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)

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Eclipse Series 38: Masaki Kobayashi Against the System   The Thick-Walled Room 1956 // Japan // Masaki Kobayashi Originally made in 1953, The Thick-Walled Room, the third feature made by Masaki Kobayashi, was shelved by the studio until 1956, in fear of any taboo subject of war criminals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

Criterion Collection · Japan · Samurai

#302 Harakiri (1962)

Criterion Challenge #302 Harakiri  切腹   1962 // Japan // Masaki Kobayashi Release: Aug 23, 2005 (DVD); Oct 4, 2011 (Blu-ray) Harakiri, or more precisely called in Japanese as Seppuku (切腹), came from the kanji of“hara’ (腹), means the belly or the abdomen, and“kiri”(切り) which means the cutting. This voluntary suicide ritual by disembowelment embodied the Bushido code… Continue reading #302 Harakiri (1962)