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.

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 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.

Yasujiro Ozu-Hijosen no onna ('Dragnet Girl') (1933)  Video

Posted by FNB47 at Feb. 20, 2008
Yasujiro Ozu-Hijosen no onna ('Dragnet Girl') (1933)

Yasujiro Ozu-Hijosen no onna ('Dragnet Girl') (1933)
724 MB | 1:39:37 | Silent film with Japanese+Eng.+Chinese s/t | XviD, 980 Kb/s | 720x544

Those who think of Japanese director Yasujiro Ozu only in terms of his favorite subject matter and distinctive style - films about eldest daughters of aging families reluctantly persuaded to marry and leave behind the parents they love, told in static, sitting-position shots filmed a few feet off the ground and cut together in straight cuts with the actors often looking directly into the camera - will be quite surprised by Dragnet Girl (Hijosen no onna, 1933) a stylish silent crime thriller with much to recommend it.
Kenji Mizoguchi-Saikaku ichidai onna ('The Life of Oharu') (1952)

Kenji Mizoguchi-Saikaku ichidai onna ('The Life of Oharu') (1952)
1463.3 MB | 2:10:37 | Japanese with forced Eng. s/t | XviD, 1380 Kb/s | 560x416

Winner of the 1952 Venice Film Festival silver lion award, Kenji Mizoguchi’s compelling chronicle of female suffering is an exquisitely crafted tragedy. A portrait and criticism of feudal Japan as seen through the eyes of a woman, THE LIFE OF O-HARU tells the story of O-Haru (Kinuyo Tanaka), a beautiful courtesan in 17th century Japan, who falls in love with a commoner (Toshiro Mifune) and is punished for her lapse from social grace by being sent into exile. DVD info.

Saikaku Ichidai Onna / The Life of Oharu (1952)  Video

Posted by ChumPaa at May 25, 2016
Saikaku Ichidai Onna / The Life of Oharu (1952)

Saikaku Ichidai Onna / The Life of Oharu (1952)
A Film by Kenji Mizoguchi
BRRip | MKV | 2h 16min | 988x720 | AVC @ 1800Kbps | AC-3 @ 640Kbps
Lang: Japanese | Subs: English | 2.34 GB
Genre: Drama

A fifty-year-old prostitute, no longer able to attract men, looks back on her sad life. Once a lady-in-waiting at the imperial court at Kyoto, Oharu fell in love with, and became the lover of, a man below her station. They were discovered, and Oharu and her family were exiled. For Oharu there followed a life filled with one sorrow and humiliation after another.

Rikugun / The Army (1944)  Video

Posted by fekmax at Oct. 17, 2015
Rikugun / The Army (1944)

Rikugun / The Army (1944)
Japanese | WEBRip | MKV | AVC, 2300 kbps | 960x720 | 23.976 fps | 1.48 GB
Audio: AAC, 128 kbps | 2 channels | 48.0 KHz | Runtime: 01:27:16 minutes | Subtitles: English (hardcoded), Spanish (.ssa)
Genre: Drama

Kinoshita's ambitious and intensely moving film begins as a multi-generational epic about the military legacy of one Japanese family, before settling into an emotionally complex portrayal of parental love during wartime. As the parents of a boy shipped off to battle, Kinuyo Tanaka and Chishu Ryu locate profound depths of feeling that transcend ideology.

Koibumi / Love Letter (1953) [Repost]  Video

Posted by fekmax at Sept. 22, 2015
Koibumi / Love Letter (1953) [Repost]

Koibumi / Love Letter (1953)
Japanese | DVDRip | MKV | AVC, 1360 Kbps | 716x480 | 23.976 fps | 1.06 GB
Audio: AC-3, 160 Kbps | 1 channel | 48.0 KHz | Runtime: 01:37:28 minutes | Subtitles: English (srt), Spanish (embedded)
Genre: Romance

This valiant melodrama is the brilliant debut as a moviemaker of the great Japanese actress Kinuyo Tanaka, who also has a small role in the story. Based on a screenplay by Keinosuke Kinoshita, "Koibumi" explore the wounds of war, the limits of love and the need to forgive. A sad and troubled man, Reikichi Mayumi (Masayuki Mori), finds a new job five years after the end of WWII.