Video Library

The following titles are available for viewing at the Instructional Media Library located in room 46 of the Powell Building. They can be contacted at (310) 825-0755. Titles with an asterisk (*) are kept at the Center office.

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*Made in America

American Film Foundation   VHS color 52

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*Made in Japan

American Film Foundation   VHS color 52

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*Made in Japan
(Program 9 of Japan: the Changing Tradition)

GPN 1978 VHS color 28

Credits: Please see entry for Japan: the Changing Tradition.

Summary: Discusses common labor managment techniques of Japan's big-business sector, labor unions and bargaining practices with management, and Japan's "dual economy." Includes Japan's seeking of solutions to problems their success has created.

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Makioka Sisters, The
(Sasame yuki)
(Fine Snow)

Cheng & Tsui 1983 VHS color 140

Credits: Director: Kon Ichikawa; Screenplay: Shinya Hidaka, Kon Ichikawa; Producer: Kon Ichikawa, Tomoyuki Tanaka; Music: Shinnosuke Okawa, Toshiyuki Watanabe; Cinematography: Kiyoshi Hasegawa. Cast Includes: Juzo Itami, Keiko Kishi, Yűko Kotegawa, Yoshiko Sakuma, Sayuri Yoshinaga.

Summary: Based on the novel Sasameyuki by Junichiro Tanizaki. Reviews.

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Man on Cloud Mountain, The

Knowledge Path Video   VHS 54

Credits: Michael Yeager

Summary: Shodo Harada Roshi, Japanese Zen master, Abbot of Sogenji monastery and dharma heir of Zen master Yamada Mumon Roshi, guides thirty-five Americans through a five-day meditation retreat. He explains the practice of Zen, his own evolution into enlightenment, and the importance of the Zen practice in the world today.

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Man-shu no Kiroku: Eizo no Sho-gen Series #1-30

TenSharp Inc.   VHS  

1: Geshunka

74

2: Ban ko gyoku

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3: Mina Dai Kanki

77

4: Dai Isshu
Rakudo Kiki, Reimei no Kahoku, Irou Manjin Gunpu

59

5: Dai Ni-shu
Boukyou Kyoutei Chouin-shiki, Koutoku Gonen Zenrenn Jikkyou, Rimei no Houkou, Touhendou

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6: Dai San-shu
Manshu Kensetsu, Kinrou Houshi-tai, Mikawa, Rengou Kyogi-kai

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7: Dai Yon-shu
Gamonteki Zenren, Manshu Teikoku, Kokuhei, Koutoku Nana-nen Zenkoku Rengo Kyougi-kai

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8: Dai Go-shu
Keishuku, Nihon Kigen Nisenn Roppyaku Nen, Koua Kokuminn Douinn Zennkoku Taikai, Kita no Mamori Vol 2 & 4

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9: Dai Joku-shu
Shirami wa Kowai, Boukan Eiyuu, Manshu Kenkoku Shi

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10: Manei Tsushinn
#254, #270, #271, #272, #273

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11: Manei Tsushinn
#274, #276, #277, #278, #279

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12: Manei Tsushinn
#280, #284, #282, #284, #288, #291

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13: Manei Tsushinn
#292, #303, #306, #310, #312, Tokyshuu, Misc.

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14: Manei Tsushinn
#168, #281, #278, #279, #280, #283, #284

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15: Manei Tsushinn
#285, #286, #287, #288, #289, #302, #304, #305, #310, #311


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16: Kodomo Manshuu
#45, #46, Kyouwa Mannei Jijihou #2, #6, #7

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17: Dai-isshu
Kenran no Manshuu Teikoku, Shinsei no Eikou, Kitsurin, Kitayama Byokai, Rakudou Shin Manshuu, Mohankyou no Kensetsu

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18: Dai Ni-shuu
Reimei no Seibu Manshuu, Nougyou Mannshuu, Kashinn-nenn, Manshuu Teikoku Taikann

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19: Dai-isshu
Mannshuu Teikoku Kennsetsu, Shuunenn Kinenn, Taitenn Kanseishiki, Kyougei, Chichibu no Miya Denka, Dai-sann penn, Jyoyaku Choin-shiki

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20: Dai Ni-shuu
Koutei Hakugi, Rainichi Tokushuu

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Summary: Shodo Harada Roshi, Japanese Zen master, Abbot of Sogenji monastery and dharma heir of Zen master Yamada Mumon Roshi, guides thirty-five Americans through a five-day meditation retreat. He explains the practice of Zen, his own evolution into enlightenment, and the importance of the Zen practice in the world today.

