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A selection of indie and cult films by Japanese filmmakers or directors from other countries who have set their stories in the land of the Rising Sun. Japanese cinema is among the most important cultural industries in the world, the fourth largest market in terms of the number of films produced. Ozu's Tokyo Story ranked third in the most important films of all time. The 1950s are the golden age of Japanese cinema. Kurosawa, Ozu and Mizoguchi are among the best directors in the history of cinema for international film criticism. In 1951 an unknown director named Akira Kurosawa won the Golden Lion in Venice for the film Rashomon. From that moment on, Western cinema audiences discovered Japan and the films of the Rising Sun that had been ignored for decades, starting with the director who is the artistic father of an entire generation, the master who had already created sublime cinema before the war, with works that would arrive in other countries of the world only from the 1950s on. His name was Kenji Mizoguchi.

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  • A Page Of Madness

    Movie

    Drama, horror, by Teinosuke Kinugasa, Japan, 1926.
    A page of madness is an independent film shot on a nearly non-existent budget and then lost for forty-five years. Fortunately the director rediscovered it in his archive in 1971. It is a film made by a group of Japanese avant-garde artists, the S...

  • Crazed Fruit

    Movie

    Drama, by Ko Nakahira, Japan, 1959.
    The sweet life of the rich young Japanese of the Sun Tribe subculture which was inspired by the western lifestyle in the late 1950s, between lust and violence, water skiing and speedboats. A story of love, passion and betrayal. Two brothers fall in love with th...

  • Miss Oyu

    Movie

    Drama, by Kenji Mizoguchi, Japan, 1951.
    Bachelor Shinnosuke falls in love with Miss Oyu, the companion of his younger sister Shizu who visits him as a future bride. The family taboo prevents Shinnosuke from marrying Oyu. He marries Shizu without consummating their marriage so that Shinnosuke can ...

  • Osaka Elegy

    Movie

    Drama, by Kenji Mizoguchi, Japan, 1936.
    Ayako Murai is a telephone operator for the pharmaceutical company Asai, in the city of Osaka in 1930. To pay the debts of her father, unemployed and threatened with arrest for not repaying a loan, she agrees to become her employer's mistress. work. After p...

  • Early Summer

    Movie

    Drama, by Yasujirō Ozu, Japan, 1951.
    Noriko, a secretary from Tokyo, resides in Kamakura with her family along with her parents Shūkichi and Shige, her elder brother Kōichi, a doctor, her wife Fumiko and their 2 boys Minoru and Isamu. Noriko's friends are divided into 2 groups, married and single...

  • Tokyo Story

    Movie

    Drama, by Yasujirô Ozu, Japan, 1953.
    Shukichi and Tomi, now close to seventy, take a trip to Tokyo to visit their children before it's too late. When they arrive in the city, however, the welcome is not what they expected: the eldest son Koichi and his sister Shige have too many work commitments ...

  • Ugetsu

    Movie

    Drama, fantasy, by Kenji Mizoguchi, Japan, 1953.
    Japan, late 16th century: the potter Genjurō and his brother Tobei live with their wives Miyagi and Ohama in a village in the Omi region; Genjurō, convinced that he can earn a lot of money by selling his goods in the nearby city, goes to the county...

  • A Geisha

    Movie

    Drama, by by Kenji Mizoguchi, Japan, 1953.
    The story takes place in Kyoto and follows Eiko, a young woman who wants to become a geisha and asks the older Miyoharu to teach her the trade. One of her first clients tries to rape her but Eiko violently defends herself and sends him to the hospital. A...

  • Children of Hiroshima

    Movie

    Drama, by Kaneto Shindō, Japan, 1952.
    Takako Ishikawa is a teacher off the coast of Hiroshima and has not returned to his atomic bombed city in 4 years. His trip to Hiroshima becomes a journey to his destroyed homeland, in search of surviving old friends. The city has almost been rebuilt, but the...