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Masaki Kobayashi

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Wednesday, May 15 2013

'Eclipse Series 38: Masaki Kobayashi Against the System'

There's a creative tension between wanting to capture a documentary sense of reality and the expressionist visuals used to capture the characters’ psychological reality.


Wednesday, November 30 2011

'Harakiri': Masaki Kobayashi's Challenge to Japan's Idealized Notions of Its Feudal Past

This anti-samurai samurai film loses none of its power over the years as a fierce tale of individual honor in the face of systemic corruption.


Tuesday, November 10 2009

The Human Condition

It’s a testament to both Kobayashi’s work and the feelings of the Japanese people after WWII that such a harsh attack on Imperial Japan was made at all, let alone that it succeeded at the box office.


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