Tōhō Kabushiki Kaisha
Most widely held works about Tōhō Kabushiki Kaisha
Most widely held works by Tōhō Kabushiki Kaisha
七人の侍 ( Visual )
10 editions published between 1980 and 2009 in Japanese and held by 1,741 libraries worldwide
This epic masterpiece is about a group of 16th century samurai who are hired to defend a small Japanese village that finds itself annually raided by an army of bandits who steal the meager crops harvested by the peasants. Tired of relinquishing their food supply but woefully inept in combat skills, the villagers decide to hire a band of samurai to protect them. In addition to the primary conflict between the villagers and the bandits, much of the tale revolves around young Katsushiro's coming-of-age, both sexually and emotionally. Kikuchiyo's search for acceptance forms the other major storyline. Indeed, everyone in Seven Samurai is searching: for adventure, for experience, for freedom from their oppressors.
Ponyo ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 1,474 libraries worldwide
A young boy named Sosuke rescues a goldfish named Ponyo, and they embark on a fantastic journey of friendship before Ponyo's father forces her to return to the sea. Ponyo's desire to be human upsets the balance of nature and only Ponyo's mother, a beautiful sea goddess, can restore nature's balance and make Ponyo's dreams come true.
蜘蛛巢城 Throne of blood (Spider's web castle) ( Visual )
4 editions published between 1991 and 2003 in Japanese and held by 1,065 libraries worldwide
Adaptation of Shakespeare's Macbeth, set in feudal Japan. Tells the story of a Samurai lord who kills his master and usurps his power in fulfillment of a witch's prophecy.
生きる ( Visual )
3 editions published between 2004 and 2009 in Japanese and held by 886 libraries worldwide
Discovering that he is in the terminal stages of cancer, a clerk spends his last months in search of the meaning to life. After his pursuit of pleasure has failed, he finds self-realization in bringing about the building of a children's playground in the slums and dies quietly fulfilled.
七人の侍 Seven samurai ( Visual )
29 editions published between 1954 and 2006 in Japanese and English and held by 797 libraries worldwide
A 16th century Japanese village hires professional warriors to fend off bandits.
影武者 ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2005 in Japanese and held by 753 libraries worldwide
Reconstructing the splendor of feudal Japan and the pageantry of war, Kurosawa creates a soaring historical epic about a peasant impersonating a nobleman in battle. Kagemusha is presented in its original 180 min. uncut Japanese version, not the shortened "international version" presented by 20th Century Fox.
The cat returns ( Visual )
2 editions published in 2005 in English and Japanese and held by 747 libraries worldwide
In an imaginative and lighthearted tale, a young schoolgirl saves the life of a noble cat and is rewarded with a shocking proposal of marriage - to the Cat King's son - and a fateful journey to the extraordinary Kingdom of Cats.
椿三十郎 Sanjuro ( Visual )
26 editions published between 1962 and 2006 in Japanese and English and held by 705 libraries worldwide
A skilled but slovenly ronin comes to the aid of a group of naive young warriors fighting their corrupt clan leaders and manages to keep them out of trouble and alive in spite of their high ideals.
Yojimbo The bodyguard ( Visual )
3 editions published between 1999 and 2010 in Japanese and held by 667 libraries worldwide
In the year 1860, a wandering samurai-for-hire turns the war between two clans fighting for control of a small town to his own advantage. A satire on greed, violence, paranoia and human weakness. Includes theatrical trailer.
隠し砦の三悪人 ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2001 in Japanese and held by 636 libraries worldwide
A princess must escape across enemy lines with the royal treasure, guarded only by a loyal general and two greedy peasants.
