EFC II #220 – The Ballad of Narayama (1983)

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#220 – The Ballad of Narayama (1983)
Dir. Shōhei Imamura
Starring: Ken Ogata, Sumiko Sakamoto, Tonpei Hidari, Aki Takejo, Shoichi Ozawa, Fujio Tokita, Sanshō Shinsui, Seiji Kurasaki

The two hundred and twentieth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Shōhei Imamura’s gripping and impressive version of The Ballad of Narayama.

Recorded in November 2017.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Yes, it’s a haunting film, though I definitely feel like the 1958 film is the superior one and should probably be in the book over the 1983 version.

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EFC II #219 – Tampopo (1985)

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#219 – Tampopo (1985)
Dir. Juzo Itami
Starring: Nobuko Miyamoto, Tsutomu Yamazaki, Kōji Yakusho, Ken Watanabe, Rikiya Yasuoka, Kinzō Sakura, Yoshi Katō

The two hundred and nineteenth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Juzo Itami’s weird and wonderful “ramen Western,” Tampopo.

Recorded in November 2017.

Luke: Absolutely, it was hilarious and unique.

EFC II #218 – In the Mood for Love (2000)

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#218 – In the Mood for Love (2000)
Dir. Wong Kar-wai
Starring: Maggie Cheung, Tony Leung, Siu Ping Lam, Rebecca Pan, Lai Chen, Joe Cheung, Chan Man-Lei

The two hundred and eighteenth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Wong Kar-wai’s gorgeous and restrained romance, In the Mood for Love.

Recorded in November 2017.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Connie: No, not for me.

Luke: Yeah, it’s a really different romance film that’s visually stunning in a really unique way.

EFC II #217 – Tokyo Story (1953)

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#217 – Tokyo Story (1953)
Dir. Yasujirō Ozu
Starring: Chishū Ryū, Chieko Higashiyama, Setsuko Hara, Haruko Sugimura, So Yamamura, Kuniko Miyake, Kyōko Kagawa

The two hundred and seventeenth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Yasujirō Ozu’s simple yet moving masterpiece, Tokyo Story.

Recorded in October 2017.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Connie: No. It’s good, but no.

Luke: Yes, one of the best films I’ve seen, just a raw and powerful drama that anyone could relate to.

EFC II #216 – Onibaba (1964)

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#216 – Onibaba (1964)
Dir. Kaneto Shindo
Starring: Nobuko Otowa, Jitsuko Yoshimura, Kei Satō, Taiji Tonoyama, Jūkichi Uno

The two hundred and sixteenth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, an atmospheric horror drama from Kaneto Shindo, Onibaba.

Recorded in October 2017.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Yes, it’s a very eerie and effective drama with a dash of horror that works extremely well.

EFC II #215 – The Music Room (1958)

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#215 – The Music Room (1958)
Dir. Satyajit Ray
Starring: Chhabi Biswas, Padma Devi, Pinaki Sen Gupta, Gangapada Bose, Tulsi Lahari, Kali Sarkar, Ustad Waheed Khan, Roshan Kumari, Begum Akhtar

The two hundred and fifteenth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Satyajit Ray’s exceptional portrait of a man who is destroyed by his own ego, The Music Room.

Recorded in November 2017.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Yes, definitely. This film is a masterpiece.

EFC II #214 – Apur Sansar (1959)

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#214 – Apur Sansar (1959)
Dir. Satyajit Ray
Starring: Soumitra Chatterjee, Sharmila Tagore, Swapan Mukherjee, Alok Chakravarty, Sefalika Devi, Dhiresh Majumdar, Dhiren Ghosh

The two hundred and fourteenth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, the final installment in Satyajit Ray’s “Apu Trilogy,” Apur Sansar.

Recorded in November 2017.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Yes, and not just as part of the Apu Trilogy, it works on its own as a great drama. Another top notch film from Satyajit Ray.

EFC II #213 – Aparajito (1956)

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#213 – Aparajito (1956)
Dir. Satyajit Ray
Starring: Karuna Banerjee, Kanu Banerjee, Pinaki Sen Gupta, Smaran Ghosal Ramani Sen Gupta, Charaprakash Ghosh, Subodh Ganguly

The two hundred and thirteenth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, the second installment in Satyajit Ray’s “Apu Trilogy,” Aparajito.

Recorded in November 2017.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: As a film, in its own right, no. The first section of the film doesn’t work as well as I wanted it to, but if judged as part of the Apu Trilogy as a whole, then yes, it’s a vital part of that story.

EFC II #212 – Pather Panchali (1955)

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#212 – Pather Panchali (1955)
Dir. Satyajit Ray
Starring: Karuna Banerjee , Kanu Banerjee, Subir Banerjee, Runki Banerjee, Uma Dasgupta, Chunibala Devi

The two hundred and twelfth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, the debut film from Indian director Satyajit Ray, and the first in his “Apu Trilogy,” Pather Panchali.

Recorded in October 2017.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Without a doubt. This is a big YES to that question. Incredible film.

EFC II #211 – Rashomon (1950)

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#211 – Rashomon (1950)
Dir. Akira Kurosawa
Starring: Takashi Shimura, Minoru Chiaki, Kichijiro Ueda, Toshiro Mifune, Machiko Kyō, Masayuki Mori, Noriko Honma, Daisuke Katō

The two hundred and eleventh installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, the Japanese master Akira Kurosawa’s first masterpiece, a tale of perception and lies, Rashomon.

Recorded in October 2017.

Oscar Wins: Outstanding Foreign Language Film

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Connie: I’m ok. It’s a good film, if you’re a Kurosawa fan.

Luke: Yes definitely, an excellent film, Kurosawa’s first masterpiece.