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Byôsoku 5 Senchimêtoru =: 5 Centimeters Per Second

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At what speed must I live in order to see you again? In this anime film, Takaki is a young man on a journey from Tokyo to reunite with his childhood best friend, Akari. This film travels through three interconnected tales of love and lost innocence that span the minutes and months of their lives. 5 Centimeters Per Second, the speed at which cherry blossoms fall from the trees, is reminiscent of the pace of life as our lives intermingle.
DVD
2015; 2007
Clemons (Stacks)
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Tokyo Tribe

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"In an alternate Japan, territorial street gangs form opposing factions collectively known as the Tokyo Tribes. Merra, leader of the Wu-Ronz tribe of Bukuro crosses the line to conquer all of Tokyo. The war begins." -- IMDb website.
DVD
2015
Clemons (Stacks)
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Tokyo Story

A profoundly stirring evocation of elemental humanity and universal heartbreak, Tokyo story is the crowning achievement of the unparalleled Yasujiro Ozu. The film, which follows an aging couple's journey to visit their grown children in bustling postwar Tokyo, surveys the rich and complex world of family life with the director's customary delicacy and incisive perspective on social mores. Featuring lovely performances from Ozu regulars Chishu Ryu and Setsuko Hara, Tokyo story plumbs and deepens the director's recurring theme of generational conflict, creating what is without question one of cinema's mightiest masterpieces.
Online
2014; 1953
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When a Woman Ascends the Stairs

When a woman ascends the stairs might be Japanese filmmaker Mikio Naruse's finest hour, a delicate, devastating study of a woman, Keiko (played heartbreakingly by Hideko Takamine), who works as a bar hostess in Tokyo's very modern postwar Ginza district, who entertains businessmen after work. Sly, resourceful, but trapped, Keiko comes to embody the conflicts and struggles of a woman trying to establish her independence in a male-dominated society. When a woman ascends the stairs shows the largely unsung yet widely beloved master Naruse at his most socially exacting and profoundly emotional.
Online
2014; 1960
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Drunken Angel

In this powerful early noir from the great Akira Kurosawa, Toshiro Mifune bursts onto the screen as a volatile, tubercular criminal who strikes up an unlikely relationship with Takashi Shimura's jaded physician. Set in and around the muddy swamps and back alleys of postwar Tokyo, Drunken angel is an evocative, moody snapshot of a treacherous time and place, featuring one of the director's most memorably violent climaxes.
Online
2014; 1948
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Stray Dog

A bad day gets worse for young detective Murakami when a pickpocket steals his gun on a hot, crowded bus. Desperate to right the wrong, he goes undercover, scavenging Tokyo's sweltering streets for the stray dog whose desperation has led him to a life of crime. With each step, cop and criminal's lives become more intertwined and the investigation becomes an examination of Murakami's own dark side. Starring Toshiro Mifune, as the rookie cop, and Takashi Shimura, as the seasoned detective who keeps him on the right side of the law, Stray dog (Nora Inu) goes beyond a crime thriller, probing the squalid world of postwar Japan and the nature of the criminal mind.
Online
2014; 1949
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The Preschool in Three Cultures Revisited

The videos, which were shot in 2004, are of Komatsudani Hoikuen (Daycare Center) in Kyoto, Japan; Daguan Youeryuan (Kindergarten) in Kunming, China; St. Timothy's Child Center, in Honolulu, Hawaii; Madoka Yochien (Kindergarten) in Tokyo, Japan; Sinanlu Youeryuan (Kindergarten) in Shanghai, China; and Alhambra Preschool in Phoenix, Arizona. The first three preschools are sites which we first filmed in 1984 for the original Preschool in Three Cultures Study. The other three are of preschools we selected for the new study to reflect new directions in each country's approach to early childhood education. In this study, the videos function primarily as interviewing tools. We call this approach "video cued multivocal ethnography" (or the Preschool in three cultures method). In this method, [...]
Online
2014; 2013
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Akira

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Clandestine army activities threaten the war-torn city of Neo-Tokyo when a mysterious being with powerful psychic abilities escapes his prison and inadvertently draws a violent motorcycle gang into a heinous web of experimentation. As a result, a biker with a twisted mind embarks on a path of war, seeking revenge against a society that once called him weak.
DVD
2013; 1988
Clemons (Stacks)
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The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift

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To avoid jail time, street racer Sean Boswell is sent to live with his father, who is in the military and serving in Tokyo. There he discovers drift racing. After losing a race to Yakuza-connected D.K., the Drift King, Sean has to enter the Tokyo underworld to find a way to pay his debt.
DVD
2011
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)
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Kuroi Taiyō

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A manic, oddball, anti-buddy story about a young, jazz-obsessed Japanese drifter and a black American GI on the lam in Tokyo.
DVD
2011; 1964
Clemons (Stacks)
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Map of the Sounds of Tokyo

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Ryu is a fish market employee by day, and a contract killer by night. David is a Spaniard who runs a Tokyo wine shop. David's girlfriend has recently committed suicide. Her father hires a hit man to kill David, believing he is responsible. The assassin turns out to be Ryu, and she falls for the man she has been sent to eliminate. Will David learn of his new love's secret intent? Will Ryu be able to get out of her deadly contract? The sounds of the Tokyo night might hold the answer.
DVD
2010; 2009
Clemons (Stacks)
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Babies

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Follows four babies from different parts of the globe as they navigate their first year of life. Features Ponijao from Namibia, Bayarjargal from Mongolia, Hattie who lives in San Francisco, and Mari from Tokyo.
DVD
2010
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Mr. Smith Goes to Tokyo [electronic resource]

When Tomoko finds some messages for a Mr. Smith on a lost mobile phone, she finds herself on an "Alice in Wonderland" journey through Tokyo's boulevards and back alleys. From the tyranny of symmetry in soaring office blocks to buildings that look like spaceships, this creative documentary reveals the city's soul. And as Tomoko watches the sun rising over buildings ranging from imperial to space-age styling, from the height of function to the height of whimsy, the spirit of the city - encompassing past, present, and future - comes alive. This breathtaking documentary was created by Bafta-award-winning director, Iain Overton.
Online
2010
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Always Sanchōme No Yūhi

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Set in postwar Japan in 1958 during the construction of the Tokyo Tower, the movie begins with the arrival of young Mutsuko in Tokyo from her provincial home. Expecting to find a job in a major automotive company, she finds herself in the employment of a small automotive repair shop.
DVD
2009; 2005
Clemons (Stacks)
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Tokyo!

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A young woman finds her life useless and goes on to experience a metamorphosis. A disheveled Caucasian who calls himself "Merde" emerges from a manhole to face arrest, trial, and execution, he speaks a language only his look-alike attorney understands. A recluse experiences human contact when a pizza-delivery girl faints at his door during an earthquake. He conquers fear to seek her out. Three Tokyo-set stories.
DVD
2009; 2008
Clemons (Stacks)
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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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Mothra

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When two tiny women are kidnapped from an island previously used for atomic tests, they call for help to Mothra, who swoops in on Tokyo to save them.
DVD
2009; 1961
Clemons (Stacks)
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The Purple Heart

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Four months after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, a group of American flyers take part in the first U.S. air retaliation attack against Japan and crash-land into history's most astounding prisoner-of-war story. The "Doolittle Raiders" are put on trial in a Japanese civil court, not as P.O.W.s, but as criminals charged with murder. As this travesty of justice proceeds, the airmen realize that their only hope of avoiding execution is to reveal to their enemy captors the top-secret details of their flight to Japan: a choice between death and and betrayal of country.
DVD
2007
Clemons (Stacks)