Originally Posted by Siegfried
I'm a relative newcomer to Japanese Cinema, and until fairly recently my experience was limited to Kurosawa. However, I recently purchased a couple of boxed sets of films by Ozu and Mizoguchi and have begun to realise what I've been missing out on all these years.
I'd be grateful for any recommendations that would extend my knowledge and experience of Japanese Cinema.
Kinji Fukasaku and Seijun Suzuki are worth a look if you want to get into the old Yakuza films. For a more modern day take on samurai films check out Yoji Yamada’s Twilight Samurai, Love and Honour and The Hidden Blade. Most Takeshi Kitano films are worth a look (avoid Getting Any) and if you like Ozu then I’d recommend Café Lumiere. Hirokazu Koreeda films are a definitely must watch, particularly Nobody Knows and After Life. Also check out Tokyo Sonata and Alone Across the Pacific.
If you want to get into the more extreme Japanese cinema then Takashi Miike (The Bird People in China and Audtion are my personal favs) and Shinya Tsukamota would be the directors to look out for.