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August 1st, 2009, 05:39 PM
Can anyone recommend some good Japanese films?

August 1st, 2009, 05:45 PM
Seven Samurai (七人の侍, Shichinin no samurai? (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Help:Installing_Japanese_character_sets)) is a 1954 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1954_in_film) Japanese film (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cinema_of_Japan) co-written, edited and directed by Akira Kurosawa (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Akira_Kurosawa). The film takes place in Warring States Period (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sengoku_Period) Japan (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japan) (around 1587/1588). It follows the story of a village of farmers that hire seven masterless samurai (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samurai) (ronin (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ronin)) to combat bandits who will return after the harvest to steal their crops.
Seven Samurai is frequently described as one of the greatest and most influential films ever made (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Films_considered_the_greatest_ever), and is one of a select few Japanese films to become widely known in the West for an extended period of time. It is the subject of both popular and critical acclaim; it was voted onto Sight & Sound's (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sight_%26_Sound) list of the ten greatest films of all time in 1982 and 1992, and remains on the director's top ten films in the 2002 poll.

(I've watched it twice- good stuff)

August 1st, 2009, 07:10 PM
A few weeks ago, an American film made in the '50s was on TV, The Teahouse of the August Moon. Any fan of Marlon Brando should see it, as he played a post WWII villager on Okinawa who was hired by US Army occupation forces as an interpreter.

I mention it because the geisha in the film was played by Machiko Kyō (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Machiko_Ky%C5%8D).

August 2nd, 2009, 01:06 PM
[I][B]Seven Samurai

Downloaded, will watch tonight hopefully.

August 4th, 2009, 09:57 PM
personally, as far as classic japanese cinema goes i like director yasujiro ozu best. he's the japanese frank capra.

but if you like seven samurai, there is plenty more: kurosawa's yojimbo was the basis for 'a fist full of dollars,' the cool clint eastwood spaghetti western.

even better, if you watch kurosawa's kakushi toride no san akunin aka 'the hidden fortress' you will be in for quite an amazing and even shocking surprise....if you want to know first -- see the spoiler below! :eek:

(it's the freakin original 'star wars' movie set in feudal japan...almost scene for scene. no kidding!)

August 6th, 2009, 03:18 AM
Gone With Godzilla
The Wizard of Godzilla
From Here to Godzilla
Saving Private Godzilla
A Streetcar Named Godzilla
Godzilla on a Hot Tin Roof
The Grapes of Godzilla

August 6th, 2009, 09:22 AM
Saving Private Godzilla

This is my favourite ;) theres nothing quite so moving as seeing Godzilla on the front line.

August 6th, 2009, 10:36 AM
What about the fantasy genre?

Godzilla of the Rings?
Godzilla and the Sorcerers Stone?
The Lion The Witch and the Godzilla?

And lets not forget that classic comedy:

When Harry met Godzilla. (The diner scene is a winner!!!)

September 5th, 2009, 07:43 PM
Here are some Japanese movies I have enjoyed;

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0165078/ After Life

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0768116/ Hula Girls

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0304262/ Happiness of the Katakuris

September 26th, 2009, 09:10 PM
I don't know if you are still interested, but I watched Yasujiro Ozu's Good Morning this morning and really enjoyed it. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0053134/

September 27th, 2009, 05:55 PM
Have you seen anything from Takeshi Kitano? Some of his best films:
- Hana-bi (Fireworks) (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0119250/)
- Dolls (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0330229/)
- Sonatine (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0108188/)
- Kikujirô no natsu (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0199683/)

And a film he didn't direct (and totally different from his own movies): Battle Royale (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0266308/). A warning: there's just a tiny bit of violence in this one :rolleyes:

October 1st, 2009, 03:56 PM
Korean films