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.
Well, Jon, I definitely think this one would fall under the category of “super rare”. Good on you, mate!!
I really enjoyed this movie. I appreciate so much what you are doing, thank you
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!
Thanks so much for the Tasaka!