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Japanese Cinema: Home

Introduction to Japanese Cinema


Search this guide as a starting point for your research into Japanese Cinema. Explore the history of Japan's cinema, works by acclaimed directors, and a variety of books available in the library!

The History of Japanese Cinema

A crash course on the history of Japanese cinema, spanning from the early days of benshi films and the propaganda films of WWII to the Golden Age of Japanese Cinema and the rise of anime. Click on the plus buttons to learn more!

Highlights of Japanese Cinema


Book Spotlight

Japanese Directors

Akira Kurosawa

Yasujiro Ozu

Kenji Mizoguchi

Hayao Miyazaki

Hirokazu Koreeda

Takashi Miike

Naomi Kawase

Shōhei Imamura

Shunji Iwai

Yuki Tanada

Isao Takahata


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