Ten Best Japanese Directors
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kerpan at attglobal.net
Wed Jul 26 10:26:44 EDT 2006
Since AJ has led off ....
1. Ozu (37 of 37 seen)
2. Naruse (50 of 69 seen)
3. Shimizu (about a dozen seen)
4. Yamanaka (only three surviving films -- but all great ones)
5. Mizoguchi (30 of 32 seen)
(viewed as of near equivalent rank -- but with a strong bias towards the
top two, all the same)
6. Imamura (not really much, if any, below the top 5)
7. Kitano (Sonatine, Scene at the Sea and Dolls -- above all)
8. Kurosawa (due to Idiot, Lower Depths, etc -- and NOT Ran or Rashomon)
9. Yamada (so sue me -- I love "Home From the Sea", "My Sons", "Twilight
10 (tie). Gosho (frustrating at time -- but enough nice work to make the
10 (tie). Ichikawa (though I haven't seen the black comedies that I expect
to like best)
Based on what I've seen -- I won't likely ever place Yoshimura or Uchida
anywhere near the top of my list. I haven't seen enough by Shimazu -- but
based on "Yae-chan" alone -- he might be a contender. Nomura also seems
like a good bet for a top 20 spot at least. Masumura -- not enough seen.
Ditto -- Kobayashi.
Not much a fan of Shindo -- and haven't seen enough Imai (only Blue
Mountains). I've mainly avoided Oshima so far (as he doesn't tend to make
the kind of films I especially want to see). Kawashima, Tasaka and Ishida
-- all unknown to me (except by name).
Kinoshita will never figure on any list I'll make -- I've seen around a
dozen films, and almost all of them irritate me -- in one way or another.
If Naomi Kawase and Horokazu Kore'eda keep up their excellent work -- they
will figure in my all-time favorites. Not many films I like more than the
best work of these "youngsters". I need to see more of Yamashita's work --
if it's as good as his marvelous "Linda Linda Linda", he's another
contender. Shiota has been a bit erratic. Somai (only seen 3 films) also
could rank high if I saw more. Jun Ichikawa also seems excellent (based on
an all too limited sampole).
Then there's the animation division -- Takahata would easily make it onto
my top 10 list if I chose to include makers of animated film there.
Miyazaki would easily make it into the top 15.
From: Alexander Jacoby a_p_jacoby at yahoo.co.uk
Date: Wed, 26 Jul 2006 06:23:32 +0100 (BST)
To: KineJapan at lists.acs.ohio-state.edu
Subject: Re: Ten Best Japanese Directors
Seems like no one else has bothered yet to reply to this one! I tend to
think ranking directors is necessarily a bit crude, but what the hell -
it's fun. I would say, my Top Eight (all from the classical period -
probably a matter of my personal bias) are as follows:
3) Shimizu (who tragically doesn't make it into any of the lists below)
4) Yoshimura (nor does he!)
Not sure where I'd go next - not wishing to be too controversial, but I'm
not sure Kurosawa makes it into my Top Ten. I wonder about Kawashima, but
maybe he doesn't quite, either. Not yet seen enough Shindo or Imai to know
how I rate them. If I was going to put a New Wave director on the list it
would probably be Oshima rather than Imamura, but then he made so many
substandard films! I can forgive him a lot for Boy and Ceremonies, though.
The reason I think ranking directors is problematic is because it means
you can't mention all the wonderful individual films like "The Maid's Kid"
and "Fallen Blossoms". I don't suppose Tasaka or Ishida will be on anyone's
list overall, but their great films ought to be.
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