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)
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,
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
MAJORITY OF ONE, A (1961)
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
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
FROM HERE TO ETERNITY (1953)
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,