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Yoshiko Kuga

  • Jan 21, 1931 (age 88)
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1997
The Little Girl Who Conquered Time
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MovieNov 8, 1997

The Little Girl Who Conquered Time

A high-school girl acquires …
A high-school girl acquires the ability to time travel.
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1993
Sora ga konnani aoi wake ga nai
MovieFeb 20, 1993

Sora ga konnani aoi wake ga nai

Sora ga konnani aoi wake …
Sora ga konnani aoi wake ga nai is a film directed by Akira Emoto.
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1989
Godzilla vs. Biollante
MovieDec 16, 1989

Godzilla vs. Biollante

A scientist combines the …
A scientist combines the cells of a rose with those of Godzilla to create a biological creature more horrifying than any seen before. The two do battle after a destructive tour of Japan by Godzilla. A newly released version includes many new fight scenes that were cut out of the theatrical version.
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Sora to umi wo koete
MovieSep 26, 1989

Sora to umi wo koete

Sora to umi wo koete released.
Four Days of Snow and Blood
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MovieJun 17, 1989

Four Days of Snow and Blood

Based on the "2.26 …
Based on the "2.26 Incident", an attempted coup d'état in Japan 1936, launched by radical ultra-nationalist parts of the military. Several leading politicians were killed and the center of Tokyo was briefly held by the insurgents before the coup was suppressed.
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1969
Hi mo tsuki mo
MovieMay 1, 1969

Hi mo tsuki mo

Hi mo tsuki mo released.
1966
Kaachan to 11-nin no kodomo
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MovieOct 1, 1966

Kaachan to 11-nin no kodomo

Kaachan to 11-nin no kodomo released.
1965
Ane to imôto
MovieJan 15, 1965

Ane to imôto

Ane to imôto released.
1964
Whirlwind
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MovieJan 3, 1964

Whirlwind

After defeat at the Siege of Osaka several survivors …
After defeat at the Siege of Osaka several survivors attempt to deliver a young prince to safety.
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1962
The Bridge Between
MovieApr 29, 1962

The Bridge Between

The Bridge Between released.
1961
Haitoku no mesu
MovieAug 6, 1961

Haitoku no mesu

Haitoku no mesu is a thriller film directed by Yoshitarō …
Haitoku no mesu is a thriller film directed by Yoshitarō Nomura.
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Zero Focus
MovieMar 19, 1961

Zero Focus

Teiko's new husband disappears on a business trip. She …
Teiko's new husband disappears on a business trip. She discovers a pair of mysterious postcards hidden away in a book that may be clues to his fate.
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The Story of Osaka Castle
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MovieJan 3, 1961

The Story of Osaka Castle

Mohei is a wandering …
Mohei is a wandering swordsman. He arrives in the city of Osaka, where the Toyotomi clan accepts him and comes to depend upon his courage and his battlefield skills. Those skills are sorely tested when Osaka Castle is besieged by the army of the opposing Tokugawa clan.
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Akihiko Hirata
Marriage1961

Akihiko Hirata

Akihiko Hirata (平田昭彦 Hirata Akihiko) (December 16, …
Akihiko Hirata (平田昭彦 Hirata Akihiko) (December 16, 1927 – July 25, 1984), born Akihiko Onoda (野田昭彦 Onoda Akihiko), was a Japanese film actor. While Hirata starred in many movies (including Hiroshi Inagaki's Samurai trilogy), he is most well known for his work in the kaiju genre, including such films as King Kong vs. Godzilla, The Mysterians, Terror of Mechagodzilla, Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla, and his most famous role of Dr. Daisuke Serizawa, the brilliant but disturbed young scientist in the original Godzilla, released in 1954. Hirata was married to the popular actress Yoshiko Kuga from 1961 until his death. He died after a long battle with lung cancer in 1984, at age 56.
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1960
Cruel Story of Youth
MovieJun 3, 1960

Cruel Story of Youth

Kiyoshi is a brooding young man who treats women solely …
Kiyoshi is a brooding young man who treats women solely as objects. Makoto is a young woman who is just reaching her sexual awakening. She and her friends accept car rides from middle aged men, although they state it is nothing more than fun with no intention of leading those men on. Kiyoshi and Makoto meet when he saves her from one of those middle aged men who tries to take advantage of her. Despite treating each other abusively, they start a relationship with each other which leads to what they call love, but feels more like an emotional dependence on each other to rebel against traditional society. Each with no money, they start to extort money from these middle aged men who she leads on. This act is only one demonstration of the only power they feel they have, namely sex, which they use against others as well as against each other in their doomed relationship.
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Spring Dreams
MovieJan 3, 1960

