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Grave of the Fireflies

Grave of the Fireflies (火垂るの墓, Hotaru no haka) is a 1988 Japanese animated drama film written and directed by Isao Takahata and animated by Studio Ghibli. It is based on the 1967 semi-autobiographical novel of the same name by Akiyuki Nosaka. It is commonly considered an anti-war film, but this interpretation has been challenged by some critics and by the director. The film stars Tsutomu Tatsumi, Ayano Shiraishi, Yoshiko Shinohara and Akemi Yamaguchi. Set in the city of Kobe, Japan, the…

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10 Essential Japanese Films

One of the world's best films. "An early masterpiece in Japanese cinema, Yasujirô Ozu’s Tokyo Story is an emotional, deceptively simple portrait of several ordinary lives as they cope with the fleeting nature of human existence."

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5 Modern Japanese Films Everyone Should See: Audition

Pretty unsettling Japanese horror film...Audition


Departures: A great look at another culture's take on moving on, from this life


In 1977, Nobuhiko Obayashi released what is quite possibly the most marvelously bizarre, nonsensical film ever made, featuring a supernatural cat and a man-eating piano.

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Analysis of Laputa: Castle in the Sky

Castle in the Sky (El castell del cel) is a 1986 Japanese animated adventure film written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki.