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  • Late Spring
  • Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
  • In the Mood for Love
  • The Empire Strikes Back

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  • Sincerity

    ★★★½

  • Tsuruhachi and Tsurujiro

    ★★★½

  • Learn from Experience, Part Two

    ★★★½

  • Learn from Experience, Part One

    ★★★½

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  • Sincerity

    Sincerity

    Cute friendship between the two girls.

  • Tsuruhachi and Tsurujiro

    Tsuruhachi and Tsurujiro

    Fascinating to compare this with Mizoguchi's The Story of the Last Chrysanthemum which he directed the following year.

    Mizoguchi's style is just far superior to Naruse's, but Naruse's characters are drawn better. I wanted to rate this a little higher, but the arguing sometimes gets repetitive in the first half, and I'm not sure I like the ending.

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  • Fallen Angels

    Fallen Angels

    Awful, pretentious, gratuitous. Wong Kar-wai can be a maddening director for me, because In the Mood for Love, 2046, and Chungking Express are some of my favorite films which I love deeply, and have rated five stars, but pretty much the rest of his films are one star for me. I absolutely hated this.

    My entire star is devoted to Michelle Reis having sex with a jukebox and orgasming on screen, btw.

  • Mr. Thank You

    Mr. Thank You

    ★★★★★

    You know what? I'm moving this up to 5 stars. I watched it again, and Mr. Thank You is one of my favorite movies ever. Arigatō, Shimizu-san!