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小林正樹 1916-1996

Overview
Works: 217 works in 589 publications in 5 languages and 6,453 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Film adaptations  Historical films  Samurai films  Horror films  Ghost films  War films  Epic films  Sports films  Interviews 
Roles: Director, Producer, Author, Actor, Restager , Scenarist, Other, pmn, Author of screenplay, Film editor, fmd, Performer
Classifications: PN1997, 791.4372
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Most widely held works by 小林正樹
Kwaidan( Visual )

4 editions published between 2000 and 2015 in Japanese and held by 612 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Consists of four stories of the supernatural based on Japanese folk material. In The black hair, a poor young samurai leaves his first wife to marry a rich woman. When he is unhappy in his second marriage, he returns to his first wife, who at first appears unchanged from when he last saw her. In The woman of the snow, a woodcutter is spared by a mysterious ghost-like woman in the snow, but must promise never to tell anyone what he has seen. In Hoichi, the earless, a blind musician-monk named Hoichi is commanded by a gathering of ghosts to sing the saga of their ancient deeds. The head monk paints Hoichi's body with prayer verses to protect him, but unfortunately overlooks Hoichi's ears. In In a cup of tea, a writer wonders what would happen to a person who drinks another's soul and finds out
Jōiuchi : hairȳo tsuma shimatsu = Samurai rebellion by Masaki Kobayashi( Visual )

16 editions published between 1967 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 548 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A clan lord orders an aging swordsman to have his son marry the lord's mistress, but reverses his decision after the young couple falls in love
Hara kiri (Seppuku)( Visual )

7 editions published between 1962 and 2011 in Japanese and held by 521 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
Kwaidan by Masaki Kobayashi( Visual )

7 editions published between 2000 and 2015 in Japanese and French and held by 211 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

After more than a decade of sober political dramas and social-minded periodpieces, the great Japanese director Masaki Kobayashi shifted gears dramatically for this rapturously stylized quartet of ghost stories. Featuring colorfully surreal sets and luminous cinematography, these haunting tales of demonic comeuppance and spiritual trials, adapted from writer Lafcadio Hearn's collections of Japanese folklore, are existentially frightening and meticulously crafted. In The black hair, a poor young samurai leaves his first wife to marry a rich woman. When he is unhappy in his second marriage, he returns to his first wife, who at first appears unchanged from when he last saw her. In The woman of the snow, a woodcutter is spared by a mysterious ghost-like woman in the snow, but must promise never to tell anyone what he has seen. In Hoichi, the earless, a blind musician-monk named Hoichi is commanded by a gathering of ghosts to sing the saga of their ancient deeds. The head monk paints Hoichi's body with prayer verses to protect him, but unfortunately overlooks Hoichi's ears. In In a cup of tea, a writer wonders what would happen to a person who drinks another's soul and finds out
Harakiri by Masaki Kobayashi( Visual )

26 editions published between 1962 and 2018 in 4 languages and held by 177 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Following the collapse of his clan, an unemployed samurai (Tatsuya Nakadai) arrives at the manor of Lord Iyi, begging to be allowed to commit ritual suicide on the property. Iyi's clansmen, believing the desperate ronin is merely angling for a new position, try to force his hand and get him to eviscerate himself, but they have underestimated his beliefs and his personal brand of honor. Winner of the Cannes Film Festival's Special Jury Prize, Harakiri, directed by Masaki Kobayashi is a fierce evocation of individual agency in the face of a corrupt and hypocritical system
The human condition( Visual )

1 edition published in 2014 in Japanese and held by 140 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Masaki Kobayashi's mammoth humanist drama is one of the most staggering achievements of Japanese cinema. Originally filmed and released in three parts, the nine-and-a-half-hour The human condition (Ningen no joken), adapted from Junpei Gomikawa's six-volume novel, tells of the journey of the well-intentioned yet naive Kaji (handsome Japanese superstar Tatsuya Nakadai) 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. A raw indictment of its nation's wartime mentality as well as a personal existential tragedy, Kobayashi's riveting, gorgeously filmed epic is novelistic cinema at its best
The human condition( Visual )

