broad request for suggestions: recent Japanese films tim.iles
Sat Sep 23 15:45:30 EDT 2006

Definitely the films of Miyazaki Hayao--_Tonari no Totoro_, _Mononoke  
hime_, _Sen to Chihiro no kamikakushi_. These are classics--powerful,  
moving films, rich in historical significance already.

Some films by "the other" Kurosawa, Kurosawa Kiyoshi: _Cure_, yes, but  
also _Akarui mirai_ or _Kairo_.

Koreeda Hirokazu's work--lyrical, painterly images--_Maboroshi no  
hikari_, _Wandafuru raifu_, _Dare mo shiranai_.

Ichikawa Jun's adaptation of Murakami Haruki's _Toni Takitani_--really  
a good piece of film.

Miike Takashi's _Chugoku no chojin_--wonderful cinematography, nice  
character development, good story.

_Tasogare Seibei_ by Yamada Yoji--simple story, well told. Everything  
that _The Last Samurai_ should have been, and more--and better!

Sabu's _Drive_--interesting, funny, touching... and funny! ^_^

Many, many other recent Japanese films are great works that really do  
stand comparison with "The Masters"--too many to list, really...

Tim Iles
University of Victoria

Quoting Lewis Cook <lcoqc at>:

> On Sep 23, 2006, at 2:50 PM, Mark Mays wrote:
>> Forget the 90s. What about the 80s? Imamaura? Itami? Fukasaku?    
>> Tsukamoto Shinjya
> Thanks for replying.
> I wasn't asking for the names of directors (or for decades) but the
> titles of recent films that can stand (or have stood) the test of
> time, context (historical, sociological, filmographical, ethno-
> political, etc.) deleted or attenuated. Most of my students
> (undergraduates) don't have a grasp of the context, despite my  efforts
> to supply it. What they learn from film depends on what they  can see.
> Lewis

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