Everything is subtitled in English, and comes with boxart unless otherwise noted.
Please note that A/V quality on the video clips is lower than that of the actual DVD.


365 NIGHTS
Sanbyaku Rokujugo Ya - 1962 - Color - Widescreen

Misora Hibari shines in this touching drama depicting a love triangle between a young
architect, Koroku, and two woman, Ranko and Teruko. Ranko comes from a wealthy family
and is offering to repay Kotaro's family debts in exchange for marriage, but Kotaro is in love
with his landlord's daughter, Teruko. Things are futher complicated when the wicked
Tsugawa takes interest in both women, for his own marriage. Another Misora collector
classic!
(TV Broadcast quality)

Directed by: WATANABE Kunio
Cast:
TAKAKURA Ken, MISORA Hibari, TSURUTA Koji, YAMADA Isuzu, ASAOKO Yukiji








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A HOUSE IN THE QUARTER
Gobancho Yugiriro - 1963 - Color - Fullscreen

Based on the true story of a monk who burned down the Kinkakuji Temple in 1950, this
film interpolates the story of a young country girl who comes to Kyoto and is sold as a
prostitute. A House in the Quarter depicts the tragedy of a pure and gentle romantic love
torn apart by the chaotic pressures of postwar Japanese society. A stunning performance
by screen-legend Kogure Michiyo, a must see. (TV Broadcast quality)

Directed by: TASAKA Tomotaka
Cast:
KOGURE Michiyo, CHIAKI Minoru, TONO Eijiro, KAWARAZAKI Choichiro









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ACTRESS VS THE GREEDY SHARKS
Kobanzame Oyakusha Jingi - 1966 - Color - Widescreen

Framed by his enemies, Manbe finds himself imprisoned for a murder he didn't
commit. His only hope lies with his daughter Yuki who takes it upon herself to clear his
name. A Great story, and a marvelous performance (as always!) by screen legend,
Misora Hibari!
(TV Broadcast quality)

Directed by: SAWASHIMA Tadashi
Cast:
MISORA Hibari, HAYASHI Yoichi, SHINDO Eitaro, NOGAWA Yumiko,
NAGATO Hiroyuki









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BALLAD OF ORIN
Hanare Goze Orin - 1977 - Color - Fullscreen - Trailers

Another Masahiro Shinoda social commentary based on the novel by Tsutomu
Minakami. Wife Shima Iwashita portrays the title character, a blind traveling
musician whom is expected to remain celibate. Raped, she is expelled from her
group and ultimately meets a young man who is opposed to Japanese
militarism. Although she is "available" to him, he will not take advantage of her.

Directed by: Masahiro Shinoda
Cast: Shima Iwashita, Kirin Kiki, Yoshio Harada









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BALLAD OF THE SEA OF GENKAI, THE
Genkai Tsurezure Bushi - 1986 - Color - Widescreen

A young woman's life is turned upside down when her husband suddenly disappears,
leaving behind numerous debts and his illegitimate child. Desperate to track down her
missing husband, she travels to Kyushu in hopes of finding clues to his whereabouts
and in the process discovers disturbing secrets about the man she loves. Co-starring
screen legend, Mifune Toshiro!
(TV Broadcast quality)

Directed by: DEME Masanobu
Cast:
YOSHINAGA Sayuri, MIFUNE Toshiro, YASHIRO Aki, KAZAMA Morio









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BAYSIDE SHAKEDOWN THE MOVIE 2
Odoru Daisosasen The Movie 2 - 2003 - Color - Anamorphic Widscreen

The original T.V. series was such a huge hit that fans still can't get enough. A T.V.
special, theatrical movie, and now a second theatrical movie followed. The year
2003 was a big year for genre movies in Japan. BAYSIDE SHAKEDOWN 2 has
the distinction of being the highest grossing movie of 2003. It was expected to
sweep the Japanese Academy Awards. While it did garner a number of awards, it
failed to win the award for best picture (that honor went to WHEN THE LAST
SWORD IS DRAWN). Fans of the original T.V series, or of the all-star cast
members, will certainly enjoy this movie. Includes 2 DVDs - The original and the
international version!!!

