If you could see any classic film on the big screen subtitled...
gerowaaron at sbcglobal.net
Thu Apr 8 22:46:22 EDT 2004
I hope "classic" does not necessarily mean "art film classic." Here's
some recognized masterpieces on the entertainment side that have never
really been seen much abroad:
To put in a vote for another Yamanaka Sadao, there's Tange Sazen yowa:
Hyakumanryo no tsubo, one of the great Japanese comedies. The film will
be released on DVD in Japan next month with some recently discovered
scenes added, all in preparation for a remake that is supposed to come
out this summer.
For another classic comedy--and a director too often ignored
abroad--there's Kawashima Yuzo's brilliant _Bakumatsu taiyoden_, though
I have a soft spot in my heart for his _Kashima ari_, too.
A current cult favorite is _Oshidori utagassen_, a simply wonderful
1930s samurai musical directed by the master of rhythm, Makino Masahiro
(Shimura Takashi sings!!!!). His film _Ketto Takadanobaba_, co-directed
with Inagaki Hiroshi, is also a masterpiece of entertainment cinema.
Itami Mansaku's _Akanishi Kakita_ also deserves some attention abroad.
I also love the full-blown 1960s color musical _Kimi mo shusse ga
dekiru_ and Shishido Jo's own favorite film, _Koruto wa ore no
One dramatic masterpiece that deserves subtitling is Inagaki's original
wartime _Muho Matsu no issho_. A really good DVD could fill in the
scenes cut out by first Japanese and then American censors with photos
and actor's readings.
There's so much more--films by Shimizu Hiroshi, Kato Tai, Saito Koichi,
Yamatoya Atsushi, etc. etc.--and more work that needs to be done.
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