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MIIKE TAKASHI'S ZATO ICHI-THE STAGE PLAY
(Zato Ichi) 2010 166 min. Anamorphic Widescreen (16:9)

Starring: AIKAWA Show Written and Directed by: MIIKE Takashi

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In one of the most remarkable productions in many years, noted filmmaker Miike Takashi has created a stage play version of the Zato Ichi story. Based on the character created by Shimozawa Kan and popularized worldwide by the great Katsu Shintaro, this version is everything that the 'Beat' Takeshi film was not. The play is at once exciting, charming, suspenseful, humorous, and features superb swordsmanship. The Japanese classical theater, or Kabuki, has a long history of samurai era productions which eventually led to the rise of motion pictures. This play carries on that tradition and breathes new life into a beloved character in a surprising way.


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EDOGAWA RAMPO'S BEAST IN THE SHADOWS
(Edogawa Ranpo no Inju) 1977 118 min. Academy Standard (4:3)
Bonus feature: 2 Trailers w/English subtitles

Multiple murders, red herrings and sadomasochistic sex are the order of the day in this ground-breaking mystery from Edogawa Rampo, Japan's foremost writer of suspense novels. The year is 1930 and the chance meeting of a novelist and one of his fans
opens the door to a series of mysterious events culminating in the death of a wealthy industrialist who may have been leading a double life. Aoi Teruhiko and Kayama Yoshiko star along with 2 of Japan's most famous and highly respected actors, Otomo Ryutaro and
Wakayama Tomisaburo. In a departure from the samurai genre in which he made his name this is director Kato Tai's masterpiece.
A true work of cinema art comes to life in this deadly tale of love and betrayal!

Starring: AOI Teruhiko, KAYAMA Yoshiko
OTOMO Ryutaro, WAKAYAMA Tomisaburo


Directed by: KATO Tai
from an original novel by: EDOGAWA Rampo


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SHINSENGUMI-NTV Special
2 disc set 1987 Academy Standard (4:3)

Starring: MATSUKATA Hiroki, TAKEWAKE Muga

Directed by:
HARADA Yuichi (part 1)
MASUDA Toshio (part 2)



On June 5, 1864 the Shinsengumi raided anti-Shogunate activists
at Kyoto's Ikedaya Inn. This act not only kept the former capital from
being burned to the ground, but saved the Emperor from being kidnapped
by Choshu clan radicals with nothing left to lose.
This is the story of the Shinsengumi, founded by Serizawa Kamo and Kondo Isami, two of Japan's most capable swordsmen. The group's undying devotion helped delay the fall of the nearly 300 year old Tokugawa Shogunate as Japan was torn apart by extremists bent on restoring imperial power. Motion picture star Matsukata Hiroki shines as Kondo Isami, the master swordsman with a will of iron and a blade of steel. Swordfights galore in this tale of blood and honor!


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EVIL MAN OF EDO
(Edo no Akutaro)

Anamorphic Widescreen 16:9 1959 91 min.
Bonus feature: Trailer w/English subtitles

Starring: OTOMO Ryutaro, OKAWA Keiko, YAMAGATA Isao

Directed by: MAKINO Masahiro

A classic battle between good and evil pits an unscrupulous fortuneteller who has been preying on the good citizens of Edo against a masterless samurai who founded a school for underprivileged children in a poor neighborhood. Into the mix comes a young woman running away from a forced marriage disguised as a teenage boy and becomes a student of the beloved Sensei, while he staves off the advances of a skilled pickpocket and prepares for a bloody showdown against a direct retainer of the shogun!


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THE EDO OFFICIAL AND APPRENTICE
(Edokko Hangan to Furisode Kozo) 1959

It's an extravaganza of entertainment as famous magistrate in disguise,
Toyama no Kinshiro attempts to confront the elusive thief known as the
"Long-Sleeve Burglar". Played to the hilt by Misora Hibari in a delightful
performance highlighted by singing, dancing, and swordplay with a unique
story within a story twist that starts to unfold in the city jail as a playwright
is brought into custody and meets the famed Long-Sleeve Burglar himself.
Misora Hibari is totally captivating in this gender bending role as the famed
thief whose expoits can only be stopped by the great Kin-san himself!

