Radiance (2017)

NAOMI KAWASE Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.   Original title:  Hikari Japan/France, 2017.  Comme des Cinémas, Kino Films, Kumie, MK2 Productions.  Screenplay by Naomi Kawase.  Produced by Naoya Kinoshita, Masa Sawada, Yumiko Takebe.  Music by Ibrahim Maalouf.  Film Editing by Tina Baz.  Cannes Film Festival 2017.  Toronto International Film Festival 2017. Ayame Misaki is excellent as a woman who has been assigned the…

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After Life (1998)

HIROKAZU KOREEDA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Original title:  Wandafuru Raifu Japan, 1998.  Engine Film, Sputnik Productions, TV Man Union.  Screenplay by Hirokazu Koreeda.  Cinematography by Masayoshi Sukita, Yutaka Yamazaki.  Produced by Masayuki Akieda, Shiho Sato.  Music by Yasuhiro Kasamatsu.  Production Design by Hideo Gunji, Toshihiro Isomi.  Film Editing by Hirokazu Koreeda.  Toronto International Film Festival 1998.   This subtle, coldly elegant film is a…

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Black Rain

BBBB (out of 5) Original title:  Kuroi Ame Arresting and unforgettable exploration of the devastation of Hiroshima, as young Yukiko comes to stay with her relatives a few years after they survived the dropping of the bomb.  In the aftermath of nuclear war, villagers create marriage prospects for their younger generations with the constant worry that they…

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