Masaki Kobayashi : against the system

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  • Thick-walled room. Among the first Japanese films to deal directly with the scars of World War II, this drama about a group of rank-and file Japanese soldiers jailed for crimes against humanity was adapted by Abe Kōbō from the diaries of real prisoners.
  • I will buy you. Masaki Kobayashi's pitiless take on Japan's professional baseball industry is unlike any other sports film ever made. A condemnation of the inhumanity bred by a mercenary, bribery-fueled business, it follows the sharklike maneuvers of a scout dead set on signing a promising player to the team for the Toyo Flowers.
  • Black river. This film examines the rampant moral corruption on and around U.S. military bases in Japan following World War II. Kobayashi spirals out from the story of a love triangle that develops between a good-natured student, his innocent girlfriend, and a coldhearted criminal to reveal a nation slowly succumbing to lawlessness and violence.
  • The inheritance. On his deathbed, a wealthy businessman announces that his fortune is to be split equally among his three illegitimate children, whose whereabouts are unknown. A bevy of lawyers and associates begin machinations to procure the money for themselves, resorting to the use of impostors and blackmail. Yet all are outwitted by the cunning of the man's secretary, in this entertaining condemnation of unchecked greed.


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  • DVD, region 1, full screen (1.33:1) presentation; Dolby digital mono., NTSC.
  • Japanese dialogue; English subtitles.


  • [v. 1.] Kabe atsuki heya (110 min.) = The thick-walled room -- [v. 2.] Anata kaimasu (112 min.) = I will buy you -- [v. 3.] Kuroi kawa (110 min.) = Black river -- [v. 4.] Karami-ai (108 min.) = The inheritance
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