The Mad Fox (1962)

TOM UCHIDA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  Original title:  Koiya Koi Nasuna Koi Alternate title:  Love, Thy Name Be Sorrow Japan, 1962.  Toei Kyoto.  Screenplay by Yoshikata Yoda.  Cinematography by Sadaji Yoshida.  Produced by Hiroshi Okawa.  Music by Chuji Kinoshita.  Production Design by Takatoshi Suzuki.  Film Editing by Shintaro Miyamoto.   Gorgeous fantasy film about a medieval astrologer who predicts possible danger to the imperial court…

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The Ballad of Narayama (1958)

KEISUKE KINOSHITA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Original title:  Narayama Bushiko Japan, 1958.  Shochiku Company.  Screenplay by Keisuke Kinoshita, based on stories by Shichiro Fukazawa.  Cinematography by Hiroshi Kusuda.  Produced by Masaharu Kokaji, Ryuzo Otani.  Music by Chuji Kinoshita, Matsunosuke Nozawa.  Production Design by Kisaku Ito.  Costume Design by Toshikazu Sugiyama.  Film Editing by Yoshi Sugihara.   Not to be confused with the later masterpiece by Shohei…

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