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.
Shimamura, an artist, comes to this snowbound town to rejuvenate himself. He connects with Komako, a geisha he met on a previous trip, and it seems like love. She’s the foster daughter of a local family, almost engaged to the family’s son Yukio, now dying of consumption. He’s tended by his sister Yuko who’s angry at Komako for abandoning her brother. Shimamura returns to Tokyo but promises he will be back soon. In anticipation of his return, Komako breaks with her patron and her family loses their home. Complications arise when Shimamura doesn’t come back as promised.
The son of a prominent member of a fishing community returns home after a stint with the yakuza to find his father has died under orders of a local gang leader. He sets out to avenge his father, keeping his plans secret from his mother who is cold to him since his perceived abandonment of the family. This wonderful, if little-seen, Fulasaku gem deals with family, community and what it means to do right by both.
A young girl and a man struggle to understand their place in urban Japan, all the while holding dark secrets.
Miyashita, a former low-level yakuza member, has tracked down and kidnapped his daughter’s murderer with help of his friend Nijima. But others are soon implicated in the death, leading the pair further down a violent path of revenge.
Chuji Kunisada, a farmer turned gambler and outlaw, is a legendary romantic hero of the late Edo period. Ito’s version of his story made Denjiro Okochi one of the immortal jidai- geki stars. Diary of Chuji’s Travels is a masterpiece because of Ito’s brilliant handling of violence, his startling camerawork, and his total spiritual and emotional commitment to the passionate character and tragic predicament of his hero. Originally released in three feature-length parts, the film was believed lost until 1991, when a re-edition of scenes from the second and third part of the trilogy were discovered.