怪談 ( Visual )
6 editions published between 1964 and 2000 in Japanese and No Linguistic content and held by 602 libraries worldwide
Consists of four stories of the supernatural based on Japanese folk material. In The black hair, a poor young samurai leaves his first wife to marry a rich woman. When he is unhappy in his second marriage, he returns to his first wife, who at first appears unchanged from when he last saw her. In The woman of the snow, a woodcutter is spared by a mysterious ghost-like woman in the snow, but must promise never to tell anyone what he has seen. In Hoichi, the earless, a blind musician-monk named Hoichi is commanded by a gathering of ghosts to sing the saga of their ancient deeds. The head monk paints Hoichi's body with prayer verses to protect him, but unfortunately overlooks Hoichi's ears. In In a cup of tea, a writer wonders what would happen to a person who drinks another's soul and finds out.
James Clavell's shōgun ( Visual )
2 editions published between 2003 and 2004 in English and held by 587 libraries worldwide
John Blackthorne is a ship-wrecked English navigator who becomes both an observer and a participant in historic changes in Japan during the Tokugawa, or, Edo period. Toranaga is a feuding warlord vying to become the supreme military dictator, or shōgun. Blackthorne is drawn into the turmoil and becomes determined to be the first foreigner to become a samurai warrior.
天国と地獄 ( Visual )
12 editions published between 1988 and 2009 in Japanese and held by 577 libraries worldwide
A complex crime thriller in which a wealthy Japanese shoe manufacturer's chauffeur's son is kidnapped in mistake for his own, and he faces a moral dilemma.
赤ひげ Red Beard ( Visual )
4 editions published between 1965 and 2009 in Japanese and held by 564 libraries worldwide
A vain young doctor learns a valuable lesson from the dedicated director of a clinic for destitute patients.
野良犬 ( Visual )
6 editions published between 1949 and 2004 in Japanese and held by 537 libraries worldwide
A bad day gets worse for rookie detective Murakami when a pickpocket steals his gun on a hot, crowded bus. Desperate to right the wrong, he goes undercover, scavenging Tokyo's sweltering streets for the thief, whose desperation has led him to a life of crime. With each step, the cop and the criminal's lives become more intertwined and the investigation becomes an examination of Murakami's own dark side.
悪い奴ほどよく眠る ( Visual )
13 editions published between 1988 and 2006 in Japanese and held by 505 libraries worldwide
A young executive hunts down his father's killer. A tale about corruption in the boardrooms of postwar corporate Japan as seen through the rising executive eyes.
用心棒 ( Visual )
21 editions published between 1961 and 2010 in Japanese and held by 504 libraries worldwide
A wandering Samurai-for-hire eventually finds a dramatic solution to the problems of a town with two warring clans.
醉いどれ天使 Drunken angel ( Visual )
15 editions published between 1948 and 2009 in Japanese and held by 491 libraries worldwide
Dr. Sanada is an alcoholic, in part due to the despair that constantly assails him as he tries to keep the inhabitants of a post-World War II Tokyo slum as healthy as possible. Food and medical supplies are scarce, the neighborhood is around an open sewer, and the only place to buy medicines is the black market-- controlled by the Yakuza. Matsunaga, a young yakuza with a violent temper, seeks Sanada's help to remove a bullet from his hand, but Matsunaga's cough catches the doctor's attention. What follows is a wrestling match for Matsunaga's life. Will he follow Sanada's instructions and make the smart, healthy decision, or will he let the fabled yakuza code of honor destroy him?
ゴジラ ( Visual )
4 editions published between 2004 and 2006 in Japanese and English and held by 463 libraries worldwide
Gojira: A prehistoric monster, Godzilla, ravages metropolitan Tokyo. Scientists suspect that H-bomb tests awakened it from a two-million year sleep and they try to develop techniques to stop the monster.
Les bas-fonds The lower depths ( Visual )
12 editions published between 1957 and 2009 in Japanese and French and held by 445 libraries worldwide
Les bas-fonds (93 min.): A Baron, forced by circumstances, gives up his life of luxury and to takes up residence in the slums of Paris. The Baron observes the frustrated romance between Wasska Pepel and Natacha, the thwarted dreams of an actor, and the oppressive cruelties of landlord Kostileff.
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