Melvelet's submission for the Hidden Gems list 2013

Favorite Films with less than 400 checks.
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1.
The Stranger Within a Woman (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Two friends meet in a bar. Later that night, one friend's flirtatious wife is reportedly in an accident. The other friend doesn't feel well. What's come over him? (102 mins.)
Director: Mikio Naruse
 
2.
Death by Hanging (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A Korean man is sentenced to death by hanging, but he survives the execution. For the following two hours, his executioners try to work out how to handle the situation in this black farce. (117 mins.)
Director: Nagisa Ôshima
 
3.
The Pornographers (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Life of a pornographer who tries to stay under the radar of the mob. He has a mistress, a step-son, a step-daughter (whom he's attracted to) and a wife who believes her first husband was reincarnated as a restless carp. (128 mins.)
Director: Shôhei Imamura
 
4.
The Insect Woman (1963)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Life story of a woman born in poverty trying to succeed. Through her many schemes, she faces her ups and downs in a cyclical nature, fueled mostly by self-interest. (123 mins.)
Director: Shôhei Imamura
 
5.
Case for a Rookie Hangman (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Lemuel Gulliver (Lubomír Kostelka) has had a car accident and continues his journey across the unknown countryside on foot... (102 mins.)
Director: Pavel Jurácek
 
6.
The Yellow Sea (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
The story of a cab driver in Yanji City, a region between North Korea, China and Russia. His wife goes to Korea to earn money... (157 mins.)
Director: Hong-jin Na
 
7.
Woman of the Lake (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A married woman lets her lover take naked pictures of her. The photos end up in possession of a man who starts blackmailing the couple. (102 mins.)
Director: Kiju Yoshida
 
8.
Lili Marleen (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
In Switzerland German singer 'Willie' falls in love with Jewish composer 'Robert' who offers resistance to the Nazis by helping refugees... (120 mins.)
 
9.
Why Does Herr R. Run Amok? (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
With slicked-down hair and three-piece suits, dependable Herr Raab is a technical draftsman. He gets... (88 mins.)
 
10.
Yearning (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
After a bombing raid destroys the family store and her husband, Reiko rebuilds and runs the shop out of love stopped short by destruction. (98 mins.)
Director: Mikio Naruse
 
11.
Kohayagawa-ke no aki (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
The family of an older man who runs a small sake brewery become concerned with his finances and his health after they discover him visiting an old mistress from his youth. (103 mins.)
Director: Yasujirô Ozu
 
12.
This Man Must Die (1969)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Single father obsessed with murdering the hit&run driver who killed his only child, poses as a screenwriter... (110 mins.)
Director: Claude Chabrol
 
13.
Crazed Fruit (1956)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Spending their summer on an exotic beach, two brothers fall for the same beautiful girl, whose charm and looks may hide more than they they bargained for. (86 mins.)
Director: Kô Nakahira
 
14.
Profound Desires of the Gods (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
An engineer from Tokyo arrives on a drought-ridden tropical island to drill a well to power a nearby sugar mill. He meets the inbred Futori family, hated by the locals for breaking religious customs. (173 mins.)
Director: Shôhei Imamura
 
15.
Fear of Fear (1975 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Margot, who lives in a comfortable middle class apartment, fears that she is losing her mind after having had her second child... (88 mins.)
 
16.
Fighting Elegy (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
In Okayama in the mid-1930s, Kiroku attends high school and boards with a Catholic family whose daughter... (86 mins.)
Director: Seijun Suzuki
 
17.
Boy (1969)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A young boy reluctantly aids his swindling father in a threatening scam. (105 mins.)
Director: Nagisa Ôshima
 
18.
The Only Son (1936)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
In 1923, in the province of Shinshu, the widow and simple worker of a silk factory Tsune Nonomiya (O-Tsune)... (87 mins.)
Director: Yasujirô Ozu
 
19.
The Round-Up (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
In Hungary, the national movement led by Kossuth has been crushed and the Austrian hegemony re-established... (90 mins.)
Director: Miklós Jancsó
 
20.
The Ear (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Husband (senior ministry official) and wife find their house is riddled with listening devices put there by his own ministry... (94 mins.)
Director: Karel Kachyna
 
21.
A Town of Love and Hope (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A young man runs a scam selling pigeons that always return to his home. A rich girl takes an interest in him and tries to help him find a good job. (62 mins.)
Director: Nagisa Ôshima
 
22.
The Merchant of Four Seasons (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Hans Epp is a self-destructive man who lives a dissatisfied life. He tries to find meaning as a fruit vendor, but a heart attack impedes his ability to work, which turns his dissatisfaction into despair. (88 mins.)
 
