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Old December 15 2011, 08:33 PM   #16
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Re: Any good Japanese movies to watch?

is 'the time traveler' an animated movie?

i'm mainly looking for 'real' movies.
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Old December 16 2011, 10:37 AM   #17
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Outlaw Star.

The adventures of an outlaw crew of an advanced starship. Its a sci fy-fantasy starring a pirate-smuggler crew and unlike many japanese sci fi it has different alien species in it, like Farscape or Andromeda.

8 out of 10.
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Old December 16 2011, 12:58 PM   #18
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Godzilla vs the Smog monster, how the Oscars missed it I don't know
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Old December 16 2011, 01:01 PM   #19
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Re: Any good Japanese movies to watch?

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Casshern

Pure style over substance, digital backlot pretentiousness in the style of Sky Captain and 300.
I thought it was nice to look at. Subtitles made no sense at all though, and in places were just totally missing, I couldn't understand half of what was going on.

There's a few good sci-fis come out of South Korea as well. I recommend The Host (monster movie), and Natural City (Blade Runner - esque sci-fi).
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Old December 16 2011, 02:01 PM   #20
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Re: Any good Japanese movies to watch?

ReadyAndWilling wrote: View Post
is 'the time traveler' an animated movie?

i'm mainly looking for 'real' movies.
Yeah, it's live action

Here it is in Amazon. Apparently it's out next year in the US.

I watched the UK release last year.

All the movies I mentioned are live action, although some are based on manga, and have anime equivalents too. It's easy to get mixed up with the Death Note movies for instance.
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Old December 16 2011, 04:34 PM   #21
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^^ That movie sounds pretty good. I will have to check it out!

My recommendation is: "The Princess Blade"... Fantastic movie.. Really nice FX and a good story.
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Old December 16 2011, 05:46 PM   #22
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Re: Any good Japanese movies to watch?

ReadyAndWilling wrote:
i'm mainly looking for 'real' movies.
Anime stuff is just as legit Japanese cinema as the live action stuff if not more so. The reason the Japanese went for more animation than live action was because they don't have a Hollywood type industry to fall back on so they went the animation route. With anime you get plenty of robots too so it's win win.

As for live action Japanese movies I like the various Kaiju movies like Godzilla and what not. I am also very fond of Kurosawa's films.
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Old December 16 2011, 09:24 PM   #23
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if you want a good monster flick, id recommend Zeiram & Zeiram 2 the anime miniseries is pretty good, too, don't pupu anime just because it's a different visual media
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Old December 16 2011, 09:53 PM   #24
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Re: Any good Japanese movies to watch?

I'm a big Kurosawa nut. Just got into his stuff in the past year or so, he's made some great movies.

This is a great thread for movie suggestion. I'll be checking a lot of these out.
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Old December 17 2011, 04:25 AM   #25
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I'm a big Kurosawa nut. Just got into his stuff in the past year or so, he's made some great movies.

This is a great thread for movie suggestion. I'll be checking a lot of these out.
He's made some of the greatEST movies!
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Old December 17 2011, 06:18 AM   #26
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is 'the time traveler' an animated movie?

i'm mainly looking for 'real' movies.
Yeah, it's live action

Here it is in Amazon. Apparently it's out next year in the US.

I watched the UK release last year.

All the movies I mentioned are live action, although some are based on manga, and have anime equivalents too. It's easy to get mixed up with the Death Note movies for instance.
oh so it's not out yet?

the only movie called 'the time traveler' i could find was an anime movie.
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Old December 17 2011, 06:39 AM   #27
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Re: Any good Japanese movies to watch?

Leroy wrote: View Post
ReadyAndWilling wrote:
i'm mainly looking for 'real' movies.
Anime stuff is just as legit Japanese cinema as the live action stuff if not more so. The reason the Japanese went for more animation than live action was because they don't have a Hollywood type industry to fall back on so they went the animation route. With anime you get plenty of robots too so it's win win.

As for live action Japanese movies I like the various Kaiju movies like Godzilla and what not. I am also very fond of Kurosawa's films.
i've got no issue with anime, but i'd just prefer to see some live action in the mix.
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Old December 17 2011, 06:41 AM   #28
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Anything by Miyazaki - Grave of the Fireflies and Spirited Away are at the top of my list. Castle in the Sky has especially mind-bending visuals.

Most of the Japanese movies I like are not sf/f, go figure...

After Life - oddball movie about life after death, but not in an sf/f way.

Departures - another excellent movie about death.

Kwaidan - four stories based on Japanese ghost stories, very cool movie (and thanks for reminding me of this, I'm due for a rewatch.)

The Twilight Samurai and The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi - two very different take on the genre.

Tampopo - really different.

Akira Kurasawa's Dreams - really really different.

Ugetsu, Ikiru, Harakiri - intense human drama.

Hidden Fortress, Ran, Rashomon, Seven Samurai, Yojimbo - obvious suggestions, but just in case you haven't seen these already, they should be at the top of your list.
damn you beat me to it, I was going to mention Hidden Fortress fantastic movie.
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Old December 17 2011, 06:50 AM   #29
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Re: Any good Japanese movies to watch?

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Anything by Miyazaki - Grave of the Fireflies and Spirited Away are at the top of my list. Castle in the Sky has especially mind-bending visuals.

Most of the Japanese movies I like are not sf/f, go figure...

After Life - oddball movie about life after death, but not in an sf/f way.

Departures - another excellent movie about death.

Kwaidan - four stories based on Japanese ghost stories, very cool movie (and thanks for reminding me of this, I'm due for a rewatch.)

The Twilight Samurai and The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi - two very different take on the genre.

Tampopo - really different.

Akira Kurasawa's Dreams - really really different.

Ugetsu, Ikiru, Harakiri - intense human drama.

Hidden Fortress, Ran, Rashomon, Seven Samurai, Yojimbo - obvious suggestions, but just in case you haven't seen these already, they should be at the top of your list.
damn you beat me to it, I was going to mention Hidden Fortress fantastic movie.
is this it: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hidden_Fortress
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Old December 17 2011, 07:01 AM   #30
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Re: Any good Japanese movies to watch?

My list of good Japanese live action I've seen is pretty short. Doubly so if you wanted to limit it to sci-fi/fantasy.

Death Note
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