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JAFL: Year of Release 1989 ~ 1980

Year of Release: 1989

Movie Director Genre Duration Synopsis
Sadako Story, Senbazuru
神山 征二郎
Seijiro Kohyama
Drama, War 96mins  At the age of two, Sadako Sasaki’s home in Hiroshima was bombed. Miraculously, she survived with barely a scratch and grew up into a healthy, active girl with a love of sports. Towards the end of fall while Sadako is in the 6th grade, she caught a bad cold which made her lymph nodes painful. Even so, she remained a cheerful girl. However, because she didn’t seem to recover, she was eventually examined by a member of the A-Bomb Casualties Commission on the advice of a neighbourhood doctor. It turned out that it was not a cold she was suffering from but leukemia, caused by the A-bomb that was dropped on her city when she was an infant.
Misty Kid Of Wind  (The Glass Cape)
伊藤 俊也
Shun'ya Ito
Drama, Fantasy 107mins Karin has lived alone in a secluded mountain village with her consumptive mother since her father died. Her worried grandfather advises her to send her mother to a sanatorium and be adopted by him, although she refuses to accept. On the Buddhist All Soul’s Day Festival in August, a messenger from her grandfather pays a sudden visit to her house.
Knock Out
阪本 順治
Junji Sakamoto
Drama 90mins  Eiji Adachi, who dreamed of being a boxer since his childhood, achieves his goal of becoming a champion, only to lose his title in a match against Eagle Tomoda. Worse, he is seriously injured and forced to retire. Angrily, leaving the small National Gym where he once trained, he opens his own gym in partnership with a wealthy boxing devotee.
A Sandcastle Model Home Family
 すずき じゅんいち
Jun'ichi Suzuki
Family, Drama 105mins Shuhei Kido is a typical office worker living in an apartment complex with his wife and three children. For them, like most urban middle-class dwellers, owning a home of their own is an impossible dream
One day, however, an unexpected chance arises that may give the Kidos a chance of owning a superb house. A real estate company is looking for an ideal family to live in one of their model houses for a year. After that, they will receive the house and land on which it stands. It is a campaign and there are conditions attached. They must show it to prospective clients.
熊井 啓
 Kei Kumai
Drama, History 107mins  Although 27 years have passed since the great tea master Sen no Rikyu died on the order of the taiko, Toyotomi HIdeyoshi, his favourite and last disciple, Hongakubo, communicates with him daily as if he were still alive. One day, Hongakubo receives a surprise visit from Lord Oda Urakusai, who has become obsessed with the reason Hideyoshi had become so angry with Sen no Rikyu and why he ordered him to commit ritual suicide.
降旗 康男
 Yasuo Furuhata
Drama 114mins Spring, 1935. Shuzo Kadokura, president of a successful munitions factory, still has an eye for the ladies, even though he is married. Senkichi Mizuta, a modest businessman, is very much family oriented. However, despite their differences in personality, they have been friends for more than 20 years.
Kimiko, Kadokura’s wife, arranges a meeting between Mizuta’s daughter Satoko and Yoshihiki, a university student. Mizuta is against the match, yet Satoko and Yoshihiko are attracted to each other and secretly continue to meet.
Beijing Watermelon
大林 宣彦
Nobuhiko Obayashi
Drama 135mins Based on a true story, the film centers around Shunzo, a popular greengrocer who lives in a city near Tokyo. His life, and that of his wife and two children, undergoes a dramatic change when he encounters Li, a poor college student from China.

