A young woman is forced by circumstance into a loveless marriage while still in love with another. This episodic tale follows their story through three decades of bitter conflict which engulfs their children and those around them.
Alternating in time, between the end of World War II and 1953, Haruko, a widow, does what she can to keep her daughter Utako and son Seiichi safe, fed, and sheltered. By 1953, it's clear ... See full summary »
During the 1930s, a teenager yearns for a Catholic girl, whose only desire is to reform his sinful tendencies. Hormones raging, the young man channels his unsatisfied lust into the only outlet available: savage, crazed violence.
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Seven year old Sasha practices violin every day to satisfy the ambition of his parents. Already withdrawn as a result of his routines, Sasha quickly regains confidence when he accidentally ... See full summary »
Really good tale from Japan. Written and directed by Keisuke Kinoshita, about midway through his career. Very well done story, with several subplots. Story about students who re-unite a couple years later, and realize how much they have all changed since they last met. The recurring theme is "honor" (this is Japan, after all!) interesting dilemma near the end... is it more honorable to tell the police what one knows, or more honorable to let a friend escape before he can be caught? Another recurring theme is the story of the Fighting Tigers, who made a valiant last stand protecting their city. and they keep singing the song that tells that story. I wasn't able to find much about the actual Fighting Tigers legend, but it seems to have been an actual group of teenage warriors in the 1860s.
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