MUBI: Kenji's Japanese Canon

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1.
Souls on the Road (1921)
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(91 mins.)
Director: Minoru Murata
 
2.
Orochi (1925)
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The story of a decent samurai who is widely considered a scum and a criminal. His bad luck and numerous misunderstandings drag him down the social ladder straight to the gutter. (74 mins.)
 
3.
A Page of Madness (1926)
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A man takes a job at an asylum with hopes of freeing his imprisoned wife. (70 mins.)
 
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Crossroads (1928)
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After falling in love with a courtesan, Rikiya is blinded by ash during a fight in a brothel. Believing the blindness permanent and his opponent dead... (74 mins.)
 
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The Neighbor's Wife and Mine (1931)
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A writer struggles to finish his story against many distractions, but the jazz party next door proves to be too much. (64 mins.)
Director: Heinosuke Gosho
 
8.
I Was Born, But... (1932)
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The Yoshi family - husband and wife Kennesuke and Haha, a middle manager at an office and a housewife respectively... (100 mins.)
Director: Yasujirô Ozu
 
9.
The Dancing Girl of Izu (1933)
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(94 mins.)
Director: Heinosuke Gosho
 
10.
Japanese Girls at the Harbor (1933)
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Two schoolgirl friends drift apart when one of them falls for a handsome boy. (72 mins.)
Director: Hiroshi Shimizu
 
11.
Taki no shiraito (1933)
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The tragic tale of a woman who despite doing good where she can gets punished by society. (110 mins.)
 
12.
Apart from You (1933)
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Two Geisha with a connection to a young man deal with life's hardships. (61 mins.)
Director: Mikio Naruse
 
13.
Tonari no Yae-chan (1934)
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Keitaro (Obinata Den) is a law student and Yaeko (Aizome Yumeko) is a high school girl. They are neighbors... (76 mins.)
 
14.
Sazen Tange and the Pot Worth a Million Ryo (1935)
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A man gets rid of a cheap pot without knowing it contains a map to a treasure. As word spreads, many join in hunting it. (92 mins.)
Director: Sadao Yamanaka
 
15.
An Inn in Tokyo (1935)
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Unemployed Kihachi and his two sons struggle to make ends meet. But that doesn't keep Kihachi from wooing single mother Otaka. (80 mins.)
Director: Yasujirô Ozu
 
16.
Shunkinsho: Okoto to Sasuke (1935)
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Sasuke loves Okoto, a blind musician. When she befalls a terrible disfigurement Saske can't bare it which escalates into a shocking climax. (100 mins.)
 
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Wife! Be Like a Rose! (1935)
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A young woman reaches maturity and yearns to know about her father. Her mother has poisoned her mind about the man who left her for another woman... (74 mins.)
Director: Mikio Naruse
 
19.
Jinsei no onimotsu (1935)
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An aging couple truffle to pay for their daughter's marriages while keeping their much younger son from feeling left out. (66 mins.)
Director: Heinosuke Gosho
 
20.
The Only Son (1936)
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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
 
21.
Osaka Elegy (1936)
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A young woman becomes a mistress of her boss in order to support her family. (71 mins.)
Director: Kenji Mizoguchi
 
22.
Akanishi Kakita (1936)
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(77 mins.)
Director: Mansaku Itami
 
23.
Kôchiyama Sôshun (1936)
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This movie is about a young stall owner called Onami and her troublesome brother. It all starts when... (82 mins.)
Director: Sadao Yamanaka
 
24.
Sisters of the Gion (1936)
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Two geisha sisters lead a hard life in the Gion district of Kyoto. After one of them feels obliged to support a bankrupt businessman, the other sister sets up various schemes to get rid of him. (69 mins.)
Director: Kenji Mizoguchi
 
25.
Mr. Thank You (1936)
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Mr. Thank You is the kindly young driver of a local bus traveling from poverty stricken coastal villages... (78 mins.)
Director: Hiroshi Shimizu
 
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The Straits of Love and Hate (1937)
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A young couple of lovers want to travel to Tokio to work and form a family there, but the parents of him want his son to regent their hotel. Finally, he does what his parents want him to, and her finds herself abandoned in the big city. (108 mins.)
Director: Kenji Mizoguchi
 
27.
Humanity and Paper Balloons (1937)
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The lives of two slum neighbors, one of a happy-go-lucky gambler and the other of a poor ronin, converge when the two get involved with the affairs of a powerful samurai official and his gangsters. (86 mins.)
Director: Sadao Yamanaka
 