Year of Release: 1988

Movie Director Genre Duration Synopsis
Memories Of You
澤井 信一郎
Sin'ichiro Sawai
Drama, Romance 104mins On a street in Shinjuku, Tokyo, Akira, a university student happens to meet Yumi. He had tutored her some years ago and is surprised that the once little girl has grown into a lovely fourteen-year-old high school student.
Lady Camellia
朝間 義隆
Yoshitaka Asama
Drama, Romance 95mins Kakujiro, a taxi driver, meets a geisha called Koyuki at a year-end party for drivers held in a hot spring resort town. He is impressed by her exceptional beauty and refinement. And when she suddenly sings the aria from ‘La Traviata,’ however unsuitable for such a party, Kakujiro, and opera fan, is completely captivated.
Tomorrow 明日
黒木 和雄
 Kazuo Kuroki
Drama, Historical 105mins This film is a series of loosely-related vignettes of people carrying on their daily lives in Nagasaki the day before the atomic bomb was dropped.
Tombstones For Fireflies
高畑 勲
 Isao Takahata
Animation, Drama, War 88mins IIn June 1945 during the air raid in Kobe, Seita and his sister Setsuko lose their mother as a result of an incendiary bomb raid. As their father has been out of contact since he had gone off to war, the brother and sister are taken in by a distant relative in Nishinomiya. Unable to stand the ill-treatment by their aunt, Seita and Setsuko move into a bomb shelter to live alone together. As the war worsens, Setsuko gradually wastes away. Seita cheers Setsuko and tries his best to survive while reminding himself of their kind mother, strict father, and the peaceful days only a few months back. Finally, the day of Japan’s defeat arrives.
Forest Of The Little Bear
 後藤 俊夫
 Toshio Goto
Drama 117mins In the snowy winter of 1928, the old hunter Ginzo finally arrives at his village on a horse-drawn sleigh. He is returning after a ten-year prison term. The old man was known as the best bear hunter in the village and was called ‘dead shot Ginzo’ as he could kill a bear with only one shot. But he was inclined to get violent when he drank, and in a drunken fight ten years previously he had injured several people seriously. Consequently, he was sent to prison. On his return, he learns that his son, a soldier, was killed in action in Siberia seven years ago, and now he has just his daughter-in-law Kimi and his grandson Ippei, whom he must now take care of.
Rock Requiem
長崎 俊一
Shun'ichi Nagasaki
Drama 100mins Shunsuke, a high school student in Tokyo, is forced to move to Matsumoto with his sister and just-divorced mother. On the first day at this new school two students, Minesa and Tonda, pick a fight with him. Being angry at being beaten by them, he waits for Minesa after school and starts to fight him again in the storage yard. But both of them are tired and find the quarrel meaningless. Then Shunsuke notices a hamster peeping out of Minesa’s jacket pocket. Surprised such a person would keep such a gentle pet, he also learns that Minesa is a great fan of the rock group Crime as he is, the two become good friends. Tonda is not pleased with this growing friendship, and refuses to recognize Shunsuke.
市川 崑
 Kon Ichikawa
Fantasy, History 94mins One snowy night a girl of exceptional beauty pays a surprise visit to the humble cottage of the peasant Taiju. Saying that her name is Tsuru (Crane), she maintains that she will make a hard-working and devoted wife to the young man. The film Tsuru is based on the folk tales 'Repayment from a Crane' and 'A Crane Wife'.

Year of Release: 1987

Movie Director Genre Duration Synopsis
The Story Of Jiro
森川 時久
Tokihisa Morikawa
Drama 110mins The Story of Jiro depicts the character building of Jiro, who passed his boyhood, influenced by circumstances, such as the fall of his wealthy family, and the ever-changing turbulence in the early Showa period.
River Of Fireflies
須川 栄三
Eizo Sugawa
Drama, Family 115mins ‘River of Fireflies’ sensitively captures the first love of a 14 year old boy. His friendships and the world of adults are recounted through his eyes. The beautiful sceneries the four seasons provide in snow country established a background for the spectacular scene of one million fireflies.
Sayonara Fraulein
大森 一樹
 Kazuki Omori
Drama 92mins Ikuko Adachi, a college student in Sapporo, Hokkaido is fired from her part-time editorial job just before her graduation. Discouraged, she returns to her home, only to find that her retired school teacher father wants to return to the stage as a singer and her mother wants to become a dolphin trainer.
 神山 征二郎
Seijiro Kohyama
Drama, Family 108mins This heart-warming movie is about a dog's devotion to his master and is based on a true story. It also embodies the virtue of loyalty that is so prized by the Japanese.
A puppy is sent from Akita Prefecture in northern Japan to Professor Ueno of Tokyo University. Though ailing, it soon recovers, and although the professor's daughter promises to take care of it, she soon marries and leaves home. As the professor's wife disapproves of the dog and their servant despises any four-legged animal, it is left to the professor to look after the dog. He names it Hachi.
市川 準
Jun Ichikawa
Drama 95mins  Brought up in a remote country village, unhappy, disagreeable Mugiko Morishita goes up to Tokyo to stay with her aunt, Kocho, who runs a geisha establishment, to try to improve herself. While attending high school, she also serves as an apprentice geisha with the name Suzume. Yet she still remains unable to communicate with the people around her and retires into a shell.  At school, she falls in love with Kunihiko Tsuda, the school boxing club hero who already has a girlfriend, the pretty and popular Kyoko.
Tora-San Goes North
山田 洋次
Yoji Yamada
Comedy, Drama 107mins  The inveterate traveling street peddler, Tora-san, returns to his uncle’s confectionary shop in Tokyo only to find it closed and his uncle in the hospital. He immediately offers to help his aunt with the shop, but his good intentions create more trouble than help. Realising, as usual, that he would be more useful absent than present, he sets out on the road again.
Children on the Island
朝間 義隆
Yoshitaka Asama
Drama 129mins It is 1928, and Hisako Oishi becomes the teacher of the primary school on Shodo Island in the Seto Inland area. Her pupils, the sons and daughters of the village shopkeepers number an even dozen. Her habit of wearing Western clothes in an age when the kimono was still the norm, and or riding a bicycle instead of sedately walking as a respectable teacher should, at first makes the villagers uneasy. Yet Hisako quickly gains the confidence of the children and experiences the heartbreaks and happiness of one who is sincerely interested in and dedicated to the welfare of her pupils.
Take Me Out to the Snowland
馬場 泰夫
Yasuo Baba
Romance 98mins  Fumio Yano is a young businessman working for a trading house in Tokyo. He is a quiet, unassuming man in the office and in his private life as well: but when it comes to skiing, he comes alive and his ability approaches the professional level.
Christmas. On a skiing trip to Oku-Shiga Heights, Fumio meets and falls in love with a young secretary, Yu Ikegami. It is definitely love at first sight – for him. His skiing buddies from the old days give him every kind of encouragement, but he is too awkward to approach the object of his passion. He finally elicits her telephone number, only to find out on his return to Tokyo that it is spurious.

