Films I’ve seen so far in which female characters play a prominent or (as in the case of No Country for Old Men) a surprising role.
For example, in the case of Onimasa, it surprised me that much of the movie is about Onimasa’s adopted daughter. There is more focus on the women than I’ve seen in other stories of mob clans.
The Strange Love of Martha Ivers: Besides there being a female from jail (which I’ve rarely seen in American films from this time), the only thing that Martha Ivers doesn’t seem to be punished for is her success in business.
9/16/2013: Fritz Lang’s Nibelungen films consist of Brunhild’s and Kriemhild’s respective acts of revenge. The revenge film is a common genre for female leads, but the amount of power these women get to wield in parts of the film is portrayed to great effect in this movie adaptation.
I included Cold Prey 2, for while it does steal its premise from Halloween 2, it goes further and gives its Final Girl more realistic reactions as well as a sense of duty instead of only a fight for survival. Also included for the number of female survivors.
Brighton Rock (1947) is included for the earthy “angel” Ida Arnold. While the film doesn’t go as deep into her character as Graham Greene’s novel does, it’s still good to see her type of character as the crusader for justice.
Not yet in the database: Rosztanie, a 1961 Wojciech Has film focused on an older actress (Lidia Wysocka) and adapted by Jadwiga Żylińska from her own story.
The Banquet (Ye yan) is far from perfect, but it’s better if you consider that Zhang Ziyi’s Gertrude character is more of the lead over Daniel Wu’s Hamlet. The treatment of Zhou Xun’s Ophelia, however, is uneven in comparison.
Not yet in the database: the Kenyan educational filmThe Dreams of Elibidi (Ndoto Za Elibidi), for how the sisters (and eventually, the rest of the family and community) help each other.
Kawaita mizuumi is included for Shima Iwashita’s character.