In Competition at the Tokyo International Film Festival

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1. Typhoon Club (1985)

115 min | Drama, Romance

The movie takes place in the five-day period before, during and after a ferocious, seemingly liberating typhoon, which several students endure while marooned in their school gymnasium.

Director: Shinji Sômai | Stars: Yuichi Mikami, Yûki Kudô, Tomokazu Miura, Shigeru Benibayashi

Votes: 385

2. The Old Well (1987)

130 min | Drama, Romance

A married village worker teams up with an old girlfriend to try to dig a well for his water-starved village. The well collapses and they are trapped. Their enforced confinement leads to ... See full summary »

Director: Tian-Ming Wu | Stars: Yujing Liang, Yuqing Liao, Liping Lü, Xingli Niu

Votes: 255

3. Once We Were Dreamers (1987)

PG | 120 min | Drama

Set in the Middle East in 1919, a group of European Jews planning on settling in the Sinai Desert are attacked by Bedouin tribesmen. As they fight for their lives they realize that they are... See full summary »

Director: Uri Barbash | Stars: Kelly McGillis, John Shea, Arnon Zadok, Christine Boisson

Votes: 51

5. Housekeeping (1987)

PG | 116 min | Drama

After their mother commits suicide, two sisters end up living with their kind but peculiar aunt in their grandmother's old house in a small 1950s town.

Director: Bill Forsyth | Stars: Christine Lahti, Sara Walker, Andrea Burchill, Anne Pitoniak

Votes: 1,952 | Gross: $1.08M

6. Dancers (1987)

PG | 99 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

A successful aging dancer takes a young female protegee.

Director: Herbert Ross | Stars: Mikhail Baryshnikov, Alessandra Ferri, Leslie Browne, Tommy Rall

Votes: 251 | Gross: $1.19M

7. Lev s bílou hrívou (1987)

127 min | Biography, Drama

The film tells the exciting life of the great Czech composer Leos Janacek , (1854-1928) , also known by the thick silver hair that crowned his head and his strong character, which could overcome the adversities of fate.

Director: Jaromil Jires | Stars: Zlata Adamovská, Jirí Adamíra, Jirí Bartoska, Tatána Fischerová

Votes: 31

8. The Dead (1987)

PG | 83 min | Drama

Gabriel Conroy and wife Greta attend an early January dinner with friends at the home of his spinster aunts, an evening which results in an epiphany for both of them.

Director: John Huston | Stars: Anjelica Huston, Donal McCann, Helena Carroll, Cathleen Delany

Votes: 6,703 | Gross: $4.37M

9. Hope and Glory (1987)

PG-13 | 113 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A semi-autobiographical project by John Boorman about a nine year old boy called Bill as he grows up in London during the blitz of World War II. For a young boy, this time in history was ... See full summary »

Director: John Boorman | Stars: Sarah Miles, David Hayman, Sebastian Rice-Edwards, Geraldine Muir

Votes: 11,762 | Gross: $10.02M

10. Sofía (1987)

98 min | Drama

During Argentina's "Dirty War," a 17-year-old boy falls in love with an older woman who is being chased by the authorities.

Director: Alejandro Doria | Stars: Dora Baret, Héctor Alterio, Graciela Dufau, Alejandro Milrud

Votes: 41

12. Panchavati (1986)

Drama, Family

This is a story about having an extra marital affair within the family itself. Vikram (Suresh Oberoi) and his younger brother Yatin (Akbar Khan) lead their import - export business. ... See full summary »

Director: Basu Bhattacharya | Stars: Seema Burman, Nabendu Ghosh, Akbar Khan, Deepti Naval

Votes: 9

13. Keep Your Right Up (1987)

82 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

A film with idiotic prince and Rita Mitsouko who records a new album.

Director: Jean-Luc Godard | Stars: Jane Birkin, Dominique Lavanant, Pauline Lafont, Éva Darlan

Votes: 527

14. The Man with Three Coffins (1987)

117 min | Drama

A young man travels to various regions of South Korea to scatter the ashes of his dead wife.

Director: Jang-ho Lee | Stars: Myung-gon Kim, Bo-Hee Lee, Sok-Yang Choo, Sul-Bong Ko

Votes: 54

15. The Good Wife (1987)

R | 98 min | Drama, Romance

In pre-WWII Australia, a love triangle develops between a man, his wife and the man's brother.

