Questions tagged [japanese-cinema]

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Why is Yasujirō Ozu regarded as the most “Japanese” filmmaker?

I am studying Ozu and his films, and I often come across the sentence that he is the most "Japanese" filmmaker. Ozu's style is very different and unique, however my question is what are the unique ...
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Is the beard on Toshiro Mifune's samurari characters an exception?

I'm not sure whether, historically, Samurai - members of the Japanese warrior caste - were supposed to always be clean-shaven or not. But I seem to recall that Samurai characters in film are mostly ...
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What is the cultural significance of the “kaiju screech”?

Last night I watched The Mighty Peking Man for the first (and probably last) time. It's a 1977 Cantonese King Kong ripoff, made purely "to capitalize on the craze surrounding the 1976 remake of King ...
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Japanese films/TV adaptations of the Taiping Rebellion?

In the 1850's and 60's, the Taiping Rebellion broke out in China, observed by both the Tokugawa Bakufu and subsequently the Meiji Imperial government. Some 200 years earlier, Japan had suffered its ...
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Cultural Basis of Asian Ghost Lady

In a lot of Asian horror movies (particularly Japanese ones) a common motif is the ghost lady in white, with long black hair covering her face. The wide spread use of this image has led me to wonder ...