Infidelity threatens to break up a marriage in this evocative feature from legendary Japanese director Mikio Naruse. Tsuma concerns the struggles of a woman who finds out that her husband is cheating on her; to avoid the stigma of a broken marriage, she decides she’ll do whatever it takes to keep him with her. Tsuma was adapted from a story by Fumiko Hayashi, who wrote about women’s cultural struggles in 1950s Japan and whose writings formed the basis for five other Naruse films.
The setting is a ”new” Tokyo suburb. The school is clean, well run, and the movie takes place in the five-day period before, during and after a ferocious, seemingly liberating typhoon, which five of the students endure while marooned in the school’s gymnasium.
A young woman reaches maturity and yearns to know about her father. Her mother has poisoned her mind about the man who left her for another woman. There is a tender moment when they see each other for the first time. She learns that the man is not as she was told, nor is the woman.
The story follows the life of Ryunosuke Tsukue, an amoral samurai and a master swordsman with an unorthodox style.
A fishing village is terrorized by a giant whale, and the fishermen are determined to kill it. A Japanese variation of the “Moby Dick” story.
One summer day a group of sixth-grade boys have an argument about whether fireworks are round or flat when viewed from different angles and embark on a journey for the answer during the annual firework festival. Meanwhile, one of their classmates, Nazuna, is troubled by her parents’ separation and decides to choose one of the boys to run away with.
Three bank robbers, Eijima, Nojiri, and Takasugi, flee the police and escape into the mountains. At an inn high in the Japanese Alps, Eijima and Nojiri encounter a young woman and her father, as well as Honda, a mountaineer. The inn folk do not realize their guests are wanted criminals and the visitors are treated with great kindness. Honda volunteers to lead them over the mountains, but Eijima’s paranoia endangers all of them as they make the perilous trip.
Set in Japan during the last month of World War II in June 1945, this grim neorealist account of the political oppression during the reign of Imperialist Japan follows the adventures of a class of school children as they are fiercely indoctrinated to become pilots for the Japanese airforce.