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Japanese Comedies

Actors Yoshio Harada and Jiro Sakagami as well as a director Yoshimitsu Morita suddenly passed away regrettably in 2011.
In memories of these three contributors of the film industry, we screen seven films that commemorate them.

In this feature, we’ll screen “PARTY7”, in which Yoshio Harada suspiciously played the role of a peeper,
and “Then Summer Came”, in which Harada was a father who loves his son very much.

You’ll find the variety of characters he acted in these movies and understand he was not only for the outlaw type roles.

Jiro Sakagami dominated the comedy world as Conte 55-Go with Kin-ichi Hagimoto.

The three films which will be shown this time are the creations by one of the masters of Japanese film,
Yoshitaro Nomura, who worked on many of their films, and you’ll see Nomura’s craftsmanship on his productions through these films.

Yoshimitsu Morita attracted tremendous support as a brilliant film director with unique sense of humor.

We’ll screen “Mamiya Brothers”, a companion piece of his latest and posthumous work “Bokutachi Express – A Train –”,
and his debut work and the roots of his work “Something Like It”. The lineup will let you overview his uniqueness as a storyteller.

Enjoy the never-fading charm of these three talented gentlemen on the screen.

The Feature “Yoshio Harada”, “Jiro Sakagami” and the director “Yoshimitsu Morita”

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Conte 55-Go to Suizenji Kiyoko no Kamisama no koibito

DirectorYoshitaro Nomura
Year 1968
CASTJiro Sakagami Kinichi Hagimoto Kiyoko Suizenji other


The Conte 55-Go at the peak of their popularity and Kiyoko Suizenji,
also a high-flying star known for her nickname Cheetah,
co-played in this comedy.
Kinichiro as a Yakuza and Jiro as a Ramen shop owner are quarrelling friends from childhood.
Kinichiro strong-arms his way into the Yakuza group after falling for the open-handed Yakuza boss Okuma,
who later turns out to be a damned hypocrite.

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Kochira 55-Go Outou-seyo! Kiki-Hyappatsu

DirectorYoshitaro Nomura
Year 1970
CASTJiro Sakagami Kinichi Hagimoto Aiko Nagayama other


Starred by the Conte 55-Go, then at their zest of popularity,
this suspense-comedy was directed by Master Yoshitaro Nomura of "Castle of Sand" on the screenplay written by James Miki.
A pair of veteran detective (Jiro Sakagami),
who is on his way out of commission, and novice detective (Kinichi Hagimoto) are entangled in a series of comical cat-and-mouse investigations in gut-wrenching laughter.
Falling in love with the same girl, Heijiro and Kinsuke are teamed up to go after a culprit of attempted stubbing murder and the sidesplitting chase ensues.

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Conte 55-Go to Miko no Zettai-Zetsumei

DirectorYoshitaro Nomura
Year 1971
CASTJiro Sakagami Kinichi Hagimoto Kaoru Yumi other


Master Director Yoshitaro Nomura and the high-flying Conte 55-Go made this work in combination. Jiro and Kinsaku are brothers,
working at "Jack-of-all-trades section" of the Shonan City Office.
Out of the blue, Kinsaku gets a proposition that he marries the daughter of an influential prefectural assembly member.
He shies away because he is attracted to Hideko who is pinched for money for her mother's surgery.
The couple comes up with a ploy to squeeze the surgery money…



DirectorKatsuhito Ishii
Year 2000
CASTMasatoshi Nagase Tadanobu Asano Yoshio Harada other


Party 7 is a comedy about a fuss created by seven characters, thrown together into the same hotel room.
It features Masatoshi Nagase and Tadanobu Asano, both highly-evaluated in foreign countries.
It is worth seeing the competing performances between Masatoshi and Tadanobu and the weird,
but attractive performance by Yoshio Harada as Captain Banana. The film credits are a must see,
as they are a mixture of live-action and animation. This film is innovative and stylish by an unusual talented director, Katsuhito Ishii,
from "Samehada Otoko to Momojiri Onna" (known as "Shark Skin Man and Peach Hip Girl").


Then Summer Came

DirectorRyo Iwamatsu
Year 2007
CASTJoe Odagiri Kumiko Aso Yoshio Harada other


This film is a comedy drama about marriage with full of humor,
featuring Joe Odagiri and Kumiko Aso, from the director Ryo Iwamatsu, also known for the Japanese TV drama series, "Jikoh Keisatsu." Tamio, who is unenthusiastic about dating women,
along with his father, who never learns to grow up, makes a great effort to have Tamio's marry the heroine, Hitomi.
Together, Tamio and his father are tossed up and down by the unconventional people surrounding them.
This film depicts the reality of life and sinks deep into your memory.


Something Like It

DirectorYoshimitsu Morita
Year 1981
CASTKumiko Akiyoshi Katsunobu Ito Isao Bito other


No Yona Mono is a directed brilliantly film by Yoshimitsu Morita,
who made a debut in a theatrical film. The unique sense of humor and visual display of this film has been highly evaluated.
In a working class neighborhood in Tokyo, a young professional comedic storyteller (Rakugoka),
Shintoto, devotes himself to master classic stories of traditional Japanese comic storytelling (Rakugo). Shintoto, dates Elizabeth, who works in sex industry, as well as,
falls in love with a high school girl, Yumi, who is a member of Rakugo study group.


Mamiya Brothers

DirectorYoshimitu Morita
Year 2006
CASTKuranosuke Sasaki Muga Tsukaji Erika Sawajiri other


Based on the novel by one of Japan’s most successful writers Kaori Ekuni, “The Mamiya Brothers” is about the daily life of the brothers,
who are in their 30s and living under the same roof, and their well-organized living, the clumsy relationship with girls,
and the time filled with a lot of unique kinds of fun.