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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Yamaguchi Story, The Buddhism and the Family in Contemporary Japan

J&M Information Systems 1991 VHS color 47

Credits: John Paul Davidson

Summary: The Yamaguchi Story brings viewers into the home, business, and religious life of the Yamaguchis, a Japanese married couple who are struggling under the pressures of high-paced Japanese industrial society. Their unusually frank portrayal of their private life and their struggle to save their marriage allows the film audience to understand and empathize with major life challenges common to Japanese and Americans alike. Study guide available.

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*Yanagi Soetsu: Gakumon to Jonetsu Kinokuniya Shoten Video Hyoden Series. vol. 12

Kinokuniya Bookstore 1999 VHS color 42

Credits: Director: Masami Murayama; Narrator: Hiroshi Aikawa; Academic Supervisor: Hiroshi Mizuo.

Summary: Soetsu Yanagi, Philosopher. In Japanese, no subtitles.

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*Yanagita Kunio: Gakumon to Jonetsu Kinokuniya Shoten Video Hyoden Series. vol. 9

Kinokuniya Bookstore 1998 VHS color 43

Credits: Director: Norio Miyako; Narrator: Hisashi Igawa; Academic Supervisor: Soichiro Goto.

Summary:  Kunio Yanagita, Folklorist. In Japanese; no subtitles.Kunio Yanagita, Folklorist. In Japanese; no subtitles.

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Yojimbo
(Yojimbo the Bodyguard)

Nelson Entertainment 1961 VHS b&w 110

Credits: Director: Akira Kurosawa; Screenplay: Ryuzo Kikushima, Akira Kurosawa; Producer: Ryuzo Kikushima, Akira Kurosawa, Tomoyuki Tanaka; Music: Masaru Sat˘; Cinematography: Kazuo Miyagawa. Cast Includes: Toshir˘ Mifune, Eijir˘ Tono, Kamatari Fujiwara, Takashi Shimura, Seizabur˘ Kawazu, Isuzu Yamada, Hiroshi Tachikawa, Kyu Sazanka, Tatsuya Nakadai, Daisuke Kat˘, Ikio Sawamura, Ko Nishimura, Yoshio Tsuchiya, Y˘ko Tsukasa, Susumu Fujita, Eisei Amamoto, Yosuke Natsuki, Atsushi Watanabe.

Summary: A wandering samurai-for-hire turns a war between two merchant families to his own advantage. In Japanese, with English subtitles. Reviews.

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Young Baseball Heroes
(Faces of Japan - Program 3)

Intervoice 1986 VHS color 28

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

Summary: A look at high school baseball in Japan through the experiences of the members of one team as they strive for Koshien, the national playoffs and the dream of every schoolboy who has ever fielded a baseball in Japan. Transcript available.

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*Youth of the Beast
(Yaju no seishun)

Home Vision Cinema 1963 VHS color 92

Credits: Director: Seijun Suzuki; Screenplay: Ichir˘ Ikeda. Cast Includes: Yuriko Abe, Kensuke Akashi, Tomio Aoki, Hideaki Esumi, Eiji Go, Kosuke Hisannatsu, Yasuo Itoga, Nobuo Kaneko, Tamio Kawachi, Ikuko Kimuro, Yuzo Kiura, Hiroshi Kono, Minako Kozuki, Go Kuroda, Gen Mihama, Takashi Nomura, Masao Shimizu, Kinzo Shin, Jo Shishido, Misako Watanabe, Shir˘ Yanase.

Summary: Without compromising the pulp fiction conviction of the gangster movie thrills - Mysterious drifter Jo Shishido (Branded to Kill) pits rival yakuza gangs against each other to avenge the murder of a friend - Suzuki flaunts his own deliriously hyperbolic artistic impulses for the first time. The result is cinematic flamboyance with blowtorch intensity. A nightclub stripper bumps and grinds a few feet away from a man being beaten on the other side of a two-way mirror. A gay gangster and his pals lurk in his pink limo under a canopy of matching cherry blossoms. A yellow sandstorm erupts supernaturally outside the window of a room where a junkie prostitute is being whipped by her pimp. In Japanese with English subtitles. Reviews.

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Yume wa Toki wo koete
(A Dream Across Time and Place -The Legacy of Tsuda Umeko)

Nippon Eiga/ Tsuda College 2003 VHS color 92

Credits: Director/Screenplay:Fujiwara Tomoko Narrator: Aoki Yuko Music Yoshioka Shigemi

Summary:.In 1871, the Hokkaido Colonization Board selected five young women for their overseas study program. Among them was seven-year-old Umeko Tsuda. During the eleven years that she spent in the suburbs of Washington, D.C., she was exposed to American culture and, consequently, Christianity. She returned to Japan in 1882 at the age of 18. Upon her return, she experienced a severe case of culture shock. She was particularly alarmed at Japanese society's prejudice against women and quickly decided that something must be done to improve women's social status. She accepted the position of lecturer at the Peeresses' School, but the low regard for women in Japan convinced her that she must return to America for further study. She became determined to provide Japanese women with the opportunity to obtain a higher education. In 1900 she decided to leave the government-sponsored schools to found Japan's first private women's school of higher education, Joshi Eigaku Juku. This documentary follows Umeko through the years she spent oversees, sheds light unto the several relationships that supported and inspired her, and depics the works of graduates that carry on Umeko's vision.

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Zatoichi
( The Blind Swordsmand & the Fugitives)

Chambara Entertainment 1968 VHS color 82

Credits: Director: Kimiyoshi Yasuda; Screenplay: Kinga Naoi. Cast Includes: Shintar˘ Katsu, Akifumi Inoue, Hosei Komatsu, Kyosuke Mashida, Kayo Mikimoto, Yumiko Nogawa, Takashi Shimura.

Summary: Zatoichi is a blind masseur, a master swordsmen, and protector of the innocent. In this installment of his adventures he is caught between two gangs that have joined forces to inflict a reign of terror over the entire countryside. Zatoichi soon confronts deadly swords, razor-sharp throwing daggers, and unexpected gunfire. Severely wounded and outnumbered, Zatoichi is in a fight for his very life. In Japanese, with English subtitles. Reviews.