Director: Ken Cameron | Stars: Rachel Ward, Bryan Brown, Steven Vidler, Sam Neill

Votes: 466 | Gross: $1.16M

16. That Summer of White Roses (1989)

R | 98 min | Drama, War

In the summer of 1944, in a peaceful resort town in the Nazi-occupied Yugoslavia, an easy-going lifeguard takes in a widow of a partisan and her young son. Their relationship grows until he unknowingly saves a Nazi officer from drowning.

Director: Rajko Grlic | Stars: Tom Conti, Susan George, Nitzan Sharron, Rod Steiger

Votes: 119

17. Breaking In (1989)

R | 94 min | Adventure, Comedy

Professional thief Ernie takes Mike on as an apprentice, but while Mike clearly has "larceny in his heart", it will take him a long time to get as good as Ernie.

Director: Bill Forsyth | Stars: Burt Reynolds, Casey Siemaszko, Sheila Kelley, Lorraine Toussaint

Votes: 1,352 | Gross: $1.88M

19. Flying Fox in a Freedom Tree (1989)


Pepe is a young Samoan. He has two mentors, who represents two opposite paths. One is Toasa, the senior chief of Pepe's village, an elder powerful and wise in the ancient way of his people.... See full summary »

Director: Martyn Sanderson | Stars: Faifua Amiga, Richard von Sturmer

Votes: 13

20. A Dry White Season (1989)

R | 106 min | Drama, Thriller

68 Metascore

A white middle class South African suburbanite with no interest in politics agrees to help his black gardener find his jailed son. His investigation opens his eyes to the horrors committed by the secret police and turns him into a target.

Director: Euzhan Palcy | Stars: Donald Sutherland, Janet Suzman, Zakes Mokae, Jürgen Prochnow

Votes: 4,674 | Gross: $3.77M

21. Salim Langde Pe Mat Ro (1989)

Not Rated | 111 min | Crime, Drama

A tapori's dream to become a bigshot, but after the reality-check; dose of education opened his eyes and he begins to question his own existence.

Director: Saeed Akhtar Mirza | Stars: Pavan Malhotra, Makrand Deshpande, Ashutosh Gowariker, Rajendra Gupta

Votes: 343

23. Parenthood (1989)

PG-13 | 124 min | Comedy, Drama

82 Metascore

The Buckmans are a midwestern family all dealing with their lives: estranged relatives, raising children, pressures of the job, and learning to be a good parent and spouse.

Director: Ron Howard | Stars: Steve Martin, Mary Steenburgen, Dianne Wiest, Jason Robards

Votes: 42,074 | Gross: $100.05M

24. Roselyne and the Lions (1989)

Not Rated | 139 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Thierry (Gérard Sandoz) drops out of school to apprentice as a lion tamer at the zoo when he meets Roselyne (Isabelle Pasco), who shares his passion. They fall in love and when he loses his... See full summary »

Director: Jean-Jacques Beineix | Stars: Isabelle Pasco, Gérard Sandoz, Gabriel Monnet, Philippe Clévenot

Votes: 425

25. Goitia, un dios para sí mismo (1989)

110 min | Drama

The closeness of his death and a final impulse to paint one more painting, lead the Mexican painter Francisco Goitia to remember his life.

Director: Diego López Rivera | Stars: José Carlos Ruiz, Gustavo Aguilar, Tomás Alcázar, Alfredo Alonso

Votes: 45

27. Interdevochka (1989)

151 min | Drama, Romance

A hospital nurse becomes an "international girl", a prostitute who caters to foreigners with hard currency.

Director: Pyotr Todorovskiy | Stars: Elena Yakovleva, Tomas Laustiola, Anastasiya Nemolyaeva, Irina Rozanova

Votes: 920

28. Life and Nothing But (1989)

PG | 135 min | Drama, War

Intense character study of men and women driven by an overpowering obsession with the past.

Director: Bertrand Tavernier | Stars: Philippe Noiret, Sabine Azéma, Pascale Vignal, Maurice Barrier

Votes: 1,446 | Gross: $0.43M

29. Heritage Africa (1989)

110 min | Drama

The story of Quincy Bosomfield who is the product of colonial education and has risen to become the district commissioner. In the process, he abandons his African heritage and all that has real meaning to him.

Director: Kwaw Ansah | Stars: Kofi Bucknor, Ian Collier, Anima Misa, Peter Whitbread

Votes: 37

30. City of Hope (1991)

R | 129 min | Crime, Drama

An intersecting tale with a multitude of characters living lives which, in one way or another, revolve around an old apartment block scheduled to be demolished.

