Category Archives: Film

Tokyo Olympiad 東京オリンピック (1965)

A long documentary about the 1964 Tokyo Olympics.  The Olympics themselves were, and are, considered the stage from which Japan launched itself as a modern nation of the world, once more taking its place among the leading countries.  You see, … Continue reading

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Sisters of the Gion 祇園の姉妹 (1936)

Following up on yesterday, today we have another Kenji Mizoguchi film, from the same year, and again focusing on the hard lives of women.

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Naniwa Elegy 浪華悲歌 (1936)

First, have a look at that movie poster.  Right-to-left horizontal writing, did it used to be like that in the old days?  I mean, if it is even on a movie poster, presumably it was easy to read.  I’ve heard … Continue reading

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