American Cinematheque - Japanese Outlaw Masters Retrospective

A collection of titles shown theatrically by the American Cinematheque as part of their Outlaw Masters of Japanese Film series.

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1.
Battles Without Honor and Humanity (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
During the violent chaos of post-War Japanese black market, a young gangster called Shozo Hirono has to keep up with the rapid shifts of power between unscrupulous bosses. (102 mins.)
Director: Kinji Fukasaku
 
2.
The Sword of Doom (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Through his unconscionable actions against others, a sociopath samurai builds a trail of vendettas that follow him closely. (119 mins.)
Director: Kihachi Okamoto
 
3.
Ecstasy of the Angels (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
The movie focuses on the actions of a revolutionary movement. (89 mins.)
Director: Kôji Wakamatsu
 
4.
Pale Flower (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A gangster gets released from prison and has to cope with the recent shifts of power between the gangs, while taking care of a thrill-seeking young woman, who got in bad company while gambling. (96 mins.)
 
5.
Female Prisoner Scorpion: Jailhouse 41 (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
After spending a year in solitary confinement, Matsu escapes from prison with six more convicts, followed by the guards led by the vengeful warden who wants her dead at all costs. (90 mins.)
Director: Shun'ya Itô
 
6.
Gate of Flesh (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
After World War II, some Tokyo prostitutes band together with a strict code: no pimps, attack any street walker who comes into our territory... (90 mins.)
Director: Seijun Suzuki
 
7.
Black Tight Killers (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A military photographer takes a cute stewardess out to dinner where she is promptly kidnapped. Deciding that he has fallen in love with the girl, our "hero" decides to investigate her kidnapping himself. (87 mins.)
Director: Yasuharu Hasebe
 
8.
Harakiri (1962)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
An elder ronin samurai arrives at a feudal lord's home and requests an honorable place to commit suicide. But when the ronin inquires about a younger samurai who arrived before him things take an unexpected turn. (133 mins.)
 
9.
Blind Beast (1969)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A blind sculpter and his mother kidnap a young model. (86 mins.)
 
10.
Fight, Zatoichi, Fight (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
When Zatoichi witnesses the murder of a young mother he promises to deliver the baby to the father. Along the way he gains the help of a reluctant criminal. (87 mins.)
Director: Kenji Misumi
 
11.
Zatoichi and the Chest of Gold (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Zatoichi is mistaken for a thief. To clear his name he must find and defeat the real villain. (83 mins.)
Director: Kazuo Ikehiro
 
12.
Hiruko the Goblin (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
A school was built on one of the Gates of Hell, behind which hordes of demons await the moment they will be free to roam the Earth... (89 mins.)
 
13.
Akai tenshi (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
During the Sino-Japanese War, a young army nurse gives sympathy to her patients and falls in love with an impotent doctor who's addicted to morphine. (95 mins.)
 
14.
Samurai Assassin (1965)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
February 17 to March 3, 1860, inside Edo castle. A group of assassins wait by Sakurada Gate to kill the lord of the House of Ii... (122 mins.)
Director: Kihachi Okamoto
 
15.
Audition (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A widower takes an offer to screen girls at a special audition, arranged for him by a friend to find him a new wife. The one he fancies is not who she appears to be after all. (115 mins.)
Director: Takashi Miike
 
16.
The City of Lost Souls (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Violent gangster movie with a Brazilian protagonist. (103 mins.)
Director: Takashi Miike
 
17.
Spiral (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
The inhabitants of a small Japanese town become increasingly obsessed with and tormented by spirals. (90 mins.)
Director: Higuchinsky
 
18.
Cat Soup (2001 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A young anthropomorphic cat goes on a psychedelic journey with his sister in order to save her soul. (34 mins.)
Director: Tatsuo Sato
 
19.
Tokyo Fist (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Suspecting that his childhood friend, a professional boxer, is having an affair with his fiancee, a businessman starts training rigorously himself in order to take him down. (87 mins.)
 
20.
Tetsuo II: Body Hammer (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Sequel to "Tetsuo" this time has the Iron Man transforming into cyberkinetic gun when a gang of vicious skinheads kidnap his son... (83 mins.)
 
