Archive for the ‘japanese’ Category

Rinko Kikuchi (Naoko), Kenichi Matsuyama (Watanabe), Kiko Mizuhara (Midori). Screenplay by Anh Hung Tran. Directed by Anh Hung Tran. Rating: 15. Running time: 133 minutes. Murakami’s coming of age novel dominated by prose detailing the thoughts of a wandering teenage boy has come to the big screen, and by necessity the thought-based book has been translated into a much quieter […]


Toshirô Mifune (Kingo Gondo), Tatsuya Nakadai (Chief Detective Tokura), Kyôko Kagawa (Reiko Gondo), Tatsuya Mihashi (Kawanishi), Isao Kimura (Detective Arai), Kenjiro Ishiyama (Bos’n), Takeshi Katô (Detective Nakao), Takashi Shimura (Chief of Investigation Section), Tsutomu Yamazaki (Ginjirô Takeuchi). Screenplay by Ryûzô Kikushima, Eijirô Hisaita, Hideo Oguni, and Akira Kurosawa. Directed by Akira Kurosawa. Rating: 12. Running time: 142 minutes. High and Low is the original […]


Toshirô Mifune (Detective Murakami), Takashi Shimura (Detective Sato). Screenplay by Ryûzô Kikushima and Akira Kurosawa. Directed by Akira Kurosawa. Rating: PG. Running time: 122 minutes. Another hugely moralised tale from Akira Kurosawa, Stray Dog follows a senior detective and rookie cop as they begin a hunt for a mysterious man in white linen, hiding in the Japanese underworld […]


Takashi Shimura (Kenji Watanabe), Shinichi Himori (Kimura). Written by Hideo Oguni, Shinobu Hashimoto and Akira Kurosawa. Directed by Akira Kurosawa. Rating: 12. Running time: 140 minutes. Perhaps this is presumptuous, but after having seen only Rashômon and now Ikiru, I’m going to deduce the existence of what should probably be called the Kurosawian stare. It’s […]


Marlon Brando (Lloyd Gruver), Red Buttons (Joe Kelly), Miyoshi Umeki (Katsumi), Miiko Taka (Hana-ogi). Written by Paul Osborn. Directed by Joshua Logan. Rating: PG. Running time: 147 minutes. Try not to fall in love with Japanese girls, especially if you’re a military man during the Korean War. That’s the message of Sayonara. Anyone that fails […]


Toshirô Mifune (Tajômaru), Machiko Kyô (Masako Kanazawa), Masayuki Mori (Takehiro Kanazawa), Takashi Shimura (Woodcutter), Minoru Chiaki (Priest), Kichijirô Ueda (Commoner). Directed by Akira Kurosawa. Screenplay by Akira Kurosawa. Rating: 12. Running time: 88 minutes. The opening line of Rashômon is ‘I don’t understand.’ Nor do I, completely. It feels like the type of film so rich in its […]