Dec 14

Honeymoon (1984) aka Mitsugetsu

Tetsuaki is an unpublished novelist who makes his living by taking odd jobs. When Tetsuaki hears that Mitsuko, a staff at a publishing house, is getting married, he confesses his love to her. Mitsuko rejects him. But after the engagement is broken off she falls in love with Tetsuaki. Unfortunately, Mitsuko comes from a rich family and finds it demeaning to live a life that is too much deprived of material comforts.

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Dec 12

Hell Riders in Kyoto (1973) aka Boso sekkusu-zoku

The rich punk Junya has only one thing in mind: to race with the police on his motorcycle. That makes him unpopular, not only with the police, even with his Bosozoku buddies, who slowly but surely distance themselves from him. Junya falls in love with the equally speed-hungry Hiroko.

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Dec 11

Rope Hell (1978) aka Nawa jigoku

Akiko is the heir to a yakuza clan. Hitoshi, who has been kicked out of the rival Hono Clan after attempting to seduce Akiko, kidnaps her at the behest of Hanamura. Hanamura has formed a new gang and intends to use Akiko as a hostage to take over her clan’s territory. During the torture and abuse sessions which follow, Akiko comes to enjoy the treatment and forsakes her gangland empire.

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Dec 11

Unlucky Girl (2013)

The thirty-first entry in the “Youth H” series, which produces works in a variety of genres from up-and-coming filmmakers that focus on coming-of-age and sexual themes. It represents the feature-length directorial debut of Harada Yuji, a rising talent who has won praise at film festivals at home and abroad. Sachi (Aita Yoshimi) panics after she suffers a string of misfortunes, such as being cheated on by her boyfriend and nearly getting raped by the owner of the establishment where she works part-time, which drives her to seek refuge in a remote mountain area. There she meets Fujiko (Tokui Yui), a middle-aged stripper who takes to the stage in less than prime physical condition.

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Dec 10

The Petrified Forest (1973) aka Kaseki no mori (化石の森)

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Another fantastic work from Japanese genius director Masahiro Shinoda. Based on novel by Shintaro Ishihara, this is a human drama about the complex relationship of parent and child. Haruo spends his time working in a university hospital when he meets a childhood friend. He decides to poison his friend’s lover. On the other hand Haruo’s long estranged mother wishes to make amends with her lost son.

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Dec 10

Masters of Horror : Imprint (2006)

In the Nineteenth Century, in Japan, the American journalist Christopher is traveling through the country searching Komomo, the missing love of his life that he had abandoned years ago promising to come back to her later. He arrives in a shadowy island inhabited by whores and caftans, where he has an encounter with a deformed prostitute that tells that his beloved Komomo had passed away. He drinks sake with her and later he asks the woman to tell the story of her life. The prostitute discloses a dark and cruel story about her life and the sad fate of Komomo.

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