Kei Kumai, Japan's greatest director, is, sadly, virtually unknown in
the United States.
I have seen four of his films: Sandakan 8, Death Of A Tea Master,
Shinobugawa, and Deep River. They are all amazing and wonderful, but to
me the greatest is Shinobugawa.
It is the story of a young man and a young woman who, despite suffering
and tragedy, find their way to each other. Kumai tells the story with
such sensitivity and intelligence and emotion that I was moved to the
very depths of my soul.
The music by Teizo Matsumura is perfect.
It is a great tragedy that not one of Kei Kumai's movies is available on
video. I can only hope that this great man's genius will soon be
recognized and his films will be made available.
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