Year of Release: 1986

Movie Director Genre Duration Synopsis
Don, The Incredible Dog
中田 新一
Sin'ichi Nakata
Drama 105mins Guided by a telepathic voice calling for help in the woods, Keiko, a young girl, finds a pup on a rock in a torrent. The pup, Don, grows up as a member of her family. She even takes him to her school, where Don gets his education, which later surprises the world.
Keiko’s father, a writer who works for a TV company, is amazed at the performance of Don’s miraculous talent – playing the piano and operating a word-processor. Appearing in a TV program, Don answers interviewer’s questions using a word processor. Don, the learned dog, quickly rises to stardom.
Tora-San's Island Encounter
山田 洋次
Yoji Yamada
Comedy, Drama 105mins Following another of his seemingly endless selling journeys, Tora returns to a Tokyo confectionary shop, Toraya, owned by his aunt and uncle, the place he calls home. He returns to a crisis, which has affected his brother-in-law’s boss. The recently married daughter of the man who runs a printing shop next door has run away apparently because she is dissatisfied with her husband.
Lost in the Wilderness
佐藤 純弥
Jun'ya Sato
Adventure, Drama  140mins  Lost in the wilderness follows the life of Naomi Uemura who in 1970 was the first Japanese to reach the pinnacle of Mt. Everest, and later in the same year made a solo ascent of Mt. McKinley, thus establishing himself for the record of attaining the summits of the highest mountains on five continents, four in solo expeditions.
The Hours of Wedlock
根岸 吉太郎
Kichitaro Negishi
Comedy, Drama 106mins Tokiko a career woman has a family that consists of a husband and two sons. Her husband, Kazuya, is away, living in a company house near his laboratory where they produce new types of food. Tokiko works as a reporter/interviewer. She thinks her husband loves her as much as she loves him in spite of the physical distance between them. Besides, she consoles herself with the fact that he returns home from time to time to play with the kids like a good father would. One day, out of nowhere, Kazuya confesses that he has another woman.
Big Joys, Small Sorrows
木下 恵介
Keisuke Kinoshita
Drama 135mins A lighthouse keeper and his family follow work from town to town, each time making new friends and receiving a visit from his troublesome father. This movie emphasises family problems such as elderly parents, education of children, marriage and lonely lives apart from one's family. It also describes the diversified work of a lighthouse keeper; from sea rescue to the supervision of water pollution controls and smuggling in a modernized environment full of electronic gadgetry.
Tora-San's Bluebird Fantasy
山田 洋次
Yoji Yamada
Comedy, Drama 104mins  After telephoning his family who lives in Shibamata, the lower east side of Tokyo, that all is well, the itinerant peddler Tora-san resumes his journey to Kyushu in Southern Japan. This journey which has already lasted a year is unusually lengthy for the hero.
Final Take
山田 洋次
Yoji Yamada
Drama 117mins  The stage is set in the early 1930s when silent movies were being replaced with talkies. During this era, there are directors who are content to make comedy and routine “flicks,” while others strive for more creative endeavours. Ogura is one of the former, bur Kenjiro, his young assistant, despises popular “grind outs” and wishes to make film an art form.
Young Girls In Love
大森 一樹
Kazuki Omori
Drama, Romance 98mins This story of a young girl’s first love is told from the heroine’s point of view. Surrounded by various people who are all experiencing love in different ways, she finally begins to awaken to her own feelings as a woman.
A Promise
吉田 喜重
Yoshishige Yoshida
Drama 124mins  Yoshio Morimoto’s mother, Tatsu, is found dead in their home. Two police detectives, Tagami and Yoshikawa, speculate that the old woman might not have died a natural death. Consequently, they were not surprised when Yoshio’s father, Ryosaku, gave himself up that evening and confessed that he had strangled her to death. Yoshio and his wife, Ritsuko were stunned. However, the old man, who dirtied his clothes during the interrogation, was senile.
Congratulatory Speech
栗山 富夫
Tomio Kuriyama
Comedy, Drama 91mins  A mediocre chief of the general affairs section at a large corporation, close to retirement, with little hope of advancement, is asked by his superior to make a congratulatory speech at his son's wedding. Making a great fuss, he absorbs himself in preparations for his speech.
Comic Magazine
滝田 洋二郎
Youjiro Takita
Comedy 124mins One of the typical Japanese TV program called "the Wide-Shows" provides mainly the gossips on film or TV stars and singers to housewives during the daytime. There are usually specialized reporters to chase after the stars and try to expose their privacy. Usually, these "star-chasers" are master storytellers and with their narrative skills, they exaggerate and report the incidents, which enlarge the viewing audiences, and make money for the different networks.
In this film, Kinameri is one of these chasers. He is a poor talker but is highly praised for his pushy interviews. This film deals with true incidents occurring in 1985. Describing Japanese society sometimes as serious documentary, it satirizes, using pathos, as parody. The end resolve being that reality may be more amusing than comic magazines.

