Hey what do y'reckon the all time best japanese films are?
My Neighbour Totoro
hm im looking for some really gd japanese movies... not really horror like The Ring, and i already know kurasawa and Studio Ghibli stuff........ any other films? maybe some other gd anime films?
Anime that isn't Ghibli?
Perfect Blue, Ninja Scroll, Ghost in the Shell, Blood: The Last Vampire, Patlabor, Metropolis, Jin-Roh, Roujin Z.
Tokyo Godfathers is an excellent anime film - give it a go.
and no not promoting stereotypes thankyou very much!
try looking out for some films by Takashi Miike like Gazu, Ichi the killer, Audition, visitor Q and dead or alive.
All About Lily Chou-chou
films by Takeshi Kitano
Grave of the Fireflies
memoirs of a geisha is currently out at the cinema as far as I know (where I am at least). that's supposed to be a japanese film but chinese actors play the roles.
is Audition worth watching?
Yes, actually, it is. It's a good film and makes some valid social points, but knowing Miike, I'm fairly sure that it's a good film by mistake. Miike in general is overrated in my humble opinion - he sets out just to shock, rather than to make an insightful or entertaining piece of cinema.
My favourite director atm is Toshiaki Toyoda, specifically 'Blue Spring' and '9 Souls', who is very much on the new wave of directors. Also try 'Twilight Samurai', which is a more traditional (but very well executed) period drama that almost won the Foreign Film Oscar a few years back. And for something more lighthearted, I suggest "Ping Pong", by Sori, which is just wonderful.
Jeeze this is a hard one... anything Beat Takeshi Kitano the man is a legend! The old Zatoichi's, Lady Snowblood, Hanzo the Razor... Miyazaki stuff, Ghost in the Shell... and jesus don't forget Kurosawa ppl... oooh oooh and babycart/lone wolf and cub... i'm gonna shut up now lol