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Meiji Period, The
(Volume 4 of the Japan Past and Present series)

Films for the Humanities 1989 VHS Color 53

Credits: Director: Jean Antoine; Advisers: Iwao Seiichi, Sakamoto Mitsuru, Wada Mitsuru; Camera: Baudoin Saeremans, Philippe Theaudiere; Music: Hirose Ryohei, James Madelon; Editor: Annie Chevallay, Elvire Lerner. Narrator: Robert Lancaster.

Summary: Commodore Perry arrived in Japan in 1854 and set the stage for Japan's dramatic leap from the Middle Ages into modernity. The United States forced open the ports of Japan and were followed by the English, French, Russians, and Dutch. In 1868, the last shogun gave way to a 15-year-old Emperor who dressed in Western-style clothes. Education became a national passion, the dichotomy between ancient shared values and new imported styles and forms deepened, and the Japanese began to practice their own colonialism, spreading their influence and their sovereignty in Formosa and Korea.

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*Meiji Transformation, The
(Program 4 of Japan: the Changing Tradition)

GPN 1978 VHS color 28

Credits: Please see entry for Japan: the Changing Tradition.

Summary: Presents the evolution of Japanese government, communication with the West, technology, commerce, and industry during the Meiji Period. Includes the impact the change of the period had on the Japanese and the fear that they might be losing their Japanese identity.

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*Men of Action
(Program 5 of Japan: the Changing Tradition)

GPN 1978 VHS color 28

Credits: Please see entry for Japan: the Changing Tradition.

Summary: Begins with the population growth at the turn of the 20th century and the emergence of diverse leadership known and "Taisho Democracy" from 1912-1926. With World War I came a wave of new enthusiam for the social freedoms and ideas of the West producing "modern boys" and "modern girls" which, in part, led to the "peace preservation law" in 1925. Also discusses the beginnings of the Showa Period, the depression, and the Manchurian Incident.

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*Midori no Daichi

Kinema Kurabu 1942 VHS b&w 118

Credits: Yasujiro Shimazu

Summary: In Japanese, no subtitles.

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*Minakata Kumagusu: Gakumon to Jonetsu Kinokuniya Shoten Video Hyoden Series. Vol. 1

Kinokuniya Bookstore 1996 (?) VHS color 38

Credits: Director: Yoshio Akagiri; Narrator: Hideo Murota; Academic Supervisor: Ken'ichi Tanigawa.

Summary: Kumagusu Minakata, Japanese Natural Historian and Folklorist. In Japanese; no subtitles.

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*Minamata- The Victims and Their World

Higashi Productions 1971 VHS b&w 120

Credits: Director: Noriaki Tsuchimoto; Producter: Ryutaro Takagi

Summary: A documentary by Noriaki Tsuchimoto on the Japanese fishing village of Minamata and the effects of mercury poisoning on the inhabitants there. In English.

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Minbo no onna
(The Gentle Art of Japanese Extortion)
(Anti-Extortion Woman)

Northern Arts Entertainment 1994 VHS color 123

Credits: Director: Juzo Itami; Screenplay: Juzo Itami. Cast Includes: Yasuo Daichi, Nobuko Miyamoto, K˘ichi Ueda, Shir˘ It˘, Hosei Komatsu, Noboru Mitani, Takehiro Murata, Akira Nakao, Hideji Ohtaki, Sh˘ Ryűzanji, Akira Takarada, Tetsu Watanabe.

Summary: The Yakuza target a hotel for extortion. A female attorney stands up to the Yakuza and is hired by the hotel to rid them of the problem mobsters. The courageous attorney is an expert at dealing with the Yakuza, she rallies the hotel staff, and wages a successful campaign to force them out of the hotel. In Japanese; no subtitles. Reviews.

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Mistress, The

  1959 VHS b&w 106

Credits: Shiro Toyoda

Summary: In the 1900s Japan, a single woman is lured into a wealthy man's bed by the promise that he will someday marry her. In Japanese with English subtitles.

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Mizu Shobai
(Water Business)

Women Make Movies 1994 VHS color 12

Credits: Lana Lin

Summary: History and myth collide in thie depiction of a geisha's imaginary round the world sea voyage during the period of Japanese isolation.

