Hoshi Soffen

Hoshi Soffen
Hoshi Soffen's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Shin Nichibei/New Japanese American News

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
No Score Yet The Youth and His Amulet (1961) Don't go expecting to see much of Toshiro Mifune, for his appearance in the film is brief and his acting forced and superficial. (We're still wondering why he ever accepted the part). But the children are great. - Shin Nichibei/New Japanese American News EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2019
100% Gate of Hell (Jigokumon) (1954) More than anything else, it is the color and photography which makes this production that of a superlative quality. Each scene is a priceless picture in itself, and the whole thing is a rare pictorial poem. - Shin Nichibei/New Japanese American News EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2019
100% The Harder They Fall (1956) A lousy racket lurking around some of the prize fighting arenas of the country is being depicted in one of the most gripping films to come out of Hollywood crucible. - Shin Nichibei/New Japanese American News EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2019
No Score Yet Chushingura (1963) On the screen in breathtaking technicolor, it is a memorable experience. Every scene is poetry in movement. - Shin Nichibei/New Japanese American News EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2019
100% The Warui yatsu hodo yoku nemuru (The Bad Sleep Well) (1962) [The Bad Sleep Well] is a daring film revealing the existence of corruption and scandal within any high financing enterprise in any society. The message that haunts us is that everything will be hushed up again by the smooth operating higher-ups. - Shin Nichibei/New Japanese American News EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2019
No Score Yet The Wayside Pebble (Robo no Ishi) (1962) You will enjoy this masterpiece, but I believe your parents will even more. The Wayside Pebble is the Japan of their youth. - Shin Nichibei/New Japanese American News EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
95% Diabolique (Les Diaboliques) (1955) Mr. Clouzot has concocted a grueling dish fit only for the cast-iron stomach. - Shin Nichibei/New Japanese American News EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
83% Donzoko (The Lower Depths) (1957) [The Lower Depths] falls short of his other Mifune successes, ie: Rashomon, Seven Samurais. Nonetheless, it is Kurosawa through and through, and if you are one of his ardent public, you will want to include this on the list of "have seens." - Shin Nichibei/New Japanese American News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2019
86% Narayama bushiko (Ballad of Narayama) (1958) The pace is slow and in spots monotonous and repetitious. It could have been a few notches better with a few knots less. - Shin Nichibei/New Japanese American News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2019
No Score Yet Madame Aki (Yushu heiya) (1963) The film does not do justice to such talents as Fujiko Yamamoto who portrays the Madame, or Hisaya Morishige or Chieko Naniwa. Yes, we were disappointed with Madamp A. - Shin Nichibei/New Japanese American News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2019
No Score Yet Samurai I: Musashi Miyamoto (1954) Whether he is weeping, fighting, making love, [Toshiro Mifune] is consistent with the character of Musashi. As often as he is on the screen, you'll never have enough of him. - Shin Nichibei/New Japanese American News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2019
No Score Yet The Return of Don Camillo (1953) Every so often out of the movie industry comes a picture that warms the cockle of your heart. - Shin Nichibei/New Japanese American News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2019
100% The Naked Island (Hadaka no shima) (1960) It is a monumental study in the mute determination, unfaltering dignity and monastic strength of the human being's day to day battle with life. - Shin Nichibei/New Japanese American News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2019
100% Ikiru (1956) As in others of Kurosawa's films, photographic accomplishment is unforgettable. - Shin Nichibei/New Japanese American News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2019
100% The Wages of Fear (1953) The Wages of Fear will keep you tipped forward on the I edge of your seat, your palms sweaty and your heart thumping wildly. - Shin Nichibei/New Japanese American News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2019
100% Ugetsu (Ugetsu monogatari) (1954) The acting is superb, and the ability to interweave fantasy and realism is evident through out the story. - Shin Nichibei/New Japanese American News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2019
100% Tôkyô orimpikku (Tokyo Olympiad) (1965) I was prepared, but wondered vaguely how Ichikawa could hold the interest of the audience for almost three hours. Believe me, that he does. - Shin Nichibei/New Japanese American News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2019