Outrage (2010)

TAKESHI KITANO Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.  Original title:  Autoreiji Alternate title:  The Outrage Japan, 2010.  Bandai Visual Company, Office Kitano, Omnibus Japan, TV Tokyo, Tokyo FM Broadcasting Co..  Screenplay by Takeshi Kitano.  Cinematography by Katsumi Yanagijima.  Produced by Masayuki Mori, Takio Yoshida.  Music by Keiichi Suzuki.  Production Design by Norihiro Isoda.  Costume Design by Kazuko…

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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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The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi (2003)

TAKESHI KITANO Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Japan, 2003.  Asahi National Broadcasting Company, Bandai Visual Company, DENTSU Music And Entertainment, Office Kitano, Saitô Entertainment, TV Asahi, Tokyo FM Broadcasting Co..  Screenplay by Takeshi Kitano, inspired by the novels by Kan Shimozawa.  Cinematography by Katsumi Yanagijima.  Produced by Jack Maeby, Masayuki Mori, Tsunehisa Saito.  Music by Keiichi Suzuki.  Production Design by Norihiro…

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When A Woman Ascends The Stairs (1960)

MIKIO NARUSE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  Original title:  Onna Ga Kaidan Wo Agaru Toki Japan, 1960.  Toho Company.  Screenplay by Ryuzo Kikushima.  Cinematography by Masao Tamai.  Produced by Ryuzo Kikushima.  Music by Toshiro Mayuzumi.  Production Design by Satoru Chuko.  Costume Design by Hideko Takamine.  Film Editing by Eiji Ooi. A woman working as the hostess of a Tokyo nightclub since losing her…

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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 Idiot (1951)

AKIRA KUROSAWA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Original title:  Hakuchi Japan, 1951.  Shôchiku Eiga.  Screenplay by Akira Kurosawa, Eijiro Hisaita, based on the novel by Fyodor Dostoevsky.  Cinematography by Toshio Ubukata.  Produced by Takashi Koide.  Music by Fumio Hayasaka.  Production Design by Takashi Matsuyama.  Film Editing by Akira Kurosawa. Dostoyevsky’s novel comes to the screen with sensitive beauty and delicacy by Akira…

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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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Sanshiro Sugata Part Two (1945)

AKIRA KUROSAWA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  Original title:  Zoku Sugata Sanshiro Japan, 1945.  Toho Company.  Screenplay by Akira Kurosawa, based on the novel by Tsuneo Tomita.  Cinematography by Takeo Ito.  Produced by Motohiko Ito.  Music by Seeichi Suzuki.  Production Design by Kazuo Kubo.  Film Editing by Akira Kurosawa. The studio was so impressed by the success of Kurosawa’s first feature about…

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The Men Who Tread On The Tiger’s Tail (1945)

AKIRA KUROSAWA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  Original title:  Tora No O Wo Fumu Otokotachi Alternate title:  They Who Tread On The Tiger’s Tail Japan, 1945.  Toho Company.  Screenplay by Akira Kurosawa, based on the plays Kanjincho by Anonymous, Gohei Namiki, and Ataka by Anonymous.  Cinematography by Takeo Ito.  Produced by Motohiko Ito.  Music by Tadashi Hattori.  Production Design by Kazuo Kubo.  Film…

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Chacun Son Cinema, ou Ce Petit Coup Au Coeur Quand La Lumiere S’Eteint et Que Le Film Commence (2007)

Theodoros Angelopoulos, Olivier Assayas, Bille August, Jane Campion, Youssef Chahine, Kaige Chen, Michael Cimino, Ethan Coen, Joel Coen, David Cronenberg, Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne, Manoel de Oliveira, Raymond Depardon, Atom Egoyan, Amos Gitai, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Hsiao-Hsien Hou, Aki Kaurismaki, Abbas Kiarostami, Takeshi Kitano, Andrey Konchalovskiy, Claude Lelouch, Ken Loach, David Lynch, Nanni Moretti, Roman Polanski,…

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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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