KineJun Best 10 for 2000 schill
Tue Jan 9 22:30:16 EST 2001

About the Kinejun list -- it is, as Aaron said, a parading of party line
conformity for the most part. If a director was an industry elder with the
right reputation and clout, his film made the list, examples being Yamada,
Oshima, Fukasaku, Shindo and, through his surrogates, Kurosawa.

Quality had little or nothing to do with it, as evidenced by the selection
of Battle Royale, a piece of manipulative, exploitative, morally repulsive
trash that hits a new low for Toei -- one that, after Pride, I thought they
would never surpass. What, I have to wonder, were these people thinking?

This makes the Eiga Geijutsu list look like a shining beacon of integrity,
despite a system that allows skewing by those with agendas to push or
grudges to settle.

Mark Schilling

----- Original Message -----
From: "Aaron Gerow" <gerow at>
To: "KineJapan" <KineJapan at>
Sent: Wednesday, January 10, 2001 10:51 AM
Subject: KineJun Best 10 for 2000

> The Kinema Junpo Best Ten for 2000, selected by several dozen film
> critics for the magazine Kinema Junpo, was announced.  The results are as
> follows:
> 1. Kao
> 2. Nabi no koi
> 3. Gohatto
> 4. Jugo-sai Gakko IV
> 5. Battle Royale
> 6. Sanmon yakusha
> 7. Suri
> 8. Dokuritsu shonen gasshodan
> 9. Ame agaru
> 10. Hatuskoi
> Inidividual awards were as follows:
> Best director: Sakamoto Junji (Kao, Shin jingi naki tatakai)
> Best screenplay: Sakamoto Junji, Uno Isamu (Kao)
> Best actress: Fujiyama Naomi (Kao)
> Best actor: Harada Yoshio (Suri, Zawazawa Shimokitazawa, Party 7)
> Best supporting actress: Okusu Michiyo (Kao)
> Best supporting actor: Kagawa Teruyuki (Dokuritsu shonen gasshodan, Suri)
> Best new actress: Matsuda Madoka (Nagisa)
> Best new actor: Matsuda Ryuhei (Gohatto)
> Since the period actually covered by the awards was from early December
> 1999 to early December 2000, films released in late 1999 like Gohatto and
> Nabbie's Love were eligible.  That's one reason they were not included
> in, say, the Eiga Geijutsu list, which did not include December 1999
> films.  Eigei also did not include December 2000 films like Battle Royale
> and Sanmon yakusha.  There are these differences, but it is nonetheless
> always interesting to compare the more staid and conservative KineJun to
> other awards.  Gakko IV, which was on Eigei's worst ten list, makes it to
> the best ten here, probably supported by friends of Yamada Yoji, the
> "contemporaneity" of its fashionable topic (what to do with all those
> "alienated" teens), or the fact it was the last Ofuna film. Young
> independents like Nakae Yuji and Ogata Akira make the list, but more
> controversial figures like Miike Takashi and Zeze Takahisa don't.
> Well, all in all a fairly typical KineJun list: staid and predictable,
> with nothing exciting or controversial.
> Comments from others?
> Aaron Gerow
> Yokohama National University
> KineJapan list owner
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