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  1. A Guide to Pinky Violence's icon

    A Guide to Pinky Violence

    Favs/dislikes: 25:0. "Pinky Violence" refers to a genre of Japanese action cinema which began in the late 1960's and continued through the mid 1970's. Typically featuring a young female protagonist, these films often told stories of revenge or gangland violence. Despite the word "pinky", these films were not usually softcore (although a couple of titles toe the line). While certainly characterized by considerable nudity as a means of luring in a waning cinema audience, sex scenes were limited, typically in furtherance of the plot, and extremely mild in comparison to the "Roman Porno" line being produced at Nikkatsu. Instead, the focus is on wild, outrageous action, colorful direction and a spirit of youthful energy. The genre primarily refers to a line of films released by Toei (one of Japan's major studios), however two series from rival series mirror the sensibilities enough that they are often included: Toho's "Rica" series, and Nikkatsu's "Stray Cat Rock" films. This list is based on the list suggested by KamuiX in his article "The World of Pinky Violence, An Intro." It is grouped by series, rather than chronology, with stand-alone films appearing at the bottom of the list. IMDB's coverage of Japanese films is not always great. The following films should be on this list, but lack an imdb entry: Zubekô banchô: Tôkyô nagaremono (AKA Delinquent Girl Boss 2) Terrifying Girls' High School 4: Animal Courage All three films in "Joshi Gakuen" series Bankaku Rock Hell's Angels: Crimson Roar
  2. Japanese Film-Noir's icon

    Japanese Film-Noir

    Favs/dislikes: 19:5. This list is the complete list of films shown as the San Sebastian Film Festival in 2008 http://www.sansebastianfestival.com/in/seccion.php?ano=2008&ap=4&id=972&ck=5617
  3. Kinema Junpo's Top Japanese Movies: 2000 onwards's icon

    Kinema Junpo's Top Japanese Movies: 2000 onwards

    Favs/dislikes: 9:0. Six films missing from IMDb: Roshin (dir. Tazuko Makitsubo) Jumin ga sentaku shita machi no fukushi (dir. Sumiko Haneda) Hiratsuka Raicho no shogai (dir. Sumiko Haneda) Owari yokereba subete yoshi (dir. Sumiko Haneda) Fusa (dir. Kon Ichikawa) Ah manmo kaitakudan (dir. Sumiko Haneda)
  4. Donald Richie's A Hundred Years of Japanese Film's icon

    Donald Richie's A Hundred Years of Japanese Film

    Favs/dislikes: 60:0. Called "the dean of Japan's arts critics" by Time magazine, Richie takes us from the inception of Japanese cinema at the end of the nineteenth century, through the achievements of Kurosawa, Mizoguchi, and Ozu, then on to the notable works of contemporary filmmakers. This revised edition includes analyses of the latest trends in Japanese cinema, such as the revival of the horror genre, and introduces today's up-and-coming directors and their works. This list is from the 'Selective Guide to Dvds and Videos' included at the back of the book, where Richie provided capsule reviews of the major subtitled Japanese films commercially available in DVD and VHS formats.
  5. Multiple Best Picture Honors's icon

    Multiple Best Picture Honors

    Favs/dislikes: 18:0. These are the films that have won more than one best picture award, usually by winning Best Picture in its country of origin, then Best Foreign Film in another. For the sake of this list, I limited the list of recognized industry bodies to those from Australia, China, France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, India, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Spain, Sweden, and the United States. In the interest of including all continents, I have made two exceptions to the industry award rule for the Gramado & Ouagadougou Film Festivals. I included award categories for feature-length animation, but omitted shorts and documentaries. I also included variations on Best Film and Best Foreign Film, such as BAFTA's Outstanding British Film, the Hong Kong award for Best Asian Film, and the Donatello for Best European Film. All titles are sorted first by number of honors, then year of release. The leader (with 7) is Pedro Almodovar's "All About My Mother", which won the Goya for Best Film plus the Oscar, BAFTA, Cesar, Lola, Donatello, and Guldbagge awards for Best Foreign Film.
  6. The 25 Best Yakuza Films of All Time's icon

