Eizô Sugawa

  • Eizo Sugawa – Kemonomichi aka Beast Alley (1965)

    Eizô Sugawa1961-1970AsianJapanThriller

    Review from The Montreal Gazette – Jan 10, 1970
    BEAST ALLEY – directed by Eizo Sugawa; original Japanese version with English subtitles; at the Art Cinema

    The only real beast in Beast Alley is a black and white Great Dane, who is incidental to the plot. There are, however, a lot of humans who behave in a rather beastly manner.

    There’s a frustrated wife who burns her decrepit husband; an evil old man who preys on unhappy young women; a sinister villain who plays with gasoline and matches; and a host of unscrupulous, corrupt politicians and police detectives.Read More »

  • Eizô Sugawa – Yajû gari AKA The Black Battlefront Kidnappers (1973)

    1971-1980ActionCrimeEizô SugawaJapan

    A taut, economical policier-cum-gang-hostage thriller.Read More »

  • Eizô Sugawa – Kimi mo shusse ga dekiru AKA You Can Succeed, Too (1964)

    1961-1970ComedyEizô SugawaJapanMusical

    Japan Society wrote:
    The closest Japanese cinema ever came to the full-blown Broadway style musical, with singing and dancing on the streets of Tokyo, music by avant-garde composer and jazzman Toshiro Mayuzumi, lyrics by renowned poet Shuntaro Tanikawa, and direction by one of Toho’s most prominent “new wave” directors, Eizo Sugawa. Popular jazz drummer and actor Frankie Sakai stars in this comic version of the “industrial competition” genre: two tourism companies compete for foreign clients in the run up to the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. Highlighting the coming internationalization of Japan, the film dramatizes the felt tensions between tradition and modernity, the pressures of the “economic animal” lifestyle, and the energy of high economic growth.Read More »

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