)



Based on the popular newspaper series comes a tale of mystery and intrigue. Starring the handsome Okawa Hashizo as 'Young Lord', Toei entertainment reaches a high standard as the unlikely sleuth sets out to solve the mystery of what went on at the Inner Palace, where a young woman who had served the Shogun came home in fear for her life. Will Young Lord be able to uncover the truth of what went on at the Palace, and does it tie into a series of murders that have been occuring just before the festival? Action, intrigue, and murder most foul! All the elements of an exciting motion picture!



Starring: OKAWA Hashizo HOSHI Michiko, CHIHARA Shinobu, RYUZAKI Ichiro, OKA Joji, SAZAN Kakyu, KIYOKAWA Soji, EBARA Shinjiro, OKA Satomi

Directed by: FUKADA Kinnosuke

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CASE OF YOUNG LORD 4
(Wakasama Zamurai Torimonocho Senketsu no Haregi)




A series of home invasions and brutal murders have struck fear into the hearts of the community lead the townspeople to request the help of Young Lord in finding out who is carrying out these terrible crimes. The appearance of a blood-stained wedding Kimono for a samurai woman makes this on of the most puzzling cases that Young Lord has ever had to solve. Exciting and tension Young Lord is like a Japanese Sherlock Holmes or television CSI as he strives to decipher the mystery and bring the guilty party to justice!

Starring: OKAWA Hashizo, URAZATO Harumi, HOSHI Michiko, MIKASA Hiroko, KATAOKA Eijiro, SUSUKIDA Kenji, TOKUDAIJI Shin

Directed by: FUKADA Kinnosuke

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DETECTIVE FENCER
(Onmitsu Kenshi)



One of the best ninja versus samurai films of all time features the great Ose Koichi as Shintaro the Samurai getting involved in the intrigue between the Iga and Koga ninja. While helping a wounded agent of the Iga, Shintaro is attacked by Koga agents who think he received an item that they had already killed in an effort to obtain. While he did not receive any item, the dying Iga ninja had whispered a cryptic phrase to him; something that would lead him into the middle of an attempt to overthrow the Shogunate and threaten his very life. Can Shintaro's expert swordsmanship defeat the deadly skills of the Koga ninja, a group of heartless assassins like no other?

Cast:OSE Koichi, FUJI Junko, SHINAGAWA Ryuji, USAMI Junya, MAKI Fuyukichi, TAKEUCHI Mitsuru, AMATSU Bin

Directed by: FUNADOKO Sadao

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EDO PUREBREED
(Edokkohada)



Action and adventure abound in this story of friendship between two rival firefighters, Kichigoro and Jirokichi in old Japan. When Mukai Sadayu, the vassal of Kaga Clan’s accounting officer, Shinagawa Daihachi demands that Omon serve him tea in his mansion and she refuses, the clan’s samurai abduct her setting in motion a series of events that will bring the two firefighters into a world of danger and excitement. Jirokichi, leader of the Edo firefighting team “Ha-gumi” must first rescue Omon from the clutches of the vile Kaga Clan’s retainers.

Cast: OKAWA Hashizo CHIHARA Shinobu, YAMAGATA Isao, SAKURAMACHI Hiroko, AWASHIMA Chikage, SAKAI Shunji

Directed by: UCHIDE Kokichi

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FIGHTING DISPOSITION
(Kenka Gasa)



With the help of famous yakuza Boss Jirocho, brave and quick-tempered Eijiro takes revenge on the death of his close friend. Many films have been made about the real-life yakuza leader of the area along the Tokaido Road. Having to fight his way to not only survive, but to become, in effect, the Boss of Bosses, Jirocho is one of Japan's most colorful characters. Here he's matched up with one of his staunchest supporters, the vengeful Eijiro, who must make his enemies pay with blood!

Cast: OKAWA Hashizo, TSUKIGATA Ryunosuke, OTOMO Ryutaro, OKAWA Keiko, SAKAI Shunji, SUSUKIDA Kenji, SHINDO Eitaro

Directed by: MAKINO Masahiro

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FLINT GEISHA
(Nihon Jokyoden Tekka Geisha)



Honor and duty meet in this deeply involved tale of a young woman's journey to carry out a debt that's long overdue. Young geisha Koshizu's wish of reuniting with the man, Yukichi, who helped her ten years ago comes true. While her life has been on track since being aided by Yukichi, when she learns of the trouble Yukichi's business is facing, she stands ready to come to his aid, and thus repay the debt. Pairing two of the Yakuza genre's biggest names this all-star production is a testament to the finest work from the masters of Yakuza film at Toei Studios.

