Jun 28

The Sun’s Burial (1960) aka Taiyô no hakaba

In Osaka’s slum, youth without futures engage in pilfering, assault and robbery, prostitution, and the buying and selling of identity cards and of blood. Alliances constantly shift. Tatsu and Takeshi, friends since boyhood, reluctantly join Shin’s gang. Shin’s an upstart and moves his gang often to avoid the local kingpin. Hanoko is a young woman with ambitions: first she’s in the blood business with her father, then she joins forces with Shin. She soon breaks off that partnership, even though she’s taken the sensitive Takeshi under her wing. Double crosses multiply. Those with the closest bonds become each others’ murderers.

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Mar 20

Female Ninja Magic (1964) aka Kunoichi ninpo

The night before Osaka castle falls, foreseeing defeat, Sanada Yukimura makes 5 female ninjas of Shinano (O-Kyo, O-Mayu, O-Yo, O-Yui, and O-Nami) conceive Hideyori’s child in order to keep the Toyotomi bloodline alive. Sen-hime disguises these female ninjas as servants to take them out of Osaka castle. Ieyasu, however, upon learning this orders Shinano female ninjas to be assassinated by 5 female Iga ninjas (Tsuzumi Hayato, Shichito Sutebe, Hannyaji Fuuhaku, Amamaki Ittensai, and Usuzumi Tomoyasu).

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Aug 10

Vengeance Demon (1969) aka Fukushûki

A brother and sister live as outcasts from their hamlet due to a belief that mental illness runs in their family. A group of villagers plot to steal their property by beating and hanging the brother and gang-raping the sister. Believing the brother to be dead, scheming to kill the sister, and making both deaths look like accidents… unbeknownst to them, the brother survives and proceeds on a mission to slaughter those responsible in the hamlet.

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Jun 24

Branded to Kill (1967) aka Koroshi no rakuin

The number-three-ranked hit-man, with a fetish for sniffing boiling rice, fumbles his latest job, which puts him into conflict with a mysterious woman whose death wish inspires her to surround herself with dead butterflies and dead birds. Worse danger comes from his own treacherous wife and finally with the number-one-ranked hit-man, known only as a phantom to those who fear his unseen presence.

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