Cinema Escapist

Exploring the world and self through a cinematic lens

Japan

11 WWII movies from the Japanese perspective

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Check out 10 of the best Japanese WWII movies. Learn about World War II from a different perspective!

The 10 best Japanese movies of 2017

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Ten Japanese movies from 2017 that are worth your attention.

This movie helps explain why Turkey and Japan are such good friends

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"Ertugrul 1890" reveals how it all starts with a century-old disaster.

Review: Lowlife Love (Japan, 2016)

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A 2016 black comedy that skewers the Japanese film industry in a tale of sex and failure.

5 Japanese movies (and 3 shorts) to watch if you love cats

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Like cats? Like Japanese movies? Check out these Japanese movies with cats!

Review: Your Name (Japan, 2016)

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Makato Shinkai's 2016 film "Your Name" is a vibrantly-animated meditation on memory in Japanese culture, told through the story of a teenage body swap.

Review: If Cats Disappeared from the World (Japan, 2016)

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A heartfelt Japanese film with a somewhat misleading title (fortunately).

Review: The Eternal Zero (Japan, 2013)

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2013 was a good year for Japanese aviation fans. Hayao Miyazaki released his magnum opus The Wind Rises, a fictionalized biopic of Jiro Horikoshi (the...

Review: Outrage (Japan, 2010)

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In an interview with the Yomiuri Shimbun, Japanese director Takeshi Kitano discussed how, for his 2010 film Outrage, his only ambition was to be entertaining....

Review: Kabukicho Love Hotel (Japan, 2014)

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Steamy sex scenes, dark secrets, and broken dreams —“pink film” kingpin Ryuichi Hiroki does it again. A multi-threaded drama featuring a Korean call girl, an aspiring...