DÔDESUKADEN (Akira Kurosawa, 1970)

The following is one of the entries from my 100 Greatest Asian Films list, which I invite you to visit on this site if you haven’t already done so. — Dennis Shugoro Yamamoto’s The Town Without Seasons includes the stories upon which Akira Kurosawa drew for Dôdesukaden, one of his most trenchant and haunting achievements. […]

THE DEEP DESIRE OF THE GODS (Shohei Imamura, 1968)

Imamura’s Pornographers (1966) is chiseled in black and white; most subsequent Imamura films, however, are messy and in color: a better indicator, perhaps, of his vision of overflowing humanity. Kamigami no Fukaki Yokubo was Imamura’s first film in this mode.      Kariya, a Tokyo engineer, visits an island south of Japan, planning for the construction of […]