employee and crime bosses to retrieve the ill-gotten money from the “wrong” hands.
“Daibosatsu Touge Kanketsuhen (Sword In The Moonlight Part 3),” 1959 samurai film, 1 hour and 45 minutes.
Directed by Tomu Uchida. Starring Chiezo Kataoka, Kinnosuke Nakamura, Chiyonosuke Azuma and Ryunosuke Tsukigata.
Master swordsman Ryunosuke is confronted by the families of his victims. Will justice be served for the lost innocent lives? The conclusion of the famed Jidaigeki series, Daibosatsu Touge.
“Edo no Akutaro (Evil Taro of Edo),” 1959 jidaigeki, 1 hour and 31 minutes.
Directed by Masahiro Makino. Starring Ryutaro Otomo and Keiko Okawa.
Kindhearted swordsman Sanshiro rescues poor villagers from evil and greedy Vassal Akiyama.
“Ina no Kantaro (Yakuza of Ina),” 1958 jigaideki, 1 hour 26 minutes.
Directed by Shigehiro Ozawa. Starring Chiyonosuke Azuma and Shinobu Chihara.
Kantaro risks his life saving his childhood friend from the evil boss, Jubei.
“Kaze to Onna to Tabigarasu (Wind, Woman, and Road),” 1958 jidaigeki, 1 hour and 30 minutes.
Directed by Tai Kato. Starring Kinnosuke Nakamura, Rentaro Mikuni and Satomi Oka.
Despite his attempt to become a law-abiding citizen, troubles follow orphan yakuza Ginji in every situation and forces him to face opposition from his village.
“Kigeki Dantai Ressha (Traveling In Party),” 1967 comedy, 1 hour and 32 minutes.
Directed by Masaharu Segawa. Starring Kiyoshi Atsumi and Yoshiko Sakuma.
A comedy about Hikoichi, a mediocre train conductor who falls in love with a beautiful widow Sayuri.
“Kujaku Hicho (Peacock Secrets)” 1960 jidaigeki, 58 minutes.
Directed by Kokichi Uchide. Starring Chiyonosuke Azuma, Kotaro Satomi and Tomisaburo Wakayama.
An adventure revolving around a family heirloom “Peacock Helmet.”
“Nagareita Shichinin (The Seven Chefs),” 1997 drama/food, 1 hour and 55 minutes.
Directed by. Starring Hiroki Matsukata, Koji Matoba, Ayumi Ishida and Tatsuo Umemiya.
Traveling Chef Tatsuji is called back to Tokyo to help save his late teacher’s restaurant. With the help of his close friend Kinu, tatsuji must complete the training of Wataru—the apprentice chosen by his late teacher to become the next master chef—in the art of culinary excellence and running a successful business.
“Nikutai no Mon (Carmen 1945),” 1988 drama, 1 hour and 59 minutes.
Directed by Hideo Gosha. Starring Rino Katase and Tsunehiko Watase.
Prostitutes in burnt out Tokyo ghetto of post-WWII Japan peddle their flesh and save one-third of their money for a proposed dancehall to be named Paradise. The hookers live in a bombed-out building, but they accept the precarious situation with typical resolve.
“Otoko Dokyo de Shobu Suru (Nerves for Victory),” 1966 action film, 1 hour and 31 minutes.
Directed Shinji Murayama. Starring Tatsuo Umemiya and Ryo Ikebe.
A young yakuza man who respects obligation and humanity must face cruel and heartless turf wars leading to a fight to the death with his own brother.
“Ramen Kuitee (Lost in Ramen),” 2018 drama, 1 hour and 42 minutes.
Starring Yurika Nakamura and Wakana Aoi.
High school student Marie tries to commit suicide due to gossip and rumors. Akashi shutters his ramen shop’s doors once his wife dies. Cooking expert Akahoshi has an accident in western China and is lost in the desert. All are feeling devastated until they connect and find magic through a bowl of warm ramen at “Seiran.” The ramen changes their life. It’s a touching and heartwarming story.
“Ranmaru Kami no Shita o Motsu Otoko (Ranmaru: The Man With The God Tongue),” 2016 drama, 1 hour and 45 minutes.
