My Old Addiction

Movie Reviews By Bil Antoniou

The Ceremony (Gishiki) (1971)

NAGISA OSHIMA Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  Japan, 1971.  Art Theatre Guild, Daiei Studios, Sozosha.  Screenplay by Mamoru Sasaki, Tsutomu Tamura, Nagisa Oshima.  Cinematography by Toichiro Narushima.  Produced by … Continue reading

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November 27, 2019 · Leave a comment

The Crucified Lovers (Chikamatsu Monogatari) (1954)

KENJI MIZOGUCHI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  Japan, 1954.  Daiei Studios.  Screenplay by Yoshikata Yoda, adaptation by Matsutaro Kawaguchi, based on the play by Monzaemon Chikamatsu.  Cinematography by Kazuo Miyagawa.  Produced by Masaichi Nagata.  Music … Continue reading

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March 30, 2016 · Leave a comment

Fires On The Plain (Nobi) (1959)

KON ICHIKAWA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Japan, 1959.  Daiei Studios, Kadokawa Herald Pictures.  Screenplay by Natto Wada, based on the novel by Shohei Ooka.  Cinematography by Setsuo Kobayashi, Setsuo Shibata. Produced by Hiroaki Fujii.  Music … Continue reading

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January 15, 2015 · Leave a comment

Shall We Dance (Shall We Dansu?)

BBBB (out of 5) Kôji Yakusho plays a Japanese businessman who has everything a man at his age should have: a good wife, a good child, a good job and a … Continue reading

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January 28, 2014 · Leave a comment

Golden Demon (Konjiki Yasha)

BBB (out of 5) Enjoyable melodrama from Japan is notable for its strikingly rich colour cinematography. A young woman in love with a man who has yet to make his … Continue reading

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January 19, 2014 · Leave a comment

Hiroshima, Mon Amour (1959)

ALAIN RESNAIS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  France/Japan, 1959.  Argos Films, Como Films, Daiei Studios, Pathé Entertainment, Pathé Overseas.  Screenplay by Marguerite Duras.  Cinematography by Michio Takahashi, Sacha Vierny.  Produced by Anatole Dauman, Samy Halfon.  Music … Continue reading

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December 23, 2013 · Leave a comment

Gate Of Hell (Jigokumon)

BBB (out of 5) A runaway art-house hit at its time, this film has certainly not aged well when compared with its contemporaries.  It’s a simple story of love and … Continue reading

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December 23, 2013 · Leave a comment

Floating Weeds (Ukigusa) (1959)

YASUJIRO OZU Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  Japan, 1959.  Daiei Studios.  Screenplay by Kogo Noda, Yasujiro Ozu, based on a screenplay by Tadao Ikeda.  Cinematography by Kazuo Miyagawa.  Produced by Masaichi Nagata.  Music by … Continue reading

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December 7, 2013 · Leave a comment

Street Of Shame (Akasen Chitai) (1956)

KENJI MIZOGUCHI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Japan, 1956.  Daiei Studios.  Screenplay by Masashige Narusawa, based on the novel by Susaki No Onna by Yoshiko Shibaki.  Cinematography by Kazuo Miyagawa.  Produced by Masaichi … Continue reading

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November 23, 2013 · Leave a comment

The Woman Who Touched Legs (Ashi ni Sawatta Onna)

BB.5 (out of 5) Silly, forgettable remake of the 1952 classic by Japanese master Kon Ichikawa. Machiko Kyô plays a beautiful petty thief who rubs up against men on commuter trains … Continue reading

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November 17, 2013 · Leave a comment

Dersu Uzala

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Russian soldiers surveying the wild, gorgeous expanse of Siberia run into a lone Asiatic hunter named Dersu Uzala and he soon joins their group. He helps … Continue reading

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July 31, 2013 · Leave a comment

The Quiet Duel (Shizukanaru Ketto) (1949)

AKIRA KUROSAWA Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  Japan, 1949.  Daiei Motion Picture Company,Daiei Studios, Film Art Association.  Screenplay by Akira Kurosawa, Senkichi Taniguchi, based on the play by Kazuo Kikuta.  … Continue reading

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July 31, 2013 · Leave a comment