EFC II #240 – Audition (1999)

The Epic Film Challenge II
#240 – Audition (1999)
Dir. Takashi Miike
Starring: Eihi Shiina, Ryo Ishibashi, Jun Kunimura, Tetsu Sawaki, Miyuki Matsuda

The two hundred and fortieth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Takashi Miike’s startling and unsettling slow-burning thriller, Audition.

Recorded in August 2018.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Connie: No. It didn’t work for me.

Luke: Yes, it’s a very well made film with quite a unique shift in tone that really makes it stand out.

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EFC II #226 – Ran (1985)

The Epic Film Challenge II
#226 – Ran (1985)
Dir. Akira Kurosawa
Starring: Tatsuya Nakadai, Mieko Harada, Akira Terao, Jinpachi Nezu, Daisuke Ryu, Yoshiko Miyazaki, Mansai Nomura, Hisashi Igawa, Peter

The two hundred and twenty-sixth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Akira Kurosawa’s final epic, the monumental in scope and tragic in tone, Ran.

Recorded in November 2017.

Oscar Wins: Best Costume Design (Emi Wada)

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Yes, absolutely, one of the best war films ever made.

EFC II #225 – Dersu Uzala (1975)

The Epic Film Challenge II
#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.

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

The Epic Film Challenge II
#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.