Year of Release: 1985

Movie Director Genre Duration Synopsis
Waiting For You, Akira
藤井 克彦
Katsuhiko Fujii
Drama 97mins  The film tells the story of a child actor with an itinerant theater troupe, who is forced to change schools repeatedly. He makes new friends and falls in love for the fist time at a school in a working class section of Tokyo, but in the end he has to leave. The theatre troupe is like a large family for the boy, and the family bonds which the group exhibits are of particular interest since traditional extended families are being replaced by smaller nuclear families in present day Japanese society.
Tora-San's Forbidden Love
山田 洋次
 Yoji Yamada
Comedy, Drama 107mins One autumn day in the Shibamata area of Tokyo, a fracas breaks out at Toraya, a small shop selling Japanese sweets. At the center of the commotion is Akemi, the daughter of the head of a small printing company located behind Toraya. Akemi came home because she had a fight with her husband over what she served for dinner. Her father is now angrily trying to send her back to her husband. The confusion grows wilder when Tora-san suddenly returns from his travels to find the scene in his family’s shop. Tora-san gets involved in Akemi and her father’s fight, but only makes it worse.
Miss Lonely
大林 宣彦
Nobuhiko Obayashi
Comedy, Fantasy, Romance 114mins Hiroki, the only son of a Buddhist priest, is in high school. His mother follows him around nagging him to study or practice the piano. One day, Hiroki and his two friends are helping Hiroki’s mother clean the temple when they upset a box filled with photos of his mother when she was young. From that day on, a young girl in oversized clothes and a white face begins to appear to him.
 Song Of The Spring Pony
神山 征二郎
 Seijiro Kohyama
Drama 108mins On August 5 1945, Hoshino Bunzo who makes a living selling burning charcoal receives a letter which tells him that his son has died in battle. At the same time, he hears the first cry of his son’s newborn baby. This posthumous child is named Keiji. The child is brought up by his grandparents. When he is in the first grade of primary school, he suffers from infantile paralysis and becomes a cripple.
When You Shine
森川 時久
Tokihisa Morikawa
Drama 102mins This film is based on a true story about a boy who was born without a left arm. Despite the hardships he experienced, he manages to make his dream come true as a soccer player with the help and love of his family, friends and teachers.
And Then
森田 芳光
Yoshimitsu Morita
Drama 130mins 'And Then' is based on a novel by Natsume Soseki (1867 - 1916). Set in the upper crust at the end of the Meiji era, ‘And Then’ depicts the life of a thirty year old man, who is well off in spite of having no occupation, and his anguish because of his love for his best friend’s wife.