Directed by: Katsuyuki Motohiro
Cast: Yuji Oda, Toshiro Yanagiba, Eri Fukatsu




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BRIGHT FUTURE
Akarui Mirai - 2002 - Color - Anamorphic Widescreen - Trailers

After a very uncharacteristic one-year absence from filmmaking, Kiyoshi
Kurosawa was back behind the camera in April 2002. In contrast to the
big-budget studio backing of Pulse, his new film Bright Future is an independent
production. Revolving around a young man who breeds poison jellyfish that are
set free into a river, Bright Future stars man-of-the moment Tadanobu Asano,
Gemini's Ryo, newcomer Joe Odagiri and veteran Tatsuya Fuji (best known for
his work with Nagisa Oshima on In the Realm of the Senses). The ever irritable
Yuji is not very social. His colleague, Mamoru, who always watches over him, is
the only person Yuji could open his heart to. One day, Mamoru is arrested for
killing the president of the factory the two works for, Fujiwara, and his wife.
Mamoru commits suicide in jail, leaving the sign of "Go" which is understood only
by him and Yuji. In front of the confused Yuji appears Shinichiro, Mamoru’s father
who has not seen his son for a while. Although Yuji and Shinichiro belong to
different generations and have different ways of thinking, each of them comes to
see their own future through a jellyfish left by Mamoru.

Directed by: Kiyoshi Kurosawa
Cast: Joe Odagiri, Tadanobu Asano, Tatsuya Fuji


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COSMETIC SALES COMPETITION
Minyo no Tabi Akita Obako - 1963 - Color - Widescreen

Sakura-do cosmetic's top sales person Yukiko falls in love with Joji, an executive of her
rival company Swan. Another light-hearted Misora Hiabri movie. An entertaining story
and add to that Misora's great singing!
(TV Broadcast quality)

Directed by: WATANABE Kunio
Cast:
MISORA Hibari, KOMADORI Shimai, MINAMI Hiroshi, YAMASHITA Junichiro











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COSMIC RESUCE
Cosmic Resuce - 2003 - Color - Anamorphic Widescreen - Trailers

Coming Century's (V6) first starring moive is a sci-fi space adventure. Bonus
extras include "Cosmic Rescue Making Log," "Coming Century Interivew," "Staff
Interview," "VFX Making," "Cosmic Words Instruction (still)," trailer(s), TV
commercial(s), and cast & staff bios. Also available on VHS. Special Features:
COSMIC RESCUE MAKING LOG (30 min), Coming Century interview (10 min),
staff interview (10 min), making-of VFX (10 min), trailer & TV commercial (3 min),
cast & staff bios (still), and more.

Directed by: Shinsuke Sato
Cast: Go Morita, Ken Miyake, Junichi Okada







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DEAD ANGLE
Hakuchu no Shikaku - 1979 - Color - Widescreen

An extraordinary group of action stars join up together as elite college graduates in
the 1950's who commit perfect financial crimes through legal loopholes. Starring the
great Natsuyagi Isao and Chiba Shinichi, along with legendary samurai star Amachi
Shigeru. As with all things in life, nothing is perfect. Will justice prevail or is there really
a perfect crime? Edge of the seat suspense highlights this superb crime drama!
(TV Broadcast quality)

Directed by: MURAKAWA Toru
Cast:
NATSUYAGI Isao, AMACHI Shigeru, CHIBA Shinichi, TANBA Tetsuro,
NARITA Mikio, NAGATO Isamu, IBUKI Goro






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DEEP BLUE SEA, THE
Aoi Unabara - 1957 - Color - Widescreen

From a novel by noted author Setoguchi Torao, this modern-day movie stars the great
Misora Hibari. With a strong supporting cast that includes Usami Jun and the mega-
star Takakura Ken, it is a tale of youth, family and romance. Not to mention the
wonderful music and songs that Hibari brings to all of her outstanding work. When
Kenji the sailor finds out that Harumi who works at a hotel bar is his fallen comrade
Yajima's daughter, it leads to a romance between the two. But can their love survive
the hardships of a sailor's life and the power of a large shipping company?
(TV broadcast quality)

Directed by: ---
Cast: MISORA Hibari, TAKAKURA Ken, USAMI Jun






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DEEP RIVER MELODY
Furyu Fukagawa Uta - 1960 - Color - Widescreen

A poigant story about a young couple, Setsu and Chozo, who are torn apart to
save Setsu's father's restaurant. The most popular female star in Japanese
entertainment history, Misora Hibari has made many movies covering all time
periods. Her legendary singing and acting are shown to full advantage in this
heart-felt drama, which incidentally was directed by long time actor (and co-star of
THE YAGYU CONSPIRACY) Yamamura So. Featuring an all-star cast, this movie
shows the warmth and pain of life in Japan.
(TV Broadcast quality.)

