Adaptation · Criterion Collection · Drama · Japan · Mystery

#309 Ugetsu (1953)

#309 Ugetsu 1953 // Japan // Kenji Mizoguchi Criterion Collection (LINK) The Ghost, the Bad and the Women Ugetsu has been praised as the masterpiece of Japanese cinema ever since it was released and won the Silver Lion Award at the 1953 Venice Film Festival, and alongside with Akira Kurosawa’s Rashomon (1950), it’s the film accounted… Continue reading #309 Ugetsu (1953)

Adaptation · Crime · Criterion Collection · Drama · Film Noir · Japan

#24 High and Low (1963)

#24 High and Low 1963 // Japan // Akira Kurosawa Criterion Collection (LINK) High Up in Heaven or Down in Hell The films by Akira Kurosawa in majority, no matter jidaigeki/samurai or contemporary, are subsumed with a deep sense of social conscience and often concretise the inexorable socio-economic division. Amidst all, High and Low would be the aptest… Continue reading #24 High and Low (1963)

Adaptation · Criterion Collection · Drama · Japan

The Rickshaw Man 無法松の一生 (1958)

The Rickshaw Man 無法松の一生 1958 // Japan // Hiroshi Inagaki An Unregrettable Life Winner of the Golden Lion award at the Venice Film Festival in 1958, Hiroshi Inagaki’s The Rickshaw Man is indeed a remake of the same film Inagaki himself directed in 1943, which had been censored significantly. Thereby the 1958 version, adapted from the novel… Continue reading The Rickshaw Man 無法松の一生 (1958)

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