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books about Japanese cinema

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Books  About  Manga  &  Anime  &  Japanese  Cinema

Japanese Film / Art & Industry   "The Japanese Film: Art & Industry" [1983]
by Joseph L. Anderson & Donald Richie

Princeton Univ Press 8½x5½ pb [2/83] for $25.05
Princeton Univ Press hardcover [2/83] out of print/used
Archetypes in Japanese Film book by Gregory Barrett  "Archetypes In Japanese Film: The Sociopolitical and Religious Significance of The Principal Heroes & Heroines" [1989] by Gregory Barrett
Susquehanna Univ Press 10x7 hardcover [6/89] out of print/scarce
Monsters Are Attacking Tokyo!  "Monsters Are Attacking Tokyo!: The Incredible World of Japanese Fantasy Films" [1998] by Stuart Galbraith IV
Feral House 8¼x10 pb [5/98] out of print/used
Japanese Cinema Essential Handbook by Thomas Weisser & Yuko Mihara Weisser  "Japanese Cinema: The Essential Handbook" [1998]
by Thomas Weisser & Yuko Mihara Weisser

Vital Books 8¼x5½ pb [8/98] for $19.36
Contemporary Japanese  "Contemporary Japanese Film" [1999]
by Mark Schilling

Weatherhill 9x6 pb [10/99] for $16.47
Word & Image in Japanese Cinema book edited by Dennis Washburn & Carole Cavanaugh  "Word and Image In Japanese Cinema" [2000]
Edited by Dennis Washburn & Carole Cavanaugh

Cambridge Univ Press 9¼x6¼ hardcover [10/2000] for $110.00
Anime Encyclopedia   "The Anime Encyclopedia: A Guide To Japanese Animation Since 1917" [2001]
by Jonathan Clements & Helen McCarthy

Stone Bridge Press 9x7 pb [rev 11/2006] for $20.67
Stone Bridge Press 9x7 pb [9/2001] for $18.96
Hundred Years of Japanese Film   "A Hundred Years of Japanese Film" [2002]
by Donald Richie

Oxford Univ Press revised edition 9x6¼ pb [8/2005] for $14.96
Kodansha 8½x7 hardcover [2/2002] for $30.00
Japanese Movie Posters   "Japanese Movie Posters: Yakuza, Monster, Pink & Horror" [2003]
by Chuck Stephens, Tetsuya Masuda & Kairakutei Black

D.H. Publng 12x8¼ pb [9/2003] for $13.57
Cinema of Japan & Korea   "The Cinema of Japan and Korea (24 Frames Series)" [2004]
Edited by Justin Bowyer

Wallflower Press 9x7½ pb [9/2004] for $29.50
Wallflower Press 9¼x7½ hardcover [12/2004] for $80.00
Midnight Eye Guide To Japanese Film   "The Midnight Eye Guide To New Japanese Film" [2004]
by Tom Mes & Jasper Sharp

Stone Bridge Press 9x7 pb [10/2004] for $16.29
Midnight Eye website
New History of Japanese Cinema   "A New History of Japanese Cinema: A Century Of Narrative Film" [2005]
by Isolde Standish

Continuum International Publng 8½x5½ pb [5/2006] for $26.80
Continuum International Publng 9x6¼ hardcover [4/2005] for $47.29
Outlaw Masters of Japanese Film   "Outlaw Masters of Japanese Film" [2005]
by Chris Desjardins

I.B. Tauris 9¾x7 pb [7/2005] for $15.56
I.B. Tauris 10x7 hardcover [7/2005] for $69.95
Reading A Japanese Film  "Reading A Japanese Film: Cinema in Context" [2005]
by Keiko I. McDonald

Univ Hawaii Press 8x6 pb [10/2005] out of print/used
Univ Hawaii Press 9x6 hardcover [8/2005] for $37.50
Japanese Period Film book by S.A. Thornton  "The Japanese Period Film: A Critical Analysis" [2007]
by S.A. Thornton, Foreword by Donald Richie

McFarland & Co. 9x6 pb [10/2007] for $35.95
Japanese Cinema: Texts & Contexts book edited by Alastair Phillips & Julian Stringer  "Japanese Cinema: Texts and Contexts: [2007]
Edited by Alastair Phillips & Julian Stringer

Routledge 9x6 pb [12/2007] for $32.35
Routledge 9x6¼ hardcover [12/2007] for $140.00
One Thousand Years of Manga book by Brigette Koyama-Richard  "One Thousand Years of Manga" [2008]
by Brigette Koyama-Richard

Flammarion 11x9½ hardcover [2/2008] for $34.46
Toho Studios History & Complete Filmography bo0ok by Stuart Galbraith  "The Toho Studios Story: The History and Complete Filmography" [2008]
by Stuart Galbraith IV

Scarecrow Press 11x8¾ hardcover [5/2008] for $120.00
Introduction to Japanese Horror Film book by Colette Balmain  "Introduction To Japanese Horror Film" [2008]
by Colette Balmain

Edinburgh Univ Press 9¼x6pb [10/2008] for $32.03
Edinburgh Univ Press 9x6¼ hardcover [3/2009] for $115.00 {sic}
Critical Handbook of Japanese Film Directors book by Alexander Jacoby  "A Critical Handbook of Japanese Film Directors: From The Silent Era To The Present Day" [2008] by Alexander Jacoby, Foreword by Donald Richie
subject directors include Yutaka Abe, Kinji Fukasaku, Juzo Itami, Akira Kurosawa, Takashi Miike, Kenji Mizoguchi, Yasujiro Ozu, Yoji Yamada & Isao Yukisada
Stone Bridge Press 9x6 pb [10/2008] for $16.76
Japanification of Children's Popular Culture book edited by Mark I. West  "The Japanification of Children's Popular Culture: From Godzilla To Miyazaki" [2008]
Edited by Mark I. West

Scarecrow Press 8½x6 pb [10/2008] for $40.07

Magic Lantern's 'Godzilla' Movies Page
Magic Lantern's Hayao Miyazaki Page

Essential Anime Movies Ultimate Guide book by Helen McCarthy  "500 Essential Anime Movies: The Ultimate Guide" [2009]
by Helen McCarthy

Harper Design 8x6 pb [1/2009] for $24.95
Collins Design 7¾x6 bargain price pb [1/2009] for $9.98
Culture of Japanese Fascism book edited by Alan Tansman  "The Culture of Japanese Fascism" [2009]
Edited by Alan Tansman

