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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Gate Of Hell (1953)

TEINOSUKE KINUGASA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  Original title:  Jigokumon Japan, 1953.  Daiei Studios.  Screenplay by Teinosuke Kinugasa, Masaichi Nagata, based on the play Kesa’s Husband by Kan Kikuchi.  Cinematography by Kohei Sugiyama. Produced by Masaichi Nagata.  Music by Yasushi Akutagawa.  Production Design by Hiroshi Ozawa.  Costume Design by Shima Yoshizane.  Film Editing by Shigeo Nishida.   A runaway art-house hit at its time,…

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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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Rashomon (1950)

AKIRA KUROSAWA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  Japan, 1950.  Daiei Motion Picture Company.  Screenplay by Akira Kurosawa, Shinobu Hashimoto, based on the stories Rashomon and In A Grove by Ryunosuke Akutagawa. Cinematography by Kazuo Miyagawa.  Produced by Minoru Jingo.  Music by Fumio Hayasaka.  Production Design by Takashi Matsuyama.  Film Editing by Akira Kurosawa.  Podcast:  My Criterions.   Exceptional Japanese drama by Akira…

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Ugetsu (1953)

KENJI MIZOGUCHI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  Original title:  Ugetsu Monogatari Japan, 1953.  Daiei Studios.  Story by Hisakazu Tsuji, Screenplay by Yoshikata Yoda, adaptation by Matsutaro Kawaguchi, from stories by Akinari Ueda.  Cinematography by Kazuo Miyagawa.  Produced by Masaichi Nagata.  Music by Fumio Hayasaka, Tamekichi Mochizuki, Ichiro Saito.  Production Design by Masatsugu Hashimoto.  Costume Design by Tadaoto Kainosho, Shima Yoshizane.  Film Editing by…

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Sansho The Bailiff (1954)

KENJI MIZOGUCHI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  Original title:  Sansho Dayu Japan, 1954.  Daiei Studios.  Screenplay by Yoshikata Yoda, idea by Hisakazu Tsuji, adaptation by Matsutaro Kawaguchi, based on the stories Asaji Ga Yado and Jasei No In by Akinari Ueda.  Cinematography by Kazuo Miyagawa.  Produced by Masaichi Nagata.  Music by Fumio Hayasaka, Kinshichi Kodera, Tamekichi Mochizuki.  Production Design by Hisakazu…

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