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A.k.a.
The River Fuefuki
Year
1960
Runtime
117 min.
Director
Keisuke Kinoshita
Genres
Drama, War, History
Rating *
7.1
Votes *
198
Checks
93
Favs
7
Dislikes
0
Favs/checks
7.5% (1:13)
Favs/dislikes
7:0
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  1. TigerLily76's avatar

    TigerLily76

    https://ok.ru/video/1665065486958 1 year 7 months ago
  2. monty's avatar

    monty

    One of the first Japanese directors to use color, here Kinoshita frees chromatism from realism.The black and white pictures are colored and to do this he follows 2 rules. First he uses red or blue monochromes for scenes on the battlefield or scenes of narrative singing(an old woman’s traditional singing comments the film). In the other sequences colour is tinted areas in parts of the picture :blue sky, green fields or red flames. The red monochromes of the battles reflect the blood-filled nonsense of the samurais’ clan wars. In some battle stills, each assailant is given a particular color. The characters are thus reduced to elementary colors, simple anonymous pawns. Beyond this critical dimension, dreamlike chromatic effects bring Fuefukigawa close to the painted canevass effects in Kobayashi’s “Kwaidan”. The fact that Kobayashi was Kinoshita’s assistant throws light on the closeness of the 2 filmmakers. Both can very well use classical forms(An eternal love,The human condition) or go on more experimental ways(Fuefukigawa, Kwaidan). - Stéphane du Mesnildot

    Also, Kinoshita based the visual design of the film on scroll painting, capturing the sense of brushstrokes with wide swatches of color.
    7 years 2 months ago
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  1. This movie ranks #51 in Sight & Sound's 75 Hidden Gems
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