Most Popular Titles With Tôru Abe
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2. Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970)
G | 144 min | Drama, History, War
A dramatization of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and the series of American blunders that allowed it to happen.
Writers: Larry Forrester, Hideo Oguni, Ryûzô Kikushima, Gordon W. Prange, Ladislas Farago | Directors: Richard Fleischer, Kinji Fukasaku, Toshio Masuda | Stars: Martin Balsam, Sô Yamamura, Jason Robards, Joseph Cotten
4. The Human Condition I: No Greater Love (I) (1959)
Not Rated | 208 min | Drama, War
A Japanese pacifist, unable to face the dire consequences of conscientious objection, is transformed by his attempts to compromise with the demands of war-time Japan.
6. Lady Snowblood 2: Love Song of Vengeance (1974)
Not Rated | 89 min | Drama, Thriller
Lady Snowblood is caught in the politics of early 20th century Japan.
7. Shogun (1980 TV Movie)
125 min | Adventure, Drama, History
An English navigator becomes both pawn and player in the deadly political games in feudal Japan.
8. Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart to Hades (1972)
R | 89 min | Action, Drama
In the third film of the Lone Wolf and Cub series, Ogami Itto volunteers to be tortured by Yakuza to save a prostitute and is hired by their leader to kill an evil chamberlain.
10. Zatoichi Meets the One-Armed Swordsman (1971)
Not Rated | 94 min | Drama, Action, Adventure
Two of Japan and China's greatest heroic swordsman find themselves caught in a plot to protect a young child. But will national distrust and simple misunderstanding keep the two kindred spirits apart?
11. Yasagure anego den: sôkatsu rinchi (1973)
86 min | Action, Crime, Drama
Ocho is accidentally captured by a drug trafficking cartel who use Chinese women to smuggle drugs into Japan by hiding it in their vaginas. She is tortured, and manages to escape, fighting ... See full summary »
12. Zatoichi the Fugitive (1963)
Not Rated | 86 min | Drama, Adventure, Action
A yakuza gang targets the blind masseur Zatoichi after he defeats their group in a wrestling match. Meanwhile a long lost love of Zatoichi's returns to his life.
13. Ballad of Orin (1977)
109 min | Drama
A blind traveling musician is abused and oppressed while she tours the country, even though the modern world imposes changes on people's behavior.
15. Sukeban gerira (1972)
84 min | Action
Miko Sugimoto is the leader of the Red Helmet Gang, a biker girl gang from Shinjuku who wind up in Kyoto and make a bid to take over the local girl gangs there. Successful for a short time ... See full summary »
16. The Inheritance (1962)
107 min | Drama
On his deathbed, a wealthy businessman announces that his fortune is to be split equally among his three illegitimate children, whose whereabouts are unknown to his family and colleagues. A... See full summary »
19. Return of Daimajin (1966)
79 min | Fantasy
In a mountainous region of Japan, Lord Arakawa kidnaps the men of nearby villages to use as slave labor, producing gunpowder from his sulfur pits. A band of young boys decide to rescue their enslaved fathers on their own.
79 min | Action, Crime, Mystery
A prison truck is assaulted and the two convicts inside are murdered. The prison guard on duty gets suspended for negligence and takes it upon himself to track down the killers.
21. The Lustful Shogun and His 21 Concubines (1972)
The Tokugawa new Shogun is not interested in women. A nobleman with the help of a lady thief replaces the Shogun with a double, while he learns about love. But the double finds pleasure not only in women, but in his new status.
