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« on: January 12, 2011, 10:02:02 AM »

http://www.cracked.com/photoplasty_159_18-classic-movies-if-theyd-been-made-in-japan/
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One of my favorites being the "remade" Slumdog Millionaire.

Can anyone recommend a non-samurai live-action Japanese film? 
I tried one... but it played out like a (bad) anime.
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« Reply #1 on: January 12, 2011, 10:45:49 AM »

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« Reply #2 on: January 12, 2011, 11:17:14 AM »

Can anyone recommend a non-samurai live-action Japanese film? 
I tried one... but it played out like a (bad) anime.

Every single Kurosawa movie outside of like...Ran, Throne of Blood, Sanjuro...well it's a lot.  High and Low was really good.  Rashomon as well.  I would still recommend Ran and Throne of Blood though.

After Life (Wonderful Life) is a great movie.

Beat Takeshi (Takeshi Kitano) movies tend to be hit or miss.  I really liked Sanotine, but it's not for everyone.  Brother was kind of eh.  Zatoichi also seems to be hit or miss, but that's probably because a lot of people compare it to the older films which this just can't compare to. He recently put out a new Yakuza movie that I am hoping gets some US Distribution called Outrage.

Battles Without Honor and Humanity - One of THE best Yakuza movies.  It was a breakthrough movie when it came out, and there is a lot that would be cheesy by today's standards, but it's a fucking amazing movie for anyone who likes gangster movies.

Sympathy for the Underdog - not nearly as good a yakuza movie as a previously mentioned but perhaps worth checking out.  It feels more like an orgy of gratuitous violence than anything else though.

Tokyo! - well it's three short films, and none were made by Japanese directors, but they are pretty cool films that take place in Japan and worth checking out.

I guess it depends largely on your tastes though.  Everything I listed would probably be considered "arthouse" movies (cept for maybe Sympathy for the Underdog).  If you like Horror well that's pretty damn big in Japan.  If you look hard enough though, you'd probably find something you would enjoy.
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« Reply #3 on: January 12, 2011, 11:58:52 AM »

Can anyone recommend a non-samurai live-action Japanese film? 
I tried one... but it played out like a (bad) anime.

Every single Kurosawa movie outside of like...Ran, Throne of Blood, Sanjuro...well it's a lot.  High and Low was really good.  Rashomon as well.  I would still recommend Ran and Throne of Blood though.


Non samurai?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2-72oaAS9hc

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« Reply #4 on: January 12, 2011, 12:26:31 PM »


That's why I said OUTSIDE of Ran, Throne of Blood, Sanjuro, Yojimbo...etc.  He did a lot of Samurai movies.  But he still did a lot of really great non-samurai movies.  And even still, I think Throne of Blood should be watched because it's pretty freaking amazing.
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« Reply #5 on: January 12, 2011, 12:34:30 PM »

My apologies.

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« Reply #6 on: January 12, 2011, 03:42:19 PM »

You mean like Ringu and it's ilk?
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« Reply #7 on: January 14, 2011, 11:46:59 AM »

I liked Go (2001 movie.) It's about how Zainichi Koreans live in Japan. It's mainly a love story about a Zainichi Korean guy falling in love with a Japanese girl, and the shit he has to face in everyday life.
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« Reply #8 on: January 16, 2011, 11:14:36 AM »

Survive Style 5 +. One of my all time favorites, if only for how odd and different it is from most movies.  It's an ensemble movie about ... interesting characters.  If I tease actual info it might take the fun out of it. I cannot gush about this movie enough.
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« Reply #9 on: January 23, 2011, 08:06:29 PM »

You might check out Departures and Tokyo Sonata too for non Samurai Japanese live action. Departures actually won the Oscar for best foreign film a year or so back.
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« Reply #10 on: January 23, 2011, 09:26:47 PM »

I LOLed @ The "Worst" Samurai!  They hit a bullseye with that one.
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