Comedy · Criterion Collection · Japan

#84 Good Morning

#84 Good Morning 1959 // Japan // Yasujiro Ozu Criterion Collection (LINK) The Delightful Charm of Ozu The first thing that bumps out of my mind while talking about Yasujiro Ozu would be his sweetly melancholic family drama, additionally, it’s also a necessity to mention Tokyo Story (1953) in the same conversation and present it as the epitome of… Continue reading #84 Good Morning

Comedy · Criterion Collection · Drama · Food · Japan

#868 Tampopo (1985)

#868 Tampopo  1985 // Japan // Juzo Itami Criterion Collection (LINK) Tampopo, the second feature directed by Juzo Itami following the award-winning satirical comedy The Funeral (1984), is arguably Itami’s most renowned work. Described as a “Noodle Western” by Itami himself, Tampopo is the most delicious film I have ever watched, perhaps besides Babette’s Feast… Continue reading #868 Tampopo (1985)

Adaptation · Criterion Collection · Drama · Japan · Romance

#832 The Story of the Last Chrysanthemum ‘残菊物語’ (1939)

#832 The Story of the Last Chrysanthemum ‘残菊物語’ 1939 // Japan // Kenji Mizoguchi 溝口健二 Criterion Release Date: 13 Sept 2016 (LINK) Link on my letterboxd review The lavishing spotlight on Mizoguchi’s artistic outputs, which began internationally with his last period of works in the 50s, have been faded unwittingly in recent memory. While his… Continue reading #832 The Story of the Last Chrysanthemum ‘残菊物語’ (1939)

Crime · Drama · Eclipse Series · Film Noir · Japan

Eclipse Series 38: Masaki Kobayashi Against the System

Eclipse Series 38: Masaki Kobayashi Against the System   The Thick-Walled Room 1956 // Japan // Masaki Kobayashi Originally made in 1953, The Thick-Walled Room, the third feature made by Masaki Kobayashi, was shelved by the studio until 1956, in fear of any taboo subject of war criminals offending the Americans. Kobayashi was offered the chance… Continue reading Eclipse Series 38: Masaki Kobayashi Against the System

Adaptation · Criterion Collection · Cult · Japan

#790 Lady Snowblood (1973)

#790 Lady Snowblood 修羅雪姫 1973 // Japan // Toshiya Fujita Criterion Release Date: January 5, 2016 (LINK) Lady Snowblood is unashamedly the genre film at its finest, no wonder Quentin Tarantino took it as the inspiration of his own Kill Bill saga (2003-04). But what took me as a surprise are the similarities and differences… Continue reading #790 Lady Snowblood (1973)

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)

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)