22. The Great Killing (1964)
118 min | Action, Drama
A Shogunate Elder connives to rule Japan by making his puppet, the Shogun's brother Tsunashige, the next Shogun. The best strategist in Japan, Yamaga, leads a plot to stop the Elder, but ... See full summary »
24. Queen Bee Strikes Again (1971)
Action, Crime, Drama
In the 1970s, the Japanese youth emancipation also found it's way into the yakuza (crime) societies. A Girl Boss may have a choice between bikes, and between boyfriends. But she has to ... See full summary »
25. Rengô kantai shirei chôkan: Yamamoto Isoroku (1968)
131 min | Drama, War
As Japan joins in a political pact with Nazi Germany and fascist Italy, Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto is appointed supreme commander of the Japanese fleet. With Japan headed inexorably toward ... See full summary »
26. Yasha-ga-ike (1979)
123 min | Romance, Fantasy
Outside of a small village in Japan, a mysterious pond is inhabited by mythic creatures. Their story is of revenge, tragedy, and the power of real love. A classical tale which translates ... See full summary »
28. Agent Shiranui (1960)
91 min | Drama
Before he portrayed the legendary blind swordsman, Zatoichi, Shintaro Katsu played Suganoichi, a blind court masseur with a dark side. An outcast since birth, he learned from a young age ... See full summary »
30. The Resurrection of the Golden Wolf (1979)
131 min | Action, Crime, Drama
Yusaka Matsuda stars as a seemingly run-of-the-mill corporate salary man who leads a double life as a vicious criminal by night. In a delicious scheme of payback, he seeks to dominate the ... See full summary »
31. A Lively Geisha (1968)
100 min | Crime
Koshizu (Fuji), a young geisha, tries to kill herself but is saved by cook Yukichi (Sugahara). Rival geisha Adakichi (Yumi), greedy trader Yasukawa (Abe) and wealthy businessman Asai (Soganoya) add up to dramatic turns.
32. Gekido no showashi 'Gunbatsu' (1970)
134 min | Drama, War
Reporter Goro Arai covers the war for a Japanese newspaper. He follows the activities of Japan's top military leader, Hideki Tojo, and comes to view Tojo as a dangerous military tyrant. But... See full summary »
34. Ôkami (1955)
127 min | Drama
Time; a few years after the surrender of Japan in the Second World War. The country is in ruins, economy devastated, and the vulnerable masses deprived of work; let alone the basic ... See full summary »
36. Sukeban: Taiman Shobu (1974)
87 min | Action, Crime, Drama
Keiko Aizawa a vengeance-crazed vixen sets out on a journey to avenge the death of her older sister.
37. Sukeban: Tamatsuki asobi (1974)
87 min | Action, Crime, Drama
Released from reform school, the Girl Boss (Yuko Kano) and her girl gang enter in conflict with another girl gang who are allied to the powerful Yakuza Boss (Toru Abe). The Girl Boss teams ... See full summary »
80 min | Action
Thirsting for revenge, Jokichi rashly attempts to assassinate the evil Chogoro but ends up being captured by Yakuza. His life is spared by Boss Juzaburo, in order that the harmony of an ... See full summary »
41. Jubilation Street (1944)
Not Rated | 73 min | Drama, War
As World War II escalates, the tight-knit habitants of a street in Tokyo must relocate from their homes so that the government can use the space. Kinoshita's sensitive film-beautifully and ... See full summary »
42. Ezo yakata no ketto (1970)
131 min | Action
1864. Samurai Shinbei is sent in a secret mission to Ezo, in the North of Japan, to stop riots of villagers commanded by Jirozaemon. A Russian count's daughter, the village leader's daughter and a secret treasure add up to the adventure.
43. Love Letter (1953)
98 min | Romance
This valiant melodrama is the brilliant debut as a moviemaker of the great Japanese actress Kinuyo Tanaka, who also has a small role in the story. Based on a screenplay by Keinosuke ... See full summary »
44. Hissatsu shikakenin (1972–1973)
46 min | Action
"Shikakenin", they have a double life and live inconspicuously in Edo. Baian Fujieda is an acupuncturist. Sanai Nishimura is a masterless samurai. They believe that Otowaya-Han'emon who is ... See full summary »
47. Nihon kyokaku-den (1964)
A timber merchant and haulage firm in late 19th century Tokyo is in trouble. The widowed lady owner is being threatened by a scheming competitor who is offering much cheaper labour. X has ... See full summary »
48. Man Who Causes a Storm (1957)
101 min | Drama
Shoichi is a violent young man just released from jail who aspires to be a drummer. He works his way up by playing gigs in a hip Ginza club, an eventually wins a drumming contest. But what ... See full summary »
50. Taiheiyô Sensô to Himeyuri Butai (1962)
93 min | Drama, War
The last fight put up by remaining Japanese forces and a special volunteer nursing corps on Okinawa at the end of World War II (1944-45).