Starring: KATAOKA Chiezo, MISORA Hibari

Directed by: SAWAJIMA Tadashi



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HEAVENLY DRAGON
(Tenryu Haha Koi Gasa) 1960

From the opening theme song to the grand finale, you know that you have found something special as this exciting movie stars the great Misora Hibari in one of her most memorable performances as she plays Shintaro and Oharu, a brother and sister, the children of a lumber dealer who had been murdered by the evil boss Kumagoro who plots to take over Shintaro's family business with the help of a corrupt deputy who has fooled the family into believing that he is on their side. This is not the usual lightweight type of film you'd expect from this cast, but something much better verging on a genuine classic!

Starring: MISORA Hibari, WAKAYAMA Tomisaburo

Directed by: KUDO Eiichi



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HAPPILY TIED TO THE ROAD

(Oshidori Dochu) 1959

With flashing swordwork and a terrific story, wandering gambler Kusama Hanjiro inspires the wrath of Boss Jirotaro who has been terrorizing travelers along the route through his territory. When Hanjiro steps in to gamble with him one-on-one it leads to a deadly vendetta that will show no mercy. Along the way Hanjiro is called upon to help sisters with no one else to depend on. Will the feud end in tragedy, or can the honest wanderer prevail against the bloodlust of an angry yakuza boss whom he had scarred for life?


Starring: OKAWA Hashizo, SATOMI Kotaro, OKOCHI Denjiro


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MIGHTY SHOSUKE
(Shosuke Buyuden Aizu Bandaisan) 1960

This is a comedy about a free-spirited man Ohara Shosuke whose life is turned upside down when he is ordered to serve the clan lord. Having lost his fortune and leading a life of leisure, he is ill-prepared for the rigorous life of a samurai, the very definition of which is "To Serve.." But before that, he must solve the dilemma of two down-on-their-luck ronin who stand before him ready to duel to the death! This superb swordfighting comedy is filled with clever exchanges and glimpses of the powerful Japanese battle swords that were popular in that day.

Starring: OTOMO Ryutaro, MISORA Hibari

Directed by MATSUDA Sadatsugu


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JIROCHO-THE CHIVALROUS (Zoku Jirocho Fuji)
1960 107 minutes Anamorphic Widescreen (16:9)

The historical epic of gambler Jirocho of Shimizu, "Boss of the Tokaido" comes to an exciting conclusion as an all-star cast from Daiei is assembled to bring history to life against a backdrop of violence and betrayal. Drawn from the true adventures of the ‘Shimizu 28', Jirocho and his men, including the master swordsman "One-Eyed Ishimatsu" and the other stalwarts like Omasa and Komasa must bare their blades against throngs of vicious enemies. Katsu Shintaro as Ishimatsu steals the show in one of the greatest displays of swordsmanship that ever graced the big screen! Brilliant and bloody, this is the ultimate tale of yakuza honor and man's pride!

Starring: HASEGAWA Kazuo, ICHIKAWA Raizo, KATSU Shintaro, HONGO Kojiro, NAKAMURA Tamao - Directed by: MORI Kazuo

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GHOST OF YOTSUYA (Yotsuya Kaidan) Anamorphic Widescreen (16:9)

From one of Japan's premier filmmakers comes the definitive version of the classic Ghost Of Yotsuya, a story told many times, but never before like this! This movie features Hasegawa Kazuo, the biggest star of that era as Tamiya Iemon, a direct retainer of the shogun who is fooled into believing that his wife was having an affair with their servant. Forced into poverty by the strict rules of protocol that governed the samurai era, Iemon's realizes that it is almost impossible to attain status without having the means to bribe those with the power to make or break a career. Things change when the beautiful daughter of a powerful retainer falls in love with Iemon after he rescues her from a terrible fate. However, fate is a fickle thing that may come back with tragic results. The tension builds to breaking point in this magnificent version of the classic tale based on the renowned Kabuki by Chikamatsu Monzaemon.
Superb special effects and terrific swordplay make this film a must see!

Starring: HASEGAWA Kazuo
NAKATA Yasuka, URAJI Yoko - Directed by MISUMI Kenji.


