Japanese Actress

Kinuyo Tanaka

  • Nov 29, 1909 - Mar 21, 1977 (age 67)
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1977
Kinuyo Tanaka
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Kinuyo Tanaka

Kinuyo Tanaka passed away.
1976
Lullaby of the Earth
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MovieJun 12, 1976

Lullaby of the Earth

The story of an orphan girl, brought up in naive, rustic innocence …
The story of an orphan girl, brought up in naive, rustic innocence by an elderly relative, who is suddenly exposed to the brutality, greed and deceptiveness of the outside world, when her grandmother dies.
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1974
Sandakan No. 8
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MovieNov 2, 1974

Sandakan No. 8

A journalist interviews an old woman who was forced into …
A journalist interviews an old woman who was forced into prostitution, just like many other Japanese women working in Asia outside of Japan during the first half of the 20th century. She worked in a Malaysian brothel called Sandakan 8.
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Three Old Ladies
MovieJun 1, 1974

Three Old Ladies

Three Old Ladies is a comedy drama film directed by …
Three Old Ladies is a comedy drama film directed by Noboru Nakamura.
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1965
Red Beard
MovieApr 3, 1965

Red Beard

In a charity hospital, a hard-bitten but honorable older doctor, …
In a charity hospital, a hard-bitten but honorable older doctor, Dr. Niide, takes a young intern under his guidance through the course of a number of difficult cases.
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1963
Alone Across the Pacific
MovieOct 27, 1963

Alone Across the Pacific

Kenichi Horie is determined …
Kenichi Horie is determined to challenge his family, the law and the nature crossing the Pacific to America in a small sailboat. Despite his careful planning many unforeseen events will test his determination.
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Shitô no densetsu
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MovieAug 11, 1963

Shitô no densetsu

A Tokyo family escaping the war relocates to a Hokkaido …
A Tokyo family escaping the war relocates to a Hokkaido village; their daughter is set to marry the local leader's son, but her siblings disapprove, which eventually leads to a violent tragedy.
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1962
A Wanderer's Notebook
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MovieSep 29, 1962

A Wanderer's Notebook

Fumiko struggles to get her …
Fumiko struggles to get her literary work published, spending years working in poverty while being abused by her boyfriend all the while hoping to break free from the cycle.
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1960
Her Brother
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MovieNov 1, 1960

Her Brother

Set in 1926 when Japanese tradition was much stronger, …
Set in 1926 when Japanese tradition was much stronger, this standard drama looks at the inner workings of a small family, especially the relationship between a sister and brother.
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1959
Nippon tanjô
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MovieNov 1, 1959

Nippon tanjô

The legend of the birth of Shintoism. In Fourth Century …
The legend of the birth of Shintoism. In Fourth Century Japan, the Emperor Keikoh's son Ouso expects to succeed his father on the throne, but Otomo, the Emperor's vassal, prefers Ouso's stepbrother Waka, and conspires to have Ouso die on a dangerous mission he has contrived. But Ouso prevails in the mission and returns to his father's castle under a new name, Prince Yamato Takeru. Otomo plots to have the Prince sent into even greater danger, but Otomo is unaware that the gods have favored the Prince and the outcome is far from what any of them expected.
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1958
Kono ten no niji
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MovieOct 28, 1958

Kono ten no niji

In a film that cuts across documentary and drama …
In a film that cuts across documentary and drama styles and features a who is who of Japanese cinema one sees an exploration of both the dynamics of an industrial behemoth, which operates its own independent environment, and societal dynamics in which workers and management and men and women are depicted as both resigned and ambitious.
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Equinox Flower
MovieSep 7, 1958

Equinox Flower

A businessman clashes with his elder daughter over her …
A businessman clashes with his elder daughter over her choice of a husband.
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The Ballad of Narayama
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MovieJun 1, 1958

The Ballad of Narayama

A kabuki theatre-inflected …
A kabuki theatre-inflected story about a poor village whose people have to be carried to a nearby mountain to die once they get old.
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1956
Nagareru
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MovieNov 20, 1956

Nagareru

Otsuta is running the geisha house Tsuta in Tokyo. Her business …
Otsuta is running the geisha house Tsuta in Tokyo. Her business is heavily in debt. Her daughter Katsuyo doesn't see any future in her mothers trade in the late days of Geisha. But Otsuta will not give up. This film portraits the day time life of geisha when not entertaining customers.
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Arashi
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MovieOct 24, 1956

Arashi

Arashi (嵐) is a 1956 Japanese film directed by Hiroshi Inagaki. It …
Arashi (嵐) is a 1956 Japanese film directed by Hiroshi Inagaki. It was entered into the 7th Berlin International Film Festival.
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1955
House of Many Pleasures
MovieJun 21, 1955

