Apr 03

The Key (1997) aka Kagi

Ikuko is a mature, reserved Kyoto woman married for many years to a respectable, now-middle-aged man. The only problem in their relationship has been that her husband is dissatisfied with her lack of passion during lovemaking. All this changes after they meet the young Mr. Kimura. After the three spend the evening drinking together and Kimura has gone home, Ikuko’s husband discovers that his wife, in her alcohol-induced haze, has become far more passionate than she ever was before. The one drawback, however, is that her ardor is clearly fueled by Kimura, and not by him. Though he decides that his wife’s new- found passion is worth this unusual price, the long-term consequences may be more than he bargained for.

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Mar 27

Lustful Secretary (2007) aka 撩動我心

Miyake’s father was tricked by Yanase and committed suicide 10 years ago. Miyake swears vengeance on the murderer when she grows up, and she works as a secretary in Yanase’s law film and desperately waits for one chance. In order to collect the Yanase’s incriminating evidence from his assistant, Miyake even seduces him by offering sex. One day, Yanase’s daughter Yumi suddenly disappears. Miyake decides to grab his chance to revenge.

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Mar 22

Memoirs of Lady Ninja (2010) aka Retsuden: Himerareta Onna Shinobi (隠密くノ一列伝 秘められた女忍び)

559264512991813066_758132d0_c2xBlowing like a wind and a cloud, a blue-eyed female ninja with a painful destiny has arrived! A blue-eyed ninja, Hijiri, is a fierce and cold-blooded assassin. She encounters a thief after the scroll of esoteric immortality from the treasure house of a Christian daimyo, Rokusha, and she gets into a sword fight with him. In the close battle, she is wounded, but is rescued by a Christian named Seitaro, and they begin falling for each other. But her happy days don’t last. Openly critical of Christianity, “a bad foreign religion”, the Dainichi Shinkyo weaves dark intrigues to kill Hijiri and Christians.

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Mar 22

Red Paper Lanterns (1974) aka Aka chôchin (赤ちょうちん)

Masayuki and Sachie (Kumiko Akiyoshi) had little to lose when they first met each other. They were young. Their lives, unscripted. It did not take long for Masayuki to quit his job and for the two to move in together. In a neighborhood where the red paper lanterns lit up the alleyways at nightfall, they kept each other warm. Love takes its toll when they find that Sachie is pregnant.

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