Asian cinema: Japanese films

From Akira Kurosawa to Yasujiro Ozu, from Takeshi Kitano to Hirokazu Koreeda, from samurai to yakuza to the Japanese New Wave, and from anime to J-horror to pink films, this is the place to go for reviews, interviews and features about movies both classic and new from Japan.

From left: Yoo Ah-in, Jun Jong-seo and Steven Yeun in a still from Burning, which has been nominated for six awards in the 2019 Asian Film Awards.

2019 Asian Film Awards nominations announced: find them all here

South Korean film Burning and Japan’s Shoplifters lead the field with eight and six award nominations, respectively. Hong Kong films are again absent from the best picture race, but Felix Chong’s Project Gutenberg is up for five awards.