My Old Addiction

Movie Reviews By Bil Antoniou

The Ceremony (Gishiki) (1971)

NAGISA OSHIMA Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  Japan, 1971.  Art Theatre Guild, Daiei Studios, Sozosha.  Screenplay by Mamoru Sasaki, Tsutomu Tamura, Nagisa Oshima.  Cinematography by Toichiro Narushima.  Produced by … Continue reading

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November 27, 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

Crazed Fruit (Kurutta Kajitsu) (1956)

KO NAKAHIRA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  Japan, 1956.  Nikkatsu Film Company, Nikkatsu.  Screenplay by Shintaro Ishihara.  Cinematography by Shigeyoshi Mine.  Produced by Takiko Mizunoe.  Music by Masaru Sato, Toru Takemitsu.  Production Design by Takashi Matsuyama.  Film Editing … Continue reading

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March 15, 2015 · Leave a comment

Samurai Rebellion (Jôi-uchi: Hairyô tsuma shimatsu) (1967)

MASAKI KOBAYASHI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  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 … Continue reading

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September 7, 2014 · Leave a comment

Double Suicide (Shinju: Ten no Amijima) (1969)

MASAHIRO SHINODA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  Japan, 1969.  Art Theatre Guild, Hyôgen-sha.  Screenplay by Masahiro Shinoda, Toru Takemitsu, Taeko Tomioka, based on the play by Monzaemon Chikamatsu.  Cinematography by Toichiro Narushima.  Produced by … Continue reading

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May 27, 2014 · Leave a comment

Harakiri (Seppuku) (1962)

MASAKI KOBAYASHI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  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 … Continue reading

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October 25, 2013 · Leave a comment

Kwaidan (Kaidan)

BBBBB (out of 5) This haunting film is a collection of ghost stories written by Lafcadio Hearn, a Greek-Irish journalist who moved to Japan and wrote under the name Koizumi … Continue reading

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October 25, 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

Antonio Gaudi

BBB.5 (out of 5) Hiroshi Teshigahara takes his camera through Barcelona and films the magnificent, awe-inspiring architectural work of Antonio Gaudi, the unbounded artist whose vast body of work continues … Continue reading

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August 6, 2013 · 1 Comment

Dodes’ka-den

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Akira Kurosawa makes his first colour film with this dark but never depressing drama about life in the slums of Tokyo. It follows a disparate group of … Continue reading

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July 31, 2013 · Leave a comment

Ran

BBBB (out of 5) Akira Kurosawa looks to Shakespeare once again for inspiration in this colour-saturated epic based on King Lear. An aging king (cinema legend Tatsuya Nakadai) offers his … Continue reading

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July 31, 2013 · Leave a comment

A.K.

BBB (out of 5) A marvelous companion piece to Akira Kurosawa’s Ran that fans will thoroughly enjoy.  Chris Marker gets a close up view of the master filmmaker creating what … Continue reading

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July 9, 2013 · Leave a comment