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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