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J-Film Thoughts & Commentary: 2001-2009 – Contemporary Masterpieces (Five-Star Films)

Contemporary Japanese cinema is a tough area to navigate.  You’ve got the idol fluff, the TV-Corporation produced C-movies, the mainstream films that are actually good, and the art-house, among others.  Here’s a list that includes my favorite films released between the years of 2001 and 2009.  It will be updated as new films are added to it, as it will be used as a reference post.  Ever wondering what you should watch next?  There’s a good chance that you’ll find something you love in every one of the following films.  Some films are graded higher because I just loved them so damn much, some are graded higher because they are just damn well-made.  In any case, this is a good list.  Hopefully you can enjoy these films as much as I have.

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Contemporary Japanese Film: Where to Start?

Are you desiring to begin your journey to Japanese cinema enlightenment, but don’t know where to start?  Do you study Japanese with Anime, but want to move on to live action?  Are you a film lover who wishes to expand your horizons by looking into contemporary Japanese film?  I’ll attempt to provide a basic introduction to contemporary Japanese film and recommend 5 movies that I feel are great starters for any film fan wishing to venture into the realm of contemporary Japanese cinema. Continue reading

Review: Fish Story (フィッシュストーリー)

The song that saved the world…

Rating: ★★★★★

In short: Fish Story will take you on a wild, improbable ride in which you cannot help but smile once throughout. It is a film that rewards multiple viewings as it will leave you thinking and wishing to watch it again almost immediately. Inspired acting and an incredibly well put together set of events leads to a movie that definitely should be seen. My favorite film of 2009 so far.

If you haven’t seen Fish Story yet, you may want to stop reading this review after this paragraph. There aren’t spoilers in my review, but it is one of those movies that is best viewed with no preconceived ideas about the plot. Watch the film and enjoy the twists and turns that the story takes. It is a ride that most will undoubtedly enjoy. Continue reading