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Zangiku monogatari (1939)
Interesting but hardly great - Japan "Gone with the Wind"
I've read some very exciting comments about this picture and in the middle of the movie I realized how I'm disappointed a bit. Keep your expectations low, lads. It's not Mizoguchi's screenplay like "Sisters of Gion", this movie based on a book. Classic story, very predictable, with straightforward acting, especially lead woman with tears and tempted voice all the time.
Although a beautiful visual look, I couldn't connect myself with the movie. Unlike to "Naniwa ereji" (Osaka Elegy, 1936) and "Gion no shimai" (Sisters of the Gion, 1936), which are also very simple, but truthful and realistic, with sudden thought provocative endings. I prefer and recommend this movies ahead of "Zangiku monogatari".
Usual summer blocbaster
I'm not a fan of the previous series, but they are OK - light, entertainment movies - good story, eye candy locations, humor, actors performances, special effects and action - it all was pretty good. And has some magic.
Mummy 3 is very labored picture. People asking when they start shooting M3 - but main theme was closed by the first movies. So, after years, China. And mummies - sound a bit ridiculous. All magic gone with Sommers - they wrote screenplay, which technically repeat Mummy 2 in new interiors, and Rob Cohen just shoot it.
Actually, movie has some funny jokes and action, but overall it's step backwards compare to predecessors. In one row with other boring blocbasters this year - Iron Man, Narnia, ID4, Hulk, etc.