Chishû Ryû -Tokyo-Ga

I’ve always thought that greater attention should be paid to the use of buckets in Ozu’s colour films. There has been a lot of talk and writing about the teapot, but not the bucket (and the broom).

Perhaps Wim Wenders thinks so too. In his Tokyo-Ga (1985) movie Chishû Ryû pays his respects to Ozu’s grave and he washes it using two wonderfully coloured plastic buckets.

Just saying…

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Σχετικά με το Paris, Texas

Όταν είχα κάποτε κάπου διαβάσει να λένε οι κινηματογραφόφιλοι Travis, το συγκρότημα, πως έχουν πάρει το όνομά τους από έναν αγαπημένο τους κινηματογραφικό ήρωα είχα πιστέψει ότι επρόκειτο για τον Travis του Paris, Texas. Θυμήθηκα αυτό το σημαντικό στοιχείο και αυτό το ξεχασμένο συγκρότημα σήμερα που είπα να δω την ταινία, για ευνόητους λόγους. Βέβαια, […]

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(A bit of) reading in Japan

I had been wondering what Masahiko Tsugawa was reading in Crazed Fruit (Kô Nakahira, 1956)


and in Rokudenashi (he is the one with the book) (Yoshishige Yoshi, 1960) 


while Yukio Mishima as a yakuza fresh out of prison in Afraid to DieYasuzô Masumura,1960) is enjoying comics


just like a yakuza is reading a manga right before hell breaks over The Yakuza (Sydney Pollack, 1974)


Finally, Yûrei Yanagi is getting acquainted with the masters’ work in Achilles and the Tortoise (Takeshi Kitano, 2008)

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A poster of Louis Malle’s Les Amants (1958) and Stanley Kramer‘s The Defiant Ones (1958) in the apartment of the lady with the free spirit and a bit more westerner ways where the two brothers go to watch TV in Yasujirô Ozu‘s Ohayô (1959)

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A bright smile

In Giants and Toys (Yasuzô Masumura, 1958) the advertising business is tough. Competition is relentless and one has to do things one doesn’t want to. 

He fights it but in the end he has to make a fool of himself. He wears the space suit and walks the streets to advertise.

She comes up to him and whispers “Give them a smile. A bright smile.”

And he does.

It makes it a little easier, I guess.


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