Directed by:
YAMAMURA So
Cast:
MISORA Hibari, TSURUTA Koji, YAMADA Suzu, YAMAMURA So,
ISHII Minoru, SUGIMURA Haruko






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DETECTIVE DUEL
Hibari no Hanadata Tantei Gassen - 1958 - Color - Widescreen

A friendly rivalry turns into romance for Yukiko, an elite female detective, and a
handsome private eye named Mitamura while both are investigating the missing
person's case from a wealthy family. This is another brilliant movie starring Misora
Hibari and Takakura Ken. This is great entertainment! Although set in modern times, it
has all the ingredients of an old-school Toei samurai movie. (TV Broadcast quality)


Directed by: SASAKI Yasushi
Cast:
MISORA Hibari, TAKAKURA Ken, SAKUMA Yoshiko









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DEVIL'S FLUTE
Akuma ga Kitarite Fue o Fuku - 1979 - Color - Widescreen

In one of the best films of this type, famous detective Kindaichi solves a series of
mysterious murders in a wealthy family. An excellent blend of intrigue and betrayal,
set against the backdrop of wealth, this film is loaded with twists and turns and
surprises at every corner. Things are never as they seem, and it will keep you
guessing until the very end. A rare treasure of a mystery, like none before or since!
(TV broadcast quality)

Directed by: SAITO Mitsumasa
Cast: NISHIDA Toshiyuki, UEMMIYA Tatsuo, NATSUKI Isao, WANIBUCHI Haruko








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DRAGON HEAD
Doragon Heddo - 2003 - Color - Anamorphic Widscreen - 2 Discs Version!

On the way home from a school trip, three teenagers get trapped in a tunnel as a
result of a fatal accident. They're soon assaulted by a "sinister force" that lurk
there. When they finally escape the dark tunnel, they find out about the horrific
truth... Tokyo, as they have known all their lives, doesn't exist any more. In a
strange New World of post-apocalyptic Tokyo, they must struggle to survive the
onslaught of the unforgiving environment. The sci-fi 2003 blockbuster is based
on a best-selling manga comic by Minetaro Mochizuki.

Directed by: Joji Iida
Cast: Satoshi Tsumabuki, SAYAKA, Takayuki Yamada, Naohito Fujiki






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EXCURSION TO TREASURE ISLE
Takarajima Ensei - 1956 - B/W - Fullscreen

A long, long time ago, there was a lovely and peaceful village called Peach Tree
Village. A peaceful village it was, with fields of hay to be mowed, cloth to be woven on
handlooms, wash to be done in the river as ducks swam by, Life was pleasant and
tranquil at Peach Tree Village. This is an extra-vaganza of song and dance, starring
the great Misora Hibari along with the musical styling of the famed Shochiku Musical
Troupe (a rare occurrence in a Toei film). The story is a dramatization of the Japanese
folklore legend of Momotaro, the Peach Boy, who with his trusted companions of dog,
monkey and pheasant fought against evil in olden times.
(TV Broadcast quality)

Directed by: KOBAYASHI Tsuneo
Cast:
MISORA Hibari, ENOMOTO Kenichi, NISHIMURA Ko, Shochiku Musical Troupe






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FIREFLY
Hotaru - 2001 - Color - Widescreen

