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Japan - 83 years old
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Stormy Night

Arashi no Yoru Ni
2005 / 110m - Japan
Adventure - Animation
Stormy Night poster

The Tale of Genji

Murasaki Shikibu: Genji Monogatari
1987 / 110m - Japan
Drama, Romance - Animation
The Tale of Genji poster

Extremely stylish and dignified. This old tale draws its inspiration from classic Japanese paintings and folklore, so don't expect a typical anime. Beautifully animated and sporting a superb score, this film is quite a sight to behold. The story is a little too rigid for my liking, but this film definitely deserves wider recognition, because this was quite unique.

Night On the Galactic Railroad

Ginga-tetsudo no Yoru
1985 / 113m - Japan
Fantasy, Adventure - Animation
Night On the Galactic Railroad poster

The Life of Guskou Budori

Guskô Budori no Denki
2012 / 108m - Japan
- Animation
The Life of Guskou Budori poster

Lupin III: The Legend of Twilight Gemini

Rupan Sansei: Towairaito Jemini no Himitsu
1996 / 92m - Japan
Comedy, Adventure - Animation
Lupin III: The Legend of Twilight Gemini poster

A Lupin III film helmed by legendary anime director Gisaburô Sugii. You're forgiven if the name doesn't ring a bell, but Sugii directed his fair share of remarkable films. Don't expect him to stray too far from the Lupin III template though, while the film is a tad more explicit than the ones I've seen so far, it's still very much a typical Lupin flick.

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Another entry in the Lupin franchise, another treasure to hunt down. This time Lupin has to find the two half of the Twilight Gemini, a jewel that, when united, will reveal the hidden treasure of the Gelt clan. His quest takes him to Morocco, where he'll have to fight off more than a handful of adversaries.

The soundtrack is pleasantly jazzy, the voice acting is solid and even though the animation quality is rather basic, the distinct art style makes it fun to watch. If you've seen a couple of Lupin films you should know what to expect, but with the Lupin franchise that's hardly a negative. Pretty solid entertainment.

Tofu Boy

Tôfu Kozô: Sugoroku-dôchu Furidashi
2011 / 86m - Japan
Comedy, Adventure - Animation
Tofu Boy poster

Sheep's Song

Hitsuji no Uta
2003 / 120m - Japan
Fantasy - Animation
Sheep's Song poster