Kiga Kaikyo, Strait of Hunger, Uchida Tom, 1965
Perhaps "Kiga kaikyo" (Uchida Tom, 1963), also known as "Fugitive from the Past" or "Strait of Hunger", is the most underrated Japanese film in western audience. "Strait of Hunger" is a dark, twisted crime drama, yet remains subtle emotion and social criticism themes inside. The characters are complex and intriguing, and the view angle of 1950s Japanese society is wide and enlightened with an epical story telling. The black and white cinematography is astoundingly fabulous, especially the billowy ocean under the hurricane, which gives the audience indelible impression. Uchida Tom was one of the greatest film makers (if not the greatest) in Japan and this film is a timeless masterpiece.