Japanese film icon Ken Takakura, who has starred in over 100 films, stars in this
elegiac look at war and remembrance. Hideji Yamaoka (Takakura) was a suicide pilot
during the war who somehow survived Japan's surrender. After decades of working as
a fisherman in Kumamoto, a provincial seaside city in southern Kyushu, Yamaoka
remains reluctant to discuss his wartime experiences with anyone, much less an
intrusive reporter looking for a feature story. Then a series of events shake Yamaoka to
the core, forcing him to re-evaluate his past. Following the death of fellow suicide pilot
Fujiki (Hisashi Igawa), Yamaoka learns that his wife Tomoko (Yuko Tanaka) is slowly
dying from kidney failure. While testing himself as a possible kidney donor, Yamaoka
recalls his courtship with her when she was still a student and utterly in love with a
strapping Korean pilot named Kaneyama (Yukiyoshi Ozawa). Though Yamaoka
married her after his rival's death, she never forgot her first love. Finally, an aging
restaurant owner, whose establishment was a favorite haunt of the suicide pilots, is
retiring. She asks Yamaoka to return a memento to Kaneyama's family in Korea.
"Firefly" was one of the most popular films in Japan in 2001.
(TV Broadcast quality)

Directed by: KAWASE Naomi
Cast:
TAKAKURA Ken, NAKAMURA Yuko, NAGASAWA, YAMAGUCHI Miyako


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FISHER WIFE'S TALE, A
Kashi no Onna Ishimatsu - 1961 - Color - Widescreen

Misori Hibari plays Yoshiko, the popular daughter of a fish market owner. After
discovering that she was adopted, she sets out to help her biological father who has
fallen victim to an evil plot orchestrated by those who would take over his successful
business.
(TV Broadcast quality)

Directed by: KUDO Eiichi
Cast:
MISORA Hibari, TAKAKURA Ken, YAMAGATA Isao










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FOUL PLAY
"Kiba Bugyo ga Yuku" - 1955 - B/W - Fullscreen

Private eye Tarao Bannai (Kataoka Chiezo) and his assistant Masako (Kitagawa
Chizuru) investigate the mysterious murder of a baseball player who was killed in the
middle of a game.
(TV Broadcast quality)

Directed by: MATSUDA Sadatsugu
Cast:
KATAOKA Chiezo, KITAGAWA Chizuru, SUSUKIDA Kenji











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GATE OF YOUTH
Seishun no Mon - 1981 - Color - 16:9 Widescreen

The story of Shinsuke, a young man who lives through a stormy life as a
poverty-stricken coal miner. Ranging from Shinsuke's infanthood to his mid-teens.
Coal workers and the mines dominate nearly every aspect of his life. Shinsuke's father
a group leader at the mine, dies while bravely using dynamite to rescue a group of
trapped Korean miners. Several older men attempt to help he and his mother cope,
including a friendly Harley-riding yakuza boss. This movie has it all, drama, romance,
sex, yakuza and violence!


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Directed by: FUKASAKU Kinji and KURAHARA Koreyoshi
Cast:
SUGAWARA Bunta, SATO Koichi, WAKAYAMA Tomisaburo, TSURUTA Koji




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HIBARI'S TALE OF PATHOS
Hibari no Sado Jouwa - 1962 - Color - Widescreen

The greatest entertainer of the Showa Era was Misora Hibari. In this musical
drama, she shows just how great an actress she was with a performance for
the ages. Playing a singing guide, who is secretly in love, her fortunes turn for
the worse when a gangster’s henchman hears her singing and takes a liking
to her beautiful voice. The trouble starts when her family borrows money from
the gangsters, setting off a series of incidents which lead to tragedy. With a
wedge driven between her and her brother, this is the ultimate in Japanese
movie emotion, drama at it's best, as there is nothing as popular as a sad story.
(TV Broadcast quality)

Directed by: WATANABE Kunio
Cast:
MISORA Hibari





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HIBARI TRAVELING PERFORMER
Hibari no Hahakoi Guitar - 1962 - Color - Widescreen

In a modern-day setting, Japan's greatest star Misora Hibari shines as a guitarist traveling about the country. In order to help her sick mother, she performs at various inns around the nation raising money for medical aid. This extravaganza of music and emotion is a must-see for any Misora fan, as she turns in a performance for the ages. 
A wonderful motion picture that brings the most entertainment to one and all.
(TV Broadcast quality)

Directed by:
SAEKI Kiyoshi
Cast:
MISORA Hibari, SHINDO Eitaro, KOGURE Michiyo, HIRA Mikijiro,
HANABUSA Kinichi, FUJIMA Murasaki, KIYOKAWA Nijiko







