Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda (2017)

STEPHEN NOMURA SCHIBLE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  Japan/USA, 2017.  AVROTROS, Avex Digital, Borderland Media, Cineric Creative, DENTSU Music And Entertainment, Documentary Japan, Kadokawa, NHK.   Cinematography by Tom Richmond, Neo Sora.   Produced by Eric Nyari, Stephen Nomura Schible.   Film Editing by Keiko Deguchi, Hisayo Kushida, Yûji Ohshige.  After decades of creating music, for himself…

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Taboo (1999)

NAGISA OSHIMA Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB Original Title: Gohatto Japan/France/United Kingdom, 1999. Oshima Productions, Shochiku, Kadokawa Shoten Publishing Co., Imagica Corp., BS Asahi, Eisei Gekijo, Bac Films, Le Studio Canal+, Recorded Picture Company.  Screenplay by Nagisa Oshima, based on the novel by Ryôtarô Shiba.  Cinematography by Toyomichi Kurita.  Produced by Shigehiro Nishimura, Eiko…

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Tony Takitani (2004)

JUN ICHIKAWA Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5. Original Title: Tonî Takitani Japan, 2004.  Breath, Wilco Co..   Screenplay by Jun Ichikawa, based on the short story by Haruki Murakami.  Cinematography by Taishi Hirokawa. Produced by Naoki Hashimoto, Motoki Ishida.  Music by Ryûichi Sakamoto. Production Design by Yoshikazu Ichida. Film Editing by Tomoh Sanjo. Independent Spirit…

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Kuroneko (1968)

KANETO SHINDO Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.5. Original Title: Yabu no naka no kuroneko Japan, 1968.  Toho Company.   Screenplay by Kaneto Shindo.  Cinematography by Norimichi Igawa, Kiyomi Kuroda.  Produced by Nobuyo Horiba, Kazuo Kuwahara, Setsuo Noto.  Music by Hikaru Hayashi.   Production Design by Takashi Marumo.   Costume Design by Yoshio Ueno. Film Editing by Hisao…

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Asako I & II (2018)

RYUSUKE HAMAGUCHI Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5 Original Title: Netemo sametemo Japan/France, 2018.  Bitters End, C&I Entertainment, Comme des Cinémas, Elephant House, Nagoya Broadcasting Network, Netemo Sametemo Production Committee.  Screenplay by Sachiko Tanaka, Ryûsuke Hamaguchi, based on Netemo Sametemo by Tomoka Shibasaki.  Cinematography by Yasuyuki Sasaki.  Music by Tofubeats. Film Editing by Azusa Yamazaki….

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La Ciénaga (2001)

LUCRECIA MARTEL Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.5. Argentina/France/Spain/Japan, 2001. 4k Films, Wanda Visión S.A., Cuatro Cabezas, TS Productions.  Screenplay by Lucrecia Martel.  Cinematography by Hugo Colace.  Produced by Lita Stantic.  Production Design by Graciela Oderigo.  Film Editing by Santiago Ricci.  Toronto International Film Festival 2001.  The sultry air of summer thickens the atmosphere from…

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War of The Buttons (1994)

JOHN ROBERTS Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  United Kingdom/France/Japan/USA, 1994.  Enigma Productions, Fujisankei Communication Group, Hugo Films, Les Productions de la Gueville, Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Colin Welland, based on the film La Guerre Des Boutons by Yves Robert and the novel by Louis Pergaud.  Cinematography by Bruno de Keyzer.  Produced by David Puttnam. …

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Mirai (2018)

MAMORU HOSODA Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  Original Title:  Mirai no Mirai Japan, 2018.  Chukyo TV Broadcasting Company, Dentsu, East Japan Marketing & Communications Inc., Fukuoka Broadcasting System, Hiroshima Telecasting, Kadokawa, Lawson,Line, Madhouse, Miyagi Television Broadcasting, NTT Docomo, Nippon Television Network, Sapporo Television Broadcasting Company, Shizuoka Daiichi Television, Studio Chizu, The Yomiuri Shimbun, Toho Company,…

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A Colt Is My Passport (1967)

TAKASHI NOMURA Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  Original title:  Koruto wa ore no pasupooto Japan, 1967.  Nikkatsu.  Screenplay by Hideichi Nagahara, Nobuo Yamada, based on the novel by Shinji Fujiwara.  Cinematography by Shigeyoshi Mine.    Produced by Takeo Yanagawa.  Music by Harumi Ibe.  Production Design by Toshiyuki Matsui.  Film Editing by Akira Suzuki. Sterling example…

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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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The Ceremony (1971)

NAGISA OSHIMA Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  Original title:  Gishiki Japan, 1971.  Art Theatre Guild, Daiei Studios, Sozosha.  Screenplay by Mamoru Sasaki, Tsutomu Tamura, Nagisa Oshima.  Cinematography by Toichiro Narushima.  Produced by Kinshirô Kuzui, Takuji Yamaguchi.  Music by Toru Takemitsu.  Production Design by Shigenori Shimoishizaka. Film Editing by Keiichi Uraoka. Nagisa Oshima treats post-war…

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