28.
Children in the Wind (1937)
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(88 mins.)
Director: Hiroshi Shimizu
 
29.
Five Scouts (1938)
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(73 mins.)
Director: Tomotaka Tasaka
 
30.
The Masseurs and a Woman (1938)
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Two blind masseurs travel to a mountain retreat. One of them falls for a visiting lady from Tokyo and investigates a series of thefts. (66 mins.)
Director: Hiroshi Shimizu
 
31.
Fighting Soldiers (1939 Documentary)
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In the middle of 1938, Kamei Fumio and his film crew got themselves attached to an infantry regiment... (65 mins.)
Director: Fumio Kamei
 
32.
Tsuchi (1939)
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(142 mins.)
Director: Tomu Uchida
 
33.
The Whole Family Works (1939)
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(65 mins.)
Director: Mikio Naruse
 
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The Story of the Last Chrysanthemum (1939)
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In Tokyo in 1888, Kikunosuke Onoue, the adoptive son of an important actor, discovers that he is praised... (143 mins.)
Director: Kenji Mizoguchi
 
35.
Oshidori utagassen (1939)
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Oharu is in love with ronin who lives next door, but he is being pursued by two of the town beauties... (69 mins.)
Director: Masahiro Makino
 
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Four Seasons of Children (1939)
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(141 mins.)
Director: Hiroshi Shimizu
 
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Ornamental Hairpin (1941)
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Emi Ota and her friend Okiku stay briefly at a mountain inn and then return to Tokyo. Later, Nanmura... (75 mins.)
Director: Hiroshi Shimizu
 
40.
The 47 Ronin (1941)
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In 1701, Lord Takuminokami Asano has a feud with Lord Kira and he tries to kill Kira in the corridors of the Shogun's palace... (241 mins.)
Director: Kenji Mizoguchi
 
41.
Anjô-ke no butôkai (1947)
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After Japan's loss in the war, the wealthy, cultured, liberal Anjo family have to give up their mansion and their way of life... (89 mins.)
 
42.
Record of a Tenement Gentleman (1947)
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In post-war Japan, a man brings a lost boy to his tenement. No one wants to take the child for even one night; finally... (72 mins.)
Director: Yasujirô Ozu
 
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Children of the Beehive (1948)
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The movie focuses on the plight of ten war orphans hailing from different cities across Japan. With nowhere to go... (86 mins.)
Director: Hiroshi Shimizu
 
44.
Stray Dog (1949)
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During a sweltering summer, a rookie homicide detective tries to track down his stolen Colt pistol. (122 mins.)
Director: Akira Kurosawa
 
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Banshun (1949)
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Noriko is twenty-seven years old and still living with her widowed father. Everybody tries to talk her into marrying, but Noriko wants to stay at home caring for her father. (108 mins.)
Director: Yasujirô Ozu
 
46.
Rashomon (1950)
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A heinous crime and its aftermath are recalled from differing points of view. (88 mins.)
Director: Akira Kurosawa
 
47.
Miss Oyu (1951)
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Shinnosuke is introduced to Shizu as a prospective marriage partner, but he falls in love with her widowed sister Oyu... (94 mins.)
Director: Kenji Mizoguchi
 
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Bakushû (1951)
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A family chooses a match for their daughter Noriko, but she, surprisingly, has her own plans. (124 mins.)
Director: Yasujirô Ozu
 
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Dispersed Clouds (1951)
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(95 mins.)
Director: Heinosuke Gosho
 
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Meshi (1951)
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Michiyo lives in the small place Osaka and is not happy with her marriage, all she does is cook and clean for her husband. (97 mins.)
Director: Mikio Naruse
 
51.
The Idiot (1951)
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A Japanese veteran, driven partially mad from the war, travels to the snowy island of Kameda where he soon enters a love triangle with his best friend and a disgraced woman. (166 mins.)
Director: Akira Kurosawa
 
52.
Children of Hiroshima (1952)
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Post war Hiroshima: It's been four years since the last time she visited her hometown. Takako faces the after effects of the A-bomb when she travels around the city to call on old friends. (97 mins.)
Director: Kaneto Shindô
 
53.
The Life of Oharu (1952)
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Follows a woman's fight and survival amid the vicissitudes of life and the cruelty of the society. (148 mins.)
Director: Kenji Mizoguchi
 
