かもめ食堂 Kamome Shokudō

Kamome Shokudō  is a 2006 comedy film written and directed by Japanese director Naoko Ogigami, It’s based on a novel by Yōko Mure. The film is set in the Finnish capital Helsinki, and follows a Japanese woman who sets up a diner serving Japanese food in the city, and the friends she makes in the…

タンポポ Tampopo

Tampopo is a 1985 Japanese comedy film by director Juzo Itami, starring Tsutomu Yamazaki, Nobuko Miyamoto, Kōji Yakusho, and Ken Watanabe. The publicity for the film calls it the first “ramen-western”, a play on the term Spaghetti Western (films about the American Old West made by Italian production studios. The tale of an enigmatic band of…

浮草物語 Ukikusa monogatari

A Story of Floating Weeds is a 1934 silent film directed by Yasujirō Ozu which he later remade as Floating Weeds in 1959 in color. It won the Kinema Junpo Award for best film, the third consecutive year an Ozu film won, following I Was Born, But… and Passing Fancy. The film starts with a travelling…

東京物語 Tôkyô monogatari

Tokyo Story is a 1953 Japanese drama film directed by Yasujirō Ozu and starring Chishū Ryū and Chieko Higashiyama. It is widely regarded as Ozu’s masterpiece and is often cited as one of the greatest films ever made. In 2012, it was voted the best film of all time in a poll of film directors by Sight…

しあわせのパン Shiawase no Pan

Bread of Happiness  is a 2012 Japanese drama film directed by Yukiko Mishima and starring Tomoyo Harada, Yo Oizumi and Kanna Mori. Young married couple Rie  and Sang move from Tokyo to Lake Toya in Hokkaido Prefecture to start a bakery restaurant named Mani. Nao bakes bread and his wife Rie makes food that complements the bread….

隠し剣 鬼の爪 Kakushi ken oni no tsume

The Hidden Blade is a 2004 film, set in 1860s Japan, directed by Yoji Yamada. The plot revolves around several samurai during a time of change in the ruling and class structures of Japan. The film was written by Yamada with Yoshitaka Asama and, like its predecessor The Twilight Samurai, based on a short story…

火垂るの墓 Hotaru no Haka

Grave of the Fireflies is a 1988 Japanese animated war drama film written and directed by Isao Takahata and animated by Studio Ghibli. It is based on the 1967 semi-autobiographical short story of the same name by Akiyuki Nosaka. The film stars Tsutomu Tatsumi, Ayano Shiraishi, Yoshiko Shinohara and Akemi Yamaguchi. Set in the city of…

海よりもまだ深くUmi yori mo mada fukaku

After the Storm is a 2016 Japanese family drama film edited, written, and directed by Hirokazu Koreeda. It was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival and was released in Japan on May 21, 2016. Dwelling on his past glory as a prize-winning author, Ryota (Hiroshi Abe) wastes any…

四月は君の嘘 Shigatsu wa kimi no uso

Your Lie in April  is a 2016 Japanese youth music romance film directed by Takehiko Shinjō, written by Yukari Tatsui , starring Suzu Hirose and Kento Yamazaki and based on the manga series of the same name written and illustrated by Naoshi Arakawa. It was released in Japan by Toho on September 10, 2016. Kosei Arima is a…

歩いても 歩いてもAruitemo aruitemo

Still Walking is a 2008 Japanese film edited, written, and directed by Hirokazu Koreeda. The film is a portrait of a family over roughly 24 hours as they commemorate the death of the eldest son. The film was widely praised by critics and won the Golden Astor for Best Film at the 2008 Mar del Plata…

暗黒女子 Ankoku Joshi

The Dark Maidens is one more teen movie, a kind of thriller written by Rikako Akiyoshi and directed by Saiji Yakumo. One day, Itsumi Shiraishi (Marie Iitoyo) dies at Seibo Maria Girls High School. She falls off from the rooftop of a school building. Itsumi is the daughter of the administrator at the school and…

ビリギャル Biri Gyaru

Flying Colors is a 2015 Japanese youth comedy drama film directed by Nobuhiro Doi, based on a true story. The film was released on May 1, 2015 in Japan. Sayaka Kudo is a gyaru who wears miniskirts and dyes her hair blonde. Although she is a second year senior high school student, she is on par academically…