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Works: 2,405 works in 4,205 publications in 5 languages and 37,293 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Film adaptations  Samurai films  Melodramas (Motion pictures)  Historical films  History  Biographical films  Nonfiction films  Documentary films  Silent films 
Roles: prn, Producer, Editor, Distributor
Classifications: PN1997, 791.4372
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by 松竹株式会社
Tōkyō monogatari = Tokyo story by Yasujirō Ozu( Visual )

33 editions published between 1953 and 2013 in Japanese and held by 1,531 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tokyo Story follows an aging couple, Tomi and Sukichi, on their journey from their rural village to visit their two married children in bustling, post-war Tokyo. Their reception is disappointing: too busy to entertain them, their children send them off to a health spa. After Tomi falls ill she and Sukichi return home, while the children, grief-stricken, hasten to be with her
Okuribito by Yōjirō Takita( Visual )

10 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in Japanese and Chinese and held by 1,308 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Daigo Kobayashi, a cellist, dreamt of going around the world with his wife Mika. Unfortunately, the orchestra folds, so he sells his instrument, retreats to the small town he came from, lives in his late mother's house, and tries to start a new life. He answers a classified ad entitled 'Departures' thinking it is for a travel agency. Daigo's actual responsibilities entail preparing the local decedents for their "casketing," a process with an elaborate ritual of preparation, cleansing, and presentation, all done with great precision, grace, and utmost respect for both the deceased and watching family members. In dire financial straits, Daigo embarks on this new (and ancient) career path. While his wife and others despise the job, Daigo takes a certain pride in his work and begins to perfect the art, acting as a gentle gatekeeper between life and death, between the departed and their families
Bakushū = Early summer by Yasujirō Ozu( Visual )

25 editions published between 1951 and 2006 in Japanese and English and held by 729 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Mamiya family is seeking a husband for their daughter, Noriko, but she has ideas of her own
Banshun = Late spring by Yasujirō Ozu( Visual )

9 editions published in 2006 in Japanese and held by 706 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The story of a widower and his daughter who through devotion to him is getting past a marriageable age. The father pretends to marry a young wife so his daughter will feel less obligated to stay with him. She marries and he prepares to live the remainder of his life alone
Hara kiri (Seppuku) by Masaki Kobayashi( Visual )

22 editions published between 1962 and 2009 in Japanese and held by 684 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Following the collapse of his clan, an unemployed samurai (Tatsuya Nakadai) arrives at the manor of Lord Iyi, begging to be allowed to commit ritual suicide on the property. Iyi's clansmen, believing the desperate ronin is merely angling for a new position, try to force his hand and get him to eviscerate himself--but they have underestimated his beliefs and his personal brand of honor. Winner of the Cannes Film Festival's Special Jury Prize, Harakiri, directed by Masaki Kobayashi is a fierce evocation of individual agency in the face of a corrupt and hypocritical system
Tasogare Seibei by Yōji Yamada( Visual )

18 editions published between 2002 and 2006 in Japanese and Turkish and held by 642 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Set during the Meiji Restoration of 19th-century Japan, revolves around a low-ranking, poor samurai who struggles to support his two daughters and elderly mother while trying to win the heart of his long-time love
Ohayō = Good morning by Yasujirō Ozu( Visual )

27 editions published between 1959 and 2017 in Japanese and English and held by 640 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Satiric comedy in which two young brothers refuse to talk until their parents agree to buy them a television set. Set in a 1950's residential suburb of Tokyo
Sanma no aji by Yasujirō Ozu( Visual )

27 editions published between 1962 and 2013 in Japanese and held by 597 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

After living alone with his daughter for years, a widower must learn how to let her go, letting her be free to move on with her life, by arranging a marriage for her
Ukigusa monogatari = A story of floating weeds( Visual )

18 editions published between 1934 and 2006 in Japanese and No Linguistic content and held by 588 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 1959, Yasujiro Ozu remade his 1934 silent film: A Story of Floating Weeds in color and sound with the cinematographer Kazuo Miyagawa (Rashomon, Ugetsu). Setting his later version in a seaside location, Ozu otherwise preserves the details of his elegantly simple plot wherein an aging actor returns to a small town with his troupe and reunities with his former lover and illegitimate son, a scenario that enrages his current mistress and results in heartbreak for all. A Story of Floating Weeds reveals Ozu in the midst of developing his mode of expression; Floating weeds reveals his distinct style at its pinnacle. In each, the director captures the joy and sadness in everyday life
Hachigatsu no kyōshikyoku = Rhapsody in August by Akira Kurosawa( Visual )

