Japanese Movie Listing - G

The most prominant feature of any list of Japanese movies beginning with the letter G is of course going to be Godzilla. This super-monster was much loved in Japan (and indeed much of the world) in spite of its sometimes silly plot lines and monster rubberiness.

Gamera, The Invincible (1966-Japan/US) 88m. D: Noriaki Yasi

Gate of Hell (1954) 89m.
Stark, historical film set in 12th century Japan about young woman who prefers death to submitting to conqueror of her homeland. Kesa is a lady-in-waiting who is married, who resists the advances of Moritoh, a samurai. Lavishly produced, one of the first color movies from Japan. D: Teinosuke Kinugasa.

A Geisha (1953) 100m. (Gion bayashi)
Something of a reworking of the director's 1936 masterpiece Sisters of Gion, but set in postwar Japan, A Geisha was made between the dizzying heights of Ugetsu and Sansho the Bailiff, when the mature Mizoguchi was at the peak of his artistry. Michiyo Kogure is Miyoharu, an aging geisha who agrees to take on a young protégé. Ayako Wakao is Eiko, an idealistic 16-year-old whose romantic notions about the traditional role of the Japanese geisha are soon dispelled by the sordid contemporary reality. Miyoharu is far too set in her ways to ever contemplate change herself, but when she and Eiko become mixed up with some manipulative and exploitative businessmen, she begins to encourage her spirited young apprentice to rebel. The film's sensitive yet unsentimental portrayal of the relationship between the two women has been widely praised. A Geisha is "one of Mizoguchi's finest chamber works" (Bloomsbury). "Not only one of Mizoguchi's masterpieces, but also one of the few perfectly tuned works of sensibility in the twentieth-century visual arts" (Penelope Gilliatt, New Yorker). "The grand discovery of A Geisha was Ayako Wakao. . . Her performance is the centerpiece of the film" (David Owens). "The most exciting film of the year" (Roger Greenspun). "It is perhaps even better than the famous 1936 film" (Georges Sadoul). Director: Kenji Mizoguchi. Cast: Michiyo Kogure, Ayako Wakao, Seizaburo Kawazu, Eitaro Shindo. B&W, In Japanese with English subtitles. [Daniel Richard]

The Geisha Boy (1958-US) 98m. D: Frank Tashlin
Jerry Lewis, an inept magician, travels to the Far East, with disastrous results. Imaginative visual gags highlight this comedy. Sessue Hayakawa, Nobu McCarthy.

Ghidrah, the 3-Headed Monster (1965) 85m. D: Inoshiro Honda.
Includes Mothra, Rodan, and Godzilla.

Gigantis, the Fire Monster (1959) 78m. D: Motoyoshi.
First sequel to Godzilla.

Ghost Warrior (1986)
A samurai warrior who is critically wounded through treachery falls into a frozen river. His body is later found frozen in the 20th century by a scientific research team who bring him to America to revives and study him. He escapes the lab after a worker tries to take his sword to sell. He then starts roaming Los Angeles and comes face to face with everything from cars to street gangs. It has an unusual ending and some small subplots. But basically shows the conflict of an honorable samurai trying to follow the way of bushido in today's world. I believe you will enjoy it. Hiroshi Fujioka, John Calvin.

A Girl Named Tamiko (1962-US) 110m. D: John Sturges
Overblown soaper set in Tokyo. Laurence Harvey charms Martha Hyer into proposing marriage so he can get US citizenship. France Nuyen is sweet Oriental whom he really loves. Gary Merrill, Michael Wilding, Miyoshi Umeki, Lee Patrick.

Godzilla, King of the Monsters (1956) 80m. D: Terry Morse.
Originally released in 1954 in Japan as Gojira at 98m. Over 20m. were cut and inserts with Raymond Burr were added.

Godzilla vs. Megalon (1976) 80m. D: Jun Fukuda.

Godzilla vs. the Smog Monster (1972) 87m. D: Yoshimitu Banno

Godzilla vs. the Thing (1964) 90m. D: Inoshiro Honda
Vivid special FX highlight battle between Godzilla and Mothra, the giant moth.

Godzillas Revenge (1969) 69m. D: Inoshiro Honda

The Golden Demon (1953) (Konjiki Yasha) D: Shima Koji.
An orphaned, young man has no money to win the woman he loves. When he loses her in an o-maiai (arranged marriage) he vows to become wealthy. Later, when the woman's marriage fails, she seeks out her former beau, but avarice has changed him.

Goyokin (1969) 124m.
"Swept away by the gods," an entire village disappears over night; a Shogunate gold shipment (goyokin) sinks in a storm; and a former samurai turned carnival swordmaster must return to face both the extinction and the salvation of his clan amid a nighttime duel on a wintry beach lit by bonfire lights. With Tatsuya Nakadai at his most icily relentless, and shot on location on Hokkaido, Japan's northernmost island. "A scintillating, marvelous action movie (with) breath-catching pictorial beauty."-Michael Wilmington, Los Angeles Times. Directed by Hideo Gosha. Written by Kei Tasaka and Hideo Gosha. With: Tatsuya Nakadai, Kinnosuke Nakamura, Tetsuro Tanba, Yoko Tsukasa, Ruriko Asaoka. Color, Japanese with English subtitles. [Daniel Richard]

Grave of the Fireflies (Hotaru no haka) (1988)
D: Isao Takahata. Animated story. A tragic film covering a young boy and his little sister's struggle to survive in Japan during World War II - their father is off in the Imperial Navy and their mother dies during bombing in Tokyo.

The Green Slime (1969-Japan/US) 88m. D: Kinji Fukasaku
Corny space substance will destroy world if a few intrepid space explorers cant find a way to stop it.

The Grudge (2004) D: Takashi Shimizu
Sarah Michelle Gellar stars in this horror remake. An American nurse living and working in Tokyo is exposed to a mysterious supernatural curse, one that locks a person in a powerful rage before claiming their life and spreading to another victim.

Gullivers Travels Beyond the Moon (1966) 78m. D: Kohio Kuroda
OK animated feature.

Gung Ho (1986 - US).
Micheal Keaton, Gedde Watanabe. A Japanese auto company steps in to revive a flagging US company town. Michael is the local foreman who claims to coordinate between the two but instead takes advantage of the situation as long as he can. The movie features many "culture clash" scenes.

Gung Ho! (1943 - US).
Outrageously jingoistic WWII fare.

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