Cast: FUJI Junko, SUGAWARA Bunta, SASAKI Ai, SHOJI Terue

Directed by: YAMASHITA Kosaku

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FREE SPIRIT OF ASAMA
(Asama no Abarenbo)



When Boss Juzo's Shinmachi Yakuza family struck fear into the hearts of his adversaries, Boss Shohei's Okabe Yakuza family with a merciless gang of raiders, Itaro of Asama was missing. With the courage of a lion he had gone off to face the enemy and settle the score all by himself. As a result he had to take the blame in place of Boss Shohei, and went off to adventures on his own. These adventures are among the most violent stories ever filmed by Toei, a true masterpiece on the life of a wandering gambler with a talent for killing.

Cast: NAKAMURA Kinnosuke, OKA Satomi, HASEGAWA Yumiko, SUSUKIDA Kenji, NATSUKAWA Shizue, YAMAGATA Isao

Directed by: KONO Toshikazu

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GENTLE BREEZE
(Osome Hisamatsu Soyakaze Higasa)



This romantic samurai film stars the most beloved of all Japanese entertainers Misora Hibari who plays a double role as Osome and Omitsu in one of the best perform-ances of her amazing career. Omitsu and Osome are rivals for the love of Hisamatsu, who is faced with the hardest of choices. Meanwhile, Osome's family faces a crisis when her good-for-nothing brother becomes a thief and loses his chance to inherit the family oil business. Both heartwarming and hearbreaking, this is a timeless story of love and loss.

Cast: MISORA Hibari, SATOMI Kotaro, SHINDO Eitaro, TANAKA Haruo

Directed by: SAWASHIMA Tadashi

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GOLDEN NINJA
(Boken Daikatsugeki Ougon no Touzoku)

Just after the Battle of Sekigahara, a pair of children Denji and Kichizo witnessed a team of the defeated forces hide the Toyotomi treasure. When the leader cuts down the rest of the team, a bloodstained footman seems to be the only survivor, and his image haunts the pair for the next twenty years. As they are serving a prison sentence a plan is hatched to get them released so they can lead their captors to the hidden gold on Hikone Beach. Danger and excitement await the two as they run into unexpected and dangerous obstacles. This is one of the most exciting and bloody ninja films from the
golden era of samurai films. Not to be missed!

Cast: MATSUKATA Hiroki, OSE Koichi, NOGAWA Yumiko,TANAKA Kunie, HARUKAWA Masumi, FUJIYAMA Kanbi

Directed by: SAWASHIMA Tadashi

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GOOD RASCALS
(Oedo Hyobanji Binan no Kaoyaku)

A colorful group of characters clash over a crooked gambling game when they meet head to head in old Edo during the samurai era in Japan. From a carnival
atmosphere with a few touches of humor to a powerful swordfight drama, this is an exciting and highly enter-taining film. Great performances and an excellent cast which includes the soon to be famous "Tora-san" actor Atsumi Kyoshi in a rare jidai geki appearance.

Cast: OKAWA Hashizo SATOMI Kotaro, HANAZONO Hiromi, SAKURAMACHI Hiroko, YAMASHIRO Shingo, TANAKA Haruo, SAKAI Shunji, ATSUMI Kiyoshi, KIYOKAWA Nijiko, TSUKIGATA Ryunosuke, YAMAGATA Isao

Directed by: SAWASHIMA Tadashi

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ISSHIN TASUKE:
MAN OF MEN
Isshin Tasuke: Otoko no Nakano Otoko Ippiki



In the third entry into this mega-hit series, Isshin Tasuke, a spirited fishmonger in Edo who looks just like Shogun Iemitsu undergoes a series of unforeseen troubles in his newly wedded life. Loaded with action and humor, this is one of Nakamura's most popular roles and helped to define the character. As an "Edokko" (native of Edo)
Tasuke is known for his short temper, bad mount, and willingness to fight. He also possesses a genuine humanity, is quick to tears, and is a bit of a busybody who loves helping people.