Spring Dreams

An elderly sweet potato vendor collapses in the home of a …
An elderly sweet potato vendor collapses in the home of a self-absorbed wealthy family. He must be allowed to remain there while he recovers, and a screwball comedy of manners ensues. A host of family and visitors comes and goes, disrupting hopes of the greedy patriarch for peace and quiet, and subplots swirl. Movie fans will recognize elements of It Happened on Fifth Avenue, The Man Who Came To Dinner, and Boudu Saved From Drowning.
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1959
Thus Another Day
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MovieSep 27, 1959

Thus Another Day

A young wife looses patience with her career-minded …
A young wife looses patience with her career-minded husband and returns to her parents' home while an unpaid mortgage forces the couple to rent out their home for the summer to the husband's boss.
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Good Morning
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MovieMay 12, 1959

Good Morning

Two boys begin a silence strike to press their parents into …
Two boys begin a silence strike to press their parents into buying them a television set.
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Kazabana
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MovieJan 3, 1959

Kazabana

A flashback story of a young man, from his disgraced …
A flashback story of a young man, from his disgraced birth ,his harsh life and his forbidden love, until when broken-hearted, can break out in search of a place where to live means more than being alive.
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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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Onna de aru koto
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MovieJan 15, 1958

Onna de aru koto

Married for a decade, a couple have no child. He is a …
Married for a decade, a couple have no child. He is a lawyer, however, and as a result of one of his cases has the daughter of an imprisoned man living with them. The girl, who is understated, has a boyfriend, but otherwise only ventures out to meet her jailed father. The family is visited by the daughter of a friend from Osaka who has made the journey without informing her parents. That her personality is the opposite of the girl who lives in the house is obvious. At the same time, the wife runs into her own ex and the husband faints at work due to exhaustion. The live-in girl tends to the husband in a way that leaves the latter's wife concerned.
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Yagyû bugeichô: Sôryû hiken
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MovieJan 3, 1958

Yagyû bugeichô: Sôryû hiken

In the Tokugawa Era, the …
In the Tokugawa Era, the clan of Lord Yagyu has hidden away three scrolls containing clan secrets which, if revealed, would cause revolution and disaster for the clan. The information is divided among the three scrolls, all of which must be possessed for the secrets to be understood. When Princess Yuhime steals the scrolls, Tasaburo, a samurai with magical powers, and his brother Senshiro are sent to retrieve them. In Part II, the search for the scrolls continues.
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1957
Aijo no keifu
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MovieSep 1, 1957

Aijo no keifu

A young woman falls for a middle aged business …
A young woman falls for a middle aged business man, but things get complicated when she also starts having feelings for his wife.
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Yagyu Secret Scrolls
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MovieApr 14, 1957

Yagyu Secret Scrolls

In the Tokugawa Era, the clan of Lord Yagyu has hidden …
In the Tokugawa Era, the clan of Lord Yagyu has hidden away three scrolls containing clan secrets which, if revealed, would cause revolution and disaster for the clan. The information is divided among the three scrolls, all of which must be possessed for the secrets to be understood. When Princess Yuhime steals the scrolls, Tasaburo, a samurai with magical powers, and his brother Senshiro are sent to retrieve them.
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Yellow Crow
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MovieFeb 27, 1957

Yellow Crow

A young boy has formed an idealized image of his …
A young boy has formed an idealized image of his father, who has yet to be repatriated from Russia. When they finally meet they fail to get along. The boy withdraws more and more into himself, and the picture is concerned with how the two gradually develop a love for each other.
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1956
The Rose on His Arm
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MovieNov 14, 1956

The Rose on His Arm

A young man ignores his mother's pleas and …
A young man ignores his mother's pleas and becomes drawn to a life of crime.
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Jôshû to tomo ni
MovieSep 11, 1956

Jôshû to tomo ni

The woman-only prison has a cast all with a story of their …
The woman-only prison has a cast all with a story of their own and with no dull or routine day. There is an employee who is divorced after her husband had an affair. She loves the jailed criminals and almost sees them as family. One day at a workshop someone faints while working hard to make money because she has a poor boyfriend. Another inmate is knocked up Another is a mother and has her child with her.
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Farewell to Dream
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MovieApr 17, 1956

