Dragnet Girl (1933)

YASUJIRO OZU Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  Original title:  Hijosen no Onna Japan, 1933.  Shochiku Company.  Story by Yasujiro Ozu, Screenplay by Tadao Ikeda.  Cinematography by Hideo Shigehara.  Production Design by Yonekazu Wakita.  Costume Design by Ko Saito.  Film Editing by Kazuo Ishikawa, Minoru Kuribayashi.   Yasujiro Ozu makes a crime thriller and, not surprisingly, most of it takes place in the…

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Early Spring (1956)

YASUJIRO OZU Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB Original title:  Soshun Japan, 1956.  Shôchiku Eiga.  Screenplay by Yasujiro Ozu, Kogo Noda.  Cinematography by Yuharu Atsuta.  Produced by Shizuo Yamanouchi.  Music by Takanobu Saito.  Production Design by Tatsuo Hamada.  Costume Design by Yuji Nagashima.   Film Editing by Yoshiyasu Hamamura.   A newly hired salary man in 1950s Tokyo becomes quickly disillusioned with both working and married…

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A Story Of Floating Weeds (1934)

YASUJIRO OZU Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5 Original title:  Ukikusa Monogatari Japan, 1934.  Shochiku Company.  Story by Yasujiro Ozu, Screenplay by Tadao Ikeda.  Cinematography by Hideo Shigehara.  Music by Donald Sosin.  Production Design by Tatsuo Hamada.  Costume Design by Taizo Saito.  Film Editing by Hideo Shigehara.   This gorgeously shot silent film by Yasujiro Ozu was later remade by the director in…

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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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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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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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The Lower Depths (1957)

AKIRA KUROSAWA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Original title:  Donzoko Japan, 1957.  Toho Company.  Screenplay by Akira Kurosawa, Hideo Oguni, based on the play by Maxim Gorky.  Cinematography by Kazuo Yamasaki.  Produced by Akira Kurosawa. Music by Masaru Sato.  Production Design by Yoshiro Muraki.  Costume Design by Yoshiko Samejima.  Film Editing by Akira Kurosawa. Kurosawa’s great admiration for the theatre and for…

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