Starring: NAKAMURA Kinnosuke, TSUKIGATA Ryunosuke, OKA Satomi, NAKAHARA Hitomi, OKOCHI Denjiro, SHINDO Eitaro, SAKAI Shunji, MISHIMA Masao, YAMAGATA Isao

Directed by: SAWASHIMA Tadashi

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KNIGHTLY ADVICE
(Tenka no Goiken Ban)



When an incident occured at 7 a.m. on Jan. 2, 1629 in front of the main gate to Edo Castle it set in motion one of the most exciting stories ever told about the early days of the Tokugawa Shogunate. Just one day earlier, the Shogun's relatives and high ranking Daimyo lords had paid their New Year's respects. The next day was for lower ranking lords and Hatamoto retained by the Shogun to do the same. Lord Horio Inaba had just switched loyalties from the losing Toyotomi side to that of the Tokugawa and was rudely greeted by a detractor who threw the disloyal samurai and his palanquin into the Edo Castle moat. What followed is a tale not to be missed. A true classic of Japanese history torn from the pages of time.

Cast: KATAOKA Chiezo, TSUKIGATA Ryunosuke, KITAOJI Kinya, OKA Satomi, MATSUKATA Hiroki, YAMAGATA Isao, ICHIKAWA Utaemon, SUSIKIDA Kenji

Directed by: MATSUDA Sadatsugu

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LORD MITO 4: STRUGGLES OF SUKE AND KAKU
(Tenka no Goiken Ban)



The story of two young men whose ambition is to become the personal bodyguards to the Shogun's uncle, Lord Mito Komon. Portrayed by a pair of up and coming stars, Sasaki Suke-saburo (Matsukata), the son of a widower and Atsumi Kakunoshin (Kitaoji), whose mother is a widow find themselves constantly in trouble and are forced to become two of the most powerful fighters in all Japan. The stories about Mito Komon and his travels througout Japan are many, but this is one that had yet to be told. The struggles of Suke-san and Kaku-san faced in order to join the Elder in his quest to fight against
injustice and corruption during the samurai era.


Starring: TSUKIGATA Ryunosuke, MATSUKATA Hiroki, KITAOJI Kinya

Directed by: SAWASHIMA Tadashi

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LORD TOKUGAWA IEYASU
(Tokugawa Ieyasu)

From one of the most important forces in Japanese filmmaking, Ito Daisuke, comes the biography of the greatest Warlord in Japan’s history. Tokugawa Ieyasu was a brilliant general who rose through a combination of good luck and better strategies than his mentors and enemies. Having served under the powerful leaders who preceded him, Oda Nobunaga and Toyotomi Hideyoshi, his ambition knew no bounds. How he was able to defeat the forces of the Western Army and seize control of Japan is a story which must be told properly. While Ieyasu’s rise was the basis for James Clavell’s “Shogun” which fictionalized his story using the false name Toranaga, before this film, little was known of Ieyasu before now.

Starring: NAKAMURA Kinnosuke, KITAOJI Kinya, SAKURAMACHI Hiroko

Directed by: ITO Daisuke

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THE MYSTERIOUS PURPLE HOOD
(Hengen Murasaki Zukin)



On a spring night in 1784, from Kyoto’s Fushimi Magistrate, Kobori Masakata a live gift arrived at this Edo mansion. A woman had been abducted and sent to the mansion with the threat of death to her parents, who were being held in Kyoto’s Rokkaku jail. With their lives in her hands she is ordered to “do her duty” with the evil Senior Councilor Tanuma Okitsugu. This corrupt official had monopolized Shogun Ieharu’s patronage and was unequalled in power. He privatized politics and handed out positions according to the amount he received in bribes. It would take a man in a mysterious purple hood to
try and save her and help the townspeople of Edo.

Cast: OTOMO Ryutaro, KATAOKA Chiezo
OKA Satomi, ARAI Shigeko, HOJO Kikuko,


Directed by: KUDO Eiichi

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NOBLE TASUKE
(Edo no Meibutusu Otoko: Isshin Tasuke)



The story opens in October of 1624 when the newly appointed Shogun Iemitsu visits the famed Kan-ei temple. On his way the procession is disrupted when a small child runs into the street, a crime punishable by execution. One man steps forward to save her life by putting his on the line. Brave and compassionate, Isshin Tasuke, a spirited fishmonger from Edo, has come into the limelight as a hero of legendary proportions. His uncanny resemblence to Shogun Iemitsu will lead to many adventures that formed on of the great series in Japanese cinema. With his intelligence and personality, Tasuke seeks to intervene in the struggle between opposing factions in the Shogun's Ruling Council.

