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)

Criterion Collection · France · Germany · Horror

#437 Vampyr (1932)

#437 Vampyr 1932 // Germany, France // Carl Theodor Dreyer Criterion Collection (LINK) Vampyr is all about mood, about the unsettling wandering among the dead and the unreal, about the ominous disjointed space constructed meticulously onscreen by the Danish master Carl Th. Dreyer. Vampyr has all the essential characters for a “horror story,” a malicious vampire,… Continue reading #437 Vampyr (1932)

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)

Crime · Criterion Collection · Drama · France

#306 Le Samouraï (1967)

#306 Le Samouraï 1967 // France // Jean-Pierre Melville Criterion Collection (LINK) At first we don’t see him. Jef (Alain Delon) had been lying on bed, unmoved, inside his drab room, dimly lighted and hardly decorated. Not till we see a puff of cigarette smoke do we realise his existence. Jef barely talked, words were rarely spoken… Continue reading #306 Le Samouraï (1967)

Crime · Criterion Collection · Drama · France

#218 Le Cercle Rouge (1970)

#218 Le Cercle Rouge 1970 // France // Jean-Pierre Melville Criterion Collection (LINK) Le Cercle Rouge holds a very special place in my heart, it’s the first Melville film I have seen, owning to the reputation that John Woo is a big fan of Melville as well as this particular film; secondly, it’s also one of… Continue reading #218 Le Cercle Rouge (1970)