Autumn Has Already Started (1960)

MIKIO NARUSE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  Original title:  Aki tachinu Alternate title:  The Approach of Autumn Japan, 1960.  Toho Company.   Screenplay by Ryôzô Kasahara.   Cinematography by Jun Yasumoto.   Produced by Mikio Naruse.   Music by Ichiro Saito.   Production Design by Tatsuo Kita.   Film Editing by Eiji Ooi. A widow brings her son to Tokyo to…

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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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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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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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Record Of A Tenement Gentleman (1947)

YASUJIRO OZU Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5 Original title:  Nagaya Shinsiroku Japan, 1947.  Shôchiku Eiga.  Screenplay by Tadao Ikeda, Yasujiro Ozu.  Cinematography by Yuharu Atsuta.  Produced by Mitsuzo Kubo.  Music by Ichiro Saito.  Production Design by Tatsuo Hamada.  Costume Design by Taizo Saito.  Film Editing by Yoshi Sugihara.   Another Ozu classic, about a little boy who is accidentally abandoned by his father after they…

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The Flavour Of Green Tea Over Rice (1952)

YASUJIRO OZU Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBBB Original title:  Ochazuke No Aji Japan, 1952.  Shôchiku Eiga.  Screenplay by Kogo Noda, Yasujiro Ozu.  Cinematography by Yuharu Atsuta.  Produced by Takeshi Yamamoto.  Music by Ichiro Saito.  Production Design by Tatsuo Hamada.  Costume Design by Taizo Saito. Film Editing by Yoshiyasu Hamamura.   The possible disintegration of a marriage is charted in this brilliant film as…

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Ugetsu (1953)

KENJI MIZOGUCHI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  Original title:  Ugetsu Monogatari Japan, 1953.  Daiei Studios.  Story by Hisakazu Tsuji, Screenplay by Yoshikata Yoda, adaptation by Matsutaro Kawaguchi, from stories by Akinari Ueda.  Cinematography by Kazuo Miyagawa.  Produced by Masaichi Nagata.  Music by Fumio Hayasaka, Tamekichi Mochizuki, Ichiro Saito.  Production Design by Masatsugu Hashimoto.  Costume Design by Tadaoto Kainosho, Shima Yoshizane.  Film Editing by…

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Life Of Oharu (1952)

KENJI MIZOGUCHI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  Original title:  Saikaku Ichidai Onna Japan, 1952.  Koi Productions, Shintoho Film Distribution Committee.  Screenplay by Kenji Mizoguchi, Yoshikata Yoda, based on the novel Koshuku Ichidai Onna by Saikaku Ihara.  Cinematography by Yoshimi Hirano, Yoshimi Kono.  Produced by Hideo Koi, Kenji Mizoguchi.  Music by Ichiro Saito.  Production Design by Hiroshi Mizutani.  Film Editing by Toshio Goto.  …

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