Colourful, wildly stylised, immense captivating fable, including animation, kabuki and butoh and collapsing sets. About a soothsayer at court who was driven to insanity by the murder of his lover and will marry her likeness. And indeed, she’s a fox in human form!
The film centers around Birdie, a young Japanese book thief who is caught by a store clerk named Umeko. As their encounters grow increasingly fraught with tension and desire, the two become lovers and begin committing thefts together.
Set in mid-20th-century Japan, a crusading female journalist makes the acquaintance of an elderly woman who years earlier had been shipped against her will to Borneo. As a young girl, she had been sold into prostitution by her impoverished family.
Hideo is the leader of the motorcycle gang The Bears. He beats up the leader of a rival gang The Scorpions without a reason. The Scorpions retaliate, which lands Hideo severly injured in the hospital of Hiroshi’s father. Hiroshi, the black sheep of his wealthy family is a gay boy with a drug addiction, who’s deeply in love with the cool, self-assured Hideo. But Hideo ignores Hiroshi’s affection and dates Akemi, the promiscuous daughter of a hooker mother. Thus an unhappy love triangle develops.
A family evacuates Tokyo due to air raids. The first son opts to remain in the city, but he eventually rejoins his relatives. However, he’ll soon discover that life is not easy in the country, where many locals are hostile to refugees.
In 1958, a Japanese expedition to Antarctica led by meteorologist Kenjiro Ochi and doctor Akira Ushioda leave their exploration base, abandoning their loyal team of sled dogs. When the scientists who are supposed to replace them have their mission canceled, Akira and Kenjiro are worried their dogs will die. A year later, the scientists embark upon a dangerous expedition to rescue their faithful animal companions.
Five friends learn an important lesson about the past and future when a hometown reunion gives them the opportunity to examine the paths their lives have taken.
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.