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Mother
(Okaasan)

Japan Society 1952 VHS b&w 98

Credits: Director: Mikio Naruse; Screenplay: Y˘ko Mizuki . Cast Includes: Keiko Enonami, Ky˘ko Kagawa, Akihiko Katayama, Daisuke Kat˘, Masao Mishima, Chieko Nakakita, Eiji Okada, Kinuyo Tanaka.

Summary: Story of a woman's struggle to hold her family together after her husband's death. Reveals the resilience and determination of the Japanese during the postwar era. Study guide available. In Japanese, with English subtitles.

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*Music Man of Manzanar

J-Town Picture 2007 DVD color 33

Credits: A film by Brian T. Maeda, funded by the California Civil Liberties Public Education Program (CCLPEP)

Summary: Lou Frizzell came to the Manzanar Relocation Center in 1943 to teach drama and music to the high school students who were interned during World War II. He wanted to make a difference and so it was through his music and plays that he gave hope to these kids who were imprisoned behind barbed wire fences.

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Music of Bunraku

University of Oklahoma Center for Music Television 1991 VHS color 29

Credits: Eugene Enrico and David Smeal; The Japan Foundation

Summary: Introduces the musical styles, the notation, and the performers of Bunraku, the puppet theater of Japan. Explains the historic roots of Bunraku, as illustrated in antique paintings and prints. Artists from the National Bunraku Theater in Osaka demonstrate the musical styles of Bunraku, and perform Ise Ondo Koi No Netaba (The Massacre at a Geisha House in Ise).

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Mystery of Rampo, The
(Rampo)

Evergreen Entertainment 1994 VHS color 101

Credits: Director: Rintaro Mayuzumi, Kazuyoshi Okuyama; Screenplay: Yuhei Enoki, Kazuyoshi Okuyama; Producer: Yoshihisa Nakagawa, Yoshinobu Nishioka, Kazuyoshi Okuyama; Music: Akira Senju; Cinematography: Yasushi Sakakibara. Cast Includes: Masahiro Motoki, Naoto Takenaka, Michiko Hada, Teruki Tagawa, Mikijiro Hira, Shir˘ Sano, Ittoku Kishibe, Nekohachi Edoya, Jyunichi Takagi, Charlie Yutani, Kirin Kiki.

Summary: An unsuspecting author is drawn into a surreal and sensual world where his fictional creations come seductively to life in this intriguing tale of haunting suspense and powerful eroticism. A famed crime writer has his novel banned by the government. Later he reads in the newspaper an account of a beautiful woman suspected of a bizarre murder of her husband that mimics the plot of his unpublished novel. Inexplicably, his fictional tale slowly begins to merge with the world of reality, drawing him into an unsettling, yet enticing new dimension. In Japanese, with English subtitles. Reviews.

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Nagauta : The Heart of Kabuki Music

University of Oklahoma Center for Music Television 1994 VHS color 30

Credits: Eugene Enrico; David Smeal; Japan Foundation

Summary: Demonstrates the expressive variety of vocal and instrumental styles in Nagauta, focusing on the subtlety of structure and style in Sue Hirogari, composed in 1854 by Kineya Rokuzaemon X. Reviews the long tradition of the Sue Hirogari, as it evolved from comic Kyogen in medieval Noh drama.

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*Naito Konan: Gakumon to Jonetsu Kinokuniya Shoten Video Hyoden Series. vol. 6

Kinokuniya 1997 VHS color 44

Credits: Director: Toru Yoshikawa; Narrator: Tadashi Yokouchi; Academic Supervisor: Ikuzo Okumura.

Summary: Konan Naito, East Asian Historian and Cultural Historian.In Japanese: no subtitles.

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*Narayama Bushi-Ko
(The Ballad of Narayama)

Kino Video 1958 VHS color 97

Credits: Director: Keisuke Kinoshita; Screenplay: Shichiro Fakazawa, Keisuke Kinoshita. Cast Includes: Kinuyo Tanaka, Teiji Takahashi, Yűko Mochizuki, Danko Ichikawa, Keiko Ogasawara, Seiji Miyaguchi, Yunosuke Ito, Ken Mitsuda, Eijir˘ Tono

Summary:The story of the inhabitants of an impoverished village where food is scarce and custom dictates that those who reach the age of 70 are to be abandoned on a mountaintop to meet the gods of Narayama. Orin, a spirited old woman who has led an exemplary life and is now 69, prepares for this journey in recognition of tradition, just as her neighbor Mata-yan strives to avoid it. "Narayam Bushi-ko is the story of life's last journey, poignant and life-affirming while dwelling unwaveringly upon human mortality. In Japanese with English subtitles In Japanese: no subtitles. Reviews.

