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Tatsuya Nakadai
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Date of Birth: Dec 13, 1932

Country: Japan

Biography: He became a star after he was discovered working as a Tokyo shop clerk by Masaki Kobayashi during the early 1950s. Later he became the favorite leading man of Akira Kurosawa after a well-publicized fallout between Kurosawa and Toshirō Mifune. Beginning in the late 1950s, he worked with a number of Japan's best-known filmmakers, starring or co-starring in five Kurosawa films and eleven Kobayashi films.

Total Titles at Criticker: 71 - You've Seen 0

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Titles You Haven't Rated (71)
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The Tale of the Princess Kaguya (2014)
Based on a well-known Japanese folktale. An old man makes a living by selling bamboo. One day, he finds a princess in a bamboo. The princess is only the size of a finger. Her name is Kaguya. When Kaguya grows up, 5 men from prestigious families propose to her. Kaguya asks the men to find memorable marriage gifts for her, but the 5 men are unable to find what Kaguya wants. Then, the Emperor of Japan proposes to her. (imdb)
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Tsunagu (2012)
High school student Ayumi is trained by his grandmother to act as a "tsunagu," an intermediary for people who want to reach the dead. Based on the novel "Tsunagu" by Mizuki Tsujimura. (PTP)
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Zatoichi: The Last (2010)
A blind master swordsman attempts to lead a quiet life with his wife but he is provoked back into battle. (imdb)
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Haru
Old fisherman takes a journey so he'll no longer burden his granddaughter Haru. Together they visit family in search of a new home.
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The Inugamis (2006)
When tycoon Inugami Sahei passes away, he unexpectedly leaves the family fortune to outsider Tamayo on the condition that she marry one of the Inugami grandsons - Sukekiyo , Suketake, or Suketomo - pitting blood against blood. Soon afterwards, members of the family begin to show up dead, one by one. Detective Kindaichi Kosuke is called in to investigate the murders, and the truth is slowly revealed as he happens upon years of hidden skeletons and a shocking family secret. (Asian Media Wiki)
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Ashura no gotoku (2003)
Four women try to cope with the fact that their father, though in his 70's, has taken a lover, despite continuing to live together with their mother. In the meantime the sisters have to deal with their own relationships as well.
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Ame agaru (1999)
Ihei Misawa and his wife Tayo, stranded by rains at a country inn, bring a great deal of happiness to the other residents of the inn by means of Ihei's generosity and good spirit. Ihei is a masterless samurai and fencing expert. Ihei comes to the attention of Lord Shigeaki, who hires him as fencing instructor for Lord Shigeaki's men. But Ihei's expertise causes friction and jealousy in Shigeaki's castle and his future there comes into doubt. (imdb)
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East Meets West (1995)
A samurai treks across the American West in pursuit of a gang of robbers.
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The Wicked City (1993)
Taki is assigned to go after Daishu, a businessman who is suspected by the police to be selling the drug "happiness", a drug from the Rapter's world that causes people to "evaporate" if they stop taking it. Actually it is another group of Rapters that are selling the happiness. The second group attacks Daishu's group, and eventually Taki, Daishu, and Daishu's daughter join forces to fight the evil Rapters. Lots of psychic powers, shape changing and general weirdness. (imdb)
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Kozure Ôkami: Sono chîsaki te ni (1993)
A condensed adaptation of the Lone Wolf and Cub saga.
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Basara - The Princess Goh (1992)
The film centers on Gohime, a vivacious tomboy living on Hideyoshi's estate who soon develops a strong friendship with Oribe. When the brash young Gohime learns that officials looking to curry favor with Hideyoshi have publicly exhibited Rikyu's head, she and Oribe's gallant gardener Usu retrieve it and place the disembodied body part at Rikyu's gravesite. (All Movie Guide)
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Kagerô (1991)
Rin is a traveling gambler who goes by the name of "Luminesent Rin". She is apparently a well known and respected but not considered to be among the elite gamblers. Heading to a job for "Boss Masa", she unexpectedly runs into her younger brother in the train station on the run from thugs. She rescues him and pays off his gambling debts. Finding out that her brother has lost the family restaurant due to gambling debts, she decides to return to her home town to do something about it... (imdb)
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Hachi-ko (1987)
The true story about a dog's loyalty to its master, even after his death (imdb)
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A.K. (1985)
An homage to Akira Kurosawa, the maker of Ran.
