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Works: 39 works in 117 publications in 6 languages and 2,618 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Film adaptations  Action and adventure films  Samurai films  Historical films  History  Film remakes  Science fiction films  Nonfiction films  Biography 
Roles: Producer, Author, Other, Bibliographic antecedent, Draftsman
Classifications: PN1997.2, 791.4372
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by 中沢敏明
Okuribito by Yōjirō Takita( Visual )

21 editions published between 2008 and 2018 in 3 languages and held by 1,350 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
Hara-kiri : death of a samurai( Visual )

10 editions published between 2011 and 2013 in Japanese and held by 327 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"An tale of revenge, honor and disgrace, centering on a poverty-stricken samurai who discovers the fate of his ronin son-in-law, setting in motion a tense showdown of vengeance against the house of a feudal lord"
Mifune : the last samurai : a documentary about Toshiro Mifune( Visual )

2 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 298 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A new film by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Steven Okazaki explores the accidental movie career of Toshiro Mifune, one of the true giants of world cinema. Mifune made sixteen remarkable films with director Akira Kurosawa during the Golden Age of Japanese Cinema. Together they thrilled audiences and influenced filmmaking around the world, providing direct inspiration for The Magnificent Seven and Sergio Leone and Clint Eastwood's breakthrough, A Fistful of Dollars
Katakurike no kof̄uku = Happiness of the Katakuris by Takashi Miike( Visual )

3 editions published between 2001 and 2015 in Japanese and held by 121 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Black comedy about a modern dysfunctional family and their shared dream of opening an inn in the country
Nana by Kentarō Ōtani( Visual )

5 editions published between 2005 and 2011 in Japanese and held by 96 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A chance encounter between two girls of the same name, "Nana," triggers a series of events resulting in them moving in together and setting up their new lives
13 assassins by Takashi Miike( Visual )

6 editions published between 2010 and 2012 in Japanese and English and held by 93 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Cinematographer, Nobuyasu Kita ; editor, Kenji Yamashita ; Music, Koji Endo. Thirteen brave samurai must face overwhelming odds in an epic battle against a sadistic lord and his army of 200 to prevent him from plunging Japan into war
Space battleship Yamato by Qigui Shan( Visual )

13 editions published between 2010 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 86 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 2199, five years after the start of the Gamilas attack on Earth, the planet has been ravaged by the aliens' radiation bombs and the remnants of humanity have fled underground. The United Nations of Space Administration rebuilds the battleship Yamato with a new type of propulsion system, in hopes it can make the trip back to save Earth from extinction
Strange circus( Visual )

1 edition published in 2007 in Japanese and held by 52 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A novelist's assistant tries to determine if her new novel about a sexually abused child is based on the novelist's past
Vexille( Visual )

1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 46 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The year is 2077, and Japan has sealed itself off from the rest of the world for the past 10 years. A female agent is now assigned to investigate if the country is developing robotic technology, which has been banned
Nana2( Visual )

1 edition published in 2006 in Japanese and held by 28 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sequel to the movie NANA, which follows the adventures of two girls both named Nana. Taking place shortly after the end of the first film, Nana 2 focuses more on Komatsu Nana (Hachi/Hachiko) and her love life. Romance develops between Hachi and TRAPNEST's bassist Takumi as well as with the Black Stones' guitarist Nobu. Meanwhile, Nana Osaki struggles to find success for her band Black Stones, while trying to find happiness in a secret relationship with TRAPNEST's guitarist Ren. Both girls struggle through life, and try to keep their friendship from falling apart
Andromedia( Visual )

1 edition published in 2004 in Japanese and held by 22 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mia and her friends have had an inseparable bond since childhood. But as of late, their friendship is questioned when their romantic relationships get in the way. Before Mai can make amends, she is unfortunately killed in a traffic accident. Distraught with her death, Mai's father implements his ongoing research of recording a person's memory into a microchip. His years of work finally pays off, and Mai is alive again--through a computer. A large corporations sends some thugs to retrieve Mai and the technology by forcible means
Azumi : the movie by Ryūhei Kitamura( Visual )

