My Old Addiction

Movie Reviews By Bil Antoniou

Scandal (Shûbun) (1950)

AKIRA KUROSAWA Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  Japan, 1950.  Shochiku.  Screenplay by Ryuzo Kikushima, Akira Kurosawa.  Cinematography by Toshio Ubukata.  Produced by Takashi Koide.  Music by Fumio Hayasaka.  Production … Continue reading

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October 5, 2019 · Leave a comment

Empire Of Passion (Ai No Borei) (1978)

NAGISA OSHIMA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Japan/France, 1978.  Argos Films, Oshima Productions, Toho-Towa.  Story by Itoko Nakamura,Screenplay by Nagisa Oshima.  Cinematography by Yoshio Miyajima.  Produced by Anatole Dauman.  Music by Toru Takemitsu.  Production … Continue reading

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July 20, 2016 · Leave a comment

Onibaba

BBBB (out of 5) Thrilling ghost story with some sexy mayhem in between. A woman and her daughter-in-law live in abject poverty in feudal Japan, subsisting by killing the stray … Continue reading

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January 19, 2014 · Leave a comment

Gate Of Hell (Jigokumon)

BBB (out of 5) A runaway art-house hit at its time, this film has certainly not aged well when compared with its contemporaries.  It’s a simple story of love and … Continue reading

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December 23, 2013 · Leave a comment

Record Of A Tenement Gentleman (Nagaya Shinsiroku)

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Another Ozu classic, about a little boy who is accidentally abandoned by his father after they go to Tokyo to look for work. A man finds … Continue reading

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December 7, 2013 · Leave a comment

Good Morning (Ohayo)

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Yasujiro Ozu remakes his delightful silent film I Was Born, But… with equally adorable results. Once again it revolves around the antics of two impish brothers, … Continue reading

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December 7, 2013 · Leave a comment

In The Realm Of The Senses (Ai No Korida)

BB.5 (out of 5) Sex is ripened to the point of banality in this endlessly carnal melodrama by Nagisa Oshima. It’s based on a true story about a married man … Continue reading

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December 2, 2013 · Leave a comment

Black Rain (Kuroi Ame)

BBBB (out of 5) Arresting and unforgettable exploration of the devastation of Hiroshima, as young Yukiko comes to stay with her relatives a few years after they survived the dropping of … Continue reading

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September 19, 2013 · Leave a comment

The Pornographers (The Amorists) (Erogotshi-Tachi Yori: Jinruigaku Nyumon)

BBBB (out of 5) Perversely witty film by Shohei Imamura, about a man who makes pornographic films in an effort to support his girlfriend/landlady and her two children. His work … Continue reading

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August 7, 2013 · Leave a comment

The Ballad Of Narayama (Narayama-bushi ko) (1983)

BBBBB (out of 5) This masterpiece by Shohei Imamura satisfies on every level, including its story’s dramatic, tragic and comedic elements, a visual style that is natural and crafted at … Continue reading

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August 7, 2013 · Leave a comment