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Shokutaku no nai ie (1985)
Based on a novel by Fumiko Enji, "Shokutaku no nai ie" chronicles the hardships faced by the various members of a family due to a crime committed by the eldest son. (movie.goo.ne.jp (translated))
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Ran (1985)
An elderly lord abdicates to his three sons, and the two corrupt ones turn against him. (imdb)
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Fireflies in the North (1984)
Set in the frigid wilderness of Hokkaido during the early days of the Meiji era, this film stands out for its mixture of brutality, sexuality, romance, and bloody violence. (KG)
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Onimasa (1982)
An underlying theme of "Onimasa" is its portrayal of 20th century Japanese gangsters as cartoonish incarnations of the ancient samurai caste (the armed enforcers of feudal rule) in the era of modern capitalism. (imdb)
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Kagemusha (1980)
When a powerful warlord in medieval Japan dies, a poor thief recruited to impersonate him finds difficulty living up to his role and clashes with the spirit of the warlord during turbulent times.
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Hunter in the Dark (1979)
Yataro Tanigawa, a one-eyed hired assassin, impresses yakuza boss Gomyo Kiyoemon with his skill. Gomyo hires Tanigawa as his bodyguard, or yojimbo, to protect him during an inter-clan conflict. Tanigawa quickly rises in stature in the clan, but finds his boss's enemies almost overwhelming. (imdb)
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Blue Christmas (1978)
UFOs appear on Earth, and people who actually see them suddenly find that their blood has turned blue. Soon panic and hysteria result in the new "blue-bloods" being persecuted by the rest of mankind, and eventually certain all-too-familiar measures begin to be taken against them. (imdb)
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Bandits vs. Samurai Squadron (1978)
Kumokiri Nizaemon, a former samurai warrior, has abandoned his class to become the leader of a gang of thieves. He leads his outlaws in an attempt to rob the castle of his former clan. (imdb)
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Hi no tori (1978)
The Yamatai, represented by Prince Susano-O and elderly advisor Sumuke, hire Yumihiko of Matsuro to hunt the phoenix so that Queen Himiko, sister of Susano-O can have eteranal life. (imdb)
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Joôbachi (1978)
Private detective Kindaichi investigates a series of murders in scenic rural Japan.
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Human Revolution II (1976)
Dramatic story of one man trying to make a difference. (imdb)
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Wagahai wa neko de aru (1975)
Kushami (Tatsuya Nakadai) is a teacher given to flights of philosophy as he mulls over life and its meanings, unaware that his gray cat is observing life at home with his own version of a philosopher's eye. Kushami's relatives dominate the action as they move in and out of romantic liaisons broadly characterized by an unusual combination of satire, slapstick, and vulgarity. (Eleanor Mannikka, All Movie Guide)
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Seishun no mon (1975)
Story of Shinsuke and his stepmother, ranging from Shinsuke's infant-hood to his mid-teens. Coal workers and the mines dominate nearly every aspect of the life of the characters. Shinsuke's father dies while bravely using dynamite to rescue a group of trapped Korean miners. Several older men attempt to help he and his mother cope, including a kind Korean and a Harley-riding yakuza.
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The Family (1974)
Adaptation of the novel by Toyoko Yamasaki. (The Movie Database)
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Asayake no uta (1973)
A farmer and his fellow villagers try to resist the effort to turn the unspoiled region in which they live into a land development, they are ultimately unsuccessful.
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Kanashimi no Beradona (1973)
Loosely based on the nineteenth-century classic "The Witch" by historian Jules Michelet, "Belladonna" tells the story of a young "everywoman" in a brutally repressive and exploitative feudal society; in her powerlessness she is gradually driven to ancient superstitions and satanic practices, and then accused, tortured and executed for witchcraft. (imdb.com)
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The Wolves (1971)
Wolves is set in Japan in the 1920s. The disintegration of the ancient samurai traditions is paralleled with the rise of the Yakuza, Japan's equivalent of the Mafia. Three gangsters try to keep themselves from getting killed, not only by their higher-ups but by those who perceive them as a threat against the old ways.
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Battle of Okinawa (1971)
Attempting to capture a vital staging area for an invasion of the Japanese homeland, Allied forces launched a massive attack on the island of Okinawa in March of 1945. When the Japanese military fought back, the bloodiest battle in the Pacific Theater was underway.
