Sunday, August 26, 2012

Musashino, the Landscape That Never Was (Part 1)


The film opens with distant roar of heavy bombing, as thick ribbons of smoke drift over the horizon. The war is at its last stage. A couple fleeing from the inner city is Michiyo (Kinuyo Tanaka) and Tadao (Masayuki Mori), who seek refuge in Michiyo’s parent’s home in Musashino. An old large estate with long history of Samurai family, the place is deeply etched with pride of the prestigious clan. Tadao, a sarcastic and decadent French literature professor, finds this luxurious atmosphere comfortable but feels alienated at the same time. He finds agreeable fellow citizens next door; Michiko’s cousin Eiji, a businessman, and his wife Tomiko. Tension is already building up.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Kinoshita's Blu-Ray and DVD released

Let's Toast the Young Lady (お嬢さん乾杯, 1949)

Friday, August 10, 2012

Mistresses and Lovers

Beni Imada Kiezu (1949) Inebriated SanaeTakasugi demands more drink.

This is part seven of "Films of 1949" series (Part 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6).

Though Imai’s “Green Mountain” captured the new spirit of the time, liberation from old era, the year 1949 was also at the entrance into another long turmoil; the Cold War. Joseph McCarthy gave his “Wheeling Speech” in February of 1950. Korean War also broke out in 1950. Yes, U.S. was also heading for the dark age. Inevitably, U.S. policy toward Japanese democracy quickly shifted to that of anti-communist. 

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Keiko Tsushima (1926 - 2012)

Keiko Tsushima as Shino in Seven Samurai
Keiko Tshushima, a Japanese actress starred in many films and TV during 1950's to 2000's, died of cancer on August 1. She was 86.

Friday, August 3, 2012

Sight & Sound; The Greatest Films of All Time

Tokyo Story

Sight & Sound released its “The Greatest Films of All Time 2012” on its website. The first place went to Hitchcock’s “Vertigo”, while “Citizen Kane” slipped down to second. Ozu’s Tokyo Story made the third place. Separate poll by film directors placed Ozu’s film the first.

Sight & Sound Top 10
1. Vertigo (Hitchcock)
2. Citizen Kane (Welles)
3. Tokyo Story (Ozu)
4. La Règle du jeu (Renoir)
5. Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (Murnau)
6. 2001: A Space Odyssey (Kubrick)
7. The Searchers (Ford)
8. Man with a Movie Camera (Vertov)
9. The Passion of Joan of Arc (Dreyer)
10. 8½ (Fellini)

Sight & Sound The Director’s Top Ten
1. Tokyo Story (Ozu)
2. 2001: A Space Odyssey (Kubrick)
3. Citizen Kane (Welles)
4. 8½ (Fellini)
5. Taxi Driver (Scorsese)
6. Apocalypse Now (Coppola)
7. The Godfather (Coppola)
8. Vertigo (Hitchcock)
9. Mirror (Tarkovsky)
10. Bicycle Thieves (De Sica)

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