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Directors Your 10 favourite Japanese films?

Discussion in 'Movies' started by john davies, Nov 5, 2003.

  1. john davies

    john davies Well-Known Member

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    1.Sansho the Bailiff (Mizoguchi)
    2.Maborosi (Kore-eda)
    3.Seven Samurai (Kurosawa)
    4.Story of the Late Chrysanthemums (Mizoguchi)
    5.Tales of the Taira Clan (Mizoguchi)
    6.Late Spring (Ozu)
    7.Tokyo Story (Ozu)
    8.Ugetsu Monogatari (Mizoguchi)
    9.Hidden Fortress (Kurosawa)
    10.The Loyal 47 Ronin (Mizoguchi)

    also; The Life of Oharu (Mizoguchi), Kwaidan (Kobayashi), Ai No Corrida (Oshima), Miss Oyu (Mizoguchi), My Neighbour Totoro (Miyazaki), The Human Condition (Kobayashi), Early Spring (Ozu), Spirited Away (Miyazaki), Eureka (Aoyama)..
     
  2. Brook K

    Brook K Well-Known Member

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    Ikiru (Kurosawa)
    Tokyo Story (Ozu)
    Ugetsu (Mizoguchi)
    Ran (Kurosawa)
    Woman In The Dunes (Teshigahara)
    A Scene At The Sea (Kitano)
    Grave Of The Fireflies (Takahata)
    Manji (Masumura)
    My Neighbor Totoro (Miyazaki)
    Cure (Kiyoshi Kurosawa)

    Limited myself to two Kurosawa's, otherwise would probably have Rashomon, Red Beard, and/or Madadayo on here as well.
     
  3. john davies

    john davies Well-Known Member

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    You're obviously well up on the subject. I've not yet seen The Cure, though i've heard good things and know nothing of Manji. Can you say something about it? Red Beard (underrated) and Rashomon (essential) just missed my list, by the way.
     
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    Angelo.M Well-Known Member

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    seven samurai
    rashomon
    ikiru
    tokyo story
    yojimbo
    sanjuro
    the hidden fortress
    ran
    samurai triology
    tokyo drifter
     
  5. JonZ

    JonZ Well-Known Member

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    Seven Samurai
    Ran
    Roshomon
    Akira
    Samurai III Duel at Ganryu Island
    Yojimbo
    Godzilla
    The Street Fighter
    Tokyo Story
    Grave Of The Fireflies
     
  6. Lew Crippen

    Lew Crippen Well-Known Member

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    As always, unordered:

    1.Woman of the Dunes
    2.Seven Samurai
    3.Ikiru
    4.I Was Born, but…
    5.Spirited Away
    6.My Neighbor Totoro
    7.Ugetsu
    8.Tokyo Drifter
    9.Tokyo Story
    10.Ran
     
  7. MartinTeller

    MartinTeller Well-Known Member

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    I really haven't seen nearly as many as I'd like to, but here's my top 10 anyway (rather embarassingly heavy on Kurosawa):

    Princess Mononoke
    Kwaidan
    Chushingura
    Sansho the Bailiff
    Seven Samurai
    Red Beard
    Ikiru
    Sanjuro
    Rashomon
    Madadayo

    honorable mention (not exactly a Japanese film): Mishima


    Really hoping to add more Ozu and Mizoguchi soon, so far I've only seen Ohayo and Sansho.
     
  8. Brook K

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    Me too Martin, I've only seen Tokyo Story, Good Morning, The 47 Ronin, and Ugetsu.

    John, the best equation/summary I can make for Manji, is it is similar in story/theme to In The Realm of the Senses, but more skillfully made and restrained, but lacking the heat and singular forward momentum of ITR. It is about a husband and wife who find something lacking in their lives and relationship, and turn to a 3rd party with results that are shocking, moving, and even sad.

    Directed by the highly underrated and underknown director Yasuzo Masumura, it was released on DVD by Fantoma along with 3 more of his films, all of which I'd recommend - Blind Beast (a freak show of sexual subjugation and loneliness with "have to see it to believe it" set design), Afraid To Die (starring Yukio Mishima as a Yakuza who has the unfortunate weakness of being "afraid to die" and also featuring Takashi Shimura in a complete turn from the kindly mentor types he played in Kurosawa movies) and Giants And Toys (a satirical comedy about big business in Japanese society).
     
  9. john davies

    john davies Well-Known Member

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    Thanks a lot for that, Brook. Yes, i've now found it in Donald Richie's book "A Hundred Years of Japanese Cinema". Strange i should have forgotten about it, as there's a striking shot of 2 (apparently topless) women in a clinch.
    Masumura's "fast-moving" style, at least when he arrived on the scene, is contrasted with Ozu and Mizoguchi, and appealed to a younger generation at the time, including Oshima, it says. Manji sounds from your description more restrained than some of his other films.

    Richie says Masumura's films "critical of Japan's military past" eg The Nakano Army School, The Hoodlum Soldier, "particularly interesting".

    I'll have to look out for his films. I don't think they're available in the UK though.
     
  10. Brook K

    Brook K Well-Known Member

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    I'll have to pick up Richie's book. I haven't seen those Masumura films that are "critical of the Japanese military". I've only seen the 4 that are on DVD and that I described. The most critical of the military film that I've seen from Japan is Mizoguchi's Ugetsu.
     
  11. Jim_K

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    Favorites?

    Seven Samurai
    Yojimbo
    Gojira (1954)
    Akira
    Throne of Blood
    Zatoichi and the Chess Expert
    Lone Wolf and Cub Sword of Vengeance
    Ran
    Sword of Blood
    Samurai Trilogy


    and another 10

    The Hidden Fortress
    Zatoichi and the Chest of Gold
    Harakiri
    Princess Mononoke
    Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart at the River Styx
    Onibaba
    Sanjuro
    Samurai Assassin
    Barefoot Gen
    Samurai Rebellion
     
  12. Arman

    Arman Well-Known Member

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    Unordered:
    Battle Royale (Fukasaku)
    Grave Of The Fireflies (Takahata)
    Spirited Away (Miyazaki)
    Tokyo Story (Ozu)
    Rashomon (Kurosawa)
    Seven Samurai (Kurosawa)
    My Neighbor Totoro (Miyazaki)
    Madadayo (Kurosawa)
    Kwaidan (Kobayashi)
    Akira (Otomo) & Princess Mononoke (Miyazaki)

    Special honorable Mention:

    Floating Weeds (Ozu)
    The Hidden Fortress, Sanjuro, Yojimbo, Throne of Blood, Ran (Kurosawa)
     
  13. Justin_S

    Justin_S Well-Known Member

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    Kairo
    Uzumaki
    Onibaba
    Ju-on
    Audition
    Cure
    Battle Royale
    Ringu
    Happiness of the Katakuris
    Dark Waters
     

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