15 editions published between 1991 and 2008 in Japanese and Spanish and held by 563 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A visit from her grandchildren and the discovery of a half-American relative cause an elderly woman to relive her memories of the atomic bomb that fell on Nagasaki
Kuīru = Quill by Yangyi Cui( Visual )

10 editions published between 2004 and 2012 in 3 languages and held by 493 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The documentary-like story of a yellow Labrador Retriever guide dog for the blind named Quill. We follow Quill from the litter, his selection to become a guide, his life with a foster family until his first birthday, followed by highly specialized schooling in guiding the sightless. He is then paired with a blind man named Watanabe Mitsuru who is at first reluctant to rely on Quill. But Quill's great patience, gentleness and skill eventually wins him over and they become inseparable friends
Hakuchi = Idiot by Akira Kurosawa( Visual )

19 editions published between 1992 and 2010 in Japanese and held by 458 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Based on Dostoyevsky's fable of a holy fool, this story which takes place in Hokkaido in the winter is about a man who returns home after a stay in an asylum. He is being drawn toward Christianity; his antagonist is an anarchist
Fukushūsuru wa ware ni ari by Shōhei Imamura( Visual )

15 editions published between 1979 and 2014 in Japanese and held by 421 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Enokizu looks and talks like the man next door, which is what makes him so dangerous. He charms strangers and seduces women with just the right word, robbing them of their secrets first, their fortunes next, and finally their lives
Ōsaka erejī = Osaka elegy by Kenji Mizoguchi( Visual )

15 editions published between 1936 and 2012 in Japanese and held by 411 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Telephone company employee Ayako agrees to enter into an affair with her married boss, after he promises to support her and her father but setting her off on an apparently irreversible downward spiral
Shūbun = Sukyandaru by Akira Kurosawa( Visual )

18 editions published between 1996 and 2009 in Japanese and held by 400 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ichiro Aoye, a young painter, encounters a famous singer, Miyako Saijo, while on holiday in the mountains. He gives her a ride and coincidentally stays at the same inn. A tabloid magazine specializing in scandals blows this encounter up into a huge falsehood designed to humiliate Miyako, who has been uncooperative with the press. Ichiro sues, but his lawyer, needing money for his sick daughter's treatment, accepts a bribe to throw the case
Twenty-four eyes( Visual )

3 editions published in 2008 in Japanese and held by 370 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An elegant, emotional chronicle of a teacher's unwavering commitment to her students, her profession, and her sense of morality. It takes a simultaneously sober and sentimental look at the epic themes of aging, war, and death
Flowers of Shanghai by Xiaoxian Hou( Visual )

12 editions published between 1998 and 2011 in Chinese and English and held by 367 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Story about the elegant Shanghai brothels of late 19th century, tracing the destinies of the beautiful "flower girls" whose lives depended on their ability to win and hold the affections of their wealthy callers
Ningen no jōken = Human condition by Masaki Kobayashi( Visual )

10 editions published between 1958 and 2016 in Japanese and English and held by 362 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tells of the journey of the well-intentioned yet naive Kaji from labor camp supervisor to Imperial Army soldier to Soviet POW. Constantly trying to rise above a corrupt system, Kaji time and again finds his morals an impediment rather than an advantage
Higanbana = Equinox flower by Yasujirō Ozu( Visual )

27 editions published between 1958 and 2013 in Japanese and held by 361 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In Ozu's first color film, a stubborn businessman, who disapproves of his daughter's fiance, must learn to embrace modern romance
Memories by Katsuhiro Ōtomo( Visual )

4 editions published between 2004 and 2017 in Japanese and held by 356 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Magnetic Rose: Two space travellers follow a distress signal and are drawn into a magnificent world created by one woman's memories. Stink bomb: A young chemist accidentally transforms himself into an unstoppable biological weapon set on a direct course for Tokyo. Cannon fodder: Depicts a day in the life of a city whose entire purpose is the firing of cannons at an unknown enemy
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WorldCat IdentitiesRelated Identities
OkuribitoHara kiri (Seppuku)Sanma no ajiHachigatsu no kyōshikyoku = Rhapsody in AugustFukushūsuru wa ware ni ariŌsaka erejī = Osaka elegyShūbun = SukyandaruMemories
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