Lists by Grethiwha
There is no country's cinema I've connected to or enjoyed more consistently than Japan's. I especially love the golden age of Japanese cinema – in the 1950s and 60s – but I dig a lot of the more modern stuff as well. Anyway, here is a list of Japanese directors that I like or am interested in seeing more from.
Of course, there are still lots of Japanese directors I haven't yet, but am anxious to familiarize myself with, including...
Mikio Naruse (When a Woman Ascends the Stairs)
Sadao Yamanaka (Humanity and Paper Balloons)
Toshio Matsumoto (Funeral Procession of Roses)
Jûzô Itami (Tampopo)
Yoshishige Yoshida (Eros Plus Massacre)
Katsuhito Ishii (The Taste of Tea)
Yasuzô Masamura (Red Angel)
Kô Nakahira (Crazed Fruit)
Yûzô Kawashima (A Sun-Tribe Myth from the Bakumatsu Era)
...and many more.
A list of directors that I've seen ten or more films from, and my average rating for their films...
I'm a huge fan of Japanese cinema, I've seen hundreds of movies from that country old and new, but recently I've started to discover more and more films from China and South Korea. Korean cinema especially, though without much of a storied history before the late nineties, is some of the best stuff going today, and I also think Chinese cinema is probably the best it's ever been, these last couple decades. I have much more to explore from these countries, and I welcome recommendations, but these are my favourites so far...
This is a list of my personal top 10 favourite directors. For each I've listed the movies they've directed that I've seen and would give a 10/10 or 9/10 score to. Note that their placement is not based solely on the strength of the movies listed but how I feel about them overall as 'authors' of their films.
This is a list of my personal most favourite films of all time. This list I believe comprises all the very greatest of my movie-watching experiences.
I've written comments for all of the films to try to explain what I like about them, to give the reader an idea about the films and why I'd recommend them, and to more effectively convey my tastes in general. And so of course comments and suggestions for films you think I'd like that I may not have seen are most welcome (but keep in mind obviously, this is my list, and there is no such thing as a film that "must" be included to "legitimize" the list, or any of that nonsense).
This list is in order of preference, but, you know, a lot of them are pretty interchangeable, and I change the order of all of them all the time, and I'd still be hard-pressed to explain why any one film has the edge over the film below it. What matters is: all of these films are amazing!
Latest Addition: 2046 (2004)