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Movies from the East

Horror, anime, samurai film, experiment, costume drama, monster movie and softcore – all Japanese films are in tension between east and west.


Film writer Gunnar Iversen has dealt with selected eras and hooks of film history in the past. With Rashomon and the history of the Japanese film is given a broad insight into a rich film heritage and culture, from Edison's viewership was introduced in 1897 and to this day, with personalities such as Takashi Miike and Hirokazu Koreeda at the forefront. Using Aki Kurosawa's breakthrough film as a gateway is highly understandable: It was Rashomon (1950) that first opened the eyes of the world to the Japanese film market. Much to the surprise of many, the film received the prestigious Gold Lion during the Venice Film Festival in 1951, and was to stand for posterity as one of the great classics in film history. This was not only unexpected; the director himself was skeptical. Rashomon represented something completely new in the West. It was exotic, but at the same time subdued. . .

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