Monday, December 12, 2011

20 Films about Japan Made by Foreigners (with Video)

  1. House Of Bamboo (US, 1955, Samuel Fuller) Robert Ryan crime adventure
  2. Teahouse Of The August Moon (US, 1956, Daniel Mann) The US army in post-war Okinawa
  3. Hiroshima Mon Amour (France, 1959, Alain Resnais) Arthouse classic about an affair between a French woman and Japanese man in Hiroshima
  4. The Koumiko Mystery (France, 1965, Chris Marker) Life of a young Japanese woman, as seen by the famed French maker of documentaries and essay films
  5. You Only Live Twice (UK, 1967, Lewis Gilbert) James Bond adventure
  6. The Yakuza (US, 1975, Sydney Pollack) Robert Mitchum up against Japanese gangsters
  7. Sans Soleil (France, 1983, Chris Marker) Documentary/essay film mainly about Japan
  8. A.K. (France, 1985, Chris Marker) Documentary about Japanese director Akira Kurosawa and his film ‘Ran’
  9. Mishima (US, 1985, Paul Schrader) Unconventional biopic of Japanese writer Yukio Mishima, set to Philip Glass’ famous score
  10. Tokyo-Ga (Germany, 1985, Wim Wenders) Documentary about Japanese director Yasujiro Ozu
  11. Black Rain (US, 1989, Ridley Scott) Michel Douglas and Andy Garcia in Osaka-set action thriller
  12. The Pillow Book (UK, 1996, Peter Greenaway) Typically impenetrable Greenaway nonsense involving Ewan McGregor and Japanese body-calligraphy
  13. Fear And Trembling (France, 2003, Alain Corneau) Film about a young Belgian woman who speaks fluent Japanese trying to exist in the Japanese corporate world
  14. Kill Bill Vol 1 (US, 2003, Quentin Tarantino) Uma Thurman slaughters her way through 100’s of Japanese enemies
  15. The Last Samurai (US, 2003, Edward Zwick) Tom Cruise learns the samurai code in 19th Century Japan
  16. Lost In Translation (US, 2003, Sofia Coppola) Bill Murray and Scarlett Johannson have a bittersweet relationship in modern-day Tokyo
  17. Arakimentari (US, 2004, Travis Klose) Documentary about controversial Japanese photographer Nobuyoshi Araki.
  18. The Sun (Russia, 2005, Alexander Sokurov) Biographical film about Emperor Hirohito
  19. The Cove (US, 2009, Louis Psihoyos) Documentary about the killing of dolphins in Japan
  20. Enter The Void (France, 2010, Gasper Noe) A young American brother and sister in Tokyo

1 comment:

  1. The Ramen Girl is one of my favorites.