No Regrets For Our Youth (1946)

AKIRA KUROSAWA Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  Original title:  Waga seishun ni kuinashi Japan, 1946.  Toho Company.  Screenplay by Eijiro Hisaita, Akira Kurosawa, Keiji Matsuzaki.  Cinematography by Asakazu Nakai.  Produced by Keiji Matsuzaki.  Music by Tadashi Hattori.  Production Design by Keiji Kitagawa.  Film Editing by Akira Kurosawa. As Japan prepares to enter the war, academic…

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Tokyo Story

YASUJIRO OZU Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBBB.  Original title:  Tokyo Monogatari Japan, 1953.  Shôchiku Eiga.  Screenplay by Kogo Noda, Yasujiro Ozu.  Cinematography by Yuharu Atsuta.  Produced by Takeshi Yamamoto.  Music by Takanobu Saito.  Production Design by Tasuo Hamada.  Costume Design by Taizo Saito.  Film Editing by Yoshiyasu Hamamura.  Podcast:  My Criterions.   Yasujiro Ozu at the very top of his form, displaying his understanding of…

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Late Spring

YASUJIRO OZU Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBBB.  Original title:  Banshun Japan, 1949.  Shôchiku Eiga.  Screenplay by Yasujiro Ozu, Kogo Noda, based on the novel Chichi to Musume by Kazuo Hirotsu.  Cinematography by Yuharu Atsuta.  Produced by Takeshi Yamamoto.  Music by Senji Ito.  Production Design by Tatsuo Hamada.  Costume Design by Bunjiro Suzuki.  Film Editing by Yoshiyasu Hamamura.   A father greatly wishes for his only…

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Late Autumn

YASUJIRO OZU Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  Original title:  Akibiyori Japan, 1960.  Shôchiku Eiga.  Screenplay by Yasujiro Ozu, Kogo Noda, based on the novel by Ton Satomi.  Cinematography by Yuharu Atsuta.  Produced by Shizuo Yamanouchi.  Music by Takanobu Saito.  Production Design by Tomiji Shimizu. Costume Design by Toshikazu Sugiyama.  Film Editing by Yoshiyasu Hamamura.   At the memorial service of a deceased friend, three meddlesome…

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The End Of Summer

YASUJIRO OZU Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  Original title:  Kohayagawa-ke no Aki Japan, 1961.  Toho Company, Takarazaka Productions. Screenplay by Kogo Noda, Yasujiro Ozu.  Cinematography by Asakazu Nakai.  Produced by Sanezumi Fujimoto, Masakatsu Kaneko, Tadahiro Teramoto.  Music by Toshiro Mayuzumi.  Production Design by Tomo Shimogawara.  Film Editing by Koichi Iwashita.   Yasujiro Ozu’s second-last film is a loving portrait of a complex family. Gently…

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Tokyo Twilight

YASUJIRO OZU Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  Original title:  Tokyo Boshoku Japan, 1957.  Shôchiku Eiga.  Screenplay by Kogo Noda, Yasujiro Ozu.  Cinematography by Yuharu Atsuta.  Produced by Shizuo Yamanouchi.  Music by Takanobu Saito.  Production Design by Tatsuo Hamada.  Film Editing by Yoshiyasu Hamamura.   The elder of two daughters (Setsuko Hara) has moved back home with her infant to live with her emotionally distanced…

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Early Summer

YASUJIRO OZU Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBBB.  Original title:  Bakushuu Japan, 1951.  Shôchiku Eiga.  Screenplay by Kogo Noda, Yasujiro Ozu.  Cinematography by Yuharu Atsuta.  Produced by Takeshi Yamamoto.  Music by Senji Ito.  Production Design by Tatsuo Hamada.  Costume Design by Taizo Saito.  Film Editing by Yoshiyasu Hamamura.   The term “masterpiece” is limited when it comes to picking the best works by Yasujiro Ozu, who…

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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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