Author/illustrator Sanpei Shirato’s Ninja bugei-cho was a popular graphic novel serialized across Japan in the 1960s, well loved by students and leftist radicals for its tale of a young boy’s alliance with a band of ninja during a peasant uprising. Nagisa Oshima takes an experimental approach to adaptation; out of deep respect for Shirato’s artistry (and his usual cinematic prankishness), he films Shirato’s images as they appear on the page, like an anime version of Sans soleil, with the camera hovering and darting over each “scene” to provide movement and life. Adding voices, sound effects, and a narration that connects the plot’s myriad strands, Oshima intervenes in yet another unexpected genre to create a fascinating treatise on cinema, narrative, and action.
Popular jazz drummer and actor Frankie Sakai stars in this comic version of the “industrial competition” genre: two tourism companies compete for foreign clients in the run up to the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. Highlighting the coming internationalization of Japan, the film dramatizes the felt tensions between tradition and modernity, the pressures of the “economic animal” lifestyle, and the energy of high economic growth. The closest Japanese cinema ever came to the full-blown Broadway style musical, with singing and dancing on the streets of Tokyo, music by avant-garde composer and jazzman Toshiro Mayuzumi, lyrics by renowned poet Shuntaro Tanikawa.
Hiroshi Kobayashi is on the run, both away from the police who want him for the murder of his girlfriend Naomi, and towards the yakuza Kimura, from whom he wants to exact revenge for getting her hooked on drugs. The whole film is one long chase scene, shot in wild, semi-abstract patterns so that you’re never quite sure what you’re seeing.
A forty-year-old office worker, Ishino get good income, nice family and a love affair with girl co-worker. His life is mostly perfect. One day, way home after affair, Ishino run across his neighbor, Sugiyama. They had known each other but not so close . Ishino hadn’t worry that his affair has catch. A few days later, police told Ishino that Sugiyama was arrested on charge of murder and claiming he had met Ishino in that day. If Ishino proved the Sugiyama’s alibi, Ishino’s life will be destroyed. If he give false evidence, Sugiyama will be hanged…
The story of a young boy, Genta, who bravely takes on life’s challenges in hopes of finding a better life for himself and his struggling mother.
Three toseinin, low-class wanderers who follow the yakuza code, go from village to village ready to work or fight for anyone who will give them food and lodging.
Takeru, a young rebel, is traveling alone in the North of Honshu. He once used to practice pole vaulting but he gave up and became a robber. Along his trip he crosses the path of a young couple doing a performance for a super market. Fascinated by both of them but probably a bit attracted by the mysterious silent girl, he decides to follow them.
A young man tries to overcome the hostility of his girlfriend’s father, a tuna fisherman, by getting the older man to teach him the secrets of his dangerous trade.