EFC II #225 – Dersu Uzala (1975)

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#225 – Dersu Uzala (1975)
Dir. Akira Kurosawa
Starring: Maksim Munzuk, Yuriy Solomin, Mikhail Bychkov, Vladimir Khrulev, V. Lastochkin, Svetlana Danilchenko

The two hundred and twenty-fifth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Akira Kurosawa’s Russian epic, set in the Siberian wilderness, Dersu Uzala.

Recorded in November 2017.

Oscar Wins: Best Foreign Language Film (Akira Kurosawa)

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: For my money, yes, I loved this film so much. A wonderful friendship forged through epic journeys through the harsh wilderness of Siberia.

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EFC II #221 – In the Realm of the Sense (1976)

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#221 – In the Realm of the Senses (1976)
Dir. Nagisa Oshima
Starring: Eiko Matsuda, Tatsuya Fuji, Aoi Nakajima, Yasuko Matsui, Meika Seri, Kanae Kobayashi, Taiji Tonoyama

The two hundred and twenty-first installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Nagisa Oshima’s highly controversial, In the Realm of the Senses.

Recorded in November 2017.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: For me, no. It’s highly controversial because of its unsimulated sex scenes, and while I hated those, it was ultimately just a hard film to sit through with unlikeable characters.

EFC II #224 – Taste of Cherry (1997)

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#224 – Taste of Cherry (1997)
Dir. Abbas Kiarostami
Starring: Homayoun Ershadi, Abdolrahman Bagheri, Afshin Khorshid Bakhtiari, Safar Ali Moradi, Mir Hossein Noori

The two hundred and twenty-fourth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Abbas Kiarostami’s contemplative film about a man considering his mortality as he drives around the countryside, Taste of Cherry.

Recorded in November 2017.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Yes, but it’s a shaky yes, I think this film can hit a lot of people in a very powerful way, but it’s all on the viewer after all… I thought it was great and inspires profound questioning.

EFC II #223 – Through the Olive Trees (1994)

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#223 – Through the Olive Trees (1994)
Dir. Abbas Kiarostami
Starring: Mohamad Ali Keshavarz, Farhad Kheradmand, Zarifeh Shiva, Hossein Rezai, Tahereh Ladanian, Hocine Redai

The two hundred and twenty-third installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Abbas Kiarostami’s unique film about the shooting of a single scene in a movie and the drama surrounded its production, Through the Olive Trees.

Recorded in November 2017.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Yes, it’s quite unique and I loved the concept of focusing on the shooting of one scene in a film being the back drop to a quiet romantic drama.

EFC II #222 – Close-Up (1990)

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#222 – Close-Up (1990)
Dir. Abbas Kiarostami
Starring: Hossein Sabzian, Abolfazl Ahankhah, Mehrdad Ahankhah, Monoochehr Ahankhah, Mahrokh Ahankhah, Haj Ali Reza Ahmadi, Hossain Farazmand, Hooshang Shamaei, Mohsen Makhmalbaf, Abbas Kiarostami

The two hundred and twenty-second installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Abbas Kiarostami’s documentary drama that blends the lines of truth and fiction, Close-Up.

Recorded in November 2017.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Yes, undoubtedly, such a unique and captivating film that challenges what a film can even be.

 

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.

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.