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Works: 2,338 works in 4,141 publications in 5 languages and 37,175 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Film adaptations  Samurai films  Silent films  Historical films  Melodramas (Motion pictures)  Comedy films  History  Nonfiction films  Biographical films 
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Classifications: PN1997, 791.4372
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Most widely held works by 松竹株式会社
Tōkyō monogatari = Tokyo story by Yasujirō Ozu( Visual )

38 editions published between 1953 and 2016 in Japanese and held by 1,673 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 1,322 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
Banshun = Late spring by Yasujirō Ozu( Visual )

28 editions published between 1994 and 2013 in Japanese and held by 879 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 )

28 editions published between 1962 and 2011 in Japanese and held by 764 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Peace in 17th-century Japan causes the Shogunate's breakup of warrior clans, throwing thousands of samurai out of work and into poverty. An honorable end to such fate under the samurai code is ritual suicide, or hara-kiri
Bakushū = Early summer by Yasujirō Ozu( Visual )

31 editions published between 1951 and 2013 in Japanese and English and held by 751 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

30 editions published between 1959 and 2017 in Japanese and English and held by 724 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
Tasogare Seibei by Yōji Yamada( Visual )

15 editions published between 2002 and 2006 in Japanese and Turkish and held by 645 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Set during the Bakumatsu period (mid-19th century). A low-ranking samurai is forced to choose service over love
Sanma no aji by Yasujirō Ozu( Visual )

28 editions published between 1962 and 2013 in Japanese and held by 607 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 2013 in Japanese and No Linguistic content and held by 586 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 )

13 editions published between 1991 and 2008 in Japanese and Spanish and held by 562 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"El gran maestro Akira Kirosawa hace en esta película una profunda reflexión del holocausto nuclear en Nagasaki, desde el punto de vista de una sobreviviente y sus cuatro nietos. Entre sonrisas y lágrimas, la abuela recuerda la historia de su familia y de la sociedad japonesa de sus tiempos, tratando de llegar a un mejor entendimiento de su pasado y su presente"--Contenedor
Tōkyō no kōrasu = Tokyo chorus by Yasujirō Ozu( Visual )

26 editions published between 1931 and 2013 in Japanese and No Linguistic content and held by 501 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

His son wants a bicycle, his daughter a balloon, his wife just wants to have financial stability. Low wage-earning dad Okajima is counting on his bonus to make ends meet. His wife and children also eagerly await the additional money. But payday doesn't go exactly as planned
Kuīru = Quill by Yangyi Cui( Visual )

10 editions published between 2004 and 2012 in 3 languages and held by 489 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The story of Quill, a Labrador Retriever who is trained and assigned as a "seeing-eye dog" for a blind man. At first the man is reluctant, but eventually the two become close companions
Twenty-four eyes by Keisuke Kinoshita( Visual )

27 editions published between 1954 and 2008 in Japanese and held by 468 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Chronicle of a teacher and her pupils in a small Inland Sea village beginning in 1928 and carrying through twenty years of their joys and sorrow. The village is quiet and peaceful but its harmony is soon broken by the war. The school teacher is forced to resign when books she believes are good for the children are condemned as "Red" literature. Many boys are sent to off to the war. After the war is over, the teacher returns to her job and gathers with some of her old students to reminisce [about] her husband and the boys who died in the war."--Container
Hakuchi = Idiot by Akira Kurosawa( Visual )

23 editions published between 1992 and 2010 in Japanese and held by 466 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 423 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. Based on the true story of Akira Nishiguchi
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
Ningen no jōken = Human condition by Masaki Kobayashi( Visual )

19 editions published between 1958 and 2016 in Japanese and English and held by 401 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A scathing, three part dramatization of the Japanese occupation of Manchuria and the dehumanization of the individual in war, The Human Condition was the project of Japan's master of socially critical cinema, Masaki Kobayashi. Adapted from the six volume novel by Jompei Komikawa, this epic film, almost nine and a half hours in length, is a pacifist's response to the militaristic ethos that dominated Japan during World War II. The film's production process was so daunting that the lead actor Tatsuya Nakadai made other films in between the three episodes, including the films Yojimbo and Sanjuro (both with director Akira Kurosawa). The Human Condition tells the story of Kaji, a young pacifist trying to maintain his ideals in the midst of Japan's war effort and its expansion into China and the Pacific. When Kaji tries to improve the lot of the Chinese laborers in his care, he is accused of conspiracy, tortured and forced into military service. "I had some of the same experiences during the war as Kaji. I wanted to bring to life some of the tragedies of men who are forced into war against their will." Masaki Kobayashi
Shūbun = Sukyandaru by Akira Kurosawa( Visual )

17 editions published between 1996 and 2009 in Japanese and held by 377 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Portrayal of a sensitive young artist who is dragged through the mud by a pulp entertainment magazine after an innocent encounter with a pop singer
Sanbiki no samurai by Hideo Gosha( Visual )

10 editions published between 2002 and 2012 in Japanese and held by 376 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An offshoot of a Japanese television series of the same name, "Three outlaw samurai" is a classic in its own right. A wandering, seen-it-all ronin becomes entangled in the dangerous business of two other samurai hired to execute a band of peasants who have kidnapped the daughter of a corrupt magistrate. With remarkable storytelling economy and thrilling action scenes, it's an expertly mounted tale of revenge and loyalty
Flowers of Shanghai by Xiaoxian Hou( Visual )

13 editions published between 1998 and 2011 in Chinese and English and held by 370 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
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松竹株式会社.Shōchiku Kabushiki Kaisha


OkuribitoHara kiri (Seppuku)Sanma no ajiHachigatsu no kyōshikyoku = Rhapsody in AugustFukushūsuru wa ware ni ariŌsaka erejī = Osaka elegyShūbun = Sukyandaru