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Favorite Japanese movies?

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there's a thread up at >>1358, but i like takeshi kitano's films a lot, stuff like hana-mi




That thread is about what East Asian movies sushibois have seen recently. I specifically want to know what everyone's favorite Japanese movie of all time is.


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My favourite Japanese movie is Still Walking, directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda.
I liked the way he quietly examined the flaws and dark sides of every member of the family without judging or damning any one of them. Very good photography and music too.
All Hirokazu Kore-eda's movies deal with the family in some way, but I found this one particularly moving.


Sorry fellow roll, was just providing the link that >>132 was talking about.


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If we don't include animation movies in the bunch, it's definitely on of Kurosawa movies, and I couldn't chose between Kagemusha, Rashon, The Hidden Fortress or the Seven Samurai.

I also really liked Gonin, my first experience with Japanese movies about yakuzas, and Funky Forest, a fun and wacky movie which is the perfect example of what Japanese oneirism imagery does look like to me. Also highly recommended for confyness reasons.


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I'm not really into Japanese movies (though I'd like to), but some time ago I watched this really crazy movie called Symbol. It's a little hard to say what I like about that movie, or better said, to talk about it in general, but to give you an idea, it reminds me a little to Masaaki Yuasa's Mind Game, it's some kind of surreal comedy, very entertaiming and funny (and the ending is great)


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every Japanese movie I've seen is anime…in that case Akira or End of Evangelion


Since you didn't list it, have you seen Ran, also by Kurosawa? Another really great film, starring Tatsuya Nakadai (who appears in several of Kurosawa's works), is Harakiri (1962). It's absolutely beautifully constructed, and remains one of my favourite films.


All About Lily Chou-Chou and the End of Evangelion. Haven't seen much in the way of Japanese films but those two are my tops for sure


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Eureka is probably my most favorite. Many memorable scenes: one in a beach, foreshore and Jim O'Rourke Eureka begins to play, the trumpets made me tremulous; I turned up the volume.

I love both of yours. Akira is definitely similar to EoE.


I loved the soundtrack by GONTITI in this one


>decide to watch Kitano's Hana-bi during a flight
>almost cry in public


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My favorite movie of all time is Tampopo

It is very comfy

The movies by Kore-eda are also great. Have you seen 'Our Lttle Sister'?

I cry every time I watch it


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Kikujiro is nice. A little sad, but nice nonetheless.


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Tampopo was an absolute treat. Thank you so much for the recommendation sushi!

A movie I was pleasantly surprised by was Wood Job, i was expecting something typically cheesy but it actually had a lot of charm. Definitely a comfy dive into the Japanese countryside.


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was nice, mmm…


Just watched wood job.
Pretty good.
It's very well filmed and the story is pretty nice.


I thought it was really well done, but it left me with a bitter taste in my mouth. As other people have said, the soundtrack was excellent also.


I really enjoyed unagi, although it left me with a lot of mixed feelings. Kinda like the real world I guess.


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Just mentioned this film in a different thread but posting it here also because it's my new favourite.

Hana & Alice from 2004.


Ikiru is one of my all time favorites. I'll make sure to check out some of the others in this thread as well.


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Has anyone seen Love Exposure? I've heard good things about it but never got around to watching it.


I thought it was alright, it's like 4 hours though.


Maybe you guys can help me, there's this one Japanese movie that's supposed to be pretty well known.
It's a live-action comedy where the characters and story is very dragon-quest-ish.
I've seen some webm's of it and I heard some people call it "the monty python and the holy grail of japan".
Any ideas?


It's not a movie, rather a tv series but maybe you mean The Hero Yoshihiko and the Demon King's Castle?

I see webms of the poisoned knife scene all the time.


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That's the one, thanks a bunch.


favorite ever for me


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Oh man I love the Lily Arabesque.
I never finished the film because it got too heavy for me and I tapped out but it had some incredible music.

I actually went and looked at lilyholic and it's still running, mostly spambots but the odd human post too.


Nice thread


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Memories of Matsuko was good


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I haven't seen that many, but I was going through Kurosawa, Oshima and Kitano's filmographies last year. So far my favorites are
Seven Samurai, Stray Dog by Kurosawa
Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence, The Ceremony by Oshima
Sonatine, A Scene at the Sea by Kitano

I'm kind of buddy cop otaku so if I had to pick one that would be Stray Dog.


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Great stuff in this thread. My all time favorite Japanese movie is "The Taste of Tea"
It's an amazingly surreal and at times psychedelic slice of life film.


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I have mostly seen anime but I watched the movie House recently and really enjoyed it. It's a comedy/horror movie with a lot of great and creative visuals. I don't want to ruin the plot, so I'd recommend seeing it yourself.


+1 to The Hidden Fortress, it's really funny.


I've seen just a handful of them, my favourites so far are Aku no Kyōten and Love Letter.
Could you recommend something nice in mid-90's to mid-00's range? Thanks.


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I just watched swing girls which is from 2004. It was really good. There was a fair few cuts that were really pretty and it's really mellow and light which I love personally.
I do have a biased soft spot for early/mid 2000's stuff though. It subconsciously puts me in the mindset of my childhood or something.

Also the main character is the qt's qt I have ever seen.


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A scene at the sea is amazing, i can watch it over and over again.
Great soundtrack also


I've always seen lots of love for Lily Chou Chou, but in my case it's more of a love/hate thing. I really don't like the way the exposition is done during the first 30 or so minutes of the movie, but I like the themes the movie touches upon. I always feels empty when it ends, because I would've liked to know more about the characters.


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necrobump to ask what you sushis thought of pic related



Audition (1999 film) is so overrated


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A few Shunji Iwai films have already been posted. I also like his lighter stuff, so Love Letter (1995) and April Story (1998) are two cute and comfy films.

I don't like Swallowtail Butterfly (1996)… It has some interesting ideas but I think it ultimately comes off as pretentious.


Tokyo story is my favourite film. I love everything by ozu, I dont think any other director even comes close to his mastery of cinematography. If you haven't seen any films by him, I can't recommend them enough. Be warned though, they are very slow and deliberate in their pacing, so dont expect a fast paced action thrill ride or anything.
If you do want a fast paced action thrill ride, I really like the film electric dragon 80,000v. It's really short, and very fast paced. It seems these days tetsuo the iron man is a cult classic which lots of people know, I'd say if you liked that you would like electric dragon 80,000v. Also if you are a fan of noise music and guitars you will like it, lots of cool noise guitar, with a punk attitude throughout. What a fun film.


I've had april story on my hdd since april 2019 but never got around to watching it. I'll get there eventually.>>964


I have this movie on my to watch list for years by now. Next weekend I will finally give it a try!

My favorite Japanese movie is "Summer Time Machine Blues". It's a lovely story and I enjoyed the humor.

For a more serious tone, I would say "The Emperors Naked Army Marche On". If you haven't seen this documentary now, you should. The characters involved are quite fascinating, the ending left me a bit sad though.


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belladonna of sadness is probably one of my favorite films period. it's a drama that intercuts animation and storyboard-like sequences. it's style over substance so definitely not for everyone but pretty incredible if it is your thing


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Thank you sushi roll
I don't know if you're still here but Eureka was a nice watch
I hope you're doing well fellow sushi


It seems odd to me that there is mention of the astonishing "Fish Story". Not just the best Japanese movie; the very best of all movies.

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