Red Beard (Akahige)

Red Beard (Akahige) Japan (1965) Dir. Akira Kurosawa Talk about misleading titles; I was expecting this to be a film about a pirate or maybe a savage samurai since this is a Kurosawa/Mifune collaboration. Instead, the eponymous character of this near three-hour epic is in fact a dedicated country doctor in Edo era Japan - … Continue reading Red Beard (Akahige)

High And Low (Tengoku to jigoku)

High And Low (Tengoku to jigoku) Japan (1963) Dir. Akira Kurosawa With this reputation for samurai flicks and historical epics it is easy to forget that Akira Kurosawa also made some top notch modern day set dramas too. High And Low is a taut crime thriller, a rare genre in Kurosawa’s canon, based on the … Continue reading High And Low (Tengoku to jigoku)

Miracle Apples (Kiseki no ringo)

Miracle Apples (Kiseki no ringo) Japan (2013) Dir. Yoshihiro Nakamura While many Japanese directors of this millennium have stood out for their extreme and challenging content, Yoshihiro Nakamura has bucked that trend by carving out an exclusive niche in quirky comedies with elliptical tales that begin with apparent disparate skits that eventually converge at the … Continue reading Miracle Apples (Kiseki no ringo)

Space Battleship Yamato

Space Battleship Yamato (Cert 12) 1 Disc DVD/Blu-ray (Distributor: Manga Entertainment) Running time: 139 minutes In 2199 the Earth has been ravaged by a radiation bomb attack from an alien race called the Gamilas with the human population been driven underground. With seventy three days left before humanity perishes for good, former pilot Susumu Kodai … Continue reading Space Battleship Yamato