Story Of A Prostitute (1965)

SEIJUN SUZUKI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Original title:  Shunpu Den Alternate titles:  Comfort Women, Joy Girls Japan, 1965.  Nikkatsu.  Screenplay by Hajime Takaiwa, from a story by Taijiro Tamura.  Cinematography by Kazue Nagatsuka.  Produced by Kaneo Iwai.  Music by Naozumi Yamamoto.  Production Design by Takeo Kimura.  Film Editing by Akira Suzuki.   Seijun Suzuki combines the worst tragedies of war with its most…

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Branded To Kill (1967)

SEIJUN SUZUKI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  Original title:  Koroshi No Rakuin Japan, 1967.  Nikkatsu.  Screenplay by Hachiro Guryu, Mitsutoshi Ishigami, Takeo Kimura, Chusei Sone, Atsushi Yamatoya.  Cinematography by Kazue Nagatsuka.  Produced by Kaneo Iwai.  Music by Naozumi Yamamoto.  Production Design by Motozo Kawahara.  Film Editing by Akira Suzuki. In this incredibly odd Japanese action movie, a psyched-out hit man becomes the hunted when he…

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Tokyo Drifter (1967)

SEIJUN SUZUKI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Original title:  Tokyo Nagaremono Japan, 1966.  Nikkatsu.  Screenplay by Kohan Kawauchi.  Cinematography by Shigeyoshi Mine.  Produced by Tetsuro Nakagawa.  Music by Hajime Kaburagi.  Production Design by Takeo Kimura.  Film Editing by Shinya Inoue. One of Seijun Suzuki’s most enjoyable films, this colourfully photographed crime drama features a marvelous screenplay and bouncy art direction. After a crime…

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Tampopo (1985)

JUZO ITAMI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB Alternate title:  Dandelion Japan, 1985.  Itami Productions, New Century Productions.  Screenplay by Juzo Itami.  Cinematography by Masaki Tamura.  Produced by Seigo Hosogoe, Juzo Itami, Yasushi Tamaoki.  Music by Kunihiko Murai.  Production Design by Takeo Kimura.  Costume Design by Emiko Kogo.  Film Editing by Akira Suzuki.   A cowboy (Tsutomu Yamazaki) walks into a noodle restaurant and informs its…

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