The book includes two chapters on pre-war Japanese cinema.
Duke Univ Press 9x6 pb [3/2009] for $19.96
Duke Univ Press 9¼x6¼ hardcover [3/2009] for $99.95

see also the Barbarians & Fascists Page at Working Minds Philosophy website

The Martial Arts Book by Laura Scandiffio & Nicolas Debon  "The Martial Arts Book" [YA ages 11 & up; 2010]
by Laura Scandiffio, Art by Nicolas Debon

Annick Press 10½x8½ pb [8/2010] for $13.45
Annick Press hardcover [8/2010] out of print/used
Japanese Animation: From Painted Scrolls to Pokemon book by Brigette Koyama-Richard  "Japanese Animation: From Painted Scrolls To Pokémon" [2010]
by Brigette Koyama-Richard

Flammarion-Pere Castor 11¾x9 hardcover [10/2010] for $35.03
Japanese Animation book by Chris Robinson  "Japanese Animation: Time Out of Mind" [2010]
by Chris Robinson

Indiana Univ Press 9x6 pb [12/2010] for $22.76

see also Magic Lantern's Animation Pages

Classical Japanese Cinema Revisited book by Catherine Russell  "Classical Japanese Cinema Revisited: A New Look At The Canon" [2011]
by Catherine Russell

Continuum 8¾x6 pb [6/2011] for $22.07
Continuum 9x6¼ hardcover [6/2011] for $90.00
World Film Locations, Tokyo book by Chris MaGee  "World Film Locations: Tokyo" [2011] by Chris MaGee
Series book spotlights fifty location-specific scenes from classic & contemporary films shot in Tokyo, with particular emphasis on filmmakers such as Akira Kurosawa, Samuel Fuller & Sofia Coppola
Intellect Books U.K. 9¾x6 pb [8/2011] for $12.24

"Mangatopia: Essays On Manga and Anime In The Modern World" [10/2011] by Martha Cornog & Timothy Perper

"Watching Anime, Reading Manga: 25 Years of Essays and Reviews" [5/2011] by Fred Patten & Carl Macek

Encyclopedia of Japanese Horror Films book by Nobuhiro Ogata, Jr.  "An Encyclopedia of Japanese Horror Films" [2016]
by Nobuhiro Ogata, Jr.

CreateSpace 11x8½ pb [2/2016] for $39.95
Encyclopedia of Japanese Horror Films book edited by Salvador Murguia   "The Encyclopedia of Japanese Horror Films" [2016]
Edited by Salvador Murguia

Kindle Edition from Rowman & Littlefield [7/2016] for $69.82 {sic}
Rowman & Littlefield 10¼x7½ hardcover [7/2016] for $85.41 {sic}
Apocalypse Then / Atomic Cinema book by Mike Bogue  "Apocalypse Then: American and Japanese Atomic Cinema, 1951-1967" [2017]
by Mike Bogue, Foreword by Allen A. Debus

Kindle Edition from McFarland [8/2017] for $11.99
McFarland 10½x7¼ pb [8/2017] for $39.95

more info on the Atomic Film Festival Page at Spirit of America Bookstore

Books on Foreign Cinema   •   Books on Asian Cinema   •   Books on Canadian Cinema
Books on Chinese Cinema   •   Books on French Cinema   •   Books on German Cinema
Books on Cinema of India   •   Books on Italian Cinema
Books on Mexican Cinema   •   Books on Russian Cinema   •   Books on Cinema of Spain

Japanese  Filmmakers

NOTE: Oscar Awards for Best Foreign Language Film are not attributed
by A.M.P.A.S. or IMDb to the director or producer, but to the country of origin.

Foreign Filmmakers   •   Filmmakers of Asia   •   Filmmakers of Canada
Filmmakers of China   •   Filmmakers of France
Filmmakers of Germany   •   Filmmakers of India   •   Filmmakers of Italy
Filmmakers of Mexico   •   Filmmakers of Russia   •   Filmmakers of Spain

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Yutaka  Abe [1895-1977]
IMDb listingWikipedia

"The Makioka Sisters" [1950]

Kinji  Fukasaku [1930-2003]
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director  Yasuo  Furuhata
IMDb listing

director  Ishiro Honda []

director  Kon  Ichikawa
IMDb listingWikipedia

director  Shohei  Imamura  [1926-2006]
IMDb listingWikipedia

Shohei Imamura screenings [2007] at Northwest Film Forum in Seattle, WA

"Stolen Desire" [1958]
"Endless Desire" [1958]
"Pigs and Battleships" [1961]
"The Insect Woman" [1963]
"Intentions of Murder" [1964]
"The Pornographers" [1966]
"A Man Vanishes" [1967]
"The Profound Desire of The Gods" [1968]
"A History of Postwar Japan As Told By A Bar Hostess" [1970]
"Karayuki-san: The Making of A Prostitute" [1975]
"Vengeance Is Mine" [1979]
"Eijanaika" [1981]
"Ballad of Narayama" remake [1983]
"Zegen" [1987]
"Black Rain" [1989]
"The Eel" [1997]
"Dr. Akagi" [1998]
"Warm Water Under A Red Bridge" [2001]

"Shohei Imamura's Japan" 6-film traveling exhibition [2007-2008]
"Pigs and Battleships" [1961]
"The Insect Woman" [1963]
"Intentions of Murder" [1964]
"The Pornographers" [1966]
"Eijanaika" [1981]

director  Hiroshi  Inagaki   [1905-80]
browse booksIMDb listingWikipedia

'Samurai Trilogy' series: new DVD boxed set | VHS | DVD

director  Juzo  Itami  [1933-97]
videos/DVDs'AsiaWeek' obitIMDb listingWikipedia

director  Keisuke  Kinoshita  [1912-98]
IMDb listing • no entry on Wikipedia

"Ballad of Narayama" [1958]
"The River Fuefuki" [1961]

author-performer-director  Takeshi  'Beat'  Kitano
browse booksIMDb listingWikipedia

Beat Takeshi vs. Takeshi Kitano  
"Beat Takeshi vs. Takeshi Kitano" [2002]
by Casio Abe, translated by William O. Gardner & Takeo Hori

Muae/Kaya Press 7½x6 pb [1/2005] for $17.55

"Outrage (Autoreiji): Way of The Modern Yakuza"
[Japan June 2010, Magnet USA Dec 2011]
Japanese poster for 'Outrage' 2010 yakuza gangster movie by Takeshi Kitano  The chairman of the business-oriented Sanmo-kai clan of Tokyo yakuza learns that a subordinate has aligned with the drug-dealing Murase clan, and events soon lead to a rash of killings while corrupt police stand by. Exec produced, written, directed by & starring Takeshi Kitano; also starring Jun Kunimura, Renji Ishibashi, Sôichirô Kitamura & Tomokazu Miura
Region 1 DVD/Blu-ray not yet available
full credits at IMDbofficial movie sitemovie entry at Wikipedia

