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Movie: 紅の豚 / Porco Rosso (1992)

In 1930s Italy, sky pirates in seaplanes terrorize wealthy cruise ships as they sail the Adriatic Sea. The only pilot brave enough to stop the scourge is the mysterious Porco Rosso, a former World War I flying ace who was somehow transformed into a pig during the war. After his plane is damaged, Porco must prepare to battle a rogue American ace with the help of his two confidantes, a fearless teenage mechanic and a world-weary cabaret singer. [more inside]
posted by Pallas Athena on May 20, 2024 - 14 comments

Movie: Crimson Bat, the Blind Swordswoman (1969)

A young blind girl is abandoned by her mother. When her guardian is killed, she learns to wield a sword from a traveling Ronin. She travels to seek her mother and her revenge. [more inside]
posted by jabah on Mar 16, 2024 - 2 comments

Movie: River

[TRAILER] Mikoto (Riko Fujitani), a waitress at a Japanese Inn, is called back to work while standing outside along the Kibune River. Two minutes later, she finds herself in the same position facing the river. The clerk, waitresses, chefs, and guests all begin to feel something strange. Every 2 minutes, time rewinds and everyone returns to where they were, though their memories continue. Some want to get out of the loop, others want to stay, yet they all have issues they need to solve. Director Junta Yamaguchi and writer Makoto Ueda (who last paired on the positively delightful Beyond the Infinite Two Minutes) return with another two minute time loop comedy. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Feb 20, 2024 - 9 comments

Movie: Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai

A tale of revenge, honor and disgrace, centering on a poverty-stricken samurai who discovers the fate of his ronin son-in-law, setting in motion a tense showdown of vengeance against the house of a feudal lord. [more inside]
posted by pwnguin on Feb 18, 2024 - 2 comments

Movie: Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba - The Movie: Mugen Train

[TRAILER] Tanjiro Kamado, joined with Inosuke Hashibira, a boy raised by boars who wears a boar's head, and Zenitsu Agatsuma, a scared boy who reveals his true power when he sleeps, boards the Infinity Train on a new mission with the Fire Hashira, Kyojuro Rengoku, to defeat a demon who has been tormenting the people and killing the demon slayers who oppose it! [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Feb 16, 2024 - 2 comments

Movie: Akira

[TRAILER] In 1988 the Japanese government drops an atomic bomb on Tokyo after ESP experiments on children go awry. In 2019, 31 years after nuking the city, Kaneda, a bike gang leader, tries to save his friend Tetsuo from a secret government project. He battles against anti-government activists, greedy politicians, irresponsible scientists and a powerful military leader until Tetsuo's supernatural power suddenly manifest. A final battle is fought in Tokyo Olympiad exposing the experiment's secrets. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Feb 15, 2024 - 22 comments

Movie: Visitors - Complete Edition

Evil meets comedy: creatures, flying eyes, chainsaws, musical heads, Lloyd Kaufman, mystical apparitions, sci-fi horror comedy and a host of other gleeful shenanigans. Director Ken'ichi Ugana expands his sixteen minute short into a loopy, surreal 61 minute feature. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Feb 12, 2024 - 1 comment

Movie: Kotoko

When a single mother suffers a nervous breakdown, she is suspected of child abuse and her child is taken away. Her mental suffering escalates as she succumbs to her darkest fantasies. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Aug 18, 2023 - 4 comments

Movie: Sweet Bean

[TRAILER] The master of a dorayaki pastry store hires a 76-year-old woman whose talents attract customers from all over. But she’s hiding a troubling secret. Life’s joys are found in the little details, and no matter what may be weighing you down, everyone loves a good pastry. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Aug 18, 2023 - 3 comments

Movie: Ballad of Orin

A blind traveling musician is abused and oppressed while she tours the country, even though the modern world imposes changes on people's behavior. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Aug 18, 2023 - 3 comments

Movie: Josee, the Tiger and the Fish

[TRAILER] Tsuneo is a university student working part-time in a mah-jong parlour. Lately the customers have been talking about an old lady who pushes a baby carriage through the streets. They say she is carrying something for a crime syndicate, and they wonder what it is she has in the carriage Money? Drugs? One day, the owner of the mah-jong parlour sends Tsuneo out to walk his dog. A baby carriage comes rolling down a hill and crashes into a guard rail. The old lady asks him to look into the carriage, where he finds a young woman clutching a knife. This is how Tsuneo first meets the girl who calls herself Josee. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Aug 18, 2023 - 1 comment

