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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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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Golden Demon (1954)

KOJI SHIMA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  Original title:  Konjiki Yasha Japan, 1954.  Daiei Studios.   Screenplay by Koji Shima, adaptation by Matsutaro Kawaguchi, based on a novel by Koyo Ozaki.   Cinematography by Michio Takahashi.   Produced by Masaichi Nagata.    Music by Ichiro Saito.   Enjoyable melodrama from Japan is notable for its strikingly rich colour cinematography. A young woman in…

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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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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 Woman Who Touched Legs (1960)

YASUZO MASUMURA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  Original title:  Ashi ni Sawatta Onna Japan, 1960.  Daiei Studios.  Screenplay by Kon Ichikawa, Natto Wada.  Cinematography by Hiroshi Murai.  Produced by Hiroaki Fujii, Kon Ichikawa, Masaichi Nagata.  Music by Tetsuo Tsukahara.  Production Design by Shigeo Mano.  Film Editing by Tatsuji Nakashizu.   Silly, forgettable remake of the 1952 classic by Japanese master Kon Ichikawa. Machiko Kyô…

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