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Japanese Cinema

The Girl Who Leapt Through Time

When 17-year-old Makoto gains the ability to leap back in time, she changes things to her liking, but life is a bit more complicated in The Girl Who Leapt Through Time. More…

The Girl Who Leapt Through Time
Ghost In The Shell

Mamoru Oshii’s Ghost In The Shell is a remarkably intelligent exploration of a range of philosophical themes through its protagonist’s hypnotic search for existential meaning. More…

Ghost In The Shell
Ghost In The Shell 2: Innocence

Mamoru Oshii’s sequel to his renowned classic continues the philosophical exploration of our relationship with machines in a beautifully dark neo-noir setting. More…

Ghost In The Shell 2: Innocence
Metropolis

Based on a script by Katsuhiro Otomo the creator of anime-classic Akira, Metropolis re-imagines Fritz Lang’s influential science fiction from the Weimar era in animated format. More…

Metropolis
A Geisha

Kenji Mizoguchi’s A Geisha, written by Yoshikata Yoda, combines the inner world of geisha with the struggles of post-war Japan in this beautifully told black and white classic. More…

A Geisha
Sisters Of The Gion

There’s a strong sense of hopelessness in Sisters of the Gion. Two female leads, created to be the exact opposites of each other, are equally unable to achieve their goals. More…

Sisters Of The Gion
The Story Of The Last Chrysanthemums

Kenji Mizoguchi puts fame in high contrast with love in a way that’s surprisingly relevant to the world of today in one of the great tragic Japanese masterpieces. More…

The Story Of The Last Chrysanthemums
Shogun Assassin

“When I was little, my father was famous. He was the greatest Samurai in the empire, and he was the Shogun’s decapitator. He cut off the heads of 131 lords for the Shogun.” More…

Shogun Assassin
Stray Dog

As well as being a suspenseful film noir with great visuals and superb acting, Akira Kurosawa’s 1949 film Stray Dog also speaks to Japan’s post-war generation. More…

Stray Dog
Children Of Hiroshima

Kaneto Shindo’s Children Of Hiroshima takes place in a city struggling to recover after a nuclear attack as we’re shown the consequences of the infamous man-made disaster. More…

Children Of Hiroshima
Love Exposure

While a running time of four hours makes Love Exposure a daring film, its comedy combined with darker themes and a triumph of love makes it a gem of Japanese Cinema. More…

Love Exposure
Yojimbo

Kurosawa’s film sees the arrival of a lone warrior in a small town stricken by a conflict between two rival gangs fighting for territory in the absence of government. More…

Yojimbo
Early Summer

Yasujirō Ozu’s Early Summer is the piece in his Noriko Trilogy that shows a post-war Japan that’s not progressive enough for this version of Noriko in spite of western influence. More…

Early Summer
Rashomon

The truth is out there, but it can be elusive as Arpad finds out as Akira Kurosawa’s 1950 classic introduces us to the storytelling device known as the “Rashomon Effect”. More…

Rashomon
Spirited Away

Although Hayao Miyazaki’s Spirited Away takes us into a world of wonders, it harbours a real story about a child starting from scratch and taking careful steps into a new world. More…

Spirited Away

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