The sequel "Outrage 2" is already in production [2011] /tt1724962/

animator  Satoshi  Kon
no browse/Amazon entry • credits at IMDbofficial website {in Japanese}Wikipedia

won Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film for "Rashômon" [1950]  won Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film for "Derzu Uzala" [1975]  won Oscar for Lifetime Achievement in 1990    Magic Lantern's
director  Akira  Kurosawa  [1910-98] Page

Magic Lantern's Kurosawa/Mifune Films Page

director  Kiyoshi  Kurosawa
IMDb listingWikipedia

"Cure [1997] /tt0123948/
"Pulse" [2001] /tt0286751/
"Tokyo Sonata" [2008] /tt0938341/

"Shokuzai {Redemption)" TV mini-series [WoWow-TV Japan Jan 2012]
Based on the book by Minato Kanae; four students witness the brutal murder of their classmate, but cannot
remember the killer’s face; 5-episode mini-series directed by Kiyoshi Kurosawa
full credits at IMDbofficial movie site

director  Takashi  Miike
IMDb listingWikipedia

"Ichi The Killer"
"The City of Lost Souls"
"Ninja Kids!!!" [Shochiku/Warner Bros. 2011] /tt1644655/

Cinema of Takashi Miike  
"Agitator: The Cinema of Takashi Miike" [2004]
by Tom Mes

Fab Press pb [6/2006] for $19.77
Fab Press pb [5/2004] out of print/used
Sukiyaki Western Django  "Sukiyaki Western Django: An Epic Tale of Blood, Lust & Greed"
[Dentsu-Toei Japan Sept 2007, USA Aug 2008]

The white clan and the red clan battle for a hidden treasure in a remote mountain town; a lone gunman drifts into town and both factions compete for his help. {Sounds an awful lot like the Dashiell Hammett "Red Harvest" [1929] - Akira Kurosawa "Yojimbo" [1961] - Coen Bros. "Miller's Crossing" [1990] - Walter Hill "Last Man Standing" [1996] plot structure.} Co-written & directed by Takashi Miike; music by KMoji Endo; starring Hideaki Ito, Koichi Sato, Yusuke Iseya, Masanobu Ando, Takaaki Ishibashi, Yoshino Kimura, Teruyuki Kagawa, Masato Sakai, Quentin Tarantino & Kaori Momoi
First Look Pictures widescreen color DVD [11/2008] for $19.99
First Look Pictures color DVD [11/2008] for $19.99
imported Crown soundtrack CD [9/2007] for $49.99
full credits from IMDbofficial movie site {requires Flash}

director  Kenjo  Misumi  [1921-75]
IMDb listing • no entry at Wikipedia

film series include 'Baby Cart', 'Zatôichi' & 'Nemuri Kyoshiro'

won Oscar for Best Animated Feature for "Spirited Away&quote; [2001]    Magic Lantern's
animator  Hayao  Miyazaki Page

principal at Studio Ghibli of Japan

director  Kenji  Mizoguchi  [1898-1956]
IMDb listingWikipedia

Kenji Mizoguchi screenings [2007] at Northwest Film Forum in Seattle, WA

Mizoguchi and Japan  
"Mizoguchi and Japan" [2008]
by Mark Le Fanu

British Film Institute 9x6¾ pb [1/2008] for $27.95
British Film Institute 9¼x6¾ hardcover [1/2008] for $85.95

"The Life of Oharu" aka "Saikaku Ichidai Onna" [1952] /tt0045112/

director  Yoshitaro  Nomura  [1919-2005]
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Zero Focus movie directed by Yoshitaro Nomura  "Zero Focus" aka 'Zero no Shoten' [1961]
A week after marriage, the groom leaves on a business trip but does not return; his employer tells the bride that he already returned home; she and her brother set out to find him. Directed by Yoshitaro Nomura; based on a novel by Seicho Matsumoto; starring Yoshiko Kuga, Ineko Arima, Hizuru Takachiho, Koji Nambara, Kô Nishimura, Yoshi Kato & Sadako Sawamura
Homevision widescreen b&w DVD [9/2004] for $17.99
full credits from IMDb
Inspector Imanishi Investigates by Seicho Matsumoto  "The Castle of Sand" aka 'Suna no utsuwa' [Shochiku Japan Oct 1974, USA Oct 1975]
A homicide detective and his new partner investigate a body dumped in a railroad yard, which is soon identified as a policeman on vacation; considered to be one of the masterpieces of Japanese cinema. Directed by Yoshitaro Nomura; based on a best-selling novel by Seicho Matsumoto; starring Tetsuro Tamba, Kensaku Morita, Go Kato, Ken Ogata, Yôko Shimada, Karin Yamaguchi, Seiji Matsuyama & Yoshi Kato; won Kinema Junpo awards for Best Director & Best Script
Panorama color DVD [6/2007] for $23.49
full credits from IMDb + 2004 Japan tv series: series credits at IMDb
"Inspector Imanishi Investigates" [1961 bestseller novel]
Soho Crime 7½x5 pb [11/94] for $10.01

Seicho Matsumoto's The Demon movie directed by Yoshitaro Nomura  "The Demon" aka 'Kichiku' [Shochiku Japan Oct 1978, USA June 1979]
"They'd be better off with strangers" When a husband stops providing his long-time lover with enough money to pay for the care of their three young children, she leaves the children with him and his very surprised and angry wife - and then disappears. Directed by Yoshitaro Nomura; script by Masato Ide, based on a story by Seicho Matsumoto; starring Ken Ogata, Shima Iwashita & Mayumi Ogawa; won Best Director & Best Actor Awards of the Japanese Academy, won Best Actor Award from Kinema Junpo
Homevision widescreen color DVD [9/2004] for $17.99
full credits from IMDb
Three Undelivered Letters mystery film by Yoshitaro Nomura  "Haitatsu Sarenai Santsu no Tegami" aka "The Three Undelivered Letters"
[Shôchiku Eiga Japan Oct 1979, USA Dec 1980]

Story based on Ellery Queen's 1942 novel "Calamity Town", but apparently not containing Ellery or any detective character; someone is poisoning people in a town, and members of the leading family are among the chief suspects. Produced & directed by Yoshitaro Nomura; adapted by Kaneto Shindô; starring Shin Saburi, Nobuko Otowa, Mayumi Ogawa, Komaki Kurihara, Keiko Matsuzaka, Takao Kataoka & Ai Kanzaki; Mayumi Ogawa won Japan Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress
DVD/Blu-ray not available • full credits at IMDb

