You want to discover great japanese movies but you don’t know where to begin?
Here we go!
#10 – Tetsuo / IMDB Rating:
# Bottom line: The kind-of live version of Otomo’s animated masterpiece Akira, a cyberpunk manifesto full of crazy ideas you’d have never thought about. That’s pure indie-undeground movie.
#09 – Funeral Parade of Roses / IMDB Rating:
# Bottom line: Just so you know, A Clockwork Orange “borrowed” some ideas from Funeral Parade of Roses. Yep, even Kubrick was inspired by Japanese movies! And especially by this is gay version of Oedipus Rex set in Tokyo, 1960s.
#08 – Graveyard of Honor / IMDB Rating:
# Bottom line: Before Battle Royale, there was this nihilistic-violent-bloody yakuza movie where hope, honor and dream are just dead. One of the best japanese crime movie ever made!
#07 – The Great Killing / IMDB Rating:
# Bottom line: Imagine a violent samurai showdown shoot like French Connection, a story a la The Battle of Algiers, and that should give you a glimpse of what you’ll experience with The Great Killing!
#06 – The Man Who Stole The Sun / IMDB Rating:
# Bottom line: The Japanese Taxi Driver, except here, it’s about a young teacher who is building his homemade A-Bomb in order to threaten his government & his society. Quite amazing.
#05 – Branded to Kill / IMDB Rating:
# Bottom line: Remember Ghost Dog? Well, Jarmusch was deeply influenced by Branded to Kill, an abstract and insane yakuza movie with a killer who wants to be number 1! The film was so strange, the director got fired!
#04 – The Streetfighter / IMDB Rating:
# Bottom line: In True Romance, the main character met his soulmate at the movie theater, watching The Streetfighter! A pure badass movie with no limits in violence! One might say, the crazy japanese version of Bruce Lee.
#03 – Female Prisoner Scorpion / IMDB Rating:
# Bottom line: One of the best women in prison film! It’s violent, visually astonishing, even anarchistic. With Meiko Kaji, the Lady Snowblood actress, as a cold-blood prisoner.
#02 – Red Angel / IMDB Rating :
# Bottom line: The cruelty of war seen through the eyes of a beautiful, naive and dedicated nurse. Don’t expect a tear-jerking drama or pathos, it’s a very pessimistic, dry and sad story! With some real shocking scenes…
#01 – Hitokiri (Tenchu!) / IMDB Rating :
# Bottom line: This is how the samurai film genre ends. Fights without honor or humanity, blood everywhere… Best known for Yukio Mishima harakiri scene. But also one of the most underrated classics from Japan!
So, what would you recommend?