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IN BLAZING LOVE
Shinonomero Onna no Ran - 1978 - Color - Widescreen

A story about the hardships of being a Geisha. Love, hate and revenge flows through
this beautiful movie. In the Osaka Film Festival actress Katase Rino received the
"Supporting Actress Award" for her portrayal of Teruka, a vamp role, in "Shinonomero Onna
no Ran" (Female's war in Shinonomero Geisha House / In Blazing Love).
(TV Broadcast quality)

Directed by: SEKIMOTO Ikuo
Cast:
KATASE Rino, SAITO Keiko, MINAMINO Yoko, TSUGAWA Masahiko, KAZAMA Toru









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KURA
Kura - 1995 - Color - Widescreen

In spite of a longstanding tradition forbidding women from working in a sake brewery,
Retsu, a young blind woman, challenges herself to overcome her disability in order to
save her family's sake business. In this wonderful drama, Matsukata Hiroki and Asano
Yuko give splendid performances. In 1996, the film was nominated for an amazing 11
'Japanese Film Academy' Awards, and in the end won 3 of them.
(TV Broadcast quality)

Directed by: FURUHATA Yasuo
Cast:
ASANO Yuko, ISSHIKI Sae, MATSUKATA Hiroki, NATSUKAWA Yui









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LIFE OF KURYUIN HANAKO, THE  (aka "Onimasa")
Kiryuin Hanako no Shogai - 1982 - Color - 16:9 Widescreen - Extras

Set in the 1920's, gang boss Onimasa of the Kiryuin Family accepts a young girl,
Matsue, as payment for a debt, whom he then adopts. This story opens when
Onimasa's real daughter Hanako has just died, leading to Matsue's telling the
family's story in flashback form. A decades long duel with Boss Suenaga is
kicked off when after the disputed outcome of a brutal dogfight between vicious
mastiffs, Suenaga, who lost kills the winner's dog and threatens Onimasa. More
a character study than an action film, this is widely considered Gosha's best
"Woman Picture", and was nominated for 10 Japanese Academy Awards
(winning one for Art Direction). An all-star cast highlights the movie with such
major stars as Tanba Tetsuro and Iwashita Shima giving strong support to
Nakadai Tatsuya as Onimasa. Tension mounts as the two yakuza bosses snipe
at each other, leading inevitably to a violent conclusion. Meanwhile, Matsue grows
into a beautiful woman who still remains close to her adopted father, despite the
birth of his natural daughter.

Directed by: GOSHA Hideo
Cast: NAKADI Tatsuya, NATSUME Masako, IWASHITA Shima


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MISORA HIBARI STORY, THE
Misora Hibari Tanjou Monogatari - 2005 - Color - Widescreen

"The Misora Hibari Story" is a made-for-television movie with English subtitles. It tells
her story from her birth in 1937, through the war years and on into the post-war era,
when she became Japan's biggest female star. To this day, Misora Hibari is still
considered the top female entertainer in Japanese history, and wins popularity
contests held by radio stations and newspapers regularly. While this is not a
documentary (Hibari is, in fact, seen in the opening moments on stage singing), it
relates her life-story right from the earliest beginnings and on through her greatest
successes.
(TV Broadcast quality)

Directed by: KIYOHIRO Makoto
Cast:
MISORA Hibari, IZUMI Pinko, UETO Aya






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MISORA HIBARI: TOKYO DOME CONCERT
Fushichou Hibari Misora - 1988 - Color - Fullscreen

In 1988 Misora Hibari performed at a concert called Fushichou konsaato (Phoenix
Concert) at the Tokyo Dome. Against overwhelming pain in her legs, she performed a
total of 39 songs while assuring her fans that she had completely recovered. However,
on 24 May 1989, having been re-admitted to the Juntendou hospital in Tokyo, she died
from interstitial pneumonitis at the age of 52. Her death was widely mourned
throughout Japan. This DVD is the complete edition of Hibari Misora's Tokyo Dome
concert. It comes out as the last part of a series of releases in connection with the 13th
anniversary of the legendary singer's passing away. A must for fans. 39 songs
included: "Kanashiki Kuchibue", "Tokyo Kid", "Omatsuri Mambo", to "Midare Gami",
"Ai San San", "Jinsei Ichiro", and more. Also includes some behind the scene clips of
Misora.
In Japanese only, NO English Subtitles!