Kihachi  Okamoto  [1923-2005]
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Nagisa  Oshima [1932-2013]
IMDb listingWikipedia

Magic Lantern's
Yasujiro  Ozu  [1903-63] Page

"I want to make people feel without resorting to drama."  — Yasujiro Ozu

director  Hiroshi  Shimizu   [1903-66]
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director  Kaneto  Shindo   [1903-66]
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Seijun  Suzuki
IMDb listingWikipedia

"Branded To Thrill: The Delirious Cinema of Suzuki Seijun" [1994]
by Simon Field & Tony Rayns
British Film Institute 8¼x8 pb [4/95] out of print/rare

animator  Isao Takahata
credits at IMDbWikipedia

principal at Studio Ghibli of Japan

Yojiro  Takita
IMDb listingWikipedia
Relatively unknown until recently, when his hit movie "Departures {Okuribito)" won Oscar for Best Foreign Film

Hiroshi Teshigahara  [1927-2001]
IMDb listingWikipedia

Three Films by Teshigahara DVD set  "Three Films By Hiroshi Teshigahara" [2007]
Criterion Collection b&w DVD set [7/2007] 4 disks for $54.99
includes "Pitfall" [1962] directed by Hiroshi Teshigahara; script by Kôbô Abe, based on his novel; starring Hisashi Igawa, Sumie Sasaki, Sen Yano, Hideo Kanze, Kunie Tanaka, Kei Sato & Kazuo Miyahara; "Woman In The Dunes" [1964] directed by Hiroshi Teshigahara; script by Kôbô Abe, based on his novel; starring Eiji Okada, Kyôko Kishida & Hiroko Ito; Oscar nominations for Best Foreign Language Film & Best Director; and "The Face Of Another" [1966] directed by Hiroshi Teshigahara; script by Kôbô Abe, based on his novel; starring Tatsuya Nakadai, Machiko Kyô, Mikijiro Hira, Kyôko Kishida, Eiji Okada & Miki Irie
Antonio Gaudi  
"Antonio Gaudí" [indep 1984]
Co-produced, directed & edited by Hiroshi Teshigahara
Criterion Collection color DVD [3/2008] 2 disks for $34.99
full credits at IMDb
Wikipedia entry on Spanish architect Antonio Gaudí [1852-1926]

Yoji Yamada
IMDb listingWikipedia

Isao Yukisada
IMDb listing

Actors  &  Others  of  Japan

Foreign Actors   •   Actors of Asia   •   Actors of Canada   •   Actors of China
Actors of France   •   Actors of Germany   •   Actors of India
Actors of Italy   •   Actors of Mexico   •   Actors of Russia   •   Actors of Spain

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Kiyoshi  Atsumi  [1928-96]
IMDb listingWikipedia

'Tora-San' series on IMDb

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Haruka  Ayase
IMDb listingWikipedia

officiial Haruka Ayase website {in Japanese}
H.S.P. Haruka Ayase fansite {in Japanese}
'Ayase Paradise' fansite {in Japanese}

"Ichi" aka "The Blind Swordswoman"
[Shochiku Japan Oct 2008, USA release not scheduled]
Lady Zatoichi / The Blind Swordswoman  A young blind girl who earns her living playing the samisen protects herself with extraordinary sword-fighting skills. Directed by Fumihiko Sori; starring Haruka Ayase, Shido Nakamura, Yôsuke Kubozuka & Takao Osawa
Funimation Prodns widescreen color Blu-ray [12/2009] for $19.99
Funimation Prodns widescreen color DVD [12/2009] for $18.99
full credits at IMDbofficial movie site {in Japanese}

further info on Magic Lantern's Zatô-Ichi Samurai Films Series Page

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Sessue Hayakawa  [1889-1973]
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Raizô  Ichikawa  [1931-69]
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Shintarô  Katsu  [1931-97]
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'Zatôichi The Blind Swordsman' Film Series Page

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actress Keiko Kitagawa

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Mako has a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7095 Hollywood Blvd.  Mako  {Iwamatsu}  [1933-2006]
IMDb listingBroadway creditsWikipedia

co-founder of East West Players theatre company [est. 1965] of Los Angeles, CA

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author Seicho Matsumoto  [1909-92]
Film director Yoshitaro Nomura adapted eight of Matsumoto's novels to film, including
"Castle of Sand" [1974], which is considered to be one of the masterpieces of Japanese cinema.
browse booksIMDb listingWikipedia

Seicho Matsumoto memorial museum

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actor Toshirô  Mifune  [1920-97]
IMDb listingWikipedia

Magic Lantern's Kurosawa/Mifune Films Page

Toshirô Mifune starred in the original "Seven Samurai" [1954]

B.F.I.'s Toshirô Mifune webpage
Jerry's Toshirô Mifune fansite

Ultimate Toshiro Mifune DVD Collection  "Toshiro Mifune: The Ultimate Collection" [2006]
Animeigo widescreen color DVD box set [8/2006] 5 disks - out of prodn/used
includes "Samurai Assassin" [1965] directed by Kihachi Okamoto; "Under The Banner of Samurai" 1969] directed by Hiroshi Inagaki; "Akage" [1969] directed by Hiroshi Inagaki; "The Ambush: Incident At Blood Pass" [1970] directed by Hiroshi Inagaki; and "Zatoichi Meets Yojimbo" [1970] directed by Kihachi Okamoto, co-starring Shintarô Katsu
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Tatsuya Nakadai  [b. 1932]
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Ken Ogata  [1937-2008]
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Matsunosuke Onoe  [1875-1926]
After great success in kabuki theater, he appeared in over 1,000 films, and has been called the first superstar of Japanese cinema.
IMDb listingWikipedia

"Chushin-gura" [1916 silent]
believed to be the oldest still-existing feature film, although the print is incomplete (missing four scenes)

"The Funeral of Matsunosuke Onoe" documentary [1926]

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Takashi  Shimura  [1905-82]
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Miiko  Taka
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Ken  Takakura
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actor Satoshi  Tsumabuki
IMDb listingofficial website {in Japanese}Wikipedia

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actress Aya Ueto
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Movies  of  Japan
Japan's films have received 3 early Honorary Oscar Awards, no Best Foreign Language Oscar® wins,
among 11 Best Foreign Film nominations.
list of Japan's submissions for Oscar consideration

Selected films of:  Asia   •   Canada   •   China   •   France   •   Germany
India   •   Italy   •   Mexico   •   Russia   •   Spain

Samurai  Genre
Magic Lantern's Samurai Films Festival Page
Magic Lantern's Kurosawa/Mifune Films Page
Magic Lantern's 'Zatôichi The Blind Swordsman' Film Series Page
Magic Lantern's 'Lone Wolf & Cub' Samurai Film Series Page
Samurai / Period Drama Films entry at Wikipedia

The Samurai Film  "The Samurai Film" [1984] by Alain Silver
Overlook 10x6¾ pb [6/86] for $11.01
Overlook 10x7¾ pb [10/2006] for $20.40
Overlook hardcover [3/84] for $23.95
Overlook 10x8 hardcover [11/2005] for $34.00

Pink  Genre
There is a popular 'Pink Movies' genre of Japan that needs no help from this website.