23.
In a Year with 13 Moons (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
This drama follows the last few days in the life of Elvira (formerly Erwin) Weisshaupt. Years before... (124 mins.)
 
24.
Pursued (1947)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Brought up by a neighboring family in the 1880s, an orphan grows up haunted by nightmares of a childhood trauma in which his own family was killed. (101 mins.)
Director: Raoul Walsh
 
25.
Violence at Noon (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Two young women must come to terms with the fact that a man they're deeply linked to is a murdering rapist. (99 mins.)
Director: Nagisa Ôshima
 
26.
Nanami: The Inferno of First Love (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A teenage goldsmith with a dark past tragically falls in love with a young nude model. (108 mins.)
Director: Susumu Hani
 
27.
Pleasures of the Flesh (1965)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
After Atsushi commits murder, he is blackmailed into keeping a suitcase full of embezzled money. What follows is a descent into lustful, reckless actions and regret. (104 mins.)
Director: Nagisa Ôshima
 
28.
Une Femme Mariée (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Charlotte is young and modern, not a hair out of place, superficial, cool; she reads fashion magazines - does she have the perfect bust... (95 mins.)
Director: Jean-Luc Godard
 
29.
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
 
30.
The Crucified Lovers (1954)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
Ishun is a wealthy, but unsympathetic, master printer who has wrongly accused his wife and best employee of being lovers. To escape punishment, the accused run away together, but Ishun is certain to be ruined if word gets out. (102 mins.)
Director: Kenji Mizoguchi
 
31.
Floating Clouds (1955)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A tragic social drama set in post war Japan and concerns a lonely woman trying to find purpose and stability in a devastated Tokyo. (123 mins.)
Director: Mikio Naruse
 
32.
Funeral Parade of Roses (1969)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
The trials and tribulations of Eddie and other transvestites in Japan. (107 mins.)
 
33.
A Report on the Party and the Guests (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A small group of adult bourgeois friends are on a day outing in the country, that outing which includes having a picnic... (71 mins.)
Director: Jan Nemec
 
34.
The Man Who Put His Will on Film (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A metaphysical mystery involving a university student's camera getting stolen, and the thief then committing suicide. Looking back upon the event, the situation comes to be questioned if it happened at all. (94 mins.)
Director: Nagisa Ôshima
 
35.
The Inheritance (1962)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Two-hundred million yen is up for grabs in a dying businessman's will. The businessman intends to will it to his 3 illegitimate children, but his associates scheme to take advantage of the situation. (107 mins.)
 
36.
Intimidation (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A bank manager is blackmailed into robbing his own bank. (65 mins.)
 
37.
The Naked Island (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
A family of four are the sole inhabitants of a small island, where they struggle each day to irrigate their crops. (96 mins.)
Director: Kaneto Shindô
 
38.
Le Beau Serge (1958)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Francois comes back to his home village in France after more than a decade. He notices that the village hasn't changed much... (98 mins.)
Director: Claude Chabrol
 
39.
The Ceremony (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Upon receiving a shocking telegram from his cousin, a man recounts his early life, as a member of a broad family full of dark secrets that slowly reveal themselves through the clan ceremonies. (123 mins.)
Director: Nagisa Ôshima
 
40.
Querelle (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
French sailor Querelle arrives in Brest and starts frequenting a strange whorehouse. He discovers that... (108 mins.)
 
41.
Diary of a Shinjuku Thief (1969)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Story of a bookstore thief named Birdey who is led through various adventures in Tokyo's Shinjuku district by salesgirl Umeko. (96 mins.)
Director: Nagisa Ôshima
 
42.
The American Soldier (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Ricky is a cold-blooded U.S. German contract killer. After serving in Viet Nam, he returns to his home... (80 mins.)
 
43.
Love Is Colder Than Death (1969)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Unusual gangster story, in which a small-time pimp Franz, who is torn between his mistress and Bruno... (88 mins.)