Decoupage has written 33 reviews for films rated ★★★½ .

  • 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.

  • Learn from Experience, Part Two

    Learn from Experience, Part Two

    Part 2

    Not bad melodrama for an evening, but nothing memorable either. The women were all enjoyable to watch.

  • Learn from Experience, Part One

    Learn from Experience, Part One

    Not bad melodrama for an evening, but nothing memorable either. The women were all enjoyable to watch.

  • Morning's Tree-Lined Street

    Morning's Tree-Lined Street

    Pretty good, outstanding really until I'm not sure Naruse stuck the landing. Lots of clever turns in this one. Sachiko Chiba was great.

  • Wife! Be Like a Rose!

    Wife! Be Like a Rose!

    Considered Mikio Naruse's best pre-war film (it won the Kinemo Junpo award for Best Picture in 1935), Wife! Be Like a Rose! draws striking comparisons to Ozu's 1934-1936 films, particularly The Only Son and A Story of Floating Weeds. The ending is almost the same as Floating Weeds, just slight variation.

    Really this film is fine but I can't help but compare to Ozu's superior craftsmanship. The Girl in the Rumor stands on its own ground, so I definitely still consider that one to be my favorite Naruse to this point in his career.

  • Three Sisters with Maiden Hearts

    Three Sisters with Maiden Hearts

    First Naruse I liked without reservation...

  • The Actress and the Poet

    The Actress and the Poet

    ★★★½

    The Actress and the Poet feels like a forgettable old Japanese TV episode sometimes, but turns out surprisingly funny and enjoyable. Absolutely loved the comedy between the rehearsal scenes and real fighting. I have no idea if I'll ever remember this early Naruse talkie, but it was an easy and humorous watch while running through his long filmography.

  • Five Men in a Circus

    Five Men in a Circus

    I watched this in horrible quality with no subtitles, but there was a lot going on visually. Early Naruse good with the tempo once again.

  • Street Without End

    Street Without End

    ★★★½

    My favorite out of all of Mikio Naruse's silent films. He's mostly just imitating Ozu and Shimizu and other Japanese directors of the era, but there's some really sexy tempo in this film. Too bad the great set-up bogs down in rich and spoiled people melodrama, but I guess that was the point?

  • The Travels of Kinuyo Tanaka

    The Travels of Kinuyo Tanaka

    ★★★½

    Very nice if not exactly balanced documentary with found film footage of Kinuyo Tanaka's infamous 1949-1950 cultural ambassadorship trip to the United States. She really enjoyed herself in the U.S. and was warmly received by the Americans, including in Hollywood, but was pretty much viewed as an Americanized disgrace upon returning to her homeland.

    I had watched this a few years before, but was nice to see again after completing her directorial filmography.

  • Women of the Night

    Women of the Night

    One of the grossest films I have ever watched.

    If ever one movie could give a viewer syphilis just from watching, it would be this film.