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1.

La Jetée: Sans Soleil

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"La jetée" was the inspiration for Terry Gilliam's film "Twelve Monkeys" and is almost entirely narrated using black and white stills. After Paris is destroyed in a third world war, the survivors are forced to retreat underground where scientists conduct strange time-travel experiments in an effort to escape to a better past or future. In "Sans soleil", an unknown woman reads the writings of a cameraman who travels the world to produce a study of "the dreams of the human race"; he is particularly attracted to the two extremes of Japan and Africa, and discusses the images that he creates with the woman.
BookDVD
2007
Clemons (Stacks)
2.

Tokyo Story

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Tokyo Story follows an aging couple, Tomi and Sukichi, on their journey from their rural village to visit their two married children in bustling, post-war Tokyo. Their reception is disappointing: too busy to entertain them, their children send them off to a health spa. After Tomi falls ill she and Sukichi return home, while the children, grief-stricken, hasten to be with her.
DVD
2003; 1953
Clemons (Stacks)
3.

Still Walking

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"Fashioned as a tribute to his parents, the film depicts one day in the life of the Yokoyamas, gathered together for a celebratory ritual that only gradually makes itself clear. Rather than focus on big dramatic moments, Kore-eda relies on simple gestures and domestic routines (especially cooking) to evoke a family's entire life, its deep regrets and its daily joys."--Container.
DVD
2010; 2008
Clemons (Stacks)
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Kawaita Hana

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In this cool, seductive jewel of the Japanese New Wave, a yakuza, fresh out of prison, becomes entangled with a beautiful yet enigmatic gambling addict. What at first seems a redemptive relationship ends up leading him further down the criminal path.
DVD
2011; 1964
Clemons (Stacks)
5.

Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence

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Based on a true story of author Laurens van der Post's experiences as a WWII prisoner of war.
DVDBlu-Ray
2010
Clemons (Stacks)
6.

Ningen No Jōken

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Tells of the journey of the well-intentioned yet naive Kaji 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.
DVD
2009
Clemons (Stacks)
7.

L'empire de la Passion: Empire of Passion

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1895, a small Japanese village. Part-time barmaid Seki is married to Gisaburo, a hardworking rickshaw man. Toyoji is a younger man at loose ends since leaving the army. Toyoji seduces Seki, and they embark on a desultory affair. Later, an impetuous action of Toyoji's prompts the lovers to murder Gisaburo. Three years later, Gisaburo's ghost appears, a sad and confused lost soul whose vague desperation drives his murderers to anguished guilt. This film was director Oshima's venture into the kaidan (Japanese ghost story), and was highly acclaimed on its release in 1978.
DVD
2009; 1978
Clemons (Stacks)
8.

Dans L'empire des Sens: In the Realm of the Senses

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The story is based on the tabloid sensation of 1936, the fatal love affair of Sada Abe, a former geisha turned maid, and Kichizo Yoshida, the owner of the Tokyo ryotei (Japanese-style restaurant) at which she worked. Abandoning his wife and his business, Kichizo gives himself up to two weeks of dissipation with Sada at a nearby inn, which climaxes in sadomasochistic love games--and his strangulation and mutilation. Kichizo is tired of life, of the militarism that has everywhere suppressed Eros in favor of Thanatos, and he and Sada are escaping, protesting, testing physical and psychological limits, while resisting a social order that condemns their actions and their very being.
DVD
2009; 1976
Clemons (Stacks)
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The Bad Sleep Well

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A young executive hunts down his father's killer. A tale about corruption in the boardrooms of postwar corporate Japan as seen through the rising executive eyes.
DVD
2006
Clemons (Stacks)
10.
Ran

Ran

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An aging warlord decides to split his kingdom between his three sons, who will live in three separate castles. The two eldest sons are quite happy, but the youngest thinks his father has gone mad, and predicts that it won't be long until the two older brothers are fighting with each other.
DVD
2005; 1985
Clemons (Stacks)
11.

Nijūshi No Hitomi: Twenty-Four Eyes

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An elegant, emotional chronicle of a teacher's unwavering commitment to her students, her profession, and her sense of morality. It takes a simultaneously sober and sentimental look at the epic themes of aging, war, and death.
DVD
2008; 1954
Clemons (Stacks)
12.

Yoidore Tenshi

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A yakuza mobster suffering from tuberculosis enters into an unusual relationship with an alcoholic doctor.
DVD
2007; 1948
Clemons (Stacks)
13.

Rashōmon

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Set in the Middle Ages, the nature of truth and subjective reality are probed in a series of flashbacks from four viewpoints to present the case history of a man's murder and the rape of his wife by a bandit.
DVD
2002; 1950
14.

When a Woman Ascends the Stairs: Onna Ga Kaidan o Agaru Toki

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A young widow with family obligations, Keiko is the madam of an upstairs bar in the exclusive Ginza district of Tokyo in 1960. As she approaches 30, she realizes that her life is at a crossroads: she must either go into business and open her own bar or marry.
DVD
2007; 1960
Clemons (Stacks)
15.

Fukushūsuru Wa Ware Ni Ari: Vengeance Is Mine

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A true crime story about Iwao Enokizu, self-styled "King of criminals." Enokizu began his criminal career through a series of murders that made headlines and startled all Japan with a sense of uneasy fascination.
DVD
2007; 1979
Clemons (Stacks)
16.

Late Spring

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A widowed father feels compelled to marry off his beloved only daughter.
DVD
2006; 1949
Clemons (Stacks)
17.

Kurutta Kajitsu: Crazed Fruit

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Two brothers compete for the amorous favors of a young woman during a seaside summer of gambling, boating, and drinking. A portrayal of post-war sexual revolution among Japan's young and privileged.
DVD
2005; 1956
Clemons (Stacks)
18.

Seppuku: Harakiri

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After an unemployed samurai is forced to commit harakiri before a feudal lord, his father-in-law returns to the scene, seemingly to play out the same agonizing suicide ritual.
DVD
2005; 1962
Clemons (Stacks)
19.

Jōiuchi: Samurai Rebellion

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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.
DVD
2005
Clemons (Stacks)
20.

Ibun Sarutobi Sasuke: Samurai Spy

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"Spy networks gather information for the clans supporting and opposing the shogunate."--Www.kitparker.com.
FilmDVD
2005; 1965
Clemons (Stacks)