Year of Release: 1983

Movie Director Genre Duration Synopsis
Tora-San's Son Of Love
山田 洋次
 Yoji Yamada
Comedy, Drama 101mins Tora, the itinerant peddler, this time journeys to Sado, and island in the Japan Sea, where he encounters a seemingly sad young woman who is also traveling alone. Of course Tora finds himself attracted to her. Unknown to Tora, the young woman is none other than Harumi Kyo, a popular singer known throughout Japan.
Tora-San Goes Religious?
山田 洋次
 Yoji Yamada
Comedy, Drama 105mins  While on the road along the Western part of Japan, Tora-san, the itinerant peddler, thinks of a visit to the grave of his brother-in-law, Hiroshi’s father. He drops by at the temple graveyard. There, he sees the beautiful daughter of the head priest and as a matter of course falls in love with her. One day, Tora-san holds a service in place of the head priest who has a terrible hangover. By his fluent speech, Tora-san is liked by all the believers who are attending the service. Consequently, Tora-san decides to stay at the temple for a while.
The Makioka Sisters
市川 崑
Kon Ichikawa
Drama, Romance 140mins  The ‘Makioka Sisters’ follows the lives of four sisters who gather in Kyoto to view cherry blossoms. Tsukuro, the eldest and heiress to their late father is married to Tatsuo who works at a bank. Sachiko, the second, has a home in the suburbs of Osaka with her husband Teinosuke who works in a department store. The third, Yukiko and the fourth and youngest, Taeko, live with Sachiko having had trouble with Tatsuo.
アイコ 十六歳
Aiko Sweet Sixteen
今関 あきよし
Akiyoshi Imazeki
Drama 98mins  Aiko is a freshman at a public high school in Nagoya City who is struggling to get over the problems of human relation in her small but double-faced world.
Home Village
神山 征二郎
Seijiro Kohyama
Drama 106mins  Deep in the mountains of Japan, where a dam is scheduled for construction, the residents of a village which will be submerged after the project is completed are busily preparing to relocate. Seventy-eight year old Denzo is the patriarch of one such family. Following the death of his wife, he became senile. Busy preparing to move, the couple have no time for him. They build a detached room and instruct him to stay in it while they are out working.
Sentaro, the son of a neighbour, sympathises with the lonely old Denzo. On learning that the senior citizen was once an expert at angling the boy asks him to teach him farming.
My Stiffnecked Daddy And Me
中原 俊
Shun Nakahara
Drama 90mins Tatsuo and his father look for a treasure which they believe is hidden under their house, but they fail to find it. Then one day when Tatsuo’s mother asks him to go and get something from under the house, he comes across the treasure urn.
The Time Traveller
大林 宣彦
Nobuhiko Obayashi
Romance, Sci-Fi 104mins  Kazuko , a high school student fainted in the chemistry laboratory surrounded with the fragrance of Lavender. After that, her sense of time has become confused. She told the mystery to Kazuo and when she went to his greenhouse she happened to smell the fragrance of Lavender and lose her consciousness again. Back to the Chemistry laboratory with Kazuo, she saw him there. But he is now the doctor in the year of 2660 A.D. Eleven years later, Kazuko happened to see Kazuo but they walked away as if nothing ever happened between them.
Barefoot Gen
真崎 守
Mamoru Masaki
Animation 84mins ‘Barefoot Gen’ is an animated film based on a cartoon series written by Nakazawa Keiji. While a first grade student in primary school, he survived the Atomic bombing of Hiroshima. He lost his father, sister and brother. The story of ‘Barefoot Gen’ reveals not only the tragedy and the fear of the A-bomb victims, but also how a boy named Gen survived the desperate times, without a loss of faith in humanity and without bitterness.

