The 100 Best Movies You've Never Seen by Richard Crouse

By Richard Crouse

Offbeat motion picture buffs, discerning video renters, and demanding audience will make the most of this roll name of the simplest neglected motion pictures of the final 70 years. Richard Crouse, movie critic and host of television's award-winning Reel to genuine, info his favourite motion pictures, from the elegant Monsoon marriage ceremony to the ridiculous Eegah! The identify Written in Blood. every one motion picture is featured with an in depth description of plot, awesome minutiae tidbits, serious stories, and interviews with actors and filmmakers. Featured interviews contain invoice Wyman on a little-known Rolling Stones documentary, schlockmeister Lloyd Kaufman at the historical past of the poisonous Avenger, reclusive author and director Hampton Fancher on his movie The Minus guy, and B-movie hero Bruce Campbell on enjoying Elvis Presley in Bubba Ho-Tep. Sidebars function quirky info, together with felony disclaimers and noteworthy charges.

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11 February: On Empire Day, Ri Kôran (Yamaguchi Yoshiko) performs songs from her films at the Nihon Gekijô theater in Yurakuchô, triggering riots in Tokyo when thousands of spectators are unable to get into the theater, although the incident is hushed up in the nation’s media. ” 7 December: A surprise aerial attack launched by the Japanese on Pearl Harbor in Hawaii brings the United States into World War II. 1942 Under government ordinance, the Greater Japan Motion Picture Production Company (Dai Nihon Eiga Seisaku Kabukishikigaisha), which in 1945 becomes known as Daiei, is established through a merger between Nikkatsu’s production facilities, Shinkô Kinema, and Daito, leaving Nikkatsu to function only in an exhibition capacity, while the Film Distribution Corporation (Eiga Haikyû Kôsha) is established to monopolize distribution.

Beating all-time box-office records for an Asian film upon its release in the United States; and major awards being won by Imamura Shôhei and Kawase Naomi at the Cannes Film Festival and Kitano Takeshi at Venice Film Festival. Such a resurgence on the world stage paved the way for the subsequent popularity of titles such as Miike Takashi’s Audition (Ôdishon, 2000) and Fukasaku Kinji’s Battle Royale (Batoru rowaiaru, 2000).

However, the material on which such films were based emerged from local traditions, and the films often addressed more culturally specific concerns (the main exception to this are the films of Kurosawa Akira, whose narratives were either fictional in their basis or, as was so often the case, drew upon foreign sources, which undoubtedly has had a large bearing on their universal popularity and influence). Stories based on real-life Edo-period outlaws such as Kunisada Chûji and Shimizu no Jirôchô have retained an enduring appeal in the nation’s cinema, but the films recounting their mythologized exploits have been formalized along very different lines depending on the era in which they were made, and while they might be seen as epitomizing the jidai-geki genre, by focusing on characters outside of the law, they also can be seen as antecedents to the yakuza film.

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