Produced over a two-year period, Kenji Mizoguchi's version of the oft-filmed Seika Mayama story The 47 Ronin was too big to be confined to a single film. Thus, it was released in two parts, each running between 105 and 115 minutes. The story begins in feudal Japan in December of 1701, when warrior leader Lord Asano is tricked into committing Hara-Kiri. Oishi, Asano's loyal clansman, holds the wicked Lord Kira responsible. 14 months after Arano's death, Oishi assembles 47 loyal Ronin (samurai) to exact vengeance. Director Mizoguchi abandoned his usual fascination with modern-day social problems in favor of epic patriotism (remember, the film was made while Japan was still winning World War II.
Lord Asano resists a bribery attempt by a member of the Shogun's court. His honesty, however, is useless against the corruption of the administration, and he is forced to commit harakiri. ... . You can read more in Google, Youtube, Wiki
Walter M (ag) wrote: In "Littlerock," Atsuko(Atsuko Okatsuka, who also co-wrote) and her brother Rintaro(Rintaro Sawamato) have traveled to the United States from Japan to see Manzanar and perhaps time permitting San Francisco. But their car breaks down, forcing them to wait it out for a couple of days in a small town in California. Making matters worse is the party going on next door to their motel room late one night. When Rintaro does not return from telling them to keep it quiet, Atsuko goes after him and ironically enough finds him making new friends. In fact, they find themselves invited to a party the following night by Cory(Cory Zacharia). "Littlerock" is a pleasant enough slice of life movie that has more to say about America, both good and bad, and sometimes not as subtle as it could, than much larger movies, with a little bit of history thrown in for good measure. First and foremost, what most people conveniently forget is that this is a country of immigrants where knowing English should not be the price of admission.(In fact, I would go one step further to say America should not just be multicultural, but also multilingual.) Atsuko's journey may not be as dramatic as others who have come before her but it is not unimportant that her trip gives her the freedom to make mistakes for the first time without somebody standing over her, as Cory is just slightly more endearing than annoying.
Gina W (es) wrote: Didn't finish watching it.
Christian C (nl) wrote: Quite informative and interesting. It shows plainly how the public has often been deceived into distrust of the judicial system and how politicians' "fixes" to the system have resulted in injustice to the populace.
Schack E (it) wrote: Denne film skal ses :)
Sandy K (ca) wrote: A Dutch film about three women and one man all inextricably linked through their meeting on a 1953 air flight to New Zealand. Determined to start a new life in the aftermath of WWII, they each face the challenges of their new lives (and love conflicts) with distinctly different personalities. [Spoiler alert!]: Even though the forbidden-love tie of Ada and Frank was captivating, I couldn't understand why she didn't go back to Frank after her children were grown, rather than stay in a loveless marriage. The story thread of Marjorie and Esther, and the child they both love, was the most compelling -- and the ending wasn't what I expected, but was oddly satisfying.
BRUNO V (fr) wrote: seen it 4 days ago , forgotten now ...
Annette C (de) wrote: A great film, a deep story, some films dont have to say a lot to feel a lot, this is one of them.
Rich B (ag) wrote: Head On (1999): "Find a girl. Get married. After that, it doesn't matter what you do. Do you understand?" - Sophia This relatively explicit film spends 24-hours immersed in a main-lining, sexually-conflicted, young Greek's disenchanted, inner turmoil. The film is based on the novel by the name Loaded, written by Christos Tsiolkas, and tangentially explores cultural conflicts, and the father-son relationships at that time when the son is supposed take responsibility for his own life and get the hell out of the nest. Tough role for Alex Dimiriades (Ari); there's a bit of fire in him, that's for sure. Shot in Melbourne, Australia, the rest of the cast struggled to keep up with Dimiriades. Also, the story seemed to lurch under Kokkinos' direction, as if the story was rushing like an ambulance from one trauma to another. Although Ari bears no relationship to the character of the same name in Entourage, it sure would explain a lot if it did.
Jeff B (it) wrote: Excellent drama covering the AIDS epidemic in the 80s (and one of the first, if not the first films to do so). Great ensemble, especially Bruce Davison in his Oscar nominated role, his "let go" scene was tough to watch but amazing. There were a couple scenes that felt dated, or rather too 80s, but it wasn't that big of a deal. It's really an important film.
Jonathan P (mx) wrote: Hanks has grown 10 fold as an actor and this is proof. Though not that bad either.
Chris P (es) wrote: Erm, frankly this film makes no sense. Still its the only "Electric western" I've ever seen. If only I knew what that was.