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*Nation Among Equals, A
(Program 8 of Japan: the Changing Tradition)

GPN 1978 VHS color 28

Credits: Please see entry for Japan: the Changing Tradition.

Summary: Begins with the resignation of Prime Minister Kishi Nobusuke in 1960. Includes the student unrest of the later 1960s, President Richard M. Nixon and Prime Minister Sato Eisaku's agreement on the return of Okinawa to Japan, Nixon's later imposing a ten percent surcharge on imports, the impact of the Arab-Israeli War of 1973 and the quadrupling of the price of oil, over-crowding, pollution, inflation, and other social problems.

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Neputa Painter, The
(Faces of Japan - Program 2)

Intervoice 1986 VHS color 28

Credits: Dick Briglia and Masanori Nakasone. Hosted by Dick Cavett. 

Summary: A look at one of northern Japan's great summer rituals, the Neputa Festival, where folk painter Ryusen Yashima affirms his faith in the past by painting some of the most spectacular floats for this centuries-old celebration. Transcript available.

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New Generation, The
(Faces of Japan - Program 5)

Intervoice 1986 VHS color 28

Credits: Dick Briglia and Masanori Nakasone. Hosted by Dick Cavett. 

Summary: A look at the life of a Japanese teenager, squeezing in one last summer of rebellion before he begins to prepare for the dreaded college entrance exams, which will have a major influence on his future career options. Transcript available.

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*New Music from Japan

American Film Foundation   VHS color 52

Credits: Japan Project

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Nihon Buyo - Ryogen Hisho; Kyogen - Fukuro; Shimai

UCLA Office of Instructional Development 1980 Umatic color 50

Credits: UCLA Office of Instructional Development

Summary: Examples of Japanese dance in performance. Includes Nihon Buyo: Ryogen Hisho; Kyogen: Fukuro Yamabashi ("The Owl Mountain Priest"); Shimai (a noh dance). From the 1979 UCLA Asian Performing Arts Summer Institute.

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*Niijima Jo: Gakumon to Jonetsu Kinokuniya Shoten Video Hyoden Series. vol. 10

Kinokuniya Bookstore 1998 VHS color 44

Credits: Director: Hideo Iso; Narrator: Sakae Takita; Academic Supervisor: Koji Okita.

Summary: Jo Niijima, Educator. In Japanese; no subtitles.

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Nisei Legacy: Sharing the Promise of America, The

Japanese American National Museum N/A VHS color N/A

Credits: N/A

Summary: It is impossible to tell the story of Japanese Americans without acknowledging the Nisei, the American-born children of Japanese immigrants. They endured the Great Depression and unconstitutional government incarceration during World War II. Their legacy includes the rebuilding of their communities and creation of lasting institutions like the Japanese American National Museum. As recent events have made clear, the Nisei story is more relevant than ever. It must be told and retold to ensure the promise of freedom and democracy for all Americans.

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*Nitobe Inazo: Gakumon to Jonetsu Kinokuniya Shoten Video Hyoden Series. vol. 11

Kinokuniya Bookstore 1999 VHS color 44

Credits: Director: Hideki Hanada; Narrator: Kyoko Kishida; Academic Supervisor: Masahiro Sato.

Summary: Inazo Nitobe, Educator. In Japanese; no subtitles.

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No More Hiroshima

First Run/Icarus Films 1984 VHS color 26

Credits: Martin Duckworth

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No Regrets for Our Youth
(Waga Seishun ni Kui Nashi)

Nelson Entertainment 1946 VHS b&w 110

Credits: Director: Akira Kurosawa; Screenplay: Eijir˘ Hisaita, Akira Kurosawa. Cast Includes: Denjiro Okochi, Eiko Miyoshi, Setsuko Hara, Susumu Fujita, Kokuten Kodo, Haruko Sugimura, Akitake K˘no, Takashi Shimura, Masao Shimizu, Haruo Tanaka, Ichir˘ Chiba, Isamu Yonekura, Noburo Takagi,Hiroshi Sano.

