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Japanese Library Resources: Films

Gakusei Seikatsu

Classic Japanese films

Suna no Onna (Woman in the Dunes): An entomologist on a deserted beach finds an attractive young widow living in a shack at the bottom of a huge sand pit, spends the night with her, can't escape, and when ultimately presented with a chance to escape, decides to stay.

The Seven Samurai: A 16th century Japanese village hires professional warriors to fend off bandits.

Ugetsu: During a 16th century civil war, two potters find a way of profiteering but their ambitions bring disaster on their families.

Modern Japanese film

Okuribito (Departures)

Daigo, a recently unemployed cellist, returns to his hometown and gets a job preparing the dead for their final resting place. Although his wife and family are disgusted, Daigo finds that by taking care of the dead, he is learning how to live.