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Japanese Films

by Kim Packard
Just a list of miscellaneous Japanese films (or films relevant to Japan) that I’ve watched so far. BBC Languages- Japanese for beginners Just in case you’re interested in learning Japanese or reviewing very basic Japanese you learned in school. The Tale of the White Serpent Heso Kakka (1969) Nishie Takayuki, 5 Min. Based on the novel: “Saiyuuki” (Chinese Traditional). Cast: Enomoto Ken’ichi · Makiguchi Motomi -Tokugawa Musei (voice) Satomi Hakkenden Life of an Expert Swordsman Kokoro (based on a 1914 novel by Natsume Soseki) Nishi no Majo ga Shinda/ The Witch of the West is Dead# Arashi no Yoru ni/ On a Stormy Night You can watch it… Read more

Just a list of miscellaneous Japanese films (or films relevant to Japan) that I’ve watched so far.

BBC Languages- Japanese for beginners
Just in case you’re interested in learning Japanese or reviewing very basic Japanese you learned in school.

The Tale of the White Serpent

Heso Kakka (1969) Nishie Takayuki, 5 Min. Based on the novel: “Saiyuuki” (Chinese Traditional). Cast: Enomoto Ken’ichi · Makiguchi Motomi -Tokugawa Musei (voice)
Satomi Hakkenden
Life of an Expert Swordsman
Kokoro (based on a 1914 novel by Natsume Soseki)
Nishi no Majo ga Shinda/ The Witch of the West is Dead#

Arashi no Yoru ni/ On a Stormy Night
You can watch it here

Themes: animism, surrealism, cyborg, samurai code, anti-war, anti-slavery, anti-patriarchy, sexuality, family life, life after death, world of the spirits, folk tales, anime classics, gaijin point of view, loneliness, the art of being present, etc.

Miscellaneous books on which some of the films are based:

09 Kwaidan, Stories and Studies of Strange Things (1903, collection of Japanese ghost stories) Lafcadio Hearn
15 Kurutta Kajitsu (1956, novel) Shintaro Ishihara
16 Nikutai no Mon (1947, novel) Tamura Taijiro
23 Sansho the Bailiff/ Sansho dayuu (1915, short story) Mori Ogai
31 Tales of Moonlight and Rain/ Ugetsu Monogatari (1776, collection of stories adapted from Chinese ghost stories) Ueda Akinari
32 Maborosi no Hikiari Miyamoto Teru
47 Motomezuka (Noh play by Kanami and Zeami)
48 Dojoji (Noh play by Kanami and Zeami)
57 The Love Suicides at Amijima (a domestic play ‘sewamono’ by Chikamatsu Monzaemon)

Ozu and the Poetics of Cinema by David Bordwell ( Films by Ozu: 17 Late Spring, 24 Good Morning, 50 Early Summer, 62 Tokyo Story )

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