Black Comedy · Drama · Japan

The Graceful Brute (1962)

Yuzo Kawashima Part 3: The Graceful Brute (Yuzo Kawashima, 1962) After only watched four-and-a-half film (the half part comes from a co-direction credit with Mikio Naruse) directed by Yuzo Kawashima, I could say he’s the most criminally underseen director, at least outside his home country. The Graceful Brute, one of his last efforts before his untimely death, is… Continue reading The Graceful Brute (1962)

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 · 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