- 1 Ancient Japanese Movie through old movies
- 2 4 Japanese cinema masterpieces that everyone knows about
- 3 Top 5 most haunting Japanese horror movies alongside ‘Ju-on’ and ‘Ringu’
Ancient Japanese Movie through old movies
Japanese movies – Tampopo: Tampopo by Juzo director Itami, released in 1985, recounted Japanese culture very well through the kitchen of ramen noodle shops. The film tells the woman named Tampopo on the way to find the best taste for her ramen bowl.
In Japan, there are more than 10,000 ramen noodle shops running every day and most shops still maintain the traditional layout, so these ramen noodle shops are the most prominent identities of a Japanese neighborhood.
Tokyo, Japan – Tokyo Story (Tokyo Story): Tokyo Story, released in 1953, is one of Japan’s most classic films, made by director Yasujiro Ozu. The film is about an elderly couple from a small fishing village to the bustling city of Tokyo to visit their descendants.
Tokyo, Japan, is constantly growing every day. Along with that, the traditional culture and traditions of the people are still preserved through every small detail, from the way of eating, decorating the houses to the architecture of the small shops on the street.
Tokyo, Japan – Norwegian Wood: Norwegian Wood, produced in 2010, is an adaptation of the famous novel of the same name by Haruki Murakami.
The Japanese atmosphere in the 70s of the last century was a time when Western culture clearly affected. The film reflects the change in culture through costumes, furnishing and music of the Beatles
4 Japanese cinema masterpieces that everyone knows about
Of course, these are just four of the many works that help Japanese cinema make a big impact on the world.
Japanese movies is one of the largest cinemas in Asia, famous for its works of humane meaning and left a strong impression on not only audiences but also critics. Let’s take a look at 4 of the most classic movies of the Tang Dynasty that are certain, the tombs have seen or heard about them.
1. Shoplifters (2018)
Last May, Japan made the whole world pay attention when it was honored to be named at one of the most prestigious film festivals on the planet – the 71st Cannes Film Festival. Movie work Shoplifters by talented director Hirokazu Koreeda has excellently overcome many formidable opponents to win the most important prize – Golden Palm. The last time Japan won this prize before Shoplifters was 21 years ago, with director Shohei Imamura’s Unagi.
Shoplifters is the story of the people at the bottom of the society who find ways to make a living in a life of misfortune. Osamu’s family (Lily Franky) makes a living by practicing stealing at local supermarkets and shops; while the eldest daughter has to work for a sex club to help her parents.
Until one day, Osamu took Juri (Miyu Sasaki), a poor homeless girl, home and decided to adopt her. Initially, family members objected to adopting Juri, but gradually afterwards, people began to feel sorry for her fate and taught the craft and love for Juri.
Being “molded” by the talented hand of director Hirokazu Koreeda, Shoplifters is also a masterpiece of his cinematic style. The story is not too special but still bears the humanity in every scene, every word, each character.
Not only did the audience feel the warmth of family affection, Shoplifters also cleverly integrated the meaningful message of a real Japanese society hiding many hidden corners behind the development look.
2. Like Father, Like Son (2013)
Like Father, Like Son (Father, Con Nua) is also a well-remembered work when talking about director Hirokazu Koreeda. Also exploiting the emotional aspect of family but Like Father, Like Sun revolves around a rather new topic – giving the wrong child.
The film is about Ryota’s family Nonomiya (Masaharu Fukuyama), a businessman who enjoys a happy life with his wife and his six-year-old son Keita (Keita Ninomiya). Everything suddenly changed when the couple received notice from the hospital where Keita was born and discovered the fact that the boy was not their own child.
Due to errors from the nurses and their biological children, Ryusei (Shogen Hwang), was mistakenly given to the Saiki family (Lily Franky) – a typical working family. The two families then meet to make the best decision for the two children.
With Hirokazu Koreeda’s style, Like Father, Like Son has a way of exploiting and creating a gentle but very profound character line. What makes this work different is probably the “sophistication” in each scene.
No drama or climax, no excessive crying, every character in the film has a very real psychological development: calmly receiving tragedy, slowly realizing the situation and hesitating in decisions .
Besides, Like Father and Like Son are also appreciated when describing the differences, the contrast between the circumstances of the two families, the way of raising their children and the characteristics of the two children. A meaningful journey where mothers and fathers strive to connect with their children with love, not with responsibility.
3. Spirited Away (2001)
Spirited Away is a classic work of the Ghibli animation studio. This is the first anime to win the best animated film at Oscar; reached a record revenue of up to 289 million USD worldwide.
Spirited Away tells about the adventurous journey of a timid 10-year-old girl Chihiro Ogino, on the way home with her family, unfortunately getting lost. They accidentally entered a magical world that Chihiro’s parents were determined to discover. Here, she finds a magnificent public bath and meets a young man named Haku – who advises her to return to the river before dark.
