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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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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Double Suicide (1969)

MASAHIRO SHINODA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  Original title:  Shinju: Ten no Amijima Japan, 1969.  Art Theatre Guild, Hyôgen-sha.  Screenplay by Masahiro Shinoda, Toru Takemitsu, Taeko Tomioka, based on the play by Monzaemon Chikamatsu.  Cinematography by Toichiro Narushima.  Produced by Masayuki Nakajima, Masahiro Shinoda.  Music by Toru Takemitsu.  Production Design by Kiyoshi Awazu.  Costume Design by Kiyoshi Hashimoto. A tragic love story is…

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Tokyo Twilight (1957)

YASUJIRO OZU Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5 Original title:  Tokyo Boshoku Japan, 1957.  Shôchiku Eiga.  Screenplay by Kogo Noda, Yasujiro Ozu.  Cinematography by Yuharu Atsuta.  Produced by Shizuo Yamanouchi.  Music by Takanobu Saito.  Production Design by Tatsuo Hamada.  Film Editing by Yoshiyasu Hamamura.   The elder of two daughters (Setsuko Hara) has moved back home with her infant to live with her emotionally distanced…

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The Sword Of Doom (1966)

KIHACHI OKAMOTO Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB Original title:  Dai-Bosatsu Toge Japan, 1966.  Takarazuka Eiga Company Ltd., Toho Company.  Screenplay by Shinobu Hashimoto, based on the novel by Kaizan Nakazato.Cinematography by Hiroshi Murai.Produced by Sanezumi Fujimoto, Konparu Nanri, Masayuki Sato.  Music by Masaru Sato.  Production Design by Takashi Matsuyama.  Film Editing by Yoshitami Kuroiwa.   Exciting samurai tale that stars Japanese cinema…

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Kagemusha (1980)

AKIRA KUROSAWA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Alternate title:  Kagemusha: The Shadow Warrior Japan, 1980.  Kurosawa Production Co., Toho Company, Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation.  Screenplay by Akira Kurosawa, Masato Ide.  Cinematography by Takao Saito, Shoji Ueda.  Produced by Akira Kurosawa.  Music by Shinichiro Ikebe.  Production Design by Yoshiro Muraki.  Costume Design by Seiichiro Hagakusawa.   Beautiful war epic by Akira Kurosawa that runs…

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Dodes’ka-den (1970)

AKIRA KUROSAWA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  Japan, 1970.  Toho Company, Yonki-no-Kai Productions.  Screenplay by Akira Kurosawa, Hideo Oguni, Shinobu Hashimoto, based on the novel Kisetsu No Nai Machi by Shugoro Yamamoto.  Cinematography by Yasumichi Fukuzawa,Takao Saito.  Produced by Akira Kurosawa, Yoichi Matsue.  Music by Toru Takemitsu.  Production Design by Shinobu Muraki, Yoshiro Muraki.  Costume Design by Miyuki Suzuki.  Film Editing by Reiko…

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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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Sanjuro (1962)

AKIRA KUROSAWA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  Original title:  Tsubaki Sanjuro Japan, 1962.  Toho Company, Kurosawa Production Co..  Screenplay by Hideo Oguni, Ryuzo Kikushima, Akira Kurosawa, based on the novel Nichinichi Heian by Shugoro Yamamoto.  Cinematography by Fukuzo Koizumi, Takao Saito.  Produced by Ryuzo Kikushima, Tomoyuki Tanaka.  Music by Masaru Sato.  Production Design by Yoshiro Muraki. A lighter, more comedic…

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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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