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by Allan Fish

(Japan 1953 130m) not on DVD

Aka. Nigorie; An Inlet of Muddy Water

Three tales of sacrifice

d  Tadashi Imai  w  Yoko Mizuki, Toshiro Ide  stories  Ichiyo Higuchi  ph  Shunichiro Nakao  m  Ikuma Dan  art  Totetsu Hirakawa

Ken Mitsuda (Kanae Saito), Yat’suko Tanami (Seki Harada), Akiko Tamura (Moyo Saito), Hiro Kumon (Inosuke Saito), Hiroshi Akutagawa (Rokunosuke Takasaka), Yoshiko Kuga (Omine), Nobuo Nakamura (Yasube), Michiko Araki (Shin), Hisao Toake (Tobei), Haruko Sugimura (Ohatsu), So Yamamura (Asanosuke), Seiji Miyaguchi (Gen Shichi), Meiko Hojo (Otaka), Chikage Awashima (Oriki),

Tadashi Imai’s Muddy Water was on a hiding to nothing.  In 1953 it was rated the best Japanese film of the year by Kinema Junpo, which could normally be taken with a pinch of salt, until you take a look at those in the top 10 below it.  Three of them didn’t quite make the cut here, but were all close (Shindo’s Shukuzu, Naruse’s Older Brother Younger Sister and Imai’s own Tower of the Lilies).  The others?  Toyoda’s The Mistress, Mizoguchi’s Gion Bayashi, Kinoshita’s A Japanese Tragedy, Gosho’s Where Chimneys are Seen and Mizoguchi’s Ugetsu Monogatari.  Oh, and at number two, the little matter of Tokyo Story. (more…)

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