Friend of the show, Joshua of http://ladyyoushotme.tumblr.com/ weighs in with his Top 5 Favourite Japanese Films:
OK. Well, I’m only gonna allow myself one per director because otherwise this is a list of my favorite Kurosawa films and that’s boring. So uhh…
1. The Bad Sleep Well (1960)
Kurosawa takes the top spot because he’s Kurosawa. BSW is so sad and perfect.
2. Kureneko (1968)
Ghost story where samurai learn that you shouldn’t fuck with lady peasants, because they will come back from the dead and drink your fucking blood.
3. Tokyo Story (1953)
I like feeling terrible and so I like Tokyo Story. I used to prefer other Ozu films. Nowadays I just watch Tokyo Story every couple months and miss my grandparents.
4. Godzilla Raids Again (1955)
Oddly prefer this to the original. Might be because it’s got both Minoru Chiaki and Takashi Shimura, might be because it’s got a great little prison escape sequence. Either way, no fav. Japanese film list would be complete without a little Gojira.
5. Akira (1988)
It hurts to omit Miyazaki but y’know. I’m not dropping Akira. Because Akira is rad. Tetsuo, Kaneda. TETSUO. KANEDA.
What are your favourite Japanese films?