Directed by: -
Cast:
MISORA HIbari



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NAGASAKI BURA BURA
Nagasaki Bura Bura - 2000 - Color - Widescreen

Silver screeen adaptation of lyricist Rei Nakanishi's award-winning novel. It stars Sayuri
Yoshinaga (Diary of Early Winter Shower) and Tetsuya Watari. It's an engaging story of a
romantic involvement between a beautiful aging woman who used to be a legendary
geisha and an equally aging historian that take place in the city of Nagasaki.
(TV Broadcast quality)

Directed by: FUKAMACHI Yukio
Cast:
YOSHINAGA Sayuri, WATARI Tetsuya, TAKASHIMA Reiko, HARADA Tomoyo









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NO ADVICE TAKEN
Musumi Juhachi Goiken Muyo - 1958 - Color - Widescreen

In this lighthearted modern day musical romp, perennial favorite Misori Hibari shines in her role opposite yakuza superstar Takakura Ken. From her bright and lovely rendition of a song to teach children the English alphabet to her trying to avoid the advice given by her wise parents this is total entertainment. After insulting the man she loves, she sets out to make him her own against intense competition from all the other single girls in the neighborhood. A joyous film with great performances from Toei's top stars.

(TV Broadcast quality)

Directed by:
SAEKI Kiyoshi
Cast:
MISORA Hibari, TAKAKURA Ken, HOSHI Michiko, HORI Yuji, SANJO Miki







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PERFECT BLUE
Yume Nara Samete - 2002 - Color - Widescreen - Trailers

It's been five years since Satoshi Kon caused us to sit bold upright in our seats
with the weird yet wonderful Perfect Blue, a bizarre and bloody tale of a former
teen-idol turned actress plagued by a psychotic stalker and plunged into a world
in which the delineation between fantasy and reality rapidly becomes blurred to
the point of incoherence. Those, like myself, who at the time pondered upon the
reasoning behind rendering such a work as an animation are going to be doubly
perplexed by the recent decision to remake it as a live action feature - until, that is,
they realise that this newest is not so much a remake, nor even a re-imagining, as
a case of going right back to the original novel, written by Yoshikaze Takeuchi,
which formed the starting point for Kon's stunning feature debut. Perfect Blue is a
strong and suspenseful thriller that will maintain its replay value, even after you
know "whodunit." Its collapsing layers of reality give it an intriguing puzzle quality.
You may think that an live action film cannot match animation for a good, scary
mystery. But thriller fans of all stripes are encouraged to check this one out.

Directed by: Toshiki Sato
Cast: Ayaka Maeda, Nao Omori, Masahiro Toda


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POPPOYA - RAILROAD MAN
Poppoya - 2001 - Color - Widescreen

Japanese '60s icon Takakura Ken stars in this beautifully photographed film about an
aging railroad conductor. Sato Otomatsu (Takakura) devoted his life to making the trains
run promptly in the formerly pro-sperous mining town of Horomai. When his colleague
informs him that the unprofitable line is being closed, he reminiscences on how his
workaholic ways robbed him of his personal life. Because of work, he missed the deaths
of his wife and only daughter. When an enigmatic high school girl with a passion for
railroads pays him a visit, his life changes in unanticipated ways. Takakura received a
Best Actor award at the 1999 Montreal Film Festival for this film. (TV Broadcast quality)

Directed by: FURUHATA Yasuo
Cast:
TAKAKURA Ken, OHTAKE Shinobu, HIROSUE Ryoko, ANDO Masanobu






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PRICKLY MOUTHED GEISHA, THE
Beranme Geisha - 1959 - Color - 16:9 Widescreen

In one of her best movie roles, super-star singer/actress Misora Hibari shines in
this romantic film about a young geisha named Koharu, who is an apprentice
carpenter to her father, Seigoro. Borrowing a page from Romeo and Juliet, a
dispute between their fathers brings their love to a sudden halt. The question is,
can their love survive in spite of the bitterness between the two families.
Co-starring
Toho superstar, Shimura Takashi!

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With removable English Subtitles and DVD Extras.


