Kore-eda Hirokazu

Still Walking; Nobody Knows

Japan

Voted in the directors’ poll

Voted for

argent, L'

1983

Robert Bresson

Dust in the Wind

1986

Hsiao-hsien Hou

Floating Clouds

1955

Naruse Mikio

Frankenstein

1931

James Whale

Kes

1969

Ken Loach

Travelling Players, The

1975

Theodoros Angelopoulos

Nights of Cabiria

1957

Federico Fellini

Secret Sunshine

2007

Lee Chang-dong

Umbrellas of Cherbourg, The

1964

Jacques Demy

Woman Under the Influence, A

1974

John Cassavetes

Comments

Every time I watch Floating Clouds, it’s never the same. My impressions of the last scene are totally different between my twenties and my forties. The dialogue at the petrol station in the last scene of The Umbrellas of Cherbourg is awesome. The smile of Cabiria in the last scene of the Fellini is shocking. Landscape in the Mist might be the smallest piece among Angelopoulos’s works, but I love it all the more for its smallness.

It’s needless to mention the brilliance of Gena Rowlands in A Woman Under the Influence. But I think the actor/actress at the receiving end makes the difference between success and failure in this kind of film. In this case, Peter Falk is just wonderful.

Dust in the Wind determined me to pursue the road to cinema. It pushed me from behind. L’Argent is like a textbook, which I review before shooting each new film of mine.

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