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Jûzô Itami
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Date of Birth: May 15, 1933

Country: Japan

Biography: The son of a successful filmmaker, Juzo Itami made his name acting in television and films before making a late career shift into screenwriting and directing at age 50. Known to choose the subjects of his films through everyday observations, he often followed up significant events in his life with films depicting idiosyncrasies that he felt were unique to the evolving Japanese culture. He was the definition of an iconoclast who took the great Molière's words to heart, "castigat ridendo mores" (c

Total Titles at Criticker: 26 - You've Seen 0

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Marutai no onna (1997)
One day in the dark, actress Biwako (Nobuko Miyamoto) witnesses a murder. She becomes an unwitting witness of the crime and police asks her to be the lead witness in the trial. The gangs who sent the assassin sends their lawyer Nihonmatsu (Toru Emori) to bribe Biwako so she wouldn't take the stand. Biwako refuses, and the gangs are now out to kill Biwako before the trial. (imdb)
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Sûpâ no onna (1996)
Goro's supermarket is not doing well; the rival "Bargains Galore" threatens his business. A chance encounter with Hanako, an energetic woman he knew in grade school, results in big retail and life changes. (imdb)
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Shizukana seikatsu (1995)
Based on the 1995 novel by Itami's brother in law and Nobel Prize-winning author Kenzaburo Oe, this film adaptation centers on the exploits of Iiyo (Atsura Watabe), a mentally challenged, but musically gifted teen, and Maa (Hinako Saeki), the boy's artistic younger sister who is put in charge of caring for her sibling after their parents go to Australia. Loosely based on the real life experiences of Kenzaburo's Oe's handicapped son. (myac.asia)
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Daibyonin (1993)
The story follows the very affluent and aging director Buhei Mikai (Rentaro Mikuni) who is currently filming a movie starring himself in the role of a great conductor who is battling cancer yet perseveres toward the final concert they have all prepared for. When off the set, Buhei lives a life of decadence, greeted and pampered by fans and inferiors, drinking massive amounts of whiskey, and ingesting handfuls of viagra to voraciously get it on with his mistress. (sarudama.com)
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Minbo no onna (1992)
A grand old Japanese hotel is trying to get a prestigious contract as the site of a summit meeting of important foreign officials. Unfortunately, this hotel is quite popular with the Yakuza and is a favorite target of theirs for extortion. They employ a variety of schemes to con the hotel out of 'hush-money.' The hotel needs to rid itself of the Yakuza and finally begins to fight back by hiring Mahiru Inoue, a lawyer who is an expert at dealing with these criminals on their own terms. (imdb)
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Ageman (1990)
Nayoko (Nobuko Miyamoto) is a geisha who brings luck to the men with whom she sleeps. Because of her role as a geisha, Nayoko comes into contact with some of the most powerful men in Japan. She then learns and observes the world of power politics. (asianwiki.com)
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Sweet Home (1989)
A TV production crew are making a documentary about the infamous painter Mamiya Ichiro. When they start filming at his old home, they come under attack from the ghost of the painter's wife. (imdb)
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A Taxing Woman
Ryoko Itakura returns as the government tax agent willing to tackle the toughest cases. This time she takes on a fanatical but lucrative religious cult run by a vile lecher. (imdb)
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A Taxing Woman (1987)
Ryoko Itakura is a government tax agent who has just landed a big promotion. Her first assignment is to catch wheeler-dealer Hideki Gondo. She has a tough job, since in Japan tax evasion is an art and Gondo is, in effect, Rembrandt. Her job is complicated by a growing sympathy for the rogue and by political pressure to lay off. (imdb)
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Tampopo (1985)
A truck driver stops at a small family-run noodle shop and decides to help its fledgling business. The story is intertwined with various vignettes about the relationship of love and food.
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Do-re-mi-fa-musume no chi wa sawagu (1985)
A girl from the country arrives at a university looking for her boyfriend. She befriends a student and together they take part in Professor Hirayama's seminar on shyness.
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Ososhiki (1984)
