• Woman in the Dunes

    Woman in the Dunes

    ★★★★★

    Woman in the Dunes is Hiroshi Teshigahara's collaboration with Kôbô Abe creating a stunning piece of cinema. It is a critique of alienation, modernity and identity and social escapism. It's adapted from Abe's novel by Kôbô Abe and the film is infused with a spirit of deadpan surrealism; A man searching for insects by the sea, Junpei entomologist, is trapped at the bottom of a sand pit with the widow by local villagers. At first, Jumpei tried every way that…

  • The Human Condition

    The Human Condition

    ★★★★★

    Undoubtedly, one of the best trilogys ever made with more than 9 hours of screen play of epic anti-war/anti-fascist masterpiece. It's beautiful and also I consider the most emotionally affecting film I have ever experienced, even more than Schindler's List or Come and See I would say. The Human Condition is a trilogy by legendary director Masaki Kobayashi based on the six-volume novel from Junpei Gomikawa. Starring Kaji, a Japanese pacifist throughout the second World War. The film is a…

  • Ugetsu

    Ugetsu

    ★★★★½

    Ugetsu is a masterpiece in the telling of atmospheric ghost stories which helped introduce Japanese cinema to mainstream Western audience, the same as Akira Kurosawa's Rashomon. Based on Ugetsu Monogatari collection of nine supernatural tales by the Japanese author Ueda Akinari, first published in 1776. It is a tale of ambition, love and deceit that took place in the 16th century during the Japanese Civil War. The film is so well made that you feel as if you're entering the…

  • Yojimbo

    Yojimbo

    ★★★★½

    The thing I like the most in this movie is not the plot, cinematography or the character, but it is because it's a perfect movie to define 'samurai'. Samurai in this movie is a skilled sword user, wise, sagacious who helps the innocent and fights evil and neutral. These are things you require to be a good samurai which this movie presents it in the most badass way.

    Tell the story of nameless ronin who enters a village which is…

  • Sansho the Bailiff

    Sansho the Bailiff

    ★★★★★

    Sansho the Bailiff is an unforgettable masterpiece by Kenji Mizoguchi. And one of the main things this movie hits hard and very powerful is that we all relate to it. We all know the pain and the sadness the characters in the film received. And it's memorable every lesson you learned in this movie could adapt to your own life, such as the quote "Even if you are hard on yourself, be merciful to others." or when Zuchio liberated himself…

  • High and Low

    High and Low

    ★★★★★

    High and Low is considered one of the best films by Akira Kurosawa, which is a commentary on Japanese society after capitalism, which increases social inequality in Japan, which comes to the name of the movie, high and low is a perfect name for the movie's theme since the movie is about wealth and poverty, immoral and moral, good and evil.

    The movie is based on the 1959 novel King's Ransom by Ed McBain. Starring at Kingo Gondo, a rich…

  • Ikiru

    Ikiru

    ★★★★★

    One of the best films by Arika Kurosawa with amazing acting from Takashi Shimura, is an existential film that addresses essential questions and essential human questions such as what's the meaning of life or what's your purpose in life.

    As the existential films always do, this film starts where the character is broken and unhappy and in the film it'll show us how he finds the purpose of his life. The film is set in the 1950s, which is after…

  • Late Spring

    Late Spring

    ★★★★½

    Late Spring is the film about Noriko who decides not to marry to take care of her father, which is based on the short novel Father and Daughter.

    After Japan lost in World War II, Americans started to control most industries in Japan, which includes the film industry, which affects censorship in the film industry. At first, the script of Late Spring was rejected by the censor board because it was too nationalism since the film is all about arranged…

  • Rashomon

    Rashomon

    ★★★★★

    Rashomon is a movie about four people tells the story of the same event which each of them tells it differently and audience has to choose what to believe.

    Rashomon is definitely one of the most participatory films I have ever seen. We are watching as the story happens and we also are judging in the courtroom scene. Every time the story changes into a different perspective, we get to know the character more and how those characters seek for…

  • Tokyo Story

    Tokyo Story

    ★★★★★

    This is probably the film that connects to me the most. I usually go visit my grandparents occasionally because of the effect of the pandemic I couldn't go to. And this film reminds me of them, living abroad isn't always untroubled and one of the main problems is homesickness. This film fulfilled my desire to go visit Japan again. Just to see the culture of the people in the place, I couldn't love this film more.

    The film follows an…

  • Harakiri

    Harakiri

    ★★★★★

    The film takes place in Japan in the 1600s, about a samurai who goes to a feudal lord's estate and requests a ritual ceremony where he is going to commit suicide by disembowelling himself; Seppuku is known as Harakiri, as he can no longer serve anybody and has no point of living anymore, so that's why he asks them to use their estate to do Seppuku gloriously.

    What Kobayashi is up to about this movie is he wants to represent…

  • Seven Samurai

    Seven Samurai

    ★★★★★

    Seven Samurai is one of the most fundamental films of all time. It's kinda crazy how influential this film is. I guess it's even more influential to action movies than Alfred Hitchcock's North by Northwest. It's almost impossible to imagine how action genre would have been without this masterpiece by Akira Kurosawa.

    This film is the greatest of all time and it'll never change. Once I finish watching this, it leaves me speechless and I feel unbelievable how I sit…