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What is the most recent Japanese film you've seen?
kaminari at 10:44PM, Oct. 18, 2006
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For me, it would have to be a little film called The Great Yokai War (Youkai Dai Sensou) that I picked up at Best Buy after finding it hidden in the jumbled up anime sections.

Its a fun little story about a wimpy 10 year old in the present time who is chosen to be the “Kirin Rider” when some evil Yokai are planning to destroy (where else?) Tokyo by using an army of evil robot made by merging imprisoned yokai with metal in a oven of evil, ancient powers.
The yokai assisting him consists of a goofy kappa, a scantilly-clad river princess, a red priest who smokes, a weird kinda stupid-looking hampster thing, a giant tengu, and a spirit that washes beans. Don't forget the nosey reporter !!

This film is technically a family film but it is directed by that lovably sadistic freak Takashi Miike (Koroshiya Ichi, Audition, and Visitor Q)
The budget looks like it was pretty high because the costumes of all the many different yokaiand settings are all so elaborate (albeit cheezy at times). The CG is pretty bad, but they make up for it with an entertaining tale

Anyhoo, if you like yokai films or just Japanese movies in general you might want to check this one out.

Anyone seen any other good Japanese movies lately?




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Rich at 11:04PM, Oct. 18, 2006
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If anime counts, it'd be Spirited Away for me. SA is fucking awesome.
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isukun at 11:08PM, Oct. 18, 2006
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I have the Nana movie, but I haven't watched it yet. I did see the live action Grave of the Fireflies. It wasn't as good as the animated film. They try way too hard to make the aunt look good and the cheesy CG fireflies looked bad. Although not new, I did pick up Kill! recently. Definitely a classic for samurai buffs.
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Crazy Dutchman at 3:02AM, Oct. 19, 2006
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Jin-Roh.

I was a little disappointed, still it was a good movie.
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ccs1989 at 4:15PM, Oct. 19, 2006
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Yeah, I didn't like Jin-Roh much.

Latest film I've seen was the Full Metal Alchemist Movie, The Conquerer of whatitsname. It pretty much sucked. They never developed the main villain, the lady who wanted to take over the place, and it ended in the most non-sensical way ever. Also there were a lot of plotholes. Nice animation though.
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kaminari at 4:46PM, Oct. 19, 2006
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err, I actually had live-action films in mind when I started this thread since there are already a bunch of threads about anime.

And I cant go back and change the title…

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Rich at 5:05PM, Oct. 19, 2006
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Live action?!? Err… I think I might have saw Ringu a few years ago, but that's about it.
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Hawk at 7:46PM, Oct. 19, 2006
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The most recent one I've watched was Battle Royale. The funny thing about it is that if you hear about the plot, it sounds like a crappy teen movie that caters to violent, dumb kids. But I think it really made iteself shine by highlighting the individual students and their relationships. Having students make the transition from being best friends to killing each other takes a little bit of skill to pull off correctly.

Typically, I don't think Japan pumps out very good live-action movies, though there are some real gems scattered throughtout. My favorite is still Rashomon.
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isukun at 8:27PM, Oct. 19, 2006
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Japan has quite a few good live action movies. Problem is, Americans are only familiar with their action and horror films. I've actually seen quite a few good dramas, period dramas, and comedies out of the country, but most don't get much press or even a release in the US. When it comes to action, sci fi, and horror, though, they simply don't have the budget to pull off the same level of atmosphere as American studios so things look campy. Although some projects have been getting foreign support and larger budgets, so some movies have looked as good as Western films. Most haven't come out here, though.
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Inkmonkey at 9:31PM, Oct. 19, 2006
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Old Boy. Brilliant direction, great writing, and the English dub wasn't bad either. Also, really goddamn disturbing.
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kaminari at 12:19AM, Oct. 20, 2006
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Old Boy. Brilliant direction, great writing, and the English dub wasn't bad either. Also, really goddamn disturbing.

More disturbing than Visitor Q?

I dont think anything could be worse than that.

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ccs1989 at 2:31PM, Oct. 20, 2006
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I just saw Howl's Moving Castle in anime club today, and I really gotta say I think it sucked. Howl was never really developed as a character, things were cheesy as anything, and it just didn't have any of the magic that his other movies have.
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kaminari at 3:00PM, Oct. 20, 2006
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I just saw Howl's Moving Castle.

It might have been better if it were live-action.

no but I liked it, it was fun although they didnt explain anything (like the war)…

but seriously, Im curious about finding good live-action movies.. not anime ones.


And Ive seen all the ones mentioned here except “Old Boy”.
Battle Royale was fun. I'd like to see the sequel.
I dont remember much about Versus because its been a few years since I saw it. What I do remember is that I liked it, but felt it really lacked a decent plot.

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isukun at 4:05PM, Oct. 20, 2006
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I've always kind of liked Masayuki Suo's movies. Shall We Dance is probably one of the better known in the US (the original Japanese film, not the nonsensical American remake). Although I liked Shiko Funjatta more. Juzo Itami was also a fairly good director until he died (or was killed, this is still debated by some). Although Tampopo is my favorite movie of his, I would also recommend Minbo and Marusa no Onna (A Taxing Woman if you're looking for the English release). At least those are a few films to look for if you're looking for something less action-packed.
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ccs1989 at 8:14AM, Oct. 21, 2006
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Oh yeah, I saw Shall We Dance? Good movie.
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Generic Human at 8:00PM, Oct. 21, 2006
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My friend made me watch Ghost in the Shell. That movie was pretty flipping awesome. The questions presented really made me think. I need to watch the second. I should do that right now.
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kaminari at 11:55PM, Oct. 21, 2006
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My friend made me watch Ghost in the Shell. That movie was pretty flipping awesome. The questions presented really made me think. I need to watch the second. I should do that right now.

heh. Am I the only one in the world that thought Ghost in the Shell was boring?


