Top Japanese Films of 2012 (J-Film Magazines)

What Japanese films released during 2012 have we missed? Each year it’s the same question, and each year we can find some answers thanks to these top 10 lists published by these 2 famous film magazines in Japan!

Kinema Jun appears to be a more “conservative” publication, selecting the most interesting films produced during the past year in Japan. While Eigageijutsu prefers independent, artistic projects over mainstream films — which explains why big studio productions are considered the worst of the year.

As always, there’s not much explanation given. And most of these films haven’t been released outside Japan, some have been screened on the festival circuit — Our Homeland, Land of Hope — some others have attracted positive feedback from journalists — the people over at Midnight Eye have mentioned The Cowards for ex. And, animation is completely absent from these lists, despite some great works produced this year — The Wolf Children, A Letter to Momo. How many of these films will become widely available? How many will even be remembered?

# KINEMA JUNPO

1. Our Homeland (dir. Yang Yong-hi)
2. The Kirishima Thing (dir. Daihachi Yoshida)
3. Outrage Beyond (dir. Takeshi Kitano)
4. A Terminal Trust (dir. Masayuki Suo)
5. The Drudgery Train (dir. Nobuhiro Yamashita)
6. Chronicle of my Mother (dir. Masato Harada)
7. The Cowards Who Looked To The Sky (dir. Yuki Tanada)
8. Key of Life (dir. Kenji Uchida)
9. The Land of Hope (dir. Sion Sono)
10. Dreams for Sale (dir. Miwa Nishikawa)
Extra. Casting Blossoms to the Sky (Nobuhiko Obayashi)
Extra. Roadside Fugitive (dir. Yu Irie)

# EIGA GEIJUTSU

TOP
1. Our Homeland (dir. Yang Yong-hi)
1. The Drudgery Train (dir. Nobuhiro Yamashita)
3. Playback (dir. Miyake Sho)
4. The Carol of the Old Ones (dir. Hiroshi Takahashi)
5. The Kirishima Thing (dir. Daihachi Yoshida)
6. Let’s Make the Teacher Have a Miscarriage Club (dir. Eisuke Naito)
7. Fly With The Gold (dir. Kazuyuki Izutsu)
8. Like Someone in Love (dir. Abbas Kiarostami)
9. The Samurai That Night (dir. Masaaki Akahori)
10. Roadside Fugitive (dir. Yu Irie)

WORST
1. The Land of Hope (dir. Sion Sono)
2. Himizu (dir. Sion Sono)
3. Dreams for Sale (dir. Miwa Nishikawa)
4. Outrage Beyond (dir. Takeshi Kitano)
5. Dearest (dir. Yasuo Furuhata)
5. Helter Skelter (dir. Mika Ninagawa)
7. Lesson of the Evil (dir. Takashi Miike)
8. Key of Life (dir. Kenji Uchida)
8. The Kirishima Thing (dir. Daihachi Yoshida)
8. A Terminal Trust (dir. Masayuki Suo)

Sources: Kinejun, Eigageijutsu
Thanks to @TheGoldenRock for the heads-up!



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