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ESSENTIAL JAPANESE FILMS

von Kenji
Click on Read More and the links which appear. A list in tiers, by year. As a canon, the list inevitably reflects the strength of the 1950s golden age and the New Wave. The great era of Japanese animation that has amazed the world took off in the 1980s. Kurosawa, Ozu, Mizoguchi and Miyazaki are the big names, Naruse deserves to be much better known, Ogawa perhaps the most esteemed documentary maker and among directors this millennium Koreeda has been popular, while Kawase is the most eminent female.. Come on, Mubi, do screen these masterpieces! ~ MY FAVOURITES Sansho the Bailiff (Mizoguchi) Seven Samurai (Kurosawa) Late Spring (Ozu) The Life… Mehr lesen

Click on Read More and the links which appear. A list in tiers, by year. As a canon, the list inevitably reflects the strength of the 1950s golden age and the New Wave. The great era of Japanese animation that has amazed the world took off in the 1980s. Kurosawa, Ozu, Mizoguchi and Miyazaki are the big names, Naruse deserves to be much better known, Ogawa perhaps the most esteemed documentary maker and among directors this millennium Koreeda has been popular, while Kawase is the most eminent female..

Come on, Mubi, do screen these masterpieces!

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MY FAVOURITES
Sansho the Bailiff (Mizoguchi)
Seven Samurai (Kurosawa)
Late Spring (Ozu)
The Life of Oharu (Mizoguchi)
The Human Condition (Kobayashi)
Maborosi (Koreeda)
Story of the Late Chrysanthemums (Mizoguchi)
Tokyo Story (Ozu)
Tales of the Taira Clan (Mizoguchi)
Floating Clouds (Naruse)
Ugetsu Monogatari (Mizoguchi)
My Neighbour Totoro (Miyazaki)
Spirited Away (Miyazaki)
The Ball at the Anjo House (Yoshimura)
An Inn at Osaka (Gosho)
High and Low (Kurosawa)
Muddy River (Oguri)
Harakiri (Kobayashi)
Moving (Somai)
Sun in the Last Days of the Shogunate (Kawashima)
Sound of the Mountain (Naruse)
Howl’s Moving Castle (Miyazaki)
Tokyo Twilight (Ozu)
Eureka (Aoyama)
Yearning (Naruse)
Humanity and Paper Balloons (Yamanaka)
Ornamental Hairpin (Shimizu)
Straits of Love and Hate (Mizoguchi)

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DIRECTORS:

GOSHO
HANI (interview)
HARA
ICHIKAWA
IMAMURA
IWAI
KAWASE (website)
KITANO
KOBAYASHI
KON
KOREEDA
KUROSAWA
MASUMURA
MATSUMOTO
MIYAZAKI
MIZOGUCHI
NARUSE
OGAWA
OSHII
OSHIMA
OZU
SHIMIZU
SHINDO
SODA
SUZUKI
TAKAHATA
TERAYAMA
TESHIGAHARA
UCHIDA
YAMANAKA and here
YOSHIDA (+interview)

Most represented in this list:
Mizoguchi 18
Kurosawa 15
Ozu 15
Naruse 14
Imamura 10
Miyazaki 10
Ichikawa 9
Oshima 9
Shimizu 9
Kitano 8
Koreeda 8
Yoshida 8

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JAPANESE LISTS ON MUBI

Can be found HERE

ARTICLES:

Wikipedia: CINEMA OF JAPAN

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BOOKS

Donald Richie: A Hundred Years of Japanese Film
Donald Richie: Ozu
Sato Tadao: Currents in Japanese Cinema
Sato Tadao: Mizoguchi Kenji and the Art of Japanese Cinema
Audie Bock: Japanese Film directors (for 12 greats up to mid 80s)
Jasper Sharp, Tom Mes: The Midnight Eye Guide to New Japanese Film
Jasper Sharp: Historical Dictionary of Japanese Cinema
Catherine Russell: The Cinema of Naruse Mikio: Women and Japanese Modernity
David Desser: Eros Plus Massacre: Japanese New Wave Cinema
Keiko McDonald: Reading a Japanese Film: Cinema in Context
David Bordwell: Ozu and the Poetics of Cinema
David Bordwell: Figures Traced in Light (for the lengthy chapter on Mizoguchi)
Darrell Davis: Picturing Japaneseness
Yoshimoto Mitsuhiro: Kurosawa: Film Studies and Japanese Cinema
Alexander Jacoby: A Critical Handbook of Japanese Film Directors
Alexander Jacoby: Politics, Porn and Protest: Japanese Avant-Garde Cinema in the 1960s and 1970s
Noel Burch: To the Distant Observer
Mark le Fanu: Mizoguchi and Japan
Jay McRoy (ed): Japanese Horror Cinema
Chris D: Outlaw Masters of Japanese Film
Jasper Sharp: Behind the Pink Curtain: The Complete History of Japanese Sex Cinema
Stuart Galbraith: The Emperor and the Wolf: The Lives of Akira Kurosawa and Toshiro Mifune
Arthur Nolletti Jr., David Desser (eds): Reframing Japanese Cinema: Authorship, Genre, History
Arthur Nolletti Jr: The Cinema of Gosho Heinosuke: Laughter Through Tears
Oshima Nagisa (et al): Cinema, Censorship and the State: the Writings of Oshima Nagisa
Joan Mellen: Voices from the Japanese Cinema
Joan Mellen: The Waves at Genji’s Door: Japan Through its Cinema.
Mitsuhiro Yoshimoto Matsuhiro: Logic of Sentiment: The postwar Japanese cinema and questions of modernity
Abe Mark Nornes: Forest of Pressure: Ogawa Shinsuke and the Postwar Japanese Documentary
Abé Mark Nornes: Japanese Documentary Film: The Meiji Era through Hiroshima
Maureen Turim: The Films Of Nagisa Oshima: Images Of A Japanese Iconoclast
Adam Mars-Jones: Noriko Smiling
Aaron Gerow: A Page of Madness: Cinema and Modernity in 1920s Japan
Chris Magee: World Film Locations: Tokyo

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