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Old December 17 2011, 03:36 PM   #31
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Re: Any good Japanese movies to watch?

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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.
You really have to get used to the concept of importing when it comes to Japanese cinema, I'm in the UK, and depending on the release, I've movies from Region 2, Region 1, Region 4, and Region 3.

One of the best labels for independent Japanese (and Korean) cinema is a UK one, Third Window Films, and they have a lot of fans in the US who import from here. You'll need a DVD player that is PAL compatible though.
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Old December 17 2011, 04:23 PM   #32
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I saw "Hidden Fortress" recently and I agree - fantastic.

A couple of other very good Samurai films I saw recently are "Revenge" and "13 Assassins."
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Old December 17 2011, 05:41 PM   #33
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Me too. The catalyst was a TCM marathon coinciding with what would have been his 100th birthday.

( And my mentally willing Yojimbo to appear in the free On Demand menu, the only time I've been able to pull something like that off. )
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Old December 17 2011, 05:51 PM   #34
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Re: Any good Japanese movies to watch?

Everything I was going to suggest has been suggested already, so I'll just throw in Blind Swordsman Zatoichi and call it a day.

...oh wait, there are literally dozens of Zatoichi movies. I dunno, start with the first two and then cherry-pick or skip to the big one that actually got a theatrical release on this side of the pond in 2003.
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Old December 17 2011, 05:54 PM   #35
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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

yep.
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Old December 19 2011, 05:52 AM   #36
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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
is this the right one?
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Old December 19 2011, 06:26 AM   #37
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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

yep.
ok, cool thanks.

are there any others live action japanese movies i could check out? even if they aren't sci-fiction?
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Old December 19 2011, 07:27 AM   #38
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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
Death Note 2: The Last Name
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so these are the decent movies? i just saw the trailers and thought they look kinda weird?
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Old December 21 2011, 08:38 AM   #39
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yep.
ok, cool thanks.

are there any others live action japanese movies i could check out? even if they aren't sci-fiction?
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Old December 21 2011, 12:27 PM   #40
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Old December 21 2011, 02:32 PM   #41
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Re: Any good Japanese movies to watch?

anything more recent?
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Old December 22 2011, 05:40 AM   #42
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You should also give the classics a try.

The above mentioned titles plus a catalog of titles by Akira Kurosawa come to mind. I highly recommend Yojimbo, Throne of Blood, and Kagemusha to name but a few...
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Old December 22 2011, 05:46 AM   #43
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anything more recent?
If you like Horror, check out the Original Japanese "The Grudge", called Ju-On. Additionally, there's a movie about a phone message that kills, (or something like that) that was seriously creepy.
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Old December 22 2011, 10:00 AM   #44
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i'm not much of a horror guy. are there any other new movies out there? i'm looking forward to watching space battleship.
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Old December 22 2011, 02:44 PM   #45
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hi all, i just finished watching 'Cyborg She 2008' and found it awesome. i really liked the style of it. it's the first time i've ever seen a Japanese movie and was wondering if there are any other Japanese sci-fi movies i could check out?

thanks
Great film. My wife and I also thoroughly enjoyed it.

I recommend you checkout Yamato (animated or the recent live-action film) if you want to watch Japanese films with spaceships.
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