A Wife’s Heart (1956)

MIKIO NARUSE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  Original title:  Tsuma no kokoro Japan, 1956.  Toho Company.  Screenplay by Toshirô Ide.  Cinematography by Masao Tamai.  Produced by Sanezumi Fujimoto, Masakatsu Kaneko.  Music by Ichiro Saito.  Production Design by Satoru Chuko.  Film Editing by Eiji Ooi. A family at a crossroads comprises the nucleus of this…

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No Regrets For Our Youth (1946)

AKIRA KUROSAWA Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  Original title:  Waga seishun ni kuinashi Japan, 1946.  Toho Company.  Screenplay by Eijiro Hisaita, Akira Kurosawa, Keiji Matsuzaki.  Cinematography by Asakazu Nakai.  Produced by Keiji Matsuzaki.  Music by Tadashi Hattori.  Production Design by Keiji Kitagawa.  Film Editing by Akira Kurosawa. As Japan prepares to enter the war, academic…

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Ikiru (1952)

AKIRA KUROSAWA Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.   Japan, 1952.  Toho Company.  Screenplay by Akira Kurosawa,  Shinobu Hashimoto, Hideo Oguni.  Cinematography by Asakazu Nakai.  Produced by Sojiro Motoki.  Music by Fumio Hayasaka.  Production Design by Takashi Matsuyama.  Film Editing by Koichi Iwashita.   A mild-manner civil servant (Takashi Shimura, getting a rare lead role from his frequent collaborator Akira Kurosawa) finds out that…

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The Crucified Lovers (1954)

KENJI MIZOGUCHI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  Original title:  Chikamatsu Monogatari 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 by Fumio Hayasaka, Tamezo Mochizuki.  Production Design by Hisakazu Tsuji.  Costume Design by Natsu Ito.  Film Editing by Kanji Suganuma.  Cannes Film Festival 1955.   The servant in…

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Early Spring

YASUJIRO OZU Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.   Original title:  Soshun Japan, 1956.  Shôchiku Eiga.  Screenplay by Yasujiro Ozu, Kogo Noda.  Cinematography by Yuharu Atsuta.  Produced by Shizuo Yamanouchi.  Music by Takanobu Saito.  Production Design by Tatsuo Hamada.  Costume Design by Yuji Nagashima.   Film Editing by Yoshiyasu Hamamura.   A newly hired salary man in 1950s Tokyo becomes quickly disillusioned with both working and married…

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Floating Weeds (1959)

YASUJIRO OZU Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  Original title:  Ukigusa 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 Takanobu Saito.  Production Design by Hideo Matsuyama.  Film Editing by Toyo Suzuki. This Yasujiro Ozu masterpiece (remade from his own silent film A Story of…

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Good Morning

YASUJIRO OZU Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.5.  Original title:  Ohayo Japan, 1959.  Shôchiku Eiga.  Screenplay by Kogo Noda, Yasujiro Ozu.  Cinematography by Yuharu Atsuta.  Produced by Shizuo Yamanouchi.  Music by Toshiro Mayuzumi.  Production Design by Tatsuo Hamada.  Film Editing by Yoshiyasu Hamamura.   Yasujiro Ozu remakes his delightful silent film I Was Born, But… with equally adorable results. Once again it revolves around the antics…

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Street Of Shame (1956)

KENJI MIZOGUCHI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Original title:  Akasen Chitai 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 Nagata.  Music by Toshiro Mayuzumi.  Production Design by Hisao Ichikawa, Hiroshi Mizutani.  Costume Design by Tsugio Togo.  Film Editing by Kanji Suganuma.   Kenji Mizoguchi directed this…

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Samurai III: Duel At Ganryu Island (1956)

HIROSHI INAGAKI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB Original title:  Miyamoto Musashi Kanketsuhen: Kettoo Ganryuujima Japan, 1956.  Toho Company.  Screenplay by Hiroshi Inagaki, Tokuhei Wakao, based on the play by Hideji Hojo, from the novel by Eiji Yoshikawa.  Cinematography by Kazuo Yamada.  Produced by Kazuo Takimura.  Music by Ikuma Dan.  Production Design by Kisaku Ito.  Film Editing by Koichi Iwashita.   Podcast:  My Criterions.   And…

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The Pornographers

BBBB (out of 5) Original title:  Erogotshi-Tachi Yori: Jinruigaku Nyumon Alternate title:  The Amorists Perversely witty film by Shohei Imamura, about a man who makes pornographic films in an effort to support his girlfriend/landlady and her two children. His work finds him skirting the wrong end of the law, which is often a problem, plus he has…

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The Lower Depths (1957)

AKIRA KUROSAWA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Original title:  Donzoko Japan, 1957.  Toho Company.  Screenplay by Akira Kurosawa, Hideo Oguni, based on the play by Maxim Gorky.  Cinematography by Kazuo Yamasaki.  Produced by Akira Kurosawa. Music by Masaru Sato.  Production Design by Yoshiro Muraki.  Costume Design by Yoshiko Samejima.  Film Editing by Akira Kurosawa. Kurosawa’s great admiration for the theatre and for…

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