broad request for suggestions: recent Japanese films

Sam Loomes samloomes
Sat Sep 23 21:42:10 EDT 2006

I just thought to mention (apologies if they have already come up) the
notable directors:Akihiko Shiota (Canary, Harmful Insect) & Shinji Iwai
(Swallowtail & Butterfly, April Story)

On 9/23/06, Michael E Kerpan <kerpan at> wrote:
> On Saturday 23 September 2006 16:31, Mark Mays wrote:
> Certainly Imamura is an essential director -- with worthwhile work during
> every decade of his long career.  From the 80s, his "Eijanaika" is great
> fun
> -- and "Black Rain" is wrenching.
> Yoji Yamada's "Home From the Sea" and "The Yellow Handkerchief" are
> excellent
> ("popular" -- rather than "art") movies of the 70s.
> Kohei Oguri's "Muddy River" from the early 80s is worth checking out.
> Shinji Somai (who died too young) left the interesting "Typhoon Club" from
> the
> 80s and the wonderful "Ohikkoshi" (Moving) from the early 90s -- with one
> of
> the best child's performance ever (by young Tomoko Tabata -- just now
> beginning to come into her own as a grown-up star).
> And there are an immense number of wonderful films from the past decade.
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