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Works: 2,434 works in 4,331 publications in 5 languages and 37,514 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Film adaptations  Samurai films  Melodramas (Motion pictures)  History  Historical films  Biographical films  Nonfiction films  Documentary films  Silent 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 )

33 editions published between 1953 and 2013 in Japanese and held by 1,530 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 1,299 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Daigo Kobayashi is a cellist whose dream is shattered when his Tokyo orchestra suddently closes down. Left with no choice but to sell his prized cello, Daigo returns with his wife ika to his late mother's house, deep in the Japanese countryside. In need of money, Daigo responds to an ad in the paper for a job in 'Departures, ' mistakenly thinking that it might be somehow related to travel. But to his complete surprise Daigo finds he has applied for a position as an 'encoffineer, ' a man who performs the delicate and traditional Japanese ritual of preparing the bodies of the recently deceased for their departure to the next life. Without having time to think about it, he accepts the job"--Container
Bakushū = Early summer by Yasujirō Ozu( Visual )

26 editions published between 1951 and 2006 in Japanese and English and held by 731 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 )

8 editions published in 2006 in Japanese and held by 703 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 )

21 editions published between 1962 and 2009 in Japanese and held by 684 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
Tasogare Seibei by Yōji Yamada( Visual )

19 editions published between 2002 and 2006 in Japanese and Turkish and held by 637 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Set during the Bakumatsu period (mid 19th century) a low-ranking samurai is forced to choose service over love
Ohayō = Good morning by Yasujirō Ozu( Visual )

25 editions published between 1959 and 2017 in Japanese and English and held by 630 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 594 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 )

20 editions published between 1934 and 2013 in Japanese and No Linguistic content and held by 593 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 )

17 editions published between 1991 and 2008 in Japanese and Spanish and held by 566 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
Hakuchi = Idiot by Akira Kurosawa( Visual )

21 editions published between 1992 and 2010 in Japanese and held by 456 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 422 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
Kuīru = Quill by Yangyi Cui( Visual )

10 editions published between 2004 and 2012 in Japanese and Chinese and held by 416 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Quill, a labrador retriever's life as a dog drastically changed when he was chosen and forced to leave his mother for a 'seeing-eye dog' training center. Little did he know that he would later meet a strange man who would become his owner/partner. The gentle Quill was teamed up with a man who first refused to take a seeing-eye dog as a company. An incident occurred which caused this seemingly completely incompatible man and dog to come to rely on each other, and begin to work together. This was their first step in becoming 'life partners'. When he walked with Quill, his partner felt the wind and could see the sky through Quill. The bond between Quill and his partner, who rediscovers the joy of life, grew deeper with each passing by ... Until one day, they faced a sudden and sorrowful parting
Ōsaka erejī = Osaka elegy by Kenji Mizoguchi( Visual )

15 editions published between 1936 and 2012 in Japanese and held by 409 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 )

19 editions published between 1996 and 2009 in Japanese and held by 401 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
Flowers of Shanghai by Xiaoxian Hou( Visual )

14 editions published between 1998 and 2011 in Chinese and English and held by 369 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
Twenty-four eyes( Visual )

4 editions published in 2008 in Japanese and held by 368 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
Higanbana = Equinox flower by Yasujirō Ozu( Visual )

27 editions published between 1958 and 2013 in Japanese and held by 366 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 )

5 editions published between 2004 and 2017 in Japanese and held by 358 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
The story of the last chrysanthemum = Zangiku monogatari by Kenji Mizoguchi( Visual )

24 editions published between 1939 and 2016 in Japanese and English and held by 353 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This heartrending masterpiece by Kenji Mizoguchi about the give-and-take between life and art marked the director's first use of the hypnotic long takes and eloquent camera movements that would come to define his films. Kikunosuke (Shotaro Janayagi), the adopted son of legendary kabuki actor, who is striving to achieve stardom by mastering female roles, turns to his infant brother's wet nurse for support and affection -- and she soon gives up everything for her beloved's creative glory. Offering a fascinating glimpse behind the scenes of kabuki theater in the late nineteenth century, The Story of the Last Chrysamthemum provides a critique of the oppression of women and the sacrifices required of them, and represents the pinnacle of Mizoguchi's early career"--Back of container
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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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