Older Brother, Younger sister (1953)

MIKIO NARUSE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   Original title:  Ani Imoto Japan, 1953.  Daiei Tokyo Daini.  Screenplay by Yoko Mizuki, based on the novel by Saisei Muro.  Cinematography by Shigeyoshi Mine.  Produced by Nobuo Miura.  Music by Ichiro Saito.  Production Design by Mikio Naka.  Costume Design by Terutaka Horiguchi.  Film Editing by Toyo Suzuki. Yoshiko Kuga is excellent as a young woman in a remote…

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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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Equinox Flower (1958)

YASUJIRO OZU Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB Original title:  Higanbana Japan, 1958.  Shôchiku Eiga.  Screenplay by Kogo Noda, Yasujiro Ozu, based on the novel by Ton Santoni.  Cinematography by Yuharu Atsuta.  Produced by Shizuo Yamanouchi.  Music by Takanobu Saito.  Production Design by Tatsuo Hamada.  Costume Design by Yuji Nagashima.  Film Editing by Yoshiyasu Hamamura.   Yasujiro Ozu’s first colour film is a touching story that…

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The Idiot (1951)

AKIRA KUROSAWA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Original title:  Hakuchi Japan, 1951.  Shôchiku Eiga.  Screenplay by Akira Kurosawa, Eijiro Hisaita, based on the novel by Fyodor Dostoevsky.  Cinematography by Toshio Ubukata.  Produced by Takashi Koide.  Music by Fumio Hayasaka.  Production Design by Takashi Matsuyama.  Film Editing by Akira Kurosawa. Dostoyevsky’s novel comes to the screen with sensitive beauty and delicacy by Akira…

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