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Japanese Challenge; March 2013
Topic Started: Feb 28 2013, 10:43:21 PM (7,410 Views)
St. Gloede
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Goal:
Watch as many Japanese films as possible. If you are in doubt whether a movie counts or not, just ask.

Rules:
- A feature film (Anything over 40 minutes) counts as one entry.
- video and TV series are allowed
- A total of 60 minutes of short films count as one entry.
- For TV series (40 minute episodes or longer) each episode counts as an entry.
- For TV series with shorter episodes, the 60 minute rule applies.
- No rewatches

Challenge runs from 1st to 31st of March 2013.

Lists of Interest:
Kinema Junpo Top 100 Japanese Movies
Kinema Junpo Annual Top 10s
Bunshun Bunko's Top 150 Japanese Films
Donald Richie's Guide to Japanese Film
Eigahiho's Top 100 Japanese Films of the 21st Century
Japanese submissions for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film

You may also check out this thread for personal lists from Forum members: ICM Board's Favorite Japanese Movies

Fun fact: The very first challenge this forum held was in fact the Japanese Challenge, back in July 2011. Want to go back in time and check out that thread?



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Crinderman
Pain
sebby
themagician
ArthurYanthar
mjf314
frbrown
Kasparius
3eyes
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Edited by St. Gloede, Mar 4 2013, 01:53:33 PM.
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sebby
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In. Will try to watch 30+.
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I'm in.

The only general Japanese list worth working on is Kenji's Japanese Canon. You won't find a better list. It is the definitive guide to Japanese film with practically every essential film in the list that covers all decades, important directors, and different movements.

I also highly recommend watching some Japanese New Wave and Art Theatre Guild films.

Excellent article on ATG: The Anticipation of Freedom: Art Theatre Guild and Japanese Independent Cinema

Oshima's 100 Years of Japanese Cinema is also an underrated list with many gems.

Midnight Eye's Best Japanese Films of the Decade: Midnight Eye Crew (2000-2009) is a good contemporary list as well.
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Really disappointed to be missing this one but enjoy!
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I'm in. There's the few Japanese directors in the filmography challenge and I have a few pink films and erotic thrillers in my backlog.
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themagician
Feb 28 2013, 10:55:02 PM
The only general Japanese list worth working on is Kenji's Japanese Canon. You won't find a better list. It is the definitive guide to Japanese film with practically every essential film in the list that covers all decades, important directors, and different movements.

Pardon my ignorance but who is this Kenji?
Edited by monty, Feb 28 2013, 11:16:26 PM.
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AdamH
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Feb 28 2013, 11:16:06 PM
themagician
Feb 28 2013, 10:55:02 PM
The only general Japanese list worth working on is Kenji's Japanese Canon. You won't find a better list. It is the definitive guide to Japanese film with practically every essential film in the list that covers all decades, important directors, and different movements.

Pardon my ignorance but who is this Kenji?
Someone from MUBI.
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I'll participate.
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I'm in. I'll combine this with the animation challenge.
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Crinderman
Feb 28 2013, 10:43:21 PM
- A total of 60 minutes of short films count as one entry.
- For TV series (40 minute episodes or longer) each episode counts as an entry.
- For TV series with shorter episodes, the 60 minute rule applies.
Then I'll change it to 60 minutes for the animation challenge as well.
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Feb 28 2013, 11:25:38 PM
Crinderman
Feb 28 2013, 10:43:21 PM
- A total of 60 minutes of short films count as one entry.
- For TV series (40 minute episodes or longer) each episode counts as an entry.
- For TV series with shorter episodes, the 60 minute rule applies.
Then I'll change it to 60 minutes for the animation challenge as well.
ˇViva la Revolución!

Gotta love how user based we are. Very different from the first incarnation of this group on FB. :P
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I'm in. Want to try and get through the Japanese films on 1001 and TSPDT, my watchlist is here: http://www.imdb.com/list/alZj-FYqJEs/ (the last few are for the director's thing if I get time).
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mightysparks
Mar 1 2013, 12:06:40 AM
I'm in. Want to try and get through the Japanese films on 1001 and TSPDT, my watchlist is here: http://www.imdb.com/list/alZj-FYqJEs/ (the last few are for the director's thing if I get time).
Wandâfuru raifu is great.

I'm pretty sure there is someone on here who likes Aa bakudan.
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Mar 1 2013, 12:15:17 AM
mightysparks
Mar 1 2013, 12:06:40 AM
I'm in. Want to try and get through the Japanese films on 1001 and TSPDT, my watchlist is here: http://www.imdb.com/list/alZj-FYqJEs/ (the last few are for the director's thing if I get time).
Wandâfuru raifu is great.

I'm pretty sure there is someone on here who likes Aa bakudan.
I think I speak for all of them when I say that I don't want Mightysparks to see it! :P

I guess all I can do is cross my fingers. :hug:
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Mar 1 2013, 12:24:33 AM
intothewild
Mar 1 2013, 12:15:17 AM
mightysparks
Mar 1 2013, 12:06:40 AM
I'm in. Want to try and get through the Japanese films on 1001 and TSPDT, my watchlist is here: http://www.imdb.com/list/alZj-FYqJEs/ (the last few are for the director's thing if I get time).
Wandâfuru raifu is great.

