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Japan - 55 years old
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Rare treats

The Taste of Tea

by Katsuhito Ishii
Cha no Aji
2004 / 143m - Japan
The Taste of Tea poster

A lovingly executed ode to laziness, boredom and feeling at ease. The characters do little else but loitering, loving the fact that they have nothing else to do but to sit and enjoy the moment.

Party 7

by Katsuhito Ishii
2000 / 104m - Japan
Comedy, Action
Party 7 poster

The film looks good, sounds great, sports an incredible opening animation sequence, and boasts a list of superb actors. What more could you wish for in a Japanese comedy?

Trava: Fist Planet

by Katsuhito Ishii, Takeshi Koike
2003 / 47m - Japan
Comedy, Action, Animation
Trava: Fist Planet poster

I used to compare Trava: Fist Planet to Dead Leaves, nowadays I'm not sure if that's a fair comparison.


by Katsuhito Ishii
Sumagura: Omae no Mirai o Hakobe
2011 / 114m - Japan
Smuggler poster

Smuggler is an extremely entertaining slice of dark entertainment. Littered with weird and freaky characters, the four chapters play out well and make for an interesting finale.

The good stuff

Shark Skin Man and Peach Hip Girl

by Katsuhito Ishii
Samehada Otoko to Momojiri Onna
1998 / 108m - Japan
Comedy, Crime
Shark Skin Man and Peach Hip Girl poster

Shark Skin Man is starting to show its age a little. It's a bit dreary and murky for a comedy and more recent films have improved greatly on the formula.

My Darling of the Mountains

by Katsuhito Ishii
Yama no Anata
2008 / 94m - Japan
My Darling of the Mountains poster

Well acted, beautifully shot and neatly scored, this film is for those who enjoy the more poetic side of Katsuhito Ishii, but can handle this style in a light and undemanding context.

Worthy but flawed

Funky Forest: The First Contact

by Katsuhito Ishii, Hajime Ishimine, Shunichiro Miki
Naisu no Mori: The First Contact
2005 / 150m - Japan
Funky Forest: The First Contact poster