Fwd: AKIRA KUROSAWA AND POST W.W.II CINEMA OF JAPAN
Ono Seiko and Aaron Gerow
Thu Sep 23 10:04:24 EDT 1999
>And so I asked (AND STILL DO!) for names of young and promising
>directors of the 90s and titles of their best works. Sources for
>these works would be much appreciated as well.
Since the canonization process is still underway, there's not much 90s
cinema available on tape with subtitles outside of Japan. In the States,
there's Kitano Takeshi (_Hana-Bi_, _Sonatine_, etc.), Koreeda Hirokazu
(_Maborosi_), Tsukamoto Shinya (_Iron Man_), and Suo Masayuki (_Shall We
Dance?_), plus films like _Okoge_ and tons of animation (Miyazaki and
Oshii being the most celebrated). If you stretch your wings, you can
find some of the films by Hashimoto Ryosuke (_Like Grains of Sand_), Zeze
Takahisa, and other pink directors available in the UK, and our Asian
members have often mentioned Iwai Shinji, Harada Masato, and other
directors being available in Hong Kong. German and French members have
mentioned yet other films. These are legitimate routes: less legitimate
ones have more films.
Unfortunately, there are many interesting directors like Kurosawa
Kiyoshi, Aoyama Shinji, Sento Naomi, Ishikawa Jun, Ishii Takashi,
Mochizuki Rokuro, Shinozaki Makoto, Sabu, Yaguchi Shinobu, etc. who are
largely unavailable in tape outside of Japan.
This, of course, is just off the top of my head. I'm sure others can
offer more precise recommendations and purchase routes.
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