His detractors have claimed that Kon Ichikawa is not a real auteur because of the extreme eclecticism of his work. In the course of a career extending from the mid 1930s to the present, he has tackled humanist war pictures, extravagant period pieces, mordant modern black comedies, social satires, comedies of manners, docs, detective stories, films derived from comic strips, and literary adaptations (his oeuvre includes movies based on canonical works by virtually every major 20th-century Japanese writer). The one constant is Ichikawa's dryly ironic and gallows-humored view... More >>>