Kinuyo Tanaka

Ugetsu (1953) [The Criterion Collection #309] Re-Up  Video

Posted by Efgrapha at July 15, 2016
Ugetsu (1953) [The Criterion Collection #309] Re-Up

Ugetsu Monogatari (1953) [The Criterion Collection #309]
2xDVD9 | ISO | NTSC, 4:3 (720x480) VBR | Disc 1 - 01:38:55, Disc 2 - 02:29:43 | 16.24 Gb
Audio: Japanese AC3 1.0 @ 192 Kbps | Subs: English
Genre: Romantic Fantasy, Drama, Mystery

Presented in a manner as eerie as it is heartbreaking, this film is a gorgeous supernatural fable about the folly of men with dreams larger than their abilities and their women who suffer as a result. Genjuro (Masuyaki Mori) is a potter who longs for wealth and luxury, while Tobei (Sakae Ozawa), a farmer, dreams of the glories of the samurai to the point of ignoring his wife. Though a war rages around them, they venture to town to sell their wares. Genjuro becomes bewitched by a beautiful though vengeful ghost (Machiko Kyo), while his wife is murdered by a soldier; Tobei becomes a noted warrior, while his wife descends into prostitution after being raped while searching for her husband.

The Life of Oharu (1952) [The Criterion Collection #664] Re-Up  Video

Posted by Efgrapha at July 14, 2016
The Life of Oharu (1952) [The Criterion Collection #664] Re-Up

Saikaku ichidai onna (1952) [The Criterion Collection #664]
DVD9 | VIDEO_TS | NTSC, 4:3 (720x480) VBR | 02:16:41 | 7.92 Gb
Audio: Japanese AC3 1.0 @ 384 Kbps | Subs: English
Genre: Drama, Melodrama

Life of Oharu features Kinuyo Tanaka in the title role. Oharu is a middle-aged prostitute in 17th century Japan. As she prays before a statue of Buddha, Oharu reviews her past. Her road to degradation began when, as a teenager, she disgraced her family by falling in love with a samurai (Toshiro Mifune). Oharu became the mistress of a prince, who cast her off after she bore his son. She was then sold into prostitution by her father, and thus began a catch-as-catch-can existence alternating between brief happiness with those she genuinely loved and servitude to those she despised. A potential happy ending, reuniting her with her royal son, is dashed by the much-maligned Oharu herself, who opts for the life of a beggar. Directed by Kenji Mizoguchi, a lifelong advocate of equitable treatment for Japanese women, Life of Oharu was adapted from a novel by Saikaku Ibara.
A Hen in the Wind / Kaze no naka no mendori - by Yasujiro Ozu (1948)

A Hen in the Wind / Kaze no naka no mendori - by Yasujiro Ozu (1948)
DVDRip | Japanese + Russian | 624x464 | Xvid, ~2060 kbps | AC3, 192 kbps | 1.43 GB
Subs: English, Russian | Drama

A man returns from World War II to find his desperate wife has resorted to one night of prostitution to pay for their son's hospital bills.

Actress / Eiga joyû (1987)  Video

Posted by fekmax at July 11, 2014
Actress / Eiga joyû (1987)

Actress / Eiga joyû (1987)
Japanese | DVDRip | MKV | AVC, 1765 Kbps | 720x468 | 23.976 fps | 1.79 GB
Audio: AC-3, 192 Kbps | 2 channels | 48.0 KHz | Runtime: 02:10:05 minutes | Subtitle (included): English
Genre: Drama

"Actress" is not just the story that charts the rise of Kinuyo Tanaka, played brilliantly by Sayuri Yoshinaga, who mesmerized and illuminated the screen with her charismatic performance of a legend, from her naively youthful days in pigtails, to coiffed professional veteran of the industry. We see how she started off in the studio system being one of many potential talents available, having her family's economical hopes all pinned on her, and down to having a sugar daddy of sorts in Hiroshi Shimizu (Toru Watanabe) looking over her shoulder, whom she would get into and out of an unhappy secret marriage.

Koibumi (1953)  Video

Posted by Rare-1 at May 16, 2014
Koibumi (1953)

Koibumi / Love Letter (1953)
DVDRip | Lang: Japanese | MKV | 716x480 | AVC, @ 1360 Kbps, 23.976 fps | 01:37:28 | Subs: English, (.srt) | 1.06 GB
Audio: AC3, 48000 Hz, mono, 160 Kbps
Genre: Romance | Japan

Koibumi (love letter or love letters) is a melodrama about a sundered pair of lovers who meet again after the war and have to try to rebuild a relationship in the light of her occupation relationship with US servicemen. The title refers to the letters written by abandoned Japanese girls to their absent occupation force lovers declaring love - and asking for money. The bitter man of the pair ends up writing letters in English for a small sum and finds himself encountering his long lost love but has trouble dealing with her past and his own prejudices. Although this is not new territory for Japanese film makers it is a sensitive and powerful film and well worth watching.

