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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Red Beard (1965)

AKIRA KUROSAWA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  Original title:  Akahige Japan, 1965.  Kurosawa Production Co., Toho Company.  Screenplay by Akira Kurosawa, Hideo Oguni, Ryuzo Kikushima, Masato Ide, based on the novel Akahige shinryo Tan by Shugoro Yamamoto.  Cinematography by Asakazu Nakai, Takao Saito.  Produced by Ryuzo Kikushima, Tomoyuki Tanaka.  Music by Masaru Sato.  Production Design by Yoshiro Muraki.  Costume Design by Yoshiko Samejima.  Film Editing…

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High And Low (1963)

AKIRA KUROSAWA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  Original title:  Tengoku to Jigoku Japan, 1963.  Kurosawa Production Co., Toho Company.  Screenplay by Akira Kurosawa, Hideo Oguni, Ryuzo Kikushima, Eijiro Hisaita, based on the novel Kingu no Minoshirokin by Evan Hunter.  Cinematography by Asakazu Nakai, Takao Saito.  Produced by Ryuzo Kikushima, Tomoyuki Tanaka.  Music by Masaru Sato.  Production Design by Yoshiro Muraki.  Costume Design by…

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Yojimbo (1961)

AKIRA KUROSAWA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  Japan, 1961.  Kurosawa Production Co., Toho Company.  Story by Akira Kurosawa, Screenplay by Akira Kurosawa, Ryuzo Kikushima.  Cinematography by Kazuo Miyagawa.  Produced by Akira Kurosawa.  Music by Masaru Sato.  Production Design by Yoshiro Muraki.  Costume Design by Yoshiro Muraki.  Film Editing by Akira Kurosawa.   Akira Kurosawa was inspired primarily by American westerns when he wrote and…

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The Bad Sleep Well (1960)

AKIRA KUROSAWA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  Japan, 1960.  Toho Company, Kurosawa Production Co..  Screenplay by Akira Kurosawa, Ryuzo Kikushima, Eijiro Hisaita, Hideo Oguni, Shinobu Hashimoto.  Cinematography by Yuzuru Aizawa.  Produced by Akira Kurosawa, Tomoyuki Tanaka.  Music by Masaru Sato.  Production Design by Yoshiro Muraki.  Costume Design by Shoji Kurihara.  Film Editing by Akira Kurosawa. Stunning drama by Akira Kurosawa that features…

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The Hidden Fortress (1958)

AKIRA KUROSAWA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  Original title:  Kakushi Toride No San Akunin Japan, 1958.  Toho Company.  Screenplay by Ryuzo Kikushima, Hideo Oguni, Shinobu Hashimoto, Akira Kurosawa.  Cinematography by Kazuo Yamasaki.  Produced by Sanezumi Fujimoto, Akira Kurosawa.  Music by Masaru Sato.  Production Design by Yoshiro Muraki.  Costume Design by Masahiro Kato.  Film Editing by Akira Kurosawa.  Podcast:  My Criterions.   Critics have often told…

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Throne Of Blood (1957)

AKIRA KUROSAWA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  Original title:  Kumonosu-Joo Japan, 1957.  Toho Company, Kurosawa Production Co..  Screenplay by Akira Kurosawa, Hideo Oguni, Shinobu Hashimoto, Ryuzo Kikushima, based on the play Macbeth by William Shakespeare.  Cinematography by Asakazu Nakai.  Produced by Akira Kurosawa, Sojiro Motoki.  Music by Masaru Sato.  Production Design by Yoshiro Muraki.  Costume Design by Taiki Mori.   Akira Kurosawa adapts…

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