Movie: Goodbye CP

Documentarian Kazuo Hara follows the lives and activities of Yokota Hiroshi and Yokozuka Koichi, members of an activist group made up of people with cerebral palsy. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Aug 18, 2023 - 1 comment

Movie: Wuthering Heights

Young Kinu Yamabe is drawn to low-born Onimaru, who is vital and charismatic, but viewed by his father as a demon. After her first period, Kinu suffers the fate of any women born near the Sacred Mountain: she must leave the Mountain and serve as a priestess. A jidaigeki adaptation of Emily Brontë's classic novel. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Aug 17, 2023 - 3 comments

Movie: The Ballad of Narayama

[TRAILER] In a small village in a valley everyone who reaches the age of 70 must leave the village and go to a certain mountain top to die. If anyone should refuse they would disgrace their family. Old Orin is 69. This winter it is her turn to go to the mountain. But first she must make sure that her eldest son Tatsuhei finds a wife. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Aug 17, 2023 - 2 comments

Movie: ICHI

[TRAILER] Ichi is a blind entertainer that travels the countryside with her traditional Japanese guitar and walking stick. She's in search of the kind man that brought her up as a child, but because of her beauty she encounters problems every step of the way. Fortunately for Ichi, she is also a gifted swordswoman and carries a lethal blade within her walking stick. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Aug 17, 2023 - 1 comment

Movie: The Chrysanthemum and the Guillotine

[TRAILER] In the wake of the social unrest caused by the 1923 Great Kanto Earthquake, two female sumo athletes, Kiku and Tokachi, and an anarchist group called the Guillotine Society, spark an unlikely connection. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Aug 17, 2023 - 2 comments

Movie: Twenty-Four Eyes

[TRAILER] Schoolteacher Hisako Oishi struggles to imbue her students with a positive view of the world despite the fact that war is looming. aka Nijushi no hitomi [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Aug 17, 2023 - 3 comments

Movie: The Life of Oharu

[TRAILER] In feudal Japan, Oharu (Kinuyo Tanaka), the daughter of royal samurai Shinzaemon (Ichiro Sugai), secretly has a passionate romance with Katsunosuke (Toshirô Mifune), a man with a meager social standing. When the couple is found out, the law comes down hard on this breach of class: Katsunosuke is put to death and Oharu and her family are banished from the kingdom. Destitute and disgraced, Shinzaemon sells Oharu into prostitution, and she spends years searching for love. aka Saikaku ichidai onna [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Aug 17, 2023 - 1 comment

Movie: Wild Geese

As Otama, a young woman who, in order to support her father is trapped into becoming the mistress of a middle-aged pawnbroker, she captures the essence of a caged bird. Otama is a thinker and a watcher, capable of looking inward at herself and outward at her situation at the same time. Thus, when she falls in love with a young student who passes by her house every day, she can both indulge and deny herself that love. aka Wild Geese [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Aug 17, 2023 - 1 comment

Movie: The Legend & Butterfly

Trailer. A romantic biopic centering on Oda Nobunaga (Takuya Kimura) and his wife Nohime (Haruka Ayase) spanning 30 years of the Sengoku period. Traces Nobunaga's rise to power and struggle to unify Japan viewed through the lens of a tumultuous relationship. Toei Company's 70th Anniversary film. Streaming on Amazon Prime. [more inside]
posted by okonomichiyaki on Aug 16, 2023 - 1 comment

Movie: Shin Kamen Rider

[TRAILER] Hongo Takeshi awakens to discover he has been transformed into a grasshopper-hybrid cyborg. Becoming the Masked Rider, he must fight the mysterious evil organization SHOCKER to protect all of mankind. Shin Kamen Rider is Anno Hideaki's ode to the legendary Tokusatsu franchise, Japan's biggest hero, and his dearest childhood icon. Go! Go! Let's go! [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Aug 9, 2023 - 3 comments

Movie: Summer Time Machine Blues

[TRAILER] The members of a sci-fi club accidentally spill Coke on the remote controller of an air-conditioner during summer and suddenly a time machine appears in their sweating bath-like clubroom. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Aug 3, 2023 - 2 comments

