Ooku (大奥, 2010)
“Ooku”, with the background in which the positions of man and woman was reversed when the male population decreased sharply by a mysterious epidemic, describes the story between the female Shogun Tokugawa Yoshimune (Shibasaki) and the son of the poor direct feudatory of a shogun, Mizuno Yuunoshin (Ninomiya).
After the Flowers (花のあと, 2010)
Set in Edo period, Japan, a women risks her life to keep her true love. Ito (Keiko Kitagawa), daughter of a clan official, encounters Magoshiro Eguchi (Shuntaro Miyao). Magoshiro is a low ranking samurai sparks an attraction with Ito. Ito challenges Magoshiro to a sword match using bamboo sticks. Mahoshiro accepts. The pair’s duel causes sparks to fly an attraction from both sides.
The big difference, seen in Mitani’s new period comedy “Kiyosu Kaigi (The Kiyosu Conference),” is the junior director’s strong domestic focus. In contrast to the easy-to-understand story about the quest for a perfect bowl of ramen in “Tampopo,” “The Kiyosu Conference” focuses on a real-life meeting in 1582 to determine the successor to leadership of the powerful Oda clan. The previous lord, Oda Nobunaga, had been killed by the troops of a treacherous general, Akechi Mitsuhide.
Rurouni Kenshin (るろうに剣心, 2012)
In 1868, after the end of the Bakumatsu war, the former assassin Kenshin Himura promises to defend those in need without killing. Kenshin wanders through Japan with a reverse-edged sword during the transition of the samurai age to the New Age.
Tale of Genji: A Thousand Year Enigma (源氏物語千年の謎, 2011)
Based on the oldest Japanese work of romantic literature, this film tells two parallel stories – the fictional tale of Prince Genji (Ikuta Toma), a young man of unsurpassed beauty wooed by all the ladies in the Heian court; and the life of his creator, Lady Shikibu, a lady-in-waiting commissioned by the powerful Lord Fujiwara to write this story in hopes of inspiring his daughter to fall in love with the Emperor.