Stray Dog / 野良犬

ACAB YES Release date: October 17, 1949Director: Akira KurosawaLanguage: Japanese Who should watch this movie: People who thought Kurosawa only made samurai flicks.  When should you watch this movie: On a hot summer day.  The sell: Stray Dog starts on a charming note, as a rookie police officer makes a silly blunder (has his pistolContinue reading “Stray Dog / 野良犬”

A Taxing Woman / マルサの女

Great hair YES Release date: February 7, 1987Director: Juzo ItamiLanguage: Japanese Who should watch this movie: Fans of Scorsese, especially “Goodfellas”  When should you watch this movie: When you need a good laugh but also want to feel ~cultured~ The sell: A Taxing Woman is a high stakes cat and mouse chase between some ofContinue reading “A Taxing Woman / マルサの女”

Funeral Parade of Roses / 薔薇の葬列

Scarred for life MAYBE Release Date: September 13, 1969Director: Toshio MatsumotoLanguage: Japanese Who should watch this movie: Imagine a ven-diagram of people who like horror movies and people who like arthouse, high brow capital C Cinema. This movie is for the people in the middle.  When should you watch this movie: If you are notContinue reading “Funeral Parade of Roses / 薔薇の葬列”

Tampopo / タンポポ

Food porn, literally YES Release Date: November 23, 1985Director: Juzo ItamiLanguage: Japanese Who should watch this movie: People with high tolerance for “weird.” Self-identified cinephiles. Aspiring chefs.  When should you watch this movie: NOT with your parents! When you’re with your friends or alone and are in the mood for a comedy that wasn’t directedContinue reading “Tampopo / タンポポ”

Sansho the Bailiff / 山椒大夫

Extra sad! Down with capitalism! YES Release Date: March 31, 1954Director: Kenji MizoguchiLanguage: Japanese Who should watch this movie: People who think Kurosawa is the only Japanese director of note.   When should you watch this movie: When you have the next 48 hours to recover emotionally.  The sell: Sansho the Bailiff starts sad and getsContinue reading “Sansho the Bailiff / 山椒大夫”

Seven Samurai / 七人の侍

Toshiro Mifune’s BARE ASS YES Release Date: April 26, 1954Director: Akira KurosawaLanguage: Japanese Who should watch this movie: People who mistook this movie for “The Last Samurai” with Tom Cruise and are better off for it. People who think they don’t like black and white movies with subtitles and are about to be proved wrong. Continue reading “Seven Samurai / 七人の侍”

Rashomon / 羅生門

Women can be evil too! YES Release Date: August 25, 1950Director: Akira KurosawaLanguage: Japanese Who should watch this movie: History buffs. Photographers. First year film students. Feminists (i.e. everyone ideally right?)  When should you watch this movie: Not when you are feeling sad and need a pick-me-up. This is not a pick-me-up movie. This movieContinue reading “Rashomon / 羅生門”