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Works: 1,127 works in 3,040 publications in 9 languages and 56,212 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Film adaptations  Animated films  Action and adventure films  Samurai films  History  Fantasy films  Historical films  Science fiction films  Thrillers (Motion pictures) 
Roles: prn, Producer, Distributor, Bibliographic antecedent, Publisher
Classifications: PN1997, 791.4372
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Seven samurai by Akira Kurosawa( Visual )

80 editions published between 1954 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 3,427 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents a story of a group of Japanese farmers who hire seven professional swordmen, or samurai, to protect them from the yearly raids of bandits
Kagemusha by Tsutomu Yamazaki( Visual )

115 editions published between 1961 and 2015 in 4 languages and held by 2,880 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Director Akira Kurosawa's influential 1961 effort, an action-packed, sometimes humorous reconception of the individualistic loner from the American Western, stars Mifune, the director's leading man of choice, as a samurai-for-hire who becomes involved in a dispute between two warring factions in a small village
Howl's moving castle by Christian Bale( Visual )

8 editions published between 2006 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 2,050 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sophie finds her life thrown into turmoil when she encounters a handsome-but-mysterious wizard named Howl. She is turned into a 90-year-old woman by the Witch of the Waste. Embarking on an incredible odyssey to lift the curse, she finds refuge in Howl's magical moving castle where she becomes acquainted with Howl's apprentice, and a hot-headed fire demon named Calcifer. Sophie's love and support comes to have a major impact on Howl, who flies in the face of orders from the palace to become a pawn of war and instead risks his life to help bring peace to the kingdom
Ponyo by Hayao Miyazaki( Visual )

7 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 1,967 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

La curiosidad de Soske, un pequeño de cinco años vive en una linda casa cerca de un acantilado en la costa, lo llevará a encontrarse con algo sorprendente: un extraño pez rojo al que dará el nombre de Ponyo. Soske descubrirá que, ese pez que ha rescatado, es mucho más que algo extraño; hay magia dentro de él y toda una historia maravillosa detrás de su extravío. ¿Podrán Ponyo y Soske permanecer juntos por siempre?
Kumonosujō = Throne of blood (Spider's web castle) by Akira Kurosawa( Visual )

57 editions published between 1957 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 1,887 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Reimagines Macbeth in feudal Japan. Starring Kurosawa's longtime collaborator Toshiro Mifune and the legendary Isuzu Yamada as his ruthless wife, the film tells of a valiant warrior's savage rise to power and his ignominious fall
Ikiru To live by Akira Kurosawa( Visual )

59 editions published between 1952 and 2015 in Japanese and English and held by 1,803 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A middle aged man discovers that he has only six months to live, and begins to question the meaning of his life. One of Kurosawa's most important films, Ikiru provides an image of Japan in the period immediately following World War II. We follow the central character Watanabe, as he progresses through the stages of anger and confusion to acceptance. At first he devotes himself to seeking pleasure in the bars of Tokyo, in the end a simple inspiration leads him to a final act of public generosity. Director Kurosawa was one of the few Japanese directors who was allowed to work with relative creative freedom, his early films were consistently commercially successful, as was the case with Ikiru. Kurosawa's films along with his contemporaries Ozu, Mizoguchi, and Ichikawa raised Japanese cinema onto the world stage in the period immediately after World War II
Godzilla by Ishirō Honda( Visual )

67 editions published between 1954 and 2014 in 5 languages and held by 1,720 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Years after his mother's death at a nuclear power plant in Japan, Ford Brody discovers a conspiracy to hide the fact that giant monsters exist. But it doesn't take long for the world to also find out, as a "Massive Unidentified Terrestrial Organism" attacks Hawaii, and Godzilla turns up
Tengoku to jigoku by Akira Kurosawa( Visual )

73 editions published between 1943 and 2011 in Japanese and English and held by 1,665 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A complex crime thriller in which the son of a chauffer is kidnapped, mistaken as the son of the chauffer's employer, a wealthy shoe manufacturer. A moral dilemma. Should the wealthy man pay the ransom anyway and risk losing his financial position?
Nora inu = Stray dog by Akira Kurosawa( Visual )

64 editions published between 1949 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 1,535 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A murder mystery set in Tokyo in the late 1940's. A rookie detective loses his gun and is afraid it has fallen into the hands of a killer
Kakushitoride no san akunin Hidden fortress by Akira Kurosawa( Visual )

42 editions published between 1958 and 2014 in Japanese and held by 1,387 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Two peasant farmers are refugees, trying to return home after a war. They find gold, and join with a mysterious powerful-looking man and a mysterious beautiful girl. Together they attempt to smuggle the gold across the border and evade capture
The wind rises by Hayao Miyazaki( Visual )

10 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and Japanese and held by 1,368 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Jiro dreams of flying and designing beautiful airplanes, inspired by the famous Italian aeronautical designer Caproni. Nearsighted from a young age and unable to be a pilot, Jiro joins a major Japanese engineering company in 1927 and becomes one of the world's most innovative and accomplished airplane designers. Jiro meets and falls in love with Nahoko, and grows and cherishes his friendship with his colleague Honjo. The film chronicles much of his life, depicting key historical events
Tsubaki Sanjūrō Sanjuro by Akira Kurosawa( Visual )

48 editions published between 1962 and 2012 in Japanese and English and held by 1,333 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In this sly companion piece to Yojimbo, the jaded samurai Sanjuro helps an idealistic group of young warriors weed out their clan's evil influences, and in the process turns their image of a 'proper' samurai on its ear"--Container
Miyamoto Musashi Samurai I by Hiroshi Inagaki( Visual )