Movie: Tetsuo: The Iron Man

A “metal fetishist,” driven mad by the maggots wriggling in the wound he’s made to embed metal into his flesh, runs out into the night and is accidentally run down by a Japanese businessman and his girlfriend. The pair dispose of the corpse in hopes of quietly moving on with their lives. However, the businessman soon finds that he is now plagued by a vicious curse that transforms his flesh into iron. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Jan 12, 2023 - 5 comments

Movie: Missing

Original title: Sagasu. Depressed and in debt, Santoshi (Jirô Satô) tells his young teen daughter Kaede (Aoi Itô) that he's going to find an infamous serial killer and collect a reward. However, when Santoshi disappears without a trace, she starts to fear the worst and begins searching for him. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Jan 4, 2023 - 2 comments

Movie: Onibaba

[TRAILER] While her son, Kichi, is away at war, a woman (Nobuko Otowa) and her daughter-in-law (Jitsuko Yoshimura) survive by killing samurai who stray into their swamp, then selling whatever valuables they find. Both are devastated when they learn that Kichi has died, but his wife soon begins an affair with a neighbor who survived the war, Hachi (Kei Satô). The mother disapproves and, when she can't steal Hachi for herself, tries to scare her daughter-in-law with a mysterious mask from a dead samurai. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Nov 21, 2022 - 2 comments

Movie: Dodes'ka-den

[TRAILER] A group of impoverished misfits inhabiting a Japanese landfill have experiences that are alternately joyful and disheartening. Young, disabled Roku-chan (Yoshitaka Zushi) spends his days in a fantasy world where he is the captain of an imaginary train, while his mother, Okuni (Kin Sugai), remains in constant prayer, rarely venturing out of her shanty. A homeless man and his child lovingly envision every detail of the home they wish they had money to build, and a mute girl has a tragic encounter. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Nov 15, 2022 - 4 comments

Movie: Ran

At the age of seventy, after years of consolidating his empire, the Great Lord Hidetora Ichimonji (Tatsuya Nakadai) decides to abdicate and divide his domain amongst his three sons. Taro (Akira Terao), the eldest, will rule. Jiro (Jinpachi Nezu), his second son, and Saburo (Daisuke Ryu) will take command of the Second and Third Castles but are expected to obey and support their elder brother. Saburo defies the pledge of obedience and is banished. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Oct 14, 2022 - 5 comments

Movie: The Hidden Fortress

Japanese peasants Matashichi (Kamatari Fujiwara) and Tahei (Minoru Chiaki) try and fail to make a profit from a tribal war. They find a man and woman whom they believe are simple tribe members hiding in a fortress. Although the peasants don't know that Rokurota (Toshirô Mifune) is a general and Yuki (Misa Uehara) is a princess, the peasants agree to accompany the pair to safety in return for gold. Along the way, the general must prove his expertise in battle while also hiding his identity. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Aug 1, 2022 - 7 comments

Movie: 13 Assassins

Takashi Miike remakes a 1963 film based on historical events. Shinzaemon Shimada leads a team of assassins in 19th-century Japan to eliminate the ruthless Lord Naritsugu Matsudaira, who is wreaking havoc against his own people. Hired secretly by a government official hoping to end Matsudaira's reign of terror, Shimada recruits the best samurai in Japan and then sets a trap for the lord's large contingent of faithful bodyguards. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Jul 2, 2022 - 8 comments

Movie: Audition

Aoyama (Ryo Ishibashi) is a widower who decides to start dating again. Aided by a film-producer friend (Miyuki Matsuda), Aoyama uses auditions for a fake production to function as a dating service. When Aoyama becomes intrigued by the withdrawn, gorgeous Asami (Eihi Shiina), they begin a relationship. However, he begins to realize that Asami isn't as reserved as she appears to be. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Jun 27, 2022 - 14 comments

Movie: One Cut of the Dead

Don't stop the camera! Things go badly for a hack director and film crew shooting a low budget zombie movie in an abandoned WWII Japanese facility, when they are attacked by real zombies. [more inside]
posted by lesser weasel on Mar 10, 2019 - 16 comments

Movie: Tampopo

A pair of truck drivers happen onto a decrepit roadside fast food stop selling ramen noodles. The widowed owner, Tampopo, pleads them to help her turn her establishment into a paragon of the "art of noodle soup making".
posted by DirtyOldTown on Nov 12, 2018 - 9 comments

Movie: Yojimbo

A crafty ronin comes to a town divided by two criminal gangs and decides to play them against each other to free the town. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb on Jun 18, 2018 - 4 comments

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