films seen
15
average score
4.09*
nationality
Japan - 55 years old
status
Alive and kicking
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One of Japan's hidden gems. Tanaka's work is quirky, stylish and refined, with a strong focus on atmosphere and rhythm, not so much on structure and plot. His oeuvre has little to no weak entries, which is quite unique.

Beyond exceptional

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Blessing Bell

by Hiroyuki Tanaka
Also know as: Kofuku no Kane
Specifics: Japan [2002] - 87 mins
Genre: Comedy, Drama
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5.0

Tanaka's gentle and loving approach and Terajima's superb portrayal of his character take you along on an amazing trip, full of endearing, funny and warm moments.

Rare treats

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Monday

by Hiroyuki Tanaka
Specifics: Japan [2000] - 100 mins
Genre: Comedy
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4.5

Monday is entertainment in the purest sense of the word.

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Miss Zombie

by Hiroyuki Tanaka
Specifics: Japan [2013] - 85 mins
Genre: Drama, Horror
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4.5

Once it picks up steam it never falls back, propelling itself to an inevitable climax that left me perplexed and impressed.

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Chasuke's Journey

by Hiroyuki Tanaka
Also know as: Ten no Chasuke
Specifics: Japan [2015] - 106 mins
Genre: Comedy, Drama
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4.5

It seems Tanaka is back where he belongs, after going through some rougher patches in the late 00's. Chasuke's Journey is visually stunning, well acted, original and most of all unique.

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Bunny Drop

by Hiroyuki Tanaka
Also know as: Usagi Drop
Specifics: Japan [2011] - 113 mins
Genre: Drama
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4.5

Bunny Drop is a lovely film with lots to smile about. Wonderfully acted, creatively visualized and aptly scored, you can't really go wrong with this one.

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Postman Blues

by Hiroyuki Tanaka
Also know as: Posutoman Burusu
Specifics: Japan [1997] - 110 mins
Genre: Comedy, Drama
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4.5

It was more than 10 years since I first watched this film and so I wasn't quite sure if it would still hold up after all this time.

The good stuff

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Mr. Long

by Hiroyuki Tanaka
Also know as: Ryu San
Specifics: Japan, Taiwan [2017] - 129 mins
Genre: Drama, Crime
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4.0

Another quality Tanaka film. More in line with Bunny Drop, combining drama and comedy to great effect. Mr. Long also introduces some crime elements, though they are very limited. Well shot, perfectly acted, dramatically impeccable. It's not as unique as some of his other films, but well worth a watch.

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Drive

by Hiroyuki Tanaka
Specifics: Japan [2002] - 102 mins
Genre: Comedy, Crime
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4.0

Trademark Tanaka film. Drive is quirky and frivolous, not held back by rigid plot conventions and sporting a killer cast that knows how to deal with the dry comedy on display. The film has aged a little, but it still feels fresh and easygoing. Tanaka is one of Japan's hidden gems, Drive may not be his best film, but it's still better than most of its peers.

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Dancing Mary

by Hiroyuki Tanaka
Specifics: Japan [2019] - 105 mins
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy
4.0

Dancing Mary is a superb blend of so many genres that it's nearly impossible to categorize. Fantasy, horror, crime, comedy and drama seamlessly mix together to tell a beautiful story about a long-lost romance that ended in tragedy. The cinematography is beautiful, the editing is excellent. Add a great score and a fine cast and you have another Tanaka masterpiece.

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Kanikosen

by Hiroyuki Tanaka
Also know as: The Crab Cannery Ship
Specifics: Japan [2009] - 109 mins
Genre: Drama
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4.0

Kanikosen is a solid come-back for Tanaka. Visually impressive, boasting a superb setting and a strong cast.

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Hold Up Down

by Hiroyuki Tanaka
Also know as: Hôrudo Appu Daun
Specifics: Japan [2005] - 96 mins
Genre: Comedy
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4.0
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Dead Run

by Hiroyuki Tanaka
Also know as: Shissô
Specifics: Japan [2005] - 124 mins
Genre: Drama
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4.0
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Hard Luck Hero

by Hiroyuki Tanaka
Specifics: Japan [2003] - 79 mins
Genre: Comedy, Action, Crime
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4.0

Solid pieces

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Unlucky Monkey

by Hiroyuki Tanaka
Also know as: Anrakki Monki
Specifics: Japan [1998] - 106 mins
Genre: Comedy, Action
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3.5

Worthy but flawed

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D.A.N.G.A.N. Runner

by Hiroyuki Tanaka
Also know as: Dangan Ranna
Specifics: Japan [1996] - 82 mins
Genre: Comedy, Action, Crime
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