EFC II #119 – Floating Weeds {浮草 Ukigusa} (1959)

The Epic Film Challenge II
#119 – Floating Weeds {浮草 Ukigusa} (1959)
Dir. Yasujiro Ozu
Starring: Ganjirō Nakamura, Machiko Kyō, Hiroshi Kawaguchi, Haruko Sugimura, Ayako Wakao

The one hundred and nineteenth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Japanese master Yasujiro Ozu’s contemplative film about a travelling theatre group, Floating Weeds.

Recorded in December 2016.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Yes, I think so, though I could see a lot of people not getting on with it. It’s more than worth the shot to give a look.

 

 

EFC II #97 – Ring {リング Ringu} (1998)

The Epic Film Challenge II
#97 – Ring {リング Ringu} (1998)
Dir. Hideo Nakata
Starring: Nanako Matsushima, Hiroyuki Sanada, Rikiya Ōtaka, Yoichi Numata, Rie Inō

The ninety-seventh installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Hideo Nakata’s adaptation of a mystery-horror novel that draws from a Japanese folk tale, which sparked many sequels and American remakes, Ring.

Recorded in October 2016.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Connie: No, I highly recommend it, but not a must see.

Luke: No, I really, really enjoyed it, but it’s not quite a film you have to see before you die.

EFC II #50 – Spirited Away {Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi 千と千尋の神隠し} (2001)

The Epic Film Challenge II
#50 – Spirited Away (2001)
Dir. Hayao Miyazaki
Starring: Rumi Hiiragi, Mari Natsuki, Takashi Naito, Yasuko Swaguchi, Tatsuya Gashuin, Ryunosuke Kamiki, Daveigh Chase, Jason Marsden, Michael Chiklis, Lauren Holly, John Ratzenberger, Tara Strong, Susan Egan

The fiftieth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Hayao Miyzaki’s acclaimed animated fantasy, Spirited Away.

Recorded in July 2016.

Oscar Wins: Best Animated Feature (Hayao Miyazaki)

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Yes, absolutely, though I would pick other Miyazaki movies that fit the bill more than this as a must see movie.

Tommi: Yes, because it’s weird, and it’s like nothing you’ve ever seen before.

EFC II #6 – Grave of the Fireflies {Hotaru No Haka 火垂るの墓} (1988)

The Epic Film Challenge II
#6 – Grave of the Fireflies (1988)
Dir. Isao Takahata
Starring: Tsutomu Tatsumi, Ayano Shiraishi, Yoshiko Shinohara, Akemi Yamaguchi

The sixth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Isao Takahata’s moving animated tale set at the end of World War II.

Recorded in March 2015.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Yes. An absolute must see, and one of the greatest animated films ever made.