Autumn Has Already Started (1960)

MIKIO NARUSE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  Original title:  Aki tachinu Alternate title:  The Approach of Autumn Japan, 1960.  Toho Company.   Screenplay by Ryôzô Kasahara.   Cinematography by Jun Yasumoto.   Produced by Mikio Naruse.   Music by Ichiro Saito.   Production Design by Tatsuo Kita.   Film Editing by Eiji Ooi. A widow brings her son to Tokyo to…

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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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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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