House of Many Pleasures

House of Many Pleasures is …
House of Many Pleasures is a film directed by Seiji Hisamatsu.
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1954
The Woman of Rumour
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MovieJun 20, 1954

The Woman of Rumour

Hatsuko Umabuchi is a widow who runs a prosperous geisha …
Hatsuko Umabuchi is a widow who runs a prosperous geisha house in present-day Kyoto. Her daughter Yukiko returns from Tokyo following a failed suicide attempt, after her lover found out about her mother's profession. Hatsuko is having a discreet love affair with the young Dr. Matoba, who looks after the geisha. The doctor is attracted to Yukiko, who initially despises him and everything connected with the geisha house. However, Yukiko gradually changes her views.
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1953
Love Letter
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MovieDec 13, 1953

Love Letter

This valiant melodrama is the brilliant debut as a …
This valiant melodrama is the brilliant debut as a moviemaker of the great Japanese actress Kinuyo Tanaka, who also has a small role in the story. Based on a screenplay by Keinosuke Kinoshita, "Koibumi" explore the wounds of war, the limits of love and the need to forgive. A sad and troubled man, Reikichi Mayumi (Masayuki Mori), finds a new job five years after the end of WWII. He will write love letters for other people, which was not uncommon in post-war times (remember the starving poet Lope Veiga -Fernando Rey- in Spanish masterpiece "Cielo negro"). His ideas about love and his personal principles will be tested when he reconnects with his former girlfriend, Michiko (Yoshigo Kuga), a woman with a dark past marked by war and the further occupation of her country by the US military forces.
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Ugetsu
MovieMar 26, 1953

Ugetsu

Ugetsu, also known as Tales of Ugetsu or Ugetsu …
Ugetsu, also known as Tales of Ugetsu or Ugetsu Monogatari (雨月物語), is a 1953 Japanese romantic fantasy drama film directed by Kenji Mizoguchi and based on stories in Ueda Akinari's book of the same name. It is a ghost story and an example of the jidaigeki (period drama) genre, starring Masayuki Mori and Machiko Kyō.
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Where Chimneys Are Seen
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MovieMar 5, 1953

Where Chimneys Are Seen

Where Chimneys Are Seen …
Where Chimneys Are Seen focuses primarily on the interconnected lives of two couples in a lower-middle-class neighborhood in Senju, a poor industrial section of Tokyo.
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Sincerity
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MovieJan 29, 1953

Sincerity

A young student (Akira Inshihama) falls into a hopeless romantic …
A young student (Akira Inshihama) falls into a hopeless romantic attraction to an invalid girl (Keiko Awaji) whom he can only see from afar.
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1952
Mother
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MovieJun 12, 1952

Mother

Adopted from a prize-winning school essay on the subject …
Adopted from a prize-winning school essay on the subject of 'My Mother,' upon being widowed a mother with a little help from her elder daughter has to run the family laundry on her own. The second daughter, however, has to be sent to live with relatives as the mother cannot afford her.
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The Life of Oharu
MovieJan 17, 1952

The Life of Oharu

Follows a woman's fight and survival amid the vicissitudes …
Follows a woman's fight and survival amid the vicissitudes of life and the cruelty of the society.
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1951
The Lady of Musashino
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MovieSep 14, 1951

The Lady of Musashino

Set in post-war Japan, The …
Set in post-war Japan, The Lady of Musashino tells the story of Michiko, a disillusioned young woman trapped in a loveless marriage. She confides in her younger cousin, Tsutomo, and the two become close.
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Miss Oyu
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MovieJun 22, 1951

Miss Oyu

Shinnosuke is introduced to Shizu as a prospective wife, but he …
Shinnosuke is introduced to Shizu as a prospective wife, but he falls in love with her widowed sister Oyu. Convention forbids Oyu to marry because she has to raise her son as the head of her husband's family. Oyu convinces Shinnosuke and Shizu to marry so that she can remain close to Shinnosuke.
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Ginza Cosmetics
MovieApr 14, 1951

Ginza Cosmetics

A few days in the life of a quiet geisha, single mother of a …
A few days in the life of a quiet geisha, single mother of a young, smart boy, in the lively Tokyo quarter of Ginza. A woman devoted to other people's needs, she will end by taking part ...
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1950
The Munekata Sisters
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MovieAug 25, 1950

The Munekata Sisters

Setsuko is unhappily married to Mimura, an engineer with no …
Setsuko is unhappily married to Mimura, an engineer with no job and a drinking habit. She's always been in love with Hiroshi, but he left for France years ago without proposing. Now he is back and Mariko (Setsuko's sister) tries to reunite them, although secretly she loves him too.
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Wedding Ring
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MovieJul 1, 1950

