Eigei Best Ten Worst Ten 2005

Aaron Gerow gerowaaron at sbcglobal.net
Tue Jan 10 00:31:28 EST 2006

The results for the best and worst ten of the year decided by a poll of 
critics for the Eiga Geijutsu magazine are in (I was one of those 

1) Linda Linda Linda
2) Patchigi
3) Dokushosuru hi
4) Kanariya
5) Kuchu teien
6) Lakeside Murder Case
7) Unmei ja nai hito
8) Hibi
9) Sekai no owari
10) 17-sai no fukei: shonen wa nani o mita no ka

1) Always: Sanchome no yuhi
2) Operetta tanuki goten
2) Takeshis'
2) Lorelai
5) Mata no hi no chika
6) Kita no reinen
6) Yogisha Muroi Shinji
8) Nana
9) Tetsujin 28-go
10) Ashurajo no hitomi

The Eigei poll is always a bit different, especially since it has a 
worst ten and votes for the worst ten are subtracted for those for the 
best ten. "Always," for instance, is getting a few of the more 
conventional awards, but Eigei voters tend to dislike conventional 
sentimental movies. The big commercial hits like Nana and Muroi also 
took a drubbing, but it was interesting to see Takeshi and Seijun get 
hit too. On the best side, the list is fairly predictable, given that 
most of these are directors Eigei tends to like and support.

The poll results and the comments by those polled will appear in issue 
414, on sale January 30th.

Aaron Gerow
KineJapan owner

Assistant Professor
Film Studies Program/East Asian Languages and Literatures
Yale University

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