Kinuyo Tanaka

Mother (1952) Okaasan  Video

Posted by MirrorsMaker at Dec. 25, 2017
Mother (1952) Okaasan

Mother (1952)
DVDRip | MKV | 688x572 | x264 @ 1800 Kbps | 97 min | 1,37 Gb
Audio: Japanese AC3 2.0 @ 192 Kbps | Subs: English, French
Genre: Drama

Okaasan is the story of a poor, working class mother with a sick husband who sacrifices herself to support her family in suburban Tokyo. The film defines “Shomin Geki,” a Japanese film genre that features realistic depiction of the economic underclass, told with elements of light comedy and melodrama. Okaasan is the best-known work of director Mikio Naruse, hailed by Japanese film historians as an equal of Kurosawa, Ozu and Mizoguchi, but under-appreciated in the West.

The Woman of Rumour (1954) Uwasa no onna  Video

Posted by MirrorsMaker at Feb. 16, 2018
The Woman of Rumour (1954) Uwasa no onna

The Woman of Rumour (1954)
DVDRip | MKV | 720x540 | x264 @ 1999 Kbps | 84 min | 1,44 Gb
Audio: Japanese AC3 2.0 @ 448 Kbps | Subs: English (embedded in MKV)
Genre: Drama, Romance

Hatsuko Umabuchi is a widow who runs a prosperous geisha house in present day Kyoto. Her daughter Yukiko returns from Tokyo following a failed suicide attempt, after her lover found out about her mother's profession. Hatsuko is having a discrete affair with the young Dr. Matoba, who looks after the geisha girls. The doctor is attracted to Yukiko, who initially despises him and everything connected with the geisha house. However Yukiko gradually changes her views.

Gon (tomo 7), de Masashi Tanaka  Comics

Posted by Coda at Jan. 3, 2018
Gon (tomo 7), de Masashi Tanaka

Gon (tomo 7), de Masashi Tanaka
Ed. La Cúpula | Spanish | CBR | 157 págs. | 496 MB

Alone on the Pacific (1963) Taiheiyô hitoribotchi  Video

Posted by MirrorsMaker at Dec. 25, 2017
Alone on the Pacific (1963) Taiheiyô hitoribotchi

Alone on the Pacific (1963)
DVDRip | MKV | 712x352 | x264 @ 2328 Kbps | 96 min | 1,74 Gb
Audio: Japanese AC3 2.0 @ 192 Kbps | Subs: English (embedded in MKV)
Genre: Adventure

In 1962, Kenichi Horie (Yujiro Ishihara) embarks on a heroic attempt to sail single-handed across the Pacific Ocean. Leaving Osaka in an ill-prepared vessel – The Mermaid – the young adventurer must overcome the most savage of seas, the psychological torment of cabin fever, and his mental and physical breaking point, if he is ever to reach the fabled destination of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge.

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.