Director: John Sayles | Stars: Vincent Spano, Tony Lo Bianco, Stephen Mendillo, Chris Cooper

Votes: 2,040 | Gross: $1.26M

31. Charuga (1991)

108 min | Adventure, Biography, Comedy

This film is based on the true story about Jovo Stanivukovic alias Caruga, bandit who became legend in post-WW1 Slavonia.

Director: Rajko Grlic | Stars: Ivo Gregurevic, Davor Janjic, Branka Trlin-Matula, Branislav Lecic

Votes: 366

32. Izydi! (1991)

83 min | Comedy, Drama

In Russia at the turn of the century, a wealthy Jewish merchant enjoys the best of relations with his Russian neighbours, while his respected home forms the obvious social centre of the ... See full summary »

Director: Dmitriy Astrakhan | Stars: Otar Megvinetukhutsesi, Elena Anisimova, Tamari Skhirtladze, Tatyana Kuznetsova

Votes: 31

33. Hamoun (1990)

Not Rated | 120 min | Drama

Hamoon's wife is leaving him. He is also unsuccessfully trying to finish his Ph.D. thesis. He is forced to reexamine his life. In a series of flashbacks and dreams, Hamoon tries to figure ... See full summary »

Director: Dariush Mehrjui | Stars: Pantea Bahram, Ezzatolah Entezami, Bita Farahi, Sedigheh Kianfar

Votes: 5,882

34. A Woman's Tale (1991)

PG-13 | 93 min | Drama

Uplifting and intimate look at the last days of an elderly cancer victim. The film is even more relevant as it was written specifically for the lead actress, Sheila Florance, who was in ... See full summary »

Director: Paul Cox | Stars: Sheila Florance, Gosia Dobrowolska, Norman Kaye, Chris Haywood

Votes: 368 | Gross: $0.41M

35. Iron Maze (1991)

R | 104 min | Drama, Thriller

In Corinth, a dying town 15 miles from Pittsburg: One evening, a Japanese businessman, who wanted to tear down the closed iron mills to build an amusement park, is found half dead in his ... See full summary »

Director: Hiroaki Yoshida | Stars: Jeff Fahey, Bridget Fonda, Hiroaki Murakami, J.T. Walsh

Votes: 595

36. The Pianist (1991)

Not Rated | 112 min | Romance

Jean and her sister, played by Macha Grenon, have a life long infatuation with the Japanese Pianist who once lived across the street from them during their high school years. The film is ... See full summary »

Director: Claude Gagnon | Stars: Gail Travers, Macha Grenon, Eiji Okuda, Dorothée Berryman

Votes: 119

38. The Commitments (1991)

R | 118 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

73 Metascore

When Jimmy Rabbitte wants to start a band, he has open auditions at his house.

Director: Alan Parker | Stars: Robert Arkins, Michael Aherne, Angeline Ball, Maria Doyle Kennedy

Votes: 30,416 | Gross: $14.92M

40. Au revoir mon amour (1991)

126 min | Drama, War

Two former lovers are reunited in war-torn Shangai during its occupation by Japanese troops in World War 2.

Director: Tony Au | Stars: Anita Mui, Tony Ka Fai Leung, Hidekazu Akai, Chikako Aoyama

Votes: 65

41. A Scene at the Sea (1991)

101 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

The lives of a young, hearing-impaired and gloomy couple are fulfilled after the boy holds interest in surfboarding.

Director: Takeshi Kitano | Stars: Claude Maki, Hiroko Ôshima, Sabu Kawahara, Toshizo Fujiwara

Votes: 4,611

42. Voyager (1991)

PG-13 | 117 min | Drama, Romance

Walter Faber has survived a crash with an airplane. His next trip is by ship. On board this ship he meets the enchanting Sabeth and they have a passionate love affair. Together they travel ... See full summary »

Director: Volker Schlöndorff | Stars: Sam Shepard, Julie Delpy, Barbara Sukowa, Dieter Kirchlechner

Votes: 2,818 | Gross: $0.52M

43. A Brighter Summer Day (1991)

Not Rated | 237 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

90 Metascore

Based on a true story, primarily on a conflict between two youth gangs, a 14-year-old boy's girlfriend conflicts with the head of one gang for an unclear reason, until finally the conflict comes to a violent climax.

Director: Edward Yang | Stars: Chen Chang, Lisa Yang, Kuo-Chu Chang, Elaine Jin

Votes: 6,031