Thursday, March 01, 2012

Theme Taken Too Far?

Okay... I love Turner Classic Movies - but every now and then they ":reach" a little far for a theme.  I am assuming (although we all know what happens when you assume...( you make an "ass" out of "u" and "me").
Anywho, I assume these movies are all lumped together because they reference Japan.  But I think lumping these all as "Japanese" movies is just slightly racist - and not in a good way.
(From the TCM Schedule for March 1)
12:30 PM
DODES 'KA-DEN (1970)

Slum dwellers in Tokyo fight to survive while dreaming of better lives.
Dir: Akira Kurosawa Cast:  Hiroshi Akutagawa , Michiko Araki , Junzaburo Ban.
C-140 mins, TV-14,

3:00 PM
KWAIDAN (1964)

Four stories mix love and the supernatural in exotic settings.
Dir: Masaki Kobayashi Cast:  Rentaro Mikuni , Michiyo Aratama , Misako Watanabe.
C-161 mins, TV-14, Letterbox Format

5:30 PM

A Jewish widow falls in love with a Japanese businessman.
Dir: Mervyn LeRoy Cast:  Rosalind Russell , Alec Guinness , Ray Danton.
C-149 mins, TV-PG, Letterbox Format

8:00 PM
TORA! TORA! TORA! (1970)

The Japanese take advantage of American blunders to launch a surprise attack on Pearl Harbor.
Dir: Richard Fleischer Cast:  Martin Balsam , So Yamamura , Jason Robards Jr..
C-143 mins, TV-PG, Letterbox Format

10:30 PM

Enlisted men in Hawaii fight for love and honor on the eve of World War II.
Dir: Fred Zinnemann Cast:  Burt Lancaster , Montgomery Clift , Deborah Kerr.
BW-118 mins, TV-PG, CC,

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