I'm pretty sure there is someone on here who likes Aa bakudan.
I think I speak for all of them when I say that I don't want Mightysparks to see it! :P

I guess all I can do is cross my fingers. :hug:
People say that about every film :'( And every time I like something everyone's like :satstunned:

:(
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1. Musuko no seishun / Youth of the Son (1952, Masaki Kobayashi)
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Kobayashi's debut is not only the anti-thesis of the films he's most known for - It's warm, bubbling and charmingly innocent - but also an thoroughly impressive first film. Though constantly threading close to the silly this romanticized drama comedy about an average Japanese family and their son who is becoming a man, was just too irresistable. I can easily see why many wouldn't consider it a great work however, and some contrivances were pushing it. It's saving grace here is the consistant style that allows this. Can't see any veteran doing this better, and my, in hindsight, the contrast to his latter work is as if planned. I can't wait to see the rest of his evolution and how he went from this to Black River, which before this was the earlist film I had seen by him. 8/10.
Edited by St. Gloede, Mar 1 2013, 01:50:00 AM.
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I am in
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I so want to do this, but I've promised myself not to join any more challenges until I've finished at least one of the ongoing ones I have going on. So no dice, I'm afraid.
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I'm in! Will try to finish Monty's samurai list + complete Ozu's filmo + watch films from the four directors chosen for the directors' challenge.
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Guess I'm in. Will watch the last few Japanese films on TSPDT and some for the filmography challenge.

1. The Only Son (Ozu, 1936) 7/10
Nice little film about expectations vs reality, mother-son relationship & finding what really matters in life. Some similarities with later ones like Tokyo Story. Quite melancholy, perhaps a bit too simple - could have done with developing characters such as the son's wife a bit more.
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I'm in too. I have many films that I want to see before submitting my "best Japanese film list" and also many anime to watch for the animation challenge.
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Mar 1 2013, 09:54:56 AM
Guess I'm in. Will watch the last few Japanese films on TSPDT and some for the filmography challenge.

1. The Only Son (Ozu, 1936) 7/10
Nice little film about expectations vs reality, mother-son relationship & finding what really matters in life. Some similarities with later ones like Tokyo Story. Quite melancholy, perhaps a bit too simple - could have done with developing characters such as the son's wife a bit more.
:down:

One of the greatest films ever made.
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1. Even If You Walk and Walk aka Aruitemo Aruitemo - Hirokazu Koreeda 2008 9/10

What a great start for this challenge! Ozu's ghost haunts this movie, which is fantastic.
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Only Son is the only Ozu I have loved thus far. Hopefully I can find another one or two this challenge.
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1. Summer Wars (2009)
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2. Genius Party 2007 8/10 It's a great collection of short animations
"Genius Party"Atsuko Fukushima 8/10 What the hell was that? Pretty amazing! With animation like that who needs a story?
"Shanghai Dragon"Shoji Kawamori 8/10 Well crafted, interesting and funny
"Deathtic 4"Shinji Kimura 6/10 I was not really impressed with either the animation nor the story.
"Doorbell"Yoji Fukuyama 7/10 I try to give an explanation but it's going really great. I keep thinking about it though, so it's a good sign
"Limit Cycle"Hideki Futamura 4/10 Utterly boring
"Happy Machine"Masaaki Yuasa 9/10 Weird, surreal and beautiful
"Baby Blue"Shinichiro Watanabe 9/10 A wonderful story and very good animation with a really great ending

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"Limit Cycle"Hideki Futamura 4/10 Utterly boring


cool that his name is an anagram of Futurama though :)
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1. Seppuku (1962) 8/10
Finally seen this one and it didn't disappoint. Wonderful cinematography, great Nakadai and interesting developement of the plot.

2. Tenshi no tamago (1985) 7/10
Didn't get it at all, but what a pleasant film to watch. Brilliant animation, atmosphere and sountrack.

3. Enjo-kôsai bokumetsu undô: jigoku-hen (2004) 1/10
Most downloaded pinku film from ADC. Expected very little, but it still managed to disappoint me. Every single aspect of it is simply horrible. It doesn't take itself seriously, so some might like it, but certainly not me.

Watched
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01. Kids Return (1996)

A good start....
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1. Zero Woman 2 - 3/10

A very bad exploitation film that does have its hilarious moments like the really poorly done fight scenes and how no matter what scenario it is it will usually end up with tits. The poster is easily the best part of the film.

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1. Kaze no tani no Naushika (1984) 7/10
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A very bad exploitation film that does have its hilarious moments
Based on your sense of humor, I assume those moments are dead cats being swung at the camera.
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2. Shinsengumi: Assassins of Honor (1969, Tadashi Sawashima)
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Toshiro Mifune stars as an honorable samurai who becomes part of an ambigious war where no one is the good guys. Cold murders, hard rules and lack of any kind of concience being respected over anything else. Loved how harsh and objective it was, and how Mifune's character could easily be viewed as the bad guy - though he's still quite likeable. The cold ambiguity and the slow and realistic progression of the story made it even stronger. 8/10.
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1. Woman in the Dunes (1964)
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1. Minato no nihon musume by Hiroshi Shimizu (1933) 6/10 The first 15 minutes were great. A series of circumstances where the western world is encroaching on traditional Japan. After the first 15 minutes, it mostly just peters out the rest of the story in a pretty typical manner. Pretty great framing and cinematography though.

Can anyone recommend Kinoshita's films? Is it worth it getting into his stuff?
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Kas hates him with a passion it seems. I though Eien no hito / Immortal Love (1961) was a really strong drama. Fuefukigawa is a really special samurai film, some interesting color work. Check out the screens. And unlike Kas and Monty I thought Carmen Comes Home was really enjoyable. Need to see more of his work as well. Hope to use this challenge to see his best regarded film Twenty-Four Eyes.
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Mar 2 2013, 12:12:50 AM

Can anyone recommend Kinoshita's films? Is it worth it getting into his stuff?
If you like melodramatic fluff (not Douglas Sirk melo, I mean Sound of Music type crap) then you might dig his stuff.
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