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The Criterion Collection adds some more films to Hulu Plus; including even more Keisuke Kinoshita

Joshua Brunsting

April 27th, 2012

Criterion, I’m taking you to task, right now.  Consider this post a loving little prod, hoping that this love that you have given one Keisuke Kinoshita is something more than a little tease. First, the news.

Wednesday saw the addition of a handful of new films to Criterion’s Hulu Plus page. Among late additions like Federico Fellini’s JULIET OF THE SPIRITS and iconic, interesting  and rarely discussed gems like , Vojitch Jasny’s ALL MY GOOD COUNTRYMEN comes another four films from Criterion;s love child Keisuke Kinoshita. This  brings the total number of films from the director currently on Hulu Plus to an unprecedented thirty-one.

And yet he only has one film in Criterion proper, albeit a classic in TWENTY-FOUR EYES.

The films added include CARMEN’S INNOCENT LOVE, THE ROSE ON HIS ARM, THE GARDEN OF WOMEN and BOYHOOD. They join Shinoda’s KILLERS ON PARADE, Mizoguchi’s A STORY OF CHIKAMATSU, Kobayashi’s FOUNTAINHEAD, the documentary classic THE WAR ROOM and Kazuo Mori’s beloved VENDETTA OF A SAMURAI. Toss in a couple shorts in the form of A DAY IN THE COUNTRY and SWEET SOUNDS, and you have a monster slate of additions.

However exciting that this set may be, personally, I hope we soon get some sort of Kinoshita box set announced by Criterion. They have the rights to over thirty of his films, and yet we have seen barely any of his work in Criterion proper. An Eclipse box? Even though his is filmography is not relatively unknown to many people,  a huge set from their extensive  collection would still be welcome. For example, one that is as comprehensive and comparable as their recently released  set David Lean's films. Granted, it is less likely, but it would be a hugely welcome announcement nonetheless. But that’s just this Criterion nerd.

What do you think?

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