35 editions published between 1954 and 2012 in 3 languages and held by 1,087 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The third part of a trilogy directed by Hiroshi Inagaki, Samurai III: Duel at Ganryu Island, takes the legendary swordsman Musashi Miyamoto to the site of his famous duel with his rival Sasaki. Although Musashi had previously abandoned his life as a duelist, he agrees to one final contest on the shores of Ganryu Island. Based on the life of of the seventeenth century samurai, Musashi Miyamoto, this trilogy was one of the first color films produced in Japan. The three films, Legend of Musashi, Duel at Ichijoji Temple and Duel at Ganryu Island, faithfully follow Musashi's career, beginning with his decision to participate in the battle of Sekigahara during one of Japan's many clan wars. After experiencing defeat and living the life of a violent fugitive, Musashi is finally taken prisoner by Takuan Sōhō, a Zen Bhuddist priest who becomes his first teacher. In an effort to tame Musashi's arrogant temperament, Takuan locks Musashi in a castle room for three years. During this time, under the Zen priest's tutelage, Musashi slowly improves his character, ultimately comprehending the real meaning of swordsmanship. After enduring many hardships, and defeating some of Japan's best swordsmen, Musashi Miyamoto's fame spreads across Japan
The cat returns by Hiroyuki Morita( Visual )

7 editions published between 2005 and 2015 in English and Japanese and held by 1,064 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In an imaginative and lighthearted tale, a young schoolgirl saves the life of a noble cat and is rewarded with a shocking proposal of marriage - to the Cat King's son - and a fateful journey to the extraordinary Kingdom of Cats
From up on Poppy Hill by Sarah Bolger( Visual )

6 editions published in 2013 in English and Javanese and held by 947 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the year 1963 in Yokohama, an innocent romance blossoms between two high school students, Umi and Shun. As Japan recovers from World War II and prepares to host the 1964 Olympics, the mood contains both optimism and conflict as the younger generation struggles to escape the shackles of the past. While trying to save a dilapidated Meiji-era club house from demolition, the relationship flourishes. But a buried secret from their past emerges to cast a shadow on the future and pull them apart
Kwaidan by Masaki Kobayashi( Visual )

24 editions published between 1964 and 2015 in Japanese and No Linguistic content and held by 906 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Consists of four stories of the supernatural based on Japanese folk material. In The black hair, a poor young samurai leaves his first wife to marry a rich woman. When he is unhappy in his second marriage, he returns to his first wife, who at first appears unchanged from when he last saw her. In The woman of the snow, a woodcutter is spared by a mysterious ghost-like woman in the snow, but must promise never to tell anyone what he has seen. In Hoichi, the earless, a blind musician-monk named Hoichi is commanded by a gathering of ghosts to sing the saga of their ancient deeds. The head monk paints Hoichi's body with prayer verses to protect him, but unfortunately overlooks Hoichi's ears. In In a cup of tea, a writer wonders what would happen to a person who drinks another's soul and finds out
Warui yatsu hodo yoku nemuru Bad sleep well by Akira Kurosawa( Visual )

28 editions published between 1960 and 2009 in Japanese and English and held by 830 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Akira Kurosawa, the acclaimed Japanese director, adopts the American gangster-film style to weave a fascinating tale of corporate greed. The story focuses on a grieving son, (Toshiro Mifune), who seeks revenge for his father's murder as he infiltrates the corrupt construction company that was responsible for his father's death
James Clavell's shōgun by Jerry London( Visual )

3 editions published between 2003 and 2010 in English and held by 722 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

John Blackthorne is a ship-wrecked English navigator who becomes both an observer and a participant in historic changes in Japan during the Tokugawa, or, Edo period. Toranaga is a feuding warlord vying to become the supreme military dictator, or shōgun. Blackthorne is drawn into the turmoil and becomes determined to be the first foreigner to become a samurai warrior
When Marnie was there by Hiromasa Yonebayashi( Visual )

1 edition published in 2015 in Japanese and held by 710 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When shy, artistic Anna moves to the seaside to live with her aunt and uncle, she stumbles upon an old mansion surrounded by marshes, and the mysterious young girl, Marnie, who lives there. The two girls instantly form a unique connection and friendship that blurs the lines between fantasy and reality. As the days go by, a nearly magnetic pull draws Anna back to the Marsh house again and again, and she begins to piece together the truth surrounding her strange new friend
Yoidore tenshi = Drunken angel by Akira Kurosawa( Visual )

28 editions published between 1948 and 2009 in Japanese and held by 707 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dr. Sanada is an alcoholic, in part due to the despair that constantly assails him as he tries to keep the inhabitants of a post-World War II Tokyo slum as healthy as possible. Food and medical supplies are scarce, the neighborhood is around an open sewer, and the only place to buy medicines is the black market-- controlled by the Yakuza. Matsunaga, a young yakuza with a violent temper, seeks Sanada's help to remove a bullet from his hand, but Matsunaga's cough catches the doctor's attention. What follows is a wrestling match for Matsunaga's life. Will he follow Sanada's instructions and make the smart, healthy decision, or will he let the fabled yakuza code of honor destroy him?
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Ikiru To live
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controlled identityTōkyō Takarazuka Gekijō

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東宝株式会社xFilm catalogs


KagemushaKumonosujō = Throne of blood (Spider's web castle)Ikiru To liveNora inu = Stray dogKakushitoride no san akunin Hidden fortressMiyamoto Musashi Samurai IKwaidanJames Clavell's shōgun