Koji Yamamura

Director, Producer

Voted for

Playtime1967Jacques Tati
Bakushû1951Yasujirō Ozu
Freeze Die Come to Life1990Vitaly Kanevsky
The Passion of Joan of Arc1927Carl Th. Dreyer
The Exterminating Angel1962Luis Buñuel
Sicilia!1999Danièle Huillet, Jean-Marie Straub
My Friend Ivan Lapshin1985 Aleksei German
The Virgin Spring1960Ingmar Bergman
The Umbrellas of Cherbourg1964Jacques Demy



1967 France

After seeing this film, you will see the world differently from Tati's point of view, with irony, humour and love. This is the ultimate animated film, choreographed with all the visuals and sounds.


1951 Japan

It depicts Buddhist 'impermanence' with a sense of abstraction through a series of dramas and scenes.

Freeze Die Come to Life


The protagonist, who lives momentarily, is too pure and painful, and it is heartbreaking. The camera's point of view, which accompanies the protagonist, always captures the most beautiful moment of 'now'.

The Passion of Joan of Arc

1927 France

A masterpiece that captures the miraculous human expression and the light surrounding it with unparalleled beauty.


1985 Czechoslovakia

With a single gesture, he paints a picture of relationships and characters. The warm interactions between people are beautiful.

The Exterminating Angel

1962 Mexico

The absurdity of the world is confronted as absurdity.



The psychology and background of the characters, and the background of where they are going and what they are doing, reflect 'reality', which is usually invisible to the viewer when considered in the context of real life.

At first glance, this may seem unkind and unsympathetic, but the long takes and the blank spaces in the film make us, the viewers, ponder and ponder.

My Friend Ivan Lapshin


The film is full of pleasure as a showpiece of cinema, with obscene portrayals of people, conversations that start at the same time, omission of subject matter and complex dialogue, amazingly sophisticated acting, and nervous manipulation of even the mob.

The Virgin Spring

1960 Sweden

The strong reality, the silence of God, and the beauty of allegorical depictions.

The Umbrellas of Cherbourg

1964 France, Federal Republic of Germany

The film is full of cinematic spectacle, where the sounds and images are all fake, and that is why we find both illusion and reality in them.

Further remarks

Ten films is not enough to include all the films I love so much, so I will list some of the directors' names below. Mizoguchi Kenji, Yuri Norstein, Jean-Luc Godard, Suzuki Seijun, Jean Renoir, Edward Yang, Federico Fellini, Robert Bresson, Karel Zeman, Éric Rohmer, Woody Allen, Noah Baumbach, Yorgos Lanthimos, Hou Hsiao-hsien, Abbas Kiarostami, Aki Kaurismäki, Kelly Reichardt and so on...