54.
Shinkû chitai (1952)
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(129 mins.)
Director: Satsuo Yamamoto
 
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Flavor of Green Tea Over Rice (1952)
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A childless middle-aged couple faces a marital crisis of sorts. (115 mins.)
Director: Yasujirô Ozu
 
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Mother (1952)
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A teenaged girl witnesses her widowed mother's attempt to sustain her family. (98 mins.)
Director: Mikio Naruse
 
57.
Ikiru (1952)
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A bureaucrat tries to find a meaning in his life after he discovers he has terminal cancer. (143 mins.)
Director: Akira Kurosawa
 
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Tokyo Story (1953)
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An old couple visit their children and grandchildren in the city; but the children have little time for them. (136 mins.)
Director: Yasujirô Ozu
 
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Where Chimneys Are Seen (1953)
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Where Chimneys Are Seen focuses primarily on the interconnected lives of two couples in a lower-middle-class neighborhood in Senju, a poor industrial section of Tokyo. (108 mins.)
Director: Heinosuke Gosho
 
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Ugetsu (1953)
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A tale of ambition, family, love, and war set in the midst of the Japanese Civil Wars of the sixteenth century. (96 mins.)
Director: Kenji Mizoguchi
 
61.
Gate of Hell (1953)
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A samurai pursues a married lady-in-waiting. (86 mins.)
 
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A Japanese Tragedy (1953)
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Alternating in time, between the end of World War II and 1953, Haruko, a widow, does what she can to keep her daughter Utako and son Seiichi safe... (116 mins.)
 
63.
An Inn at Osaka (1954)
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An Inn at Osaka, rarely seen outside Japan, follows the story of an insurance company executive from Tokyo, Mr. Mito, who is demoted to the Osaka office. He takes a room at a small inn and tries to rebuild his life. (122 mins.)
Director: Heinosuke Gosho
 
64.
Sansho the Bailiff (1954)
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In medieval Japan, a compassionate governor is sent into exile. His wife and children try to join him, but are separated, and the children grow up amid suffering and oppression. (124 mins.)
Director: Kenji Mizoguchi
 
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Yama no oto (1954)
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The businessman Ogata Shingo works with his son Shuichi, who is his secretary, and they live together... (96 mins.)
Director: Mikio Naruse
 
66.
Samurai I: Musashi Miyamoto (1954)
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Depicts the early life of the legendary warrior Musashi Miyamoto; his years as an aspiring warrior, an outlaw and finally a true samurai. (93 mins.)
Director: Hiroshi Inagaki
 
67.
Seven Samurai (1954)
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A poor village under attack by bandits recruits seven unemployed samurai to help them defend themselves. (207 mins.)
Director: Akira Kurosawa
 
68.
Uwasa no onna (1954)
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Hatsuko Umabuchi is a widow who runs a prosperous geisha house in present day Kyoto. Her daughter Yukiko... (83 mins.)
Director: Kenji Mizoguchi
 
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Twenty-Four Eyes (1954)
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Schoolteacher Hisako Oishi forms an emotional bond with her pupils and teaches them various virtues, while at the same time worrying about their future. (156 mins.)
 
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Godzilla (1954)
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American nuclear weapons testing results in the creation of a seemingly unstoppable, dinosaur-like beast. (96 mins.)
Director: Ishirô Honda
 
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The Crucified Lovers (1954)
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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
 
72.
Floating Clouds (1955)
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A tragic social drama set in post war Japan and concerns a lonely women trying to find purpose and stability in a devastated Tokyo. (123 mins.)
Director: Mikio Naruse
 
73.
She Was Like a Wild Chrysanthemum (1955)
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An old man, being rowed along a river, sees a field of daisies (or Wild Chrysanthemums, as they are described in the title... (100 mins.)
 