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HAWK OF THE NORTH (Dokuganryu Masamune) Anamorphic Widescreen (16:9)

During the latter part of the 16th Century, Japan's Warring States era was coming to a close. While Toyotomi Hideyoshi as Regent had basically taken control of the country, wars still raged on in the north. The "Hawk of the North" Date Masamune, a daring young warrior, had crushed almost all of his enemies in the region. Then setting his eyes on Hatakeyama's lands the young warlord was about to face his greatest challenge. Ripped from the pages of Japanese history, this exciting motion picture is filled with giant battle scenes and bloody swordplay. This is one of the greatest epics from the last days of civil war, as Japan headed for the generation of peace that was to follow.

Starring: NAKAMURA Kinnosuke, OKAWA Keiko, OKOCHI Denjiro - Directed by: KONO Toshikazu


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THE CRUEL STORY (Bakumatsu Zankoku Monogatari)

Re-mastered Anamorphic Widescreen (16:9)

This is one of the bloodiest black and white films from the mid-sixties. This film tell the brutal story of a young recruit to the Shinsengumi, the para-military force of ronin led by Kondo Isami, and made famous to the west in Sword of Doom. This is another view of that group without the usual whitewashing of their character. The full translation of the title tells it all. A Cruel Story set during the fall of the Tokugawa Shogunate. It's a powerful indictment of the brutality going on in Japan at the time in the name of keeping the West out of the country. Finally re-mastered from a new superior anamorphic widescreen print with improved subtitles and theatrical trailer, it is a superb motion picture that is not to be missed.

Starring: OKAWA Hashizo, OTOMO Ryutaro, FUJI Junko - Directed by: KATO Tai


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A REVENGEFUL RAID (Jirocho to Kotengu Nagurikomi Koshuji)

In this tale of bravery and honor among the roving gamblers of old Japan, the heroic Jirocho, Boss of the Tokaido is called upon to help a young yakuza named Eijiro after he runs afoul of the new samurai officials who have taken over his hometown. Expertly portrayed by Kitaoji Kinya (son of the all-time great star Ichikawa Utaemon), this young man stands up for the townspeople and puts his life on the line. Jirocho, played by superstar Nakamura Kinnosuke, a boss known for his honor and valor soon finds himself involved in the feud which will only end in a brutal showdown.

Starring: NAKAMURA Kinnosuke
KITAOJI Kinya, YAMAGATA Isao
- Directed by: MAKINO Masahiro

 


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THE NEWCOMER TO SHIMIZU (Shimizu Minato ni Kita Otoko)

One of Japan's most enduring stories is the true-life Yakuza boss Jirocho of Shimizu and his gang as they took over the Tokaido Highroad and went on to everlasting fame. Many of the gang members have become household names although their backgrounds and how they came to join the group is mostly lost in the mists of time gone by. This is the tale of Masa, who arrived in Shimizu Port hungry and down on his luck. Follow his adventures as he meets up with the other gang members and goes on to join and become one of their best swordsmen. A truly exciting tale starring the ever-popular Okawa Hashizo along with all-time great Okochi Denjiro. The old and the young stars shine in this terrific motion picture.

Starring: OKAWA Hashizo
OKOCHI Denjiro, OKA Satomi
- Directed by: MAKINO Masahiro


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THE GREAT KING OF MONGOLIA (Kogan no Mishi)

Over 1,000 years ago, Mt. Fumi violently erupted, sending fiery fumes into the heavens and signaling a revolt in Mutsu, where over 150,000 troops swept over Mutsu in no time, overran Dewa, and invaded the Kanto provinces. The raging rebel army divided the nation in two and set sight on the capital. It was just as the Imperial Court had relocated to the new capital of Heian-kyo in Yamashiro Province and set out to build a new nation of peace. Having to hold Hizawa Castle for two months until the Imperial army can disperse the rebels falls to a young samurai named Oda Takemaro who has devised a strategy that may be able to save the nation.

Starring: OKAWA Hashizo


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TATTOO OF LOVE (Irezumi Hantaro)

The great Okawa Hashizo, in one of his most powerful roles risks his life and limb to help save the lovely Onaka from a terrible lifestyle. Starting out as a down on his luck gambler, Hantaro refuses to accept punishment for running up a 10 ryo debt in a crooked dice game. Forced from his village he must go on the run and learn how to fend for himself. After 3 years on the road, his past finally catches up to him, when he gets spotted by a pair of gang members. The action heats up after he saves Onaka from committing suicide and the two find themselves battling all odds for survival. This is a serious film with a strong story and exciting sword action!ting sword action!

