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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 (although with a surprisingly dark finale), A Bloody Spear at Mount Fuji could also be characterised as ... Read more
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 into a family of wholesalers, Chubei is one evening tempted by a roguish business contact to spend a ... Read more
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 astronomer, dies mysteriously. His apprentice, Yasuna, is next in line for this politically ... Read more
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. ... One by one, the regulars of the bar appear: the pianist, who dreams of becoming a composer, but ... Read more
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 provinces is beloved by his employees for his kindness, but cannot find a wife because of a ... Read more
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