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Black River

Black River (黑い河) Director: Masaki Kobayashi Country: Japan Year: 1956   In the wake of the catastrophic WWII that drastically turned Japan into land of great confusion, Japan witnessed an emergence of war-retro films that manifested numerous attempts of understanding … Continue reading

Harakiri

Harakiri (切腹) Director: Masaki Kobayashi Written: Shinobu Hashimoto, Yasuhiko Takiguchi Country: Japan Year: 1962 Harakiri (English Subtitled) on Amazon. Kobayashi was one of the rebels of Japanese cinema, most of his films dealt with political material – which acted as … Continue reading

Masaki Kobayashi "Kwaidan" poster

Kwaidan

Kwaidan (怪談) Country: Japan Writer(s): Mizuki Yoko Director: Masaki Kobayashi Year: 1965 “Kwaidan” on Amazon. Kwaidan (pronounced Kaidan) is probably one of the most unique films that one could possibly find within the exceptionally large number of arthouse Asian films. I … Continue reading

Humanity and Paper Balloons

Humanity and Paper Balloons (人情紙風船) Director: Sadao Yamanaka Written: Sintaro Mimura Country: Japan Year: 1937 Sadao Yamanaka Collection (3 Films) on Amazon. “Humanity and Paper Ballons” is a great example of jidaigeki genre, which depicts earlier periods of Japanese history, … Continue reading

Rashomon

Rashomon (羅生門) Director: Akira Kurosawa Written: Akira Kurosawa, Shinobu Hashimoto Country: Japan Year: 1950 “Rashomon” (The Criterion Collection) on Amazon. I think it is fitting that my first Japanese movie to review would be one made by the master filmmaker … Continue reading