Older Brother, Younger sister (1953)

MIKIO NARUSE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   Original title:  Ani Imoto Japan, 1953.  Daiei Tokyo Daini.  Screenplay by Yoko Mizuki, based on the novel by Saisei Muro.  Cinematography by Shigeyoshi Mine.  Produced by Nobuo Miura.  Music by Ichiro Saito.  Production Design by Mikio Naka.  Costume Design by Terutaka Horiguchi.  Film Editing by Toyo Suzuki. Yoshiko Kuga is excellent as a young woman in a remote…

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Fires On The Plain (1959)

KON ICHIKAWA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Original title:  Nobi 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 by Yasushi Akutagawa.  Production Design by Atsuji Shibata.  Film Editing by Tatsuji Nakashizu.   A soldier stationed in the Philippines towards the end of World War…

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Golden Demon (1954)

KOJI SHIMA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  Original title:  Konjiki Yasha Japan, 1954.  Daiei Studios.   Screenplay by Koji Shima, adaptation by Matsutaro Kawaguchi, based on a novel by Koyo Ozaki.   Cinematography by Michio Takahashi.   Produced by Masaichi Nagata.    Music by Ichiro Saito.   Enjoyable melodrama from Japan is notable for its strikingly rich colour cinematography. A young woman in…

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The Woman Who Touched Legs (1960)

YASUZO MASUMURA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  Original title:  Ashi ni Sawatta Onna Japan, 1960.  Daiei Studios.  Screenplay by Kon Ichikawa, Natto Wada.  Cinematography by Hiroshi Murai.  Produced by Hiroaki Fujii, Kon Ichikawa, Masaichi Nagata.  Music by Tetsuo Tsukahara.  Production Design by Shigeo Mano.  Film Editing by Tatsuji Nakashizu.   Silly, forgettable remake of the 1952 classic by Japanese master Kon Ichikawa. Machiko Kyô…

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