'Chushingura'  (Tale of The 47 Rônin)
This ancient story has been brought to the screen more than 80 times in Japan, with the latest version released
in December 2013; Magic Lantern's separate 47 Rônin Film Festival Page was started in mid-2012.

Chüshingura entry at Wikipedia
historical 47 Ronin entry at Wikipedia
JNC's history of 'Chushingura'

"Chushingura - Hana no Maki Yuki no Maki"
aka "47 Rônin"
  [Toho Japan Nov 1962]
Chushingura samurai movie  A classic tale in Japan, filmed many times: Out of loyalty to a wrongfully-disgraced lord, 47 samurai attack his enemies, knowing that they are courting certain death. Directed by Hiroshi Inagaki, starring Koshiro Matsumoto, Yuzo Kayama, Tatsuya Mihashi, Akira Takarada, Yosuke Natsuki, Makoto Satô, Chûsha Ichikawa, Toshirô Mifune, Eisei Amamoto, Hiroshi Koizumi, Kenji Sahara, Tadao Takashima, Yoshio Tsuchiya, Takeshi Shimura, Yuriko Hoshi, Kumi Mizuno, Yumi Shirakawa & Mie Ham
Image Ent. widescreen b&w DVD [2/2001] for $26.09
Home Vision b&w VHS [7/97] 2 tapes for $49.95
Image Ent. b&w widescreen VHS [2/2001] 2 tapes for $29.98
full credits from IMDb1962 movie entry at Wikipedia

"47 Rônin"  [Universal Pictures Xmas 2013?]
Long in development, further official details announced March 2011: script by Chris Morgan to be directed in 3-D by
Carl Erik Rinsch; starring Keanu Reeves, with Hiroyuki Sanada as clan chief Oishi, Tadanobu Asano as Lord Kora,
Rinko Kikuchi as mysterious Lady Mizuki, and Kou Shibasaki as Reeves's love interest; added 8/2012: bumped again,
for Xmas Day 2013 release • latest info at IMDb

Yakuza  Genre
Yakuza Films entry at Wikipedia
keyword 'yakuza' listing at Internet Movie Database

Yakuza Movie Book  "The Yakuza Movie Book: A Guide To
Japanese Gangster Films" [2003]
by Mark Schilling

Stone Bridge 9x7 pb [6/2003] for $15.56

"Godzilla" Series
  Godzilla has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
Godzilla entry at Wikipedia

"Godzilla" in 3-D [DUE 2014?]  
Announced January 2011: Director Gareth Edwards is attached, with Thomas Tull & Jon Jashni producing
for Legendary Pictures, and Warner Bros. distributing in 2014; latest info from IMDb

Magic Lantern's 'Godzilla' Movies Page

Selected  Japanese  Films
{ in chronological order }
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"Rashômon" [Japan Aug 1950; USA Dec 1951]
  Rashomon  What is truth? After a killing in the woods, police interrogate four people and obtain four conflicting versions of the events. Co-written & directed by Akira Kurosawa [1910-98]; based on stories by Ryunosuke Akutagawa; starring Toshirô Mifune, Machiko Kyô, Masayuki Mori, Takashi Shimura & Minoru Chiaki; won Honorary Oscar for Best Foreign-Language Film
Home Vision b&w DVD [3/2002] for $29.96
Home Vision b&w VHS [5/94] for $29.95
full credits from IMDbofficial movie site

"Ugetsu  Monogatari" aka "Tales of Moonlight & Rain"
[Daiei Japan March 1953, U.S.A. Sept 1954]
Ugetsu movie  Two peasants in war-wracked feudal Japan migrate to the city to make their fortunes; the ambitious potter becomes entangled with a beautiful ghost; the farmer becomes a famous samurai. Directed by Kenji Mizoguchi; based on classic tales by Akinari Ueda [1734-1809]; starring Masayuki Mori, Machiko Kyô, Kinuyo Tanaka, Eitarô Ozawa, Ikio Sawamura, Mitsuko Mito, Kikue Môri & Ryosuke Kagawa; listed on Time Magazine's All-TIME 100 Movies (5/2005)
Criterion b&w DVD set [11/2005] 2 disks for $34.99
HomeVision b&w VHS [6/2000] for $23.70
full credits from IMDb
Ugetsu / Tales of Moonlight & Rain  
"Tales of Moonlight and Rain: A Study & Translation" [1776]
by Akinari Ueda, translation & critical text by Anthony H. Chambers

Columbia Univ Press hardcover [12/2006] for $27.50

won Honorary Oscar Award  "Gate of Hell" aka "Jigokumon" [Japan 1954]
Directed by Teinosuke Kinugasa; won Honorary Oscar Award

won Honorary Oscar Award  "Samurai I: Musashi Miyamoto" [Japan 1955]
Directed by Hiroshi Inagaki; won Honorary Oscar Award

"The Legend of The White Serpent" aka "Byaku Fujin no Yoren"
[Shaw Brothers/Toho Japan July 1956]
Directed by Shirô Toyoda; written by Toshio Yasumi; based on a Chinese tale that existed before the XIVth
Century; starring Shirley Yamaguchi & Ryo Ikebe • full credits from IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia

