The Ceremony (1971)

NAGISA OSHIMA Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  Original title:  Gishiki Japan, 1971.  Art Theatre Guild, Daiei Studios, Sozosha.  Screenplay by Mamoru Sasaki, Tsutomu Tamura, Nagisa Oshima.  Cinematography by Toichiro Narushima.  Produced by Kinshirô Kuzui, Takuji Yamaguchi.  Music by Toru Takemitsu.  Production Design by Shigenori Shimoishizaka. Film Editing by Keiichi Uraoka. Nagisa Oshima treats post-war…

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Empire Of Passion (1978)

NAGISA OSHIMA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Original title:  Ai No Borei 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 Design by Jusho Toda.  Film Editing by Keiichi Uraoka.   Nagisa Oshima follows his notoriously explicit In The Realm of The Senses with a tamer…

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Crazed Fruit (1956)

KO NAKAHIRA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  Original title:  Kurutta Kajitsu 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 by Masanori Tsujii. Two teenage brothers go on a beach vacation with their heads chock full of all the girls they plan…

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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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Double Suicide (1969)

MASAHIRO SHINODA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  Original title:  Shinju: Ten no Amijima 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 Masayuki Nakajima, Masahiro Shinoda.  Music by Toru Takemitsu.  Production Design by Kiyoshi Awazu.  Costume Design by Kiyoshi Hashimoto. A tragic love story is…

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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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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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Black Rain (1989)

SHOHEI IMAMURA Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB Original title:  Kuroi Ame Japan, 1989.  Hayashibara Group, Imamura Productions, Tohokushinsha Film Corporation.  Screenplay by Shohei Imamura, Toshiro Ishido, based on the novel by Masuji Ibuse.Cinematography by Takashi Kawamata.  Produced by Hisashi Iino.  Music by Toru Takemitsu.  Production Design by Hisao Inagaki.  Costume Design by Hidefumi Sueyoshi.  Film Editing by Hajime Okayasu.   Arresting and unforgettable…

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Antonio Gaudi (1984)

HIROSHI TESHIGAHARA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  Japan, 1984.  Teshigahara Productions, Toho. Cinematography by Junichi Segawa, Ryu Segawa, Yoshikazu Yanagida.  Produced by Noriko Nomura.  Music by Shinji Hori, Kurodo Mori, Toru Takemitsu.  Film Editing by Hiroshi Teshigahara, Eiko Yoshida.   Hiroshi Teshigahara takes his camera through Barcelona and films the magnificent, awe-inspiring architectural work of Antonio Gaudi, the unbounded artist…

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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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Ran (1985)

AKIRA KUROSAWA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  France/Japan, 1985.  Greenwich Film Productions, Herald Ace, Nippon Herald Films.  Screenplay by Akira Kurosawa, Hideo Oguni, Masato Ide, based on the play King Lear by William Shakespeare.  Cinematography by Asakazu Nakai, Takao Saito, Shoji Ueda.  Produced by Masato Hara, Serge Silberman.  Music by Toru Takemitsu.  Production Design by Shinobu Muraki, Yoshiro Muraki.  Costume Design by…

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A.K. (1985)

CHRIS MARKER Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.  France/Japan, 1985.  Greenwich Film Productions, Herald Ace, Nippon Herald Films.  Screenplay by Chris Marker.  Cinematography by Frans-Yves Marescot.  Produced by Serge Silberman.  Music by Toru Takemitsu.  Film Editing by Chris Marker.   A marvelous companion piece to Akira Kurosawa’s Ran that fans will thoroughly enjoy.  Chris Marker gets a close up view of the…

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