One of the glories of Mubi is the number of superb lists. Japan has been very well served! And by people who know the subject much better than i do. I could have done a separate list just of these lists, but seeing Venimos los Jodimos’ video anthology just now, i thought many could do with further promotion beyond the Lists section:
Cedric A: Japan, Cinema and MyselfBehind the Fusuma Screen (on erotic “pink” films), Posters for Rare Japanese Pictures,
John: Blacks in JapanThree Big Brothers of the Japanese New WaveNaomi Tani Poster GalleryMy Top 50 Japanese Films
Arsaib: Japanese New WaveNaruse MikioSômai Shinji
Venimos Los Jodimos Y Nos Fuimos: (in Spanish) Entre Geishas, Samurais, Monstruos y Yakuzas Entre Geishas, Samurais, Monstruos y Yakuzas te Veas: La Antologia en Video. This is an incredible resource of videos of a large number of classic films in full, with collection of colourful posters too.
Frank W: Japanese DocumentariesJapanese Cinema of the 2000’s and other lists by decade
Kuxa Kanema (aka Cyclo X): Underrated Suzuki Seijun
Mono no Aware: Kabuki, Noh, BunrakuIncest in Japanese New Wave Cinema
Apursansar: Early Japanese Cinema
J.D.B: Midnight Eye- Best of the Decade
Cecil/William Burchett: Shunya Itō
Michael H: Under One Anime Nation
Mike Booth: Nikkatsu Action Cinema
Mark Ayala: Post-War Japan
Josh Dushane (name change): Japan, Ranked
Dohlallytap’s Affection of Raising Sun
Lotte: My Japanese Favourites
Vikram Kamat: One Director, Two Films
Aude Boyer: Japanese Movies All-time Best 200
Gamall: Japanese Film Noir
Tristan P Teshigahara: Toru Takemitsu: The Man who Loved Films
Zachary Curl: Tokyo In/On Film
Erdiawan Putra: Kaidan-Eiga
Jez Thursfield: Yasuzo Masumura: The Neglected Director
Ramin S. Khanjani: Japanese CyberpunkJapanese Amazons
Too many to keep track and mention everyone, sorry, but recommendations welcome.
Among my own lists, there’s Kenji’s Japanese Canon (an introductory overview), Mizoguchi ReveredDirectors round Mizoguchi, for anyone interested in my favourite directorEssential Samurai Films 5 Heroines of Japan’s Golden Age How Hara Setsuko Stole Our HeartsKenji’s Japanese Art Gallery
Awesome compilation of lists. Many of these are among the site’s greatest highlights.
I’m wondering if there have been any prominent female directors in Japanese cinema, especially from the earlier eras. I know Kinuyo Tanaka directed a few films, and discovered a couple of other names recently (though I haven’t seen any of the films), but if there are more, it might make an interesting list.
Yes, and one comes to mind whom Apursansar knows better than i do: Naomi Kawase.
I ♥ each and every one of these lists.
I just filled the gap in terms of Japanese film lists. Here is one on female directors.
Thank you for your kind comments about Entre Geishas … Kenji, but I think the resource truly important is precisely the issue you’ve had the good sense to propose for this forum. Japanese cinema has been one of the most prolific and highest quality worldwide. The interest of each of the lists contained in this forum is not only to pay homage to one of the most original and important film industries on the planet, but also to enjoy a dialogue that crosses time and fashion. There is much to discover in a rich and vibrant cinematography as the Japanese.
Zachary Phillip BrailsfordExcursions to Japan
Frank WJapanese Cinema of the 1920sJapanese Cinema of the 1930sJapanese Cinema of the 1980sJapanese Cinema of the 1990sJapanese Cinema of the 2010s
ArsaibJapanese Silent Cinema
Zachary George Najarian-NajafiShôhei Imamura
Thanks for those- i said it was hard to keep track!