"The Ballad of Narayama" aka "Narayama-bushi Ko"
[Shochiku Japan June 1958, USA June 1961]
The Ballad of Narayama 1958 movie from Japan  Examines the practice of ubasute – abandoning a parent – which may not have been common, even in times of drought or famine, yet remains part of Japanese folklore; filmed in a deliberate kabuki style, all but one scene created on sound-stages; digital restoration in 2011 Adapted & directed by Keisuke Kinoshita; based the novel by Shichirô Fukazawa; starring Kinuyo Tanaka, Teiji Takahashi, Yuko Mochizuki, Danko Ichikawa, Keiko Ogasawara, Seiji Miyaguchi, Yunosuke Ito, Ken Mitsuda; won Kinema Junpo Awards for Best Film, Best Director & Best Actress; won Mainichi Film Concours Awards for Best Film, Best Director & Best Film Score
Criterion Collection widescreen color Blu-ray [2/2013] for $19.49
Criterion Collection widescreen color DVD [2/2013] for $13.99
full credits at IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia
watch official Japanese-language trailer [11/2014 upload; 5:50] online at YouTube

"Hakuja-den" aka "The Tale of The White Serpent"
[Toei Doga Japan Sept 1958; USA release July 1961 as "Panda & The Magic Serpent"]
Hakuja-den Tale of The White Serpent pioneer anime feature film  The first-ever color animé feature film, made in Japan; based on a Chinese tale that
existed before the XIVth Century, with the addition of two cute pet panda characters

Co-directed by Kazuhiko Okabe; co-written & co-directed by Taiji Yabushita
Digiview color DVD [4/2004] for $9.98
full credits from IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia

"Tokyo Drifter" aka "Tôkyô Nagaremono"
[Nikkatsu Japan April 1966]
Tokyo Drifter movie  A yakuza boss decides to retire, and the opposition gang leader offers his top assassin a job. But the assassin refuses and is forced to run. He survives many attempts to kill him, and then is betrayed, so he returns to Tokyo to confront his former boss. Suzuki's wild use of color here caused Nikkatsu to restrict him to black & white for his next films. Directed by Seijun Suzuki; starring Tetsuya Watari, Chieko Matsubara, Hideaki Nitani, Ryuji Kita, Tsuyoshi Yoshida, Hideaki Esumi, Tamio Kawaji & Eiji Go
Criterion color DVD [2/99] for $24.99
HomeVision color VHS [6/2000] out of prodn/used
full credits from IMDb

"Branded To Kill" aka "Koroshi no rakuin"
[Nikkatsu Japan June 1967]
Branded To Kill movie  When the #3 assassin of Japan's yakuza crime organizations fails an assignment, the #1 assassin is sent to kill him. Black & white movie with Pop Art visuals and a surreal, psycho-sexual nightmare plot. Directed by Seijun Suzuki; starring Jo Shishido, Mariko Ogawa, Annu Mari, Koji Nambara, Isao Tamagawa & Hiroshi Minami
Criterion b&w DVD [2/99] for $19.99
HomeVision b&w VHS [6/2000] out of prodn/used
full credits from IMDb

"Japan's  Longest  Day"
[Toho Japan Aug 1967, USA March 1968]
Japan's Longest Day  This is the true story of 15 August 1945, as Japan's government considered surrender to the Allies; the 2-hour 40-minute film is broadcast in Japan every year on the anniversary of the surrender. After the atomic bombings of Hiroshima & Nagasaki, Japan's Army Minister Anami proposed to fight on, even to the death of every Japanese citizen. Emperor Hirohito and his other ministers considered the unthinkable – the peaceful surrender of Japan. When Anami learned of a military plot to overthrow the Emperor's civilian government, he faced the choice between his desires and his loyalty to the Emperor. Directed by Kihachi Okamoto; adapted by Shinobu Hashimoto from the 1965 book; starring Toshirô Mifune, Koshiro Matsumoto {as Emperor Hirohito}, Sô Yamamura, Chishu Ryu, Seiji Miyaguchi, Takashi Shimura, Toshio Kurosawa, Shogo Shimada, Susumu Fujita, Rokko Toura, Yûnosuke Itô, Daisuke Katô, Etsushi Takahashi, Jun Tazaki, Takao Inoue & Nobuo Nakamura; won Kinema Junpo Award for Best Script
Animeigo widescreen b&w/color DVD [9/2006] for $26.99
full credits from IMDb
Japan's Longest Day  
based on the renowned history “Nihon no Ichiban Nagai Hi” [1965]
by The Pacific War Research Society & Soichi Oya

Kodansha Intl. 7½x5¼ pb [9/2002] for $13.57
Ballantine Books mass pb [9/93] out of print/used

"Do-desu-ka-den" aka "Clickety-Clack"
[Toho Japan Oct 1970; U.S.A. June 1971]
Dodesukaden  Co-writer/director Akira Kurosawa's first color film, with a rich pallette. The tale is simple but involving, and was perhaps the inspiration for Spike Lee's "Do the Right Thing".
Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Language Film
Home Vision color VHS [11/95] with English subtitles for $29.95
full credits from IMDb

"Silence" aka "Chinmoku" [Toho Japan 1971]
1971 Silence/Chinmoku by Shusaku Endo & Masahiro Shinoda   A film about the persecution of 17th-century Portuguese Jesuit priests who travel to Japan to locate their mentor and preach the word of God. Directed by Masahiro Shinoda; adapted by Shusaku Endo from his novel; starring Shima Iwashita, Yoshi Katô, Don Kenny & Mako; won 4 awards at Mainichi Film Concours
Region 1 DVD not available; credits at IMDb
Silence novel by Shusaku Endo  "Silence" [1966] by Shusaku Endo, Translated by William Johnston
A historical novel that examines the issues of doubt and faith, in God and in people. Endo's most famous work, generally regarded as his masterpiece; author Graham Greene called this book "one of the finest novels of our time".
Taplinger Publng 8¼x5½ pb [2/80] for $9.56
Charles E. Tuttle mass pb [6/79] out of print/used
Taplinger Publng 8¼x5½ hardcover [1979] out of print/used
book entry at Wikipedia

"Silence" remake [Warner Bros. 2013? release]
Announced 2010: An adaptation of Shusaku Endo’s historical novel to be directed by Martin Scorsese;
starring Daniel Day-Lewis, Benicio Del Toro & Gael Garcia Bernal • latest info at IMDb

won Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film (a film of Russia)   "Dersu Uzala"  [U.S.S.R. 1975]
Directed by Akira Kurosawa [1910-98];
won Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film (a film of Russia)
full credits from IMDb

"Sandakan 8" aka "Brothel No. 8" [Toho Japan 1975]
aka "Sandakan Hachibanshokan Bohkyo"
Directed by Kei Kumai; Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Language Film • full credits from IMDb

"Kagemusha"  [Japan 1980]
Directed by Akira Kurosawa [1910-98]; Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Language Film, won 2 of 4 BAFTA noms,
won Reader's Choice & 5 other Mainichi Film Concours Awards • full credits from IMDb
Kagemusha" Criterion Collection [Blu-ray] /B002AFX52S/

