Japanese cinema

Why Hausu remains one of the weirdest horror films ever made

By Taryn McCabe

Forty years ago, directed Nobuhiko Obayashi created a totally unique art-house treasure.

Discover this Japanese epic about the horrors of war

By Anton Bitel

Shinya Tsukamoto’s Fires on the Plain is a harrowing reminder of the futility and madness of human conflict.

Napping Princess

By Michael Leader

This entertaining animated adventure imagines a near-future powered by machines.

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In This Corner of the World

By Michael Leader

This Japanese anime from Sunao Katabuchi doesn’t quite reach the dizzy heights of Studio Ghibli.

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Footprints of a god: Princess Mononoke 20 years on

By Nathanael Smith

The ecological message at the heart of Hayao Miyazaki’s 1997 film feels even more urgent today.

Funeral Parade of Roses offers a peek into a hidden world

By Charles Bramesco

Toshio Matsumoto’s kaleidoscopic masterpiece offers a vital perspective on gender, sexuality and identity.

After the Storm

By Gabriela Helfet

Hirokazu Koreeda finds deep meaning in the everyday yet again in this immaculately crafted drama.

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Why I love Hirokazu Koreeda’s Nobody Knows

By Amy Bowker

This understated 2004 drama is a perfect entry point for the Japanese director’s work.

Radiance – first look review

By David Jenkins

Naomi Kawase channels Mills and Boon in this romance about the world of film audio description.

Discover the beastly pleasures of this Japanese werewolf romp

By Anton Bitel

“Sonny” Chiba-starring Japanese genre hybrid Wolf Guy is now available on home video.

Harmonium

By Anton Bitel

A young family comes apart at the seams in this gripping drama from Japanese writer/director Kôji Fukada.

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Is this the greatest film ever made about food?

By Anton Bitel

Juzo Itami’s ‘ramen western’ Tampopo – finally out on Blu-ray – is a culinary romp like no other.

Watch the sublime trailer for Hirokazu Koreeda’s After the Storm

By Little White Lies

The Japanese writer/director returns with a typically bittersweet family drama.

Discover the amateur insanity of this Japanese Evil Dead rip-off

By Anton Bitel

Shinichi Fukazawa’s Super-8 gem Bloody Muscle Body Builder in Hell is a throwback to ’80s horror.

Japan’s earliest animated films have been released online

By Little White Lies

Rare shorts from 1917 to 1941 are now streaming in celebration of 100 years of anime.

Why the identity crisis in Ghost in the Shell still resonates today

By Greg Evans

In Mamoru Oshii’s classic anime, characters seek individuality within an increasingly artificial society.

Watch the touching trailer for In This Corner of the World

By Jack Godwin

Sunao Katabuchi’s wartime drama follows a young girl in Hiroshima circa 1945.

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