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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Samurai Rebellion (1967)

MASAKI KOBAYASHI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  Original title:  Jôi-uchi: Hairyô tsuma shimatsu Japan, 1967.  Mifune Productions Co. Ltd., Toho Company.  Screenplay by Shinobu Hashimoto, based on the novel by Yasuhiko Takiguchi.  Cinematography by Kazuo Yamada. Produced by Toshirô Mifune, Tomoyuki Tanaka.  Music by Toru Takemitsu.  Production Design by Yoshiro Muraki.  Film Editing by Hisashi Sagara. Another rock-solid masterpiece by Masaki Kobayashi, who provides…

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The Magnificent Seven (1960)

JOHN STURGES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   USA, 1960.  The Mirisch Company, Alpha Productions, Alpha.  Screenplay by William Roberts, based on the screenplay Shichinin No Samurai by Akira Kurosawa, Shinobu Hashimoto, Hideo Oguni.  Cinematography by Charles Lang.  Produced by John Sturges.  Music by Elmer Bernstein.  Production Design by Edward Fitzgerald.  Film Editing by Ferris Webster.   Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai is remade for the…

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Harakiri (1962)

MASAKI KOBAYASHI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  Original title:  Seppuku Japan, 1962.  Shôchiku Eiga.  Screenplay by Shinobu Hashimoto, Yasuhiko Takiguchi, based on the novel Ibun Ronin Ki by Yasuhiko Takiguchi.  Cinematography by Yoshio Miyajima.  Produced by Tatsuo Hosoya.  Music by Toru Takemitsu.  Production Design by Junpei Oosumi, Shigemasa Toda.  Costume Design by Mitsuzo Ueda.  Film Editing by Hisashi Sagara.   One of the most visually…

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The Sword Of Doom (1966)

KIHACHI OKAMOTO Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB Original title:  Dai-Bosatsu Toge Japan, 1966.  Takarazuka Eiga Company Ltd., Toho Company.  Screenplay by Shinobu Hashimoto, based on the novel by Kaizan Nakazato.Cinematography by Hiroshi Murai.Produced by Sanezumi Fujimoto, Konparu Nanri, Masayuki Sato.  Music by Masaru Sato.  Production Design by Takashi Matsuyama.  Film Editing by Yoshitami Kuroiwa.   Exciting samurai tale that stars Japanese cinema…

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Dodes’ka-den (1970)

AKIRA KUROSAWA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  Japan, 1970.  Toho Company, Yonki-no-Kai Productions.  Screenplay by Akira Kurosawa, Hideo Oguni, Shinobu Hashimoto, based on the novel Kisetsu No Nai Machi by Shugoro Yamamoto.  Cinematography by Yasumichi Fukuzawa,Takao Saito.  Produced by Akira Kurosawa, Yoichi Matsue.  Music by Toru Takemitsu.  Production Design by Shinobu Muraki, Yoshiro Muraki.  Costume Design by Miyuki Suzuki.  Film Editing by Reiko…

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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 Hidden Fortress (1958)

AKIRA KUROSAWA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  Original title:  Kakushi Toride No San Akunin Japan, 1958.  Toho Company.  Screenplay by Ryuzo Kikushima, Hideo Oguni, Shinobu Hashimoto, Akira Kurosawa.  Cinematography by Kazuo Yamasaki.  Produced by Sanezumi Fujimoto, Akira Kurosawa.  Music by Masaru Sato.  Production Design by Yoshiro Muraki.  Costume Design by Masahiro Kato.  Film Editing by Akira Kurosawa.  Podcast:  My Criterions.   Critics have often told…

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Throne Of Blood (1957)

AKIRA KUROSAWA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  Original title:  Kumonosu-Joo Japan, 1957.  Toho Company, Kurosawa Production Co..  Screenplay by Akira Kurosawa, Hideo Oguni, Shinobu Hashimoto, Ryuzo Kikushima, based on the play Macbeth by William Shakespeare.  Cinematography by Asakazu Nakai.  Produced by Akira Kurosawa, Sojiro Motoki.  Music by Masaru Sato.  Production Design by Yoshiro Muraki.  Costume Design by Taiki Mori.   Akira Kurosawa adapts…

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I Live In Fear: Record Of A Living Being (1955)

AKIRA KUROSAWA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Original title:  Ikimono No Kiroku Japan, 1955.  Toho Company.  Story by Akira Kurosawa, Fumio Hayasaka, Screenplay by Shinobu Hashimoto, Hideo Oguni.  Cinematography by Asakazu Nakai.  Produced by Sojiro Motoki.  Music by Masaru Sato.  Production Design by Yoshiro Muraki.  Costume Design by Miyuki Suzuki.  Film Editing by Chozo Kobata.   Toshirô Mifune dons age makeup to play the…

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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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