Drunken Angel (1948)

Drunken Angel, like One Wonderful Sunday, is set in a glum, occupied Tokyo. Unlike One Wonderful Sunday, the two main characters of this film aren’t young lovers, but instead an alcoholic physician and a tuberculosis-stricken gangster. Their relationship, dynamic, and conflict drive most of the movie, and the great performances ensure the movie never feels too lean for…

One Wonderful Sunday (1947)

This is another early Kurosawa film, this one a sort of romance comedy-drama set in post-war Tokyo. It follows a couple taking the train into Tokyo (at the time of occupation) and spending the day there, with just thirty-five yen between them. The film alternates between sweet couple-y  scenes, scenes that intermix youthful angst and…

No Regrets for Our Youth (1946)

This certainly was a departure from the earlier propaganda films Kurosawa made. The political content here ties in nicely with the characters and themes of the story; there’s no clunky government-mandated message at odds with the story Kurosawa is trying to tell. An interesting take on idealism and how time, aging, and certain circumstances can…

Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops (2006)

Unlike the previous Metal Gear games I’ve played – Metal Gear, Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake, Metal Gear Solid (and Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes, to an extent), Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty, and Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater – this game, Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops, was not directed and…