Starring: OKAWA Hashizo
OKA Satomi
- Directed by: MAKINO Masahiro


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TSUKIGATA HANPEITA

1952 102 min. - b&w - Academy Standard (full frame 4:3)

During the ultra-violent era of the downfall of the Tokugawa Shogunate one man rose above the rest with his ideas of how to overthrow the nt a Satsuma clans which would ultimately lead to the alliance of these 2 clans and restoral of the emperor to full power. Based on the play that made Sawada Shojiro famous this is the story of Tsukigata Hanpeita, a forward looking samurai from Choshu, who along with Katsura Kogoro and Sakamoto Ryoma of Tosa worked to bring their dream of a new era in Japan. Co-starring a very young Misora Hibari as an aspiring geisha, this film has some of the best sword fighting in Ichikawa Utaemon’s brilliant career. Can he survive against all odds and bring a new dawn to Japan? A major classic from the early 1950’s, this film shows the true samurai spirit!

Starring: ICHIKAWA Utaemon, YAMADA Isuzo, MISORA Hibari

TSUKIGATA HANPEITA
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TAKEDA SHINGEN

TBS 2 part Historical Drama

Remastered with 40 minutes of additional footage and the Making Of Bonus feature!

During the 16th Century Japan was involved in the Sengoku Period, an era of Civil Wars and the powerful Warlords who fought them. One of the earliest and strongest of these men was the Great Lord TAKEDA Shingen. A tremendous military genius, his battles are the stuff of legend. With tremendous performances by YAKUSHO Koji as Shingen and CHIBA Shinichi as his father, this is a story not to be missed! One of the best made for TV biographies of this or any era.

Starring: YAKUSHO Koji, CHIBA Shinichi
WAKAYAMA Tomisaburo, MATSUKATA Hiroki

TAKEDA SHINGEN
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5 MEN OF EDO (Oedo Gonin Otoko)

1951 133 min. - b&w - Academy Standard (full frame 4:3)

During the 17th Century roving bands of hatamoto were causing trouble in the new capital city of Edo and constantly fought with the townspeople at every turn. The leader of these ruthless samruai was Mizuno Jirozaemon, who despite his high rank was in deep financial distress, thus leading to a tragedy that shook the very streets of the city. Opposing him was Banzui-in Chobei, the ‘Protector of the Weak’ who was willing to put his life on the line to save the 808 districts of Edo from the 80,000 hatamoto whose violent behavior threatened to destroy the fabric of society. Starring Bando Tsumasaburo, the first great star of the silver screen along with mega-star Ichikawa Utaemon, this is a story not to be missed. Torn from the pages of history, this true story has been told many times, but never as powerfully as this!

Starring: BANDO Tsumasaburo, ICHIKAWA Utaemon
YAMADA Isuzo

5 MEN OF EDO
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KUROSAWA’S TATESHI DANPEI (Tateshi Danpei)

104 min. - b&w - Academy Standard (full frame 4:3)

Written by Kurosawa Akira, this film tells the story of Swordplay Choreographer Ichikawa Danpei and his battle to keep the art of the samurai swordfight alive in Japanese entertainment. Coming out of Kabuki, the traditional theater of Japan, Danpei had to change his style to fit the new realism that famed actor and troupe leader Sawada Shojiro required during the early 20th Century. Sawada was one of the great stars of Japanese theater and one of the earliest screen legends, being the first to portray many of the characters we have since come to be familiar with, such as Kunisada Chuji, Tsukue Ryunosuke, Kutsukake Tokijiro, and Tsukigata Hanpeita. The greatest actors of their generation star in this magnificent film, including Ichikawa Utaemon as Sawada Shojiro and Tsukigata Ryunosuke as Danpei. Filmed in glorious black and white, it paints a true picture of “Shinkokugeki”, the New National Theater of Japan!

Starring: ICHIKAWA Utaemon, TSUKIGATA Ryunosuke, YAMADA Isuzu. Screenplay by: KUROSAWA Akira Directed by: MAKINO Masahiro

TATESHI DANPEI
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