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)

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)

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)

Diary · Drama · France · Portugal · Surrealism

3/10/2017 (Raúl Ruiz)

What I’ve been watching MUBI: City of Pirates (Raúl Ruiz, 1984) After the film ended, I immediately replayed it from the beginning, that’s how absorbed I was by this feverish dream; The word surrealism is too generalised and reductive for categorising this film, baroque, refracted reality, virtual space, distorted nightmare, magical realism, all words seem… Continue reading 3/10/2017 (Raúl Ruiz)

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)