“Hokkai Yukyoden (North Sea Chivalry),” 1967 drama, 1 hour and 29 minutes.
Directed by Ryuichi Takamori. Starring Saburo Kitajima, Shinichi Chiba and Hideo Murata.
Inosuke, a former gangster, and his friends struggle to make a living as simple fishermen in this tale of chivalry and friendship among yakuza in the northern regions.
“Jingi Naki Tatakai Kanketsu-hen (A Change of the Underworld Supreme Ruler),” 1979 action film, 1 hour and 37 minutes.
Directed by Noribumi Suzuki. Starring Bunta Sugawara and Kinya Aikawa.
In the wake of a big police crackdown, Takeda, a longtime leader of one of Hiroshima’s Yakuza families, attempts to resolve the longtime war between various mob factions by reshaping his organization into a political organization that would be both powerful and legal. But not all of Takeda’s men take to this new way of doing things, and a rash act by the older, hardened yakuza leads to a final turf war.
“Jirocho Sangokushi Koshuji Nagurikomi (The Kingdom of Jirocho 4),” 1965 jidaigeki, 1 hour and 30 minutes.
Directed by Masahiro Makino. Starring Koji Tsuruta and Shingo Yamashiro.
The continuing adventures of the Jirocho gang.
“Kanto Hizakura Ikka (The Kanto Scarlet Cherry Gang),” 1972 drama,
1 hour and 42 minutes.
Directed by Masahiro Makino. Starring Junko Fuji, Ken Takakura, Koji Tsuruta and Chiezo Kataoka.
Tsuruji, a beautiful yet tough geisha, confronts a yakuza gang over a territorial dispute.
“Kishu no Abarenbo (The Warrior from Kishu),” 1962 jidaigeki, 1 hour and 23 minutes.
Directed by Nobuo Nakagawa. Starring Hiroki Matsukata and Satomi Oka.
A story of young Yoshimune, the future Shogun.
“Kome (Rice),” 1957 drama, 1 hour and 58 minutes.
Directed by Tadashi Imai. Starring Shinjiro Ebara, Isao Kimura, Masako Nakamura and Hitomi Nakahara.
A touching story depicting the harsh lives of farmers in Kasugaseki. An attempt to start a fishery business to revive an ailing farming community creates friction amongst the proud residents.
“Little Forest: Natsu/Aki (Little Forest: Summer/Autumn),” 2014 drama, 1 hour and 51 minutes.
Directed by Jun’ichi Mori. Starring Ai Hashimoto and Takahiro Miura.
Ichiko lived in a big city. She departs city life to return to her small hometown in the Tohoku region. She lives alone in her family home in the fictional village of Komori (which literally translates as “Little Forest”). She is self-sufficient. Ichiko gains energy living among nature and eating foods she makes from seasonal ingredients. This gentle drama about going back to basics is filled with imagery of nature, as a young woman returns to her ancestral roots.
“Murasaki Ukyonosuke Gyaku Ichimonjigiri (Purple Killer),”
1964 samurai/action film, 1 hour and 33 minutes.
Directed by Yasuto Hasegawa. Starring Hashizo Okawa, Eitaro Ozawa and Misako Watanabe.
A sequel to the popular samurai detective movie “Ukyonosuke Junsatsu-ki (On Patrol).” Ukyonosuke’s mission to avenge his father’s death continues. He discovers that a mysterious note written by his father, Inspector Sena, led to Sena’s murder 18 years ago. As Ukyonosuke continues further with his investigation into the conspiracy to uncover the truth behind of Sena’s death, he must confront those who are eager to take his life.
“Musume no Naka no Musume (Sister with Sister),” 1958 drama, 1 hour and 30 minutes.
Directed by Kiyosi Saeki. Starring Hibari Misora, Ken Takakura and So Yamamura.
Yoshiko finds new life and love interests when she takes a new job as an office worker.
“Nanatsu no Chikai Gaisenka no Maki (The Seven Vows, Part 3),”
1956 jidaigeki, 1 hour and 13 minutes.
Directed by Yasushi Sasaki. Starring Kinnnosuke Nakamura, Hashizo Okawa and Chiyonosuke Azuma.
The adventures of Goro and his fellow samurai concludes. After their turbulent journey, the seven crosses are finally united to reveal the secret of the royal treasure.
“Ninja Gari (The Ninja Hunt),” 1964 ninja/action film, 1 hour and 27 minutes.
