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I'm a big fan of the Toho studio monster movies (Godzilla, Mothra, etc.), and am familiar with the works of Kurosawa, who seems the best known to western film buffs. Beyond that:?

ViewingKon Ichikawa'swonderful The Burmese Harp recently got me to thinking that there's likely more for me to discover.

All genres, high and low art considered. Thanks in advance:)

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What aboutsome Korean cinema. Iflike monsters check out 'The Host'. Its great :D

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Anything by Takeshi Kitano especially Sonatine & Zatôichi.

And too many great films to mention can be found here: mandiapple

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One from me... Ring.

Forget the Hollywood remake of a few years ago, this film is brilliant. Giving me goosebumps just thinking about it - really, really scary.

Just read the review of it in Dazen's link, which scores it like this:

Entertainment value: 100/10

Sex: 0/10

Violence: 1/10

Supernatural Death Rate: 6 bodies in total

Appearances of Evil Incarnate: only 4, but boy, they're good!

Appearances of actual paranormal events: 1*

Scare Factor: aaaargh!/10

* According to the review, unintentional footage of a real ghost (eek, I didn't know that!)

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I know nothing about it remembering too much from 30s-40s, but recently a daughter has been making us watch Japanese manga-anime DVD stuff with nice stories. The stories are nice/the animation not up to Disney 'Tarzan' quality (I am an ardent Aardman purchaser).

Studio Ghibli.

Hiro in 1st 1 1/2 series of Heroes seemed ok.

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Chumpy wrote:

I know nothing about it remembering too much from 30s-40s, but recently a daughter has been making us watch Japanese manga-anime DVD stuff with nice stories. The stories are nice/the animation not up to Disney 'Tarzan' quality (I am an ardent Aardman purchaser).

Studio Ghibli.

Hiro in 1st 1 1/2 series of Heroes seemed ok.

Why must everything be measured to Disney standards. The Ghibli animations are more dreamy... they look like paintings. Makes a change from the computer CGI that is becoming so common. Plus the storylines are more serene and peaceful. I can't understand why most cinema need to pack 10 different things into every 2 seconds to keep people's attention.

Spirited Away is still my top favourite!

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Anything by Akira Kurosawa

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I would recommend yoyo girl cop or as it know in japan "Sukeban Deka: Kodo Nemu" its actually hilarious

Here's the plot outline:

"Recruited by a clandestine police organization, "K" must stop a plot by student radicals to create anarchy in Japan. Armed with a hi-tech steel yo-yo, and a new name (Asamiya Saki), she must infiltrate an elite high school to find the terrorists but finds an even more sinister plan is about to unfold."

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Appreciatedall:)

I guess I could have made it Asian cinema in general, come to think of it.

I saw bits of Zatoichi, and always meant to get back to it. Thanks for the reminder and the link Daren.

Ju-On (The Grudge) was a smart, entertaining horror flick of the kind Hollywood has forgotten how to make, so if Ring is of the same type, I think I'll enjoy.

Studio Ghibli. Oh yes! Loved Princess Mononoke. Will check out Spirited Away.

Yoyo Girl Cop and Mr. Vampire sound right up my alley:D

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Gotta recommend the following:

Oldboy, A Tale of Two Sisters, Brotherhoodand A Bittersweet Life.

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myrman wrote:

Gotta recommend the following:

Oldboy, A Tale of Two Sisters, Brotherhoodand A Bittersweet Life.

These are all Korean.... :?

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meninblack wrote:

myrman wrote:
Gotta recommend the following:

Oldboy, A Tale of Two Sisters, Brotherhoodand A Bittersweet Life.

These are all Korean.... :?

Professor Chaos wrote:

Appreciatedall:)

I guess I could have made it Asian cinema in general, come to think of it.

:P

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