Summary: An epic feminist saga, the story of Yukie and her spiritual growth during Japan's tumultuous war years. In Japanese, with English subtitles.

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Noh and Nihon Buyo Demonstration ; Kyogen - Kane no Ne

UCLA Office of Instructional Development 1980 Umatic color 50

Credits: UCLA Office of Instructional Development

Summary: A demonstration of No and Nihon Buyo, as well as a Kyogen performance: Kane no ne. From the 1979 UCLA Asian Performing Arts Summer Institute.

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Noh - Dojoji ; Nihon Buyo - Musume Dojoji

UCLA Office of Instructional Development 1980 Umatic color 50

Credits: UCLA Office of Instructional Development

Summary: Performances of Noh and Nihon Buyo pieces: Dojoji and Musume Dojoji. From the 1979 UCLA Asian Performing Arts Summer Institute.

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Nomugi Pass
(Ah nomugi toge)

Video Action 1979 VHS color 154

Credits: Director: Satsuo Yamamoto. Cast Includes: Shinobu Otake, Mieko Harada, Rentaro Mikuni, Tanie Kitabayashi.

Summary: The story of the silk industry and the young girls who worked as silk spinners in the early 1900's in Japan. The silk mills were located in Okaya which lies just beyond the Nomugi Pass. The woman worked in a hot, humid atmosphere without much rest. They endured hardships and abuses to earn money to send home to their poor families. The women experience love, tragedy and rape as the story unfolds and continues through the era of the great depression in America. In Japanese, with English subtitles.

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*Odd Obsession
(Kagi)

Home Vision Cinema 1960 VHS b&w 96

Credits: Director: Kon Ichikawa; Screenplay:Keiji Hasebe, Kon Ichikawa, Natto Wada; Producer: Masaichi Nagata; Music: Yasushi Akutagawa; Cinematography: Kazuo Miyagawa. Cast Includes: Jun Hamamura, Junko Kano, Tanie Kitabayashi, Machiko Ky˘, Tatsuya Nakadai, Ganjiro Nakamura, Kyu Sazanka, Ichir˘ Sugai, Mantar˘ Ushio.

Summary: Winner of Cannes' Special Jury Prize, "Odd Obsession" is one of acclaimed director Kon Ichikawa's ("Tokyo Olympiad," "The Burmese Harp") greatest works. This captivating blend of comic satire and drama follows an elderly man's attempts to satisfy his younger wife (Machiko Kyo). When Ĺpotency' injections fail, Mr. Kenmochi incites his own jealousy by orchestrating an affair between his wife and his doctor, who happens to be his daughter's fiancÚ. The wife and doctor are eager to oblige Kenmochi, his daughter is furious, and the scheme proves both a success and a deadly disaster. With dazzling imagery, rich irony, and superb acting, "Odd Obsession" illuminates the ongoing battle between personal desire and societal convention. In Japanese with English subtitles. Reviews.

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* Of the People
(Program 11 of Japan: the Changing Tradition)

GPN 1978 VHS color 28

Credits: Please see entry for Japan: the Changing Tradition.

Summary: Presents Japan's democratic system of government focusing on procedures after the Constitution of 1947 came into effect.

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*Ogata Koan: Gakumon to Jonetsu Kinokuniya Shoten Video Hyoden Series. vol. 4

Kinokuniya Bookstore 1997 VHS color 43

Credits: Director: Kiyoshi Ogasawara; Narrator: Nou Terada; Academic Supervisor: Noboru Umemichi (?) and Tetsuo Shiba.

Summary: Koan Ogata, Physician and Educator. In Japanese; no subtitles.

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Ohinata Village
(Ohinata Mura)

Kinema Kurabu 1940 VHS b&w 84

Credits: Toyota Shiro

Summary: A "national policy" film follows the story of a Japanese village afflicted by bad harvests and famine, whose residents make a collective decision to resettle in Manchuria, then under Japanese control. The film contributed to a "mainland mood" orchestrated by the Japanese government to bolster an intensifying war of invasion against China. Based on a novel by peasant-writer Wada Tsutomu. In Japanese, no subtitles.

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*Okakura Tenshin: Gakumon to Jonetsu Kinokuniya Shoten Video Hyoden Series. vol. 2

Kinokuniya Bookstore 1996 (?) VHS color 38

Credits: Director: Hiroaki Yamazaki; Music: Haruna Miyake; Academic Supervisor: Isao Kumakura.