The Life of Oharu (1952)  Video

Posted by Mindsnatcher at May 5, 2014
The Life of Oharu (1952)

The Life of Oharu (1952)
The Criterion Collection | "西鶴一代女", "Saikaku ichidai onna" (original title)
720p Blu-rayRip | MKV | AVC @ 6.34 Mbps, 23.976 fps | 1176 x 720 | 01:38:06 | 5.62 GB
Audio (2 Streams): Japanese, English: LPCM Mono (AC-3), 48kHz @ 640 Kbps | Subtitle: English
Director: Kenji Mizoguchi | Country: Japan
Genre: Drama

I think that it is fantastic to see that Kenji Mizoguchi's films are slowly making their way to Blu-ray. The Life of Oharu, one of the Japanese master's best films, now looks quite wonderful, and I cannot recommend it highly-enough to anyone interested in classic Japanese cinema. I would also like to encourage you to consider adding to your collections The Mizoguchi Collection, which contains four Mizoguchi's films, including the terrific Utamaro and His Five Women and Osaka Elegy, that are no currently available on Blu-ray in North America. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
The Ballad of Narayama (1958) [The Criterion Collection #645] [ReUp]

The Ballad of Narayama (1958)
DVD9 | ISO+MDS | NTSC 16:9 | 01:38:23 | 6,58 Gb
Audio: Japanese AC3 1.0 @ 384 Kbps | Subs: English
Genre: Drama | The Criterion Collection #645

This haunting, kabuki-inflected version of a Japanese folk legend is set in a remote mountain village where food is scarce and tradition dictates that citizens who have reached their seventieth year must be carried to the summit of Mount Narayama and left there to die. The sacrificial elder at the center of the tale is Orin (Kinuyo Tanaka), a dignified and dutiful woman who spends her dwindling days securing the happiness of her loyal widowed son with a respectable new wife. Filmed almost entirely on cunningly designed studio sets, in brilliant color and widescreen, The Ballad of Narayama is a stylish and vividly formal work from Japan’s cinematic golden age, directed by the dynamic Keisuke Kinoshita.
Gion bayashi (1953) + Sanshô dayû (1954) [Masters of Cinema #54-55] [Re-UP]

A Geisha (1953) + Sansho the Bailiff (1954)
A Films by Kenji Mizoguchi
2xDVD9 | NTSC 4:3 | Covers | 01:24:56 + 02:04:28 | 7,14 Gb + 7,66 Gb
Audio: Japanese AC3 2.0 @ 448 Kbps | Subtitles: English
Genre: Drama | Masters of Cinema #54-55

Kenji Mizoguchi’s Sansho Dayu and Gion Bayashi are paired in the first of four double-bill releases in the Masters of Cinema Series released by Eureka. And both films reflect the mastery of one the most accomplished filmmakers of Japanese cinema.
Naruse: Volume One Box Set [The Masters of Cinema Series #35-37] [2006] [ReUp]

Naruse: Volume One Box Set [2006]
REPAST (1951) / SOUND OF THE MOUNTAIN (1954) / FLOWING (1956)
3 Films by Mikio Naruse
3xDVD9 | ISO+MDS | NTSC 4:3 | Covers | 309 mins | Total: 19,50 Gb
Audio: Japanese AC3 2.0 @ 192 Kbps | Subtitles: English
Genre: Drama, Art-House | Masters of Cinema #35-37

Mikio Naruse was a contemporary of the great post-war Japanese masters Yasujiro Ozu and Kenji Mizoguchi and indeed his works lie somewhere in between Ozu’s natural rhythms of everyday family life and Mizoguchi’s outlook on female issues and social injustices. In some respects Naruse even surpasses these two great directors in their own areas, his films being more naturalistic and not as formally rigid as Ozu, tackling a wider range of subjects and issues, those concerns often being adapted from the works of female authors, giving them a truer perspective on female issues than Mizoguchi, whose films can often seem like a man’s guilt-ridden perspective on the treatment of women in society.
Chikamatsu Monogatari / Uwasa No Onna (1954) [The Masters of Cinema Series #56/57]

Chikamatsu Monogatari / Uwasa No Onna (1954) [Masters of Cinema #56/57]
2xDVD9 | ISO | NTSC 4:3 (720x480) | 01:42:14 + 01:23:58 | 7,62 Gb + 6,42 Gb
Audio: Japanese AC3 2.0 @ 448 Kbps | Subs: English | Scans (4 JPGs) -> 6 Mb
Genre: Drama, Romance | Japan

Based on a centuries old tale with roots in real events, Chikamatsu Monogatari [A Tale From Chikamatsu, aka The Crucified Lovers] tells the hauntingly tragic story of a forbidden love affair between a merchant’s wife, Osan (Kyoko Kagawa), and her husband’s employee, Mohei (Kazuo Hasegawa), in an era when the punishment for adultery was crucifixion. When a series of innocent events lead to the false accusation of an affair between Osan and Mohei, the accused pair are forced to flee an almost certain death sentence. On the run, the outlaw couple grow closer together, drawn inexorably towards the romantic crime of which they are accused. In the hands of Mizoguchi, Chikamatsu Monogatari depicts two people caught up in a constricted world where true love and social obligation are at odds. His portrayal of the lovers’ dilemma lead famed director Akira Kurosawa to describe the film as “a great masterpiece that could only have been made by Mizoguchi.”
The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present Mizoguchi’s films for the first time on home video in the UK - Chikamatsu Monogatari is only available as a twinpack with Uwasa no Onna.