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Uchida Tomu

A BLOODY SPEAR AT MOUNT FUJI (Uchida Tomu, )
A key work of post-war Japanese cinema, A Bloody Spear at Mount Fuji broke with conventions of the samurai film through its strong critique of warrior 'ethics'. Witty and generally light-hearted (alt… Read more

Chikamatsu's ``Love In Osaka`` (Uchida Tomu, )
Based on a kabuki classic by Chikamatsu Monzaemon (1653-1725), Uchida's [Chikamatsu's 'Love in Osaka'] is adapted with a narrative inventiveness decades ahead of its time. ... A young man adopted int… Read more

Mad Fox, The (Uchida Tomu, )
A colourful, wildly stylised fable, [The Mad Fox] is Uchida's most inventive film, and perhaps his most captivating. ... In Japan's capital city of Nara, more than 1000 years ago, Yasunori, the court… Read more

Twilight Saloon (Uchida Tomu, )
Altman and Truffaut spring to mind at various times in this lovely, exuberant film. Taking place in the eponymous saloon, [Twilight Saloon] offers a fondly observed group-portrait of 1950s' Japan. ..… Read more

Yoshiwara The Pleasure Quarter (Uchida Tomu, )
A glorious, dynamic melodrama written by Mizoguchi collaborator Yoda Yoshikata, [Yoshiwara: The Pleasure Quarter] ranks among Uchida's finest films. ... A successful textile industrialist from the pr… Read more

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