Departures (2008)

YOJIRO TAKITA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  Original title:  Okuribito Japan, 2008.  Amuse Soft Entertainment, Asahi Shimbun, Dentsu, Mainichi Broadcasting System, Sedic, Shochiku Company, Shogakukan, TBS Radio & Communications, Tokyo Broadcasting System.  Screenplay by Kundo Koyama.  Cinematography by Takeshi Hamada.  Produced by Toshiaki Nakazawa, Ichiro Nobukuni, Toshihisa Watai.  Music by Joe Hisaishi.  Production Design by Takeshi Hamada.  Costume Design by Katsuhiko Kitamura.  Film Editing by…

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Vexille (2007)

FUMIHIKO SORI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Original title:  Bekushiru: 2077 Nihon Sakoku Japan, 2007.  Avex Entertainment, CCRE, Oxybot, Shochiku Company, Shogakukan Production, Shogakukan, Tokyo Broadcasting System, Yahoo Japan.  Screenplay by Haruka Handa, Fumihiko Sori.  Produced by Justin Cook, Toshiaki Nakazawa, Ichiro Takase, Yumiko Yoshihara.  Music by Paul Oakenfold.  Production Design by Toru Hishiyama.  Film Editing by Fumihiko Sori.   In mid-21st century…

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Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai (2011)

TAKASHI MIIKE Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.   Original title:  Ichimei Japan/United Kingdom, 2011.  Recorded Picture Company, Sedic International, Amuse Soft Entertainment, Asahi Shimbun, Dentsu, Kôdansha, Oriental Light and Magic, Shochiku Company, Yahoo Japan, Yamanashi Broadcasting System, Yamanashi Nichinichi Shimbun.   Screenplay by Kikumi Yamagishi, based on the novel Ibun ronin-ki by Yasuhiko Takiguchi.  Cinematography by Nobuyasu Kita.  Produced by…

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