The best Japanese film of every year – from 1925 to now
From Kurosawa to Koreeda, we make some tough choices about the finest film of every year of Japanese film history going back to 1925.
Thursday 14 May 2020
Machiko Kyo: five essential films
We remember the Japanese star, who has died at the age of 95, with a look at five of her greatest performances.
Wednesday 15 May 2019
Yasujiro Ozu: 10 essential films
Your 10-film introduction to the Ozu Cinematic Universe… from Tokyo Story to An Autumn Afternoon.
Thursday 12 December 2019
10 great Japanese films of the 1990s
The 1990s were a transitional decade for Japanese cinema, in which new auteurs, including Hirokazu Kore-eda and Takeshi Kitano, first came to prominence.
Thursday 25 April 2019
Five masterpieces of Japanese widescreen... and how they use the frame
How Japanese mastery of the widescreen image was rooted in the country’s artistic and theatrical heritage.
Thursday 22 March 2018
10 great anime films of the 21st century
From Spirited Away to Your Name… here are some of the greatest Japanimation films of the century so far.
Thursday 10 May 2018
Five iconic Japanese actresses of the golden age
Much of the power and potency of the great films of Japan’s postwar golden age comes from their luminous stars. With our celebration of Japanese melodrama playing at BFI Southbank, here’s your introduction to five of the finest actresses of the period.
Tuesday 24 October 2017
100 years of Japanese animation: One great film per decade
Enter a world beyond anime as we celebrate the centenary of animation in Japan by exploring some less familiar corners of this rich history.
Friday 23 June 2017
10 great Japanese films of the 21st century
To celebrate a bumper year for Japanese cinema at the BFI London Film Festival, we look out some of the best movies to come out of Japan since the turn of this century.
Thursday 10 September 2015
Akira Kurosawa: 10 essential films
Akira Kurosawa redefined the action film with his samurai epics set in Japan’s medieval past. Here are 10 of his best movies.
Monday 23 March 2015
Kenji Mizoguchi: 10 essential films
Some must-see titles from the long career of one of the great masters of Japanese cinema, famed for his exquisite travelling shots and fierce critiques of his country’s patriarchal inequality.
Friday 15 May 2015
Mikio Naruse: 10 essential films
As highly regarded as Kurosawa, Mizoguchi and Ozu by many, director Mikio Naruse is far less well known in the west. These 10 films offer the perfect introduction.
Thursday 20 August 2015
Studio Ghibli: five essential films
We pick out five must-see titles from Japanese animation giants Studio Ghibli.
Wednesday 26 March 2014
10 great anime films
Studio Ghibli and beyond: 10 classics from the fantastic and wildly popular world of anime.
Thursday 1 May 2014
10 great gay films from east and south-east Asia
Take a look at the best gay films from China, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines and Thailand.
Friday 29 August 2014
10 great films set in Tokyo
Gleaming, neon-lit and futuristic, Tokyo is not just one of the world’s great capitals, but also one of the great cinematic cities. Here are 10 tantalising Tokyo stories.
Thursday 13 June 2013
10 great samurai films
With Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai fighting its way onto Blu-ray, we delve into Japan’s heroic past with 10 classic tales of swords and chivalry.
Thursday 17 October 2013
10 great Japanese gangster movies
Journey deep into Tokyo’s cinematic underworld with 9 of the best Japanese mobster and yakuza movies – and a killer trilogy.
Wednesday 20 March 2013