"The Ballad of Narayama" aka "Narayama Bushi-Ko"
[Toei Company Japan April 1983, USA Sept 1984]
Japanese DVD cover for 1983 'Ballad of Narayama' from Shôhei Imamura   The practice of ubasute – abandoning a parent – may not have been common, even in times of drought or famine, yet remains part of Japanese folklore; an old woman approaching the age when she must climb the mountain to die must first see that her son is properly married. Adapted & directed by Shôhei Imamura, from the novel by Shichirô Fukazawa; starring Ken Ogata, Sumiko Sakamoto, Takejo Aki, Tonpei Hidari, Seiji Kurasaki, Kaoru Shimamori, Ryutaro Tatsumi, Junko Takada, Nijiko Kiyokawa, Mitsuko Baisho; won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival; won Japan Academy Awards for Best Film, Best Actor, Best Sound, 8 other nominations; won Hochi Film Award for Best Supporting Actress (MB); won Mainichi Film Concours Awards for Best Actor & Best Sound
Animeigo Region 1 widescreen color DVD [6/2008] out of prodn/used
full credits at IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia
watch official Japanese-language trailer [11/2011 upload; 2:31] online at YouTube

"Grave of The Fireflies (Hotaru no Haka)"
[Toho Japan April 1988, GKIDS USA 2013?]
Grave of The Fireflies / Hotaru no Haka animated feature film  Studio Ghibli made the film on contract to publisher Shinchosha, based on the semi-autobiographical novel by Akiyuki Nosaka; it was released on a double bill in 1988 with "My Neighbor Totoro". Roger Ebert and other critics consider the film a classic anti-war movie. Flashbacks tell of the destruction of Japan at the end of World War II, thru an orphaned brother and sister. Distributor GKIDS acquired North American rights from Toho in late 2012, for a 25th Anniversary theatrical release in 2013. Adapted & directed by Isao Takahata; Japanese voices by Tsutomu Tatsumi, Ayano Shiraishi, Yoshiko Shinohara, Akemi Yamaguchi
Section 23 subtitled widescreen color Blu-ray [11/2012] for $16.99
Section 23 subtitled color DVD [3/2012] for $14.93
Section 23 English-dubbed color DVD set [7/2009] 2 disks for $54.27
Central Park Media subtitled widescreen color DVD [10/98] for $30.38
Central Park Media dubbed/subtitled color DVD set [10/2002] 2 disks - out of prodn/used
full credits at IMDbofficial Japanese-language movie sitemovie entry at Wikipedia

"A Un"  or  "Buddies"
[Toho/Shochiku Japan Nov 1989, U.S.A. March 1990]
still photo from Furuhata's "Buddies" [1989]   A loner industrialist looks forward to the return of his Army buddy to 1937 Tokyo.
Directed by Yasuo Furuhata; starring Ken Takakura, Eiji Bando, Junko/Sumiko Fuji & Yasuko Tomita
video/DVD not available; full credits from IMDb

"Twilight Samurai" aka 'Tasogare Seibei'
[Japan 2002, USA April 2004]
Twilight Samurai poster  A quiet, slightly sentimental masterpiece, about a feudal village of 19th century Japan phasing into the new ethos & economics of the Meiji Restoration. Co-Written & directed by Yoji Yamada; based on sections of 3 Shuhei Fujisawa novels; starring Hiroyuki Sanada, Rie Miyazawa, Min Tanaka, Nenji Kobayashi & Keiko Kishi; Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Language Film; won 12 Japan Film Academy Awards, won 7 Kinema Junpo Awards
Empire Pictures color DVD [12/2004] for $19.99
full credits from IMDb
official movie website

"Zatôichi: The Blind Swordsman"
[Asahi/Shochiku Japan Sept 2003, USA June 2004]
Takeshi Kitano's Zatôichi poster  color feature film written & directed by and starring Takeshi Kitano; co-starring Tadanobu Asano, Michiyo Ookusu, Yui Natsukawa, Daigoro Tachibana, Yuuko Daike, Gadarukanaru Taka, Ittoku Kishibe, Saburo Ishikura & Kohji Miura; won 5 of 9 nominations for Japanese Academy Awards; won Kinema Junpo People's Choice Best Film Award
B.M.G. Intl. soundtrack CD [6/2004] for $28.99
full credits at IMDbofficial movie website
double bill DVD with "Sonatine" [1993]
Miramax color DVD [11/2004] 2 disks for $17.99
Magic Lantern's Zatôichi The Blind Swordsman Film Series Page

"Café Lumière" aka "Kohi Jiko" [Japan Sept 2004]
A freelance writer living in Tokyo defies social taboo by choosing life as a single mother in director Hou Hsiao-Hsien's meditative
tribute to acclaimed Japanese filmmaker Yasujiro Ozu; DVD includes hour-long "Métro Lumière" docufilm; full credits at IMDb

"Memoirs of A Geisha" [2005]
full credits from IMDb

"Railways (Reiruweizu)" [Shochiku Japan May 2010]
Railways (Reiruweizu) Japanese 2010 movie  Full Japanese title: "Reiruweizu: 49-sai de densha no untenshi ni natta otoko no monogatari" – a story of a man who became a train operator at age 49; based on a true story: after his mother dies of cancer and his marriage falls apart, a Japanese office worker quits his job in Tokyo to become a train driver on the rural Ichibata Electric Railway in Shimane Prefecture. Written & directed by Yoshinari Nishikôri; starring Kiichi Nakai, Reiko Takashima, Yuika Motokariya, Shirô Sano & Takahiro Miura
Unfortunately, the available videos do NOT have English subtitles (2013).
IndieJapan widescreen color Blu-ray/DVD combo [2012] 2 disks - imported/new-used
IndieJapan widescreen color Blu-ray [2012] imported/new-used
IndieJapan widescreen color DVD [2012] imported/new-used
full credits at IMDbofficial movie site (in Japanese)movie entry at Wikipedia
watch official trailers at YouTube: 3/2010 trailer #1 [1:14]funnier 5/2010 trailer #2 [2:01]