Year of Release: 1982

Movie Director Genre Duration Synopsis
Hearts And Flowers For Tora
山田 洋次
 Yoji Yamada
Comedy, Drama 110mins On the day of the Aoi Festival in Kyoto, Tora runs into an old man who seems lonely and poor. After fixing the old man’s sandal, he is invited to the old man’s home and discovers that the old man is actually a famous ceramic artist and designated as a living national treasure.
野村 芳太郎
Yoshitaro Nomura
Drama, Crime, Mystery 126mins A hot summer night in Toyama prefecture is the setting for a chain of events that would almost lead one woman to her death and another to professional disgrace. Fukutaro Shirakawa, a wealthy sake brewer, belongs to a moneyed family that never quite got over his marriage to the beautiful former bar girl, Kumako.
On that hot summer’s night, the couple’s car went into the sea from a wharf on the seafront and Kumako alone survived to tell the tale of her husband’s death. Kumako was only slightly injured and this, coupled with the vast sum she expects to reap from a recently acquired insurance policy, lead the authorities to suspect murder in the first degree.
Fall Guy
深作 欣二
 Kinji Fukasaku
Comedy, Romance 108mins A famous star Ginshiro is playing the main role in ‘Shinsengumi’ which is now at the height of shooting. However, he is uneasy because he fears he is being outrivaled by Tachibana, a rising new actor. Yasu, who adores Ginshiro, is a bit player who is always working with him. To Yasu, Ginshiro is a generous boss, and he is always ready to do anything for him.
One day, Ginshiro, who has been asked to clean up his private life as a means to enhance his image, brings Konatsu, an actress who is four months pregnant with his child, to Yasu’s flat and tells the bit player to marry the woman and be the father to the child. Yasu, out of blind devotion to his idol, accepts.
I Are You, You Am Me
大林 宣彦
Nobuhiko Obayashi
Comedy 112mins Kazuo is a third grade student at junior high school. One day, a new girl, Kazumi is introduced to his class. Immediately, they recognize each other from kindergarten. Kazumi is thrilled with the reunion. Kazuo on the other hand feels it a nuisance as she remembers every little trouble he caused.
On their way home from school, he tries to push away Kazumi who hangs about him. As Kazumi totters, he tries to help her, but in panic they both fall down a long flight of stone steps from a hilltop shrine. While they are unconscious momentarily, they go through an exchange of their bodies.
後藤 俊夫
Toshio Goto
Drama 103mins An old man lives in the snowy mountains of northern Japan. When young he fought with a great bear and still has the scars. He often tells his young grandson stories of this mighty animal. Then one day a young girl in the village is attacked by a bear and killed. The old man examines the tracks and comes to believe that this is the bear against which he originally fought. Taking with him the young hunting dog which he trained, he sets off into the mountains, armed only with a spear, his young grandson following him.
The Longest Tunnel
森谷 司郎
 Shiro Moritani
Drama 142mins  In September, 1954, a ferry sank during a storm in the narrow Tsugaru Channel between Hokkaido and the mainland, killing 1,426 passengers. The accident brought about a demand for the building of a tunnel beneath the channel, despite the tremendous amount of time and money it would require.
Akutsu Go is sent to cape Tappi at the tip of the Tsugaru Peninsula to conduct a preliminary survey for the tunnel construction. One winter day, he finds a woman standing on a precipice, obviously about to attempt suicide.

