the landscape photography and music in these 2 films is stunning. photography and music work together in both films to such a degree that the dialogue becomes almost unnecessary (especially in fires on the plain).
there obviously is much more going on in these 2 works than the visuals, but for me they are the most striking element.
the cinematography in these films bring to mind many contemporary photographers, mainly thomas joshua cooper, hans danuser, emmet gowin, edward burtynsky, helene binet, elger esser, michael kenna, david maisel, olafur eliasson, axel hutte, and hiroshi sugimoto.
the burmese harp: cinematography by minoru yokoyama, music by akira ifukube.
fires on the plain: cinematography by setsuo kobayashi, music by yasushi akutagawa.
the burmese harp 1956:
fires on the plain 1959:
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