I have watched several films since posting on here. I tend to watch more movies as the weather gets cooler, and it feels like Autumn is in the air lately. A good time to catch up on so many Criterion movies on my list. It's not the easiest or most uplifting film, but stick with it and it has lots to recommend. Tatsuya Nakadai is always great, and this is one of his earliest films. Black River Directed by Masaki Kobayashi • 1956 • Japan Perhaps Masaki Kobayashi's most sordid film, BLACK RIVER examines the rampant corruption on and around U.S. military bases in Japan following World War II. Kobayashi spirals out from the story of a love triangle that develops between a good-natured student, his innocent girlfriend, and a coldhearted petty criminal (Tatsuya Nakadai, in his first major role) to reveal a nation slowly succumbing to lawlessness and violence.