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  • Samurai Rebellion (1967) Directed by Masaki Kobayashi

    Samurai Rebellion (1967) Directed by Masaki Kobayashi

    Samurai Rebellion demonstrates how one must defy his duty if the order goes against principle. Toshiro Mifune's character eventually realizes this after receiving a few absurd "requests" from his…

    Mr. JonAvo

  • A Hen in the Wind (1948) Directed by Yasujiro Ozu

    A Hen in the Wind (1948) Directed by Yasujiro Ozu

    A Hen in the Wind is about a woman (Kinuyo Tanaka) that is living day to day with her son in post war Japan as she waits for her husband (Shuji Sano) to return home from the war. After the son gets…

    Mr. JonAvo

  • The Naked Island (1960) Directed by Kaneto Shindo

    The Naked Island (1960) Directed by Kaneto Shindo

    The Naked Island is the first Japanese movie I have seen without any need for subtitles because there is little to no dialogue throughout the entire picture. The viewer is asked simply to watch as a…

    Mr. JonAvo

  • The Thunder of the Mountain (1954) Directed by Mikio Naruse

    The Thunder of the Mountain (1954) Directed by Mikio Naruse

    The Thunder of the Mountain could quite possibly be my favorite film from Naruse. It examines the special relationship between a father (So Yamamura) and his daughter-in-law (Setsuko Hara) as the…

    Mr. JonAvo

  • Harakiri (1962) Directed by Masaki Kobayashi

    Harakiri (1962) Directed by Masaki Kobayashi

    Harakiri is actually an anti-samurai film. The use of the empty display armor as a metaphor for the facade that is samurai honor is easily made known through Kobayashi's brilliance. The harakiri…

    Mr. JonAvo

  • Desperado Outpost (1959) Directed by Kihachi Okamoto

    Desperado Outpost (1959) Directed by Kihachi Okamoto

    Desperado Outpost is similar to Okamoto's later war film Fort Graveyard in more ways than one. The setting for both stories takes place in and around hopeless military outposts during WWII, they…

    Mr. JonAvo

  • Floating Clouds (1955) Directed by Mikio Naruse

    Floating Clouds (1955) Directed by Mikio Naruse

    Floating Clouds is one of the most melodramatic pictures made by Naruse. In fact, I think a few Douglas Sirk films may be the only things I've seen that can hold a candle to the melodrama of this.…

    Mr. JonAvo

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