"Emperor" [LionsGate USA March 2013, Shochiku Japan July 2013]
Emperor movie starring Tommy Lee Jones as Gen. MacArthur  Filmed in New Zealand & Japan; after the Japanese surrender in August 1946, General Douglas MacArthur assumes control of the country; one of his first concerns is whether to prosecute the Emperor for 'war crimes', so he assigns young Gen. Fellers to investigate; Fellers's personal mission is to find the Japanese beauty that he met and fell in love with before the war. Directed by Peter Webber; screenplay by Vera Blasi & David Klass, based on a book by Shiro Okamoto; starring Tommy Lee Jones {as MacArthur}, Matthew Fox {as Fellers}, Eriko Hatsune, Kaori Momoi, Aaron Jackson, Takatarô Kataoka (as the Emperor}, Toshiyuki Nishida, William Wallace, Masatô Ibu, Isao Natsuyagi, Nic Sampson, Colin Moy, Shôhei Hino, Masayoshi Haneda & Masatoshi Nakamura
DVD/Blu-ray not yet available
full credits at IMDbofficial movie sitewatch trailer [1:59] at IMDb

"Why Don't You Play In Hell? (Jigoku de Naze Warui)"
[Drafthouse Films Japan Sept 2013]
'Why Don't You Play In Hell?' movie poster  A mobster's efforts to woo a young actress are ignored, so he decides to make a movie to impress her; the amateur movie crew inadvertantly ignites an old yakuza clan rivalry . . . Written & directed & music by Shion Sono; starring Jun Kunimura, Fumi Nikaidô, Shin'ichi Tsutsumi, Hiroki Hasegawa, Gen Hoshino, Tomochika, Itsuji Itao, Hiroyuki Onoue, Tak Sakaguchi, Tetsu Watanabe & Tasuku Nagaoka
Region 1 DVD not available • full credits at IMDbofficial movie sitemovie entry at Wikipedia
watch Japanese-language trailers at YouTube: teaser trailer [0:30]longer trailer [1:44]

"Yakuza" [Universal 2014?]
Announced 5/2012: Original script by Chap Taylor, with Josh Fagin & director Gavin O’Connor doing a rewrite;
an American intelligence officer gets caught up in the post-tsunami underworld of Japan, in opposition to
a yakuza godfather • latest info at IMDb

"Your Name (Kimi no Na Wa)" animé feature film
[Japan Aug 2016, USA April 2017]
Your Name hit animé feature film   Overcame political tensions to break box-office records across Asia, including Most Popular Animé of All Time in Japan. High school girl Mitsuha lives in a small mountain town and dreams of someday going to live in Tokyo. Tokyo high school boy Taki works in an Italian restaurant and dreams of becoming an artist. One night they wake up in each other's body, which recurs randomly; they adjust and become accustomed to it. One night they are each watching the sky and see a shooting star and begin to want to meet in person. But something seems to prevent their meeting . . . • Written & directed by Makoto Shinkai; English script by Clark Cheng; music by Radwimps; Japanese voice actors include Ryûnosuke Kamiki, Mone Kamishiraishi, Ryô Narita, Aoi Yuki, Nobunaga Shimazaki, Kaito Ishikawa, Kanon Tani, Masaki Terasoma, Sayaka Ohara, Kazuhiko Inoue, Chafûrin, Kana Hanazawa, Etsuko Ichi-hara, Masami Nagasawa; English voice actors include Ray Chase, Marc Diraison, Glynis Ellis, Catie Harvey, Kyle Hebert, Cassandra Morris, Laura Post, Ben Pronsky, H.D. Quinn, Alyson Leigh Rosenfeld, Michelle Ruff, Stephanie Sheh, Michael Sinterniklaas, Katy Vaughn, Scott Williams
DVD/Blu-ray not yet available •
full credits at IMDbJapan movie siteUSA movie sitemovie entry at Wikipedia
watch 3/2017 official English-dub trailer [1:46] at YouTube

Your Name light novel by Makoto Shinkai  "Your Name" light novel [2016] by Makoto Shinkai
Kindle Edition from Yen Press LLC [5/2017] for $7.99
Yen On 8½x5¼ hardcover [5/2017] for $13.52
Kadokawa Japanese-language 10¾x8¼ tankobon hardcover [6/2016] out of print/40+ used
book entry at Wikipedia
'Your Name' animé movie soundtrack album on CD & MP-3  "Your Name" animé movie soundtrack album on CD & MP-3 [2016] by Radwimps
Caroline Deluxe Edition soundtrack CD [3/2017] 30 tracks on 2 disks for $9.49
E.M.I./Caroline Intl. soundtrack CD [9/2016] 27 tracks for $16.98
E.M.I./Caroline Intl. MP-3 soundtrack album download [11/2016] 27 tracks for $11.49
soundtrack album entry at Wikipedia

"A Silent Voice (Koe no Katachi)" animé feature film
[Shochiku Japan Sept 2016, UK March 2017]
A Silent Voice / Koe no Katachi anime movie  A nearly-deaf girl grade school student is bullied by her peers and is transferred to another school; she is bullied there also, especially by Ishida. This time the bully is transferred to another school, where he has no friends. Years later, Ishida decides to make amends . . . • Directed by Naoko Yamada; screenplay by Reiko Yoshida, based on the manga books by Yoshitoki Oima; music by Kensuke Ushio; featuring voices of Miyu Irino, Saori Hayami, Aoi Yuki, Kenshô Ono, Yûki Kaneko, Yui Ishikawa, Megumi Han, Toshiyuki Toyonaga, Mayu Matsuoka; won Best Film & Best Original Screen-play awards at 2017 Tokyo Anime Awards
DVD/Blu-ray not yet available •
Pony Canyon Japan soundtrack CD [2016] import/new-used
full credits at IMDbofficial Japanese movie websitemovie entry at Wikipedia
watch 3/2017 official AU/NZ trailer w/English intertitles [1:30] online at YouTube
watch 9/2016 official Extended Trailer w/English subtitles [2:32] online at YouTube
A Silent Voice (Koe no Katachi) manga comic by Yoshitoki Oima  
A Silent Voice (Koe no Katachi) manga comic by Yoshitoki Oima  
"A Silent Voice (Koe no Katachi)" 7-volume manga comic [2015] by Yoshitoki Oima
books entry at Wikipedia
Volume 1: Kindle Edition from Kodansha [9/2015] for $7.99
Volume 1: Kodansha Comics 7½x5 pb [5/2015] for $8.67
Volume 2: Kindle Edition from Kodansha [9/2015] for $7.99
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Japanese  Movie  Studios

Kadokawa Herald Pictures [est. 1942]
Japanese-language websiteWikipedia

Shochiku Films [est. 1895] of Japan

bilingual logo for Studio Ghibli in Japan       
official Studio Ghibli website [in Japanese]
Team Ghiblink's fansite

Toho Company Ltd. [est. 1932] of Japan        Toho Company Ltd. official website
Toho Kingdom fansite

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