I have written about my love for films from this country many times, so it was always going to be the choice for J.
From my early teens as a member of London’s National Film Theatre, I was introduced to some excellent foreign films, many of which were from Japan. I know lots of you don’t like to watch films with subtitles, but I am going to recommend some anyway.
Akira Kurosawa was one of the coutry’s foremost film-makers, and his historical epics are breathtaking to watch. They also inspired the later ‘Spaghetti Westerns’, and of course ‘The Magnificent Seven’.
But Japanese cinema is about more than Samurai warriors and feuding warlords.
The powerful family saga, ‘Tokyo Story’, made in 1953.
Tough Cop dramas, often starring Beat Takeshi.
Chilling horror films, like these two.
There is also the tradition of monster films, using stop-motion animation. They loved to have famous monsters fighting each other!
That brings me to the wonderful anime films made in Japan by studios that are now world-famous. There are far too many to list, but I have chosen three examples.
Many of the animated films are available in dubbed versions, voiced by famous western film stars. So you don’t even have to worry about those subtitles.
Let me know if you have a personal favourite Japanese film.