The best Kaoru Kobayashi’s movies

Kaoru Kobayashi

Kaoru Kobayashi

04/09/1951 (72 años)
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Princess Mononoke

Princess Mononoke
8.3/10
Ashitaka, a prince of the disappearing Emishi people, is cursed by a demonized boar god and must journey to the west to find a cure. Along the way, he encounters San, a young human woman fighting to protect the forest, and Lady Eboshi, who is trying to destroy it. Ashitaka must find a way to bring balance to this conflict.

Tales from Earthsea

Tales from Earthsea
6.3/10
Something bizarre has come over the land. The kingdom is deteriorating. People are beginning to act strange... What's even more strange is that people are beginning to see dragons, which shouldn't enter the world of humans. Due to all these bizarre events, Ged, a wandering wizard, is investigating the cause. During his journey, he meets Prince Arren, a young distraught teenage boy. While Arren may look like a shy young teen, he has a severe dark side, which grants him strength, hatred, ruthlessness and has no mercy, especially when it comes to protecting Teru. For the witch Kumo this is a perfect opportunity. She can use the boy's "fears" against the very one who would help him, Ged.

We Made a Beautiful Bouquet

We Made a Beautiful Bouquet
7.4/10
  • Genre: Romance
  • Release: 29/01/2021
  • Character: Hirotaro Yamane
Two people meet each other after missing the last train home, leading to a beautiful relationship over five years.

Kamui

Kamui
5.6/10
  • Genre: ActionDrama
  • Release: 19/09/2009
  • Character: Hanbei
Kamui is a ninja on the run from the world of ninja bound by rules in search of true freedom. However, he is burdened with the fate, where it is not allowed to take the secret of their powers outside of the tribe—if you are born as ninja, you must die as ninja. This brings him to constantly fight for his life against other ninja who try to kill him and hide the secrets within. He does not trust, and he does not love. Showing weakness leads to immediate death. An incident brings him to an old fisherman's village, where he finally starts to feel trust and affection towards other people. However, his pursuers where just minutes away from setting up a huge trap on Kamui…

Midnight Diner 2

Midnight Diner 2
7.4/10
  • Genre: Drama
  • Release: 05/11/2016
  • Character: Master
When people finish their day and hurry home, his day starts. His diner is open from midnight to seven in the morning. Pork, miso soup combo, beer, sake and shochu is all that he has on his menu. Nevertheless, he makes whatever his customers request as long as he has the ingredients for it.

The Miracles of the Namiya General Store

The Miracles of the Namiya General Store
6.7/10
  • Genre: DramaFantasy
  • Release: 23/09/2017
  • Character: Takeo Matsuoka
In 2012, Atsuya and his 2 childhood friends do something bad and run into an old general store. They decide to stay there until the morning. Late into the night, Atsuya sees a letter in the mailbox. The letter is addressed to the Namiya General Store and the letter was written by someone to consult about worries. Incredibly, the letter was written 32 years ago. The mailbox is somehow connected to the year 1980. Atsuya and his friends decide to write a reply and place their letter in the mailbox.

Midnight Diner

Midnight Diner
7.5/10
  • Genre: Drama
  • Release: 01/11/2014
  • Character: Master
Every night, Master (Kaoru Kobayashi) is busy with customers at the restaurant he runs. He has a worried face, looking at the funerary urn which someone left at his restaurant. His customers also talk about the funerary urn.

Climbing to Spring

Climbing to Spring
6.3/10
  • Genre: Drama
  • Release: 14/06/2014
  • Character: Isao Nagamine
Toru grew up in alpine countryside around Mount Tate. As a child, he resented the yearly trek up the mountain with his father to prepare their mountain hut for the summer season of climbers. When Toru grows up, he leaves his hometown and enters the working world as a stock trader. One day, Toru receives word that his father has passed away. He returns to Mount Tate once again, and becomes conscious of a new calling. But, does Toru have what it takes to follow in his father footsteps?

Secret

Secret
6.8/10
  • Genre: DramaFantasy
  • Release: 15/09/1999
  • Character: Heisuke Sugita
A man is shocked to find out that after a deadly car accident involving his wife and daughter, his wife died, but her mind somehow got transfered into their daughter's body.

The Funeral

The Funeral
7.2/10
  • Genre: ComedyDrama
  • Release: 17/11/1984
  • Character: Inose
At the beginning of the film the father-in-law of the protagonist dies unexpectedly of a heart attack. The remainder of the film is episodic, moving from one incident to another over the course of the three-day funeral, which is held (as is customary) in the home. These incidents contrast old ways and new ways, young and old, ritual ceremony and true feelings, often comically, but sometimes with real poignancy.

