One Wonderful Sunday (1947)

AKIRA KUROSAWA Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  Original title:  Subarashiki nichiyôbi Japan, 1947. Toho Company.  Screenplay by Akira Kurosawa, Keinosuke Uekusa.  Cinematography by Asakazu Nakai.  Produced by Sojiro Motoki.  Music by Tadashi Hattori.  Production Design by Kazuo Kubo.  Film Editing by Zenji Koizumi. Yuzo and Masako are engaged but can’t get married yet, their financial…

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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 Summer

YASUJIRO OZU Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBBB.  Original title:  Bakushuu Japan, 1951.  Shôchiku Eiga.  Screenplay by Kogo Noda, Yasujiro Ozu.  Cinematography by Yuharu Atsuta.  Produced by Takeshi Yamamoto.  Music by Senji Ito.  Production Design by Tatsuo Hamada.  Costume Design by Taizo Saito.  Film Editing by Yoshiyasu Hamamura.   The term “masterpiece” is limited when it comes to picking the best works by Yasujiro Ozu, who…

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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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Sanshiro Sugata Part Two (1945)

AKIRA KUROSAWA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  Original title:  Zoku Sugata Sanshiro Japan, 1945.  Toho Company.  Screenplay by Akira Kurosawa, based on the novel by Tsuneo Tomita.  Cinematography by Takeo Ito.  Produced by Motohiko Ito.  Music by Seeichi Suzuki.  Production Design by Kazuo Kubo.  Film Editing by Akira Kurosawa. The studio was so impressed by the success of Kurosawa’s first feature about…

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The Most Beautiful (1944)

AKIRA KUROSAWA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Original title:  Ichiban Utsukushiku Japan, 1944.  Toho Company.  Screenplay by Akira Kurosawa.  Cinematography by Joji Ohara.  Produced by Motohiko Ito, Jin Usami.  Music by Seeichi Suzuki.  Production Design by Teruaki Abe. Akira Kurosawa was enlisted to make a film to help the war effort, at that point a situation that was starting to look…

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Sanshiro Sugata (1943)

AKIRA KUROSAWA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  Original title:  Sugata Sanshiro Japan, 1943.  Toho Company, Toho Film (Eiga) Co. Ltd..  creenplay by Akira Kurosawa, based on the novel by Tsuneo Tomita.  Cinematography by Akira Mimura.  Produced by Keiji Matsuzaki.  Music by Seeichi Suzuki.  Production Design by Masao Tozuka.  Film Editing by Toshio Goto, Akira Kurosawa.   Akira Kurosawa’s first film as sole…

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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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