Directed by Yukihiko Tsutsumi. Starring Osamu Mukai and Fumino Kimura.
Ranmaru is a shy, dorky guy with a tongue that can analyze any element simply by licking an object, a skill that allows him to solve all manner of crimes. With his sidekick, plus the steadying hand of friend Kanji, Ranmaru solves a nasty murder that devastates a failing hot spring resort in the mountains.
“Roningai no Kaoyaku (A Brave Ronin),” 1963 jidaigeki, 1 hour and 26 minutes.
Directed by Yasushi Sasaki. Starring Utaemon Ichikawa and Yataro Kurokawa.
A story of ronin living in the impoverished outskirts of Edo who come together to fight against the evil rich family Hannya.
“Senhime to Hideyori (Lord Hideyori and Princess Sen),” 1962 samurai 1 hour and 26 minutes.
Directed by Masahiro Makino. Starring Hibari Misora, Kinnosuke Nakamura, Ken Takakura and Jushiro Konoe.
Princess Sen, a daughter of Tokugawa Ieyasu, is caught amidst the family feud between the Tokugawa and Toyotomi family. When her father Lord Tokugawa Ieyasu attacks her husband Toyotomi Hideyori’s castle, her life takes a sudden turn for the worse. Will she ever find peace in her life again?
“Shiranui Kozo Hyobanki Naruto Hikyaku (The Envoy),” 1958 jidaigeki, 1 hour and 27 minutes.
Directed by Kinnosuke Fukada. Starring Hashizo Okawa and Hiromi Hanazono.
Nifty Shiranui Kozo’s racy travel journal on Tokaido.
“Showa Zankyoden (Contemporary Tales of Chivalry),” 1965 action film 1 hour and 31 minutes.
Directed by Kiyoshi Saeki. Starring Ken Takakura, Yoshiko Mita, Hiroki Matsukata and Shinjrio Ebara.
Story about a man who helps rebuild Asakusa after World War II. Takakura Ken stars as a young respected yakuza who comes to aid his comrades when his late boss’ territory in Asakusa is threatened by rival gangs.
“Takarajima Ensei (Excursion to Treasure Isle),” 1956 jidaigeki, 1 hour and 28 minutes.
Directed by Tsuneo Kobayshi. Starring Hibari Misora, Kenichi Enomoto and Akira Kishii.
Dramatization of the famous Japanese folklore Momotaro (Peach Boy) starring Hibari Misora.
“Tenku no Hachi (The Big Bee),” 2015 drama, 2 hours and 16 minutes.
Directed by Yukihiko Tsutsumi. Starring Yosuke Eguchi and Masahiro Motoki.
A massive helicopter named “Big B” is hijacked by terrorists. The attack target is the nuclear power plants and the hostage is the whole population of Japan. The time limit is only 8 hours…
August 8th, 1995. At Kaneshige Industries’ Komaki Plant, a ceremony is held to mark the delivery of “Big B,” Japan’s largest and most advanced helicopter, to the Japan Defense Agency. Suddenly, Big B is activated remotely by some unknown agent. The aircraft’s designer Yubara is doubly shocked: his elementary school-age son has accidentally become trapped on board…
“Wakasama Zamurai Torimonocho Benizuru Yashiki (Case of Young Lord 7),” 1958 jidaigeki, 1 hour and 23 minutes.
Directed by Tadashi Sawashima. Starring Hashizo Okawa and Ryunosuke Tsukigata.
Young Lord investigates the death of a son who is disowned by his wealthy father.
“Wakazakura Senryo Yari (Young Spears),” 1960 jidaigeki, 1 hour and 51 minutes.
Directed by Toshikazu Kono. Starring Chiyonosuke Azuma and Satomi Oka.
A masterpiece depicting the tumultuous life of a spearsman who devotes his life to martial arts.
“Yagyu Bugeicho Katame no Ninja (The Yagyu Military Art: The One-Eyed Ninja),” 1963 jidaigeki 1 hour and 27 minutes.
Directed by Shoji Matsumura. Starring Jushiro Konoe and Hiroki Matsukata.
The famed ninja Yagiu Jubei fights to suppress a coup d’etat plotted against Tokugawa Shogunate.