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Works: 1,225 works in 3,075 publications in 5 languages and 34,469 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Film adaptations  Samurai films  Historical films  Melodramas (Motion pictures)  History  Biographical films  Nonfiction films  Fiction  War films 
Roles: prn, Producer, Distributor, Editor
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 )

31 editions published between 1953 and 2013 in Japanese and held by 1,575 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 )

9 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in Japanese and Chinese and held by 1,329 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 )

21 editions published between 1994 and 2012 in Japanese and held by 859 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A widowed professor lives contentedly with his adult daughter Noriko. Realizing that she is too devoted to leave him, he tricks her into believing he plans to remarry, forcing her to break away and find a life of her own. Noriko, in turn, marries and moves away, and her father resigns himself to a profound solitude
Bakushū Early summer by Yasujirō Ozu( Visual )

26 editions published between 1951 and 2006 in Japanese and English and held by 763 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Mamiya family is seeking a husband for their daughter, Noriko, but she has ideas of her own
Seppuku by Masaki Kobayashi( Visual )

23 editions published between 1962 and 2011 in Japanese and held by 745 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 3 languages and held by 681 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
Ohayō Good morning by Yasujirō Ozu( Visual )

19 editions published between 1959 and 2013 in Japanese and held by 609 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Two young boys take a vow of silence after their parents refuse to buy them a television set for their suburban Tokyo home
Sanma no aji by Yasujirō Ozu( Visual )

22 editions published between 1962 and 2013 in Japanese and held by 606 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
Hachigatsu no kyōshikyoku Rhapsody in August by Akira Kurosawa( Visual )

12 editions published between 1991 and 2008 in Japanese and Spanish and held by 582 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
Ukigusa monogatari A story of floating weeds by Yasujirō Ozu( Visual )

15 editions published between 1934 and 2006 in Japanese and No Linguistic content and held by 571 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
Ningen no jōken by Masaki Kobayashi( Visual )

38 editions published between 1958 and 2009 in Japanese and English and held by 506 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

En 1943, en Mandchourie du sud, Kaji part avec sa femme, michiko, vers une usine du pays pour éviter d'être enrôlé dans l'armée et faire la guerre. Employé comme surveillant, il s'offusque des conditions de travail de ses ouvriers. Devant augmenter sa production de 20%, l'usine reçoit des prisonniers de guerre pour augmenter la main-d'oeuvre. Au fil du temps, Kaji arrive à gagner la confiance des ouvriers et des prisonniers et leurs conditions de vie s'améliorent. Mais suite au meurtre d'un surveillant, sept prisonniers seront condamnés à mort et Kaji sera emprisonné et torturé quelques jours du fait de ses idées progressistes peu en phase avec l'époque. Il est rapidement libéré mais hélas, ce n'est que pour servir dans l'armée
Hakuchi Idiot by Pierre Léon( Visual )

23 editions published between 1992 and 2010 in Japanese and held by 504 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Idiot, an adaptation of Fyodor Dostoyevsky's masterpiece about a wayward, pure soul's reintegration into society, updated by Kurosawa to capture Japan's postwar aimlessness, was a victim of studio interference and public indifference. Today, this "folly" looks ever more fascinating
Kuīru Quill by Yangyi Cui( Visual )

8 editions published between 2004 and 2012 in Japanese and Chinese and held by 422 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The life story of Quill, a labrador retriever who is selected as a guide dog
Twenty-four eyes by Keisuke Kinoshita( Visual )

8 editions published between 2003 and 2008 in Japanese and held by 420 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
Otoko wa tsurai yo fūten no Tora by Yōji Yamada( Visual )

216 editions published between 1980 and 2009 in Japanese and held by 415 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Volume 40. Sequel to number 39
Ōsaka erejī Osaka elegy by Kenji Mizoguchi( Visual )

17 editions published between 1936 and 2012 in Japanese and held by 412 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
Fukushūsuru wa ware ni ari by Shōhei Imamura( Visual )

10 editions published between 1979 and 2014 in Japanese and held by 401 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
Shūbun Sukyandaru by Akira Kurosawa( Visual )

15 editions published between 1996 and 2009 in Japanese and held by 376 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Portrayal of a sensitive young artist who is dragged through the mud by a tabloid entertainment magazine after an innocent encounter with a pop singer and decides to sue
Memories by Koji Morimoto( Visual )

3 editions published in 2004 in Japanese and held by 364 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
Higanbana Equinox flower by Yasujirō Ozu( Visual )

22 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 with traditional views is faced with a modern-minded daughter and her nontraditional fiancé
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Kabukibito Henshubu


Shōchiku Co.

Shochiku Company Limited

Shochiku Kabushiki Gaisha

Shochiku Kinema Co.

Shochiku Kinema Gomeisha

カブキビト ヘンシュウブ


ショウチク カブシキ ガイシャ








松竹株式会社.Shōchiku Kabushiki Kaisha



OkuribitoSeppukuSanma no ajiHachigatsu no kyōshikyoku Rhapsody in AugustŌsaka erejī Osaka elegyFukushūsuru wa ware ni ariShūbun SukyandaruMemories