Japanese Classic Films
Posted 07 October 2012 - 03:38 PM
The Munekata Sisters
Sansho the Bailif
Woman in the Dunes
Branded to Kill
The Hidden Fortress
High and Low
The Bad Sleep Well
Throne of Blood
My Neighbor Totoro
Grave of the Fireflies
Hiroshima, Mon Amour (I see this as a French-Japanese co-production)
Classic Japanese cinema is full of Samurai-themed stories, but there is plenty of humanity between the sword fights. ;)
Posted 07 October 2012 - 04:48 PM
Chushingura is one of my favorite movies. I also liked the Mizoguchi version.
Posted 08 October 2012 - 05:05 AM
Posted 08 October 2012 - 01:02 PM
I agree that the female roles often leave a lot to be desired. That's one reason why I love "Hidden Fortress" - the princess gets to be a strong and forceful personality (yikes!)
I've never had any trouble enjoying samurai pictures, even if the the female characters can get on my nerves after too much exposure - I'm thinking specifically of Inagaki's Samurai Trilogy, where the women are constantly mewling and sniveling at the feet of one man or another while receiving stern lectures on the relative unimportance of canoodling when there's fighting afoot.
Samurai Trilogy is a tough one for me. Some of it is simply great, and some of it is really annoying. I am a huge Mifune fan, which you can probably gather from my list, so I should probably include Samurai Trilogy just for his participation.
Deciding which Yasujirō Ozu films to mention is tough as he was remarkably consistent. But I like to hear what others prefer...
You forgot Late Spring. What a wonderful film, I prefer it to Tokyo Story.
"In the 2012 version of the widely-respected decennial "Greatest Films of All Time" Sight & Sound poll, published by the British Film Institute (BFI), Late Spring appears as the 15th greatest film of all time."
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