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Ratings & Reviews

  1. John Baldwin's rating of the film The Life of Matsu the Untamed

    This is the best film by Inagaki I've seen, a classic of wartime Japanese cinema. Tsumasaburô Bandô, a huge star in Japan before and during the war, but totally unknown in the West, is wonderful as the rough-hewn but good-hearted Matsu, and Keiko Sonoi, who would later die tragically from atomic bomb radiation, equals him as the upper-class woman Matsu secretly loves. Perfect blend of sentimental humor and pathos.