Farewell to Dream

In Tokyo, the poor working class Akimotos own and operate …
In Tokyo, the poor working class Akimotos own and operate a fish shop, they having had to move their storefront onto a side alley from the main street after the war which has negatively affected their business. Twenty year old Yôichi, the second oldest of five offspring and the oldest son, works in the shop with his mother, he the heir apparent to managing the shop, which may be sooner than later as his father is in ill health. Even if she did have an interest in the shop, Yôichi's older sister, Toyoko, is expected to get married and provide for whoever her husband. In her total self-interest, Toyoko wants to get as far away from their poverty and the fish shop as possible, she rather marrying for wealth than for love. None of this situation sits well with Yôichi, who too has always hated the fish shop - he embarrassed by always smelling like fish - but feels like it is his obligation in their current situation. He truly dreams of becoming a mariner like his deceased uncle, and with his best friend Seiji Harada as his confidante, fantasizes about the life of the young woman he spies through binoculars in a distant window he can see from his own bedroom. As one setback after another occurs in Yôichi's life taking him farther and farther away from any of what he really wants to the fish shop as his destiny, he may have to reevaluate his goals to make the best of what cards he has been dealt.
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1955
Mune yori mune ni
MovieDec 6, 1955

Mune yori mune ni

Mune yori mune ni is a Japanese film directed by Miyoji Ieki.
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Asunaro monogatari
MovieOct 5, 1955

Asunaro monogatari

Asunaro monogatari is a 1955 film directed by Hiromichi …
Asunaro monogatari is a 1955 film directed by Hiromichi Horikawa.
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Shin Heike Monogatari
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MovieSep 21, 1955

Shin Heike Monogatari

Special Forces …
Special Forces commander Captain Tadamori returns to Kyoto after successfully defeating the uprising of pirates in the western sea of Japan. But because the high courtiers dislike career ...
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Beautiful Days
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MovieMay 25, 1955

Beautiful Days

Masaki Kobayashi directs this romantic drama …
Masaki Kobayashi directs this romantic drama concerning a family of florists.
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Aisureba koso
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MovieJan 22, 1955

Aisureba koso

Aisureba koso released.
1954
Somewhere Under the Broad Sky
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MovieNov 23, 1954

Somewhere Under the Broad Sky

A family in the city of …
A family in the city of Tokyo running a liquor store overcome their impotence and dysfunction as they induce an understanding through each other of how to deal with their individual problems.
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The Woman of Rumour
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MovieJun 20, 1954

The Woman of Rumour

Hatsuko Umabuchi is a widow who runs a prosperous …
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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The Garden of Women
MovieMar 16, 1954

The Garden of Women

Established in 1908 by its current President, Shorin's …
Established in 1908 by its current President, Shorin's Women's College in Kyoto is a private institution of higher learning - a boarding school - although most treat it as a glorified finishing school for the primarily wealthy student body to emerge as suitable candidates of wives for prominent husbands. The policies and teachings of the school are old fashioned, strict and repressive, almost like the students are in a jail without the locks. The policies and teachings are all under the guise of the administrators caring for the girls, whereas they are arguably most concerned about the view of the school to the outside world, they relying on donations from wealthy industrialists to survive. As the administrator with who they deal most often, the girls see as the primary face of that oppression being the dormitory matron, Mayumi Gojô. Most of the students want more humane conditions at the school, but the administrators are able to use whatever dissent that emerges from the students against them, in dividing and conquering based partly on lies and partly on different motivations of the students. The stories of two of those very different students are told in their fight for a better life at the school. One is Akiko Hayashino, largely seen by the students and the administrators as the chief agitator, some believing she being a card carrying Communist, any political thought which is contrary to policy. The daughter of a wealthy industrialist, she is given much leeway as her father is one of the school's chief benefactors, and as she holds damaging information about some at the school in her privileged state. Two is working class Yoshie Izushi, whose father is trying to arrange her marriage to a prominent businessman, whereas she truly wants to learn - she having difficulties catching up after being away for three terms needing to work - and eventually marry her poor activist boyfriend, Sankichi Shimoda, with who her father won't even allow her to associate.
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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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An Inlet of Muddy Water
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MovieNov 23, 1953