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Inn of Evil (1971)
The story takes place in feudal Japan, when any commerce with the rest of the world was strictly prohibited. An idealist suddenly appears in an isolated inn (the one that the title refers to), the head-quarters of a group of smugglers, with stolen money intended to ransom his loved one who is forced to work in a brothel. (imdb)
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Zatoichi: The Festival of Fire (1970)
Misumi Kenji's Zatoichi: The Festival of Fire finds the famous blind swordsman becoming mixed up with a blind but powerful gangster. The town is a brutal place where women and children are regularly available to the highest bidder. Zatoichi takes a fancy to two local women, and this causes him to earn the ire of both two local men - one of them a Yakuza. (Perry Seibert, Rovi)
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Tenchu! (1969)
Izo Okada, a ronin (masterless samurai), desperately seeks a way out of his financial straits. He allies himself with the Tosa clan under the ruthless leader, Takechi, and imagines that he has come up in the world. But Takechi makes Izo a killer and a puppet, filled with self-loathing and a need to stop Takechi. (imdb)
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Portrait of Hell (1969)
In this Japanese historical drama, a hard-headed painter refuses to allow his daughter to be with his Korean protege and ends up throwing the lad from his house. The girl then escapes to the court of the local ruler who informs the painter that she will only be released if he will paint a mural. He does, but it is a hellish painting. He and the ruler continue to butt heads until both end up committing suicide. (rottentomatoes)
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Safari 5000 (1969)
Rival racers race at tracks across the world, culminating in a showdown during the East African Rally.
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Battle of the Japan Sea (1969)
Japan and Russia clash in what comes to be known as the Russo-Japanese War. An attempt by the Japanese fleet and army to take Port Arthur fails, and a Russian fleet bears down on the Sea of Japan. Admiral Heihachiro Togo sends his fleet to confront the Russians, with results which stun both nations. Meanwhile, Major Genjiro Akashi makes secret negotiations with the Bolshevik revolutionaries in Russia, negotiations that have repercussions far beyond the conflict at hand.
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Goyokin (1969)
A guilt-haunted samurai warrior attempts to stop a massacre taking place. (imdb)
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Today We Kill, Tomorrow We Die (1968)
A man, released after a jail term for a crime he did not commit, raises a gang to go after the man who framed him. (imdb)
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Kill! (1968)
Genta, a samurai warrior, is ordered to kill his best friend. After carrying out the command, he rejects the samurai way and devotes himself to a spiritual inner quest (imdb)
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The Age of Assassins (1967)
The film begins with exposition as a lunatic asylum "mad scientist" ex-Nazi played by Amamoto Eisei discusses how a massive diamond was lost and a young Japanese has it in his possession. A league of assassins make comedic attempts at Nakadai's life which are all thwarted, naturally, since even playing a little bit of a "dweeb", Nakadai is still graced with luck and a certain charisma. Turns out the diamond is a stolen Nazi item which was placed in Nakadai's body when he was eight. (imdb)
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Samurai Rebellion (1967)
During peace in 1725, aging swordsman Isaburo is living a henpecked life when his clan lord requests that Isaburo's son marry the lord's mistress... (imdb)
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The Face of Another (1966)
A businessman facially scarred in a laboratory fire receives psychotherapy from a psychiatrist, and obtains an amazingly lifelike mask from the doctor... (imdb)
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The Sword of Doom (1966)
Ryunosuke is a sociopathic samurai without compassion or scruples. When he is scheduled for an exhibition match at his fencingschool, the wife of his opponent begs Ryunosuke to throw the match, offering her own virtue in trade (imdb)
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Cash Calls Hell (1966)
Oida goes to prison after causing the death of a man and his daughter in a traffic accident. Shortly before being released, his cellmate offers him half of 30,000,000 yen if he follows instructions without questioning. Having nothing left to lose he decides to give it a try. The job turns out to involve the assassination of three men and Oida has second thoughts after meeting with one of them. However, someone else is after the men on Oida's list and now it is up to him to warn them.
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Three Yakuza (1965)
This anthology tells three separate stories, all about yakuza (Japan's gangsters) in the feudal period. In the first, Sentaro, a roaming yakuza, seeks sanctuary with a gang which then asks his help in a fight against its rivals. His attention is drawn primarily to a young woman who waits in vain for the man she loves. In the second tale, two gamblers barely escape from their pursuers after being caught cheating. (imdb)
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Illusion of Blood (1965)
A samurai warrior is haunted by the spirit of his first wife. (imdb)
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Chi to suna (1965)
Charged with insubordination for punching a superior, Sergeant Kosugi is shipped to China in the last desperate days of the Second World War. His commander, Captain Sakuma, is vicious and dictatorial. Sakuma places Kosugi in charge of training for combat what once was the military band. Kosugi must somehow prepare his inept soldiers for the rigors of combat. (imdb)
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Kwaidan (1964)
This film contains four distinct, separate stories. "Black Hair": A poor samurai who divorces his true love to marry for money... (imdb)
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High and Low (1963)
An executive mortgages all he owns to stage a coup and gain control of the National Shoe Company, with the intent of keeping the company out of the hands of incompetent and greedy executives. (imdb)
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A Woman
The life history of a woman who faced disillusion from her husband and disappointment from her son, but lives to welcome her grandson. (bfi.org.uk)
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Sanjuro (1962)
A crafty samurai helps a young man and his fellow clansmen save his uncle, who has been framed and imprisoned by a corrupt superintendent. (imdb)
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Karami-ai (1962)
On his deathbed, a wealthy businessman announces that his fortune is to be split equally among his three illegitimate children, whose whereabouts are unknown to his family and colleagues. A bevy of lawyers and associates then begin machinations to procure the money for themselves, enlisting the aid of impostors and blackmail. (criterion.com)
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Harakiri (1962)
An elder ronin samurai arrives at a feudal lord's home and requests an honorable place to commit suicide. But when the ronin inquires about a younger samurai who arrived before him things take an unexpected turn. (imdb)
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Eien no hito (1961)
The year is 1932, and a woman, whose tenant-farmer fiancé is fighting in China, is raped by the landowners son(Nakadai), who has returned from the war with a crippling injury, and then forced into marriage with him. In four more chapters presented over three decades, their children undertake their own searches for love, while the parents try to make each other as miserable as possible. (imdb)
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The Human Condition III: A Soldier
In this third part of the trilogy Kaji, a Japanese WWII soldier, finds himself struggling to survive behind enemy lines towards the end of the war.