At the beginning of the film the father-in-law of the protagonist dies unexpectedly of a heart attack. The remainder of the film is episodic, moving from one incident to another over the course of the three-day funeral, which is held (as is customary) in the home. (imdb)
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Choji Snack Bar (1983)
Eiji, also known as Choji, quits the shipyard to start Izakaya Choji (snack bar) with his wife Shigeko on the outskirts of Hakodate. (imdb)
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The Family Game (1983)
Shigeyuki, a Japanese middle school student, needs a tutor to get into a prestigious private school. The tutor he gets is Yoshimoto, a successful college student, who is more than a little odd. This situation is the springboard for a vicious send-up of the traditional Japanese family.
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Sasame-yuki (1983)
This sensuously beautiful film chronicles the activities of four sisters who gather in Kyoto every year to view the cherry blossoms. It paints a vivid portrait of the pre-war lifestyle of the wealthy Makioka family from Osaka, and draws a parallel between their activities and the seasonal variations in Japan. (imdb)
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Grass Labyrinth (1983)
In this 40-minute avant-garde film based on a story by the surrealist writer Kyoka Izumi, director Shuji Terayama uses the pretext of a young man's determination to recover the lyrics and music to a song he loved in his childhood in an exploration of widely variant perceptions of reality..... (Eleanor Mannikka)
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Private Collections (1979)
Three controversial arthouse/erotic film directors come together to make an anthology. (imdb)
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Lady Snowblood 2: Love Song of Vengeance (1974)
Lady Snowblood (Shurayuki-hime) is caught by the police and sentenced to death for her crimes (in Lady Snowblood I). As she is sent to the gallows she is rescued by the secret police who offer her a deal to assassinate some revolutionaries. (imdb)
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Human Torpedoes (1968)
Story of loyal sailors giving their lives for their country as human torpedoes towards the end of the War. (The Movie Database)
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A Treatise on Japanese Bawdy Songs (1967)
A group of provincial high school students, in Tokyo for their university entrance examinations, are thoroughly disillusioned with the older generation and see no hope for the future. They respond by going around singing dirty songs. A Korean prostitute teaches them that these songs are not only funny - they can be sad as well. Their fantasies have been centering around a rich girl they have seen. Now, still in fantasy, they set about killing her. (asian wiki)
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Otokonokao wa rirekisho (1966)
When a man (Nakatani) is brought into the hospital fatally wounded after being hit by a car, Amamiya initially refuses to operate, seeing the case as hopeless. But after he sees the victim, whose given name is Sai, and recognises him as a private who fought under him under the Japanese name of Shibata in Okinawa during the war, he has a change of heart. (midnighteye.com)
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Lord Jim (1965)
James Burke, after distinguishing himself as a midshipman in the British merchant marine, rapidly rises to the rank of executive officer, second in command of a ship. A broken foot necessitates that he be put ashore to heal. After his recovery, the very proud Jim - his pride rooted in his competence, which had made him a highly respected and admired naval officer - signs on as the executive officer of the Patna, a rusty tub manned by a third-rate crew overseen by a barbarous captain... (imdb)
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The Flame of Devotion (1964)
The tragic tale of a young woman from the mountain who fell in love with a fisherman's son, and her devotion to him during a time of war.
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55 Days at Peking (1963)
Diplomats, soldiers and other representatives of a dozen nations fend off the siege of the International Compound in Peking during the 1900 Boxer Rebellion. The disparate interests unite for survival despite competing factions, overwhelming odds, delayed relief and tacit support of the Boxers by the Empress of China and her generals. (imdb)
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Kuroi junin no onna (1961)
Kaze is a philandering TV producer. His wife and nine of his mistresses conspire to kill him. However each woman would rather keep him alive, as long as she was the only woman in his life. (imdb)
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Nise daigakusei (1960)
Having botched his entrance exams to a prestigious university, the dim-witted but earnest Hikoichi Otsu (Fujio) refuses to swallow his pride by doing the decent thing and admitting his failure to his mother back home in the country. (midnighteye.com)
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