Quill: The Life of a Guide Dog

Quill:  The Life of a Guide Dog
7.1/10
  • Genre: Drama
  • Release: 13/03/2004
  • Character: Mitsuru Watanabe
As a Labrador puppy, Quill is sent to live with a couple, Isamu and Mitsuko Nii, who work as volunteers, training guide dogs (seeing eye dogs). When he grows to an adult dog, he is taken to a guide dog school, by a friendly, yet firm trainer Satoru Tawada. Although Quill is a little slower than the other dogs at the school, he seems to have an unusual 'empathy' and remarkable patience with his trainers. Tawada decides that Quill would be the ideal guide dog for Mitsuru Watanabe, but Wanatabe, a lonely and ill-tempered middle aged man, isn't as enthusiastic - he would "would rather sleep than be dragged around by a dog.". From here, the story is narrated by Wanatabe's daughter, Mitsuko, and slowly, Wantanbe is rehabilitated, venturing into the outside world, and learning, not only to trust other humans, but the animal at his side who guides him.

The Egoists

The Egoists
5.7/10
  • Genre: DramaRomance
  • Release: 04/06/2011
  • Character: Kazuyuki Ninomiya
Kazu (Kengo Kora) lives in the Kabukicho entertainment district in Shinjuku, Tokyo. After falling into debt from gambling, he gets an offer from yakuza Ito (Jun Murakami) to trash the night club "New World" and his debt would be paid off. At the nightclub "New World," gambling goes on without permission from the gang which Ito belongs to. When Kazu attacks the bar with yakuza members, dancer Machiko Yagi (Anne Suzuki), who Kazu likes, is at the bar. Under this chaotic situation, Kazu takes Machiko from the waiting room and asks her to run away with him.

Fueled: The Man They Called "Pirate"

Fueled: The Man They Called
6.2/10
  • Genre: DramaHistory
  • Release: 11/12/2016
  • Character: Jisaku Koka
In a time when the main source of energy was still coal, there was a man who saw the future in oil. Young Tetsuzo Kunioka who hails from Moji, Kitakyushu, rides out into the oil business, but is faced with numerous challenges and competitors who stand in his way, including domestic suppliers and major western oil companies, or the "oil majors". But Tetsuzo never gave up, however despairing the situation was. He always found a way and paved a new road with his unconventional ideas, eccentric actions, and most of all, his caring heart toward his own men. That style of Tetsuzo's was not something that would ever change, even when the tides were against him in a war-lost Japan.

The Miracle of Crybaby Shottan

The Miracle of Crybaby Shottan
6.8/10
  • Genre: Drama
  • Release: 07/09/2018
Shoji Segawa was a quiet and inconspicuous boy, but, for the first time, he is recognized by people after winning the National Middle School Shogi Tournament. At the age of 26, his dream of becoming a professional shogi player collapses due to an age restriction. After he quits playing shogi, he becomes desperate. With the support of his peers, including Yuya Suzuki, and his love of shogi, Shoji Segawa begins to play shogi again. A miracle happens to him.

The Island of Cats

The Island of Cats
6.4/10
  • Genre: Drama
  • Release: 22/02/2019
  • Character: Iwao
Daikichi is a 70-year-old man and lives on a small island. Since his wife died, he has lived with his cat Tama. Daikichi was born and raised on the small island and enjoys relaxing days with his childhood friends including Iwao and his cat Tama. Daikichi has a son Tsuyoshi who lives in Tokyo. Tsuyoshi worries a bit about his father living alone on the island, but Daikichi is content with his life. After his close friend passes away, Daikichi worries about his physical condition. His daily life begins to change. Based on manga series "Neko to Jiichan"

Uneasy Encounters

Uneasy Encounters
7.1/10
A five-part comedy and horror anthology

The Black House

The Black House
6.2/10
  • Genre: Horror
  • Release: 13/11/1999
A meek agent at the Showa Life Insurance company receives a phone call from a customer who says that she's planning to commit suicide and wants to know if her policy will pay out. Concerned about her safety, the agent visits her house only to find that her young son has hanged himself. As he investigates further, more and more people connected with this family start having "accidents," and if he's not careful, he might be next.

Ballad of Orin

Ballad of Orin
7.4/10
  • Genre: Drama
  • Release: 19/11/1977
  • Character: Torazo
A blind traveling musician is abused and oppressed wherever she goes, even as the modern world imposes change around her.

Tokyo Tower: Mom and Me, and Sometimes Dad

Tokyo Tower: Mom and Me, and Sometimes Dad
7.4/10
  • Genre: Drama
  • Release: 14/04/2007
  • Character: Oton
Adapted from the bestselling Japanese autobiography of the same title, this gentle coming-of-age drama concerns an adolescent boy, Boku - Masaya, torn between the inherited recklessness of his father Oton and the inherited responsibility, wisdom and emotional strength of his mother Okan. Following a period of intensely rebellious behavior, Boku learns that his mom has contracted cancer; suddenly, his mother comes to live with him in Tokyo the entire emotional landscape of his life is altered.

Kiseki: Sobito of That Day

Kiseki: Sobito of That Day
6.5/10
  • Genre: Drama
  • Release: 28/01/2017
  • Character: Seiichi Morita
Based on the true story of 4 member Japanese pop group "GreeeeN.” Jin is the producer of “GreeeeN” and his younger brother Hide is the lead member for the group. Their song "Kiseki" is released as their 7th single and becomes a huge hit. Hide and the other 3 members have others jobs including working as a dentist.

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