Eiga Reviews (the ’30s and ’50s): Good Morning (Ohayo) (1959)/I was Born, But… (1932)

“Good Morning” is an entertaining and hilarious Japanese film that is so different from director Yasujiro Ozu’s previous and later works. But I also look at the significance of the film of when it was filmed and the Japanese lifestyle that is showcased and how Read More …

Eiga Reviews (the ’50s) A Story from Chikamatsu – The Criterion Collection #949 (a Neo-Tokyo 2099 Blu-ray Disc Review) (1954)

One must be wondering by how this film is actually a love story and I don’t want to spoil the film, but one will see how love becomes a big part of storyline right to the end. Overall, “A Story from Chikamatsu” is another fantastic Mizoguchi Read More …

Eiga Reviews (the ’50s): The Ballad of Narayama (a Neo-Tokyo 2099 Eiga Review, 1958)

“The Ballad of Narayama” is a beautiful, well-acted and also a heartbreaking film from filmmaker Keisuke Kinoshita about a custom practiced in Japan long ago. Bringing together kabuki and innovative and beautiful sets created in the golden age of Japanese cinema, “The Ballad of Narayama” Read More …

Eiga Reviews (the ’60s): Taiheiyo Hitoribocchi (Alone on the Pacific) (1963) (a Neo-Tokyo 2099 Eiga Review, 1963)

Entertaining! Kon Ichikawa’s “Alone Across the Pacific” is a film based on the real life solo trip made by Kenichi Horie from Japan to San Francisco back in 1962. While a straightforward and predictable film, its execution of flashbacks, character development and beautiful cinematography made Read More …