Posts Tagged ‘ Nakamura Yoshihiro ’

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