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Japanese Films

Films from Japan
  1. Films by Akira Kurosawa

Tokyo Sonata
Kiyoshi Kurosawa's Tokyo Sonata reviewed by Jurgen Fauth

Yatterman
Movie review of the New York Comic Con world premiere of Takashi Miike's live-action adaptation of the anime series Yatterman, starring Sho Sakurai and Saki Fukuda.

Departures
Departures - Yojiro Takita's 'Departures' received an Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Language Film. Tsutomu Yamazaki, Kimiko Yo, Ryoko Hirosue, Masahiro Motoki star in 'Departures.'

Megane
Naoko Ogigami's Megane is a wonderfully droll and touching story about Taeko (Mikako Ichikawa), a Tokyo woman who seeks relaxation on a strange and sparsely populated island.

Tony Takitani Review
Adapted from a story by popular Japanese writer Haruki Murakami, Jun Ichikawa's mesmerizing new film "Tony Takitani" explores the human condition of loniliness.

Nobody Knows Review
Hirokazu Koreeda's drama "Nobody Knows" heart-breaking film about four children, who after being abandonned by their mother, continue to live together in their small Toyko apartment. Twelve year old actor Ayu Kitaura won the best actor award at Cannes for his performance.

Akira
An unofficial fan page about this essential movie. Why isn't there more about "Akira"? And why isn't it out on DVD yet?

Bounce Ko Gals
"Kids" meets "Lost in Translation" in Masato Harada's "Bounce Ko Gals," a strangely sweet film about underage prostitution. The film follows the adventures of a trio of white-socked friends through the kinky Tokyo nightlife.

Cowboy Bebop - The Movie
The groovy crew of animated bounty hunters makes their way to the big screen, but they lose their trademark snazziness to the limp, overlong plot.

Fireworks (Hana-Bi)
Takeshi Kitano's masterfully touching and violent yakuza film won the 1997 Golden Lion at Venice.

In the Realm of the Senses
The classic and disturbing film by great Japanese director Nagisa Oshima.

Kikujiro
The office site of the latest film of Takeshi Kitano (Fireworks).

My Neighbor Totoro
Hayao Miyazaki's classic animation, now out on DVD, is gentle enough to appeal to the youngest demographic, but anybody with open eyes and heart will find plenty to love.

Onibaba
Two murderous women try to make a living in times of war in Kaneto Shindo's Japanese classic film.

Princess Mononoke
The top grossing Japanese movie of all time, this beautifully drawn animated fantasy features the voices of Claire Danes, Billy Crudup, and Gillian Anderson. Master of anime Hayao Miyazaki directs.

Akihiko Shiota's Sasayaki
When teenage love turns dark: it starts with bike rides and unblemished school uniforms, but before you know it, the boy is sniffing dirty underwear and the girl yells: "Be my dog!"

The Ring
Released in early 1998 and made for a mere 1.5 million dollars, "The Ring" was the number 1 box office sensation of the year, smashing records in Japan, Hong Kong, and Singapore.

Tampopo
Juzo Itama's film may be the most impenitent hedonist you have ever seen. If you love noodles...

Tetsuo: The Iron Man
Cyborg madness. This cult favorite still doesn't make a lot of sense to me, but it's great disturbing fun.

Tokyo Story
The most famous film of quiet Japanese director Yasujiro Ozu.

Violent Cop
A discussion of Takeshi Kitano's film.

Warm Water Under a Red Bridge
Magic elements mingle with oddball characters in Shohei Imamura's quiet tale of a company man who finds renewed life in a small Japanese fishing town.

Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai
Review: 'Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai' Takasi Miike's 'Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai' is tale of revenge, honor and disgrace, centering on a poverty-stricken samurai who discovers the fate of his ronin son-in-law.

Yojimbo
Kurosawa's darkly comic tale of a lone samurai who plays both sides in a deadly battle is one of his most accessible movies.

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