1944, in the depths of World War II. Toyomatsu Shimizu is a completely typical barber from a remote sea-side town who lives frugally but happily with his wife Fusae and their five-year-old son. Eventually, though, the army beckons and he is drafted. One day an officer on the battle-field orders him to kill a captive U.S. soldier. Although Toyomatsu lacks the spirit to kill the man, and only wounds him in the arm, the victorious U.S. soldiers will not accept this, and Toyomatsu is arrested and tried as a war-criminal. And he receives the cruelest sentence possible...
Mark S (es) wrote: heard it was good, but doesn't interest me.
Rubia (br) wrote: Filmically speaking, this movie is terrible: bad music, some very bad acting, the gay friend clich, etc. It seems a homemade film, but you can feel it was made with passion. Also its easy to be connected with the characters and the daughtersreaction is very realistic.
Chris C (de) wrote: Cheesy, but to a teen in the late 80's - this was in our hearts.
Edward C (de) wrote: I know it's a very late call, but Ghost Story is almost certainly amongst the worst book-to-film adaptations of all time. If one were to rank its deficiencies #1 would be failing to provide the crucial underpinning of otherworldly malevolency that gave the novel its chilly power. It's a hard thing to quantify but one senses that the director & screenwriter were depending mightily on viewers having read the book. They would bring the spook with them. If only it were laughably bad, but it has just enough things that work that one is inclined to continue watching. And in fairness, if one hasn't read the book the movie does offer something a coherent story of supernatural revenge. As for the performances, I don't have a soft spot for the Golden Age of Hollywood and I found the elderly actors (Astaire, Douglas, Fairbanks, & Houseman) uniformly just okay. Another actress could have found enough to work with to suggest real menace, real strangeness, but Krige seems merely petulant and a little crazy.
Robert R (de) wrote: Featuring a mysteriously badass performance from Humphrey Bogart and some palatably engrossing thriller elements, Nicholas Ray's "In A Lonely Place" surely deserves a spot amongst the higher tiers of classic film noir.
john h (de) wrote: I movie you should watch only once but still like it.