1 edition published in 2014 in Japanese and held by 140 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Masaki Kobayashi's mammoth humanist drama is one of the most staggering achievements of Japanese cinema. Originally filmed and released in three parts, the nine-and-a-half-hour The human condition (Ningen no joken), adapted from Junpei Gomikawa's six-volume novel, tells of the journey of the well-intentioned yet naive Kaji (handsome Japanese superstar Tatsuya Nakadai) 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. A raw indictment of its nation's wartime mentality as well as a personal existential tragedy, Kobayashi's riveting, gorgeously filmed epic is novelistic cinema at its best
The human condition( Visual )

1 edition published in 2014 in Japanese and held by 140 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Masaki Kobayashi's mammoth humanist drama is one of the most staggering achievements of Japanese cinema. Originally filmed and released in three parts, the nine-and-a-half-hour The human condition (Ningen no joken), adapted from Junpei Gomikawa's six-volume novel, tells of the journey of the well-intentioned yet naive Kaji (handsome Japanese superstar Tatsuya Nakadai) 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. A raw indictment of its nation's wartime mentality as well as a personal existential tragedy, Kobayashi's riveting, gorgeously filmed epic is novelistic cinema at its best
Kwaidan by Masaki Kobayashi( Visual )

36 editions published between 1964 and 2016 in 3 languages and held by 133 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Feature film from Japan. Four Japanese stories of the supernatural. Kurokami tells the story of a samurai who bent on gaining fame and wealth returns to marry his first wife. Yukionna tells of a peasant who falls under the spell of a sorceress, marries a beautiful woman and after many years discovers her to be the same person under whose spell he fell years before. Miminashi Hoichi no hanashi is the blind performer who, bewitched, recites his poetry before the ghosts of nobility and loses his ears. Chawan no naka attempts to account for the curious inconclusiveness of many Japanese ghost stories as a publisher tries to imagine the consequences of swallowing a soul
Kuroi kawa( Visual )

1 edition published in 2013 in Japanese and held by 131 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Examines the rampant moral corruption on and around U.S. military bases in Japan following World War II. Kobayashi spirals out from the story of a love triangle that develops between a good-natured student, his innocent girlfriend, and a coldhearted criminal to reveal a nation slowly succumbing to lawlessness and violence
Karamiai( Visual )

1 edition published in 2013 in Japanese and held by 129 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On his deathbed, a wealthy businessman announces that his fortune is to be split equally among his three illegitimate children, whose whereabouts are unknown. A bevy of lawyers and associates begin machinations to procure the money for themselves, resorting to the use of impostors and blackmail. Yet all are outwitted by the cunning of the man's secretary, in this entertaining condemnation of unchecked greed
Kabe atsuki heya( Visual )

1 edition published in 2013 in Japanese and held by 128 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Among the first Japanese films to deal directly with the scars of World War II, this drama about a group of rank-and file Japanese soldiers jailed for crimes against humanity was adapted by Abe Kōbō from the diaries of real prisoners
Anata kaimasu( Visual )

1 edition published in 2013 in Japanese and held by 128 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Masaki Kobayashi's pitiless take on Japan's professional baseball industry is unlike any other sports film ever made. A condemnation of the inhumanity bred by a mercenary, bribery-fueled business, it follows the sharklike maneuvers of a scout dead set on signing a promising player to the team for the Toyo Flowers
Seppuku = Harakiri by Masaki Kobayashi( Visual )

15 editions published between 1962 and 2014 in Japanese and French and held by 125 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

