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  • The Burmese Harp

    The Burmese Harp

    ★★★★★

    A tender almost-musical about the horrors of war and the obliteration of identity, Kon Ichikawa’s collaboration with his screenwriter wife Natto Wada portrays spiritual disquiet without ever actually leaving a comfort zone. It may be one of the most warmly enveloping films ever made to include scenes of decayed bodies being burned. Ichikawa’s film is a portrait of the aftermath of WWII from the eyes of a Japanese soldier stuck, along with his unit, in Burma. Traversing through Buddha’s country,…

  • Nazarin

    Nazarin

    ★★★★

    great surrealist film.....

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  • Twenty-Four Eyes

    Twenty-Four Eyes

    ★★★★★

    Keisuke Kinoshita’s Twenty-Four Eyes — which beat Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai as Kinema Junpo’s Best Film of 1954 and won the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Film in 1955 — is one of Japan’s most beloved films. In 1999 it was picked by Japanese critics as one of the ten best Japanese films of all time. Both a huge commercial and critical success, this deeply affecting anti-war film has, according to the critic Sato Tadao, “wrung more tears out of…

  • Mother and Son

    Mother and Son

    ★★★★

    Aleksandr Sokurov's previous films have borne such titles as The Lonely Voice of Man, The Degraded and Sad Insensitivity, accompanied by documentary 'elegies' - Elegy, Russian Elegy, and Simple Elegy. 'Why can't America make cinema like this?' Scorsese has asked. The answer is not hard to find. This is not only slow (lyrical), serious (ambitious) and sombre (unironic), it's almost entirely free of narrative, conflict and character development, and manifests such a fundamental disengagement from the dramatic conventions of the…