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As the Clouds Scatter (1961)
Near the southern tip of the island of Shikoku, a bus snakes its way along one of the steep mountain passes of Kochi Prefecture. The driver of the bus, Yoshimi Misaki (Keiji Sada), plans to finally settle down and marry his bus conductor, Kaeko (Chieko Baisho), after years of pursuing Ichie (Ineko Arima), a woman he grew up with but was torn apart from by the war. (KG)
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As a Wife, As a Woman (1961)
Keijiro and Ayako Kono (Masayuki Mori and Chikage Awashima) seem like a picture-book upper middle-class family. He is a respected professor and the couple has two amiable children (a high school-aged girl and middle school-aged boy). But the Kono's domestic siutuation is more complicated than it seems on the surface. The children are actually the illegitimate children of Kono's long-time mistress, Miho. To compensate for giving up the children, the Konos subsidize a bar which Miho operates. (imdb)
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Yojimbo (1961)
A crafty ronin comes to a town divided by two criminal gangs and decides to play them against each other to free the town. (imdb)
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Daughters, Wives and a Mother (1960)
Sanae Sakanishi, widowed at the film's outset is left a substantial inheritance that soon becomes the instigator of much familial discord. (Slant)
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When a Woman Ascends the Stairs (1960)
This is the story of Mama, a.k.a. Keiko, a middle-aged geisha who must choose to either get married or buy a bar of her own. Her family hounds her for money, her customers for her attention, and she is continually in debt. The life of a geisha is examined as well as the way in which the system traps and sometimes kills those in it. (imdb)
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The Human Condition II: Road to Eternity (1959)
Second part of a trilogy. Conscientious objector Kaji, now forced to serve in the Japanese army during the Second World War... (imdb)
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Odd Obsession (1959)
A man getting on in years sets out to find a way to resurrect his flagging virility. (imdb)
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The Human Condition I: No Greater Love (1959)
First of a trilogy of films. During the Second World War, a Japanese conscientious objector named Kaji works as a supervisor in a Manchurian prison camp. He hopes to avoid duty as a soldier, but he also hopes to be helpful to the welfare of his prisoners. An escape attempt by Chinese prisoners results in Kaji's arrest for collusion. He faces the possibility of transferral to combat -- or worse
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Enjo (1958)
Told in an intricate flashback structure, Enjo dramatizes the psychological collapse of Goichi (Raizo Ichikawa), a young Buddhist acolyte from a dysfunctional family who arrives at a Kyoto temple - the Golden Pavilion - for further study. (Wikipedia)
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Sazae-san no Seishun (1957)
Based on the comic strip of the same name, follows the day-to-day activities and adventures of Sazae Fuguta and her family.
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Untamed (1957)
This film from the great Naruse has her stretching her acting muscles, playing Oshima, a woman who goes through situations in which men treat her wrong. Somehow, in a sometimes fun way, she emerges intact and stronger. (imdb)
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Black River (1957)
The story is set around an American Air Force base which has attracted bars and brothels and the native Japanese who need this sordid world to scape by and make money to just barely survive. A love triangle develops among the dwellers of a falling down apartment building and a local gangster called Killer Joe. (imdb)
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Sazae-san (1956)
Based on Machiko Hasegawa's newspaper comic of the same name that started back in 1948, follows the day-to-day comedic activities of the extended Isono family: Fune and Namihei, their three children Sazae, Katsuo and Wakame, Sazae's husband Masuo Fuguta, and their child Tarao.
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Kabe atsuki heya (1956)
Drama about a group of rank-and-file Japanese soldiers jailed for crimes against humanity adapted from the diaries of real prisoners. (criterion.com)
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