Cast: NAKAMURA Kinnosuke, TSUKIGATA Ryunosuke,
NAKAHARA Hitomi, YAMAGATA Isao, SAKAI Shunji


Directed by: SAWASHIMA Tadashi

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THE PROTECTOR
(Noren Ichidai Jokyo)



Mine, the only daughter of Kiyagen, is faced with running the family's timber business when her father falls ill. Under a great deal of pressure to continue the five generation long run of the business, Mine is put to the ultimate test when a former gangster sets his sights on closing her down.

Starring: MISORA Hibari, HAYASHI Yoichi, OSE Koichi

Directed by: SAWASHIMA Tadashi

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THE PHANTOM GOBLIN
(Maborshi Tengu)



The great Okawa Hashizo plays a double role in this thrilling tale of intrigue and corruption within the capital city of Edo. When Moriya Shuma, an injured Edo officer is rescued by a vassal whose appears to be his exact double, he swears to sweep out all the criminals from the city. Directed by one of Japan's most revered filmmakers, Nakagawa Nobuo, this story is filled with twists and turns, and loaded with surprises. Plenty of realistic swordplay highlights this exciting motion picture.

Cast: OKAWA Hashizo, SAKURAMACHI Hiroko, MITA Yoshiko, TAKADA Kokichi, TSUKIGATA Ryunosuke

Directed by: NAKAGAWA Nobuo

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THE SEVEN FACES OF BANNAI TARAO-PRIVATE EYE
(Tarao Bannai Senritsu no Nanakamen)



In this modern-day crime drama, hard-boiled Detective Tarao goes undercover to battle an evil gun smuggling business. With a bravura performance from Toei’s greatest star Kataoka Chiezo as he puts his life on the line by getting in between two rival yakuza gangs fighting for supremacy. A true classic of the ‘film-noir’ genre, this black and white motion picture is loaded with intrigue and action. Surprise
after surprise abounds as Bannai gets deeper into the mob while
searching for a brutal killer.

Cast: KATAOKA Chiezo, HANAYAGI Kogiku, ATAKA Junko, TASHIRO Yuriko, NANBARA Shinji, YAMAGATA Isao

Directed by: MATSUDA Sadatsugu & KOBAYASHI Tsuneo

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THE BORED HATAMOTO: THE ACROBATS OF DEATH (Hatamoto Taikutsu Otoko Nazo no Nanbandaiko)

During the reign of 5th Shogun Tokugawa Tsuneyoshi a troupe of Chinese acrobats travel to Japan to help celebrate the building of the Yushima Shrine. At the same time a series of mysterious assassinations take place with a strange and unknown weapon. Master swordsman
Saotome Mondonosuke, a ’Hatamoto’ (direct retainer of the Shogun) and a man who loves action takes it upon himself to get to the bottom of the mystery and and solve the puzzling crimes. Could the visitors have anything to do with it, or is this the case of a major frame-up being carried out by those who would take over the Shogunate themselves? One of the most popular and intriguing characters in Japanese cinema, Mondonosuke, who sports a ’crescent shaped scar' on his forehead that signifies his right to kill in the name of the Shogun faces one of his most dangerous enemies in this exciting entry in the series.

Cast: ICHIKAWA Utaemon, SAKURAMACHI Hiroko, KITAOJI Kinya, SANTO Akiko, MIURA Mitsuko, SAKUMA Yoshiko, SHINDO Eitaro, KAGA Kunio, JOKO Kichijiro, YANAGI Eijiro, YAMAGATA Isao

Directed by: SASAKI Yasushi

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TANGE SAZEN & THE PRINCESS
(Tange Sazen Nuretsubame Ittoryu)



In 1732 the restoration of Nikko Tokugawa Shrine began. The financial burden which fell upon the Daimyo lord who was appointed 'Restoration Minister' was a method the
Shogunate used to weaken the lords. Usually the most powerful clans that the Shogun feared the most were chosen, but this time the financially strapped Yagyu Clan was appointed to the task. This oft-told tale takes on new light as Otomo Ryutaro, the actor most associated with the role of Tange Sazen gives a portrayal for the ages. One of the best versions of the one-armed, one-eyed swordsman's adventures yet!

