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日活株式会社

Overview
Works: 589 works in 943 publications in 3 languages and 9,887 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Film adaptations  Gangster films  Film noir  Historical films  Thrillers (Motion pictures)  Action and adventure films  Crime films  Horror films  War films 
Roles: Producer, Distributor, prn, Editor
Classifications: PN1997, 791.4372
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Tokyo drifter = Tōkyō nagaremono by Seijun Suzuki( Visual )

15 editions published between 1966 and 2011 in Japanese and held by 643 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Tokyo drifter is Tetsu, a loyal hit man, given to wearing white suits, living out of his time. Tetsu is drawn by his former employer, now attempting to go straight, into a struggle with a rival gang. This is ostensibly a formula genre (yakuza) film transformed by Suzuki into an absurdist thriller by pushing iconography and conventions to hyperbolic extremes. Also pushed to extremes is the characterisation of the nihilistic hero of the yakuza film (a Japanese hero stripped of traditional codes and rituals) played here by a Japanese teenage idol. According to critic Tadao Sato, Suzuki's farces have roots not only in early Japanese cinema but also in the comical literature of the Edo period (1765-1831). The stylised violence combines humour and aesthetics in the manner of 19th century kabuki 'blood festivals'
Biruma no tategoto( Visual )

10 editions published between 1956 and 2010 in Japanese and held by 640 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"An Imperial Japanese Army regiment surrenders to British forces in Burma at the close World War II and finds harmony through song. A private, thought to be dead, stumbles upon spiritual enlightenment disguising himself as a Buddhist monk and stumbles upon spiritual enlightenment. Magnificently shot in hushed black and white"--Container
Koroshi no rakuin = Branded to kill by Seijun Suzuki( Visual )

13 editions published between 1967 and 2011 in Japanese and held by 603 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A gangster story about a hitman who lost his last target, and now another hitman is after him
The grudge by Takashi Shimizu( Visual )

3 editions published between 2004 and 2016 in Japanese and held by 374 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An eerie tale of a family who is brutally killed in their own home, leaving behind an evil spirit lurking in the shadows. When an unknowing homecare worker enters the spirit is awakened and a terrifying chain of events begin
Kurutta kajitsu( Visual )

1 edition published in 2005 in Japanese and held by 329 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Two brothers compete for the amorous favors of a young woman during a seaside summer of gambling, boating, and drinking. A portrayal of post-war sexual revolution among Japan's young and privileged
Nikutai no mon by Seijun Suzuki( Visual )

11 editions published between 1999 and 2013 in Japanese and held by 317 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the shady black markets and bombed-out hotels of post-World War II Tokyo, a tough band of prostitutes eke out a dog-eat-dog existence, maintaining tenuous friendships and a semblance of order in a world of chaos. But when a renegade ex-solider stumbles into their midst, lusts and loyalties clash, with tragic results
Kenka erejii = Fighting elegy( Visual )

3 editions published in 2005 in Japanese and held by 303 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

High schooler Nanbu Kiroku yearns for the prim, Catholic Michiko, but her only desire is to reform Kiroku's sinful tendencies. Hormones raging, Kiroku channels his unsatisfied lust into the only outlet available: savage, crazed violence
Jinruigaku nyūmon = The pornographers( Visual )

1 edition published in 2003 in Japanese and held by 294 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A small time porno filmmaker in Osaka, struggles to cope with the corrupt sexual mores in his family, the world outside, and in himself. He peddles his films to condescending executives and panders a little on the side, believing he provides a socially valuable service
Shunpuden = Story of a prostitute( Visual )

1 edition published in 2005 in Japanese and held by 269 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Volunteering as a "comfort woman" on the Manchurian front, where she is expected to service hundreds of soldiers, Harumi is commandeered by the brutal Lieutenant Narita but falls for the sensitive Mikami, Narita's direct subordinate
Nippon konchūki by Shōhei Imamura( Visual )

7 editions published between 1963 and 2009 in Japanese and held by 229 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Portrays 45 years in the life of a woman who must work as diligently as ant in order to survive. The story progresses from her life as a country girl to her years as a successful and ruthless madam in Tokyo and back again to her native village
Buta to gunkan by Shōhei Imamura( Visual )