    The 25 Best Yakuza Films of All Time

    Favs/dislikes: 7:0. Organized crime in Japan has always bordered on the affected and the legitimate. Historically, the origin of such syndicates emerged from the Edo Period when gamblers and shady merchants began forming factions. Such petty activities would become more structured until finally progressing to the administrative. The height of the yakuza’s violence followed the Second World War as group after group fought for power and territory through bribery, corruption, and betrayal. As of the past thirty years or so, the yakuza have become more insidious as a result of anti-gang laws in Japan. In cinema however, the mythology of the yakuza enjoys an enduring fascination. Hence, to follow, are twenty-five of the greatest of these films ranging from stylistic antiheroic tales to the gritty realism of the amoral and corrupt. Read more: http://www.tasteofcinema.com/2016/the-25-best-yakuza-films-of-all-time/#ixzz4KWaJkru4
  7. Takashi Miike filmography's icon

    Takashi Miike filmography

    Favs/dislikes: 19:0. All films, miniseries and shorts directed by the prolific and controversial Japanese filmmaker Takashi Miike (1960-.)
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    Studio Ghibli

    Favs/dislikes: 3:0. Filmography of the Studio Ghibli
  9. Ofuji Noburo Award for Best Animated Film's icon

    Ofuji Noburo Award for Best Animated Film

    Favs/dislikes: 6:0. The Ōfuji Noburō Award is one of the awards at the Mainichi Film Concours, and it honor excellence in Japanese animation. In the 1980s, big budget films started to dominate the award. In 1989, they established the Animation Grand Award to reward big budget films, which allowed the Ōfuji Noburō Award to focus on lower budget independent films. Missing from IMDb: Murder (1964) The Chair (1964) Two Pikes (1961) The Ugly Duckling (1968) The Kindly Lion (1970) The Flower and the Mole (1970) Home, My Home (1970) Tenma no Torayan (1971) Praise be to Small Ills (1973) The Water Seed (1975) Towards the Rainbow (1977) The Magic Fox (1982) Mizu no Sei Kappa Hyakuzu (1998) The Moon that Fell into the Sea (2013) Crazy Little Thing (2014)
  10. AniMetacritic V.2: Top 50 Standalone Anime Series's icon

    AniMetacritic V.2: Top 50 Standalone Anime Series

    Favs/dislikes: 7:1. In November 2013, Kadian created [url=http://thecartdriver.com/animetacritic-v-2-more-reviewers-more-lists/]AniMetacritic V.2[/url], a list of the highest rated anime by 161 reviewers and critics (based on ratings from their MAL profiles). It is an expanded version of Scamp's original [url=http://thecartdriver.com/animetacritic-what-anime-reviewers-think-are-the-best-and-worst-anime-of-all-time/]AniMetacritic[/url] list. This is a list of the top 50 standalone series on AniMetacritic V.2. I am defining "standalone" as any series which is the first (or only) series in its franchise (so sequels and remakes are excluded).
  11. Diskuterfilm.com's Top 50 Films from Japan (2010)'s icon

    Diskuterfilm.com's Top 50 Films from Japan (2010)

    Favs/dislikes: 17:0. Diskuterfilm.com's Top 50 Films from Japan. Made in 2010.
  12. Art Theatre Guild of Japan (ATG)'s icon

    Art Theatre Guild of Japan (ATG)

