Adaptation · Criterion Collection · Drama · Japan

#567 The Makioka Sisters (1983)

Criterion Challenge #567 The Makioka Sisters 細雪 1983 // Japan // Kon Ichikawa Release: Jun 14, 2011 The date when this post is published (20/11/2015), it would have been the 100th birthday of Kon Ichikawa, a prolific Japanese director whose works spanned from 1946 (a short puppet film) up to 2006 with THE INUGAMIS (the second adaptation… Continue reading #567 The Makioka Sisters (1983)

Blogathon · Criterion Collection

#CriterionBlogathon: “Criterion Collection and the Spine Number”

Criterion Collection and the Spine Number “I wish I knew how to quit you.” As much as Jack Twist’s love to Ennis is torturous, it just shows how deep that love is. Same thing can be said to the obsessive devotion to the Criterion Collection from the large fan base, accrued from the generation of… Continue reading #CriterionBlogathon: “Criterion Collection and the Spine Number”

Austria · Crime · Criterion Collection · Drama

#502 Revanche (2008)

  Criterion Challenge #502 Revanche 2008 // Austria // Götz Spielmann Release: Feb 16, 2010 It’s intriguing to note that the Criterion Collection opted for releasing REVANCHE as the first and, up until now in 2015, the only Austrian production of film in the entire collection (DVD and Blu-ray). Except the earlier works from Michael Haneke (the… Continue reading #502 Revanche (2008)

Criterion Collection · Drama · Violence

#780 Code Unknown

Criterion Challenge #780 Code Unknown 2000 // France // Michael Haneke Release: 10 Nov 2015 Breaking the Code Watching Michael Haneke films is a torture and a guilty pleasure, the pain it invoked is the “realization of human’s evil”, where else the pleasure is “learning to endure and cope with the irresistible evil”. Arguably, since no real happy… Continue reading #780 Code Unknown

Criterion Collection · Drama · Italy · Romance · United States

#202 Terminal Station / Indiscretion of an American Wife (1953)

Criterion Challenge #202 Terminal Station / Indiscretion of an American Wife   1953 // Italy, United States // Vittorio De Sica Criterion Release: Aug 19, 2003 Looking back to the productive and lustrous career of Vittorio De Sica, an Italian actor-turned-director, TERMINAL STATION was nothing but a mishap. A co-production between De Sica’s own company… Continue reading #202 Terminal Station / Indiscretion of an American Wife (1953)

Criterion Collection · Japan · Samurai

#302 Harakiri (1962)

Criterion Challenge #302 Harakiri  切腹   1962 // Japan // Masaki Kobayashi Release: Aug 23, 2005 (DVD); Oct 4, 2011 (Blu-ray) Harakiri, or more precisely called in Japanese as Seppuku (切腹), came from the kanji of“hara’ (腹), means the belly or the abdomen, and“kiri”(切り) which means the cutting. This voluntary suicide ritual by disembowelment embodied the Bushido code… Continue reading #302 Harakiri (1962)