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Japanese Cinema

Mitsuko Delivers

Written and directed by Yuya Ishii, Mitsuko Delivers is the story of a single, nine-month pregnant young woman whose outlook on life helps bring a community together. More…

Mitsuko Delivers
The Naked Island

Lacking dialogue and with its slow-paced narrative, Kaneto Shindo’s film portrays the cycle of life with realism while showing a stoic attitude to life in post-war rural Japan. More…

The Naked Island
Only Yesterday

While visiting relatives in rural Japan, Taeko gets an unexpected companion, reliving old memories in the profoundly engaging Japanese animated drama by Isao Takahata. More…

Only Yesterday
Ichi The Killer

Based on Hideo Yamamoto’s manga series, Takashi Miike brings Ichi the Killer to the world of live-action cinema with stylish visuals and a story where no one’s safe. More…

Ichi The Killer
Onibaba

A visually stunning horror film with a story that keeps casual movie-goers entertained, while its rich symbolism gives interested film students plenty to unpack. More…

Onibaba
Grave Of The Fireflies

Isao Takahata’s delivers a harsh lesson on the conduct of war with the heartbreaking story of Seita and his 4 year old sister during the Kobe fire bombings in World War II. More…

Grave Of The Fireflies
Audition

Beyond its infamous torture scene, Takashi Miike’s Audition deals with age, gender and other anxieties that lead to tragedy, yet it also leaves us with a glimmer of hope. More…

Audition
Utamaro And His Five Women

Kenji Mizoguchi’s first post-war film during the American occupation of Japan stays thematically true to the director’s work as it reflects his views on women. More…

Utamaro And His Five Women
Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind

Hayao Miyazaki’s film Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind is one of Arpad’s favourite animated features with themes of war, environment, friendship and sacrifice. More…

Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind
Ju-on: The Grudge

As well as being a truly frightening Japanese horror, Takashi Shimizu’s Ju-on: The Grudge is also a faithful rendition of the vengeful spirit the Japanese call Onryo. More…

Ju-on: The Grudge
Osaka Elegy

Kenji Mizoguchi’s film is evidently aware of the hardships women faced in the 1930’s Japan but raises the question: What is feminism and how should we define it? More…

Osaka Elegy
Battle Royale

Kenji Fukasaku’s last work is one of the most famous Japanese films ever made. Though not a brilliant piece, the story strangely reflects on the real world of 2012. More…

Battle Royale
A Page Of Madness

Teinosuke Kinugasa’s silent film from 1926 was well ahead of its time using innovative techniques to reveal an intriguing story that unfolds in a lunatic asylum. More…

A Page Of Madness
A Man Vanishes

Shohei Imamura’s A Man Vanishes is a strangely fascinating hybrid of documentary and fiction, but its lack of moral and ethical guidelines leave us with discomfort. More…

A Man Vanishes
The Ballad Of Narayama

Shohei Imamura’s 1983 classic The Ballad of Narayama takes us back in time to for a story about religious fanaticism and a battle for survival in 19th century rural Japan. More…

The Ballad Of Narayama

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