Directed by: KOISHI Eiichi
Cast:
MISORA Hibara, EBARA Shinji, SHIMURA Takashi, TONOYAMA Taiji

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PRICKLY MOUTHED GEISHA 2, THE
Zoku Beranme Geisha - 1960 - Color - Widescreen

In one of her best movie roles, super-star singer / actress Misora Hibari shines in this romantic film about a young geisha named Koharu. This time young Kohana scrambles to realize her dream of bringing back her grandmother's restaurant business. (TV Broadcast quality)

Directed by: KONISHI Eikichi
Cast:
MISORA Hibari, TAKAKURA Ken










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REVOLT, THE
Douran - 1980 - Color - Widescreen

When a young solider is killed while trying to prevent his younger sister, Kaoru,
from being sold into a life of prostitution, his commander, Col. Miyagi, tries to
honor his dying wish to rescue his sister. Upon finding Kaoru at a party working
as a geisha and later rescuing her from committing suicide, Col. Miyagi allows
her to move in with him. Over time, the two grow close, but in spite of Kaoru's
growing feelings for him, Col. Miyagi is unable to bring himself to return her love.
On the night of his deployment to war, Col. Miyagi finally admits his feelings for
Kaoru, but will they ever be able to enjoy a peaceful life together now that a very
violent and bloody military revolt is under way... (TV Broadcast quality.)

Directed by: MORITANI Shiro
Cast:
TAKAKURA Ken, YOSHINAGA Sayuri, TANAKA Kunie, SAKURADA Junko





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RICKSHAW MAN
Muhomatsu no Issho - 1958 - Color - 16:9 Widescreen - Extras

Tough and ready Mitsu, the rickshaw man, goes in for anything rough and tumble.
His life changes, however, when he crosses paths with Toshio, a young boy who
hasinjured himself. As thanks for helping the boy to the doctor, Toshio's parents,
the Yoshioka, invite Mitsu to dinner and he gladly accepts their offer. They become
close and when Mr. Yoshioka dies from an illness, the family asks Mitsu to serve
as the young boy's tutor. Mitsu does an exemplary job readying Toshio for school,
instilling in him the honesty and honor which are so much a part of his own character.
After Toshio leaves for school, Mitsu evidences an interest in Mrs. Yoshioka, but their
difference in station keeps him from expressing his desire. The Rickshaw Man is a
sentimental favorite of Japanese cinema.


Directed by: INAGAKI Hiroshi
Cast:
MIFUNE Toshiro, TAKAMINE Hideko, AKUTAGAWA Hiroshi, RYU Chishu


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ROMANCE FREESTYLE
Renai Jiyu-Gata - 1958 - Color - Widescreen

The love between young college students Toki (Misora Hibari) and the handsome Takaga
(Takakura Ken) is tested when Takaya's parents, who depise Toki's family's geisha house
business, intervenes in their relationship. This is yet another great drama, with a stellar
performance by the legendary actress, Misora Hibari. She is Japan’s most famous movie
actress of all time, appearing in more than 160 movies!
(TV Broadcast quality)

Directed by: SAEKI Kiyoshi
Cast:
MISORA Hibari, TAKAKURA Ken, EBARA Shinjiro, HOSHI Michiko, SANJO Miki,
SAWAMURA Sadako, MIURA Mitsuko








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SISTER WITH SISTER
"Musume no Nakano Musume" - 1958 - Color - Widescreen

Yoshiko finds new life and love interests when she takes a new job as an office worker.
(TV Broadcast quality)

Directed by: SAEKI Kiyoshi
Cast:
MISORA Hibari, TAKAKURA Ken, YAMAMURA So













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STEREO FUTURE
Stereo Future - 2001 - Color - Anamorphic Widescreen - DVD Extras

Former MTV director Hiroyuki Nakano follows up on his stylish pastiche of
samurai flicks with this slick romantic comedy. Set in Tokyo in 2002, the film
centers on Keisuke (Masatoshi Nagase), a fledgling actor who manages to snag
a bit part in a samurai actioner when he catches the eye of the film's star, Mika
(Kumiko Asou). This lucky break proves to be a mixed blessing, as the lead
samurai (Naoto Takenaka) is a vain prima donna who blames Keisuke for his
foul-ups. Keisuke's personal life is equally chaotic — his longtime girlfriend Eri
(Akiko Monou) just dumped him; and even though he finds solace in the arms of
Mika, he can't forget his ex. Meanwhile, Eri — who is mute in the wake of the
breakup — gets dragged to a panel discussion on the environment by her
television-director sister Kaoru (Tamaki Ayakawa). There she learns that the
same swarthy Italian guy (Daniel Ezralow) who picked her up a week ago is one
of the impaneled experts. As he renews his seduction of the lush-lipped Eri, she
longs for Keisuke.

