Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Black Rain (1989)

***
Japan

Shohei Imamura's account of one family's suffering in the aftermath of the Hiroshima bombing is filmed in the classical style of 1950s Japanese cinema, all grieving violins and silvery monochrome. It's fascinating to see a Japanese filmmaker tackle this topic so confrontingly and with such ambition, but the picture is jarringly prone to melodramatics.

wr/dir: Shohei Imamura
cast: Yoshiko Tanaka, Kazuo Kitamura, Etsuko Ichihara, Shoichi Ozawa, Norihei Miki, Keisuke Ishida, Hisako Hara, Masato Yamada

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