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Meoto zenzai (1955)
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(121 mins.)
Director: Shirô Toyoda
 
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Taira Clan Saga (1955)
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Special Forces commander Captain Tadamori returns to Kyoto after successfully defeating the uprising of pirates in the western sea of Japan... (108 mins.)
Director: Kenji Mizoguchi
 
76.
Chiyari Fuji (1955)
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A samurai travels to Edo with his two servants. On their way, they meet many people and encounter great injustice. (94 mins.)
Director: Tomu Uchida
 
77.
Early Spring (1956)
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A young man and his wife struggle within the confines of their passionless relationship while he has an extramarital romance. (144 mins.)
Director: Yasujirô Ozu
 
78.
Street of Shame (1956)
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The personal tales of various prostitutes who occupy a Japanese brothel. (87 mins.)
Director: Kenji Mizoguchi
 
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Flowing (1956)
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Otsuta is running the geisha house Tsuta in Tokyo. Her business is heavily in debt. Her daughter Katsuyo... (117 mins.)
Director: Mikio Naruse
 
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Crazed Fruit (1956)
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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
 
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The Burmese Harp (1956)
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In the War's closing days, when a conscience-driven Japanese soldier fails to get his countrymen to surrender to overwhelming force, he adopts the lifestyle of a Buddhist monk. (116 mins.)
Director: Kon Ichikawa
 
82.
Suzaki Paradise Red Light (1956)
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A couple stand indecisively on a bridge in Asakusa. Tsutae and Yoshiji have lost confidence and passion... (81 mins.)
 
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Throne of Blood (1957)
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A war-hardened general, egged on by his ambitious wife, works to fulfill a prophecy that he would become lord of Spider's Web Castle. (110 mins.)
Director: Akira Kurosawa
 
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Kisses (1957)
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Story of a young couple whose fathers are prison bound. (74 mins.)
 
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Black River (1957)
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Perhaps Kobayashi's most sordid film, Black River is an exposé of the rampant corruption on and around U.S... (114 mins.)
 
86.
The Sun Legend of the End of the Tokugawa Era (1957)
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In the last days of the Shogunate, a resourceful grifter seeks to outwit competing prostitutes, rebellious samurai and other inhabitants of a brothel in order to survive the hardened times. (110 mins.)
 
87.
Times of Joy and Sorrow (1957)
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Covering the years from 1932 through 1957, this is the story of the trials and tribulations of lighthouse keeper Keiji Sada and his wife Hideko Takamine. (162 mins.)
 
88.
Yukiguni (1957)
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It's a man's world. Shimamura, an artist, comes to this snowbound town to rejuvenate himself. He connects with Komako... (133 mins.)
Director: Shirô Toyoda
 
89.
Tôkyô boshoku (1957)
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Two sisters find out the existence of their long-lost mother, but the younger cannot take the truth of being abandoned as a child. (140 mins.)
Director: Yasujirô Ozu
 
90.
Conflagration (1958)
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Goichi Mizoguchi, an aspiring Buddhist monk who became involved in the temple that was owned by his father... (99 mins.)
Director: Kon Ichikawa
 
91.
The Ballad of Narayama (1958)
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A kabuki theatre-inflected story about a poor village whose people have to be carried to a nearby mountain to die once they get old. (98 mins.)
 
92.
Giants and Toys (1958)
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In the middle of a fierce commercial competition between three caramel companies, an executive builds up a ditsy teenage girl as a mascot while simultaneously trying to uncover the rival companies' plans. (95 mins.)
 
93.
The Hidden Fortress (1958)
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The story follows two greedy peasants in feudal Japan, Tahei and Matashichi, who are returning home... (139 mins.)
Director: Akira Kurosawa
 
94.
The Rickshaw Man (1958)
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A poor rickshaw driver finds himself taking care of a young woman and her son after the woman's husband dies suddenly. (103 mins.)
Director: Hiroshi Inagaki
 
95.
Fires on the Plain (1959)
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In the closing days of WWII remnants of the Japanese army in Leyte are abandoned by their command and face certain starvation. (108 mins.)
Director: Kon Ichikawa
 
96.
Floating Weeds (1959)
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The head of a Japanese theatre troupe returns to a small coastal town where he left a son who thinks he is his uncle, and tries to make up for the lost time, but his current mistress grows jealous. (119 mins.)
Director: Yasujirô Ozu
 
97.
The Ghost of Yotsuya (1959)
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The ghost of a samurai's wife takes revenge on her husband. (76 mins.)
Director: Nobuo Nakagawa
 
98.
The Human Condition I: No Greater Love (1959)
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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. (208 mins.)
 
99.
The Human Condition II: Road to Eternity (1959)
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As a conscript in war-time Japan's military, a pacifist struggles to maintain his determination to keep his ideals. (181 mins.)
 
100.
The Human Condition III: A Soldier's Prayer (1961)
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His ideals challenged by life as a conscript in war-time Japan's military, a pacifist faces ever greater tests in his fight for survival. (190 mins.)