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New Japanese Cinema
List creator: xilerui
Created on: September 7, 2003 - 7:08 PM PDT
Description: Japanese films off the beaten track

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Avalon [Japanese] (2001)
  Anime meets live action in Oshii Mamoru's Polish-language meditation on the nature of reality. Comparisons have been made to "The Matrix," but the film owes more of a debt to Terry Gilliam's "Brazil" and "12 Monkeys."
Battle Royale (2001)
  Based on the novel of the same name, Fukusaku Kinji's statement on human nature and violence loses some of the novel's political commentary, but makes up for it in sheer violent spectacle.
Bounce Ko Gals (1998)
Not Rated
  Shot in a pseudo-documentary style, Harada Masato's film about high school girls caught up in the sordid world of "paid dating" draws intriguing parallels between present-day teen prostitution and the sexual slavery of Japan's wartime past.
Cure (1997)
  A master of psychological horror, Kurosawa Kiyoshi inverts standard filmmaking conventions to create a dreamlike world in which reality and fantasy are intermingled.
Eureka (2000)
Not Rated
  Don't let the long running time and monochromatic visuals fool you; "Eureka" is compelling storytelling.
Inugami (2001)
Not Rated
  A beautifully haunting tale by one of Japan's best contemporary directors of women.
Kids Return (1996)
Not Rated
  Forget "Fireworks" and forget "Brother" - before those there was "Kids Return," one of Kitano Takeshi's finest (and most autobiographical) films.
Monday (1999)
Not Rated
  Sabu is one of the most talented and exciting directors working in Japanese cinema. Impeccable pacing and innumerable twists and turns add up to an unforgettable film.
Pistol Opera (2002)
Not Rated
  This latest film by Suzuku Seijun features Esumi Makiko, one of the most intriguing actresses working in Japanese film (and television) today.
Samurai Fiction (1999)
Not Rated
  A must-see film for any fan of Japanese cinema, new or old! Beautiful black and white visuals are contrasted with a superlative guitar soundtrack by rocker Hotei Tomoyasu to create the perfect postmodern comedy.

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