Starring: OTOMO Ryutaro,l OKA Satomi, HASEGAWA Yumiko, YAMAGATA Isao, OKOCHI Denjiro, OKAWA Hashizo

Directed by: MATSUDA Sadatsugu

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THEIR OWN WORLD
(Naniwa no Koi no Monogatari)




This superb story is based on the writings of famed Kabuki playwright Chikamatsu Monzaemon, and won the 1959 "Fine Arts Award". With Chikamatsu himself being portrayed in this film by Kataoka Chiezo, one of Japan's greatest actors, this remarkable motion picture blends reality with fiction as it represents the true world of Kabuki and how being seen in the West, as never before. Chikamatsu Monzaemon is the William Shakespeare of Japan, and his plays include Chushingura" (The Tale of the 47 Ronin), and "Yotsuya Kaidan” (Yotsuya Ghost Story).

Cast: NAKAMURA Kinnosuke, ARIMA Ineko,
KATAOKA Chiezo, YUKISHIRO Keiko, UEKI Chie, HANAZONO Hiromi, NANIWA Chieko, HIDAKA Sumiko, CHIAKI Minoru

Directed by: UCHIDA Tomu

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TOYAMA NO KINSAN 3 – WHIRLWIND MAGISTRATE
(Tsumaki Bugyo)


One of the most popular history-based characters is back when Magistrate Saemonojo Toyama no Kinsan investigates the tragic shipwreck of the 'Sado-maru' near Cape Kasumigaseki. The ship carrying gold bars from Sado Island to Edo for the Shogunate disappeared into the ocean on a day with clear skies and no wind. While it is conveniently blamed on a surprise tornado or whirlwind, the Sado Magistrate asks his lifelong friend Magistrate Toyama to get to the root of the mystery in order to save his reputation and avoid a life of shame.

Cast: KATAOKA Chiezo, AZUMA Chiyonosuke, TSUKIGATA Ryunosuke, SHINDO Eitaro, SAKUMA Yoshiko

Directed by: MAKINO Masahiro

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THE TOKYO DAME
(Tokyo Beranme Musumi)



Misora Hibari stars in this heartwarming story of love and forgiveness about a young woman's efforts to keep her family together after her sister is disowned by their father for marrying the wrong man.

Screenplay by: KASAHARA Ryuzo & KASAHARA Kazuo

Starring: MISORA Hibari, OMURA Fumitake, EBARA Shinjiro

Directed by: SAEKI Kiyoshi

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THE BRIDE IN UGUISU CASTLE
(Uguisu-Jo no Hanayome)



Romance and action are the order of the day when Princess Matsu of the Uguisu Castle, who takes no interest in getting married, has a change of heart when she meets the handsome lord Hikoshiro. Nothing is as it seems in this exciting and heartfelt film. Otomo Ryutaro turns in a stellar performance at the height of his career.

Cast: OTOMO Ryutaro, OKAWA Keiko, SAKURAMACHI Hiroko, OKA Satomi, NAKAHARA Hitomi, YUKISHIRO Keiko,
YAMAGATA Isao, SUSUKIDA Kenji


Directed by: MATSUMURA Masaharu

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THE BLACK-HOODED MAN
(Gozonji Kaiketsu Kurozukin Maguna no Hitomi)




In the year 1867 Japan was undergoing a period of upheaval that pitted clan against clan and man against man in battles that would event-ually bring about the dawn of a new nation. While these factions fought each other for supremacy corruption was running rampant. Lord Matsukawa Katsutoshi was sentenced by order of the Shogunate to confinement and forced to vacate his post as Nagasaki Magistrate due to his conspiring with merchants to line his own pockets. His replacement was Matsudaira Mondonosho, a man above reproach who promised to support the Tokugawa to the end. Mean-while a mysterious black hooded man
intervenes when a notorious anti-Shogunate group attempt to steal a rare blue diamond called the Maguna no Hitomi. Political intrigue leads to an exciting showdown between the opposing factions in this brilliant sketch of Japan at the height of her civil unrest. The battles have just begun!

Starring: OTOMO Ryutaro Co-Starring: SUSUKIDA Kenji, TOKITA Kazuo, KASUGA Tomoko, KITAMI Reiko, HINO Akiko, KITAGAWA Chizuru, KAGA Kunio

Directed by: SAEKI Kiyoshi

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