Wedding Ring

A jewelry store president begins to fall for the doctor treating her …
A jewelry store president begins to fall for the doctor treating her husband's illness (via Hulu).
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1949
Shinshaku Yotsuya kaidan: kôhen
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MovieJul 16, 1949

Shinshaku Yotsuya kaidan: kôhen

In this second part to The …
In this second part to The Yotsuda Phantom, Iemon's apparent success is minimized by his own feelings of guilt, the quickly mounting evidence, and Naosuke's constant hounding.
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The Yotsuda Phantom
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MovieJul 5, 1949

The Yotsuda Phantom

Iemon Tamiya is an impovershed masterless samurai who …
Iemon Tamiya is an impovershed masterless samurai who craves a better life, which he cannot have because of his marriage to Oiwa, who is completely devoted to her husband
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Flame of My Love
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MovieFeb 9, 1949

Flame of My Love

A woman's struggle for equality in Japan in the 1880s. Eiko …
A woman's struggle for equality in Japan in the 1880s. Eiko Hirayama leaves Okayama for Tokyo, where she helps the fledgling Liberal Party and falls in love with its leader Kentaro Omoi, just as the party is being disbanded by the government. Eiko and Omoi are jailed because of a fire at a factory instigated by Chiyo, a servant girl from Eiko's home in Okayama, who was sold to slavery. A few years later the 1889 constitution is proclaimed, Eiko, Omoi, and Chiyo are pardoned, and the Liberal Party is reinaugurated. However Omoi does not campaign for women's rights.
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1948
A Hen in the Wind
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MovieSep 17, 1948

A Hen in the Wind

A man returns from World War II to find his desperate wife had …
A man returns from World War II to find his desperate wife had resorted to one night of prostitution to pay for their son's hospital bills.
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Women of the Night
MovieMay 26, 1948

Women of the Night

In the post-war Japan, Fusako Owada lives in the home of …
In the post-war Japan, Fusako Owada lives in the home of her mother-in-law with her baby that is ill while waits for the return of her husband from the war. When she learns that her husband has died and her baby also dies, she moves to another city with her neighbor Kumiko Owada to work as secretary executive for the opium dealer Kenzô Kuriyama. One day, she stumbles upon her missed sister Natsuko Kimijima that has returned from the Korea on the street and she learns that Natsuko works as a dancer in a night-club. Natsuko moves to Fusako and Kumiko's apartment and soon she has a love affair with Fusako's boss. However Fusako is secretly Kuriyama's mistress and upset, she vanishes. One day, a client of Natsuko in the night-club tells to her that he saw Fusako in the Red Light District. Natsuko that is pregnant decides to seek her sister out in the prostitution area. Will she find Fusako?
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1947
The Love of the Actress Sumako
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MovieAug 16, 1947

The Love of the Actress Sumako

The stage director …
The stage director Shimamura, who is bringing western theatre to Japan, falls in love with the outspoken actress Sumako Matsui, and leaves his family to be with her, while trying to keep his Art Theatre solvent.
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1946
Utamaro and His Five Women
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MovieDec 15, 1946

Utamaro and His Five Women

Utamaro, a great artist, lives …
Utamaro, a great artist, lives to create portraits of beautiful women, and the brothels of Tokyo provide his models. A world of passion swirls around him, as the women in his life vie for lovers. And, occasionally, his art gets him into trouble.
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Josei no shôri
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MovieApr 18, 1946

Josei no shôri

A socially committed film about the feudal state of many …
A socially committed film about the feudal state of many Japanese women in 1946. Hiroko Hosokawa, a female lawyer, defends Mrs. Asakura, who suffocated her child in her grief after her husband died penniless following an industrial accident. The prosecutor is Hiroko's sister's husband Kono, who also sent Hiroko's fiance, Yamaoka, to jail for his liberal views during the war. Yamaoka has just been freed, but is seriously ill from his time in prison.
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1945
Sanjûsangen-dô, tôshiya monogatari
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MovieJun 28, 1945

Sanjûsangen-dô, tôshiya monogatari

Sanjûsangen-dô, tôshiya …
Sanjûsangen-dô, tôshiya monogatari is a 1945 film directed by Mikio Naruse.
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1944
Miyamoto Musashi
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MovieDec 28, 1944

Miyamoto Musashi

Shinobu and her brother Genichiro plead with the famous …
Shinobu and her brother Genichiro plead with the famous swordsman Musashi Miyamoto to teach them swordsmanship to avenge their father's death. The killers of their father see the sister and brother practicing with Miyamoto, and so enlist the help of another powerful swordsman, Kojiro Sasaki, which gives Sasaki an excuse to battle Miyamoto.
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Army
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MovieDec 7, 1944

