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MORE DIRECTORS CHECKLIST SERIES - Volume #223 - THE FILMS OF KIYOSHI KUROSAWA


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#1 of 18 OFFLINE   Brook K

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Posted July 27 2005 - 03:47 AM

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Volume #223 - Kiyoshi Kurosawa

Ghost Cop (2004)
Doppelgänger (2003)
Bright Future (2003)
Pulse (2001)
Seance (2000) (TV)
Barren Illusions (1999)
Charisma (1999)
License to Live (1998)
Gakkô no kaidan G (1998) (TV) (story "Kodama")
Serpent's Path (1998)
Eyes of the Spider (1998)
Cure (1997)
The Revenge: A Scar That Never Disappears (1997)
Suit Yourself or Shoot Yourself: The Hero (1996) (TV)
Suit Yourself or Shoot Yourself: The Nouveau Riche (1996)
Katte ni shiyagare!! Gyakuten keikaku (1996)
Door 3 (1996)
The Guard from the Underground (1992)
Abunai hanashi mugen monogatari (1989)
Sweet Home (1989)
The Excitement of the Do-Re-Mi-Fa Girl (1985)
Kandagawa Wars (1983)

2002 Sight & Sound Challenge: 321  Last Watched: L'enfance Nue
Last 8 Films Watched: In the Loop - A- / It Might Get Loud - B+ / What Just Happened? - B / Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs - C- / Drums Along the Mohawk - A- / Punisher War Zone - B+ / Moon - C+ / A Man For All Seasons - B+

#2 of 18 OFFLINE   Brook K

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Posted July 27 2005 - 03:56 AM

Starting as a maker of Yakuza b-flicks, Kurosawa has gone on to become a popular cult director. I think his film Cure is the best horror film of the '90's, but I haven't seen anything else by him that has had close to the effect that one had.

*1. Cure - A (also the only one I've seen on film and one of those all-too rare experiences where I knew absolutely nothing about the film before I saw it)

2. Tokyo Sonata - A-
*3. License to Live - A-
4. Bright Future - A- (I still can't articulate what drew me to this film, maybe it's the jellyfish)
*5. Pulse - B (Much more highly thought of in horror/cult circles than I found it to be)
*6. Charisma - B (This is a very odd film, sometimes in good ways, sometimes in virtually incoherent ones)
7. Retribution - B
8. Séance - B-
9. The Guard from Underground - C

10. Doppelganger - C (Didn't think this one worked very well)

Own: 4


2002 Sight & Sound Challenge: 321  Last Watched: L'enfance Nue
Last 8 Films Watched: In the Loop - A- / It Might Get Loud - B+ / What Just Happened? - B / Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs - C- / Drums Along the Mohawk - A- / Punisher War Zone - B+ / Moon - C+ / A Man For All Seasons - B+

#3 of 18 OFFLINE   SteveGon

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Posted July 27 2005 - 05:03 AM

Ghost Cop (2004)
Doppelgänger (2003) ***
Bright Future (2003) ***
Pulse (2001) ***1/2
Seance (2000) (TV)

Barren Illusions (1999)
Charisma (1999) ***
License to Live (1998)
Gakkô no kaidan G (1998) (TV) (story "Kodama")
Serpent's Path (1998)
Eyes of the Spider (1998)
Cure (1997)
The Revenge: A Scar That Never Disappears (1997)
Suit Yourself or Shoot Yourself: The Hero (1996) (TV)
Suit Yourself or Shoot Yourself: The Nouveau Riche (1996)
Katte ni shiyagare!! Gyakuten keikaku (1996)
Door 3 (1996)
The Guard from the Underground (1992)
Abunai hanashi mugen monogatari (1989)
Sweet Home (1989)
The Excitement of the Do-Re-Mi-Fa Girl (1985)
Kandagawa Wars (1983)


Bolded films I've seen.

Definitely a director with some interesting work. Posted Image Still need to see Pulse.

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But I'll continue to see his work and have Seance in my Netflix queue.

Double-bill it with Seance on a Wet Afternoon (both are taken from the same source material).

#4 of 18 OFFLINE   george kaplan

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Posted July 27 2005 - 06:49 AM

I've heard of Kurosawa, but not this Kurosawa, and I've certainly never seen any of his films.
"Movies should be like amusement parks. People should go to them to have fun." - Billy Wilder

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#5 of 18 OFFLINE   Justin_S

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Posted July 27 2005 - 07:46 AM

Ratings on a scale of * to *****:

1: Kaïro (2001) *****
2: Cure (1997) ****½
3: Charisma (1999) ****½
4: Bright Future (2003) ****½
5: Retribution (2006) ***
6: Seance (2000) (TV) ***
7: Doppelgänger (2003) **

Own 4

#6 of 18 OFFLINE   Bill McA

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Posted July 27 2005 - 10:21 AM

