Scandal (1950)

AKIRA KUROSAWA Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  Original title:  Shûbun Japan, 1950.  Shochiku.  Screenplay by Ryuzo Kikushima, Akira Kurosawa.  Cinematography by Toshio Ubukata.  Produced by Takashi Koide.  Music by Fumio Hayasaka.  Production Design by Tatsuo Hamada.  Costume Design by Bunjiro Suzuki.  Film Editing by Yoshi Sugihara.   Toshirô Mifune plays a painter who is capturing a…

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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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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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Kwaidan (1964)

MASAKI KOBAYASHI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB Original title:  Kaidan Japan, 1964.  Bungei, Ninjin Club, Toho Company, Toyo Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha.  Screenplay by Yoko Mizuki, based on the novel by Lafcadio Hearn.  Cinematography by Yoshio Miyajima.  Produced by Shigeru Wakatsuki.  Music by Toru Takemitsu.  Production Design by Shigemasa Toda.  Costume Design by Masahiro Kato.  Film Editing by Hisashi Sagara.   This haunting film is…

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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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Kagemusha (1980)

AKIRA KUROSAWA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Alternate title:  Kagemusha: The Shadow Warrior Japan, 1980.  Kurosawa Production Co., Toho Company, Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation.  Screenplay by Akira Kurosawa, Masato Ide.  Cinematography by Takao Saito, Shoji Ueda.  Produced by Akira Kurosawa.  Music by Shinichiro Ikebe.  Production Design by Yoshiro Muraki.  Costume Design by Seiichiro Hagakusawa.   Beautiful war epic by Akira Kurosawa that runs…

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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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High And Low (1963)

AKIRA KUROSAWA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  Original title:  Tengoku to Jigoku Japan, 1963.  Kurosawa Production Co., Toho Company.  Screenplay by Akira Kurosawa, Hideo Oguni, Ryuzo Kikushima, Eijiro Hisaita, based on the novel Kingu no Minoshirokin by Evan Hunter.  Cinematography by Asakazu Nakai, Takao Saito.  Produced by Ryuzo Kikushima, Tomoyuki Tanaka.  Music by Masaru Sato.  Production Design by Yoshiro Muraki.  Costume Design by…

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Sanjuro (1962)

AKIRA KUROSAWA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  Original title:  Tsubaki Sanjuro Japan, 1962.  Toho Company, Kurosawa Production Co..  Screenplay by Hideo Oguni, Ryuzo Kikushima, Akira Kurosawa, based on the novel Nichinichi Heian by Shugoro Yamamoto.  Cinematography by Fukuzo Koizumi, Takao Saito.  Produced by Ryuzo Kikushima, Tomoyuki Tanaka.  Music by Masaru Sato.  Production Design by Yoshiro Muraki. A lighter, more comedic…

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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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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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