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but seriously, this thread is supposed to be about live action Japanese movies =)

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Generic Human at 8:57AM, Oct. 23, 2006
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but seriously, this thread is supposed to be about live action Japanese movies =)


Oops…well in that case it was…Infection. That movie was crazy cool.
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jalford at 12:48PM, Oct. 23, 2006
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Sars Wars! Nothing but Sars Wars!
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Loki at 4:56PM, Oct. 24, 2006
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Toyko Story.
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Crazy Dutchman at 11:55AM, Jan. 28, 2007
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I FINALLY saw Batoru Rowaiaru and it rules. I love this kind of dark comedy, and the ending, I believed I tought various times “Okay, right now the movie is over”. I believe there wasn't one single weak thing about the film, it's totally what I expected.

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tea_green at 12:38PM, Jan. 28, 2007
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Battle Royale was the shit! You see Go-go Yubari before she was Go-go! But serioiusly, that was one deep, funny twisted movie. Made me think for much longer than most.

Ichi the Killer. Man, that guy is all sorts of messed up. Ichi is pretty much Shinji with a rape/decapitation fetish. Kakuhara (not sure if I got it right) is a rather funny sadist himself. It's even funnier how people see all these random mutilated bodies and just pretty much roll their eyes and say ‘oh silly yakuza with your silly feuds.’

I like Audition because I can see where that crazy, sadistic chick is coming from. You would be pretty pissed if someone manipulated you that badly and the guy kinda had it coming.

A Tale of Two Sisters is a nice mind fuck movie but it's Korean so I don't know if that counts.

La Blue Girl Live Action. Not as good as the anime but those realistic tentacles are just hilarious. Make me think of one of those dryer vents that filter out the hot air.

Onmyoji is all sorts of awesome. It's every samurai stereotype you can dream of and they take themselves so seriously, you can do nothing but laugh.

I have never finished Versus. I always fall asleep in the middle of it.
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Peipei at 2:02PM, Jan. 28, 2007
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Seventh samurai :3

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Mystic Hand at 5:37PM, Jan. 28, 2007
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I have never finished Versus. I always fall asleep in the middle of it.
Me too!

The live-action Death Note was probably the last Japanese movie I saw. It was boring. (Killing people by writing their name in a book will never be all that exciting to watch, but still.)

But on a positive note, Kamikaze Girls and Swing Girls and Otakus in Love are some of my favorites.

Oh yeah, and for rock'n'roll zombie UFO weirdness, I suggest Wild Zero.

South Korea puts out a lot of fun stuff too.
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mlai at 7:00AM, Jan. 29, 2007
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I watched Death Note as my last live action Jpnese movie. I had never seen the anime or manga. I thought the movie was awesome. It's what made me watch the anime.

Killing ppl with your brain… so much cooler than killing ppl with an axe.

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Mystic Hand at 9:36AM, Feb. 1, 2007
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I think people who see the live-action Death Note before the anime are more likely to think it's good, but fans of the series and manga can't help but be disappointed. A two-hour movie simply can't do justice to a season's worth of stories. The characters become juvenile caricatures when originally they were the best part, and all the nuances and deeper questions the series evokes have to be deleted for space. So basically everything that makes Death Note good never made it to the big screen. And Ryuk just looks laughable in Power Rangers-quality cg.

This is sort of the reverse effect that Boogiepop and Others (Boogiepop wa Warawanai) had on me. Many people who see the live-action prequel first (or exclusively) seem to think it's cheesy and lame. But I saw it after watching the awesome Boogiepop Phantom anime series, so I loved it for all the questions it answered and new layers it introduced.

That's the way to go with this kind of live-action adaptation – add something new to the story instead of just trying to capitalize on the success of something old.
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Crazy Dutchman at 4:54AM, March 3, 2007
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I have been seeing a few lately

Rashomon: A classic. It's great and it's my first Kurosawa movie. The music and editing still makes it seem old, but the drama and acting is still so very alive that after a while you've totally lost the feeling that it's an ‘old’ movie.

Gojira: Another classic ofcourse. I hated the parts without Gojira in it, they were boring and very dull to watch, but when he finally shows up it's just great! Maybe some of my favorate scenes ever :)

Vital: Er, very weird. It was good, but sometimes slightly boring, but there were simply a few scenes that made the film reach onto a higher level. I was a little disappointed, but overall it's very original and quite good.
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Crazy Dutchman at 3:40AM, March 5, 2007
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Avalon.

It was great! It looked beautifull and was highly original. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone tough. It's a very slllllloooooooww movie but that's where the power of this film lies.

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Phantom Penguin at 4:37AM, March 5, 2007
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Old Boy and Ichi The Killer.

Old Boy is simply freaking awesome. Ichi The Killer….it made me want to puke in disgust of the horrible movie
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subcultured at 5:12AM, March 5, 2007
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hahaha
dude, you should try reading the ichi manga then
it's more gory than the movie

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