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Black River

1957

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  • ...Despite the film’s righteous anger, there is an entertaining looseness to it, a free-form technical bravado that sets it apart from the more static I Will Buy You, from earlier the same year. In place of that film’s chiaroscuro images representing the dark souls of its characters, Kobayashi here offers precisely composed, teeming canvases (prefiguring Shohei Imamura’s work in the even more chaotic and similarly themed 1962 film Pigs and Battleships).

  • A volatile, emotionally turbulent portrait of lower-class life on the outskirts of U.S. military bases in the wake of the war, Black River teems with a barely contained energy that would come to mark the next decade in Japanese film.