Foreign Film Fridays: 10 Japanese films you absolutely have to watch
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Japanese cinema has a rich cultural history, and transcends the barriers of language to have fans from all over the world. The Japan film industry has created many films that have gone down in history as some of the most interesting films of all time. Here are 10 films that come from Japan and that are an absolute must-watch. 1. Battle Royale (2000) This film is a classic of Japanese movie and an absolute must-watch. In the film, due to the unsustainable population in Japan, every year one class is chosen and taken to an island, where the students have to fight each other until there is only one survivor left. Surely Suzanne Collins watched this film before she wrote The Hunger Games trilogy, which is clearly inspired by this story. It is also Quentin Tarantino's favourite movie. 2. Your Name (2016) Your Name (Kimi no na wa) is one of the most successful Japanese films ever. In it, Taki and Mitsuha find out that when they’re sleeping, their bodies are swapped. They start communicating through notes to tell each other what they did while they were in the other’s body. They grow fond of one another but, when they try to meet in person, they discover that distance is not the only thing that separates them. The film is extremely gripping and funny, and the whole things is so beautifully drawn it's breathtaking. This movie is a true gem of anime, and there is no way you’re not going to absolutely love it.
3. Colorful (2010) This film tells the story of a sinful spirit who is given the chance to prove that he is worthy of rebirth. To do it, he has to reincarnate in the body of a 14 year old student that has killed himself. This film is incredibly gripping and a true tear-jerker. 4. Grave of the Fireflies (1988) This heartbreaking film tells the story of a young boy and his little sister, who are trying to survive in Japan during World War II. It is one of the most famous Japanese films ever, and one of the most beautiful of those brought to us by Studio Ghibli.
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