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Summary: A rare glimpse of early Japanese anime and prewar Japanese culture, The roots of Japanese anime features the masterworks of such pioneers of Japanese animation as Noburo Ofuji, Yasuji Murata, and Kenzo Masaoka, in addition to Mitsuyo Seo's Momotaro's sea eagle, the notorious war cartoon billed as Japan's first feature anime.

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: Zakka Films 2008

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1 available in Documentary DVDs, Call number: DVD DOC ROO

Summary: Past and present collide as a film director discovers a mysterious key that unlocks the secrets of a legendary actress who vanished at the height of her career.

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: DreamWorks Home Entertainment 2003

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1 available in Young Adult Anime, Call number: DVD ANIME MIL

Summary: Baker Sentaro's business enjoys new success when his new 76-year-old assistant Tokue shares her recipe for the sweet red bean paste used in the bakery's dorayaki pancakes, but another of Tokue's secrets may bring their happy work life to an early end.

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: 2016

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1 available in Foreign DVDs, Call number: DVD FOREIGN SWE

Summary: A schoolgirl named Shizuku, who longs to discover her true talents, meets the mysterious Seiji, a boy who is determined to follow his dreams, and The Baron, a magical cat who helps her listen to the whispers in her heart.

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: Walt Disney Home Entertainment 2006

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1 available in Young Adult Anime, Call number: DVD ANIME WHI

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Summary: An amateur entomologist is left in Tokyo to study an unclassified species of beetle found in sandy locations. When he misses his bus back to civilization, he is persuaded to spend the night with a young widow in her hut at the bottom of a sand dune. What results is one of cinema's most unnerving and palpably erotic battles of the sexes, as well as a nightmarish depiction of the Sisyphean...

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: 2016

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1 available in Foreign DVDs, Call number: DVD FOREIGN WOM

Summary: "Master thief Lupin III, a.k.a. 'The Wolf, ' and his right-hand gunman Jigen are hot on the trail of a double-crossing counterfeiter. But when their search leads them to the secluded European country of Cagliostro, they find far more than they bargained for. Lupin unwittingly attracts the attention of the nation's mysterious monarch when he tries to help a damsel in distress escape the Count's...

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: Manga Video 2000

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1 available in Young Adult Anime, Call number: DVD ANIME CAS

Summary: After more than a decade of sober political dramas and social-minded periodpieces, the great Japanese director Masaki Kobayashi shifted gears dramatically for this rapturously stylized quartet of ghost stories. Featuring colorfully surreal sets and luminous cinematography, these haunting tales of demonic comeuppance and spiritual trials, adapted from writer Lafcadio Hearn's collections of...

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: 2015

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1 available in Foreign DVDs, Call number: DVD FOREIGN KWA

Summary: Daigo Kobayashi, a cellist, dreamt of going around the world with his wife Mika. Unfortunately, the orchestra folds, so he sells his instrument, retreats to the small town he came from, lives in his late mother's house, and tries to start a new life. He answers a classified ad entitled 'Departures' thinking it is for a travel agency. Daigo's actual responsibilities entail preparing the local...

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: Tokyo Broadcast System 2009

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1 available in Foreign DVDs, Call number: DVD FOREIGN DEP
1 available in TC Film Fest DVDs, Call number: DVD TCFF DEP

Summary: An alien frog is forced to reside with an unusual Japanese family while he continues with his plans to invade Earth.

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: Funimation 2009

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Summary: An old man's unexpected death creates hilarious havoc with his family. The traditional three-day undertaking becomes a sly comedy of manners as the younger generation struggles with the complex rituals of the Buddhist ceremony.

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: Fox Lorber Home Video 1999

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1 available in Foreign DVDs, Call number: DVD FOREIGN FUN

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Summary: Only Trudi knows that her husband Rudi is suffering from a terminal illness. She decides not to tell him and convinces him to visit their family in Berlin. When Trudi dies suddenly, Rudi vows to make up for her lost life and takes his last journey to Tokyo in the midst of the cherry blossom festival.

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: Strand Releasing Home Entertainment 2009

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1 available in TC Film Fest DVDs, Call number: DVD TCFF CHE

Summary: This heartrending masterpiece by Kenji Mizoguchi about the give-and-take between life and art marked the director's first use of the hypnotic long takes and eloquent camera movements that would come to define his films. The adopted son of legendary kabuki actor Kikunosuke, who is striving to achieve stardom by mastering female roles, turns to his infant brother's wet nurse for support and...