However, Chihiro’s parents were turned into pigs, making her unable to cross the river when the tide was rising and trapped in the spirit world. With no other choice, Chihiro had to ask Haku for help, become a maid in the public bath under the name Sen to find the way to save her parents and return to human life. In the new world, Chihiro meets many difficulties and challenges, but she does not appear weak or give up hope to return to the way it used to.
Director Miyazaki Hayao not only created films with unique drawings; character line with clear personality, psychology, special characteristics such as the dragon boy Haku, the hideous witch Yubaba, the twin sister Zeniba or the Faceless, … but also conveys many educational values The deepest person that stands out is love and courage. Chihiro’s sincere love has undone the evil of the land of souls and the courage that brought her back to her parents.
4. Tokyo Monogatari (1953)
Tokyo Monogatari is considered a family film masterpiece of the 1950s. Director Ozu Yasujiro’s film was released in 1953, although it has been more than half a century but is still one of the most impressive cinematic works to date. most of Japanese cinema.
The film is about a trip to Tokyo to visit the children of the Hirayama couple at an age close to heaven. However, all the initial excitement quickly dissipated, instead there was sadness when they realized their visit was troublesome for their children.
Boys and girls take the reason of busy work without time for their parents, grandchildren do not pay attention to grandparents, .. the couple has to return home after not being able to bear the noise at the hot spring area that the children pushed to. The only person who treated sincerely and emotionally with the couple in Tokyo was eventually the widow of the second son – who died in World War II.
Tokyo Monogatari is built on an incredibly simple plot of interlacing contradictions that any family has experienced. But it is this kind of intrigue that pulls the viewers closer to the film; blend in with each character’s emotional circuit; feel the values of family life, the affection of parents and children in a busy society.
A work that helps viewers see themselves, their own stories in the characters. Like what American film critic Roger Ebert once said, though it was more than half a century old, the thoughts in Tokyo Monogatari are still true to modern family relationships.
Of course, the above are just four of the many works that can be used to represent Japanese cinema. If you’ve never seen any of these films, try taking the time to fully enjoy them and have more interesting views about life.
Top 5 most haunting Japanese horror movies alongside ‘Ju-on’ and ‘Ringu’
In addition to the horrifying 2 series Ju-on (The Grudge) and Ringu (The Ring), Japanese cinema has many horror works that haunt viewers.
Speaking of Japanese horror movies, audiences will immediately remember the ghosts of long-haired, white-haired women. However, in addition to the success of these works, the country of “Tang Tang” is also famous for many more diverse and bizarre horror topics.
The film is about two ambitious actresses living in an apartment. Both girls are completely opposite. Nozomi is a gentle, dignified and serious rural girl and Lana, who grew up in a difficult place in Tokyo, experienced and depressed.
Conflicts occur when both girls are selected for potential roles for a role. On the night before the results, they stayed in the apartment to wait for the announcement. The difference in origin, lifestyle, love created all the resentment and hatred of the two girls and led to a series of acts of violence against each other.
4. Cold Fish
Included in one of the masterpieces of director Sion Sono, Cold Fish is a combination of brilliant scenes with implications after every detail.
The film portrays the true truth of life today, people always aim to the “great” things that their lives have not yet, though not knowing what the aftermath is behind.
Nobuyuki Syamoto, the owner of a fish shop, felt depressed because he could not control his daughter or please his second wife. He met Murata, the ideal model for what he was looking for: owning a hot wife and a thriving business. But then, Nobuyuki himself was dragged into the mass murder and murder of the Murata couple.
3. Strange Circus
Taeko is a writer whose leg is paralyzed, famous for his novel about his own tragedy. But few know, he is actually a sick father, locked his daughter in a cello box with a special hole for her to witness the bed scene of her parents. Not only did he stop there, he saw his daughter as a toy to test sick pleasures.
Throughout the film is a series of horrifying but also magical, dreamlike images of fairyland but at the same time terrible as hell. Sino Sono continued to let his imagination unleash with every dramatic scene, and make viewers think about it so that they can fully understand the work.
2. Red Room
Red Room is produced by famous Japanese director Daisuke Yamanouchi. Background The film only takes place in a room covered with red light, along with four main characters called “Players” … They in turn draw the card to become “king” and their mission is to lock two other people into a cage and torture to make the opponent give up.
With Tamanouchi’s endless imagination, the smallest and most harmless items such as hairpins to dryers and chairs can all become horrifying torture tools.
1. Kokuhaku (Confession)
Adapted from Kanae Minato’s novel of the same name, the film is a story about a teacher who plans to take revenge on two students for killing her 4-year-old daughter. The characters in Kokuhaku all appear with images that are both pitiful and scary. Crime confessions rang out from the teacher and the three students in the classroom with increasing phobia.
Kokuhaku succeeds by reflecting honestly and nakedly the situation of bullying at school in Japanese society. This is also a blow for parents to wake up about the indifference of teenagers with their children.