Summary: Tenshin Okakura, Art Historian and Philosopher. In Japanese; no subtitles.

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Okinawa : At the Emperor's Doorstep

Ambrose Video Publishing 1980 Umatic color 30

Credits: Time-Life Films.

Summary: Lloyd Bridges narrates the story of the soldiers who fought for control of Okinawa, Japan's last island fortress in World War II. Includes actual combat footage of soldiers landing on April 1, 1945. Illustrated with extensive archival footage and the voices of veterans telling their own stories.

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*Okoge

Cinevista Video 1994 VHS color 120

Credits: Director: Takehiro Nakajima; Screenplay: Takehiro Nakajima. Cast Includes: Atsushi Fukazawa, Takehiro Murata, Kyozo Nagatsuka, Takeo Nakahara, Toshie Negishi, Sh˘ Ryűzanji, Noriko Sengoku, Misa Shimizu, Masayuki Shionoya, Takatoshi Takeda.

Summary: Okoge is the crust of rice that forms on the rice pot, the Okama (also slang for a gay male). So the title refers to those many Japanese girls who like gays. In Japanese with subtitles. Reviews.

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150 Years of US-Japan Relations- Past, Present and Future Produced by Japan Center for Intercultural Communication

Complement of the Government of Japan. 2003 VHS Color snf DVD  

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One Wonderful Sunday
(Subarashiki nichiyobi)

Home Vision Cinema 1947 VHS b&w 108

Credits: Director: Akira Kurosawa; Screenplay: Akira Kurosawa, Keinosuke Uegusa. Cast Includes: Midori Ariyama, Chieko Nakakita, Isao Numasaki, Masao Shimizu, Ichir˘ Sugai.

Summary: Kurosawa collaborated with former school chum Keinosuke Uekusa on this script, the story of a young engaged couple whose attempts at dating often are frustrated by a dehumanizing modern city. Masako and Yuzo meet on Sunday to steal small pleasures in the midst of the harshness and corruption of Tokyo life, but find that kindness is often overlooked. Their ultimate dream is to hear a performance of Schubert's Unfinished Symphony, the musical metaphor for their relationship. Will they succeed? In Japanese with English subtitles. Reviews.

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*Orikuchi Shinobu: Gakumon to Jonetsu Kinokuniya Shoten Video Hyoden Series. vol. 17

Kinokuniya Bookstore 2000 VHS color 46

Credits: Director: Keiji Tahara; Narrator: Kei Yamamoto; Academic Supervisor: Hirohiko Okano.

Summary: Shinobu Orikuchi, Folklorist. In Japanese; no subtitles.

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Osaka Elegy
(Naniwa ereji)

SVS, Inc. 1936 VHS b&w 75

Credits: Director: Kenji Mizoguchi; Screenplay: Tadashi Fujiwara, Kenji Mizoguchi, Yoshikata Yoda; Music: K˘ichi Takagi; Cinematography: Minoru Miki. Cast Includes: Isuzu Yamada, Seiichi Takegawa, Chiyoko Okura, Shinpachiro Asaka, Benkei Shiganoya, Y˘ko Umemura, Kensaku Hara, Shizuko Takizawa, Eitar˘ Shind˘, Kunio Tamura, Takashi Shimura.

Summary: Director Kenji Mizoguchi's attack on the untenable position of women in Japan. Ayako is condemed by society for behavior that would be tolerated if she were a man. In Japanese, with English subtitles. Reviews.

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Osaka Story

First Run/Icarus Films 1994 VHS color 75

Credits: Directed and written by Toichi Nakata.

Summary: The Nakatas are a family of conflicting Korean and Japanese cultures. Toichi's father, a Korean immigrant, cannon reconcile his Korean and his wife's Japanese families. His brother is torn between business and a cult, and his sister has opted out of the scenario completely. A look at the disintegrating marriage of his Japanese mother and Korean father, and the culture clash it involves.

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Other Side of Japan, The (Journey into Japan)

Landmark Films 1988 VHS color 30

Credits: Christopher McCullough

Summary: Visits a remote Japanese fishing village to observe the traditional village-based life, with regular routines and punctuated seasonal festivals. A vivid contrast to the vast industrial cities in which most Japanese live today.