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Hideko Takamine in Mikio Naruse’s When a Woman Ascends the Stairs

On seeing Mikio Naruse’s film When a Woman Ascends the Stairs for the first time, I was taken aback by Hideko Takamine’s magnificent performance of the warm hearted and undefeatable nightclub hostess Keiko Yashiro, or ‘Mama’. 86 more words


W29: Ugetsu

Recientemente he visto la pelicula japonesa Ugetsu, dirigida por Mizoguchi. El aspecto técnico me llamaba mucho la atención. Sobre todo, la fluidez de la cámara es asombrosa y ingeniosa. 264 more words

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Saturday Matinee: Funky Forest

Plot synopsis by VIZ Media:

Meet the Harunos, a rather unconventional, but happy and loving family nonetheless. They live in a small town in the mountains just out of Tokyo where life is good and quiet – but that doesn’t mean they don’t have their own little problems. 181 more words


Un-Cannes-y Valley: Gate of Hell

You can not find a more breathlessly adventurous and rewarding a period of Japanese cinema than the golden years of 1950-1955. The number of era-defining international monsters of world cinema produced by Japan in this period is arguably unmatched in any national cinema over any five year period: Kurosawa’s The Seven Samurai, Ikiru, and Rashomon, Yaujirō Ozu’s Tokyo Story and Early Summer, Kenji Mizoguchi’s Ugetsu and Sansho the Bailiff. 917 more words


Studio Ghibli anime - TALE OF THE PRINCESS KAGUYA - gets UK dvd/Blu Ray release

Studio Ghibli anime about a bamboo cutter who finds a miniature girl and takes her home to his wife so they can bring her up as their own daughter. 96 more words

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Do you know this Japanese film?

One of our visitors contacted us with this image of a Japanese film poster asking if we knew the studio from the logo in the bottom right-hand corner. 38 more words

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1947 Blogathon: Postwar Hope and Despair: ONE WONDERFUL SUNDAY and VIOLENCE

This entry is part of the 1947 Blogathon sponsored by Shadows and Satin and Speakeasy. I chose two films from 1947 to write about and my original plan was to do separate entries on them, but after watching them back-to-back, I realized that the contrasts between them were so interesting that I thought it best to do a comparison piece. 3,538 more words

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