Year of Release: 1981

Movie Director Genre Duration Synopsis
降旗 康男
 Yasuo Furuhata
Drama 132mins Eiji, a detective, has lost his wife through his devotion to the force and to his avocation. He is an Olympic sharp-shooter and has spent all of his time practicing. His coach, and superior, blames him for the divorce. But then the coach is killed, shot by a young cop-killer. Eiji set out to solve the case and meets a young woman with whom he falls in love. She, however, happens to find her old boyfriend and moves in with him. The boyfriend is the cop-killer. When Eiji shoots and kills him, the girl misunderstanding, thinks he professed love only to get near her in order to kill her boyfriend.
The Wild Daisy
澤井 信一郎
 Sin'ichiro Sawai
Drama, Romance 90mins  Masao, 15 and his cousin, Tamiko 17, have been on good terms with each other since their childhood days. Masao’s house is an old-established brewery on the riverside of the Yedogawa River where the country unrolls itself into the vase distance. Tamiko comes to live in Masao’s house to take care of him mother, Kiku who is a sickly woman. The two become the subject of gossip among the employees because of their closeness.
Muddy River 
小栗 康平
 Kohei Oguri
Drama 105mins  On a rainy morning, Nobuo (9) runs into Kiichi, a boy of about the same age while he is trying to steal iron scraps from a bridge near his house. He turns out to be a boy living in a shabby boat moored on the other side of the river. He has a tender-hearted sister named Ginko (11) and a mother who always speaks across the wooden wall without showing herself. Nobuo tells his father that he has become friends with Kiichi. Nobuo’s father Shimpei instantly forbids Nobuo from visiting Kiichi out on his boat.
This Is Noriko
松山 善三
Zenzo Matsuyama
Drama 117mins  “I was born to bring tragedy to my parents,” says Noriko, a young thalidomide girl, telling her high school classmates about herself. “The birth of a crippled child shocked my parents so much that my father deserted us.” Despite her handicap, Noriko is a bright student. Her mother has raised her alone. “I was five when I first realized that a human being has two arms. “How convenient!” I thought. “I’ve never regretted that I don’t have arms, but I often feel embarrassed. ‘This is Noriko’ follows the story of Noriko, a young girl born without arms, yet she lives a productive life.
Yuki - Snow Fairy
今井 正
Tadashi Imai
Animation 89mins Based on the novel by Ryusuke Saito, the film depicts simple villagers who, encouraged by Yuki’s gentle braveness, try to regain their peaceful life. Yuki, as pure as snow, shows her bravery by dashing through mountains and fields riding Blizzard, a white stallion.

Year of Release: 1980

Movie Director Genre Duration Synopsis
Nurse's Husband
神山 征二郎
 Seijiro Kohyama
Drama 115mins “Quit working as a nurse!” “All right, I will!” thus began the married life of Yasuo and Keiko. But the reality is harsh. Keiko even had to on the first night after her marriage. Ten years later, the married couple is still at it. Yauso tends to the house and their children, while Keiko sacrifices family life for life as an overworked nurse. One day, after Keiko comes home utterly exhausted and dejected from her work, Yasuo makes up his mind and writes a letter of resignation in her place. Upon learning of this, Keiko angrily declares that nursing is what she lives for and she will keep on working.
Realising that that is one battle he will never win, Yasuo sends a letter to a newspaper -- Nurses’ husbands, aren’t you having a hard time? Get together nurses’ husbands. Contact me.” There is a tremendous response. This leads to the formation of many unions of nurses’ husbands throughout the country.
Happy Birthday Mama
武田 一成
Kazunari Takeda
Drama 97mins Yuko, a fifth-grade student lives in an apartment with her mother and brother Hiroshi. Her father died when she was a little girl. Her mother works at a publishing company. She goes to work very early in the morning and comes home late at night because of working overtime. Yuko has to manage the household and take care of her brother. Being a hard worker, this work does not dampen her spirits. Her only complaint is that her mother is never home and therefore there is no one to laugh with them, cry with them and fight for them.
Tora's Tropical Fever
山田 洋次
 Yoji Yamada
Comedy, Drama 104mins Once again Tora-san comes back to Shibamata, Tokyo, where a letter from Lily, the singer, awaits him. It says she is ill, alone and helpless in Okinawa. She wants to see him before she dies. Despite his acrophobia, he flies to Okinawa to help the woman he once loved.
Dreamy Fifteen
相米 慎二
 Shinji Somai
Drama 106mins  Yuusuke, a 10th grader from Kyushu, hoping to be admitted to a good college and become a lawyer, enrolls in a prestigious high school in Tokyo. He is supposed to live in his uncle’s house, part of which is rented while the uncle is abroad on business. To his surprise, a realtor’s mistake leaves Yuusuke sharing the house with Kei, his classmate and most beautiful girl in the school.
Yuusuke and Kei, fearing that their unexpected ‘co-habitation’ will be discovered by school officials, spend anxious months under the same roof. While he grows increasingly attracted to her, Yuusuke is often irritated by Kei’s innocent and nonchalant attitude toward their predicament. Unable to express their feelings about one another, Yuusuke and Kei develop other Romantic attachments, but turn to each other when their living together is discovered.
A Distant Cry From Spring
山田 洋次
 Yoji Yamada
Drama 124mins Tamiko Kazami is desperately trying to make a living by running a small dairy farm with only her small son to help her. Her life begins to change when a man suddenly appears at her door on a stormy night asking for a place to stay.