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1980s: the lost decade of japanese cinema

"[...]while only a small handful of new directors emerged in the 1970s and 1980s to launch the Japanese cinema into any new areas, to find new audiences, and to garner much new respect. The situation in the 1980s was so very dismal that critics have come to call this the "lost decade" of the Japanese cinema."

but there are some absolute gems that came from japan in the so-called lost decade, so bruna and I came up with this list to showcase some we could find, enjoy!

list is set up chronologically and will be constantly updated.

here are some articles I managed to find about the concept of the “lost decade”:


New World Encyclopedia


Arsenal Berlin

Book: Japanese Cinema Goes Global

Book: Contemporary Japanese Cinema Since Hana-bi

  • Target
  • Zigeunerweisen
  • Virus
  • Kagemusha
  • Nurse's Husband
  • A Distant Cry from Spring
  • Crazy Thunder Road
  • Dreamy Fifteen
  • Four Seasons: Natsuko
  • Child of the Sun
  • The Young Rebels
  • Until Evening
  • The Beast to Die
  • Disciples of Hippocrates
  • Koto: The Ancient City
  • Afternoon Breezes
  • Carnival in the Night
  • Why Not?
  • Gate of Youth
  • Muddy River
  • Play it, Boogie-Woogie
  • Chie the Brat
  • Yokohama BJ Blues
  • Fruits of Passion
  • Samurai Reincarnation
  • Empire of Kids
  • School in the Crosshairs
  • Kagero-za
  • Something Like It
  • Island of the Evil Spirits
  • Lonely Heart
  • Distant Thunder
  • Station
  • Shuffle
  • Hear the Wind Sing
  • Sailor Suit and Machine Gun
  • At This Late Date, the Charleston
  • Furuyashiki: A Japanese Village
  • Gauche the Cellist
  • A Pool Without Water
  • Heart, Beating in the Dark
  • Burst City
  • Farewell to the Land
  • I Are You, You Am Me
  • On the Road
  • Onimasa: A Japanese Godfather
  • The Lonely Hearts Club Band in September
  • Lovers Lost
  • Thunder
  • The Living Koheiji
  • Lovely Devils
  • Suspicion
  • Fall Guy
  • Kidnapping Blues
  • Asia Strikes Back
  • Cherry Blossoms in Spring
  • P. P. Rider
  • Amagi Pass
  • Time and Tide
  • The Ballad of Narayama
  • The Family Game
  • Golgo 13: The Professional
  • Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence
  • Tokyo Trial
  • A Bridge of Tears
  • The Mosquito on the Tenth Floor
  • The Little Girl Who Conquered Time
  • Detective Story
  • Barefoot Gen
  • Antarctica
  • Kandagawa Wars
  • The Geisha
  • Hometown
  • Dark Room
  • The Catch
  • Ryuji
  • Kazoku no sentaku
  • Choji Snack Bar
  • White Snake Enchantment
  • Legend of the Eight Samurai
  • The Makioka Sisters
  • Ghost
  • The Deserted City
  • Urusei Yatsura: Beautiful Dreamer
  • Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind
  • Mermaid Legend
  • The Miracle of Joe, the Petrel
  • Majoran
  • MacArthur's Children
  • The Crazy Family
  • Antonio Gaudí
  • Main Theme
  • Fireflies in the North
  • Farewell to the Ark
  • Shanghai Vance King
  • Ohan
  • Mahjong Horoki
  • Someday, Someone Will Be Killed
  • For Kayako
  • The Funeral