21.
Freeze Me (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Chihiro is raped by three men and it is captured on video camera. She leaves her hometown and prepares to marry a colleague five years later... (101 mins.)
Director: Takashi Ishii
 
22.
Kids Return (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Dropping out of high school, two friends at first find success, one as a up-and-coming boxer and one as a low level gangster. Yet, their life decisions still find a way of catching up on them. (107 mins.)
Director: Takeshi Kitano
 
23.
Black Angel Vol. 1 (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
Ikko, the six year old daughter of a yakuza gang boss witnesses the brutal slaying of her parents and... (107 mins.)
Director: Takashi Ishii
 
24.
A Scene at the Sea (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
The lives of a young, hearing-impaired and gloomy couple are fulfilled after the boy holds interest in surfboarding. (101 mins.)
Director: Takeshi Kitano
 
25.
Onibi (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A yakuza hitman gets out of jail and decides to start a new life, but soon his old life catches up with him. (101 mins.)
 
26.
Crazy Thunder Road (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
When the leader of the once-notorious biker gang of Tokyo falls in love with a barmaid and quickly loses his rebellious ideals... (95 mins.)
Director: Sogo Ishii
 
27.
Pistol Opera (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
The No. 3 assassin of Japan is given the chance to usurp No. 1 and take their place. (112 mins.)
Director: Seijun Suzuki
 
28.
Black Rose (1969)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
(91 mins.)
Director: Kinji Fukasaku
 
29.
If You Were Young: Rage (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Riveting story of five kids who come to Tokyo for work in 1960. Fukasaku shows the shocking consequences for these idealistic youths whose dreams are soon torn apart in the chaos of class turmoil and youthful indiscretion. (89 mins.)
Director: Kinji Fukasaku
 
30.
Ichi the Killer (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
As sadomasochistic yakuza enforcer Kakihara searches for his missing boss he comes across Ichi, a repressed and psychotic killer who may be able to inflict levels of pain that Kakihara has only dreamed of. (129 mins.)
Director: Takashi Miike
 
31.
Vengeance for Sale (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
(88 mins.)
Director: Kihachi Okamoto
 
32.
Dora-heita (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
New magistrate cleans up a corrupt town in his own comic Samurai way. (111 mins.)
Director: Kon Ichikawa
 
33.
Japanese Devils (2001 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A documentary recording the testimony of fourteen former Japanese soldiers as they recount atrocities... (160 mins.)
Director: Minoru Matsui
 
34.
The Happiness of the Katakuris (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A family moves to the country to run a rustic mountain inn when, to their horror, the customers begin befalling sudden and unlikely fates. (113 mins.)
Director: Takashi Miike
 
35.
Three Outlaw Samurai (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
When poor peasants kidnap a magistrate's daughter to coerce him into reducing taxes, a wandering ronin and two renegades from the magistrate's guard take up the fight for them. (95 mins.)
Director: Hideo Gosha
 
36.
Goyokin (1969)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A guilt-haunted samurai warrior attempts to stop a massacre taking place. (124 mins.)
Director: Hideo Gosha
 
37.
Kill! (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Two ronin - an ex-samurai and an ex-farmer - get caught up in a local official's complex game of murder and betrayal. (115 mins.)
Director: Kihachi Okamoto
 
38.
Assassination (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
In 1863, when Americans warships approach Japan, a enigmatic ronin becomes a important figure in a complex game of power between the Shogunate and the empire. (104 mins.)
 
39.
Epoch of Murder Madness (1967)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
(99 mins.)
Director: Kihachi Okamoto
 
40.
Branded to Kill (1967)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A hit-man, with a fetish for sniffing boiling rice, fumbles his latest job, putting him into conflict with his treacherous wife, with a mysterious woman eager for death and with the phantom-like hit-man known only as Number One. (91 mins.)
Director: Seijun Suzuki
 
41.
The Great Killing (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A Shogunate Elder connives to rule Japan by making his puppet, the Shogun's brother Tsunashige, the next Shogun... (118 mins.)
Director: Eiichi Kudô
 
42.
Pigs and Battleships (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A young hoodlum decides to work for a criminal organization that is tearing itself apart. (108 mins.)
Director: Shôhei Imamura
 
43.
Intentions of Murder (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A housewife living under her tyrannical husband has her life stressfully turned upside down after getting raped by a burglar. (150 mins.)
Director: Shôhei Imamura
 
44.
Vengeance Is Mine (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Chronological exploits of Iwao Enokizu, a murderous thief on the lam. (140 mins.)
Director: Shôhei Imamura
 
45.
Detective Bureau 2-3: Go to Hell Bastards (1963)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Seijun Suzuki's DETECTIVE BUREAU 2-3: GO TO HELL BASTARDS follows police detective Tajima (Shishido)... (89 mins.)
Director: Seijun Suzuki
 
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