    Favs/dislikes: 17:0. Art Theatre Guild (ATG) was a film production company in Japan that started in 1961 and ran through to the mid-1980s, releasing mostly Japanese New Wave films. ATG began as an independent agency which distributed foreign films in Japan. With the decline of the major Japanese film studios in the 1960s, an "art house" cinema group formed around ATG and the company moved into distributing Japanese works rejected by the major studios. By 1967 ATG was assisting with production costs for a number of new Japanese films. ([url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Art_Theatre_Guild]Wikipedia)[/url] Associated filmmakers: [url=https://www.icheckmovies.com/movies/?tags=director:susumu+hani]Susumu Hani[/url], [url=https://www.icheckmovies.com/movies/?tags=director:akio+jissoji]Akio Jissoji[/url], [url=https://www.icheckmovies.com/movies/?tags=director:kazuo+kuroki]Kazuo Kuroki[/url], [url=https://www.icheckmovies.com/movies/?tags=director:toshio+matsumoto]Toshio Matsumoto[/url], [url=https://www.icheckmovies.com/movies/?tags=director:nagisa+oshima]Nagisa Oshima[/url], [url=https://www.icheckmovies.com/movies/?tags=director:masahiro +shinoda]Masahiro Shinoda[/url], [url=https://www.icheckmovies.com/movies/?tags=director:shuji+terayama]Shuji Terayama[/url] See also: [url=http://www.icheckmovies.com/lists/japanese+new+wave/zeppo/]Japanese New Wave[/url]
  13. Japanese Top 101 Films's icon

    Japanese Top 101 Films

    Favs/dislikes: 4:0. Personal favorites from Japan. Not in ranking, chronological or alphabetical order. They just are in this order for now.
  14. Eros Plus Massacre: An Introduction to the Japanese New Wave Cinema's icon

    Eros Plus Massacre: An Introduction to the Japanese New Wave Cinema

    Favs/dislikes: 20:0. This list is from the book [url=http://www.amazon.com/Eros-Plus-Massacre-Introduction-Japanese/dp/0253204690]Eros Plus Massacre: An Introduction to the Japanese New Wave Cinema[/url] (1988) by David Desser
  15. MyAnimeList: Top 50 Standalone Films's icon

    MyAnimeList: Top 50 Standalone Films

    Favs/dislikes: 46:0. Top 50 standalone films taken from MyAnimeList.net's rankings. No previous knowledge necessary to enjoy these.
  16. Asia Shock: Horror and Dark Cinema from Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, and Thailand's icon

    Asia Shock: Horror and Dark Cinema from Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, and Thailand

    Favs/dislikes: 55:0. A viewer's guide to accompany the book of the same name by Patrick Galloway. The list features every title reviewed in the book, in the order in which they appear. Please note: Because Galloway includes a review of the American remake of Ringu, I have included it on the list, even though it is obviously not an Asian movie.
  17. The 50 Best Asian Horror Films of the New Millennium’s First Decade's icon

    The 50 Best Asian Horror Films of the New Millennium’s First Decade

    Favs/dislikes: 29:0. (3 are missing due to them not being on here as of yet). #37. Prayer Beads (2004) #4. Midnight Ballad for Ghost Theater (2006) #33. Memory (2008)
  18. MyAnimeList: Top 50 Initial Series's icon

    MyAnimeList: Top 50 Initial Series

    Favs/dislikes: 17:1. The top 50 rated anime series that are the beginnings of their respective storylines, as rated at MyAnimeList.net.
  19. Paste's 50 Best Samurai Films of All Time's icon

    Paste's 50 Best Samurai Films of All Time

    Favs/dislikes: 4:0. What is it about the samurai that captivates Westerners? The armor and swords, the reverent attitude and the reputation for supreme competence in warfare are all pretty impressive, but they don’t get to the heart of it. I believe it might be that at the core of every samurai is the code of bushido, the feudal Japanese equivalent of chivalry, with its one edict above all else: If the time should call for it, protect your lord with your life. That self-abnegation in service of something greater than oneself is the question at the heart of the works of generation after generation of directors as they revisit the samurai film. And it’s why we’re so excited to present Paste’s list of the 50 Best Samurai Films of All Time. This is a broad genre, just from a the standpoint of how much history falls within it. The American Western falls more or less within the bounds of the 19th Century, yet samurai films offer centuries of warfare, palace intrigue and a drawn-out end of an era for the history and film buff to chew on. Samurai flicks really have something for everyone. Fans of period pieces will love the intricate set design, costuming and portrayals of towering historical figures in the midst of epic conflict. If operatic drama is more your speed, you can sit back and watch committed actors dine upon lavish scenery. Action junkies get to watch riveting combat with cool-looking swords. And fans of film history in general will delight in tracing the lineage of some of the West’s cinematic touchstones to their forebears in the East, as well as some stellar Eastern adaptations of Western canon. It is with solemn bushido reverence that I invite you to join us as we dive into 50 films that exemplify this mightiest of genres. We’ve formed this list with a careful eye toward the classic jidaigeki (Age of Civil War period piece) and chambara (swordfighting) films that typify the genre in Japan, but also to some of the weird and subversive outliers that challenge audience expectations or the mythic idea of the samurai code. And because this genre is so deeply steeped in the history of its homeland, we’ve also arranged this list in a loose sort of historical chronological order and added some context that might help clarify the settings of some of the movies. In the interest of keeping things tight, we’ve excluded anime entries, but for a definitive list that includes some animated samurai action, check out Paste’s 100 Best Anime Films. Published August 2017
  20. Stray Dogs & Lone Wolves: The Samurai Film Handbook's icon

