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Shukuzu / Miniature (1953)
2015-08-21 21:30
Kaneto Shindo would go on to have a stronger association with the Japanese New Wave, but like Keisuke Kinoshita (who he wrote a screenplay for years before this film) and Masahiro Shinoda, h… Read More
Tsuma / Wife (1953)
2015-08-12 21:54
In the early 1950s, Mikio Naruse made a handful of films in which Ken Uehara plays a variation of a bad husband. He’s not a villainous husband, but he is aloof and indifferent in … Read More
Yama No Oto / Sound Of The Mountain (1954)
2015-07-29 02:24
Sound of the Mountain opens with an image of white collar workers leaving their urban space of labor. It would seem ominous if its placement wasn’t so forgetful. The context of the seq… Read More
Inazuma / Lightning (1952)
2015-07-10 23:41
I don’t mind it when someone asks me “what’s the best Naruse” because I can at least admire the fact that the person asking it, is willing to engage in a conversation… Read More
Yuwaku / Temptation (1948)
2015-07-05 02:48
Infidelity is a narrative icon for melodrama. The act, or the threat of it, carries such a powerful weight that it is less a trite move but rather the groundwork for moral musings. Of c… Read More

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