Directed by Tetsuya Yamauchi. Starring Jushiro Konoe, Shingo Yamashiro and Kei Sato.
Four ninja are hired to fight against the Shognate’s plot to abolish the Gamo Clan, the regional barons struggling to reinstate their young heir Tanemaru as their Lord.
“Ooka Seidan Chidori no Inrou (The Medicine Case),” 1959 jidaigeki,
1 hour and 19 minutes.
Directed by Yasushi Sasaki. Starring Chiezo Kataoka and Chiyonosuke Azuma.
Magistrate Ooka-Echizen faces a crime over a pillbox.
“Setouchi Kaizoku Monogatari (Samurai Pirates),” 2014 drama, 1 hour and 57 minutes.
Directed by Kenichi Omori. Starring Kyoka Shibata and Masaki Izawa.
The beautiful Seto Inland Sea is home to the legendary treasure of the samurai pirates, undiscovered for four hundred years. When a modern dispute threatens her community, Kaede, an enterprising 12-year-old, leads three classmates on a perilous voyage to a secret island, to expose the legacy of Takeyoshi Murakami, her ancestor and the hero of the samurai pirates. But is the legend real?
“Tabigasa Dochu (Her Son Came Back),” 1958 jidaigeki, 1 hour and 24 minutes.
Directed by Yasushi Sasaki. Starring Hashizo Okawa and Hiromi Hanazono.
Kind hearted yakuza Hanjiro of Asama risks his life in saving his henchman Genjiro and his family.
“Tarao Bannai Seinritsu no Nanakamen (The Seven Faces of Bannai Tarao, Private Eye),” 1956 drama, 1 hour and 44 minutes.
Directed by Sadatsugu Matsuda and Tsuneo Kobayashi. Starring Chiezo Kataoka and Shin Tokudaiji.
Detective Tarao goes undercover to battle an evil gun smuggling business.
“Tsuri Baka Nisshi 7 (Free and Easy 7),” 1994 comedy/drama, 1 hour and 37 minutes.
Directed by Seiji Izumi. Starring Toshiyuki Nishida and Rentaro Mikuni.
Seventh installment of the series of “Tsuribaka nisshi,” which chronicles the adventures of Hama-chan and also his boss Su-san, both fishing fanatics. On a fishing trip, Hama-chan and Su-san meet a beautiful lady and the three have a great time. Later, Su-san gets a toothache, and his dentist turns out to be the woman, whom he secretly takes fishing, lying to Hama-chan in the process. When the two men later run into one another, their friendship is threatened.
“Umon Torimoncho Jigoku no Kazaguruma (Case of Umon: Hell’s Windmill)” 1960 samurai/action film, 1 hour and 24 minutes.
Directed by Tadashi Sawashima. Starring Ryutaro Otomo, Kotaro Satomi, Ryunosuke Tsukigata and Shunji Sakai.
Umon’s services are called upon when innocent bystanders, Kayo and Minokichi, along with the ronin, Gontaro are mistakenly identified as suspects in several recent murder cases. To prove their innocence and uncover the truth, Umon launches his own investigation.
“Wakasama Zamurai Torimonocho Mano Shibijin Yashiki (Case of A Young Lord, Part 3),” 1954 jidaigeki, 1 hour and 30 minutes.
Directed by Kinnosuke Fukada. Starring Hashizo Okawa, Shinobu Chihara and Satomi Oka. A master swordsman gets involved in a strange murder that occurs as a result of a Shogun succession struggle.
“Yatarogasa (Yakuza of Ina),” 1960 jidaigeki, 1 hour and 37 minutes.
Directed by Masahiro Makino. Starring Kinnosuke Nakamura, Satomi Oka and Chiyonosuke Azuma.
Yataro the wanderer watches over the beloved daughter of his close friend.
“Yogiri no Joshuji (Road In The Mist),” 1963 samurai/drama, 1 hour and 23 minutes.
Directed by Kokichi Uchide. Starring Hibari Misora, Jushiro Konoe and Isao Yamagata.
Okinu, the beautiful daughter of a feudal lord, discovers her true identity and leaves her lavish life behind to avenge her birth father’s death.
“Yokohama BJ Blues (Yokohama BJ Blues),” 1981 drama, 1 hour and 52 minutes.
Directed by Eikichi Kudo. Starring Yusaku Matsuda, Mari Henmi and Keizo Kanie.
Former blues singer turned private eye, BJ becomes involved in a dangerous gang business.