A tremendous achievement [that succeeds in calling] forth orth certain (indigestible) truths concerning the Japanese imperialistic Other.
Find out which films we selected for our top ten Japanese films of the last decade (and also discover Onderhond’s second opinion).
“One of the most promising debuts of the past couple of years.”
“The pulsating revelation that every subject hides a destructive drive and violent desire is the true scandal of the narrative.”
The time for this narrative to become a cult-classic has finally arrived.
“Even now, on the occasion of guiding the performances of actors, I occasionally show this movie as prime reference.”
“On the day that I saw this movie, I was ‘ordered’ to fight, during my entire life, with divine violence.”
“I will give [a list of] movies that influenced my work and those movies that impressed me – those unforgettable movies – when I was young.”
“Another outstanding achievement; (…) a subdued and at times funny exploration of humanity that subtly shifts into a moving meditation of that irrational little thing called love.”
In short, Japanese cinema provided something for everyone – and through many of these cinematographical products a window on contemporary Japanese society was offered. Of course not all movies made this year are a must-see. So with our top 10, we aim to give a personal advice on which movies one should see.
Talks with directors: Jun Tanaka
First of all, thanks to Jun Tanaka to have taken the time to answer my questions. The interview was conducted bilingually and the English translation of the interview will be published in the coming week. The decision to publish the Japanese version has a simple reason; the signifiers he uses are his own. As such…
“Kurosawa’s masterful formal approach to cinematography shows vividly that creepiness lurks at the surface of society (…) So yes, Creepy lives up to its name, as a masterpiece. And yes, you will think twice about getting cozy with your neighbours”.