7 editions published between 1961 and 2011 in Japanese and held by 226 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Portrays postwar Japan through the power struggles between small-time gangsters in the port town of Yokosuka, where there are American soldiers based
Akai satsui by Shōhei Imamura( Visual )

4 editions published in 2009 in Japanese and held by 223 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sadako is a typical Imamura heroine: one who revels in the pleasures of food, labor, sex, and self-preservation. Carrying the burden of her status as a lowly, poor, prostitute-birthed commoner wife, Sadako is subjected to an escalating series of belittlement both at home and in society
Umi wa miteita = The sea is watching by Kei Kumai( Visual )

7 editions published between 2003 and 2004 in Japanese and held by 201 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

O-Shin, a beautiful young geisha in 19th century Japan, meets a samurai named Fusanosuke, who is on the run for killing a man. She assists him by cutting his hair. Despite the protests of O-Shin's friend, the two fall in love. Eventually he leaves O-Shin, only to return later and reveal that he is engaged. O-Shin, eventually, falls in love again - to Ryosuke, who is also a samurai
Kenju zankoku monogatari = Cruel gun story( Visual )

2 editions published in 2009 in Japanese and held by 189 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Fresh out of jail, Togawa has no chance to go straight because he is immediately coerced by a wealthy mob boss into organizing a heist on an armored car carrying racetrack receipts. After assembling a ragtag bunch to carry out the robbery, Togawa learns that all is not what it seems
Ore wa matteru ze = I am waiting( Visual )

6 editions published between 2002 and 2009 in Japanese and held by 189 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A restaurant manager and ex-boxer get roped into the criminal underworld when the ex-boxer falls hard for a mysterious, young suicidal club hostess who is fleeing her gangster boss
Akai hashi no shita no nurui mizu = Warm water under a red bridge by Shōhei Imamura( Visual )

2 editions published between 2002 and 2003 in Japanese and held by 185 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A frustrated, unemployed architect travels to a remote fishing village in search of a treasure rumored to be hidden in a house near a red bridge. He builds an intense relationship with one of the occupants of the house, a young woman with an "unusual" condition
Sabita naifu = Rusty knife( Visual )

4 editions published in 2009 in Japanese and English and held by 161 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Best friends, who are former criminals and trying to go straight, are outed as witnesses to a murder committed by a local Yakuza boss. The police try to convince them to come forward. The gangsters try to pay them off, with the threat of death looming
Kazoku gēmu = Family game by Yōhei Honma( Visual )

4 editions published between 1983 and 2006 in Japanese and held by 159 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A film that pokes fun at contemporary Japanese ideals, portraying a middle-class family as it battles against the Japanese educational system
Koruto wa ore no pasupōto = Colt is my passport( Visual )

1 edition published in 2009 in Japanese and held by 151 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A hard-boiled hit man is hired by Yakuza to rub out a rival gang's boss, only to be betrayed and targeted by both sides
Sono gosōsha o nerae : "13-gō taihisen" yori = Take aim at the police van( Visual )

1 edition published in 2009 in Japanese and held by 146 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A prison truck is attacked and a convict inside is murdered. Daijiro is the penitentiary guard on duty. He is accused of negligence and suspended. Now, he will dole out his own brand of justice when he goes in search of the criminals who put his job, not to mention the live of those he is guarding, on the line
 
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Kurutta kajitsu
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Koroshi no rakuin = Branded to killKurutta kajitsuNikutai no monShunpuden = Story of a prostituteUmi wa miteita = The sea is watching
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controlled identityNihon Katsudō Shashin Kabushiki Kaisha

Nikkatsu

Nikkatsu Corporation

Nikkatsu Filmproduktionsgesellschaft

Nikkatsu Kabushiki Gaisha

Nikkatsu Kabushiki Kaisha.

Nikkatsu Tōkyō

Nikkatsu кінокомпанія

Νικάτσου

닛카쓰

にっかつ株式会社

ニッカツ

ニッカツ カブシキ ガイシャ

日活

日活株式会社

日活株式会社 (Japon)

日活株式会社製作

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