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A list of 100 favorite Japanese films

Postby ca_jas » Thu May 31, 2012 3:35 am

The article's over a year old but I just stumbled upon it and I thought it would be a great start for fellow members who were interested in watching more japanese live action films. Though the list does include anime, a lot of focus is on live-action.

http://jfilmpowwow.blogspot.com/2011/01 ... orite.html
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Re: A list of 100 favorite Japanese films

Postby bakamatt » Thu May 31, 2012 8:10 am

An interesting resource. I've seen about seven of the non-anime: four or so of those directed by Akira Kurosawa plus Ju-on, Ringu, and Gojira (the original and the Raymond Burr version).
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Re: A list of 100 favorite Japanese films

Postby Tsunami3k » Thu May 31, 2012 9:55 am

A really good resource that'll keep me in research material for quite a while I imagine. I'm kinda disappointed that Seven Samurai is #1. Not because it's not worthy but because it's one of the few on the list I've seen so, theoretically at least, I've already seen the best.
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Re: A list of 100 favorite Japanese films

Postby ca_jas » Thu May 31, 2012 6:46 pm

I'm actually surprised most of Takashi Miike work is on there because a quarter of the movies listed of his are completely messed up and should only be suggested with extreme caution (AKA VISITOR Q!).

Another nice thought I had was that there are several Japanese movies that were really excellent but not listed here. I can think of a dozen or so films. So if anyone finishes the list they want more movies to watch maybe we could start our own list!
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Re: A list of 100 favorite Japanese films

Postby Tsunami3k » Thu May 31, 2012 11:49 pm

I'm definitely curious to hear what you think was worthy of the list but didn't make it (or vice versa). Most of the horror stuff is wasted on me anyway so my version of the list needs some holes filled. ;D
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Re: A list of 100 favorite Japanese films

Postby ca_jas » Fri Jun 01, 2012 1:01 am

I forget, were you saying that you have a hard time with horror flicks? Ah in that case I feel like you might be missing out on some good movies, but granted they are pretty nerve-wrecking.

Here's a list of some good movies (mostly non-horror) I can think of off the top of my head, with trailers:

Tokyo Eyes - http://www.nipponcinema.com/trailers/tokyo-eyes Really cool love story between a young girl and a potential serial killer (who hasn't actually killed anyone, just shoots at them). Technically this movie may not have made the list because the director is french, but everything else about it is Japanese.

Suicide Club - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3F6pqD2pqr4 (I don't know why there's a scene with the copier and the hair, I don't think that was ever in the movie) This one deserved to be on the list. It was a brutal movie to watch (crazy depressing) but really rewarding to make it to the end (crazy uplifting). It's not scary, just a suspenseful detective story. Cops are trying to find out what is causing a string of mass suicides across Japan and keep finding links to a pop group (like AK0048). There's a prequel released later on called Noriko's Dinner Table, but it's not that good, though it has it's moments.

Samurai Fiction - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TknAs5CrY9s Everything about this movie was badass. I think I watched this movie 3 or 4 times when I rented it years ago. Although it is shot in black and white, it's a recent movie and was shot really well.

Tomie - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NBesG7ie4tg If you aren't sold after watching the trailer then this type of weirdness may not be for you. Based on Junji Ito's manga of the same name, these are a series of movies about a demon Tomie who flirts with boys until they kill her, then she regenerates to do it all over again. The first movie (seen in the trailer) is one of my favorite Japanese movies of all time. It combines the suspense of a horror movie without being scary, has a terrific cast, terrific director and has a really awesome soundtrack. Can't stress this movie enough.

Taboo - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S7kAaIHB1Cw Although this movie deals with gay love between samurai, I thought the story and fighting sequences were really well done. Has several actors I like as well (Takeshi, Asano)

The Happiness of the Katakuris - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nIXyiJqMLJI Similar to Little Pet Shop of Horrors. I can't stand musicals, but this one was funny as hell.

Last Life in the Universe - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qObuMyu3NHQ This is another movie that may not have made the list because although Asano stars in it deals with Yakuza themes, the setting is in a Japanese part of Bangkok and the director and main actress are both Thai. I think I wrote a review of it here on the forums long ago. One of myfavorite Asano preformances.

Tokyo Trash Baby - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7sLn-xF8gic (not a trailer but all I could find on youtube) This was a really beautiful, weird movie that I fell in love with. A girl is in love with a rocker neighbor but she is way too shy to speak with him so she steals the trash he throws out to learn about how he lives like.

1 Litre of Tears - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Litre_of_Tears_(film) (can't fin a trailer) - I think there's a tv series and a movie to this, find the movie. Hard as hell not to get emotional while watching the struggles of this handicapped girl.
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Re: A list of 100 favorite Japanese films

Postby Tsunami3k » Fri Jun 01, 2012 7:55 am

Man, those are good looking additions to the list. Maybe I'll try to catch some of these first. Horror movies don't bother me so much as they just don't do it for me. Even disregarding those, it looks like there's quite a lot to watch.
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Re: A list of 100 favorite Japanese films

Postby bakamatt » Fri Jun 01, 2012 8:10 am

ca_jas wrote:Here's a list of some good movies (mostly non-horror) I can think of off the top of my head, with trailers:


I didn't know you were such an ardent fan of the medium; that's neat.

I get the impression that Japanese cinema is much less homogenous than Japanese TV.
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Re: A list of 100 favorite Japanese films

Postby ca_jas » Fri Jun 01, 2012 4:30 pm

Well there's something kind of interesting that I discovered with Japan cinema (and China's too). I highly doubt the general population of these countries likes the more artsy films that the top list mention and that I added on. But foreign independent movie buffs love the hell out of them. So not a lot of the homogeneous movies get licensed here in the US but a lot of the crazy stuff does get licensed. I've watched a few of the more poppy movies on netflix and they can be just as bad there as the pop movies are here.
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Re: A list of 100 favorite Japanese films

Postby bakamatt » Sat Jun 02, 2012 9:25 am

That makes sense. People tend to assume British TV is, on the average, better than ours because all we see is the quality stuff, too.
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Re: A list of 100 favorite Japanese films

Postby ZeroRyoko1974 » Sun Jun 03, 2012 8:37 am

Suicide Club is great. Interesting that several anime films made the list. GITS, Akira, Perfect Blue, Spirited Away, and Totoro
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