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Works: 1,371 works in 3,103 publications in 5 languages and 34,611 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Film adaptations  Comedy films  Samurai films  Political films  Historical films  Melodramas (Motion pictures)  History  Biographical films  Nonfiction 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 )

36 editions published between 1953 and 2016 in Japanese and English and held by 1,633 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tokyo Story is a beautifully nuanced exploration of filial duty, expectation and regret. From the simple tale of an elderly husband and wife's visit to Tokyo to see their grown-up children, Ozu draws a compelling contrast between the measured dignity of age and the hurried insensitivity of a younger generation. Prefiguring Tokyo's Story's generational themes Ozu's finely-honed family drama, Brothers and Sisters of the Toda Family, is also a sharp critique of bourgeois frivolity that achieved great success on its release in war-time Japan. After the death of her husband, Mrs Toda and her youngest daughter receive a frosty welcome from extended family. Duty collides with self-interest in this inclusive satire
Okuribito by Yōjirō Takita( Visual )

9 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in Japanese and Chinese and held by 1,333 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A former cellist moves back to his hometown with his wife and accepts a position preparing corpses for burial. 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
Seppuku by Masaki Kobayashi( Visual )

19 editions published between 1962 and 2013 in Japanese and held by 1,020 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
Banshun Late spring by Yasujirō Ozu( Visual )

21 editions published between 1994 and 2012 in Japanese and held by 862 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
Bakushū = Early summer by Yasujirō Ozu( Visual )

26 editions published between 1951 and 2006 in Japanese and English and held by 762 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Mamiya family is seeking a husband for their daughter, Noriko, but she has ideas of her own
Tasogare Seibei by Yōji Yamada( Visual )

19 editions published between 2002 and 2006 in 3 languages and held by 700 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 )

20 editions published between 1959 and 2013 in Japanese and English and held by 608 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 )

22 editions published between 1962 and 2013 in Japanese and held by 602 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 by Yasujirō Ozu( Visual )

17 editions published between 1934 and 2012 in Japanese and No Linguistic content and held by 597 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 )

12 editions published between 1991 and 2008 in Japanese and Spanish and held by 581 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
Ningen no jōken by Masaki Kobayashi( Visual )

33 editions published between 1958 and 2009 in Japanese and English and held by 572 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
Hakuchi Idiot by Akira Kurosawa( Visual )

17 editions published between 1992 and 2010 in Japanese and held by 464 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 )

20 editions published between 1988 and 2008 in Japanese and held by 450 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
Fukushūsuru wa ware ni ari by Shōhei Imamura( Visual )

16 editions published between 1979 and 2014 in Japanese and held by 433 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 )

8 editions published between 2004 and 2012 in Japanese and Chinese and held by 423 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The life story of Quill, a labrador retriever who is selected as a guide dog
Ōsaka erejī Osaka elegy by Kenji Mizoguchi( Visual )

16 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
Primary colors 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 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
Sanbiki no samurai by Hideo Gosha( Visual )

8 editions published between 2002 and 2012 in Japanese and held by 358 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
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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

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松竹株式会社.Shōchiku Kabushiki Kaisha



OkuribitoSeppukuSanma no ajiHachigatsu no kyōshikyoku Rhapsody in AugustFukushūsuru wa ware ni ariŌsaka erejī Osaka elegyPrimary colorsMemories