Army

Kinoshita's ambitious and intensely moving film begins as a multi …
Kinoshita's ambitious and intensely moving film begins as a multi-generational epic about the military legacy of one Japanese family, before settling into an emotionally complex portrayal of parental love during wartime. As the parents of a boy shipped off to battle, Kinuyo Tanaka and Chishu Ryu locate profound depths of feeling that transcend ideology.
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1941
Kanzashi
MovieAug 26, 1941

Kanzashi

Emi Ota and her friend Okiku stay briefly at a mountain inn and …
Emi Ota and her friend Okiku stay briefly at a mountain inn and then return to Tokyo. Later, Nanmura, a soldier on leave, steps on an ornamental hairpin in the public bath at the inn. Emi writes to the inn saying she has lost a hairpin and, when she discovers that it injured Nanmura, returns to apologize. The longer term visitors at the inn meet together to discuss the hairpin incident. These include a grumpy Professor, a young couple Mr and Mrs Hiroyasu, and an old man staying with his two grandsons. They hope to see a romance blossom between Nanmura and Emi, after Nanmura declares that there is something almost poetic in finding a hairpin in the bath.
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1938
Aizen katsura
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MovieSep 15, 1938

Aizen katsura

A young doctor, Kozo Tsumura (Uehara), falls for young …
A young doctor, Kozo Tsumura (Uehara), falls for young nurse Katsue Takaishi (Tanaka). But she's got a secret: she's a widow with a son. Kozo and Katsue decide to run away to Kyoto, but her child suddenly became sick and she just missed the train and Kozo. She makes it to Kyoto finally, but is unable to meet him. Plus she isn't accepted into Kyoto society. She goes back to her hometown and tries to forget him. She quits the hospital to concentrate on her singing. She makes her professional debut with the hit "Aizen Katsura". Kozo is in the audience.
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1935
Jinsei no onimotsu
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MovieDec 10, 1935

Jinsei no onimotsu

An aging couple truffle to pay for their daughter's marriages …
An aging couple truffle to pay for their daughter's marriages while keeping their much younger son from feeling left out.
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1933
Dragnet Girl
MovieApr 27, 1933

Dragnet Girl

Tokiko is an office typist who is more pleased at catching the …
Tokiko is an office typist who is more pleased at catching the owner's son attention than he knows. That's because her real boyfriend is Joji, a washed up boxer turned gangster and her employer is a great opportunity to milk him for them both. However, when Kazuko, the innocent sister of Hiroshi, a hopeful new member of the gang, comes to Joji to plead with him to send Hiroshi away, the gangster is warmly affected by her. However, Tokiko is jealous and determined to win Joji back no matter what the cost while Joji has his own decisions to make about his life.
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Woman of Tokyo
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MovieFeb 9, 1933

Woman of Tokyo

Ryoichi and Chikako are brother and sister. They live …
Ryoichi and Chikako are brother and sister. They live together. Chikako works during the day in an office and at night she prostitutes herself to fund her brother's studies at the university. Ryoichi doesn't know about his sister's secret life, but he is dating Harue whose brother is a policeman.
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Koi no hana saku Izu no odoriko
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MovieFeb 2, 1933

Koi no hana saku Izu no odoriko

In this adaptation from …
In this adaptation from Kawabata, a young student becomes friends with a brother and sister in a troupe of travelling entertainers, who perform at a geisha house in mining country.
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1932
Seishun no yume ima izuko
MovieOct 13, 1932

Seishun no yume ima izuko

When a young man inherits …
When a young man inherits his father's lucrative business, he cheats the system to set up three of his college friends with jobs.
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1931
The Neighbor's Wife and Mine
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MovieAug 1, 1931

The Neighbor's Wife and Mine

A writer struggles to finish his …
A writer struggles to finish his story against many distractions, but the jazz party next door proves to be too much.
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1930
Aiyoku no ki
MovieNov 10, 1930

Aiyoku no ki

Aiyoku no ki (愛慾の記) is a 1930 Japanese silent film directed …
Aiyoku no ki (愛慾の記) is a 1930 Japanese silent film directed by Heinosuke Gosho and written by Akira Fushimi. The film starred Kinuyo Tanaka and Ichirō Yuki.
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I Flunked, But...
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MovieApr 11, 1930

I Flunked, But...

A story of a college student (Tatsuo Saitô) and his schoolmates …
A story of a college student (Tatsuo Saitô) and his schoolmates trying to pass the exams by cheating.
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1927
Hiroshi Shimizu
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Hiroshi Shimizu

Hiroshi Shimizu (清水 宏 Shimizu Hiroshi, March 28, 1903 – …
Hiroshi Shimizu (清水 宏 Shimizu Hiroshi, March 28, 1903 – June 23, 1966) was a Japanese film director, known for his silent films with detailed depictions of Japanese society.
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1909
Kinuyo Tanaka
BirthNovember 1909

Kinuyo Tanaka

Kinuyo Tanaka was born.
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