Adaptation · Drama · Japan

The Lovelorn Geisha (1960), The Temple of Wild Geese (1962)

Yuzo Kawashima Part 2 The Lovelorn Geisha (Mikio Naruse, Yuzo Kawashima, 1960) Also known as Evening Stream, it’s an intriguing collaboration between Naruse and Kawashima. There’re traces of Kawashima’s emphatic comedic timing particularly in the opening pool scene, but the film still felt largely in the realm of Naruse’s ethical drama. The multi-threaded narrative hinged on the… Continue reading The Lovelorn Geisha (1960), The Temple of Wild Geese (1962)

Adaptation · Drama · Japan

Susaki Paradise – Red Light District (1956)

Yuzo Kawashima Part 1: Susaki Paradise – Red Light District (1956) The name of Japanese director Yuzo Kawashima is still largely an unknown to many cinephiles outside his homeland since all but one of his works are unavailable in proper release and subtitle. The exception is A Sun-Tribe Myth from the Bakumatsu Era (1957) which has… Continue reading Susaki Paradise – Red Light District (1956)

Adaptation · Comedy · Criterion Collection · France · Music · Romance

#72 Le Million (1931)

#72 Le Million 1931 // France // René Clair Criterion Collection (LINK) The epitome of early “talkie” musical, René Clair‘s delightful Le Million, arguably his best work, is still a silly yet euphoric film to watch. It could cheer a depressive person up effortlessly with its simplicity. The experimental use of synchronized soundtrack in Under the… Continue reading #72 Le Million (1931)

Adaptation · Comedy · Criterion Collection · Drama · United States

#901 The Philadelphia Story (1940)

#901 The Philadelphia Story 1940 // USA // George Cukor Criterion Collection (LINK) I like old Hollywood classics, especially screwball comedy with impeccable dialogue written by a self-aware cleverness, which is no longer, or rarely, detectable in contemporary films (the most recent exception is perhaps The Big Sick). But from time to time, I watched one… Continue reading #901 The Philadelphia Story (1940)

Adaptation · Criterion Collection · Drama · France · War

#385 Army of Shadows (1969)

#385 Army of Shadows 1969 // France // Jean-Pierre Melville Criterion Collection (LINK) Army of Shadows starts with a Nazi army marching in the Champs-Élysées, with the Arch of Triumph at the background, surround by the incoming sound of drumming and the foot stamping. The sight of soldiers in uniform marching directly towards the camera evoke the… Continue reading #385 Army of Shadows (1969)

Adaptation · Criterion Collection · Drama · Sci-Fi · United States

6/10/2017 (Blade Runner 2049)

Blade Runner 2049 (Denis Villeneuve, 2017) – Letterboxd I absolutely love the 1982 Blade Runner (the final cut version) and I’m completely satisfied with what the filmmakers bring, both new and nostalgic, to the sequel; 2049 definitely lives up to the reputation of its predecessor, it imbues the right atmosphere, oppressed, decadent and grimy; The… Continue reading 6/10/2017 (Blade Runner 2049)

Adaptation · Crime · Criterion Collection · Film Noir · France

#448 Le Deuxième Souffle (1966)

#448 Le Deuxième Souffle 1966 // France // Jean-Pierre Melville Criterion Collection (LINK) Probably the first truly Melvillian film, refined and restrained, expansive in scope yet abstracted thematically, Le Deuxième Souffle (also known as The Second Breath) features various cliches of gangster and heist films and transcends them to the level of existentialism. As in other Melville’s film,… Continue reading #448 Le Deuxième Souffle (1966)