After an unemployed warrior is forced to commit harakiri, his father-in-law returns to the scene, seemingly to play out the same agonizing suicide ritual. Tensions grow to excruciating levels until the thrilling climax, when the elder warrior strikes out one last time against the abusive society that crafted such cruelty
Human condition by Masaki Kobayashi( Visual )

9 editions published between 1959 and 2003 in Japanese and English and held by 91 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A pacifist civilian's humane treatment of mine workers and Allied prisoners of war angers the Japanese authorities during World War II
Toru Takemitsu by Charlotte Zwerin( Visual )

1 edition published in 2007 in Japanese and held by 90 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tōru Takemitsu (1930-1996), well-known Japanese composer, wrote the scores for some of the most celebrated, seminal works of Japan's New Wave movement, and collaborated with Akira Kurosawa, Nagisa Oshima, Masahiro Shinoda, and Hiroshi Teshigahara--some very obsessive directors. Takemitsu emphasized the sound, images, and textures of natural living things, as he scored power struggles, paranoia, fractured family relations, and the two big subjects that often dominate the films his work accompanies: murder and suicide. Takemitsu's scores feature Japanese instruments and musical concepts, but he also used musician's performance techniques, engineering tweaks, and sometimes specific sound effects, which were performed, recorded, and edited into sharp musical statements for Japanese films that addressed issues heretofore rarely depicted in Japanese cinema. Interviews with Takemitsu, Teshigahara, Shinoda, Kobayashi and Oshima are illustrated with copious clips from their films
Human condition by Masaki Kobayashi( Visual )

11 editions published between 1961 and 2007 in Japanese and English and held by 86 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A trilogy of films on the fate of one man in Japan during the Second World War, castigating Japan's social system and the way it treated its soldiers, and portraying the horrors of the Russian prison camps. The hero, Kaji, is sent to administer a mining camp in occupied Manchuria (Pt. 1), then forced into military service during the final months of the War (Pt. 2), before finally surrendering and being sent to a Siberian P.O.W. camp (Pt. 3)
Dodesuka-den by Akira Kurosawa( Visual )

5 editions published between 1970 and 2011 in Japanese and held by 83 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This film follows the lives of the people who live in a slum, built in a garbage dump. A mentally disabled boy is obsessed with streetcars, driving an imaginary streetcar around, chanting "Dodes'ka-den! Dodes'ka-den!"--Mimicking the sound of the wheels. Some of the neighbors are a young woman living with her lecherous uncle; a pair of friends who get drunk and swap wives; a possibly mentally ill beggar and his son who live in a deserted car; and a man with five children who knows he is not the father of any, but treats them as if they were his own. Although they may dream of better times, these people are trapped--both physically and psychologically--doomed to live a life of disappointment (or worse), but many find ways to carry on
Ningen no jōken. The human condition( Visual )

6 editions published between 1959 and 1999 in Japanese and English and held by 13 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
 
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Harakiri Seppuku = Harakiri
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Kobajaschi, Masaki 1916-1996

Kobajaši, Masaki 1916-1996

Kobayashi, Masaki.

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Kobayashi, Masaki 1916-1996

Kobayashi, Masashi

Masaki, Kobayashi

Masaki Kobayashi 1916-1996

Masaki Kobayashi director de cinema xaponés

Masaki Kobayashi film director

Masaki Kobayashi japanischer Drehbuchautor und Regisseur

Masaki Kobayashi Japans filmregisseur

Masaki Kobayashi japoński reżyser filmowy

Masaki Kobayashi réalisateur japonais

Masaki Kobayashi regista giapponese

Masashi, Kobayashi

Μασάκι Κομπαγιάσι

Кобаяси, Масаки

Кобаясі Масакі Японський кінорежисер

מאסאקי קובאיאשי

ماساكي كوباياشي

ماساکی کوبایاشی کارگردان ژاپنی

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コバヤシ, マサキ 1916-1996

小林, 正樹

小林 正樹 1916-1996

小林正樹 1916-1996

小林正樹 日本の映画監督

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