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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