Sunday, April 12, 2009

Recommendations from the Master Herself: Translation

Last week, I wrote about meeting a group of people involved in film production in Tokyo. One of the women had been working as a script doctor with some the biggest names in the Japanese film industry for 50 years. Here is the English translation of her film recommendations:
  • Yasujiro Ozu - Tokyo Story, Late Spring
  • Mikio Naruse - Floating Clouds, Repast
  • Yuzo Kawashima - Suzaki Paradise Red Light, Sun In the Last Days of the Shogunate
  • Shohei Imamura - Pigs and Battleships, The Ballad of Narayama
  • Seijun Suzuki - Fighting Elegy, Zigeunerweisen
When I asked the woman which was the best film on the list, she took a moment to consider the question and then put a circle next to Floating Clouds.

This list is the culmination of 50 years of experience. Now you all have your homework.

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