"No error in my memory" is a song by Tujiko Noriko, an experimental, Japanese musician. Not that I understand everything in the song, but I liked it as a title for my tumblr blog. It had me thinking that we as humans tend to morph the little events and emotions we experience and remember them in a somewhat ideal light. Inevitably every memory is subconsciously selected so that we believe our own thinking above all and that our perceived memories aren’t distorted or wrong. Basically a critique and acknowledgment of my own faults and well I suppose human nature in general. :)
Do you have a favorite artist, singer, band? I don’t. I love music, some more than others but nothing enough to call a “favorite” or blow my senses. Is that weird? Is it an emotional disconnect? Sure, I’ve been moved by songs, but this is not particularly adverse only to one specific artist versus other artists I like.
I feel the same about movies. If I can watch a movie more than once and be equally entertained each time does that count? Then Lord of the Rings perhaps or Bride and Prejudice for the lols. Maybe it’s just me being a cop out haha I probably just don’t want to choose because there’s so much good stuff haha. How about you guys personally?
“I hate slick and pretty things. I prefer mistakes and accidents. Which is why I like things like cuts and bruises – they’re like little flowers. I’ve always said that if you have a name for something, like ‘cut’ or ‘bruise,’ people will automatically be disturbed by it. But when you see the same thing in nature, and you don’t know what it is, it can be very beautiful”—David Lynch (via unpopularculture)
“HARUKI MURAKAMI “Sometimes when I look at you, I feel I’m gazing at a distant star.
It’s dazzling, but the light is from tens of thousands of years ago.
Maybe the star doesn’t even exist anymore. Yet sometimes that light seems more real to me than anything.”—
So you can’t wait to dig in and watch some good Japanese movies, but don’t know where to start? Do you study Japanese with Anime, but want to move on to live action? Are you a film lover who wishes to expand your horizons by looking into contemporary Japanese film? I’ll attempt to provide a basic introduction to contemporary Japanese film and recommend 5 movies that I feel are great starters for any film fan wishing to venture into the realm of contemporary Japanese cinema.
I’m sure most people have heard of classic Japanese directors such as Kurosawa and Ozu. Many film makers and film fans watch and study their works to find inspiration and insight into how great films are made. Today, aside from Kitano Takeshi, most Japanese directors aren’t very well-known outside (or even inside) Japan. Japanese films are usually very low budget compared to Hollywood films, so they often appear boring or dull to Western viewers. Japan does enjoy some success on the film festival circuit, with art-house filmmakers such as Kitano Takeshi, Kurosawa Kiyoshi, Koreeda Hirokazu, and Sion Sono, just to name a few. These directors are in sharp contrast to the mainstream Japanese movie system. Currently, Japan’s top box office hits are either TV drama adaptations, TV company produced non-artistic fluff, or Anime. Some of them may be considered “good,” but most are worthless to the seasoned film viewer.
Despite the recent shortcomings of the Japanese film industry, there exist some truly magnificent films. Some may be considered cult films, some are big consumer hits, and some only do well in Western film festivals. Many Western viewers find Japanese films to be too slow and boring for their tastes (I tend to disagree). I find it best to discover a movie that you love, look up the director, and watch his/her movies. Most of my favorite films would be considered art-house films; they provide an intellectual challenge, visual splendor, and unique camera work that one would not normally find in the mainstream. Though, I’ll make some more popular choices here. Here are 5 films that will hook you, in one way or another, on Japanese cinema.
I really like having my negative impressions of a person changed. As a quiet observer from a distance, I find usually my initial judgments in character are most often correct. For once being wrong feels good.