Nomura #4: Castle of Sand (Suna no utsuwa, Japan 1974)

This was presented at Bradford as the biggest hit for Nomura Yoshitaro, surprising his studio Shochiku since it was thought to be an old-fashioned film. The film is much longer than the others in the retrospective at 143 minutes. It’s an adaptation of Matsumoto’s 1961 novel. The English translation of 1989 gives the novel a new title… Read More Nomura #4: Castle of Sand (Suna no utsuwa, Japan 1974)

Nomura #3: The Shadow Within (Kage no kuruma, Japan 1970)

The third Nomura film at BIFF marks something of a change in style, though the narrative content, still based on a Matsumoto story, remains consistent. The colour 16mm Scope print was less buckled but the colour had faded badly. Unfortunately this film includes some flashback footage that is subject to various visual effects and they seem… Read More Nomura #3: The Shadow Within (Kage no kuruma, Japan 1970)

Nomura #2: Zero Focus (Zero no shoten, Japan 1961)

This was actually the first of Bradford International Film Festival’s Nomura Yoshitaro films based on the published stories of Matsumoto Seicho to be screened. All the issues about the 16mm print for Stakeout also apply here. Although released three years after Stakeout, I thought this seemed like an earlier film. Part of that feeling came… Read More Nomura #2: Zero Focus (Zero no shoten, Japan 1961)