“Amanogawa (Amanogawa),” 2018 drama, 1 hour and 43 minutes.
Directed by Shun Konii. Starring Momoko Fukuchi and Takayuki Yanagi.
Shiori is a high school girl in Tokyo who is not good at arguing. Her mother, Satomi, is a researcher of artificial intelligence and has little time to spend with Shiori. Education-obsessed, Satomi forces Shiori to study. Fed up, Shiori stops going to school. When she visits her beloved grandma who taught her to play “taiko” drums, she agrees to stay on the mystical island Yakushima in the southen sea of Japan. There, Shiori meets a robot. Communicating with the robot, she finds her way to live again.
“Gonin no Abaremono (Five Ronin),” 1963 jidaigeki, 1 hour and 27 minutes.
Directed by Shigehiro Ozawa. Starring Chiezo Kataoka and Kotaro Satomi.
Story of five easygoing Yakuza who come together to save the lives of young innocent girl Oichi from an evil vassal.
“Hashizo no Yakuza Hangan (Yakuza Official),” 1962 jidaigeki. 1 hour and 31 minutes.
Directed by Masahiro Makino. Starring Hashizo Okawa and Satomi Oka.
Young master Fumikichi disguises himself as a yakuza in order to solve a case of a mysterious death.
“Hatamoto Taikutsu Otoko Nazo no Nanbandaiko (The Acrobats of Death),” 1959 jidaigeki, 1 hour and 28 minutes.
Directed by Yasushi Sasaki. Starring Utaemon Ichikawa, Yoshiko Sakuma and Kinya Kitaoji.
Saotome, a sword master and guard of the Shogunate, pursues the mystery of a deadly aerial weapon that is responsible for the multiple deaths in town.
“Hibari Torimonocho Kanzashi Koban (Edo Girl Detective),” 1958 samurai film, 1 hour and 26 minutes.
Directed by Tadashi Sawashima. Starring Hibari Misora, Chiyonosuke Azuma, Kotaro Satomi and Junji Sakai.
Oshichi, a famous girl detective, takes it upon herself to investigate the murder of a woman which occurs during an event for the festival of Asakusa Shrine. Her investigation leads her into danger as she runs afoul of a high ranking official and his plans to find a hidden treasure.
“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.
“Iemitsu to Hikoza to Isshin Tasuke (The King and His Vassals),” 1961 jidaigeki, 1 hour and 33 minutes.
Directed by Tadashi Sawashima. Starring Kinnosuke Nakamura and Katsuo Nakamura.
Fishmonger Tasuke and Shogun Iemitsu swap their identities in pretence for the protection of Iemitsu.
“Kage no Gundan Hattori Hanzo (Shadow Warriors),” 1980, samurai/action film, 2 hours and 14 minutes.
Directed by Eiichi Kudo. Starring Tsunehiko Watase and Teruhiko Saigo.
The death of the Shogun Iemitsu sparks a struggle for power amongst Japan’s ruling families. One group led by Matsudaira Izu has, with the help of a Koga ninja named Shirobei, kidnapped Iemitsu’s successor Ietsuna. Another group led by Hoshina Masayuki enlists the rival Iga ninja clan to rescue Ietsuna and restore him to power. Political rivals and opposing ninja clans go head to head in this movie, which was spun off from a popular television series.
“Kaizoku Bahansen (The Pirates),” 1960 jidaigeki, 1 hour and 44 minutes.
Directed by Tadashi Sawashima. Starring Hashizo Okawa and Ryunosuke Tsukigata.
The son of a successful trading ship operator, Kamon, avenges the death of his father.
“Kawachi Yukyoden (The Rickshaw Man’s Son),” 1967 action film, 1 hour and 28 minutes.
Directed by Tatsuichi Takamori. Starring Sonny Chiba.
A roughneck named Komakichi of Kawachi, Osaka comes back from 3-year training to become a chef hoping to be with his crash Tamae, a daughter of a Japanese restaurant’s owner. His father is not happy because Komakichi has no intention to become a rickshaw man to follow in his father’s footsteps.
“Kazoku wa Tsuraiyo 2 (What a Wonderful Family! 2),” 2017 drama, 1 hour and 53 minutes.
Directed by Yoji Yamada. Starring Isao Hashizume and Kazuko Yoshiyuki.
Several years have passed since Shuzo Hirata and his wife Tomiko came within inches of getting divorced. Shuzo enjoys getting out of the house and going for drives, but after his car starts to collect more dents than ever before, his eldest son Konosuke and daughter-in-law Fumie begin to worry about his safety as an elderly driver, and decide to ask him to relinquish his license. However, how on earth are they going to convince such a stubborn old man to do so?
“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
“Kobe Kokusai Gang (The International Gang of Kobe),” 1975 action, 1 hour and 39 minutes.
Directed by Noboru Tanaka. Starring Ken Takakura and Bunta Sugawara.
An international gang fights with other families at postwar Kobe
“Nippon Dorobo Monogatari (Tale of Japanese Burglars),” 1965 drama, 1 hour 57 minutes.
Directed by Satsuo Yamamoto. Starring Rentaro Mikuni and Yoshiko Sakuma.
Story of a skilled thief Hayashida who steals to support his family.
“Noren Ichidai Jokyo (The Protector),” 1966 drama, 1 hour and 31 minutes.
Directed by Tadashi Sawashima. Starring Hibari Misora and Koichi Oose.
Mine, the only daughter of Kiyagen, is faced with running the family’s timber business when her father falls ill. Under a great deal of pressure to continue the five generation long run of the business, Mine is put to the ultimate test when a former gangster sets his sights on closing her down.
“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 cute, but annoying sidekick, plus the steadying hand of friend Kanji, Ranmaru solves a a nasty murder mystery that devastates a failing hot spring resort deep in the mountains.
“Shinsengumi Onitaicho (Fall of the Shogun’s Militia),” 1954 jidaigeki. 1 hour and 54 minutes.
Directed by Toshikazu Kouno. Starring Chiezo Kataoka and Kinnosuke Nakamura.
Rise and fall of the famed mercenaries, Shinsengumi, hired by a crumbling feudal government.
“Yokiro (The Geisha),” 1983 drama, 2 hours and 24 minutes.
Directed by Hideo Gosha. Starring Kimiko Ikegami, Atsuko Asano, Morio Kazama and Ken Ogata.
An illustration of the turbulent lives of geisha at Yokiro, the top geisha house in Kochi.
Momowaka, the most popular geisha at Yokiro, must protect herself from those who grow envious of her beauty and glory.
“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.
“Zangetsu Okawa Nagashi (River Washes Away the Moon),” 1963 jidaigeki, 1 hour and 25 minutes.
Directed by Yasushi Sasaki. Starring Hibari Misora and Ryochi Ogasawara.
A young woman named “Ogin the Pickpocket“ gives up her life as a thief to pursue ultimate happiness with the man of her dreams.