Directed by: Hiroyuki Nakano
Cast: Masatoshi Nagase, Kumiko Asou, Naoto Takenaka, Akiko Monou


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STORY FROM ECHIGO , A
Echigo Tsutsuishi Oyashirazu - 1964 - B/W - Widescreen

Based on a famous novel by Minakami Tsutomu. Beautiful Oshin falls as a victim of
Tomekichi, a man who is envious of Oshin's husband Gonkichi. A tragic tale of love,
betrayal, violence and revenge. (TV broadcast quality)

Directed by: IMAI Tadashi
Cast: SAKUMA Yoshiko, MIKUNI Rentaro, OZAWA Shoichi, NISHIMURA Ko











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SWORD, THE
Ken - 1964 - B/W - 16:9 Anamorphic Widescreen - Extras

From a novel by Mishima Yukio. Ken is the story of Kokubu Jiro (Ichikawa Raizo), star
pupil of the university of Kendo club, for whom the sport is a way of life. Unwavering in
his asceticism, he willingly forgoes girls, parties and rock music devoting his entire
being to the practice of Kendo. The other students, in particular a fellow senior named
Kagawa, ridicules him behind his back, but are unable to better him in the dojo. On a
training trip before a major tournament, the group is subjected to Kokubu's grueling
regime, Kagawa rebels dragging the younger students with him on a collision course
with their captain....
With removavble English Subtitles.

Directed by: MISUMI Kenji
Cast:
ICHIKAWA Raizo, KAWAZU Yusuke, MORISHIGE Hisaya, HASEGAWA Akio






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TOKYO BORDELLO
Yoshiwara Enjo - 1987 - Color - 16:9 Widescreen - Extras

A ruined businessman was forced to sell his daughter, Hisano, to a brothel in
Yoshiwara, the largest red-light district in Tokyo. The owners of the brothel has hopes
make her a great new addition which will attract the richest of customers. But after
several months of training, she tries to flee Yoshiwara when the time has come for it
to take her first customer...


Directed by: HIDEO Gosha
Cast:
NATORI Yuki, NEZU Jinpachi, KATASE Rino, FUJI Mariko, NARITA Mikio,
KAWARAZAKI Choichiro, OGATA Ken, YAMAMURA So, NINOMIYA Sayoko








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TOKYO DAME
Tokyo Beranme Musume - 1959 - Color - Widescreen

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. (TV Broadcast quality)

Directed by: SAEKI Kiyoshi
Cast:
MISORA Hibari, OMURA Fumitake, EBARA Shinjiro












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WOMAN OF WATER
Mizu no Onna - 2002 - Color - Widscreen - DVD Extras

Woman of Water is set in and around a public bathhouse in rural Japan run by
Ryo (UA), whose name means "cool, clear water," and her elderly father. All the
major events in her life are accompanied by rainfall, most significantly the day
that both her father and boyfriend die in separate incidents during an unrelenting
downpour. Now alone, Ryo must run the bathhouse herself and come to grips
with her strange powers. One day she meets Yusaku (Tadanobu Asano), a young
man obsessed with fire, whom she hires to stoke the bathhouse's furnace. A
symbiotic relationship soon develops between these two personifications of
opposing natural forces. Writer/director Hidenori Sugimori came up with Woman
of Water specifically for UA, the eccentric, Björk-like Japanese pop star whose
stage name combines the Swahili symbols for "flower" and "kill." Like the
character she plays in the film, UA has always associated the important events in
her life with water, and Sugimori regards her as something of a modern shaman.

Directed by: Hidenori Sugimori
Cast: Tadanobu Asano, Mayumi Ogawa, Ryuichi Oura



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