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Travel in the footsteps of My Neighbor Totoro
Many places in Japan have been an inspiration to Hayao Miyazaki's movie "My Neighbor Totoro". From Mei and Satsuki's house, the two heroes of the film, to the forest of Sayama Hills.
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Studio Ghibli is a Japanese animation film studio.
The modern Japanese actor best known abroad, Takeshi Kitano, with his face half paralyzed by a motorcycle accident, starred in several successful yakuza films, such as Hana-bi or the famous movie Z
The Battle of Iwo Jima in featured films
Three featured films were based on the battle of Iwo Hima, including two by Clint Eastwood, in which the narrations are made in English and Japanese.
Mary and the Witch's Flower
Shiki Oriori: a new animated film
After taking inspiration from Tokyo and Gifu in the hit animated movie "Your Name", CoMix Wave Films has chosen China for its upcoming feature, set for a summer 2018 release.
Your Name, by Makoto Shinkai
The biggest success of the Japanese box office in 2016, Your Name tells the story of an impossible love between two teenagers.
Jiro Dreams of Sushi (2011) by David Gelb
In a basement of Ginza in Tokyo hides a small sushi restaurant, Sukiyabashi Jiro.
Japan from "Princess Mononoke" (1997)
Released in 1997, Princess Mononoke is one of the greatest successes of director Hayao Miyazaki, of Studio Ghibli, but also of Japanese animation.
Martin Scorsese's Silence
Adapted from the novel by Shusaku Endo of the same name, the film Silence, directed by Martin Scorsese, returns to a little known period in the history of Japan: the Jesuit missionaries of the seve
A film directed by Mika Ninagawa(b.1972). Becoming an oiran, the most important courtesan in town, is not an easy ride.
Watching History: The Taiga Drama
If after a long day of visiting in Japan you end up exhausted and watching TV in the evening, you are sure to get a glimpse of Japanese history with the NHK taiga drama featured every Sunday at 8pm
Vengeance Is Mine
By Akira Kurosawa (1910-1998).
Carmen Comes Home
One of the most famous films by Japanese director Yasujiro Ozu, Tokyo Story tells the story of a couple of pensioners living in the provinces, who go to Tokyo to see their children
United Red Army
By Hayao Miyazaki (born in 1941). Poor Chihiro! While his greedy relatives are turned into pigs, the heroine of this animated film must fend for herself.
Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind
By Hayao Miyazaki (1941 -). A thick, toxic jungle surrounds the few survivors inhabiting the Valley of Wind.
Watanabe Ken is well-known to western movie audiences for his roles in such films as The Last Samurai, Memoirs of a Geisha, Letters from Iwo Jima and Godzilla.
Shohei (Shouhei) Imamura: read a short biography of Shohei (Shouhei) Imamura, one of Japan's greatest film directors, famed for his depictions of the unrefined passions in Japan.
Hayao Miyazaki: read a short biography of Hayao Miyazaki, the Japanese animated film director who has been feted as the greatest director in this genre.
Akira Kurosawa. Read a short biography of Akira Kurosawa, the Japanese film director who met with the greatest international success in the twentieth century.
Nippon Connection: read a guide to Nippon Connection - the Japan-themed film festival held annually in Frankfurt, Germany.
Tokyo Ga. Read a review of Tokyo Ga directed by Wim Wenders. Tokyo Ga is a tribute to Wenders' favorite Japanese films.
Sonatine: read a movie review of Sonatine directed by Takeshi Kitano and probably Kitano's best film to date.
The Cat Returns
The Cat Returns: read a movie review of The Cat Returns directed by Hiroyuki Morita with the voices of Tim Curry and Anne Hathaway.
Porco Rosso (Crimson Pig)
Porco Rosso Review: read a movie review of Porco Rosso by Studio Ghibli director Hayao Miyazaki.
Grave of the Fireflies
Grave of the Fireflies. Read a review of the anime movie Grave of the Fireflies written and directed by Isao Takahata of Studio Ghibli.
My Neighbor Totoro
My Neighbor Totoro: read a movie review of My Neighbor Totoro by Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli.
The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift movie review, read a review of The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift directed by Justin Lin and produced by Samuel L. Jackson.
Princess Mononoke. Read a movie review of Princess Mononoke, an enviromentaally-themed anime by Studio Ghibli director Hayao Miyazaki.
Ran by Akira Kurosawa: read a movie review of the clasic Japanese samurai movie Ran directed by Akira Kurosawa.
Throne of Blood
Throne of Blood: read a review of Throne of Blood a 1957 adaptation of Macbeth by Akira Kurosawa and starring Toshiro Mifune and Isuzu Yamada.
Tokyo Godfathers: read a review of the animated cartoon Tokyo Godfathers. Tokyo Gofathers is directed by Satoshi Kon.
Yojimbo directed by Akira Kurosawa: read a review of the classic Akira Kurosawa film, Yojimbo, starring Toshiro Mifune. Yojimbo influenced the Spaghetti Western.
Cyber City Oedo 808
Cyber City Oedo 808. Read a review of the anime Cyber City Oedo 808 by Yoshiaki Kawajiri.
Letters From Iwo Jima
Letters From Iwo Jima: read a review of the movie Letters From Iwo Jima directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Ken Watanabe.
Memoirs of a Geisha
Memoirs of a Geisha.
Manzai Gang: read a review of Manzai Gang starring Kamiji Yusuke and directed by Shinagawa Hiroshi.
Norwegian Wood: read a review of the movie Norwegian Wood directed by Tran Ahn Hung and based on the novel by Haruki Murakami.
Tony Takitani: read a review of the movie Tony Takitani based on the book by Haruki Murakami and directed by Jun Ichikawa, starring Issey Ogata, Rie Miyazawa and score by Ryuichi Sakamoto .
Zatoichi. Read a movie review of Zatoichi: written and directed by Takeshi Kitano, starring Takeshi Kitano.
The Twilight Samurai
Twilight Samurai: read a movie review of the Japanese Acadamy Award-winning Twilight Samurai: written and directed by Yoji Yamada, starring Hiroyuki Sanada.
The Shadow of the Matrix
The Shadow Of The Matrix: read a movie review of The Shadow Of The Matrix starring Keanu Reeve and the film's connections with Japanese anime and manga.
Lost in Translation
Read a movie review of Lost In Translation: written and directed by Sophia Coppola, starring Bill Murray and set in Tokyo, Japan.
Read a movie review of The Last Samurai: directed by Edward Zwick, starring Tom Cruise as an American samurai in late-nineteenth century Japan.
Read a movie review of Kill Bill: written and directed by Quentin Tarantino, starring Uma Thurman and Lucy Liu.
Fear And Trembling
Read a movie review of Fear And Trembling: (Stupeur et Tremblements, 2003, France / Japan), written and directed by Alain Corneau, starring Sylvie Testud.
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