    Stray Dogs & Lone Wolves: The Samurai Film Handbook

    Favs/dislikes: 12:0. This list is a viewer's guide to Patrick Galloway's book of the same name: "Stray Dogs & Lone Wolves is a critical guide to over 50 top samurai films, including such masterworks as the Oscar-winning Gate of Hell, Yojimbo (remade five times, including A Fistful of Dollars), the influential Lady Snowblood, and newly released hits like Takeshi Kitano's Zatoichi."
  21. Cinemaya's Greatest Asian Films's icon

    Cinemaya's Greatest Asian Films

    Favs/dislikes: 27:0. In 1998, Cinemaya asked 34 critics (mostly Asian critics) to list their 10 favorite Asian films. Cinemaya published all of these lists in issue #41 of the magazine. #1 Tokyo Story appeared on 20 of the lists. This is a list of films that appeared on at least 2 lists. See [url=https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/pub?key=0AhCbA3xledPhdGNGLXJ5VmtlZl94R015NDNwWEgxbnc]this spreadsheet[/url] for vote counts. 6 of the critics listed "The Apu Trilogy" without specifying an individual film, so I counted each trilogy vote as a vote for all 3 films. You can see some of the top 10 lists in this [url=http://books.google.com/books?id=lZZ-mxaqP6IC&pg=PT416]Google book preview[/url].
  22. Midnight Eye's Best Japanese Films of the Decade: Midnight Eye Crew (2000-2009)'s icon

    Midnight Eye's Best Japanese Films of the Decade: Midnight Eye Crew (2000-2009)

    Favs/dislikes: 13:1. At the end of the 2000s, the Midnight Eye crew and regular contributors (7 voters in total) each listed their 10 favorite Japanese films of the decade. This is a list of every film that appeared on at least 1 list. #1-2: 5 votes #3: 4 votes #4-7: 3 votes #8-18: 2 votes #19-41: 1 vote
  23. Eigahiho's Top 100 Japanese Films of the 21st Century's icon

    Eigahiho's Top 100 Japanese Films of the 21st Century

    Favs/dislikes: 24:0. This list is from a [url=http://www.amazon.co.jp/映画秘宝EX-ゼロ年代日本映画100-洋泉社MOOK-映画秘宝-EX/dp/4862487173]book[/url] published by Eigahiho in 2011.
  24. 100 Anime (BFI Screen Guides)'s icon

    100 Anime (BFI Screen Guides)

    Favs/dislikes: 27:0. This list is from Philip Brophy's book [url=http://filmstore.bfi.org.uk/acatalog/info_178.html]100 Anime[/url] (2005). "100 Anime is an exploration of the wonderfully complex and beautifully disorienting world of Japanese animation - anime. This expansive and mind-blowing book delves deep into the chaos of meaning gorged by anime's mutation of Eastern/Western themes, images and sounds." This is not a list of the "100 Greatest Anime." Some of the titles were selected in order to analyze Japanese pop culture and to show how vast the world of anime is. The list is in alphabetical order. Missing from IMDb: SD Gundam (1988)
  25. Japanese Cyberpunk Cinema's icon

    Japanese Cyberpunk Cinema

    Favs/dislikes: 5:0. A work in progress list of Japanese Cyberpunk films.
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