favourite first watches of 2021

not ranked, just in order of when i watched them

excluding 2020/2021 releases

  • The New World
  • The King of Comedy
  • All That Jazz
  • The Straight Story
  • Memories of Murder
  • Hill of Freedom
  • A Touch of Zen
  • The Day He Arrives
  • An Unmarried Woman
  • A Man Escaped
  • The Hand
  • That Night's Wife
  • Daguerréotypes
  • To Be or Not to Be
  • Brief Encounter
  • Paris, Texas
  • Hard Boiled
  • Asako I & II
  • Dishonored
  • The Eagle Shooting Heroes
  • Labyrinth of Cinema
  • Dragon Inn
  • Goodbye, Dragon Inn
  • That Day, on the Beach
  • Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters
  • Ugetsu
  • A Matter of Life and Death
  • PlayTime
  • Casting Blossoms to the Sky
  • Seven Weeks
  • How Green Was My Valley
  • Hanagatami
  • All About Eve
  • Tokyo Olympiad
  • Chizuko's Younger Sister
  • Beau Travail
  • The Only Son
  • The Cranes Are Flying
  • Ran
  • Comrades, Almost a Love Story
  • Cure
  • Sherlock, Jr.
  • After Life
  • An Elephant Sitting Still
  • Us and Them
  • Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans
  • Happy Hour
  • Help!
  • Mon Oncle
  • A Special Day