The End Of Summer (1961)

YASUJIRO OZU Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB Original title:  Kohayagawa-ke no Aki Japan, 1961.  Toho Company, Takarazaka Productions. Screenplay by Kogo Noda, Yasujiro Ozu.  Cinematography by Asakazu Nakai.  Produced by Sanezumi Fujimoto, Masakatsu Kaneko, Tadahiro Teramoto.  Music by Toshiro Mayuzumi.  Production Design by Tomo Shimogawara.  Film Editing by Koichi Iwashita.   Yasujiro Ozu’s second-last film is a loving portrait of a complex family. Gently…

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Good Morning (1959)

YASUJIRO OZU Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.5 Original title:  Ohayo Japan, 1959.  Shôchiku Eiga.  Screenplay by Kogo Noda, Yasujiro Ozu.  Cinematography by Yuharu Atsuta.  Produced by Shizuo Yamanouchi.  Music by Toshiro Mayuzumi.  Production Design by Tatsuo Hamada.  Film Editing by Yoshiyasu Hamamura.   Yasujiro Ozu remakes his delightful silent film I Was Born, But… with equally adorable results. Once again it revolves around the antics…

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Street Of Shame (1956)

KENJI MIZOGUCHI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Original title:  Akasen Chitai Japan, 1956.  Daiei Studios.  Screenplay by Masashige Narusawa, based on the novel by Susaki No Onna by Yoshiko Shibaki.  Cinematography by Kazuo Miyagawa.  Produced by Masaichi Nagata.  Music by Toshiro Mayuzumi.  Production Design by Hisao Ichikawa, Hiroshi Mizutani.  Costume Design by Tsugio Togo.  Film Editing by Kanji Suganuma.   Kenji Mizoguchi directed this…

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When A Woman Ascends The Stairs (1960)

MIKIO NARUSE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  Original title:  Onna Ga Kaidan Wo Agaru Toki Japan, 1960.  Toho Company.  Screenplay by Ryuzo Kikushima.  Cinematography by Masao Tamai.  Produced by Ryuzo Kikushima.  Music by Toshiro Mayuzumi.  Production Design by Satoru Chuko.  Costume Design by Hideko Takamine.  Film Editing by Eiji Ooi. A woman working as the hostess of a Tokyo nightclub since losing her…

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Tokyo Olympiad (1965)

KON ICHIKAWA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  Japan, 1965.  Organizing Committee for the Games of the XVIII Olympiad, Toho Company.  Screenplay by Kon Ichikawa, Yoshio Shirasaka, Shuntaro Tanikawa, Natto Wada. Cinematography by Kazuo Miyagawa, Kenji Nakamura, Shigeichi Nagano, Shigeo Murata, Tadashi Tanaka.  Produced by Suketaru Taguchi.  Music by Toshiro Mayuzumi.  Production Design by Yusaku Kamekura.  Film Editing by Tatsuji Nakashizu. The…

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Enjo (1958)

KON ICHIKAWA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Original title:  Conflagration Japan, 1958.  Daiei Kyoto, Daiei Motion Picture Company.  Screenplay by Kon Ichikawa, Keiji Hasebe, Yukio Mishima, Natto Wada.  Cinematography by Kazuo Miyagawa.  Produced by Masaichi Nagata.  Music by Toshiro Mayuzumi.  Production Design by Yoshinobu Nishioka.  Costume Design by Toshiaki Maki.  Film Editing by Shigeo Nishida. A son of a recently deceased priest is sent to…

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The Pornographers (1966)

SHOHEI IMAMURA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB Original title:  Erogotshi-Tachi Yori: Jinruigaku Nyumon Alternate title:  The Amorists Japan, 1966.  Imamura Productions, Nikkatsu.  Screenplay by Shohei Imamura, Koji Numata, based on the novel by Akiyuki Nosaka.  Cinematography by Shinsaku Himeda.  Produced by Shohei Imamura, Jiro Tomoda, Kazuya Yamamoto.  Music by Toshiro Kusonoki, Toshiro Mayuzumi.  Production Design by Hiromi Shiozawa, Ichiro Takada.  Film Editing by Mutsuo…

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Reflections In A Golden Eye (1967)

JOHN HUSTON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.   USA, 1967.  Warner Brothers/Seven Arts.   Screenplay by Chapman Mortimer, Gladys Hill, based on the novel by Carson McCullers.  Cinematography by Aldo Tonti.  Produced by John Huston, Ray Stark.  Music by Toshiro Mayuzumi.  Production Design by Stephen B. Grimes.  Costume Design by Dorothy Jeakins.  Film Editing by Russell Lloyd.  Podcast:  Bad Gay Movies. One of the…

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