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Works: 1,544 works in 3,329 publications in 5 languages and 36,148 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Film adaptations  Samurai films  Melodramas (Motion pictures)  Historical films  History  Nonfiction films  Biographical 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 )

34 editions published between 1953 and 2016 in Japanese and held by 1,663 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 )

26 editions published between 1994 and 2012 in Japanese and held by 878 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 )

25 editions published between 1962 and 2011 in Japanese and held by 762 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 )

29 editions published between 1951 and 2006 in Japanese and English and held by 757 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Mamiya family are seeking a husband for their daughter, Noriko, however, she is not enthusiastic about marrying. When her brother proposes a potential suitor, she impulsively chooses a local widower
Ohayō = Good morning by Yasujirō Ozu( Visual )

28 editions published between 1959 and 2017 in Japanese and English and held by 715 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 643 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

As the feudal Shogun period is unravelling in late 19th-century Japan, widowed, low-ranking samurai Seibei devotes his life not to the art of war but to his two children and ailing mother. Hopeful that true happiness may at last find him when his childhood love divorces her husband, Seibei instead succumbs to fate when he is forced to face a renowned enemy warrior in a life-or-death battle
Sanma no aji by Yasujirō Ozu( Visual )

23 editions published between 1962 and 2013 in Japanese and held by 601 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 )

16 editions published between 1934 and 2006 in Japanese and No Linguistic content and held by 590 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Both films concern a troupe of travelling players visiting a remote town. An aging actor returns to this town and reunites with his former lover and illegitimate son, a scenario that enrages his current mistress and results in heartbreak for all
Hachigatsu no kyōshikyoku = Rhapsody in August by Akira Kurosawa( Visual )

13 editions published between 1991 and 2008 in Japanese and Spanish and held by 565 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
Kuīru = Quill by Yangyi Cui( Visual )

10 editions published between 2004 and 2012 in 3 languages and held by 481 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 )

21 editions published between 1992 and 2010 in Japanese and held by 468 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
Twenty-four eyes by Keisuke Kinoshita( Visual )

23 editions published between 1988 and 2008 in Japanese and held by 463 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
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 )

14 editions published between 1936 and 2012 in Japanese and held by 414 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 by Masaki Kobayashi( Visual )

18 editions published between 1958 and 2016 in Japanese and English and held by 400 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
Shūbun = Sukyandaru by Akira Kurosawa( Visual )

15 editions published between 1996 and 2009 in Japanese and held by 380 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ichiro, a young painter, and Miyako, a beautiful young soprano, happen to be staying at the same inn when a photographer for a cheap tabloid takes a picture of them. It later appears in an inflammatory article creating a scandal for the two of them. Ichiro decides to sue the publisher and agrees to hire an impoverished attorney who desperately needs money to care for his sick daughter. The attorney is forced to choose between honor or money when the magazine publisher attempts to bribe him
Flowers of Shanghai by Xiaoxian Hou( Visual )

12 editions published between 1998 and 2011 in Chinese and English and held by 372 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
Sanbiki no samurai by Hideo Gosha( Visual )

10 editions published between 2002 and 2012 in Japanese and held by 371 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
Higanbana = Equinox flower by Yasujirō Ozu( Visual )

22 editions published between 1958 and 2007 in Japanese and held by 363 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this comedy of reconciliation between parent and child, a successful Tokyo businessman is sympathetic and encouraging when his friends' children choose not to follow the traditional Japanese marriage arrangement. However, when his own daughter gets engaged without consulting him, he refuses to attend the wedding
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Shochiku Kabushiki Gaisha

Shochiku Kinema Co.

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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