Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Kon Ichikawa has died. One of the great directors from Japan after World War II. "An Actor's Revenge" remains one of my favorite films, but i haven't seen it in years. There's a DVD from the BFI, but i've heard that the color (one of the great features of that movie) is faded.

Hopefully, one day, someone will put out a really first-rate DVD of "An Actor's Revenge". So far, Criterion has put out "The Harp of Burma", "Fires on the Plain" and "Tokyo Olympiad". But so many of his movies really deserve greater exposure. One irony: the Kon Ichikawa retrospective which James Quandt organized was in New York City (at the Museum of Modern Art) when 9/11 happened.


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