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Kwaidan (Masaki Kobayashi, 1965)

One of the most ravishing color films ever lensed, KWAIDAN is a four-part horror anthology from director Masaki Kobayashi (HARAKIRI)—not heretofore known for his interest in genre material—that adapts stories by expatriate writer Lafcadio Hearn. Born in Greece in 1850, … Continue reading

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Harakiri (Masaki Kobayashi, 1962)

“A deathtrap slowly closing around its characters, Harakiri exhorts the viewer to come and see the violence inherent in the samurai system.” Read my review of The Criterion Collection’s new Blu-ray release of Harakiri, which hit the streets on Oct. … Continue reading

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Capsule Reviews: June 21 – 23

The Phantom Carriage (Victor Sjöström, 1920) – 3.5/5 Sjöström’s silent morality play proves a classic example of style over substance (and not in the pejorative sense). Based on a popular novel written as a hygienic diatribe against “consumption” (TB, not … Continue reading

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