Find out which films we selected for our top ten Japanese films of the last decade (and also discover Onderhond’s second opinion).
Tag: Hirokazu Koreeda
A Day-Off of Kasumi Arimura: After My Homecoming (2020) review [San Diego Asian Film Festival]
His peaceful slice-of-life narrative delivers an pleasing exploration of the notion of the family secret and how guilt can drive people to pay of their imagined debt.
One Summer Story (2020) review [Camera Japan 2020]
“A pleasant narrative – full of lighthearted, romantic, and familial moments – that could have been better.”
Fantasia Film Festival: 8 Japanese film recommendations
“While there are many Japanese films to discover at the festival – even for us, we can already provide eight recommendations for this year’s festival.”
11 Japanese movies to watch in quarantine.
“With Covid-19 raging throughout the world, many people are ‘ordered’/asked by their governments to stay inside and socially distance themselves. To overcome this harsh time, we compiled a list of ten amazing and easily available Japanese movies to watch during these strange and difficult times. “
Talks with film-critics: Mark Schilling.
“We decided to sit down with him and interview him about the current state of the Japanese industry, how he became a film-critic, his style of reviewing and more.”
The Third Murder (2017) Review
An unsettling and powerful account of the problematic aspects marking Japan’s legal system – a system enabling the third murder.”
His Lost Name (2018) review
“A successful debut for Nanako Hirose”
Top 10 Japanese movies of 2018
To celebrate the end of this year and to whatever 2019 might bring, we happily release our top ten Japanese movies of 2018.
Shoplifters (2018) review
“A corroboration of the fact that Kore-eda is one of the best directors currently alive.”
Ten Years Japan (2018) review
“And while these alarming narratives might not be able to agitate Japanese politicians, [these narratives] is still a moving warning that everyone should see.”
Recommended top 10: Norichika Oba [日本語]
After the storm (2016) review
“Kore-eda once again gently touches upon the fundamental importance of reminiscing the past and treasuring small moments of happiness, while underlining in a subtle but precise way the complexity of relationships.”
Yureru (2006) review
Yureru proves to be a very intimate emotive meditation on the mendacity of identity and the subjectivity in experiencing reality. It is a sublime meditation we recommend to everyone.
Mono no aware: An addendum to Umimachi diary in springtime
“The poetry of Yamato has one heart as seed and myriad words as leaves. This kokoro is the one that knows mono no aware.” (In preface of Kokinshū, see note 1). An Introduction for springtime. The Sakura trees are blossoming, the casket of nihonshu has been broken, the time to enjoy Ohanami with friends, lovers,…