Older Brother, Younger sister (1953)

MIKIO NARUSE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   Original title:  Ani Imoto Japan, 1953.  Daiei Tokyo Daini.  Screenplay by Yoko Mizuki, based on the novel by Saisei Muro.  Cinematography by Shigeyoshi Mine.  Produced by Nobuo Miura.  Music by Ichiro Saito.  Production Design by Mikio Naka.  Costume Design by Terutaka Horiguchi.  Film Editing by Toyo Suzuki. Yoshiko Kuga is excellent as a young woman in a remote…

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Tokyo Chorus (1931)

YASUJIRO OZU Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB Original title:  Tôkyô no kôrasu Japan, 1931.  Shochiku Kinema.  Screenplay by Kogo Noda, adaptation & story by Komatsu Kitamura, Kogo Noda.  Cinematography by Hideo Shigehara.  Production Design by Minzo Kakuta, Tsunetaro Kawasaki, Beijiro Tanaka, Yonekazu Wakita.  Costume Design by Ko Saito.  Film Editing by Hideo Shigehara.   Early Ozu feature about the breadwinner of a Tokyo…

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Floating Weeds (1959)

YASUJIRO OZU Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  Original title:  Ukigusa Japan, 1959.  Daiei Studios.  Screenplay by Kogo Noda, Yasujiro Ozu, based on a screenplay by Tadao Ikeda.  Cinematography by Kazuo Miyagawa.  Produced by Masaichi Nagata.  Music by Takanobu Saito.  Production Design by Hideo Matsuyama.  Film Editing by Toyo Suzuki. This Yasujiro Ozu masterpiece (remade from his own silent film A Story of…

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Street Of Shame (1956)

KENJI MIZOGUCHI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Original title:  Akasen Chitai Japan, 1956.  Daiei Studios.  Screenplay by Masashige Narusawa, based on the novel by Susaki No Onna by Yoshiko Shibaki.  Cinematography by Kazuo Miyagawa.  Produced by Masaichi Nagata.  Music by Toshiro Mayuzumi.  Production Design by Hisao Ichikawa, Hiroshi Mizutani.  Costume Design by Tsugio Togo.  Film Editing by Kanji Suganuma.   Kenji Mizoguchi directed this…

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The Quiet Duel (1949)

AKIRA KUROSAWA Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  Original title:  Shizukanaru Ketto Japan, 1949.  Daiei Motion Picture Company,Daiei Studios, Film Art Association.  Screenplay by Akira Kurosawa, Senkichi Taniguchi, based on the play by Kazuo Kikuta.  Cinematography by Soichi Aisaka.  Produced by Hisao Ichikawa, Sojiro Motoki.  Music by Akira Ifukube.  Production Design by Koichi Imai.  Film Editing by Masanori Tsujii. Akira…

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