A Wife’s Heart (1956)

MIKIO NARUSE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  Original title:  Tsuma no kokoro Japan, 1956.  Toho Company.  Screenplay by Toshirô Ide.  Cinematography by Masao Tamai.  Produced by Sanezumi Fujimoto, Masakatsu Kaneko.  Music by Ichiro Saito.  Production Design by Satoru Chuko.  Film Editing by Eiji Ooi. A family at a crossroads comprises the nucleus of this…

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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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Samurai III: Duel At Ganryu Island (1956)

HIROSHI INAGAKI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB Original title:  Miyamoto Musashi Kanketsuhen: Kettoo Ganryuujima Japan, 1956.  Toho Company.  Screenplay by Hiroshi Inagaki, Tokuhei Wakao, based on the play by Hideji Hojo, from the novel by Eiji Yoshikawa.  Cinematography by Kazuo Yamada.  Produced by Kazuo Takimura.  Music by Ikuma Dan.  Production Design by Kisaku Ito.  Film Editing by Koichi Iwashita.   Podcast:  My Criterions.   And…

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Akira Kurosawa’s Dreams (1990)

AKIRA KUROSAWA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA/Japan, 1990.  Warner Bros., Akira Kurosawa USA.  Screenplay by Akira Kurosawa.  Cinematography by Takao Saito, Shoji Ueda.  Produced by Mike Y. Inoue, Hisao Kurosawa.  Music by Shinichiro Ikebe.  Production Design by Yoshiro Muraki, Akira Sakuragi.  Costume Design by Emi Wada.  Film Editing by Tome Minami.   Japan’s most celebrated filmmaker, Akira Kurosawa, delves into the…

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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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Yojimbo (1961)

AKIRA KUROSAWA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  Japan, 1961.  Kurosawa Production Co., Toho Company.  Story by Akira Kurosawa, Screenplay by Akira Kurosawa, Ryuzo Kikushima.  Cinematography by Kazuo Miyagawa.  Produced by Akira Kurosawa.  Music by Masaru Sato.  Production Design by Yoshiro Muraki.  Costume Design by Yoshiro Muraki.  Film Editing by Akira Kurosawa.   Akira Kurosawa was inspired primarily by American westerns when he wrote and…

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Seven Samurai (1954)

AKIRA KUROSAWA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  Original title:  Shichinin No Samurai Alternate title:  The Magnificent Seven Japan, 1954.  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.  Costume Design by Kohei Ezaki, Mieko Yamaguchi.  Film Editing by Akira Kurosawa.  Podcast:  My Criterions.   Epic masterpiece 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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