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: 2016

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1 available in Foreign DVDs, Call number: DVD FOREIGN STO

Summary: The story takes place on Christmas Eve in Shinjuku, Tokyo. Middle-aged has-been Gin, aging transvestite Hana, and teenage runaway Miyuki are homeless friends who have formed a makeshift family structure bond. That bond is tested when they find an abandoned baby while searching for food in a trash dumpster. They try to care for the infant themselves, and travel throughout the city in search of...

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: Distributed by Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment 2004

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1 available in Young Adult Anime, Call number: DVD ANIME TOK

Summary: When aliens invade Earth, people return to life as flesh eating zombies.

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: Synapse Films 2003

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1 available in Foreign DVDs, Call number: DVD FOREIGN WIL

Summary: Tokyo teenager Gorgeous is upset with her long-widowed father--he wants to marry his new girlfriend Ryoko. Seriously miffed, Gorgeous hits the road to visit her aunt in the country, bringing along her best girlfriends Sweet, Melody, Fantasy, Prof, Mac, and Kung Fu. The titular house belongs to the wheelchair bound aunt, whose large white cat has been immortalized in artwork throughout. Things...

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: Criterion Collection 2010

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Summary: Reconstructing the splendor of feudal Japan and the pageantry or war, Kurosawa creates a soaring historical epic about a peasant impersonating a nobleman in battle. Kagemusha is presented in its original 180 min. uncut Japanese version, not the shortened "international version" presented by 20th Century Fox.

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: Criterion 2005

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1 available in Foreign DVDs, Call number: DVD FOREIGN KAG

Summary: As a young man returns home after his first year away at college he recalls his senior year of high school and the iron-willed, big city girl that turned his world upside down.

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: 2017

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1 available in Young Adult Anime, Call number: DVD ANIME OCE

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1 available in Digital Video Disc, Call number: DVD OCE RATED PG-13

Summary: A university student haunted by a dark alter ego and surrounded by a web of deaths is sent on a tour of hell in which he and innumerable other people suffer a variety of gruesome torments.

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: Criterion Collection 2006

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1 available in NEW Digital Video Disc, Call number: DVD FOREIGN JIG

Summary: In a Japanese prison camp on Java in 1942, two British officers, John Lawrence and Jack Celliers, encounter camp commander Yonoi and his sergeant Hara. Things had been going pretty well, until charismatic, rebellious Celliers arrived. Yonoi is a devotee of the samurai ideal; neither he nor Hara can understand the stoic way in which the British prisoners accept their situation of defeat....

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: Criterion Collection 2010

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Summary: Gojira: A prehistoric monster, Godzilla, ravages metropolitan Tokyo. Scientists suspect that H-bomb tests awakened it from a two-million year sleep and they try to develop techniques to stop the monster.

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: Classic Media 2006

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Summary: When young high school student Takao decides to skip school one day in favor of sketching in a rainy garden, he has no idea how much his life will change when he encounters Yukino. Despite the difference in their ages, they strike up an unusual relationship that unexpectedly continues and evolves with random meetings in the same garden on each rainy day. Between the raindrops, between the calms...

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: Sentai Filmworks 2013

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2 available in Young Adult Anime, Call number: DVD ANIME GAR

Summary: Pazu is an engineer's apprentice who finds Sheeta, a young girl, floating down from the sky, wearing a glowing pendant. Together, they discover both are searching for Laputa, a legendary floating castle, and vow to unravel the mystery of the luminous crystal around Sheeta's neck. Their quest won't be easy. There are greedy air pirates, secret government agents and astounding obstacles to keep...

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment 2010

Copies Available at Kingsley

1 available in Digital Video Disc, Call number: DVD Ca

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1 available in Digital Video Disc, Call number: DVD MOVIE CAS

Summary: After living her whole life in the city, 27-year-old Taeko decides to visit her relatives in the countryside. As she travels, memories of her youth resurface. And after meeting young farmer Toshio, she wonders if she's been true to the dreams of her childhood self.

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: 2016

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1 available in Young Adult Anime, Call number: DVD ANIME ONL

Summary: Set in Germany and France in the immediate aftermath of the First World War (1914-1918), the film recalls the mourning period that follows great national tragedies as seen through the eyes of the war's 'lost generation': Anna, a bereft young German woman whose fiancé, Frantz, was killed during trench warfare, and Adrien, a French veteran of the war who shows up mysteriously in her town, placing...

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: Music Box Films 2017

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1 available in Foreign DVDs, Call number: DVD FOREIGN FRA

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