12 Collections

  • Juzo Itami & Nobuko Miyamoto

    1 season

    This director-actor duo collaborated on a string of genre-bending films anchored by fiercely independent women.

  • Tampopo
    Movie + 8 extras

    Tampopo

    Movie + 8 extras

    Criterion Collection Edition #868

    The tale of an eccentric band of culinary ronin who guide the widow of a noodle-shop owner on her quest for the perfect recipe, this rapturous “ramen western” by Japanese director Juzo Itami is an entertaining, genre-bending adventure underpinned by a deft satir...

  • The Last Dance

    Movie

    Directed by Juzo Itami • 1993 • Japan

    A successful Japanese movie director in his 60s becomes increasingly ill while working on his latest film. His family, friends, and doctor try to keep the secret of his terminal cancer from him, but it gradually becomes clear. Coming to terms with his own mo...

  • Woman in Witness Protection

    Movie

    Directed by Juzo Itami • 1997 • Japan

    Biwako is the sole witness to a grizzly murder. When she is convinced to play bait for the killer two cops are assigned to protect her, one who is a super-fan and the other who couldn't care who she is.

  • Supermarket Woman
    Movie + 1 extra

    Supermarket Woman

    Movie + 1 extra

    Directed by Juzo Itami • 1996 • Japan

    In this vibrant comedy, a failing supermarket manager hires an energetic woman to help him compete with a rival business. Directed by Juzo Itami.

  • A Quiet Life

    Movie

    Directed by Juzo Itami • 1995 • Japan

    Melodrama about the life of a mentally handicapped young man and his devoted sister after their famous novelist father and housewife mother go to Australia on a business trip.

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  • A Taxing Woman

    Directed by Juzo Itami • 1987 • Japan

    A fierce and dedicated tax collector ruthlessly pursues a hood operating adult motels and crooked real estate deals.

  • Supermarket Woman

    Directed by Juzo Itami • 1996 • Japan

    In this vibrant comedy, a failing supermarket manager hires an energetic woman to help him compete with a rival business. Directed by Juzo Itami.

  • Tampopo

    Directed by Juzo Itami • 1985 • Japan

    The tale of an eccentric band of culinary ronin who guide the widow of a noodle-shop owner on her quest for the perfect recipe, this rapturous "ramen western" by Japanese director Juzo Itami is an entertaining, genre-bending adventure underpinned by a deft...

  • Rubber Band Pistol

    Directed by Juzo Itami • 1962 • Japan

    Jûzô Itami's debut short film RUBBER BAND PISTOL concerns the various activities of a group of friends.

  • Tales of a Golden Geisha

    Directed by Juzo Itami • 1990 • Japan

    Nobuko Miyamoto stars as a geisha who brings good luck to the men she sleeps with.

  • A Quiet Life

    Directed by Juzo Itami • 1995 • Japan

    Melodrama about the life of a mentally handicapped young man and his devoted sister after their famous novelist father and housewife mother go to Australia on a business trip.

  • The Funeral

    Directed by Juzo Itami • 1984 • Japan

    When Wabisuke's father-in-law unexpectedly dies, the family goes through a series of random events and occurrences as the funeral unfolds over three days in their home.

  • A Taxing Woman’s Return

    Directed by Juzo Itami • 1988 • Japan

    Ryôko Itakura returns as the tough-as-nails government taxing agent. This time she must figure out a way to expose a fanatical religious cult lead by a corrupt sociopath.