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Tokyo Sonata (2008) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image (Own the Blu)
Retribution (2006) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image (Own the DVD)
Loft (2005)
Kazuo Umezu's Horror Theater: Bug's House (2005)
Ghost Cop (2004)
Doppelgänger (2003) Posted Image Posted Image (Own the DVD)
Bright Future (2003) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image (Own the DVD)
Kaïro (2001) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image (Own the DVD)
Seance (2000) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image (Own the DVD)
Barren Illusions (1999) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image
Charisma (1999) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image (Own the DVD)
License to Live (1998) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image (Own the DVD)
Gakkô no kaidan G (1998) (TV) (story "Kodama")
Serpent's Path (1998) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image (Own the DVD)
Eyes of the Spider (1998) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image (Own the DVD)
Cure (1997) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image (Own the DVD)
The Revenge: A Scar That Never Disappears (1997)
Suit Yourself or Shoot Yourself: The Hero (1996) (TV)
Suit Yourself or Shoot Yourself: The Nouveau Riche (1996)
Katte ni shiyagare!! Gyakuten keikaku (1996)
Door 3 (1996)
The Guard from the Underground (1992) Posted Image Posted Image (Own the DVD)
Abunai hanashi mugen monogatari (1989)
Sweet Home (1989)
The Excitement of the Do-Re-Mi-Fa Girl (1985)
Kandagawa Wars (1983)

Seen 13
Own 12

Kiyoshi Kurosawa is the 13th director in this series that I've seen/met in person.
       

#7 of 18 OFFLINE   Jim_K

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Posted July 27 2005 - 11:03 AM

Ratings out of Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image
Seen 3


KIYOSHI KUROSAWA (1955 -     )


Tokyo Sonata (2008)

Retribution (2006) Posted Image Posted Image

Loft (2005)
Kazuo Umezu's Horror Theater: Bug's House (2005)

Ghost Cop (2004)

Doppelgänger (2003)

Bright Future (2003)

Pulse (2001) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image

Seance (2000)

Barren Illusions (1999)

Charisma (1999)

License to Live (1998)

Gakkô no kaidan G (1998) (story "Kodama")

Serpent's Path (1998)

Eyes of the Spider (1998)

Cure (1997) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image 

The Revenge: A Scar That Never Disappears (1997)

Suit Yourself or Shoot Yourself: The Hero (1996)

Suit Yourself or Shoot Yourself: The Nouveau Riche (1996)

Katte ni shiyagare!! Gyakuten keikaku (1996)

Door 3 (1996)

The Guard from the Underground (1992)

Abunai hanashi mugen monogatari (1989)

Sweet Home (1989)

The Excitement of the Do-Re-Mi-Fa Girl (1985)

Kandagawa Wars (1983)




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#8 of 18 OFFLINE   SteveGon

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Posted March 24 2006 - 02:56 PM

Kairo/Pulse ***1/2

#9 of 18 OFFLINE   Brook K

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Posted April 25 2006 - 05:22 PM

Updated:

License to Live - A-
2002 Sight & Sound Challenge: 321  Last Watched: L'enfance Nue
Last 8 Films Watched: In the Loop - A- / It Might Get Loud - B+ / What Just Happened? - B / Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs - C- / Drums Along the Mohawk - A- / Punisher War Zone - B+ / Moon - C+ / A Man For All Seasons - B+

#10 of 18 OFFLINE   SteveGon

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Posted May 01 2006 - 01:57 PM

The Guard From Underground ***

#11 of 18 OFFLINE   Justin_S

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Posted October 05 2006 - 10:31 AM

Updated with Bright Future (2003) and Charisma (1999).

#12 of 18 OFFLINE   Martin Teller

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Posted October 06 2006 - 03:38 AM

Bright Future (2003) - 7/10
Pulse (2001) - 7/10
Seance (2000) (TV) - 5/10
Cure (1997) - 7/10


What he did with Seance was pretty awful, especially compared to the 1964 film. Other than that, he's interesting, but I have yet to be really impressed.

#13 of 18 OFFLINE   Bill McA

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Posted October 22 2006 - 03:58 AM

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Retribution (2006) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image

Seen 12
Own 10
       

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Posted May 19 2008 - 11:05 AM

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Retribution (2006)

#15 of 18 OFFLINE   Bill McA

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Posted September 09 2008 - 05:35 PM

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Tokyo Sonata (2008) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image

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#16 of 18 OFFLINE   Brook K

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Posted October 12 2008 - 07:00 PM

Updated:

Retribution - B
The Guard From Underground - C

2002 Sight & Sound Challenge: 321  Last Watched: L'enfance Nue
Last 8 Films Watched: In the Loop - A- / It Might Get Loud - B+ / What Just Happened? - B / Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs - C- / Drums Along the Mohawk - A- / Punisher War Zone - B+ / Moon - C+ / A Man For All Seasons - B+

#17 of 18 OFFLINE   Brook K

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Posted May 06 2009 - 07:54 PM

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Séance - B-
2002 Sight & Sound Challenge: 321  Last Watched: L'enfance Nue
Last 8 Films Watched: In the Loop - A- / It Might Get Loud - B+ / What Just Happened? - B / Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs - C- / Drums Along the Mohawk - A- / Punisher War Zone - B+ / Moon - C+ / A Man For All Seasons - B+

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Posted May 10 2010 - 03:21 PM

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Tokyo Sonata - A-


2002 Sight & Sound Challenge: 321  Last Watched: L'enfance Nue
Last 8 Films Watched: In the Loop - A- / It Might Get Loud - B+ / What Just Happened? - B / Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs - C- / Drums Along the Mohawk - A- / Punisher War Zone - B+ / Moon - C+ / A Man For All Seasons - B+