An Inlet of Muddy Water

Story 1 : "The Thirteenth …
Story 1 : "The Thirteenth Night". Seki turns up at her parents' house in the dead of night, where she breaks down and says she cannot continue to live with her husband, a rich man to whom the family is indebted. After a tearful and long discussion, they convince her to return. On the way home, the rickshaw driver turns out to be an old school friend, and they reminisce about the old days. .... Story 2 : "The Last Day Of The Year". Mine is a hard-working maid in the house of a miserly, slave-driving old woman who is burdened by a wastrel son, who pesters the old woman and her new husband for money to pay off gambling debts. Mine's uncle is her only surviving relative, and the man who raised her, who is very ill and needs money to repay a loanshark. Mine promises to borrow the money from her employer but, although the old woman initially agrees, she breaks that promise on the due date, New Year's Eve. Can honest Mine resist the temptation to steal ? ..... Story 3: "An Inlet of Muddy Water". The trials and tribulations of a group of young to middle-aged whores. All the women in this particular bawdy house look up to and admire the stunning O-Riki. But O-Riki is nevertheless troubled. Gen, a shabby coolie, hangs around and pesters her, despite having a long-suffering wife and a young son, who calls O-Riki "The Demon". One night, desperate for clients, several of the girls lunge at and literally drag some passers-by inside. One of these men is cultured and gentlemanly, and becomes O-Riki's regular client. She looks forward to his visits and hopes he will marry her. Meanwhile, Gen's wife alternates between solicitousness and harassment, and home life becomes tough.
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Older Brother, Younger Sister
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MovieAug 19, 1953

Older Brother, Younger Sister

In Older Brother, Younger …
In Older Brother, Younger Sister, director Mikio Naruse's adaptation of an oft-filmed popular novel by Saisei Murô, the eldest daughter (Machiko Kyô) of a rural family comes home pregnant, testing some already tenuous family bonds. Naruse shows his considerable skill at portraying household dynamics, filming Kyô in relaxed and/or reclining positions (indicative of her character's exhaustively maintained independence) that are then intruded upon by her ill-tempered older brother (Masayuki Mori), whose initially comic, brute-force presence grows increasingly menacing and treacherous as the film progresses.
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1952
Nagasaki No Uta Wa Wasureji
MovieMar 27, 1952

Nagasaki No Uta Wa Wasureji

Nagasaki No Uta Wa Wasureji released.
1951
The Idiot
MovieMay 23, 1951

The Idiot

A Japanese veteran, driven partially mad from the war, …
A Japanese veteran, driven partially mad from the war, travels to the snowy island of Kameda where he soon enters a love triangle with his best friend and a disgraced woman.
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1950
Portrait of Madame Yuki
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MovieOct 21, 1950

Portrait of Madame Yuki

Young servant girl …
Young servant girl Hamako has just started working for her personal heroine, Madame Yuki. Her romanticized view of the Madame is broken immediately, as she is introduced with a list of the Madame's personal problems.
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Ikari no machi
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MovieMay 14, 1950

Ikari no machi

Ikari no machi released.
Satsujinsha no kao
MovieApr 16, 1950

Satsujinsha no kao

Satsujinsha no kao released.
Till We Meet Again
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MovieMar 21, 1950

Till We Meet Again

The hero Saburo (Okada Eiji) is obstructed by a series of …
The hero Saburo (Okada Eiji) is obstructed by a series of events from meeting Keiko (Kuga Yoshiko), his fiancee.
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1949
Rinchi
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MovieDec 20, 1949

Rinchi

Rinchi is a 1949 crime-drama film written by Sunao …
Rinchi is a 1949 crime-drama film written by Sunao Otsubo and Ko Ozawa directed by Nobuo Nakagawa.
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Jakoman and Tetsu
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MovieJul 11, 1949

Jakoman and Tetsu

In a village subsisting on it herring fishery, a one-eyed …
In a village subsisting on it herring fishery, a one-eyed criminal named Jakoman terrorizes the inhabitants. One of them, the son of the head of one of the fish companies by the name of Tetsu, decides to overthrow Jakoman and his cohorts.
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1948
Drunken Angel
MovieApr 27, 1948

Drunken Angel

A drunken doctor with a hot temper and a violence …
A drunken doctor with a hot temper and a violence-prone gangster with tuberculosis form a quicksilver bond.
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1947
Haru no mezame
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MovieNov 2, 1947

Haru no mezame

Haru no mezame released.
1931
Yoshiko Kuga
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Yoshiko Kuga

Yoshiko Kuga was born.
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