Hi no ataru sakamichi (1958) AKA A Slope in the Sun


Based on the novel by Yojiro Ishizaka (The Blue Mountains), who wrote this novel with Yujiro Ishihara and James Dean’s performance in East of Eden in mind. In this three-and-a-half-hour epic, Yujiro Ishihara is Yuji, who fights with his older brother over the same girl, while finding out the secrets of his birth.

Director: Tomotaka Tasaka. AKA 陽のあたる坂道 / A Slope in the Sun
Stars: Yujiro Ishihara, Mie Kitahara, Koreya Senda, Yukiko Todoroki, Izumi Ashikawa, Tamio Kawachi, Isamu Kosugi.


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  1. Lemmy
    August 18, 2019

    Well, Jon, I definitely think this one would fall under the category of “super rare”. Good on you, mate!!

  2. Vivian
    August 20, 2019

    I really enjoyed this movie. I appreciate so much what you are doing, thank you

  3. Utilizing the frequent pairing of Yûjirô Ishihara, Mie Kitahara – so vivid in one of the earliest Sun Tribe films, Crazed Fruit (1956) – here they are cast in quieter, thoughtful and complex roles, which have plenty of time to develop, alongside the parallel story of Ishihara’s illegitimate half-brother. And that’s only the tip of an iceberg of interesting characters. A truly great find. Thanks Jon!

  4. IDontKiss
    August 21, 2021

    Thanks so much for the Tasaka!

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