Adaptation · Crime · Criterion Collection · Drama · Japan

#912 An Actor’s Revenge (1963)

#912 An Actor’s Revenge 1963 // Japan // Kon Ichikawa Criterion Collection (LINK) Kon Ichikawa’s oeuvre lies across a large spectrum, from anti-war fable to Olympic documentary, from farcical comedy to detective story, and above all, various literature adaptations from authors like Soseki Natsume, Junichiro Tanizaki and Seishi Yokomizo. The screenplays are often written by his… Continue reading #912 An Actor’s Revenge (1963)

Criterion Collection · Drama · India

#911 The Hero (1966)

#911 The Hero 1966 // India // Satyajit Ray Criterion Collection (LINK) The Hero is arguably an autobiographical film, but instead of dramatising one’s own past and memories, it exhales the auteur’s existential dilemma, raising questions that are inexorably devoid of answers. It’s an introspection of Ray’s own vision of arts on cinema, on performance and the… Continue reading #911 The Hero (1966)

Criterion Collection · Drama · Horror · Independent Films · United States

#909 Night of the Living Dead (1968)

#909 Night of the Living Dead 1968 // USA // George A. Romero Criterion Collection (LINK) Seldom could a director single-handedly create a genre, but George A. Romero have done it 50 years ago, albeit more close to a happy accident by chance. But one can’t devalue the impact and the significance of the Night of the Living… Continue reading #909 Night of the Living Dead (1968)

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)