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Akira Kurosawa for beginners: the Japanese director’s 10 best films, from Seven Samurai to the one that inspired Star Wars

Japanese filmmaker took what he learned from legendary film director John Ford and applied it to his own work. In turn, his films inspired Hollywood with their masterful storytelling and flawless composition.

Japanese filmmaker took what he learned from legendary film director John Ford and applied it to his own work. In turn, his films inspired Hollywood with their masterful storytelling and flawless composition.

17 Jul 2020 - 10:44AM
Flashback: forgotten Japanese anime a hallucinatory erotic masterpiece

A medieval medley of rape, orgies and deals with the devil, the film is an odd mix of folk tale and feminist manifesto

A medieval medley of rape, orgies and deals with the devil, the film is an odd mix of folk tale and feminist manifesto

30 Dec 2017 - 9:04PM
Flashback: Cure (1997) – Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s daring, socially prescient psychological thriller

When it was released two decades ago, it hardly made a splash but find out what makes the film stand out among its more famous contemporaries, including Hideo Nakata’s Ring and Hayao Miyazaki’s Princess Mononoke

When it was released two decades ago, it hardly made a splash but find out what makes the film stand out among its more famous contemporaries, including Hideo Nakata’s Ring and Hayao Miyazaki’s Princess Mononoke

2 Dec 2017 - 9:02PM
Flashback: My Neighbors the Yamadas – unusual Ghibli animation captures the little pleasures in life

Although it wasn’t as big a success as other Ghibli outings, Yamadas is a gently comic work with plenty of nostalgic appeal

Although it wasn’t as big a success as other Ghibli outings, Yamadas is a gently comic work with plenty of nostalgic appeal

11 Mar 2017 - 11:29PM
Flashback: The Story of the Last Chrysanthemums – Kenji Mizoguchi’s pre-war masterpiece

Mizoguchi’s themes may have fallen out of fashion in recent decades but Last Chrysanthemums offers a perfect opportunity to acquaint yourself with a master of haunting, elegiac cinema

Mizoguchi’s themes may have fallen out of fashion in recent decades but Last Chrysanthemums offers a perfect opportunity to acquaint yourself with a master of haunting, elegiac cinema

10 Dec 2016 - 9:04PM
Flashback: Wild Berries – Miwa Nishikawa’s dark family comedy

Nishikawa’s films are filled with frauds, fakes and phoneys, starting with this, her debut, screening as part of the Hong Kong Asian Film Festival, in which the secrets and lies of the Akechi family unravel

Nishikawa’s films are filled with frauds, fakes and phoneys, starting with this, her debut, screening as part of the Hong Kong Asian Film Festival, in which the secrets and lies of the Akechi family unravel

22 Oct 2016 - 9:02PM
Flashback: Double Suicide – eerie precursor to J-horror genre

Masahiro Shinoda’s fim is a faithful adaptation of an 18th-century piece of puppet theatre – and also a stark and discomfiting work of nouvelle vague genius

Masahiro Shinoda’s fim is a faithful adaptation of an 18th-century piece of puppet theatre – and also a stark and discomfiting work of nouvelle vague genius

12 Aug 2016 - 9:03PM
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Art House: wartime animation Grave of the Fireflies is a depressing masterpiece

Isao Takahata's Grave of the Fireflies (1988) has been named one of the best animated films of all time; it also has been listed by Empire film magazine as one of the most depressing movies ever. In other words, it's a must-see film that will leave you in a puddle of tears — a reputation that has stopped many people from watching it.

Isao Takahata's Grave of the Fireflies (1988) has been named one of the best animated films of all time; it also has been listed by Empire film magazine as one of the most depressing movies ever. In other words, it's a must-see film that will leave you in a puddle of tears — a reputation that has stopped many people from watching it.

8 Oct 2014 - 10:37PM
Japanese movies have a legacy of terrifyingly vengeful female ghosts

When it comes to nursing a grudge, female spirits have the killing edge, as the Ju-on films have proved time and again, writes Mark Schilling.

When it comes to nursing a grudge, female spirits have the killing edge, as the Ju-on films have proved time and again, writes Mark Schilling.

4 Oct 2014 - 11:16PM
Seismic shifts ahead in Japan's anime industry

When Hayao Miyazaki announced his retirement from feature filmmaking in September last year, it was hardly unexpected: the septuagenarian co-founder and resident genius of Studio Ghibli had been retiring and returning for years.

When Hayao Miyazaki announced his retirement from feature filmmaking in September last year, it was hardly unexpected: the septuagenarian co-founder and resident genius of Studio Ghibli had been retiring and returning for years.

14 Sep 2014 - 12:27PM
Hideki Takeuchi's comedy Thermae Romae II is aimed at international viewers

Hideki Takeuchi's comedy Thermae Romae was such a hit with foreign audiences, he made a sequel with them in mind.

Hideki Takeuchi's comedy Thermae Romae was such a hit with foreign audiences, he made a sequel with them in mind.

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Postcard: Tokyo

Since then Miike has continued to be a commercial hitmaker in Japan, and a festival favourite and critical darling abroad.

Since then Miike has continued to be a commercial hitmaker in Japan, and a festival favourite and critical darling abroad.

31 Mar 2013 - 3:46PM
Film postcard: Tokyo

While a cinematic giant in his own country, where his films were commercial and critical successes, Keisuke Kinoshita (1912-1998) didn't receive the same recognition abroad as contemporary Akira Kurosawa or Shochiku studio senior Yasujiro Ozu.

While a cinematic giant in his own country, where his films were commercial and critical successes, Keisuke Kinoshita (1912-1998) didn't receive the same recognition abroad as contemporary Akira Kurosawa or Shochiku studio senior Yasujiro Ozu.

7 Apr 2013 - 3:38PM
Japanese earthquake and tsunami films

Japanese filmmakers reacted quickly to the disaster - but their angle of approach often differed from that of the local mass media, which tended to follow the government line, while taking care never to show the bodies of victims.

Japanese filmmakers reacted quickly to the disaster - but their angle of approach often differed from that of the local mass media, which tended to follow the government line, while taking care never to show the bodies of victims.

11 Jun 2015 - 3:58PM
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Postcard: Tokyo

Ask Japanese film critics and scholars for the names of their country's most important directors of the 1990s and their lists will probably start with Takeshi Kitano, Takashi Miike and Kiyoshi Kurosawa

Ask Japanese film critics and scholars for the names of their country's most important directors of the 1990s and their lists will probably start with Takeshi Kitano, Takashi Miike and Kiyoshi Kurosawa

16 Jun 2013 - 3:37PM
Postcard: Tokyo

Nagisa Oshima (1932-2013) began his career in the 1950s at Shochiku studio as a sort of Japanese Orson Welles - a wunderkind shaking up a hidebound film industry. And like Welles, whose Citizen Kane (1941) eviscerated the biggest media mogul of its day, Oshima enjoyed tweaking the noses of the powerful, beginning with his studio boss, Shiro Kido.

Nagisa Oshima (1932-2013) began his career in the 1950s at Shochiku studio as a sort of Japanese Orson Welles - a wunderkind shaking up a hidebound film industry. And like Welles, whose Citizen Kane (1941) eviscerated the biggest media mogul of its day, Oshima enjoyed tweaking the noses of the powerful, beginning with his studio boss, Shiro Kido.

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