8 editions published between 2004 and 2014 in Spanish and Japanese and held by 13 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Azumi is a beautiful young girl, trained from childhood to become a fearless assassin. Now she must face the ultimate test, fighting to defeat a band of merciless warlords
Nihon chinbotsu = Sinking of Japan by Zuojing Xiaosong( Visual )

6 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in Japanese and held by 11 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Due to a series of devastating natural disasters to hit Japan in quick succession -- tectonic plate shifting and collisions, earthquakes, tidal waves, tsunamis, and volcanic eruptions that leave millions dead or stranded-- Japan is quickly sinking into the ocean. The one way to save the country is a virtual suicide mission: to break off the plate that is pulling Japan into the ocean by planting and detonating huge explosives deep in the earth's crust
Kikai hon'yaku = Machine translation by Tarō Watanabe( )

1 edition published in 2014 in Japanese and held by 11 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The legal cartels of Japan by Toshiaki Nakazawa( Book )

4 editions published in 1988 in English and German and held by 11 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Jūsannin no shikaku = 13 assassins by Eiichi Kudō( Visual )

4 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in Japanese and Chinese and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Peaceful times in feudal Japan are threatened by the bloody rise to power of sadistic young Lord Naritsugu who rapes and kills at whim. Distressed by theLord's murderous rampage, top Shogun offical Sir Doi secretly calls on esteemed samurai Shinzaemon Shimada to assassinate the evil Naritsugu. Together with an elite group of samurai, including his nephew Shinrokuro, devoted ronin Hirayama and a wild young mountain man, Koyata, Shizaemon is up against his longtime nemesis-the ruthless Hanbei. The day has come for our fearless assassins to face death in a bloody showdown, a monumental battle og fiery explosions, showers of arrows and clashing swords
The legal cartels of Japan by Toshiaki Nakazawa( Book )

1 edition published in 1988 in German and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Competition among firms as revealed in market share fluctuations by Toshiaki Nakazawa( )

5 editions published between 1979 and 1981 in English and Undetermined and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Oshin = 'Ōchin( Visual )

2 editions published in 2014 in Japanese and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Compilation de quatre épisodes d'une télésérie japonaise racontant la vie d'une femme, Oshin, dans le Japon d'avant-guerre. En 1908, elle quitte son village natal pour entrer comme domestique, durant 16 ans, dans une grande maison. Elle y rencontre son premier amour, puis rentre chez-elle à la mort de sa soeur. Oshin se rend à Tokyo apprendre la coiffure et devenir indépendante. Un homme l'admire et la demande en mariage. Elle épouse donc Ryuzo. Elle sera maltraitée dans sa belle famille à cause de sa pauvreté. Elle reçoit un télégramme annoncant l'attitude critique de son père. Depuis la naissance de son fils, Oshin est heureuse. Son mari réussit bien dans la confection. Mais le bonheur est de courte durée. Un tremblement de terre met en ruine toute la région de Kanto où ils habitent : victimes nombreuses, dépression ... Oshin et sa famille doivent partir et recommencer leur vie ailleurs
Despedidas by Yōjirō Takita( Visual )

1 edition published in 2009 in Japanese and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Daigo, antiguo violoncelista de una orquesta que se acaba de disolver, acaba vagando por las calles sin trabajo y sin demasiada esperanza. Por ello decide regresar a su ciudad natal en compañía de su esposa. Allí consigue un empleo como enterrador: limpia los cuerpos, los coloca en su ataud y los envía al otro mundo de la mejor forma posible. Aunque su esposa y sus vecinos contemplan con desagrado este puesto, Daigo descubrirá en este ritual de muerte la chispa vital que le faltaba a su propia vida
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