Asian cinema has become my favorite, to the point where I almost only watch Asian movies, and of that, mostly Japanese, who I think make the most interesting movies around. There are so many you should watch, but I'd start here:Bright Future
, by Kiyoshi Kurosawa (not related to Akira Kurosawa) Check this movie out if you want something that veers into very interesting directions, and is not as dark as it appears in the beginning. A heartwarming story (and I don't say that lightly). Kurosawa makes really creepy horror flicks, with stunning composition and glacial pacing. I would consider him the Kubrick of Japan. This movie is much different from his others, but very fun if you like inventive, nearly surreal, story and character oriented films.I Am An S&M Writer
, a very intelligent story of a writer in need of inspiration. This one has a classic sense to it, great story.Taste of Tea
, a very beautiful visually and story-wise, character driven movie. It has Tadanobu Asano in it, who is very charismatic with the right director. He's fun to watch, and the other characters are great too. There are surreal elements that add interest to the story in a non-invasive way.Hara-Kiri
, if you are in any way even half interested in Samurai movies, this is a must watch. It is a classic revenge type story, with a slow build up to an explosive, totally shocking ending. Absolutely great. Tatsuya Nakadai is a great actor.
I would also recommend watching the movie Adrift in Tokyo
and Fine Totally Fine
Both these movies are soulful, funny, and sometimes sad, character driven and wonderful. This crunchyroll site is free and legal, and has a lot of movies that are unreleased in the States. Watch them while you can, when licensed, they are removed from the site!
And this site, http://www.midnighteye.com/
, has a large cataloque of reviews and features on Japanese movies, quite well done. There is actually a review of Adrift in Tokyo
up right now, and a review of the new Kiyoshi Kurosawa movie Tokyo Sonata
, which I cannot wait to watch. I would say that I am somewhat partial to the slice of life, quirky character, with scenes of everyday life, type of movie. But the Japanese do these types of movies so well, I can't get enough.