Japanese Cinema Since 2000

Japanese Cinema gets a lot of shit for a drop in quality in the past 20 years or so. I hope this list shows that worthwhile films are still to be found.

I tried focusing on films/directors that aren't as well-known outside of Japan. You don't need me to tell you about Koreeda or Sono.

This is in chronological order.

  • Monday
  • Eureka
  • Love/Juice
  • Kaze-hana
  • Tokyo Trash Baby
  • Sunflower
  • A Class to Remember 4: Fifteen
  • Harmful Insect
  • Tokyo Marigold
  • All About Lily Chou-Chou
  • Blue Spring
  • Hush!
  • Hole in the Sky
  • Go
  • Unloved
  • Doing Time
  • Women in the Mirror
  • Parco Fiction
  • Chicken Heart
  • Blue
  • Woman of Water
  • Letter from the Mountain
  • Sorry
  • Tokyo.sora
  • The Twilight Samurai
  • To the Bracken Fields
  • Owl
  • No One's Ark
  • The Blue Light
  • My Grandpa
  • Shara
  • The Box
  • 9 Souls
  • Wild Berries
  • Ramblers
  • Dead End Run
  • Blessing Bell
  • Vibrator
  • Josee, the Tiger and the Fish
  • A Day on the Planet
  • Hana and Alice
  • Crying Out Love in the Center of the World
  • Loved Gun
  • Breathe In, Breathe Out
  • The Taste of Tea
  • Tony Takitani
  • Love Kill Kill
  • Swing Girls
  • The Thousand Year Fire
  • The Hidden Blade
  • Cycling Chronicles: Landscapes the Boy Saw
  • Canary
  • Kikyo
  • Dogs & Cats
  • The Motive
  • The Many Faces of Chika
  • The Man Behind the Scissors
  • Bashing
  • The Buried Forest
  • My God, My God, Why Hast Thou Forsaken Me?
  • Noriko's Dinner Table
  • Linda Linda Linda
  • Su-ki-da
  • Summer Time Machine Blues
  • Heart, Beating in the Dark – New Version
  • Who's Camus Anyway?
  • Hanging Garden
  • Portrait of the Wind
  • Dead Run
  • Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles
  • Aogeba Tôtoshi
  • Paradise
  • A Long Walk
  • Confessions of a Dog
  • The Mamiya Brothers
  • The Blossoming of Etsuko Kamiya
  • Strawberry Shortcakes
  • Rainbow Song
  • Love and Honor
  • I Just Didn't Do It
  • The Graduates
  • The Mourning Forest
  • Last Words
  • Kisaragi
  • The Foreign Duck, the Native Duck and God in a Coin Locker
  • Switching - Goodbye Me
  • A Bao A Qu
  • Asyl: Park and Love Hotel
  • 700 Days of Battle: Us vs. the Police
  • Topless
  • All Around Us
  • Vacation
  • One Million Yen Girl
  • Your Friend
  • Left Handed
  • Tokyo Sonata
  • Suspect X
  • The Clone Returns Home
  • Brass Knuckle Boys
  • School Days with a Pig